Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Tree and Christmas Vacation

I wanted to decorate my classroom Christmas tree this year to coordinate with my classroom decorations, so I included the colors in my classroom and a few owls in my tree.  I think it turned out pretty cute, and so did my class.

My girls and I are officially on Christmas break.  We enjoyed a restful day at home together.  Tomorrow, I look forward to some baking and candy making.

Check back soon for my 200 follower giveaway!

Merry Christmas!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Owl Themed Christmas Bulletin Board and Free Christmas Packet

Wow!   I can't believe December is moving by so quickly.  Like you, I have been so busy in my classroom, teaching, decorating, making ornaments, etc.  I have also been working frantically, trying to complete a Christmas Packet for Tpt.  If you haven't noticed, I have just reached 200 followers!  Thank ya'll so much!  To celebrate, I am planning a giveaway sometime within the next week, so check back to join in!  In the meantime, I have a couple of things to share. 

The first is my Owl themed Christmas bulletin board:

I think it turned out too cute!

The next item that I have been working on (for what seems like weeks) is my new Jolly Santa Literacy Packet full of fun activities for Christmas.

In addition, to begin my celebration of reaching 200 followers and to wish everyone a Merry Christmas,  I have created a packet for Free!!!  This is a fun Christmas packet that I hope you'll enjoy. Included in this packet are a fun Christmas Printable,  colorful literacy center cards, and printables to make a Christmas art activity.  Just click on the picture below for the link to my TpT store and this freebie.

 Fun Christmas decodable puzzle
 Cute and colorful literacy center cards

Simple and colorful Christmas art activity

I am finally linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for another great Monday Made It!  Hopefully, it is better late than never.  I love her blog and her linky!

God bless!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Nonfiction Text Features Activity

Hey ya'll!  I hope you have had a blessed Sunday.  Our weekend here has been gorgeous and warm!  It has been just beautiful weather. 

I have had so many ideas that I have wanted to share with you, but I am struggling these days with one thing:  time.   I have finally found a moment to sit down and share a nonfiction activity that we completed last week.  After reviewing nonfiction text features, each student used a nonfiction book to create these wonderful nonfiction text charts.  This was an idea inspired from Mrs. Winston's blog.

My students did a great job, and it was a fun review of nonfiction text features.    Here are some of their completed projects.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday plus Tuesday

Happy Thanksgiving dear bloggy friends!  I am looking forward to a Thanksgiving with my family; although, my brother and his family will not be able to come this year.  Like many in our area, they have come down with the flu.  I pray that they are better soon!  This will also be the last Thanksgiving at the home and farm where I grew up.  My parents farmland has been purchased by the county to build a dam for an extra water source.  Several years ago, we experienced a severe drought in our area and came very close to running out of water.  I know the water source is needed, but I am so sad to see my family's home and land be sold.  My daddy grew up on the land and this land and river holds lots of memories for him.  This will be a special Thanksgiving for us. 

On another note, if you have not yet heard, TpT is having a fabulous Cyber Monday and Tuesday sale.  I am participating, and everything in my store is discounted 28% with the code CMT12!  I am linking up with The 3am Teacher for her Cyber Monday Linky!  Click the link below for a list of other great shops participating!  Don't miss out on this fabulous sale!  I have my wishlist ready!!


Here are a few of the items available at my TpT store.

Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Vivid Verbs and a Freebie!

I love teaching writing, and truthfully, I love it because it is a challenge.  This year, I have had to step back and rethink some of my teaching strategies for writing.  My students have very little experience this year with narrative writing, so I have had to change my teaching approach.  This group of students also has a weaker vocabulary than many groups in the past, so to help improve vocabulary, this week we have looked at stories with vivid verbs. 

One such story is Arrowhawk by Lola Schaefer.  This book not only kept my class glued to each page, but it is also full of powerful verbs!  To begin with, I read the first page, replacing the verbs with bland verbs.  Then I reread the page with the wonderful verbs the author had written.  We then discussed those verbs, their meanings, and how much easier we could visualize the action in the story with those powerful verbs.  This idea was inspired by ( (my favorite website!).  We then charted the verbs, and I had students to choose 10 of their favorites to use in sentences of their own.  We then shared our vivid verb sentences with partners and then with the entire class.

Arrowhawk (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12)

Another day I read Appelemando's Dreams by Patricia Polacco.  I absolutely adore Patricia Polacco and would love to meet her!  She is such a fabulous author and storyteller!  I had not read this book; however, until this week, and I must say, it did not let me down.  It, too, is chocked full of fabulous verbs!  I simply read this book, and at the end of each page, I repeated many of the powerful verbs.  We then charted the verbs, just like before, wrote sentences, and shared with partners and the class.  Nothing very fancy, but this is definitely what my students are needing at this point.

Appelemando's Dream

I also created colorful vocabulary cards for this activity that I can't wait to print, laminate, and hang on my walls for my class to use for inspiration in their writing for the rest of the year!  These cards are so bright and colorful (inspired by the bright colors of Appelemando's dreams)!  Also, they are yours for free!  Just click on the picture below and download!  I know your students will love this story as much as my classes did!

Just click on any picture above to take you to my TpT store to download these for free! 

Have a blessed day!


Friday, November 9, 2012

Fun Friday, Plural Possessives and Presidents!

It is late, but it is still Friday, and it is Fun Friday!  I have a few things to share with you about our week in fourth grade.  First of all, with the elections Tuesday, we read a terrific book, So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George.

So You Want to be President? Revised and Updated Edition

I'd like to take credit for coming up with the idea of reading this book this week, but actually it was the story for this week in our reading series that was scheduled to be read Tuesday.  What perfect timing!  My class loved this book!  They laughed and were amazed at the fun bits of unusual information about our Presidents!  Today we even watched a video of this book from  If your school has access to this website, it is wonderful! 

We have also been working on plural possessive nouns this week.  I created cards and an activity to review plural possessives called Pumpkin Possessives.  You can find this at my TpT store.

Now it is time for Fun Friday.  I would love for you to link up! 

I just love the grays and browns in this wreath!  I want to make one for my front door.  Yes, I am a Bama fan!  My favorite color has always been pink!  My living room in our first house was even pink!  I had a cream color sofa with pink flowers.  Poor hubby!  He never said a word about it.

(Don't forget to leave a comment with the person before and after you.)

God bless!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Currently and Freebie!

I have finally made time to sit down and link up with Farley for her November Currently.  I can't believe that it is already November.  I love fall, and here in the south, we have had a beautiful fall, though my thoughts and prayers are with all of those suffering from the effects of Sandy.  It brings back memories of April 27, 2011, and the tornado outbreak here in the south.  That day was surreal for many of us.  Thankfully, we had no damage, but many around us did.

And now, my currently:

I have also created a new graphic organizer for free!  I can't believe how well my TpT store is doing, and this is just a way to say thank you to all of you bloggy friends as well as TpT store friends! 

Just click the picture above to take you to my TpT store and this free item!  If you like this graphic organizer, I have several others that you might enjoy as well at my store!

You may have noticed that there was no Fun Friday linky last Friday.  It will return again this week.  Hope to see you link up!

God bless!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fairy Tales and Fun Friday!

Do you ever feel like you are barely keeping your head above water?  The water is not quite to my chin, but I have been sinking for the past few weeks.  With grades due in the computer, meetings to attend, stacks of papers to grade, lack of organization, and "stuff" to do, I have been slowly going under.  Hopefully, I'll grab onto a life preserve and get back in the boat soon.  In the meantime, I'm going to share with you some ideas that I used a couple of weeks ago in my classroom.

I love sharing fairy tales with my class.   We read the hilarious mixed up fairy tale, The Horned Toad Prince by Jackie Mims Hopkins and Michael Austin. 

The Horned Toad Prince

This book is a wonderful read aloud to teach story elements, mixed up fairy tales, and figurative language.  We discussed the elements of fairy tales, and I created a chart with those elements.

After reading The Horned Toad Prince, students then created  charts in their reading journals about the story.

We also read other mixed up fairy tales including...

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So much fun!

Then we read Cinderella stories from around the world including...

Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican TraditionYeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

The Rough-Face GirlMufaro's Beautiful Daughters (Reading Rainbow Books)

   The Persian CinderellaThe Egyptian Cinderella
My favorite of the Cinderella books, is The Rough Face Girl.  It is such a beautiful story.  

Now, for Fun Friday!

Fun Pin, Flamingos and Butterflies I think you will love Tina's blog, Samaritan's Purse

It is this easy!
  • Write about a fun lesson this week.
  • Share a fun fall pin from Pinterest.
  • Share a favorite blog with fewer followers than your own.
  • Share your fun plans for your weekend.
  • Put links below the Fun Friday page

Remember, it doesn't have to be Friday to link up.  Be sure to comment on two people in front of you and the two people behind you (or even more if you like!).  Everyone likes getting comments!!  Thanks so much to those of you for linking up each week!  

I hope you have a fun Friday!