Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Giveaway from The Sweetest Thing

Lauren at {The Sweetest Thing} finished up her {presidential nonfiction leveled text set} and has asked me to give one away to my followers! Her text sets are wonderful for your SS curriculum or integrating SS into ELA. I used her Native American set, and they were formatted beautifully and well-written. Enter the Rafflecopter for your chance to win it!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Help Our BBB Become a Daddy!

I am so thrilled to help a dear blogging buddy with the costs associated with his upcoming adoption. If you haven't met {Nick from Sweet Rhyme Pure Reason} yet, you can read his adoption story {here}.

This bundle has 19 products geared towards grades 3-5 with a value of around $50, but you can get them all and use them now for about $1.30 per product! It will only be available for a few more weeks. The product that I contributed won't be in my store until Saturday, but you can snatch it up now for a bargain price!

Here are the other fabulous bloggers who contributed. I'm sure that you will see some familiar names.
Elementary AMC 
Ideas by Jivey 
Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans 
Head Over Heels for Teaching 
Pinkadots Elementary 
I Love My Classroom 
Fourth Grade Flipper 
Collaboration Cuties 
I {heart} Recess 
Teaching with a Touch of Twang 
Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road 
Where the Wild Things Learn 

Click {here} for the bundle's TpT listing, and thanks for your support!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Supermarket Saturday - Halloween

Welcome to a new weekly linky! The ladies at the {Lesson Deli} are helping you make your lesson planning easier by highlighting themed products. First off, Halloween!

I am highlighting my {Candy Corn Math}. It is my #2 selling product and a bargain at $1.00.

Since I haven't done this yet this year (in the plans for Friday), Laura at {Learning, Lessons, and Life} graciously allowed me to use her pictures from last year.

This student is working on the graphing section, and we know that kids can always use graphing practice!

These students are grouping the candy corn pieces into tens. To make it more of a challenge for older students, you could have them predict if their amount would be divisible by other numbers.

Counting how many candy corn pieces are in a foot...

Measuring their desks using the candy corn as the unit of measure. From there, you could have a discussion on perimeter and area.

Of course, the best part is eating them when they finish. I usually have a clean baggie for them with unhandled candy corn. I know the kids don't care, but ew.

Laura has a ton of other great ideas on how she incorporated this activity, but I didn't want to "steal" her whole post. If you aren't sold yet, feel free to read {her review}.

If you need something to meet the $3.00 minimum, then I suggest buying my {holiday math bundle} instead. It has similar activities for Halloween, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter. It is discounted at 20% off, which comes to $3.20 for four holiday activities!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Help Me Clean Up!

Well, my {blogs by state linky} is getting some non-education related link ups. If you notice any in your state or others that are not educational, please let me know by commenting with the state and the blog name so I can get those deleted. I'm sure those people meant well, but the intent is for the blogs to educational. I have changed the description on the pages to reflect that. Thanks in advance!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bright Idea - How to Quickly Write Thorough Sub Plans

One of the many disadvantages of commuting long distances to work is waking up sick or having a child wake up sick. I could never drag myself into school for a few minutes to get sub lesson plans together like many of my coworkers could.

Here is what I have come up with to help with my unexpected absences.

This is especially helpful if I want the sub to continue what I've been teaching. If you have a sub tub, then make sure that it's up-to-date.

When I'm home trying to think through where everything is when I write my plans, it's helpful when everything is typically in the same place.

Long ago, I started keeping a sub lesson plan template on my computer. Back then, I had a laptop that I took back and forth to school. Now I have a school laptop that stays at school and a home laptop. I can store the template on my home laptop or upload to Google Drive so I can share between the two. Once I update the template with the day's plans, then I attach them in an email to the school secretary and/or one of the other fifth grade teachers (whoever I think will check email first) so they can print them off for the sub.

Here is an example of my plan template. I have one for every day of the week since no two days have the same schedule:

When I am half-asleep in the AM, I don't want to have to remember every little detail on how my class runs. That's why the template is so helpful. I've already thought about my daily routines ahead of time and have (hopefully) coherently written them out when I'm not sick or worried about cleaning up vomit.

In this day and age when technology is a part of almost every lesson, it's really important to outline how everything works. Unless a sub works in only one building/district, chances are that everyone has something different. Even different versions of the same company's technology operate differently.

The stuff in red is the only part that I need to update when I'm going to be gone. I usually have my plans done in less than a half-hour since I have all of the routine stuff done.

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For more bright ideas from many more bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Flurry of Pictures Update

Wow. Things are so stupid crazy right now! We've been busy, busy, busy, and I feel that I haven't posted for a long time. So here's what we've been doing...

US Cellular funded another big Donors Choose project for me. Last year, it was two stand-up desks. This year, it was close to $1000 worth of hardcover books and baskets for my classroom library!

Last week was conferences. Had a 4-8pm session on Tuesday, 1:30-4:30pm on Wednesday, and 8am-8pm on Thursday. Since students weren't at school on Thursday, the contractors ground and refinished the cement floor in the classroom next to me. All. Day. Loud and smelly. HOWEVER, I came home to these beauties that my husband and four-year-old daughter picked out from the "flower orchard" while my oldest was at Girl Scouts.


Made these.


Bundled these.

My kids still love The Walking Classroom. Learning all sorts of fun facts!

Made these for conferences (idea from Runde's Room).

Maximo still helps us stretch in the morning, though some of my students still don't get that his questions are redundant. Do any of your students not understand the purpose of these stretches and can't handle it? I have a few who just don't get the point and think it's an opportunity to show off.

Got a {Stitch Fix}.

If you're starting your Halloween planning, here's a linky from {The Teacher's Desk 6}.

I linked up one of my first products, {Candy Corn Math}.

Friday, September 26, 2014

iDeas for iPads {Giveaway}

We are fortunate enough to have a class set of Chromebooks in our room almost the entire day. We use them frequently throughout the day for Spelling City, IXL, Typing Web, Google Docs, and many other sites.

I recently introduced them to {Code.org} as another option for the technology math center. They are completely addicted. To the point where I heard many mention that they were going to continue it at home.

Students learn basic ideas of coding software as they make the Angry Bird reach the pig, for example. They have to think critically about the distance and direction that they need to make the bird move. It starts with easy code, then gradually builds to more complicated programming that requires some trial and error. The students who start off bragging that "this is so easy" become very quiet about five to ten minutes into the program. Out of my entire class, only one student was visibly frustrated. And he is a fairly bright student. It was a nice change for some of my students who normally struggle to experience some success.

This is a free site and there are plenty of options to keep students busy and engaged for many hours.

Be sure to enter our giveaway for an iPad Mini!!

This giveaway is only open to teachers (classroom and homeschool) who are living in the contiguous United States and Canada. The winning entry will be verified and proof of eligibility may be required. Please see the complete terms and conditions at the bottom of the giveaway for more information.

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Hop around to the other Lesson Deli ladies to get some more great technology ideas!