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.

Five for Friday (10/14/16)


Does anybody else feel like September and October are the hardest months of teaching? There is just so much to do! But I stole a few minutes to share what's been going on 'round here. 

Last weekend was our school's fall carnival. We had an amazing turn out. Seriously, we sold out of pumpkins and families were there all. day. long. So was I. But the weather was absolutely beautiful and I dragged my middle schooler up there with me to work the class booth. It was so much fun and more than half my class was there at one time or another.

Our OCD kicked in at one point and we had to organize the prizes by color. Cause why would they be mixed? 

So this week, we're learning about rounding. I've never taught rounding before. And I was observed teaching it on day two. Luckily all went well. But my kids need more practice. A lot more practice. So I made a Rounding Scoot Game. You can grab a copy here. I love getting my kids up and moving during math and this was a great solution. 

We started descriptive writing this week with a little help from the Clutter-Free Classroom. We cut open a pumpkin on Tuesday and described it inside and out. What is it about cutting open a pumpkin that makes kids so excited?! They absolutely loved describing their pumpkins, sniffing it, and squishing the insides. It was awesome, but I totally forgot to get a picture of all the excitement. 

Next week, we're taking a field trip to see the Kokanee Salmon up in Lake Tahoe. I've never been to this part of the lake before so I'm probably just as excited as the kids! Before we go, though, we have to learn a few things about the Kokanee. And bears. And what to do if we see a bear. (Do not run and scream. I repeat, do NOT run and scream.)

There are lots of resources available about salmon, but not so many about this variety. It's different because it's landlocked and is found almost exclusively to this area. So I've been creating. A lot.

We've been watching the new Class Dojo videos the last two weeks and they are amazing! If you haven't checked them out yet, get on it! This series is about empathy, something we can all work on. 

Thanks for stopping by! Now head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun.

Five for Friday (9/30/16)

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Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but here it's been quite a week. I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching with the scoop. 

We've been working hard this week on our weather rotations in science. I love the rotations because students can work at their own pace. The kids love them because they can be independent with their learning and get up and move. I put the vocabulary cards in a tub full of fake snow and all their little eyes got really big! They were loving that station. The erosion station was a big hit, too. I LOVE seeing them get so excited about science!

One of my little buddies took flexible seating to the next level this week. He wanted to sit in the lunch bucket, but instead sat on it. (Much safer if there's a fire drill!) You would have thought I had just given him a Christmas present! He was so excited to sit on a bucket. Go figure.

My reading group came to me hating reading, but I think I'm getting through! We've read a couple My Weird School books aloud and some Roscoe Riley. They're hilarious are really keep their attention. I love it when my students beg me read to them! Several have asked to check some out from my library and read at home. Score! I love turning a reluctant reader into an avid one! They may not be classic literature, but we have to start somewhere!

This week has been a busy one, and I've done a bit of retail therapy this week. I loved my TEACH shirt from The Blue Envelope so much I bought a READ one. If you've hesitated buying one, let me assure you, the fit is great and they are SO soft!

And I needed a little TLC this week, so I made my first Perfectly Posh purchase (say that five times fast!) If you haven't checked them out yet, now's the time. They have stress reliever, eye de-puffers, anti-aging and foot creams, essential oil sticks, and more! I personally can't wait to try the eye cream. Why do people tell you you look tired? As if I wasn't already aware of that. If you've tried it, let me know how you like it in the comments.

That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by! Now go check out Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun! Have a great day!

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