Friday, October 28, 2016

Five for Friday- The Winning Edition!

This has been The. Best. Week. Ever!  And I'm ready to share it all with you in my Five for Friday post.  So pull up a chair, and grab a beverage.  Don't forget to swing by Doodle Bugs Teaching to check out the other Five for Friday posts!

Win #1

This summer, I entered a contest on Melonheadz Illustrating.  I wrote about my kids, my school and my district.  AND I WON!

Last Friday, we received a box of goodies in the mail!  It was like Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Valentine's Day and every single kids birthday all at one time!  

Inside the box were little packets of masks, a pencil, a toy and a treat for each student.   AND there was a special bag for me with a bath bomb and some Melonheadz swag!  There was a super sweet note from Nikki that my kids have asked me to read everyday!

Along with the goodies, I won $50.00 worth of  illustrations.. picking that out was tough!  

Win #2

On Tuesday, I found out that I had received grant money from 2 grants I wrote!  My town has a grant we can apply for and I have written grants every year and never received it.  This year, I got TWO.

The first is for a science tools kit from Lakeshore Learning!

This is over $200.00 worth of tools that we can use to investigate all kinds of topics!

I also received grant money to get butterflies and ladybugs!  

Well, caterpillars and larvae...

I have always purchased a cup of caterpillars to observe grow into butterflies, but this year I wanted to do something additional as well.  I asked for, and won, money to buy a Ladybug Land school kit.

Win #4

We celebrated Red Ribbon Week by dressing up in different ways.  The week ends with a door decorating contest.  My class's door won 3rd place!

I took pictures of the kids sitting on a broom.  I cut them out and glued them to paper.  At the bottom, each student wrote "There's no room on my broom for drugs because... " and wrote their reason!

Win #5... sort of...

So, this isn't exactly a win... but I'll take it!  I rediscovered the Take 5 candy tonight at Walmart... 

Ummmm... perfection in a wrapper.  It's crunchy, chewy, salty, sweet, savory and nutty.

It's a pretzel with caramel, peanut butter and peanuts covered in milk chocolate.

Your turn!  Tell me how YOU won this week!

Monday, October 10, 2016

A Teacher's Trick for Modeling Think Alouds

Raise your hand if you use thinking aloud as a strategy with your students!

I do!
All. The. Time.  

I think aloud during reading, math, science, social studies... solving behavior problems.  I often worry that my students are missing the point.  I wanted to create a cue that would remind students of when I was sharing what was in my head, and when I was really talking.

I like to use a lot of visual cues with my students so I decided to create a 'thought bubble' to hold above my head when I'm modeling my think aloud.

To create my 'thought bubble', I purchased a gold paint pen, black poster board and some wooden dowels.  I also found a super cool gold marker that had a blade already inserted in the tip that was awesome but proved difficult to use for this project.

To begin, I hand drew a thought bubble and a speech bubble on the black poster board.  I cut it out and used the gold paint pen to outline the bubbles in a thick line to make it stand out. I ended up going over it several times to get the gold nice and thick so it would stand out!

While I try to have neat handwriting, there is no way I could write words on the bubbles neatly.  Using a font from Teach123, I printed out the words "I think..." and "I say...". Using the fancy trick of penciling the back and rubbing it on the black poster board[KK1] , I was able to transfer the words to the poster board. 

First, I turned the paper over so I could see the blank side.  Next, I took a pencil and heavily shaded an outline of the letters.  It helps if you place it against a window so the sunlight shines through and you can see.  For the best results, be plentiful with the pencil to make the transfer easier to see.  Then, I turned the paper over and placed it on top of the poster board, with the pencil side down.  Last, I used a wood stick to rub the text and transfer the pencil to the poster board. 

 Using the gold paint pen, I traced the letters a few times until they were nice and thick.

I hot glued dowel rods to the back so I could hold them in one hand while I'm teaching.

In hindsight, I wish the speech bubble was a little smaller.  I had to do some complicated dowel gluing on the back to make it support itself.  The thought bubble turned out perfectly!

How do you use think aloud as a strategy?  I would love to hear about it!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Five for Friday- October 7

Whoop Whoop!  Another fun filled Friday night!

I work with a whole bunch of YOUNG people, and I love them dearly... really I do.  However, they go OUT on Fridays..  I'm barely awake!  I don't get it!

I am staying up late enough to hook up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the Five for Friday though!

One of my sweet students from last year made me these flowers this week!  She was so precious.  She carried them down the hall like she was in a wedding!

I was very fortunate to teach this child twice.  I taught her in Kindergarten and then she was placed in my second grade class.  We have such a special bond now!

A former colleague surprised us with a visit today! Only one person knew she was coming and everyone else was so surprised!  Y'all- I CRIED!  She always reminded me so much of myself and I've missed her terribly!

I was supposed to take my son camping this weekend with CubScouts... but there's a hurricane a-comin'- so the trip was canceled.  

One of the other scout moms sent me this picture!

I was looking forward to the trip, but I'm glad we postponed it!  I would rather get another Polar Bear Patch for camping in temperatures that drop below 32 degrees than fight AquaMan for a camping spot!

We are starting a new program next week.  Second Steps is a Social and Emotional Learning curriculum that I am really excited about.  It has 22 weeks worth of lessons that teach everything from respect to empathy to problem solving.  I plan on blogging about the journey, so make sure you follow me if you want to read about it.  I'm excited because I have never taught an actual social skills program but I'm beginning to think it should be required everywhere.

I'm WAY happy to announce that I have opened up a store on Boom Learning!  Boom Learning is a new digital learning site that allows you to assign decks of cards to students.  It is a paid site, but you can give your students different sign-ins and assign them desks of cards to work through.  After students work through the cards, you can access a report that will give you information about how they did on each assignment.

You can assign decks of cards to students.  When they finish them, they are awarded with badges, gems and coins.  


This is a screenshot of the report for a profile I set up under my son's name so I could practice using it and check out how my decks of cards turn out!

If you're interest, I would appreciate your help!

First, sign up with my referral code by clicking here!
Second, check out my free deck and give me all the suggestions you can!  You can find it here!

That was my week!  How was yours?  I would love to hear from you!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Five for Friday 9/23/16

Ahhhh Friday!  How I adore you!  Another Friday evening spent in bed, binge-watching TV shows to clear the DVR.  It doesn't really sound exciting- but I have no complaints!

Here's to Friday and another link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

Tonight's binge-watching series is Good Eats!  It's a pretty old show by Alton Brown where he explains the science behind recipes.  Each episode has a theme and right now I'm learning all about vinegar!
 Alton is one of my favorite chefs and I really enjoy watching.

I recently signed up for Kindle Unlimited and I LOVE that I can get Kindle books with Auldible Narration.  Obviously, it's not every book, but I have found a wide selection.  I'm listening to The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson right now and it's really intense.  I have the app on my phone and can download, pop in my ear phones and play.  I listen while I exercise.  It's a great motivator- especially now that I'm toward the end of the book.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I'm participating in T-A-G Day tomorrow!
I'm putting all of my "All The Leaves are Falling" math centers on sale along with giving away one copy of the word problems activity.
You can find the 3rd-6th grade giveaway here!

Tomorrow is Everybody's Day in my little town.  Everybody's Day is the oldest festival in NC and was created to celebrate- well, everybody!  It began in 1908 and was created as a way to bring the people of Thomasville together.  I look forward to the event every year and I can't wait to go tomorrow.

That is all.

Leave me a note and say hi!  What are you reading? Watching?  Celebrating?

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Give Away Time

Oh My Origami!  Check out this give away!

Kinder Teamwork has reached 1,000 followers and is hosting a give away.  She's super sweet, so I've helped her out!

Enter to win one of FIVE prizes!

What?  Five?

Yes!  FIVE!

The grand prize is an Origami Owl lanyard with little school decals inside and a gift card.  You can also will one of the other FOUR gift cards worth $25.00 from TPT or Really Good Stuff. It's perfect for Back to School!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Five For Friday! Last week of Summer :(

I had work days last week, but this weekend is my last official weekend before school starts!  So here is my Last Week of Summer Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

My school is doing a Hollywood theme this year.  I decided to have a photo booth with a gold background, props and a digital camera.  While parents were filling out paperwork, students could take pictures.  The teachers loved it too!

I bought this clip art to make the props.  I printed the ones I liked and attached them to straws.  I also had some hashtags available.

My brag tags, which I'm calling Bullpup Awards to fit our mascot AND Hollywood theme were a big hit.  I have a growing bundle in my store if you are interested!

The tags are available in color and black/white.  I'll be adding to them through out the whole year!

 If you saw my post yesterday about MascotGo you have already met my new assistant!

This is Marty McMeow and he joins Anakin PawWalker as the 2nd furry friend.  I never planned on having 2 cats but while I was on vacation, Anakin got out.  My neighbor told me got hit by a car :( so I adopted a kitten that had taken up residence in the bush by my front door.  About a week after Marty came to live with us, Anakin walked his happy tail into the front door when I went out one morning.  So now, I'm the happy mama of 2 furry babies!

I'm so tired.  So. Tired.

How was your week?  I can't wait to hear how it went!

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