Monday, February 23, 2015

Getting Reading Organized With Smead

Hey everyone!

You know I love me some office supplies.

First is a 12 pocket stadium file that has saved me! I use it in my reading groups now. Each group is numbered (1-7) and I put the papers for the week in there. So organized! I like how the stadium file stands up and doesn't take up much space.

Then is the SuperTab tab file folder that a lovely pink for breast cancer awareness. I love the color and I love the big tabs!

Finally is the 3-in-1 SuperTab Section Folders which are great for my guided reading groups. Plenty of spots for paper plus the cool little lock in tab!

See? Three pockets plus a little lock in at the top.

These will all be used in my reading groups and I feel so much more organized!

**This is an honest review. All opinions are mine. I was sent the paper to review in return of a review. Shoplet has other things besides office supplies like medical and more!
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Spark of Inspiration Blog Hop: Freebies and Prizes!

Hey everyone!

Hello to those hopping over from Nicole's blog, thanks! I'm happy to be celebrating in this wonderful makeover of our collab blog, complete with a new name! It looks gorgeous.

I made up this little freebie to use in my class as we began learning about the scientific method. The bright colors and a pop of fun.. It's simple but effective! Enjoy!

Comes in black and white, as well as a version without the research step.

Hop on over to Jen's blog next for some more fun!

Keep hopping through all our blogs for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card or a $50 gift card, two winners!  

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Monday, February 16, 2015

A Little Bit of This and A Bit of That...

Hey everyone!

Hmmm, where to begin?

School is super busy! It seems like the school year is flying by. We've done world cultures and are now starting chemistry, which my kids absolutely adore!


Finished our time and measurement math unit and are on to multiplication again, this time with numbers 6-9.

We have also finished our nonfiction unit and are on fables, myths, and folktales. I tell you though, nonfiction has piqued my kids reading appetite! They have never read so much as this unit and the nonfiction bug is still in them lol.

One of my students moved but then I got a new student. We are gearing up for state testing. So not ready, but I do a test prep Wednesday and I told my kids that because I care about them, that's why I help them get ready.

I survived Valentine's Day and the party. The kids loved this heart on the mirror, because when they took a drink, their face appeared in the heart!

I got a cart of 30 ipads, with the stipulation that 10 are for each of the third grade rooms (we have 3) and that afterschool club will use my room for 1/2 an hour because it's their ipads. Yep, I agreed! Lol.

On a sad personal note, if you follow me on IG you already know, my beloved Checkers had to be put down at the end of last month. It was time. She was 14, old, losing her appetite, and then the day before I made the decision, her legs gave out. Still in a funk about it, but every day is a little better.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Multicultural Children's Book Day

Hey everyone!

Exciting news! I'm proud to be one of many voices for Multicultural Children's Book Day! My district is multicultural with a large Latino and Russian population, yet there's not always books multicultural books for them to learn about their heritage.

I was fortunate enough to join up with Valarie and Mia, the co-founders of this event. They had a mission in mind:  Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also away to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

You can spread the word too! The official hashtag is #ReadYourWorld.
Also, they're also partnering with First Book to offer a Virtual Book Drive that will help donate multicultural children’s books through their channels during the week of the event.

So what did I get to do? I got to review a wonderful book called "All About China" by Allison Branscombe. There are stories, songs, crafts, and a ton more in this amazing book, that fits right in with our third grade world cultures and traditions unit we are currently doing. Our school library has a handful of culture books to share between all our classes, so this will be definitely used! I created a small companion pack to go with this book.

The freebie that I created for this:
Click the picture to grab or click here.

This all happens on the 27th. There are a ton more people involved that what I have listed below...there are other reviewers!

**Thanks to the Children’s Book Council for their contribution and support. Thanks to our sponsors!
Platinum Sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Daybreak Press Global BookshopGold Sponsors:  Satya House,,   Author Stephen Hodges and the Magic PoofSilver SponsorsJunior Library Guild,  Capstone PublishingLee and Low Books,  The Omnibus PublishingBronze Sponsors:Double Dutch Dolls,Bliss Group BooksSnuggle with Picture Books Publishing,  Rainbow Books,   Author FeliciaCapers,   Chronicle Books   Muslim Writers Publishing ,East West Discovery Press.
Cohosts:  Sprout’s BookshelfAll Done MonkeyKid World CitizenInCultural ParentGrowing Book by BookMama Smiles and Africa to America

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bright Idea: Timeline In The Class

Hey everyone!

I am happy to share this bright idea I picked up while subbing and am now using in my class (I really should add more to it!)

What I did was cut up the neon sentence strips and wrote the months on them. I made sure I had space before I put them up, for all the months.

I only put graphs, but that was a big part of October for us, plus this was my first full month in my class. I want to put more for each month, maybe something from math, social studies, and reading.

Small item=big memory. The kids could tell you right now that's from Brazil during our world culture unit (which we're still doing!)

September we studied government, those are the three branches, bar graphs and data in October, rocks and minerals in November, world cultures in Dec., etc.

My kids often glance up and say, "Remember when we did...". I also want to include pictures of the students in action too!

If you enjoyed this bright idea, please consider joining me on Facebook or Instagram for more great ideas!

Check out the other people linked up for even more ideas.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

HP, You Made Me Happy

Hey everyone!

You know how I love office supplies! Well one great place to grab them is shoplet. They even have a section just for teachers and a $1.99 or less spot!

They sent me some paper to review and I was surprised to receive a few other little things with it. It was like Christmas, but in January lol.

First was this paper. It's called EcoFficient and they say it weighs 20% less, which I could tell it was lighter and I was worried it would tear easier, but it's just as sturdy. It printed out just fine too. I like it!

Then  was the cutey patootie usb zip drive. I may have squealed at how cute it was, that the lid was magnetic, and that I'm taking it to school for my classroom!

Finally, this mug.

Perfect spot to hold my pens at school or something. This was just a bonus in the package!

Plus I got reacquainted with my camera and had fun snapping these shots.

**This is an honest review. All opinions are mine. I was sent the paper to review in return of a review. Shoplet has other things besides office supplies like medical and more!

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

This Is Your Year Giveaway!

Hey everyone!
Over on Owl-Ways Be Inspired, we're giving away a giftcard...a $100 giftcard!

Most of the other girls are giving away stuff on their blogs too, so don't forget to check them out!

I wasn't going to give anything away, but then decided that maybe I'd let a winner choose from my store. So leave a comment down below of what item you'd like from my store and I'll pick a winner Jan. 2 (in the evening).

EDIT: Congrats Kelly (and then I had to draw another, just because) and Kathy! Email me at so I can send you your prize!

Happy New Year!

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