I am excited to be joining Stephanie from Mrs. D's Corner for a fun linky about our goals for 2015! It is hard to believe it, but 2015 is just over a week away. Last year, I set, what I thought, were some pretty lofty goals. I was blown away by how easily I met all of my goals. It was an amazing year! I plan to work just as hard to have a successful 2015! Personal:  We are planning another Caribbean cruise for fall break. I desperately want to be bikini ready by the time of the trip. Teaching and running a business has not been good for my waist line! This will probably be my toughest goal to meet. Professional: I love having a TpT business, but it can be lonely working from home every weekend. I love meeting other TpT authors and will be more diligent this year about going to local meet ups. I am so good about Facebooking, but I want to improve my blogging. I have so much to say...but not as much time.  I am going to double my income this year. It sounds crazy! But I s...
Today was the second to last day of school before winter break (HAPPY DANCE!). I have a BIG party planned for tomorrow, so I wanted a nice and relaxing (but meaningful) day today. It was the perfect day for a Reading Day! I told my kiddos that they could bring a book and a pillow from home if they wanted. Here is our focus board for the day! The first thing we did was 30 minutes of read to self. My kids are used to this because it is one of their reading centers. They have built up the endurance for 30 minutes. Adjust this time based on your students current abilities. After we read for a while, we did a fun reading response. The kids got to choose two characters from their book and write what they might say to each other if they were talking on the phone. This was great practice for writing dialogue (one of our language standards this quarter!)! Next, I read them one of my favorite Christmas books- Mooseltoe. That book is so adorable and great for figurative l...
I am very excited about the Frozen themed party that I have planned for my kiddos on Friday. I thought I would share my plans in case you are still planning your own class party. I will update with pictures after Friday! UPDATED- I added pictures!!! Food: I sent out a signup genius invite and had my parents sign up for food items. Every item was signed up for within a few hours! They are cut in the shape of snowflakes! I also asked parents to donate frozen themed plates and napkins and a crockpot of hot chocolate! Games: I plan to do a couple of whole-group activities first. We will do some "FREEZE" dancing to songs from the Frozen sound track. Next we are going to do a challenge that I titled "Free Anna." I printed several pictures of Anna and laminated them. Then I froze them in a container of water. Students will be divided into groups and given a spoon. The first team to free Anna from the ice will be the winners!...
I spent a ton of time last summer, researching and planning a way to keep my reading fluency passages organized and getting kids regularly practicing one minute fluency readings. I knew this would be especially challenging this year because I only have 4 hours and 20 minutes with my kiddos each day. I FINALLY came up with a plan and after implementing it for two quarters, I am loving it! I wanted to share with you the simple way that I organize reading fluency in my classroom. Organizing the Passages First, even before I met my students, I knew that I would undoubtably have different levels of readers. What teacher doesn't?! I teach third, but I have fluency passages for grades 2-4. I purchased them on TpT from Common Core and So Much More. I printed the teacher copy and student copy of each of the fluency passages. I had a very dear and patient parent volunteer put all of these passages into page protectors for me. I then organized them in a binder with plastic folder dividers ...