I am a terrible blogger! The worst! I think about blogging, but somehow I never seem to actually get around to writing the posts! (I am the same way about diet and exercise!) So when it came time to set some goals for 2014, being a better blogger was a no brainer for me. My goal is to blog at least once per week. I have so many great ideas to share with you so make sure you are following my blog! But I am guessing, you didn't come here to hear about my goals. I am guessing you saw the words "HUGE SALE" and "FREEBIES." And you are im patiently waiting for me to get to the good stuff. So I won't keep you waiting too much longer ;-) This year was AMAZING for me! I finished my first year of teaching and started my second. I opened my TpT store, started a blog and a Facebook fan page. I far exceeded all my goals and expectations. And that is in large part due to my great fan base---- YOU! So I thought that we could celebrate 2013 together! I chose 13 of my ve...
I am so excited about my newest product! It is holiday themed and doesn't require any prep! It will be perfect for the week when we return from winter break! I know I won't want to be color printing, cutting and laminating during winter break. So these centers will be perfect! The kit includes 5 literacy centers and 5 math centers. ABC Order cut and paste Parts of Speech Flip Book Dictionary Dig Writing Sentences Persuasive Writing: I should be allowed to stay up until midnight! Rounding to the nearest 10 flip book Word Problem Book Make a Graph of resolutions I Spy Multiplication Facts Color by Code Multiplication facts So give yourself the gift of extra time with family over winter break! You can find this set HERE in my TpT store. It will be 20% off until the end of the day tomorrow. Enjoy!...
I am so excited to be participating in my first Facebook Frenzy! I have always loved downloading all the cute freebies each month and now you can get my Reindeer Time unit for FREE!  All you have to do is like MY FACEBOOK page. Click on the frenzy tab and grab the freebie. Then you can click on the snowman and it will take you to the next Facebook page with a freebie! Get downloading! The products will only be free until Monday night! ...
Elapsed time is my least favorite math concept to teach to third graders. They just don't get it! Many of them still struggle with telling time and basic addition and subtraction. They just don't seem ready for elapsed time. But I plug on and teach it. Over. And Over. And Over AGAIN! Please tell me I am not alone! Since students struggle with the concept, I have seen them get frustrated and give up. In an effort to keep motivation high and frustration low, I like to use scoot activities when we practice elapsed time. I often allow them to work in partners or teams. I think this allows them to learn from one another and have some much needed success. I also think that getting out of their seat and movie makes all the difference. Since I am a holiday LOVER, and so are my students, I knew we needed to use this excitement to practice our elapsed time. So I created THESE reindeer elapsed time task cards. It comes with a recording sheet and I plan to use it like a scoot game. ...
I was really in the holiday spirit yesterday. I had a huge list of holiday lessons that I wanted to make for my class and I made a dent in the list! Still more in the works. Make sure you follow my TpT store so you get notifications when I add them. They just MIGHT be on sale during the first couple of days. HINT HINT I love using holidays to get kids more excited about writing! The Common Core writing standards focus on three types of writing for the third grade: narrative, informational and persuasive. I made THIS cute gingerbread writing unit with a prompt, graphic organizer and writing paper for each type of writing! SWEET! If you are planning to build gingerbread houses in class, then the persuasive writing prompt is a MUST for you! Students will have to convince you to let them build the houses! Make them work for it! I also put together THIS holiday writing menu. And it's FREE! Please leave some feedback if you download. Enjoy!...
We have been getting crafty all week in math! The crafts have been the perfect way to engage my kids (especially since we have math at the very end of the day!) and reenforce the foundational skills of multiplication. I got many of these projects from Amy Lemons. Here is a peak into our week: On Monday, we worked on groups of two. Students were given a math fact on a post-in note and they used the fact to fill in the rest of their word problem. They traced their hands and glued on equal groups of cotton balls. On Tuesday, students used beads and pipe cleaners to make bracelets with equal groups. I thought this activity was really helpful. My students were calling the groups by their color. (ie. yellow group, purple group, etc.) Sometimes it is hard for kids to see a group and this made it very clear. I didn't let the kids keep the bracelets. Instead, I am keeping them. I will be pulling them out as a math center later. Kids will get a few bracelets and write the fact th...
I have already started celebrating Thanksgiving with my kiddos! We have been taking a trip around the world to learn how Thanksgiving is celebrated in other countries. The kids get so excited when I say, "Get out your passports! We leaving for our next adventure!" I am using THIS product by Little Red. This fits perfecting with my reading curriculum since we are focusing on informational text all quarter. The kids love the fun facts and the cat and paste activities. They are doing an amazing job writing post crds from each country to tell their parents what they learned! I am looking forward to continuing this activity this week! I just LOVE all of the products by Little Red! I use lots of their informational text kits in my guided reading groups. An for the next week and a half, I am planning to use THESE passages as my bell work. The topics are so fun and a few are really unique! I am so excited about my plans for the short week of Thanksgiving! We will be us...
Sorry to have been MIA for so long from my blog. School and a head cold have been kicking my butt. I recently did some thinking and realized that I was doing too much for too many people. And without much of any gratitude most of the time!  I had to look at my priorities and decided to put my family and students first. I feel much better! And I have lots of time this weekend for my family and some fun! I haven't had a weekend off in a month! Now on to the sharing... My class spent this past week researching and writing about Veterans Day. They loved it! I heard one of my students say, "I learned so much. I always thought Veterans Day was something to do with animal doctors." Lol! Now I would LOVE to share pics of everything my sweet kiddos did...but my iPhone (what I use for pictures in my class) took a dip in the toilet (Don't ask! lol) yesterday. So no pics for me :-( But I will share a little about what we did and what resources I used. It is not too late t...
I have been on fall break for the past 2 weeks! I was was so blessed to be able to spend one of those weeks at an all inclusive resort on the beach in Cabo San Lucas with my family! We road horses on the beach, parasailed, snorkeled, swam with dolphins and relaxed by the pool. It was pretty warm and didn't feel anything like fall! I was excited when I got back to Phoenix and discovered that fall has come! And it made planning some fun fall activities for my classroom so much more fun! Are you ready to see what I have up my sleeve for the rest of October?! Some of you may remember THIS post from January about my Reading Superbowl. The kids had a blast and I was very pleased by the amount of reading my entire class did during this week. Which got me thinking...I have a sports themed room...kids love some competition...I love when they get excited to read...and the World Series is right around the corner!!! Yes! We must have a Reading World Series! So I got to work and made some th...