Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween is Here Freebie!

Ok, I know I've already posted today, but I have a Halloween Freebie I wanted to share, since the big day is so close!

I've done these same activities with my kids before (you know, preblogging) so I cutesied them up and I wanted to share with you guys!

Download it for free at my TPT Store! I'd love some feedback!

Tomorrow is our Halloween Celebration (turned into full blown party! haha!) 

I hope you have a great time with your class during the holiday.  For those of you in the path of Sandy, stay safe! 

Halloween Sale

I hope everyone had a great weekend! It flew by that's for sure! I spent sometime with my little brother since he was home for college, went on a very interesting haunted hayride and took a couple of naps! All in all a good weekend.

I loved hearing about everyone's favorite genres to teach and read! Congrats to Cindy and Shelley! You ladies won my genre task cards.
I'll  be emailing them to you tonight.

If you didn't win, no worries because

Who doesn't love a good sale?? Everything is 20% off, so you can grab the task cards for only $1.60!
I have lots of new products, so be sure to check it out! :) 

Have a great Monday! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Halloween Addition Fun

I loved hearing about everyone's "Good Things" from my last post.  It's nice to hear about good things in other people's lives!

The winners of my Lapbook and Foldable Templates are Jill & Stacey!  Check your emails ladies.

I wanted to share a fun Halloween themed activity we did today in class after our Reading Benchmark.  We needed to have some fun! So we created Addition Haunted Houses!

First, the students created six addition problems by rolling two dice to create two-digit numbers.

Then they solved the problems and checked their work with calculators.  (We needed to practice since our Math Benchmark is tomorrow!)

Can I just say, that I can't wait for benchmarks to be over so I can have my groups back. I hate rows!

Next, the students were given the haunted house template. 

They had to cut out the house and cut on the dotted lines to create flaps.  (That took some explaining and several attempts, but everyone eventually got it!) Then, they glued the house on another piece of construction paper.  

On the front of the windows and door, they wrote the addition problems they had created, then wrote the answer on the inside of the window or door. 

Then the creative artistic juices started flowing.  Here are some of the finished houses. They looked great!

You can download the House Template on Google Docs.  

You could use it for anything, any math facts, parts of speech, vocabulary words, the ideas are endless!  Let me know if your class uses it to create something! I love hearing your ideas. 

Oh, I don't mean to keep pimping myself out, but I have a brand new set of Task Cards up at my Store!  My kids needed to review genre, they still don't have it.  So I created some fun task cards with lots of cute clipart to help!

You can check them out at TPT or TN if you're interested.  

:Like always, I'll give away two sets.  Leave a comment telling me what your favorite genre to teach or your favorite genre to read on your own time.  I love Historical Fiction & Vampire Fantasy when I have time to read! Be sure to leave your email! :)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Something Good!

I hope everyone has had a great weekend! I have so much to post about it, but I can't seem to get it out. So, instead I'm going to have some fun and link up with Jennifer at

Things can get so crazy for us teachers, so it's nice to focus on the good things!

Something Good At School:  I love my class.  They are adorable!  They make teaching a real joy and I look forward to teaching them (almost) every day!  I'm also loving the fact that I only have 19 little cuties.  Having 5 less children means a lot less papers to grade, smaller groups and more space in the room! 

Something Good At Home:  I started WeightWatchers about 6 weeks ago and I've lost 16 pounds!  I've always been a little bit on the heavy side and struggled with my weight, but WeightWatchers really works for me, as long as I stick with it!   I'm trying to be more active too, instead of just sitting at the computer after school.  Oh, the life of a teacher blogger!  The Fall is a great time to stay active.  Today, I had lots of fun walking through a corn maze.  We did it a second time after we figured out the trick so we could power walk it! haha!

Since I'm posting about good things....I'm super excited and I had to share! I ordered a new Classroom Rug today!  I love my old one but it's just gotten kind of old and raggedy. Here is a picture of my kiddos playing a game on the old beloved rug. I've had it since I started teaching.  I'll miss it!

But out with the old and in with the new! I've been searching for one the past few days.  I really wanted a polka dotted one, but I didn't love the ones I found.  So then I decided I wanted one that would create teachable moments.  So I decided I wanted a map rug!  It came down to a decision of a US Map and a World Map with Country Flags.  
I decided to go with the USA Map because my kiddos do not know abbreviations of states.  Plus, I liked the look of this one, not too cartoony or bright, but still fun and cute!   It should be here by the end of the week It's from Carpets for Kids, so I'm crossing my fingers that it is good quality!  I'll update you when I get it.  :)

One last thing!  I have updated my Lapbook & Foldable Templates!  Now there are 36 templates, plus an editable powerpoint!  

So, if you've already bought them, be sure to redownload them!  You can still grab them for only $3 at TPT and TN!  

Leave a comment and tell me SOMETHING GOOD in your life! Tomorrow night I'll randonly choose two people to get the templates for FREE! :)  Be sure to leave your email!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Boo to You!

Ahh! I've been Boo'ed!  I don't do well with being scared.  I'm a big baby.  I went to go see Sinister this weekend with Mark and I'm still terrified.  Somehow I agreed to go see Paranormal Activity 4 tomorrow night. I'm preparing myself.

Oh, back to the subject!


Thanks to Elisabeth at

Cassandra at

and Tracey at
Third Grade All Stars

I'm supposed to Boo some other bloggers, but I'm late to the game. So, instead I want to BOO some faithful readers out there!  The first FIVE people to comment and leave their email will get to choose any item from my store that they want! :)  

I really don't have the time for many Halloween activities at school, but I wanted to share some of my favorite finds this year!  I'm hoping that I can at least get to some of them. 

Boo in the Zoo: A Halloween Themed Animal Unit

Halloween Costume Fashion Show Writing Activity

FREE! This Halloween character trait activity involves students using Halloween costumes as clues to character traits.   Students must also give details to support their opinions on the chart provided. Both color and black/white charts are included. A list of character traits is also provided as a student reference sheet.

Fourth and Ten: Boo Ha Ha {Halloween Math Centers for Older Kids}

Monsters Monsters Everywhere! Freebie

These were all made by some of my FAVORITE ladies!

Oh and I have a new Halloween product up too!
You can check them out at TPT or TN! They are only $1.75!

Well tomorrow is a half day and Friday is a workday!  It's our first workday since school started. Yay for a break!  Have a great rest of the week!

Oh and don't forget...The first FIVE people to comment and leave their email will get to choose any item from my store that they want! :) 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fall, Winner & Flash Sale!

Did you guys know that I love Fall? Probably not.  I mean I only talk about in in every post.  Well, I have proof here for my love of Fall!

Our county is Participating in Rachel's Challenge.  If you don't know, Rachel Scott was one of the students gunned down at Columbine.  Rachel was a very special girl who reached out to all students no matter their differences.  She said, ""I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go."  So, Rachel's Challenge is about showing kindness and compassion.  You can read more about it here.

Each class at our school created a display using handprints.  I incorporated my love for Fall! The students cut out handprints and wrote ways that they can show compassion and kindness. 

Friday was our Fall Festival and I really wanted to have something else outside of our classroom.  So we had a little art time! We created Funky Mosaic Pumpkins!  We looked at examples of Mosaics online and then we got started. 

It was super easy! No patterns, nothing to copy!  All you need is construction paper, scissors and glue!

The students cut out the shape of a pumpkin on black constructuion paper.  Then they tore yellow and orange constuction paper into small pieces! Glued them on and VOILA!  They turned out super cute too. 

Ok not quite Common Core approved, but we still have to have some fun and celebrate, right? 

One last thing, I have the winners for my Force and Motion Lapbook Giveaway!
Congratulations to Wendy & Hollie! Check your emails ladies! 

If you aren't a winner, no worries! You can grab it for $2.75 until Midnight tonight at my TPT Store!  Be sure to grab it fast!  :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

We Have the Force!

Can you believe that it is already October?? How did that happen? I am loving it! Well, until today when it was only 50 degrees and I couldn't find any pants or tights because I woke up late.  At least it is supposed to be a tad warmer tomorrow.

Two great things about the Fall...Football & Pretty Scarves!

Ok, on to teachery things....and to a mini-giveaway!

You guys know how I LOVE teaching Content!  With all the changes this year, honestly it's a lot harder.  Especially in science, since we no longer get the FOSS Science Kits.  What am I going to do without owl pellets when I teach Human Body? 

 Oh ok, back to the point.  

We just finished our first science unit on Force & Motion.  Can I just say that I was Scared to death! I am not a very "mechanical" thinker.  So, I kind of had to teach myself.  Luckily I got over my fear and I caught myself up.  (You know so I could teach the content to 8 year olds...) 

We had so much fun.  Our county did give us a few ideas to teach the concepts of force, motion, speed.  All you need are paper towel tubes, tape and marbles.  The students built a "roller coaster" for their marble.  

On the first day, the students were given the task of creating a roller coaster for their marble.  I didn't give them any restrictions, examples, etc.  There groups created a hypothesis, mostly things like "We think the higher the ramp, the farther the marble will go", etc. 

Here are some pictures from all the fun we had.

They cracked me up with taping it to the chair. 

They were proud of their unique shape.  It was kind of like a gutter.

The used props to raise their ramp.

This was our biggest ramp. 

They had such a great time! When they recorded their findings in their journal, they brought up ideas of inertia, speed, acceleration, etc! It was great!  

Over the next week, the students were given different tasks with their roller coasters.  Such as, adjusting their ramp so the marble would stop after a foot and using the ramp on carpet and tile to explore friction.

Can you believe I didn't take more pictures?  

We are integrating all of our content units into reading, so I created a set of foldables to accompany our reading!  You guys know my love for foldables! Of course, the foldables can be turned into a complete lapbook too!

You can check  it out at my TPT Store or TN Store if you're interested!

I also used Nicole Shelby's awesome "May the Force Be With You" Unit.  It is awesome guys!

Two last things, here are two fun videos I found on Youtube to use during my unit!

The Force Physics Song-Newton’s Laws on Youtube (best for older students) 

Oh, and as always, Leave a comment below telling me, well anything, and I'll choose two people to recieve the "Force Is With Us" Lapbook & Foldables! :) Don't forget your email. 

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