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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Little Elf Never Hurt--Holiday Blog Hop

Hey everyone!  I hope your little hop over to my blog has found you some amazing ideas for the Holiday season!  I have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers Teacher FRIENDS to bring you an idea for the classroom that is sure to ROCK the socks off your kiddos.



If you have been following me for any amount of time then you know that I love ADORE The Elf on the Shelf.  I know there are nah sayers out there that think that parents and teachers like me are just over achievers and have serious therapy issues.  Well...ok they might be right!

Regardless this will be my 4th year doing Elf In the Classroom!  I am super excited about it this year as I will be doing it across 4 grade levels since I teach 2nd-5th grade ELAR.  What does this mean for my planning?  Well next year I am going to have to get really creative and completely change the routine!

This year my team is joining in on the fun and we will be having a SCHOOL ELF!  That's right!  He will be visiting each of the four classrooms (math, science, social studies, ELAR) and being mischievous as ever.

So you may be wondering what all our little elf will be up to this year!  Well there is a whole lot of mischief and fun that is headed our way!  You'll have to check back over the next few weeks to see all his antics.

We started Friday by writing our letters to Santa asking for an elf!  Monday when the students arrived they found their elf, a good morning message, and a letter from Santa!

After a quick read of our letter, we watched An Elf's Story and set to picking a name for our Elf.  Well this is a bit more complicated than first anticipated due to having to have 4 classes that have to come through to SEE the elf and then help vote on a name!  But I am the queen of complicated!  So this morning, Tuesday, we will be coming together and voting as a whole group on the elf name.  

So why do I do this?  Why do I take an already stressful time and add more to my TO DO LIST?  Pure fun!!  That's right....it's fun and it gives the kids a little magic in the classroom!  So maybe your not the most organized and you are afraid you will forget to move him or do something crazy!  Well relax.  If you are not that into it it's OK!  The kids will still have fun!  It's magic, it's fun, and it will help lighten up the mood during that hectic two weeks before break!  There are plenty of things out there to help you on your journey!  Although I haven't created my own little ELF packet for the journey in the classroom, many have!  Next year...Next year...I will HAVE to make my own because my ever trusted resources will have already been used with all four grade levels!  Not a biggie....its all fun and magic.  Here are some amazing pictures from the past that will be taking place over the next few weeks!  Stay tuned for all the details!




Wonder what is up next?  It's all in your imagination!  This has to be my favorite time of year and I encourage you to get on the Elf train! 


Now who doesn't like MAGIC?  Who doesn't like FREE?  Here are some Holiday FREEBIES from my store!  I will leave these free for 7 days!   Consider it a little gift from the North Pole!  I hope you enjoy them as much as my kids do every year!





This unit is meant to help your students move from WOW sentences into a triple part essay! Using winter topics your students will start by labeling winter items with winter words. Next they will build a WOW sentence. Students will next build a triple part topic sentence that will allow them to move into writing a 5 sentence essay.  



This unit is great reviewing and practicing counting coins with a sweet and fun holiday theme. Included in this station activity are the following skills:

Like what you see?  You might enjoy some other Holiday favorites that I have used in my 1st-3rd Grade Classrooms!  They will be 20% off through Sunday!  Perfect for your lesson plans next week!  These are a staple in my classroom every year!  








Thanks for joining us on this Holiday Hop!  Please if you started here, jump on through to our collaborative blog The Elementary Grapevine to start the hop all over!  If you are finishing up!  Enjoy your goodies and have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!





Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankfulness, Giveaway and a SALE

So I have seen a few friends posting about all the things we are THANKFUL for this season!  I thought I would join in on the fun and hopefully you will too!


I am definitely THANKFUL for my family!  They love me when I am in a good mood, bad mood, sad mood, etc.  My kids and my husband are my rocks that keep me going!


Speaking of husbands.  Have I mentioned lately how much that man inspires me!  He fights daily against an invisible cancer.  He fights the urge to scream and yell when he is in pain and when no one around him understands what he is going through.  He gets up every morning, pain or not, and goes to his classroom where he puts on a smile and teaches his students.  He gives them a safe place to be brave and try new things and shows them that never giving up is the way to accomplish your dreams. This man has been fighting Leukemia for the past 5 years and he has never given up!  God has carried him every step of the way!!  I am Thankful that God gave him to me to remind me that no matter what is thrown our way, we only know how strong we are when we have no other choice!


I am thankful I am a teacher!  I am thankful for every snotty nose, struggling student, behavior problem, and messy project!  I love each and every one of my students beyond explanation.  Only another teacher would understand.  I am thankful for long nights of planning, weekends off (YEAH RIGHT) and summer vacation (YEAH RIGHT)!!!  I am thankful that I get to leave at 4:00 each day and leave my job at work...YEAH RIGHT!  I am thankful for the amazing paycheck I get every month and the over abundance of supplies I have to do every single project I want to do with my students.  You get the picture!  I am thankful DESPITE all these downfalls.  I am thankful for each hug I get every morning.  I am thankful when a struggling students FINALLY GETS IT!  I am thankful for students who never give up and keep trying no matter how many tears they have shed.  My students inspire me each day!  I am thankful for ALL of them past and present!!!


I hope you join in and share what you are thankful for this season!  Leave your comments below! Now for some FUN!!!

We all know how much we love to shop after stuffing ourselves with turkey!  As teachers we love to SAVE MONEY more than we love to shop!  So why not win some money before you shop!!!


My friends and I over at The Elementary Grapevine are giving our teacher friends just the opportunity to that!  Head on over and check out the giveaway and the amazing Bloggy Friends that I have!  

Don't forget that Teachers Pay Teachers will be having their annual CYBER MONDAY sale this Monday, December 1st through December 2nd.  


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Using Padlet in the Classroom

WOW oh WOW!  My dear friend Debbie from 3rd Grade Pad is blogging today over on our collaborative blog The Elementary Grapevine!  This little APP is going to totally transform my iPads in my classrooms!  You must go check it out!



Just hop on over the The Elementary Grapevine to check out Debbie's advice on using Padlet!



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Savings Circular LINK UP!

Hey everyone!  Hope your Sunday is just peachy!  Thanks for stopping by to check out my new blog design!  Blame in on my own ADD but I love to change things up a bit!

This week I am linking up with Nicole from All Things Apple to bring you a Sunday Savings Circular link up!
All Things Apple

This week is always a big planning week for me.  A day and a half of school seems like such a waste but maybe we can get somethings wrapped up and ready for after the break.  Then the ever beloved BREAK!!!  5 days of Vacation!  Yeah right!  Anyone who knows a teacher knows that this is just a break for use to get caught up!  Yes we take time to visit with our families and give thanks for all the blessings of the year!

After all the family and food, some of us, even me, get out and try to score deals before Christmas and before we begin planning for that few weeks leading up to Christmas!  Well that's were this little link up comes in!


If you are a blogger or TPT author like me then you know keeping up with your products, blog posts, social media outlets...etc...can be a hassle!  How about a cute way to stay organized!  My Ultimate TPT Planners were a BEST SELLER in 2014 and now are in the process of being updated for the 2015 calendar year!  So why not grab this one before it is updated and the price goes up a bit!  That's right!  There are some new goodies being added and the calendars are being updated to be YEAR ROUND each year!  No more buying a planner year after year!  Unless you are like me and like to change themes.  

I will be updating this one during Thanksgiving break but you can grab it Sunday and Monday and get an 20% off the current price!  Don't delay!  It will be on sale during Black Friday and Cyber Monday...but the regular price is going up a bit to account for the additional goodies!  

So what are you waiting for! Get on over to my store and grab up your ULTIMATE TPT/BLOG PLANNER today!