Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Sale
Happy Easter weekend! I hope you have a very blessed Easter.  My girls and I had a wonderful time yesterday shopping and going out to eat.  It was so nice to be relaxed and to not have anywhere we had to be at a certain time.  It was great! Tomorrow, we are looking forward to sunrise service and Easter dinner with our family.

Today, I wanted to let you know that if you have a chance to stop by my store tomorrow on Easter Sunday, several stores, including mine, will be on sale!  My store will be 20% off. No code required!  (Thanks to Glitter Meets Glue for this awesome button!)

This would be an excellent opportunity to pick up a few of my spring items that I have in my store.
Earth Day: Owl About Taking Care of the Earth
My "Owl About Taking Care of the Earth Poster" is perfect for writing on April 22.
Earth Day Fun Packet and Posters Print and Go
My "Earth Day Fun Packet" is perfect for this week.  It contains easy to print puzzles and pages for language arts all relating to Earth Day.  Your students will enjoy this!
Borders By Kelly B. Set #3: Mega Border Pack
This would also be a great time to pick up one of my border sets!
Spring Themed Graphic Organizers
You may also enjoy my "Spring Themed Graphic Organizers."  These graphic organizers are perfect to use with any book or story.  Your students will enjoy the spring themed graphics.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Remember to visit my store tomorrow!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Owl About My Spring Break, Cinquain Poems, and a Winner!

I am so tired, and so thankful that today is Friday! When my husband and I first married, I had been teaching for a couple of years.  My husband had earned his teaching degree, but had not yet found a teaching job.  He was working at a feed store until he could find a teaching job, so all day, he lifted feedbags, loaded feedbags, and did a lot of physical work. I would come home exhausted from a busy day of teaching.  My hubby would say, "Why are you so tired?"  He never said it, but he always implied that he did more work at his job than I did; therefore, I should not be tired.  I would simply say, "Just wait."  The next school year, he got his first teaching job.  Each day, he came home...tired!  (hee, hee, hee!)  I just giggled (and still do).  He finally understood!

Even though I'm tired, I'm ready and excited to link up with Doodle Bugs for 5 for Friday to share a few things from my week!

We came back from spring break this week, and my students wrote all about their week using my Owl About My Spring Break writing pages.  They loved these, and they enjoyed getting to share about their week! It was interesting to learn some new things about my kiddos! You'll find these for sale at my TpT store.  

My students wrote Cinquain poems this week, and they were so creative! I just loved the variety of topics.  Students wrote about everything from pigs to rainbows to Elvis!  First, we watched this video of some awesome cinquains written by children. 
Then my students got creative! Look as these fabulous poems!
I have also uploaded a new set of borders.  This set is a colored borders set that contains 15 different colors.  They are perfect for product covers, task cards, center activities, etc.  Be sure to check these out at my store.  (Just click on the pic below.)
Colorful Circle Borders
Finally, the winner of my Borders Set # 3 is Angela N.! Congratulations! My daughter picked #14. 
Be blessed!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Little Oh Anchor Chart

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday (a day late).
March has been crazy busy.  We have had softball games, been busy at school, softball games, and more softball games.  I have enjoyed watching my daughter play, but we have definitely enjoyed this past week: Spring Break!!

Spring Break!

This week was my spring break! Wahoo! It was great. 
Did your spring break to do list look anything like mine?
I had a huge to do list:  clean out the garage, clean the basement, make 5 new items for TpT, blog, clean out the flower beds, clean the house (deep clean- like clean windows, closets, pack away winter clothes, etc.) , spend time with the girls, watch Frozen with my daughter. 
However, I think I only accomplished 2 goals on this list: spend time with the girls and watch Frozen.(which was wonderful!)  My girls also wanted to go shopping, so I couldn't say no to that! Shopping, watching a movie, and spending time with family sounds a lot more fun than cleaning!


Have you read Little Oh?

I actually used this book in my class a few weeks ago, but I wanted to share it with you.  Little Oh by Laura Krauss Melmed is a beautifully told story of a woman whose paper doll creation comes to life.  It is a great story to study character analysis. 

Anchor Chart

We made this anchor chart as we analyzed Little Oh.  As I read this book to my class, students found evidence in the book of "how the character looked,"  "her behavior," etc.  Students talked to their partner to discuss the evidence, then we charted their findings.  My class really enjoyed this story.

Borders By Kelly B. Set #3

Borders By Kelly B. Set #3: Mega Border Pack
My newest set of borders are finally finished! I have created 42 borders in this huge set! Each one of these borders will add a unique style to your worksheets, center activities, packets, and cover pages.  You'll find them at my TpT store.

Win this set of borders!

You can win Borders by Kelly B. Set #3 by simply leaving a comment below.  Let me know how you would use this set.
Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!
Have a blessed day!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Teaching Reading and March Currently

My school system began using the McGraw/Hill reading series this year.  If your school uses this reading series, then you need to take a look at Mariela Santillana's TpT store! She has some fantastic packets that are the perfect addition to support this reading series.  Mariela's Guided Reading Packets for 3rd grade are amazing!  They are perfect to use in small groups, whole group, or for close reading.
Wonders 3rd Grade - Guided Reading Groups - UNIT 2
Mariela also has these terrific Tri-Folds to use with the main story each week! This is a great way for students to comprehend the text. 

McGraw Hill Wonders Comprehension Tri-Folds 3rd Grade UNIT 4
If you use this reading series, I highly recommend that you visit Mariela's store!  Even if you don't use this reading series, she has many other fabulous teaching packets.  Also, please check out her adorable new blog:
I have also created a unit to go with the short reads in Unit 5 of 4th grade.   These pages are very versatile and easy to use.

McGraw Hill Unit 5 Grade 4 Comprehension Sheets to Support
Finally, I'm also am linking up with Farley today for her Currently.
Can you guess the question that goes with the answer to the last?????????????  It is fairly obvious...
These are all types of dogs that I have owned and loved!
Be blessed!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

3 Million Teachers Strong Sale!

If you haven't heard, TpT is now 3 million teachers strong! 3 million! Wow! I'm excited to be a part of such a awesome and growing community. To celebrate, I'm joining with many other TpT'ers and my store is 20% off! In addition, if you enter the code TPT3, you will receive 28% off! This sale is today and tomorrow only, so now is a great time to purchase those items that have been sitting on your wishlist.

If you have not yet purchased my Common Core: Reading Literature Graphic Organizers, then this packet may be exactly what you need for your reading class.  These organizers are so versatile and can be used with almost any book or story.  Not only do they cover the Common Core Standards, but they will help your students think about their reading and better understand what they are reading.

Common Core Reading: Graphic Organizers for Reading Litera
Do you teach tall tales?  This packet is perfect for you! It not only contains tall tales characteristics posters, but it also contains graphic organizers that are perfect for tall tales.  There are also writing prompts to link your reading to writing.  This is a great addition to your tall tales study!
Tall Tales Posters, Graphic Organizers, and Writing Prompts
I also have several PowerPoint lessons in my store that you may find very useful for your language arts class.  When I create PowerPoints, I try to make each one interactive for the students in some way so that the students are engaged in the lesson.  This Comparative and Superlative Adverbs PowerPoint is perfect for grades 3-6.

Comparative and Superlative Adverbs PowerPoint Lesson
Finally, don't forget my borders! If you are creating, these are perfect for adding that special touch to your designs.  They are for personal and commercial use for teachers. 
Borders By Kelly B. Set 2
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a blessed day!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Happy Sunday! I hope your Sunday has been a blessed one!  Today, I wanted to share that my blogging friend, Deb Hanson, has reached some major milestones and is hosting a fabulous giveaway.  Please visit her blog and enter for a chance to be one of 15 fabulous winners!
Be blessed!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Border Winner and Winter Weather

First of all, congratulations to my border winner, Deb Hanson!  She has won my Borders By Kelly Set #2 and my Heart Shaped Borders Sets!

Now, can you say "Snow Days?" To be exact 4 snow days this week! If you don't know, I live in the south where we don't always see a snow every winter.  In fact, when it does snow, or even when there is a threat of snow, we have been know to cancel schools.  I know that is hard for some to imagine, but we don't have the equipment to clear roads, and when we have snow, we also have a problem with ice on the roads.  This winter we have had an unusual amount of snow!  A couple of weeks ago, we had a surprise snow that crippled interstates in my state and trapped people in their vehicles.  The problem was the ice that created dangerous situations on the roads. Fortunately, we did not have those type of problems where I live: just a pretty snow.
This past week, we had what I consider the prettiest snow I have ever seen.  We had 5 1/2 inches of snow!  (Now, that is my unofficial measurement.)  It has been 20 years since we have had a snow like this!  It was an absolutely beautiful winter wonderland!  The wonderful thing about this snow was that it warmed up the next day, and we were able to go outside and enjoy it!  We actually went outside the night it was snowing, and my daughter even built a snowman (snowcat) that night! 
The snow coated everything.  It was so pretty! I couldn't wait to take pictures.
My dad was like a big kid playing with my girls in the snow! They went all around the neighborhood on the "sled."  We didn't have a sled, so my daddy used an old car hood and tied it to the back of the Gator to pull the girls around.   They had so much fun!
My hubby even had fun building a snowcow!
Now after all of the fun, it is time to get back to school next week! 
Be blessed!