Saturday, November 29, 2014

TPT Cyber Sale and Wish List!

Hello, friends! I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and you were able to keep your sanity on Black Friday! I braved the front this year (yep, big belly and all!) and was surprised by how tame and non-crowded it was.  Don't get me wrong, there were people, but it was very calm and everyone was very polite and behaved themselves!  I also attribute this to Best Buy having a surplus of product so no one had to snatch and grab that TV out of your cart, lol.

Maybe by now you've heard of the upcoming TPT sitewide sale...

...but have you entered to win one of the five $25 TPT gift cards yet? Today is the last day to enter. If you win, that extra cash will come to your inbox just in time for the sale! Click the image below to enter if you haven't already... winners will be announced tomorrow!

Now, let's get down to business! What is on your wishlist? I love seeing what other people are buying for their classroom. As if I need any other excuse to buy products from TPT...

Feel free to grab the banners and link up, too! Share two items that everyone has on their wish list from your store and one item that you have on your own wish list that you'll buy during the sale.

The number one thing people have wish listed from my store is my Cooking with Science: Physical and Chemical Changes.  I really love this lab!  I'm usually not a big science girl but I just got inspired when we came to this unit in Science last year and saw all the amazing possibilities this world had to offer to show these kids the difference between physical and chemical changes.

This set includes Literary Connections, Recipe for Homemade Butter, Recipe for Homemade Pancakes, Homemade Butter Lab Sheet, Homemade Pancakes Lab Sheet, Enrichment Activity and Teacher Tips!  It's a wonderful way for your students to get a hands-on experience when learning about physical and chemical changes!

The second most wish listed item is my Prefix Parlor Bundle!  This bundle includes the first four sets of my Prefix Parlors.  Prefix Parlor is a fantastic game for literacy stations or small groups. It allows students the opportunity to review, explore, and understand prefixes while using their context clues to decode vocabulary terms. With the Prefix Parlor your kids will master the concept of prefixes through building words and take it a step further by applying their knowledge with the Enrichment Cards.

Out of all of our Word Work stations, they ALWAYS go for this one first!  One of the reasons I love it is because they can complete portions of it whenever they are at that station but can also always come back and complete more later in case they didn't finish.  It usually takes them one rotation to figure out all the definitions and meaning of the prefix and then there are ten enrichment cards for each set that requires the students to apply their learning in different fashions.  All in all, one of my all time favorites and their's!

One of my most favorite finds this fall was Fourth Grade Flipper's Fall Themed Nonfiction Text Practice and now she has a Winter Themed Nonfiction Text Practice!!!

She includes a themed nonfiction article, six comprehension questions, two short response questions that require my students to go back in the article and use evidence to support their answer, and graphic organizers.  This has been such a huge help in trying to teach my students how to use text evidence and I know they'll be excited to see the winter article!  Can't wait to download this one!

What do you have on your wish list?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thankful for All of You Giveaway!

We are so excited for the holiday season that we couldn't help but spread some love! Lots of your favorite TPT Teacher-Authors and I have teamed up to give YOU some TPT spending money. We love you and appreciate you (and we wish we could give all of our fabulous followers some money)!

Enter the Rafflecopter below by simply following our TPT stores, and you will have a chance to win one of five $25 TPT gift cards! Good luck!
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Leader in Me Mini-Series: Leadership Notebooks

Something big is happening at our school this year!  We are becoming a 7 Habits Leadership School.  If you're not sure what this is, don't worry, I wasn't either, lol.  Stephen Covey wrote the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Leader in Me is essentially the school/kid version of that book.  As a school we won't start implementing the 7 Habits until next month but we have started using Leadership Notebooks regularly in place of our Data Notebooks.

If you use a Data Notebook in your class you'll notice that our Leadership Notebooks are not that much different...  Just a few more things added.  Now, I will be the first to say that I'm not 100% sure that this is how a Leadership Notebook should look/be set up, or if there even is a way to do it perfectly, but this one works fabulously for us!  Here is an inside look at what we have in ours. 
FAIR WARNING:  This is an insanely long post but full of freebies.  Just click on the image to snag yours!

Starting off, every student has a 1" white binder with a page view cover.  You can have your students bring in tabs or make your own.  We made our own using file folders that we cut in half and hole punched! 

The very first thing the students and parents see when you open the binder is a letter to the parents explaining what a Leadership Notebook is and the expectations for both the student and parents.
Next up is a Parent Review and Comments page.  We will send these notebooks home a few times every month.  This page keeps parents updated on what has been added since the last time they saw it and has a section for them to sign or comment and ask questions if need be.
Our tabs are as follows:

My Self: This is where you can find everything personal about students.  Their goals, behavior, homework tracker, contributions, etc.
 Every month students create an academic goal and a personal goal to work on.  The first time I introduce this I only have them focus on their academic goal.  The following month we will write a goal for each: academic and personal.  More on this coming up with Leader in Me Mini-Series: SMART Goals.

Academics is a huge focus in schools, obviously, but you also want to teach your students to be good people!  We talk about contributing to our communities in different ways and keep a log of how they contribute to our school.  We have many opportunities to do so through fundraisers and Kids Care Club and every time they contribute something (time or money) they get to color in a box.  I will tell you that this is what my students gravitate to more than anything!  They LOVE being a part of something and helping in any way they can.  Since they have started filling out this form I have become inundated with contributions from my kids!  Makes for one proud teacher :o)

Reading Data: Here you can find their Lexile scores, fluency graph, graph for Unit Tests, and their Reading DE scores.  You can also keep track of how many books they've read, Reading Genre Challenge, etc.  Add whatever you want!
Math Data: Very similar to the Reading Data section!  Students keep their  Multiplication Masters Fluency Tracking Chart, Math Chapter Tests, and Math DE scores here.

Science/Social Studies Data: This holds their science and social studies tests so far...  Maybe later on I will think of more things to add but that's about it for now!

Writing Data: Samples of student writing and county writing scores are housed here.

The back also has a special cover that we slide in!  Together we made a Class Mission Statement and everyone's Leadership Notebook has their own copy of the statement so they can see it even when they go home.  This was written word for word by them!  If you want to know how to write your own class mission statement, keep your eyes open for Leader in Me Mini-Series: Mission Statements, coming soon!

Whew!!!  You made it!  I told you it was a long post, but click on some of the photos and you can grab yourself a free copy of that document!  Do you implement Leadership Notebooks in your class?  How do you like it?  Anything I should add to ours?

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Well I have been keeping a BIG secret from most everyone in the world!  I was finally given the okay to tell my kids at school and I wanted something original for my 4th graders to figure it out.  So I posed a bunch of riddles.  The last riddle in the bunch was this:
Mrs. S and her husband take a picture together.  There are three people in the picture.  How is this possible?
My kids came up with some pretty amazing answers!  We had the photographer, photo bomb, a shadow, and even a tree... yes a tree.  Have you figured the answer out??
After about a minute of guesses my kids finally came up my daughter or son, but then couldn't remember if I already had one or not.  I told them I would find out if it was a boy or girl in three weeks and you instantly saw the light bulbs!  Needless to say they were VERY excited!  Now I just need to figure out a cute way to reveal the gender to them.  Any ideas?!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Orange Ya Glad It's a Blog Hop 2014!

Thanks for visiting our blog hop! :)
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I am super excited to share my Spelling and Vocabulary Stations Set with you today! :)

Here's some of what you'll find in the pack!

I'm so glad that you stopped by to check out my preview! :)

Would you like to try out a station from my pack?

Click HERE to download your freebie! :)

Something fun that we've added this year is an instagram puzzle!
Here are the rules! :)

Your instagram letter clue for my page is...

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Don't forget to write down the letter from each of your hop stops! :)
Solve the mystery word and post a selfie on instagram with your answer!
Don't forget to add


That way we can find you for the drawing! :)

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One lucky winner will win this amazing set of prizes!
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Happy Hopping Everyone!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

It's Back... With a Twist!

I finally got my Meet the Teacher/Curriculum Night out of the way and now onto my big summer finale!

I am so excited to announce my second annual hop featuring some of your favorite Florida Bloggers! :)

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Click on any of the images above to be directed to our Facebook pages for more information in the next few days! :)
The hop starts on Sunday at 12noon EST! :)
We can't wait to see you! ;)

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