Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Sale!!!

I’m throwing a sale in my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop tomorrow (well, starting now)!  Everything will be 20% off!  I thought of 3 very good reasons to throw a sale:

  1. Tomorrow is crazy, but so much fun – It’s Halloween!  Since I don’t have trick-or-treaters way out where I live, I have to celebrate somehow!
  2. I have officially had a record month on TPT!  So excited to see people are finding the things I make and use to be useful for themselves!
  3. I have a fun new product that has been in my “Work in Progress” folder for one, maybe two years! I used Sarah Morton’s Day and Samuel Eaton’s day over a decade ago when I taught 4th grade social studies. I had my girls read about Sarah and the boys read about Samuel. Then they worked together to compare information and write a compare and contrast piece about the lives of boys and girls in the Colonial Era.  Fast forward to CCSS and I have added writing pieces for each of the 3 genres!  Click on the image to check it out!


Check out the other items in my store while you are there! 

I have 2 new products for students to practice rounding skills – perfect for 3rd and 4th grade CCSS!

Round-Up Rounding Bump GamesRounding Task Cards and SCOOT Games 

Several reading products have been very popular this month:

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Terrific Tall Tales Unit SupplimentSticky Note Reading Responses

Here are some other great items that I created for use in my classroom! (Just be aware that some of the products have my old logo and/or blog name on them. The originals were lost in the great jumpdrive disaster of 2013, so what you see is what you get!)

Daily Reading Log Addition Facts Sticker Book

Writing Topic CardsBirthday Pack

Roll-and-Respond Reading Response Activity Instant Writing Centers - Fun Thematic Writing

Summer Journal Jarimage

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Instant Magazine CenterSequence CardsMystery Egg image

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Please stop by my store if something interests you!  Have a fabulous Friday and a happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hello October (and New Products)!

Wow!  Where have the weeks gone?  I know that it has been over a month since I last posted, but I have been one busy chick!  The new-ish grade level is kicking my butt and I have so much to say/share, but can’t seem to focus on one idea long enough to write a post. 

I’m back to teaching third grade this year!  I love third grade, but the beginning of the year curriculum is the pits, particularly when you are using a canned curriculum. I am so excited that we are finally getting past the ho-hum stuff and getting into some super fun content!  Sadly, this is just as my student teacher is leaving! 

It has been great having an extra hand and I love getting new ideas from a student teacher, but I have never had one at the very beginning of the year. I never realized how hard it was to have the beginning of the year under a bit of a microscope.  Admittedly, I have not been at my best. Moving a classroom and grade level is always discombobulating.  I am also part of a co-teaching format with a special education teacher completely new to the grade level and a brand new teacher.  It has been tricky to compromise so that we can work together, but also set up things the way I know works for me.  I am my own harshest critic, but I feel like the beginning of the year was bumpy.  As much as I have loved my student teacher, I am looking forward to the opportunity to “reset” the class next week now that we have a set schedule (hopefully) and we are finally beginning interesting units.

I have been creating like mad to match the curriculum and make the boring stuff a bit more fun, but putting the items in final form is taking me sooooo much longer than I expected.  Here are 2 new products I have added to my store:

1. Rounding Round-Up Bump Games


Rounding Round-Up Bump Games


2. Rounding Task Cards and SCOOT Game

Rounding Task Cards and SCOOT Games



These are super fun takes on classic games!  Once they are created, keep them in your collection for review throughout the year and as a ready-made center when you need it!  Thank you to everyone who has supported my store!  I any VERY close to meeting my personal goal this year and am so thankful that I can support other teachers while also supporting my return to college!

I hope that you are off to a wonderful month and enjoying fall!