Five for Friday (1/6/17)


Hey, y'all! Happy first Friday of the new year! It seems like it has been forever since I've blogged. To say that this school year has been challenging would be an understatement. But it's 2017 and time for fresh starts, right? 

The first thing we're going to freshen up this year is our reading block. My new school district has a scripted reading program that…ahem…has room for improvement. My lovely principal gave me the ok to rework how it's utilized. WOO HOO!!! So we're turning the whole group lessons into literacy center style guided reading. 

To kick things off, we'll be using these fabulous resources found on Teachers Pay Teachers:


I love these flexible options from Chalk & Apples! I can rotate them out as often as needed and my 3rd graders should have no trouble reading them and knowing what to do. The best part is they can be used for ANY LIST!


And these are hands down some of the best writing center options out there. Mel D-Seusstastic covered everything!

We'll also be using Storyline Online and Raz Kids for listening to reading. What do you use for listening to reading? Do you have a listening center or do you use an online program? Let me know in the comments below.
I also felt our standard read and respond homework wasn't getting us very far, so we're revising that, too. I have several class sets of books in my classroom that I wanted some open-ended book study options for, so I made this:

I hate the idea of buying individual book studies for every novel we read, so I created this one to be used with just about any chapter book. Pages can be kept in an interactive notebook, and since you can use it over and over again, students will be familiar with the formatting. I find when my students have the same format consistently, they focus more on the content and less on what they're "supposed to do."

Students can keep track of which pages or chapter they need to read and when, they can summarize the story in multiple ways, they can identify cause and effect and problem and solution, and they can keep track of character traits, make connections, and identify key details. 

Included in this set are files for spiral notebooks and composition books, so you could use either. I can't wait to get started with this this spring. It will be a GAME CHANGER for us!

For everyone needing to review some skills this winter, I've created some freebies to get you going as well. Just click on the picture to take you there.

Also for the new year, I became a Perfectly Posh consultant. What's Perfectly Posh? It's a line of bath and body products designed to pamper. Everything is made with all natural ingredients (no sulfates or parabens here!) and everything I've tried feels ah-mazing!

So, because I teach, one of the first things I tried was the Impish Eyes and the Never Grow Up face cream. (Cause you know teaching makes you tired!) They cost about the same as the drugstore brands but I can actually SEE the difference in my appearance. The best part of all of it is that EVERYTHING is less than $25. Everyone deserves a little pampering, and for under $25, it's a steal! If you choose to check it out, find me at

And finally, we are down to the last few days of winter break here. We got out for Christmas on the 22nd, so we don't return until the 9th. It's been snowing for days here, so we've been enjoying lazy days at home. The Blue Elephant just reopened their store after Christmas and I plan to do lots of online shopping. Their Autism tee is just too sweet to pass up!

Well there you have it friends. I hope you had a wonderful winter break and a fabulous holiday. Thanks for stopping by! Now head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun. 
Have a fabulous Friday!

Five for Friday (11/25/16)

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Happy first Friday of the official holiday season! This is the first year in a long time I can say I'm actually in the holiday spirit. We've had an interesting few years, but this year, I feel is different. Maybe because it's actually cold outside here. I don't know. But before we head out for Black Friday shopping, here's what we've been up to: 
My third graders worked on their turkeys in disguise projects this week. They turned out SO CUTE!

We also *tried* to grow Indian Corn, but it didn't quite work out as planned. 'Cause it didn't work out at all. Nothing happened. #teacherfail

Our school has an after school tutoring program to boost reading for our students. I teach 3rd grade this year, but for after school, I get to work with the littles again. I love have kindergarteners for this hour of the day! So I made a few new games for us to play to practice our letter recognition and sight words. You can pick them up for FREE in my store!

Yesterday was Thanksgiving. We hung out with family and friends and my kids were put in charge of the turkey. The vegetable turkey that is. Not too shabby for their first time. :)

And now the tree is up, the peppermint mochas are ready, and my favorite Target dollar spot coffee mug is in hand. Let the holidays begin! 

And don't forget to shop small this weekend. My store is 20% off all weekend long.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous weekend and head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday awesomeness. 

Five for Friday (11/4/16)


Happy Friday! It's been forever since I've blogged, but I have good reason! There is so much to tell, so I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share all the awesomeness with you. (Hint: the BIG news is at the bottom!)
Today, we went on a field trip to Taylor Creek to explore Kokanee Salmon in their natural habitat. This was by far the most beautiful field trip I've ever been on. The mountains were just gorgeous! The kids loved looking at the salmon in the creek and exploring all the park has to offer.

The red spots in the water are the salmon. 

While we were there, we got a close up of a bear. If you've been following this blog, you'll know I just moved from Central Texas to the Lake Tahoe area. Bears are not something I'm used to. We got out of there pretty quick, but not before we got a picture. Of his behind. See that lump in the woods? Right in the middle? He just laid down right there and got comfy. Us? We backed away slowly. 

We' just finished working on rounding. This class had a really hard time with it (rounding to the 100's place blew their minds), so I made this little rounding scoot to review and practice, practice, practice.

My parents came into town this past week and we had a little staycation type trip with them and did all the touristy stuff Lake Tahoe has to offer. We went into the old mining towns, up into the mountains where we drove through a little snow storm, and walked on the beach in the freezing weather. It was all so beautiful. 

Saturday was Nevada Day, which means a massive parade through downtown and a hot air balloon launch. There was too much cloud cover for the balloons to take off, but we were able to see them all big and beautiful before the launch was canceled. 

And the fall colors were amazing. 

But my favorite part of their whole trip was when…
…we got engaged! 

While we were at the Nevada Day parade, Ben got down on one knee right there in front of everyone. Almost all of our family was there. It was perfect and I couldn't have asked for a better proposal. 

It has been an amazing few weeks and I feel so blessed. Thanks for stopping by. Now swing over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun and have a great weekend.

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