Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hot Air Balloon Bulletin Board

This past month has been a whirlwind! Between my dad spending an extended time in the hospital, vacation to Disney World, softball games, and preparing for our state test,  this little blog had to be put on the back burner for a while. Now that I have a chance to sit down and type, it feels like it is almost time to start winding down the school year! We have a little over one month left, but we have so much that I would still like to do!

This week, we have been busy giving our state test. I must admit, that this is one of the more stressful times of the year for me, but this sweet class has made it much easier by working so hard and listening so well. To help motivate my class and keep them positive about test taking, we made a bright and colorful bulletin board for our hallway. I thought it turned out rather adorable! My inspiration was from a picture that I found on Pinterest.  The students simply cut out hot air balloon shapes in 3 different colors. We folded 2 of the pieces in half to make a crease, and glued them on top of the 3rd piece. Students also cut out a basket from yellow paper and wrote a haiku poem related to success. I thought their poems and balloons turned out great. I made some clouds and hung everything together on this hall bulletin board.


Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Cleaning Sale and Giveaway

I don't know about you, but I am so thankful that spring is finally here! My daughter plays softball, and the games are so much more enjoyable on a beautiful spring afternoon than sitting in the frigid cold with tiny snowflakes falling around you. (Yes, that happened last year, and we froze!)

One thing that is always on my spring to-do list is spring cleaning. I have already begun cleaning part of the windows in my house. Spring is a great time to clean the garage, clean out those closets, and just open the windows and enjoy the fresh air. Spring simply motivates me to clean, and as hectic as the past few weeks have been around my house, my house is in desperate need of spring cleaning.

Another thing I would love to work on cleaning out is my wish list from TpT! I don't know if your wish list has grown as enormous as mine, but I would love to purchase the many items on my wish list! What would motivate me to do some spring cleaning on my wish list? A SALE!

The bloggers at Upper Elementary Snapshots have decided to help you all do a little spring cleaning, too - but without actually picking up cleaning supplies!  We want you to clean out those TpT wishlists!  The best part is that we are going to help you get started!

We are giving away 6 $20 TpT gift certificates.  Use the Rafflecopter below for a chance to enter on March 25th and March 26th.

Then, on March 27th and March 28th, our individual TpT stores will be on sale.  This is the perfect time to grab some fantastic resources to finish up this school year!

Here is a list of our stores - get up to 20% off all of our resources for 2 days ONLY! (Friday/Saturday) Happy shopping!!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Take a Look at My New Blog Design!

I couldn't be more thrilled! I have been wanting a new blog design, and after looking around, I chose Megan Favre from A Bird in Hand Designs to create my new blog design.  Well, I couldn't be happier with the finished product! Megan was wonderful to work with, and she practically read my mind on what I wanted. I hope you enjoy my new design as much as I do, and if you are in the need of a blog designer, I highly recommend Megan. She is wonderful!

Now, I am off to a full day of school. Over the past two weeks, because of bad weather and road conditions, we have only had one full day of school. All other days have been delayed or dismissed. Hopefully, today, we will be busy bees and get a lot accomplished!

Hope you have a blessed day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Progressive Verbs

This week for "What We're Reading Wednesday," I want to share a Powerpoint that I used with my class. Reading is a part of every subject, even in grammar.

A few weeks ago I had a surprise evaluation from my principal. When she walked in, my students were learning about progressive verbs. I was using a Powerpoint that I created to help students learn all about progressive verbs. My principal had a lot of positive comments about the lesson and about all of the learning that was taking place. She especially liked how engaged the students were throughout the lesson.
Not only did my students learn a lot about progressive verbs, but they also had an opportunity to turn and talk, and be actively engaged throughout the lesson.
You may be wondering why I included a Powerpoint on progressive verbs in "What We're Reading Wednesday." This Powerpoint includes many opportunities for students to read.  One suggestion that my principal had to improve this lesson was to let the students coral read the sentences. What a good way to get students reading even more!
This Powerpoint can be found here in my TpT store.
Verb Tenses and Progressive Verb Tenses

Have a blessed day.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Finding Details and Writing a Summary

I hope you are having a wonderful week! I wish I were a better photographer so that I could show you the most beautiful sunrise and sunset that I have ever seen! Last week I attended a workshop with some teachers at my school. We had to travel over an hour to get to the workshop, so that meant that we needed to leave our school at 6:45. (Yes, that's a.m.) Well, I left my house at 6:30, still very sleepy, but as I topped a hill, I could see the most beautiful sunrise that I have ever seen! The colors were such deep reds and oranges that it took my breath away! This evening after picking my daughter up from softball practice, we shared a gorgeous sunset. Absolutely breathtaking! We stopped to take pictures, but our photography skills just couldn't capture the beauty of the colors.

This week for What We're Reading Wednesday, I'd like to invite you to Upper Elementary Snapshots to read the post on finding details and writing summaries. This was a nonfiction reading lesson that my students seemed to really love. Just click here to read about this nonfiction lesson that uses Polar Bears by Gail Gibbons and a free nonfiction article on polar bears. While you're there, be sure that to follow our blog because the wonderful group of upper elementary teachers that make up this Upper Elementary Snapshots have some fabulous ideas that they share every week.
Have a blessed day!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mitten Art

I love art doing art projects with my class, and although we don't have an art teacher or a set time to do art, sometimes I just have to take some time out to let the kiddos enjoy making and creating. That is exactly what we did with this mitten art. I usually borrow my art ideas, and this idea I borrowed from Pinterest. You can find it here.

This project was very easy (which is exactly what I like), and the only supplies needed are construction paper, crayons, a mitten pattern (that I drew and copied), and a snowflake cutout for each student. The students simply traced the mitten pattern onto the blue construction paper. Then they outlined the mittens in white and filled in the mitten with a variety of shapes and patterns. We added a little glitter to the snowflake cutouts before the students glued them onto the mittens.
I love the creativity that the students had with the designs they drew! One key to this project is to press down when coloring and fill in completely.
This was a fun project that my students loved.
Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What We're Reading Wednesday- Read Aloud with Anchor Chart

It's hump day, and to add some fun to each Wednesday, I am beginning a new series called, "What We're Reading Wednesday." I am so excited about this new series! Hopefully, this will help keep me focused and blogging more.  Each Wednesday, I plan to post and share something that we are reading. It could be fiction, nonfiction, chapter books, articles, history, science, math, anchor charts, PowerPoint, TpT products, and more

This week we are reading one of my favorite read alouds ever...


I have read this book by Avi to my students for several years. The first time I read this book, I fell in love! Of course, I enjoy the story of Poppy and how she is a heroine that saves her family from the evil Mr. Ocax, but I also love the complexity of the sentences and how the author's words and sentences flow on each page. This is a fabulous book that captures my students' attentions every year and draws them into this complex story. Students love this book!
One of my favorite things about read aloud time is that it is a time to simply enjoy a book. Occasionally, we do discuss some aspects of a read aloud, and I find some teaching moments. Poppy is filled with fabulous vocabulary. I like to post some of the vocabulary along with sentences from the book onto anchor charts to use with morning work activities. My students love to find these words in books that they are reading independently. In fact, just after we worked with these words, I had a student to find "hesitated" in their own reading. (They get so excited when they find vocabulary.)
Another anchor chart that I love to create with read alouds would be a similes chart. Poppy is not filled with similes, but there are several wonderful examples. Students love to find similes, and it seems that the more we talk about them and chart them, the more that they are able to find in their own reading, and in turn, the more they begin to use in their own writings.
Poppy is definitely a book that I highly recommend! It is What We're Reading this week! What are you reading? I'd love to know!
Have a blessed Wednesday!