Monday, December 2, 2013

Currently December!

It's been a while since I linked up, but here we go!

Listening-Does anyone else love Homeland? This season has let me down a little bit.  But I can't abandon Carrie and Brody. (Plus they film the show where I live!)

Loving- I mean really, what is the point of Mondays?

Thinking- I have been so busy that I don't even know what I need from TPT!  What is a must have for fourth grade?

Wanting-I think I need to do some Cyber Monday shopping, so I don't have to go back out to the stores in December! haha!

Needing-Dinner is overrated. 

Christmas Tradition-  Even though all of my siblings are over the age of 20, we still decorate Christmas cookies every Christmas Eve.  My sister doesn't even live here anymore, but we Facetime with her so she's included! 

Be sure to go and check out Farley's Linky this month! 

Also, don't forget to go shopping over at TPT! You can get everything in my store for 28% off with the code Cyber! 

If you're looking for some Holiday activities, I just posted a Christmas Lapbook yesterday!

You can also check out my Holly Jolly Math and Literacy Centers.  They are also available in a bundle!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Brand Spankin' New Holiday Lapbook!

I'm sure you have probably heard of the sale already!

Of course, I am participating!  Click Here to visit my store!  My store is already on sale for 20% off, but starting tomorrow you can get an extra 10% off with the code CYBER. Don't forget to type in the code.  Every sale I always seem to forget!  I hope that I'm not the only one who does that....

I have a new product to share too! Just in time for the sale and the holidays.  I love lapbook units, and this is my first holiday lapbook, but I am in love with it!  It still includes everything you are used to, even though it's a holiday lapbook.  

This lapbook is meant for big kids who still like to celebrate the holiday, but whose teachers just don't have as much time to do holiday activities that don't fit in with the standards! Problem solved, with all of the fold-its I have included Informational (nonfiction)  reading selections to go with it! There are also quick checks to monitor comprehensions (and take a quick grade!)

Here is a picture of the completed lapbook.

Click Here to check it out! 

Happy Shopping tomorrow ladies and gents!  Have a great week back to school!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Five For Friday-Thankful Style

Thank you to everyone that commented on my last post!  As a thank you to my followers (even though I have been so absent lately) I sent it to everyone who commented! I hope you guys enjoy my Animal Lapbook! If you missed that post, here is the link to the new lapbook!

I hope everyone has had a great Thanksgiving Week! I had so much fun celebrating with my family and friends.  This week was my week.  I had some great things happen and I have a lot to be thankful for!

It's been a long time since I linked up, but here goes!

 My Donor's Choose project was funded in less than a week! I'll be receiving two mini iPads and cases! I am so excited!

This week was our school's Book Fair.  We had a Change War and I won!  So I was the Book Fair-oh! I got to wear this awesome get-up all day and I won $25 to spend at the Book Fair for my class. 

Well, we had school Monday and Tuesday and our Holiday started Wednesday.  Well, Tuesday we had a two hour delay because of ice on the road.  Shortest work week ever! Yesterday I ate with my family and had a great game night with great friends! This morning I went Black Friday shopping with my brother to buy a Christmas tree for my mom.  How many people do you know who wait outside Home Depot on Black Friday?  Well, now you know at least one! :)

I also did some online shopping! My favorite purchase was for myself (don't tell anyone!) 

I have been dying to have a Silhouette, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it! But this was too good of a deal! I bought the Cameo bundle, a $400 value for $229! AMAZING! Just use the code HOLIDAY at checkout! If you are wanting one, Click Here to check it out!

Are you doing any online shopping? Because guess what?  My TPT store is on sale for 20% off!

I left the best news for last!  I haven't shared much about my personal life on here lately.  My boyfriend is a pretty private person, but I have his permission to share on here!  

I'm engaged!   The soon-to-be-mister took me to the jewelry store and we designed the ring and watched it being made! It was so much fun!  He offered to plan some romantic proposal, but I couldn't take it! I had to have the ring and I couldn't wait to officially be his fiancee.  I can be a little impatient when it comes to something so beautiful and shiny.  

I hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving! Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend! :) 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Nonfiction Anchor Charts and a New Lapbook!

Guess what? I'm still alive!  It's been a really busy year for me.  Not in a bad sort of way, but just busy!  Learning a new grade is tough.  I am having a great time in fourth grade though!

We have been working on informational nonfiction in reading and writing workshop for the past two weeks.  Today, I just wanted to share some of our anchor charts from the past few weeks!  I like sharing my anchor charts because they never look as good as the ones on Pinterest, and maybe it helps other teachers feel better about their lack of artistic skills and bad handwriting! :)

Types of Nonfiction Text

Main Idea and Supporting Details with Table Analogy

Asking Questions

Writing a Summary Example

This was actually in writing workshop, we were learning different ways to take notes about their reading for our nonfiction writing!

I bet you can tell which ones I made ahead of a time and the ones I made with my class. haha!

One more thing, eons ago I posted an Animal Studies Lapbook to TPT! Since I have not posted in so long, I wanted to share with you guys in case you haven't seen it. It's perfect if you're studying animal groups, or just need practice reading informational text that is interesting to your students!

Includes 7 Foldables and Research Writing Activity 

Informational Reading Selections to accompany foldables. 

Quick Checks to Review Reading Selections!
I really enjoyed using these with my class!  We keep Interactive Science Notebooks, so we actually glue all of our foldables inside, so it's perfect for notebooks or lapbooks! 

Click on the pictures above or HERE to check it out at my TPT Store!

Oh and because I love you guys and I have been so absent, I'll give it away to someone!  To win, just leave a comment telling me the best thing that has happened to you this month! :)  Be sure to leave your email. I'll pick a winner on Wednesday! 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Yummy Maps!

Happy Monday ladies and fellas!

Thank you to everyone who entered my Name Change Giveaway! We have a winner....

Guess what? I am going to post about something I actually did in my classroom! What? Can you believe it?

One reason why I was so excited to move to fourth grade was Social Studies.  In North Carolina we teach NC History and I love NC History. Pirates, the Lost Colony, Wright Brothers, I love it!  

A couple of weeks ago we were learning about the three regions of NC: the Atlantic Coastal Plain, Piedmont Region and Mountain Region. To end our study, we created edible maps! 

We started with a blank map and created a key.

Then we used popsicle sticks to spread the glue. Here is what we added...
For the Mountain Region, we used chocolate chips to represent mountains. 
For the Piedmont Region, we used coconut (that I dyed green) to represent the green, rolling hills. 
For the Atlantic Coastal Plain, we used brown sugar to represent sand. 
We also used M&Ms for the cities of Charlotte and Raleigh. 

I love the way that they turned out!  The kids had so much fun making them too.  They looked so yummy, and I had to stop some kids from taking a bite. (Don't worry though, I shared the leftover M&M's though.)

Even if you don't live in NC, I hope you can use some of these ideas to create some yummy maps!
Have you ever made edible maps?  What do you like to use to represent different areas? 

Have a great Tuesday friends! :)  

Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Little Change Can Do Some Good...

Do you notice anything different?
If you are reading this through BlogLovin or Feedly, click on my blog to see!

I am no longer a third grade teacher so the name had to go!  I am teaching fourth grade now and I LOVE it!  I haven't been around much because moving to a new grade level sure is hard work.  I am feeling more in the swing of things so hopefully I'll be back to regular posting soon. 

I wanted to have a more versatile name, so instead of just changing the grade level, I changed it to Adventures of a Polka-Dotted Teacher.  I love Polka Dots and my last name is Polk, so why not? :) 

I love to celebrate, so why not have a giveaway in honor of my new name and new grade level. I am giving away one $50 gift certificate to TPT! 

The Giveway will run until next Sunday! :)
Good Luck!

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Classroom Reveal 2013-2014!!

Well tomorrow is officially the day... the first day of school!

I have a little announcement to make.  Tomorrow I will no longer be sharing the adventures of a third grade teacher.  Tomorrow will be my first day teaching fourth grade!  I am so stoked.  I have loved teaching fourth grade for the past four years, but I am so excited for a change.  Since I'm changing grade levels, this blog is going to have a name change! I might even be planning a giveaway for the announcement! :)

So here is a look into my brand new fourth grade classroom!  Even looking at these pictures I realized there are still a few things I need to do! It's a never ending job ladies and gentlemen.  Switching grade levels, changing rooms and a love of summer make me feel a little less prepared than I would like to be, but I'm still in love with my room!

The View from the front of my room. I have 26 students! AHHH!

I'll be teaching NC History, so this is my NC History Board

Class Rules and Calendar.  The How Do We Get Home Chart and broom is hidden behind the door when it's open. 

Adorable name tags from Hope King's Pack. You'll be seeing several things from her Patterns Chalkboard Decor Pack!

A place for anchor charts to hang.

Numbered Hooks for Bookbags

Didn't my mom make me the most awesome curtains ever??

Word Wall on the cabinets!

View from the back of the classroom. Ladybug Teacher Files adorable alphabet and Motivational Sayings from Miss Nelson are above the board.

I'll be hanging the I can Statements from the ribbon. 

A place to hang student work. I just laminated stationary paper and hot glued a clothespin. 

My favorite. My classroom library! These are all my fiction books.  Love the IKEA rug and Lamp from Dollar General!

Here are my nonfiction books. Love the Really Good Stuff Baskets in lime green and purple.  

Genre Subway Art. I LOVE These! 

Individual Student Boxes from RGS. They aren't labeled yet, because I wanted to let the kiddos choose what color they wanted. 

Small Group Table with IKEA seats. Also, do you see that little white table back there with the black basket on top? It is the most adorable chevron table...see this is the top....

My mom found this for me. ADORABLE.

It's a little dark but I made this pennant with scrapbook paper that I laminated.  I put it together with chevron duct tape.  It's not in my other pictures because it fell down about 20 minutes before Meet The Teacher!  I need to hot glue it back up after school this week! :)

Cute Scholastic Posters!

I still love my little blue chair and painted stool from last year!

I made these today to add to the front of my tables. Sadly, we can't hang from the ceiling!

I'm going to give these to the kids at the end of the day tomorrow.  Normally I make a little treat like this for orientation.  But.....the night before we had orientation I went to see the Backstreet Boys with my BFF Elisabeth and the treats didn't get done!

Be sure to go check out some other awesome classrooms!

So tomorrow is the big day.  I have ten of the same students from last year and I am so excited to be teaching them again, as well as 16 brand new students!  It was so fun to see soooo many familiar faces at Orientation.  

I already know I won't be able to sleep tonight. This will be my sixth year teaching and I still get the First Day Jitters! Wish me luck!
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