Sunday, November 29, 2015

When Pigs Fly (idioms freebie)

It's that time of year - the time when all the kids seem to have ants in their pants!  Hence, the reason for our study of idioms.  I love teaching my students about idioms because this seems like I'm teaching them a new language.  As if I'm unveiling a secret code into understanding adult talk!  (For the When Pigs Fly poster freebie click the image above!)

 Lately, that Justin Bieber song, "What Do You Mean?" has been playing over and over on the radio.  Well, not only does it get stuck in my head, but it seems to have inspired my latest set of TpT product ideas (understanding meanings of various phrases, allusions to Greek mythology.)  However, the first that has been created is all about idioms!
I plan on beginning my idioms unit this week with this little gem I whipped up, and instead of just telling the students what the idiom actually means without having them work for it.  I will be requiring they choral sing/respond "What do you mean?" after I give an example of an idiom.  Hopefully I don't get too many eye rolls but they're used to my lyrical ways by now.  After they've had time to practice and work with idioms, students will be assigned a different idiom to create pages for our class idiom book.  My idioms pack is available now at my TpT store! (click cover above)

While you're there, don't forget to pick up my 2015 holiday freebie geared towards 4.RI.9 and 4.W.9.  I'm so thankful for TpT and the blessings it has brought me over the past couple of years!
P.S. - Don't forget to catch Cyber Monday and Tuesday deals on TpT this week with the code: SMILE.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Make it RING with BLING!

Happy to finally be teaming up wth Tara for her Monday Made-it linkup.  This week I'm sharing two projects that show off my love for the color turquoise.  They will be nice additions to my classroom!

#1 - DIY silver-dipped stools
you know what is great about these wooden barstools? They were FREE!  While doing a drive around my neighborhood in early June while we were having bulk pick-up (the time where the city allows you to place unwanted furniture items you do to want to haul off to the goodwill out on your driveway, along with your recent landscaping clippings, etc.) I found these!! They are about $16 a piece at Walmart so I figured I saved some money! 
 My inspiration and tutorial for the dipped look closely followed my pinterest inspiration, they used a raspberry base color and dipped the legs and stool top in gold.  See link here.  For my stool covers, I'm going to order these coordinating cushions from Etsy but until they arrive, I just used this fashionable shelf liner I picked up at Burlington Coat Factory last year.

#2 - Blinged Out Bell
Next up is my tiny make me happy project. Spray painted the bell turquoise (used to be hot pink) and added rhinestones from Hobby Lobby. I recommend getting the kind that peel off the clear film in one long strip that way it makes adhering around the base of the bell that much easier!! Super simple and satisfies my need for bling when I ring! :)

Be on the lookout for some classroom updates in the Made-It section of life because I'm heading back in for my first contract day of the school year today.  Luckily, no meetings, just teacher work time - woohoo bulletin boards!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Leadership Notebooks (Starter Kit)

When I first started teaching at a Leader in Me school, students used Data Binders to track their academic and behavioral progress.  That was seven years ago!  Now, Leadership Notebooks have replaced Data Binders and I think I've finally wrapped my brain around how they are different.

Frequency of Use
Data Binders were basically kept at school and just shared with families during conferences as the students led their parents through their graphs and tests that reflected their quarterly grades.  Now, Leadership Notebooks are intended to go back and forth between home and school and give a more holistic picture of the child's development.  No longer just seen during student-led conferences.

Five Sections = 5 Tab Dividers
Pictures are more powerful than words so have a look at how my Leadership Notebook product may help you implement this progress documentation and home-school communication tool below!

Hopefully these tips will help you on your journey toward implementing Leadership Notebooks in your classroom!

To grab these printables, just head over to my TpT store and get your Leadership Notebook starter kit today!  (ON SALE thru 7/31/2015)

My Day in Snapshots (wordless Wednesday)

Wordless Wednesday meets 5 for Friday!  I guess hashtags and/or captions are words, but that's why it's a hybrid 5 for Friday-esque post.  Stay posted for more on my Leadership Notebooks and fancy silver-dipped stools!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Grab It While It's Hot!

Standing in line with my gold foil star wall decals that I plan on using to snazz up my lunch tub, I spotted Common Core teacher posters while waiting for the next available cashier.  Since I saw my favorite word CLEARANCE stuck to the top of each poster, I was sure I would find something worthwhile.  I managed to score two Carson-Dellosa sets I couldn't leave without. The first is cool visuals on nonfiction text features, and the other is all about fractions!

When I head down to the district materials center tomorrow, I better not be making this face!
So here are the bulletin board sets I scored for $2.97 each PLUS 15% off with my JoAnn's teacher discount.  Check out a JoAnn's store near you if this is something you could use!

I've been neglecting my blog lately because I finally became a homeowner at the end of April!! Buying my first home, moving into the new home, decorating, installing the essentials (cable, alarm, a ClassyCloset, etc.), and trying to coerce contractors into giving me a good deal because I'm a teacher and then getting the project done before summer break is over has been how I've spent my hiatus.

Definitely not thinking I will get much of my lofty bathroom renovations started before August but I've come to terms with that by now.  I will practice my teacher patience!