Friday, December 16, 2011

Door Sign

My students line up by my outside door each morning.  They aren't allowed in until 8:15, but almost every morning, they come early and knock on the door.  (Even though I tell them not too...imagine that.)

So I made up a poem and stuck it on my door.  You might like it, you might not.  But here it is:

Please don’t knock on the door,
Until your teacher can be sure,
You are ready to start the day.
Please line up and she will say,
“Please come in!  Don’t delay!”

Monday, November 28, 2011

30% Off

If you haven't heard, teacherspayteachers is having a sale and so am I.  You can get up to 30% off all my products today only!!  My best sellers are my 30 weeks of spelling homework, Pirate Probability and 35 Weeks of Writing Homework.  Enjoy!

Friday, November 18, 2011

I am Not A Turkey

We did the "I am NOT a turkey" project this year, and here are a few of the turkeys! My sister sent me the idea and they turned out great!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

35 Week Writing Homework

I have been MIA, and I apologize.  So busy and overwhelmed with a new school!  Check out my 35 week writing homework for my 3rd graders.

This is 35 weeks of writing homework. There are different topics, for the different seasons and holidays. Each page has a writing checklist, parent signature line and a due Friday reminder. I give this homework with my weekly homework packet that is due Fridays.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cinderella Unit

I love doing a Cinderella Around the World unit to introduce our Social Studies units throughout the year.  We spend time reading stories from around the world, then talk about the countries they came from.  Here is a slide show of my introduction:

 If you have never used a Prezi, it's the coolest thing ever.  My kids love the "zooming" technology.  You can click on a Cinderella story and it zooms in.  Then click on the outside of the picture and it zooms back out. 

Any ideas for Cinderella stories from Australia and South America? 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Power Towers

You've probably heard about power towers, and I just made my first set for Math.  Here is a great link to explain them Here

I made labels (since I love labels) to make it easier for me to make.  I used Avery 5164 labels which are the perfect size.  You can download my labels here. 

I hope that worked.  I haven't put files on here for so long, I think I forgot how!!  Let me know if they don't work.

Happy Beginning of School!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Wow.  So getting hired two weeks before school starts, in a new school district is tough enough.  Add in buying a house, moving by yourself with a 14 month old baby AND cleaning out a new classroom that had billions of years worth of junk in it, and I am exhausted. 

My room is coming together and I feel good about everything.

Husband will be moving down in a few weeks. 

Pictures soon!!

Good luck to everyone with Back To School!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Thanks for your positive thoughts, energy and prayers! I found a job today, and the best part is, that it is 3rd grade!!  I can't wait and I am so excited.  Yes, it's in a different district, and it's far away from where we live, but it pays better and the principal seems fantastic!  Now I can get back to planning for school (since it starts in two weeks) and I can FINALLY stop worrying about jobs. 


Friday, July 1, 2011

It's Been A While

Soooooo sorry I haven't posted in forever.  It's summer break and it has been a whirlwind of activity.  I got laid off of my 3rd grade teaching job because of low enrollment!! (Private school...nothing I can do about it.) So I have been applying to every school/district that I can.  I started this blog because I love to share ideas (and because I am so inspired by everyone's blogs).  I hope I find a teaching job soon, but so far, nothing.  I will try to keep posting, but for now, I must find a job!!!  :) 

Happy Summer!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summertime Sale

For the next 4 days, everything in my TPT store is 15% off!! 

Happy Summer Break!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Quotable Quotes

Around here, school is going strong until we get out on June 8th. It seems like this year is going on forever. I love my class, but I am really itching for summer to start! The kids have checked out,  so we are just trying to get by. We searched books and online sites for kids quotes. The students picked a quote that they really liked and wrote it in cursive on a piece of paper. Then they water colored away. I loved the quotes they picked!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Math Journals

Thinking about next year already? This is a math journal that I used this last trimester of school with my 3rd graders. It was very handy! You can buy it in my TPT store, and print it right out to use it. The story problem writing is for 2 digit numbers, which your kids may not be ready for yet. However, you can print out all 20 pages and put them in an order that works for you! (There are only 3 original pages, copied several times to make a math journal...FYI). We are so close to summer, that it seems strange to be putting this on now. But, I know how teacher love to plan ahead!!

Multiplication Cover All (Freebie)

This is a game I saw on another blog as I was blog surfing.  However, I don't remember which blog it was on and couldn't find it again! So, I made my own.  It's a freebie, so enjoy! Click on the picture to download.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Biography Programs

Our biography presentations are next week, so this week we designed our programs. Each child decorated his/her program by drawing the person they researched on the cover. Parents will love these when they come and watch the presentations!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Stuart Little Complete

My class has loved the Stuart Little packet!  Isn't it interesting to see what kids take away from books?  I love reading their writing and seeing their perspective.  There are some pictures below of their work and writing.  I put some examples of my high students, middle students and low students. Third grade is almost over, and the students have grown so much with writing this year.  I love to see the progress they make!  (Some, still have a ways to go, but I am proud of the success they have had in 3rd grade!)