February 28, 2013

Flowers, Stem, Leaves and Roots- Giveaway

First of all sorry my blog looks all sorts of crazyy- we are working on it! =)

We have been singing the Parts of a Flower Dr Jean song like crazy because I am trying to get my kids ready for my gardening unit in March. I figure if we start singing it now they will remember it when we get back from intersession. This intersession we combine with the regular schools spring break so we get 2 weeks off- oh the joys of teaching year round (someone please remind me that I love year round when I am driving to school on July 5th.)

Anyways back to the point... I must have looked like a real crazy when I was walking through Target today singing "flowers, stem, leaves, and roots!" At least I wasn't doing the hand motions right...?

My kids love anything Dr. Jean so this informative silly little song is such a hit, especially the last verse when the song goes super fast and I can't keep up bust out my moves! =)

In honor of intersession, Spring, and Dr. Jean's amazing parts of a flower song I am going to give away my Spring Gardening unit to one lucky winner since my Saint Patrick's Day giveaway was so fun! This is partially my motivation to finish updating this unit by tonight!

It's going to be a quick giveaway because I am leaving for Jamaica on Monday! I am so excited about this but no blogging, no internet, no TPT?!!? I actually may have withdraws and I may have given my mom my password, required her to download the TPT app and told her to text me with daily updates or I may not have...who knows!

Its simple to enter- follow the blog, the TPT store, and if you blog about the giveaway I will give you a little bonus!

The picture will take you to my TPT store!

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February 26, 2013

Have You Heard?

I am sure you have heard about the amazing giveaway over at Teaching and Tapas since I am so behind! The good news is you can enter until midnight on March 3rd!

I have an item in the Kindergarten pack BUT there are packs k-5 so check it out and enter for your grade!

I am giving away  my CVC Word Pack which is by far my favorite thing I have ever created! It says me time and energy everyday! I promise to do a blog about how I use this pack soonish.

February 17, 2013

A Giveaway- Lets Try it!

Two posts in one week?! I am excited- this rarely has never happened before! But I just finished my Saint Patrick's Day unit and I thought to my self "HEY, lets try a giveaway. You can find my Saint Patrick's Day Unit in my TPT store if you want to check it out to see if it will work for your kiddos! This unit has 17 ELA activities and 8 Math activities that will complement ANY Saint Patrick's Day books you choose and could easily last you 2 weeks.

To enter the giveaway simply follow my blog and my TPT store.

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Yay! We have winners! I decided to pick two! I am going to email Rachel and Cherie now!

To make entering easier- click here to go to my TPT store!
I think its is set to end on Tuesday night!

If you enter and it works- leave a comment (just so I can stop worrying about it..haha!)

February 15, 2013

Five For Friday- Assessment Crazy

I am linking up again for Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching if I can get this post off before midnight I will be in good shape!

1. First things first, hello four/five day weekend! We have Monday off for Presidents Day and on Tuesday we have a teacher work day! Can I just say that I love those! Not because I don't love my K babies but I really love to dust, clean, organize, prepare, and maybe chat a bit with my girls. Its really just to bad I don't love to clean, dust and organize my own house, hmmm....

2. Our teacher work day is really a report card day. I will make sure to get mine done over the weekend so I can do all sorts of other fun things (see above.) This week has been a fun week of assessing. We use data binders to hold all of the assessments for the year so I like to have lots of bodies of evidence for the parents. To do this I made a math assessment and a reading assessment pack. This pack allows me to assess the student and know exactly what standard I have assessed (because I added the standard in the corner.) Not all the reading standards lend well to paper pencil assessments but I gave most of them a try!

3.  We have also been focusing a lot on progress monitoring and informal assessments. I have been using Deanna Jump's kindergarten common core posters for learning goals. I make sure the kids know the goal and throughout the lesson I ask them to evaluate their progress on the goal by using their thumbs. Here is a picture of the rubric. 

4. We had an awesome Valentine's Day party on Thursday! The kids graphed candy hearts, made cards, exchanged valentines, eat a ton of snacks and really had a blast! 

5. Lastly I got quite a surprise on Thursday when my boyfriend had beautiful flowers and cup cakes delivered to my classroom.

One of the kids came over to see the cup cakes and I told her I didn't know how I was going to eat them all. She then said "Well don't you have a husband?" I told her that no, I didn't have a husband. Her response.... "Well maybe you should try to get a husband. They eat everything." Definitely one of the highlights from the year!

I hope you enjoy your weekend!


February 10, 2013

Tell Me Something Good Linky

I linking up with Rowdy In First Grade for her Tell Me Something Good Linky Party!

Something Good At Home:
Since I teach at a year round school I have an amazing schedule! We will get two week off for our intersession in March since it combines with our spring break! Which means in only 22 days my we will be headed to Jamaica! I am so excited for pool, sun, yummy food, zip-lining and other adventures!

Something Good At School:
We are just finishing our penguins unit! My students LOVED this unit! I was able to use my Playing with Penguins unit to enhance the students learning during Literacy and Math centers. I was pleasantly surprised at home much my students loved listening to the informational texts! I feel like they learned so much during this two week unit! 

Here are some pictures of the fun!

Thanks so much for having such a fun linky -- link up to tell some of your good things!


February 2, 2013

Five For Friday and A SALE!

This is my first time linking up for 5 For Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

Here are my 5 random this from this week!

1. First off its Saturday -- whoops! I had good intentions of posting this on Friday but I accidentally fell asleep at 9 yesterday. It was glorious! 

2. Friday afternoon most of the team stays late at school to prep for the next week! We pulled all of our craftiness together to make this penguin tree map to accompany our penguin unit next week!

3. We had all sorts of ground hog day fun on Friday! We read stories, made predictions, made a graph and analyzed our data! The kids loves these activities! Click on the pictures to see more of my unit!

4. Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Super Sunday Sale on February 3rd! My store will be marked off 20% and Teachers Pay Teachers will add an additional 8% off when you use the code "SUPER" at check out. I will keep my store on sale on Monday for anyone who forgot a few things (but the code won't be available for the extra 8%.)

Thanks to Ashley Hughes   for the awesome graphic!

5. I have 18 things on my Teachers Pay Teachers wish list-- and I still have more shopping to do! When I did the calculations last I was going to be over 100 dollars (including the discount!) But hey I love a good sale!

Here are some of my newest products that you may find helpful!
Click here to check out these products at my TPT store!