Sunday, 19 October 2014

And We All Turned Into Turkeys!

Our Thanksgiving is over here and so are our Thanksgiving themed activities. This year I had student turn themselves into turkeys. Well not literally :)
While I was procrastinating on Facebook I saw a post by Mrs. Beattie with this activity for Thanksgiving and I knew my class would love it.

I started by reading them this humorous book. The turkeys are quite the partiers.

After we read the story we talked about what it would be like to be a turkey at Thanksgiving. We created this anchor chart to help with writing time. They were pretty creative.
Now it was time to get to turning ourselves into turkeys. My criteria for the turkeys was that the feathers must be in a pattern (we were working on patterns in math) and they need to do their best colouring. While students were happily colouring their turkeys, I was taking their pictures. I wish I could show you the turkeys with their little faces. They are super cute, especially those who are missing their front teeth and smiled to show it. Toothless grins are the cutest.
After the turkeys were completed, students started working on their writing. This was our first major writing project so it took a bit to get them to write more than a few sentences. A goal for this year is to write multiple paragraphs!

After the first day working on this project I got the flu and 3 Teacher on Calls had to finish with my class (Our district is short on Teachers on Call and that was why I had a different one each day). My standards are a little higher so the printing wasn't as neat as I wanted and there were some responses I wouldn't have allowed but I was so sick (3 days away) I didn't care at the time.
To get the template for this activity, visit Mrs. Beattie's store here.

My students also had fun completing my Thanksgiving Syllable Sort literacy center.
 Now it is time to pack it all away and gear up for Halloween!!!!


Saturday, 4 October 2014

October Currently

I cannot believe it is October already but with that comes my FAVOURITE holiday....Halloween! I love everything about it :)

Well since it is the beginning of the month here is my Currently. 

Listening: It is after dinner and the dishes are being washed. I am so thankful we have a dishwasher because I am not too fond of doing dishes. I like washing better than drying but I like letting a machine do it even better.

Loving: Yup I am a reality TV fan and Survivor is my favourite. I am in a Survivor pool at work so hopefully I will win. Go Jon Go!!!

Thinking: I have been slacking on the blogging lately. Sorry, I will try and post more often :)

Wanting: Because of our teacher strike we got a late start to school and in the 2 weeks we have been back I have had 3 different groups of students. We got an extra teacher to help with class composition and size so we had another shuffle and I finally got my class part way through Thursday. I have been with my students for a day and a half only. I think they are going to be a great (and busy) group of 20 second graders. 

Needing: Yikes my split ends are out of control.

Treat: Here's the best part. For the next week I will have my best selling Halloween product on sale for 20% off. This is great for getting a head start on planning! It is 75 pages of Halloween fun!!!!

Don't for get to check out Farrah's Currently link up on Oh' Boy 4th Grade for some other great Tricks or Treats!


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Hundreds Chart Puzzle Freebie

We are still not back into our classrooms. I just finished my 5th week (2 in June, 1 in August, 2 in September) on the picket line :( Since we are not back at work I have had extra time to get things ready. Well what I can do with the stuff I have at home.  
I have been meaning to make some hundreds chart puzzles for awhile now and finally got around to it. 
To make the puzzles I printed the hundreds chart below on to coloured card stock and then laminated them. I taped the label to the Ziploc bag and then cut up the chart to make puzzle pieces.  The labels will match the colour of the puzzle pieces making it easy to organize if they get mixed up !!!!
To get a free copy of the 100s chart puzzle page just click on the picture. 
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

I took this hundreds chart from my huge bundle of 73 different hundreds charts. There are charts for numbers 1-1000. There are not only completed charts but charts with numbers missing so students can practice filling in the blanks. There are charts for skip counting to 100 by 2, 5, and 10, as well. Click here to get all these charts.


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Clutter Free Desk!!!

All last year I battled a cluttered desk. I would have piles of papers on my desk waiting to be put somewhere. Once I marked students work they went into 2 piles --- Completed and ready for duotangs or Corrections to be done. These piles would get in the way and make my desk look messy until I was ready to hand them back. It drove me nuts so I wanted a new system for this year. I am pretty sure I got this idea from another blog but I cannot remember where (Sorry, if it was your blog let me know and i will give credit where credit is due.)

The first thing I did when I saw the other blog was go searching for a black 3-drawer storage organizer. I couldn't find a black one that didn't have little divider cups on the top (they gather dirt and debris) so I went with a white one like this one on Amazon. After some shopping around I found one at Walmart but it was a little more expensive. I went for convenience on for this purchase :) 

I knew I didn't want a white organizer so I had to spray paint it. Here is a close up of the 
paint I used. Click Here to get the details of the paint. 

The black paint turned out exactly how I wanted it to and it was quick (1 hour drying time) and easy. 

Now it was time to create the labels for the drawer. I thought of what I needed most for the drawers and decided I wanted a place for the items I need to laminate (last year I lost a few small items who knows where) or cut, completed work ready for duotangs, and work that needed corrections. Of course the labels had to match my colour theme so turquoise and lime green they are!!!!

Here is the final product. I love it and cannot wait until we go back to work (still on strike) so that I can start using them and have a tidy desk area.

I don't want to keep these all to myself so I am sharing the labels with you all. Because mine were so specific to my needs I made 3 more (file, copy, grade) to add to them for you.  Click on the picture to get the FREE labels!!!
Check out my last spray paint adventure to stay organized!! I made a teacher toolbox that I NEEDED to customize :)

Happy organizing!

Monday, 1 September 2014

September Currently

I cannot believe it is September already. Soon it will be my birthday! I still get excited like a little kid :)

Here is this months Currently.

Listening: I just woke up and am starting my morning routine which involves COFFEE!!!! It is sad to say but I cannot function without it.

Loving: I have such a hard time finding boots that will fit my wide calves and I found some grey ones I love. Bring on the fall weather so I can wear them.

Thinking: I bought a plastic paper organizer and the only problem is it is white and doesn't match my classroom decor (lime green and turquoise). I am trying to decide if I should paint it black or turquoise.

Wanting: Our union is still on strike trying to get good language on class size and composition (and a wage increase of course). We have been on full walk out sing the middle of June. Tomorrow should be the first day of school for us.

Needing: No explanation here...I HATE cleaning bathrooms.

3 Trips: Hawaii....beautiful beaches      Victoria ..... family and friends       Ireland ..... love the scenery and I want to go to an Irish pub.

Well that was a fun Currently and I would like to thank Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for all her organization on this link up. Visit her blog to see more Currently posts. 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Shark Week Blog Hop

Slide5All teachers know that kids learn more when they’re excited and engaged. Today a team of bloggers come together to help your students take a BITE out of learning with a theme your students are sure to love!

I use individual whiteboards in my classroom all the time to keep all of my students engaged. They love writing on their own boards! For more tips on how to engage all your students check out my previous blog post here.

Of course, picking topics the students are interested in always helps, too!
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What student (boy or girl) doesn't love sharks? When I am creating practice worksheets for my students I always add some graphics or activity that is related something they are interested in or a subject matter we are covering in another subject area. Even though they are practicing concepts they know and may get "bored" with the added elements makes it fun. freebie is a perfect example of this. The work is multiplication review but students get to solve a fun riddle at the same time.They also get to practice fine motor skills while they complete the cut and paste activity.

Click on the picture to get this fintastic freebie!

Before I move on to the blog hop links I thought I would share some humor I found and shared on my Facebook page!

Be sure to go for a swim in the linky party below. Every blog in the Shark Week Blog Hop features a fishy freebie for you and your students- but hurry! Shark Week only lasts until Sunday, August 17th  : )
An InLinkz Link-up


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Back To School Ebook
One of the things I anticipate every back to school time is the TpT Ebooks. This year I managed to get in this one!! I am excited about that. There are over 40 TPT sellers who each created a page which has teaching tips and at least one free item. Believe me when I say you will want to download this one. I spent my morning going through the entire thing and have some fun activities for my students.

Before you head off to explore this ebook for yourself, I would like to give a HUGE shout out to Wise Guys for all their incredible work compiling this book.


Adding Text to a PDF

It is always great to get a product that is editable but what do you do when you get it and don't know how to edit it? Usually I make my editable items in PowerPoint so it is easy to edit. I do have a few earlier products that I made into a PDF.

I have had a few people ask me lately how to add text to a PDF file. Since I haven't found out yet how to record what I do on my computer I took a screen shot of what I did and added labels.

Here is how I add text to a PDF file.

I hope this helps!  


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

BTS Sale Finds!

I saw this blog hop link up and thought I would join because I love sharing new finds. I JUST checked out on TPT and almost forgot to use the code BTS14 to get the additional 10% off. I would have felt silly if I had done that.

Anyways I thought I would share with you a couple things I purchased.

My favourite find is these Send Home Science Kits. I think I will be using them for birthday gifts this year. I have already printed off the shopping list and am going to start shopping (I know I just finished shopping but I LOVE shopping!).

Another item I purchased were these adorable Classroom Rules Posters. I like how they are simple enough rules that they cover a wide scope and you don't need a ton of rules in the classroom. A bonus is that they will go with my classroom décor!

Of course I couldn't leave a TPT sale without getting fonts and clip art. Thanks to Jenna Hudson at Sew Much Music, Dancing Crayon Designs, and Khrys Bosland I will have more things to create with!

There is still time to get in on the sale so happy shopping!


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Back To School Sale and a Freebie!!!!

I love back to school time. I love buying new supplies to start fresh with and I love decorating my room. I get excited and nervous to meet my new students and this year I will be changing schools so I have new colleagues to meet! I also love the Teachers Pay Teachers Back To School Sale!!!!!

This year my whole entire (my husband would scream to hear me say this redundant statement!) store is on sale for Monday and Tuesday only. I will be putting everything at a 20% off discounted price. On top of that TPT is giving an additional 10% off at check out. All you have to do is use the code BTS14.

I thought I would show you a few of the new items to my store to help you get started.

I love having binder covers to match my classroom colours so I made these. They are my newest item and are editable to suit your needs.

I also had some time to create 2 more of my popular syllable sorts. This time the ocean and space were the topics. Perfect for adding in those science words!

The last new thing I am going to tell you about before I get to the freebie is my Editable Teacher Calendar. Staying organized is key for me and I like to do so in style. I have already printed and bound (at Staples) this calendar and am getting ready for back to school! And for my Canadian colleagues here is a Canadian version!!!
Okay, freebie time ...It was hard to decide which freebie I wanted to put on here. I decided to go with a fun one that can be used all through the year. My class cannot get enough of Duck Dynasty and have a blast playing this game.

 Well that is it for today. Don't forget to use the code BTS14 and any feedback credits you may have, when you are shopping on TpT during the sale.


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