Monday, July 21, 2014

Word Work Pouches, PBIS Bulletin Board, Launch Readers Workshop - Monday Made It

Happy Monday!
I seem to be working the late shift each week as I add my post to Tara's Monday Made It Linky.
I'm in awe of the number of great ideas that are added each week (and early in the day, too!).
First up - these are pouches that I plan to have my third graders use for word sorts.
We use Words Their Way, and the students need a place to store the words they cut out each week.
I think these will work great!
I got the pouches at Office Depot this week for a quarter each!
You can only get 6 at a time, so I made a couple trips.
The chevron washi tape was on sale at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts, 
and the blue washi tape was also on sale at Office Depot.
I love these posters from Creative Teaching Press!
They come in a pack of eight different designs, and I hope to use each one to kick-off  PBIS lessons.
In my school we do a half hour PBIS lesson each Wednesday, and sometimes I am need of inspiration for the lessons. You can see all the posters here.
I plan to ask the students to discuss the quotes on the posters in small groups first.
Then they will dramatize a real life situation in our classroom that fits the quote.
Since my third graders are often big fans of Minecraft, I thought they might be
 intrigued by my play on words.
The letters are also from Creative Teaching Press - aren't they eye-catching??

I recently did an update to my "I Can... Statements for Launching Readers Workshop". 
These posters are perfect for establishing focus in your lessons as you begin the school year.
Below is an example of my focus board.

Also included in the pack are smaller copies of the I Can.... statements that are the perfect size for adding to Reading Response Journals.
I ask my students to write a reflection on the lesson to summarize the concept.
The posters and smaller copies look great when printed in either color or black and white.
You can purchase this product in my TpT store for $3.00.
Thanks for checking out my blog!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Made It - Math Supplies Box and Laundry Room Makeover!

It's Monday again, and time for Monday Made It with Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics!
First up, something for my classroom.  
I hopped on the chevron bandwagon last summer, and haven't looked back.
I was at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts a couple of weeks ago, and stumbled on an adorable chevron box.
It was 50% off (plus the teacher discount!) so I scooped it up.
I knew I could find some use for it.

I also recently got some new border from Creative Teaching Press, and used some of it to embellish 
the box a bit.

I had the flowers stickers, and the sticker letters are also from Creative Teaching Press.
The border is called Moroccan Nights (love that name).

We use Math Expressions in our district, and I plan to store our Secret Code cards in this box.
Currently I have them in a shoe box, so this will be a definite upgrade.
Here is the back of the box.

Next, I wanted to share something from home that's more of a "Planned It" than a "Made It".
I had my laundry room redone shortly after moving in my house this spring.
The previous owners had a stackable washer and dryer (which they took), and I wanted to get a 
side by side set.
I worked with a local plumbing company to redo the room to make better use of the space.
They included a spot for my dog's crate in the bottom center.
There is also a pull-out hamper in the lower left cabinet.
The boxes on the shelves are from T.J. Maxx.

This is a better view of the cabinets on the right over the washer and dryer.
I was overjoyed to get new appliances - mine are from Whirlpool.

I love seeing all the Monday Made It ideas!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Easy Sites and Apps to Teach Code - Technology Thursday

I'm joining up for the first time with the Teaching Trio for Technology Thursday.

I just got a grant for another iPad, which brings my classroom total to FIVE!
I am thrilled. 
This past year we used a couple apps for learning code and my third graders loved them.
The true test was when I allowed free time on the iPads near the end of the year, and found small groups working on the apps for learning code.  

If you're not familiar with what learning code is all about, you are not alone.
In these apps and sites students select and sequence commands to move a character around a screen.
The students can also set up commands for drawing designs and lots more!
It's the first step towards becoming computer programmers and making the big bucks.
The first one I wanted to share is an app called Hopscotch.
I believe it's related to the online site called Scratch that was developed at MIT.

The next app is super easy, and targeted for primary kids.
It's called Daisy the Dinosaur.
 I subbed for summer school today, and the students worked on a free website called Tynker.
There are a variety of challenges within games that help develop their programming skills.
Even though it says "Hour of Code" it is accessible all of the time, not just for an hour.

Get out there and get your kids coding!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Monday Meet Up & Two For Tuesday Newbie

I've been checking out all the entries for the summer blog series that the Teaching Tribune has been hosting this summer, and decided to jump in this week.

Next up - the popular Two for Tuesday linky!

I'm offering two of my products at 50% off today (and tomorrow since I'm posting late today)!
These unique cards for marking the days of the week on your classroom calendar each include a number phrase quiz to get your students thinking.  
My third graders loved them!  Click here to visit my TpT store.  They are only 75 cents!

Do your students like to read books that are a part of a series?
Use this detailed pack linked to Common Core standards to deliver instruction this school year.
On sale for $3.50 (regularly $7.00)! Click here to see them in my TpT store.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tried It Tuesday - Shopkick and July Currently

First up - joining  Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried It Tuesday.

Have you heard about the app called Shopkick?

It's the cool free app where you earn "kicks" just for walking into places like Target, Macy's, Best Buy, and American Eagle Outfitters.
You can also earn kicks for scanning products in these same stores.
Once you have collected a certain number of kicks, you can trade these kicks in for gift cards from your favorite places, like Starbucks!
The kicks add up quickly, and you will earn gift cards in no time at all.
It's the first day of the seventh month of the year so that means it time for CURRENTLY!
I am joining Farley and over 200 other teacher friends at Oh Boy Fourth Grade for this great linky.

I could watch House Hunters everyday!

I had my laundry room made-over and will post pictures soon.

My summer to-do list is growing, and I didn't cross much off today as I spent the day golfing and then shopping.

I really want to go to the TpT Conference but have plans that Friday and Saturday night - darn!
I am jealous of all the plans I hear everyone making.  I was thinking about skipping the Friday plans, and trying to come back Saturday but it may not work out.

I really need to have carpets cleaned but don't want to do it when it's so humid - it takes forever for the carpets to dry.

Every year we watch the fireworks from my friends' boat - it looks like the weather will be great this year!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Made It - Red, White, and Blue

Just a quick Monday Made It this week!
I wanted to do something for the fourth of July with a Mason jar that I had in a closet.
I had planned to paint the jar but didn't have the right color of paint.
So, I headed out to JoAnn Fabric and Craft's to peruse the aisles for some inspiration.
I found some star stickers that were on sale (of course!) and used my teacher card for an additional 15% off.

I had the ribbon, and had planned to put the flowers in the jar, but went a different route.
I found one of those flameless LED votives for $1.80 and decided to put that inside.
I added some white tissue paper to make the stickers show up a bit more.
It looks really cute lit up in the dark.

Check out all the Monday Made It's on Tara's blog - the always inspiring Fourth Grade Frolics!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wordless Wednesday and What I'm Wearing Wednesday Newbie

Today I'm joining up with two linky parties.
First, Miss DeCarbo's Wordless Wednesday party on her blog at Sugar and Spice,
I follow Miss DeCarbo on Instagram, and have wanted to join up on this one for awhile now.

Is this not the cutest thing?
What do you think my little buddy is watching and waiting for?

Next up, Ideas by Jivey's What I'm Wearing Wednesday Linky Party.
I subbed for Summer School again today, and thought I was going to be hot since we have no air conditioning.  You read that right people - NO air!
Wouldn't you know it - we had unseasonably cool weather today, and I was cold in this outfit.
The top and skirt are both from Banana Republic, and the shoes are from Marshall's.
People often tell me they like the shoes.
They are comfy and were such a good deal.

Check out these two great bloggers' sites for more Wednesday fun!