Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Last Day Sale!

Don't forget to check out my TPT store today for the last day of my sale. Pick up my new school year planner, the 5th grade and 6th grade CCSS I Can statements, math journal topics, 3 minute math, and some of my other best sellers!  

Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Made It: bulletin boards, TPT sale, home decor, and a tutu!

Well my friends, I have had a busy week!!! I can’t wait to share all the things I’ve been working on since last week’s Monday Made It. I would like to thank Tara for this fabulous link up. I have looked forward to Mondays all summer to see what everyone is making! This week I have several things to share with you including bulletin boards , a Pinterest inspired project for my living room,  new products in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store, and a tutu. This is a long post, but hang in there…here we go!

First up…my bulletin boards and keeping with my technology theme…

I put the finishing touches on my “Tweet Board.” I laminated the poster boards and printed off my home key and camera. I also added my hash tag #WHATILEARNEDTODAY.  (Thanks to Tasha Blaylock for the hash tag idea-I don’t know how I forgot that!) I’m still debating on creating a 3D tree beside the board and putting the Twitter birds in the trees. Thoughts?

I made a giant Instagram bulletin board in the hall beside my classroom so I could display the student’s work and pictures of what we are doing in the classroom.

This is my Facebook Student Profile Spotlight. I created this to give each student a chance to “shine.” This is also in the hall outside my door so we can share the student’s success with the whole school. I printed out the logos, typed the titles, and drew lines with a Sharpie. I laminated the poster board so the students can write on the board and we can wipe it off each week. Another reason I laminated it (besides durability) was to be able to tape the student’s picture to the board along with pictures of their “likes” and “dislikes.” The tape will come off easily without tearing the paper.

Second…my newest TPT creations.

 I have seen so many cute teacher planners and other creations on TPT! I didn’t know how to make some of these without having certain programs on my computer. I played around a little this week and figured some things out.  Using PowerPoint, I drew lines to make a chevron design. Now this took me some TIME! I changed the background, but couldn’t figure out how to make the color pattern change. After giving my blog a facelift and learning to save a slide from PowerPoint as a PNG and opening it in Paint, I was able to create the color pattern for my chevron pages. Anyway…I worked almost all week creating a School Planner for teachers. You can find it here in my TPT store on sale this week through Wednesday!

I also created the CCSS I Can Statements for 5th and 6th grade Math. I want to thank my viewers for helping me edit and correct both sets of these. I can’t wait to display these in my classroom!! You can also find them here on sale this week in my store through Wednesday.

I have been reading “Writing in Math Class” by Marilyn Burns. This book was published in 1995, but so much of the information holds true when thinking toward CCSS now. I started using Interactive Math Journals in my class last year, but with anything you need time for trial and error. I don’t feel like I used them to the extent I should have with my students. Or rather I didn’t teach the students to use them as a resource regularly in our class. (Side note:  This year, I plan to have the students add a vocabulary section in the back of their journals.) While reading this book, I decided to make a slide show of math journal topics to use in my class. I might use them on the SMART board as topics in the interactive math journals, as exit ticket questions, or as bellringer questions. Some are cute and funny, and other topics are simply explaining mathematical processes. You can find it on sale this week through Wednesday  in my TPT store.

Third…my Pinterest inspired project for my living room.

My husband and I renovated a hundred year old family home a few years ago and I have stock piled the antique windows for several projects. I have also gathered windows, doors, and shutters from other people. My sweet husband never says anything about my projects that seem to take over the house at times, but I know he wishes I would finally finish them all. I am still deciding if I am going to put family pictures in the window or leave the wreath. Suggestions?

Last but not least, my niece had her 2nd birthday party Saturday. Things kept going wrong and my sister-in-law was running out of time, so I ended up figuring out how to make a tutu with elastic and tulle.  Not only did I make her one, but I made one for her birthday present, a puppy.  Couldn’t get them both to be still for a picture, so here’s one with her tutu. Those were  not hard at all! I may tackle making a door wreath that is made similar to a tutu. I saw some cute ones on Pinterest.

Thanks for hanging in there for this loooonnnnggg edition of Monday Made It!

I love comments!!! Stay tuned for a complete tour of my room soon.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Can I borrow your eyes???


I would really love to borrow someone's eyes to proofread my 5th and 6th grade CCSS "I Can..." Statements. I have looked at them until my eyes have crossed! :) If you would be interested, first 3 of my fabulous followers to comment with your email will get the set FREE! Please pick 5th or 6th grade or both. I am going to post these in my Teacher Pay Teachers store, and I don't want any mistakes. That's why I need your help!!!
Thanks a million!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Made It: Blog Facelift using "Blogging for Dummies"

Time for Monday Made It with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics!

I was doing some research last night on how to make my blog more "cutesy." I found the blog of one of my newest followers, Mai Huynh at Diary of a Grumpy Teacher. Blogging For Dummies. (And apparently I'm a dummy! ;) I like to think I'm a little techie, but this blogging business is teaching me new things everyday.) This page directed me to Mrs. Stanford's Class blog. Her YouTube video tutorial showed me how to do everything I had been wondering how to do to my blog!! I "googled" free blog backgrounds and found The Cutest Blog On The Block. Wow at all the cute stuff on that site! Yay!!! If you are new to the blogging world or just feel the need to make your page "cutesy," check out these pages. Easy Peasy!! Monday Made It is my blog design. It wasn't nearly as complicated as I though it would be. And I'm too cheap to pay for someone to do mine. Although I've seen some fabulous blogs out there that I'm sure they had to pay for. Let me know what you think. I'm still learning about the blogging world even though I've had my blog over a year now. I love and appreciate comments and suggestions. I still have a few things to do such as make a button, create buttons for social media, signature, etc. But I still have a few more weeks before school starts. Have a great week! Next week I hope to share with you my Pinterest inspired project that involves an antique window and shutters...Stay tuned!
Have a fabulous week!


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Caution: Under Construction

Please be patient while I'm giving my blog a facelift. :) It may take me a while to get it all figured out. Any veteran bloggers who wanna help feel free to email me. Y'all have a great week!!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Freebie Friday!!! iPad door icons!!!

Freebie Friday!!!!

I am so amazed at the number of emails I have received from other teachers wanting me to share my iPad door icons with them! I decided to make a PowerPoint with the icons and names for you as a freebie! Take a look around my store while you are there. :) If you haven't followed me on Bloglovin' yet, please make sure you do. I hope to share more things with fun things with you!!! Oh and any 5th and 6th grade teachers, please take a minute and post your blog on my Blog Link Up tab at the top of my page, so we can share with each other!!
Have a fabulous weekend!!!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Monday Made It & Back to school bulletin boards...flashback!

I was just going to share with you some of my favorite back to school door décor!
The first year I was at my school, I was a little reluctant to "go big" with my decorating, then by my second year that had disappeared. I don't even think I have a picture of the door my first year.( It was a boring "Welcome to the Hive" with bees that came in a bulletin board kit. BLAH) All I actually decorated was the door. As time went on, I decided just to use the whole wall by my room!
 Year 2 door
Year 3 door
Year 4 door
 Year 5

Monday Made It!!! I'm linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for my Monday Made It today. This is an antique window pane I'm painting for my sister-in-law's new baby nursery. It's still in the works...I still have to paint the frame and touch up the flowers. But it's what I'm making today.
Have a great day!!!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Liebster Award x2 :)

Thanks to Megan over at Fun in 5th for nominating me for the Liebster Award! This is the second time I've received that honor. but the first time, I really was still trying to understand the blogging world. So here we go...
The 'rules' to accept this award...
  • Link back to the blogs that nominated me
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers
  • Answer the questions posted for us by my nominator
  • Share 11 random facts about me
  • Create 11 questions for my nominees
  • Contact my nominees and let them know of their nomination 
Nominations for blogs with fewer than 200 followers:
1. Elizabeth at Hodges Herald
2. Traci at The Bender Bunch
3. Dawn at Dawn's Math Dazzlers
4. Katie at Mind Sparks
5.Dee at Mrs. B's Nook
Some of my new favorite blogs have already been given this award or have over 200 followers.

Megan's questions for me:
1. What is your favorite school supply? Colorful pens or brightly colored Sharpies
2.  What is the last DIY project you did? Painted a cross for a benefit for a local lady trying to get prosthetics. This is out of old Beaded board from my house renovation.
3.  What is your favorite sport and sports team? Don't watch sports...I love to watch the Olympics when it comes on though. I love to watch the sprinting and swimming in the summer and ice skating in the winter.
4.  How do you come up with blogging topics? Off the top of my head :)
5.  What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
6. Who would play you in a movie about your life story? Sandra Bullock or Reese Witherspoon...not that I look either one of them, I just think they are fabulous!
7.  What is your favorite cookie? Warm, melty, chocolate chip
8.  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? To Amsterdam to the Anne Frank Museum
9.  Do you have a classroom theme, and if you do, what is it? I guess it's safe to say I'm going with technology this year. iThemed
10. What color best describes you and why? Yellow because I try to be in a good mood all the time
11. If you could invite someone famous (living/dead) to dinner, who would it be? I would invite my Mom. She passed away when I was 12 years old. I have so much to tell her and ask her.
11 Random Facts About Me:
1. I married my high school sweetheart. We started dating when I was 14.
2. My favorite TV show is Army Wives.
3. I have a serious sweet tooth...cakes, cookies, candy, etc.  
4. I waitressed before I got my teaching degree and LOVED it.
5. My favorite part of history is WWII, the Holocaust, and the Great Depression.
6. My husband and son both have birthdays in March, but my son and I both have birthdays on the 29th. Mine's in August. I got a Hurricane for my birthday one year-BOO! Hurricane Katrina!
7. I really want to visit Paris, London, and Amsterdam.
8. I have a letter from Miep Gies and an autographed postcard. My class several years ago sent her cards at Christmas and she returned a letter to me and my class. She died the next year. Talk about a piece of HISTORY!!!!
9. I love to try crafty DIY stuff and love to paint. Especially antique window panes.
10. I used to play the piano, and kinda wish I still could.
11. I wish I wasn't so tall...It's hard to ever find pants long enough when you are 5'9".

My questions for them:
1. What is your favorite vacation spot?
2.  What is your favorite lesson/topic to teach?
3.  Do you drink coffee? And how do you fix it?
4.  What's your favorite movie and why?
5.  What is your favorite quote?
6. What is your favorite "go-to" blog for teaching ideas?
7.  What is your favorite childhood memory?
8.  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
9.  Do you have a classroom theme, and if you do, what is it?
10. What is your favorite school supply?
11. Do you brown bag it or eat cafeteria food?


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Monday Made It (Late!!!)

I'm linking up with Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics for Monday Made It again. I'm late, but nothing new. :) I ran up to school today to make my version of the "iHelp" helper chart I found on Pinterest. Its just a piece of poster board with black bulletin board paper and library pockets with the icons on it. I am still deciding wether to use craft sticks with their names on them or index cards... Your input would be appreciated. :) The jobs I have listed sort of go with the app icons I picked. The App Store icon is for Attendance, the Facebook app is for Flag duty, the Pinterest app is for my Paper helper, the Settings app is for my iPad and NEO2 cart monitor, and the Twitter app is for my monitor to check my "Tweet board" to make sure each student submitted an exit ticket.

Then I decided to make a "Tweet board". Similar to something else on Pinterest...(surprise!) that you can see here. I plan on using this as an exit ticket type board.  This will let all the other students and faculty see what the kids are learning in my class daily. I made this out of two pieces of poster board that I laminated and put together. (Not quite through with the iPad background on it though)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Bloglovin' Blog Hop

Teaching is a Gift
I'm linking up with Teaching is a Gift and Teaching Without A Class for a BLOGLOVIN' BLOP HOP! Go check out these sites. There is an awesome giveaway too...a personal laminator!! I am finding new blogs to follow! Yaaayyyy! Don't forget to follow my blog on bloglovin'. You don't want to miss out on the upcoming school year's activities, lesson plans, and decorating ideas.
I posted link at the top of my page for 5th and 6th grade teachers to link up. Make sure to list your blog so I can follow it and others can find it as well.
Have  FABULOUS Friday!!!
Below is the list from this awesome blog hop:

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Calling all 5th & 6th grade teachers...

Happy 4th of July to all of you today! I wanted to let you know I started a link up on the top tab of my page called Blog Link Up. I'm looking for 5th and 6th grade teacher bloggers to list your blog on here so I can find new teachers to share with. I'm also hoping this will be a good "go to" page for others to find new blogs. So, check out the tab at the top and share your blog with me.