Saturday, April 11, 2015

Five for Friday...Saturday Edition

This week flew by!  Check out what we were up to!

We used these fun word puzzles from Junior Learning in one of our literacy centers this week!  These puzzles came in a box of 6 other phonics games!  I will be blogging about the other games this week!

We are always working on our CVC words.  This was another way to practice identifying the ending of those words.  This is from my CVC pack!

I posted on my Instagram that I went to Target this week to check out the clearance on their Easter stuff.  I found these cute metal Easter baskets!  They were 50% off and came in 2 different sizes!

Yesterday, my day started like this and ended with the sun shining!  MN weather is crazy!

The hubby and I spent our Friday night buying a new grill!  Here is to hoping the warm weather stays so we can start grilling without our winter coats on! :)

Friday, April 3, 2015


Hello APRIL!
I am linking up with Farley for her currently linky!

Listening- Like every other month.  There is ALWAYS a marathon on!
Loving-Spring Break!  I am just ending my spring break and I wish we had another week!  I'm not ready to go back, but I will be using this to help me plan! :)
Thinking- The Badgers are back in the Final Four!  If you don't know who to cheer for, cheer for them!! :)
Wanting-I don't have one and I just want one.  I would probably wear it every day!
Needing-It was like 30 degrees here today...
Eggs-plain-My FAVORITE quote is Live, Laugh, Love!  

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mentoring Minds~Critical Thinking for Life!

Have you heard of Mentoring Minds!?  They create effective learning tools that encourage critical thinking and problem-solving.  We all know how it important these skills are for our kiddos to be successful in the classroom.
The people at Mentoring Minds sent me this great curriculum planning flip chart.  I got the Early Childhood Development guide and it would be so great for those preschool and kindergarten teachers!  They are available in every grade though!  I am sure some of the things in this guide you have seen, but it is a great refresher.  This resource is great because you can have it right next to you to reference as you plan.

This flip chart has everything you need to create effective lesson plans.  Each flip chart covers the core subjects like math, science, reading, etc.  It also includes ideas and tips for behavior management, parents/volunteers, and includes performance standards!  

Each section has a checklist on the skills you should be teaching your kiddos and what you can do to get your kiddos to meet that standard. 

 There are also lists of materials that would help learn these things.
On the back there is this great list of questions to encourage critical and creative thinking.
Mentoring Minds has more than flip charts!  They have resources for reading, math, and even behavior management!  
It would probably take many blog posts to tell you about all the great and affordable tools they have for teachers!  Everything is so useful and created for teachers by people who understand children and their development.
Would you like to win a flip chart for yourself!?  
Enter below :)

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Writing Center

I made the BIG mistake of going to school without a voice yesterday... I teach in a big room split into two, so I share a room with another teacher and it can get noisy at times.  Which isn't a big deal, but when I could barely talk it was impossible.
I ended up going home early (thanks to my amazing team) and took the day off today to recover.
Since I had all this extra time on my hands and couldn't talk, I finally got a chance to get my Spring Writing Center Activities pack done!
This pack follows the same format as my Winter, Valentine's Day, and St. Patrick's Day packs.
I put these Read it, Trace it, Write it, Build it sheets in my writing center each week.  My kiddos know exactly what to do and get practice in more than just writing!

These writing prompts come in 3 different levels.
I like this prompt because you can have fun with it (chocolate cake!) OR use it with your science unit.  This page has you trace the letters then fill in the rest.
The 3rd level has a question and your kiddos have to write the whole thing.
I also included several sheets that have your kiddos creating lists.  These can be used on their own or use it as a planning tool for in the pre-writing stage.

Want to win a copy!?
1. PIN a picture
2. COMMENT with your email
3.  I will pick a winner SATURDAY 3/28
Congrats Mary!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Blogger Match Up

It is that time for some college basketball madness.  There are 64 bloggers who got matched up with a team to cheer for throughout the NCAA tournament.  Just like the tournament, once you lose you are out.  The Final Four bloggers will be eligible to win amazing gift cards!
Our teams were picked at random and my team is.... Coastal Carolina.

I am matched up with the fabulous Molly from Lucky to be in First for the first round!
If you have been following my blog for awhile, you know that I am from Wisconsin!  I hope Coastal Carolina does well, but I hope they lose ;) haha!
Even if I end up losing OR winning (hope not), you will still have a chance to win!  Yay!
I am giving away my Digraph pack to one lucky winner!

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Thank you Ashlyn from The Creative Classroom for putting this all together!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Writing Center

That sneaky leprechaun is making its way into classrooms across the country, so it is a perfect time to add these St. Patrick's Day writing activities to your writing center.

All of these centers follow the same format as my Winter and Valentine's Day Writing Center Activity packs!

There are making lists pages.

There are also read trace, write, and build it pages.

I have also made 10 word cards and a recording sheet that can be used as a Write the Room activity or put in a center for extra writing practice.

Want to win one?
1. PIN a picture
2. COMMENT with your email
3.  Winner will be picked tonight!
Good Luck!
Congrats Rachel!

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Five for Friday

This week was tiring!  I posted this on my Facebook page and it so true!  Wouldn't that be nice!?

My friends at Junior Learning let gave me a set of their Touchtronic Letters to give away!
Check them out HERE!

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I switched up some of our word work centers!  St. Patrick's Day themed word family sort.

I also updated my writing center with my St. Patrick's Day Writing Center!

In our intervention groups this week, I pulled out this CVC build sheet!

Yesterday was my birthday and my hubby surprised me by sending me these pretty pink roses!
My birthday was great but woke up today with STREP!  Ah!  
Spring Break Countdown-2 WEEKS!