Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Battle of the Books

My family went to the Women's Final Four when I was younger, so this time of year brings back so many memories of fun competition (and ridiculously obnoxious fans). So why not combine 2 of my favorite things--reading and competition!

Enter the Battle of the Books!

{Thank goodness for my wonderful sister who helped me get this done.}

I chose 16 books (most of them are books that my class has already read), paired them up, and my kiddos will get to vote until we are left with one book of the year! I am so excited for the competition to begin!

Who do you think the winner will be?!

Monday, March 3, 2014

No G's!

I went to a writing PD Friday with Matt Glover--and let me just say, it was great!! We started talking about students picking their own topics for writing. A teammate of mine asked how to let them choose, while still making sure they are picking appropriate topics. Another teacher there offered a fantastic idea! Enter the no g's rule!

I love this! They cannot write (or talk or draw) about guts, guns, girlfriends/boyfriends, anything gross, or gore! I am sad to say that some of our firsties have had some issues in the girlfriends/boyfriends area this year, so hopefully this will take care of some of that!

Our district had a snow day today and has another one tomorrow, so I have not actually been able to introduce this new rule to my kids, but I am so excited to use it! Click the picture to go to my TpT store and get it--for free!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

It's March?!?!

I cannot believe it is already March. I am definitely glad, because I am tired of the cold, but the year is flying!

Listening: I love the Olympics! But I am glad that my typical Thursday night full of great TV is back! Grey's. Scandal. Parenthood. I love Thursdays.

Loving: One of the reasons I am so glad it is March--SPRING BREAK! Only a few short weeks away!

Thinking: I have been out a lot lately for PD. All of the 1st grade teachers in our district our taking part in a 4 day training called LETRS, then a group from my school went to hear Matt Glover (loved him!) talk about writing workshop yesterday. My list of summer projects is getting longer and longer!

Wanting: A housekeeper. I always need to clean, but never want to.

Needing: To finish lesson plans! And sub plans! Another day out this week for PD.

????????: What could my secret question be?! The answer: Divergent, warmer weather, and summer!

Happy March!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Sale

Happy Valentine's Day to all! Our class celebrated yesterday because we are off today! And thank goodness. This teacher is in desperate need of a long weekend. Especially after the chaos of Valentine's Day.

To celebrate Valentine's Day and my long weekend, I'm throwing a sale! Everything in my TpT store is 15% off! It's a perfect time to pick up my Olympics unit or my Draw the Room bundle (which is newly updated!!).

Head over to my store and take advantage of the sale!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Student Valentines

Valentine's Day is coming up soon! Honestly, I am not prepared. At all. My theme for this year is turning out to be trying to just stay afloat. There is constantly so much going on! Anyone else out there with me?

So I am feeling quite excited about this super simple valentine I plan on giving to my kiddos! Head over to my store to grab this freebie for yourself! (There are 2 other paper options for you to choose from.)

Happy {almost} Valentine's Day!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Olympic Fever!

Well I think it's official. I have been just about the worst blogger known to man this year. I could come up with some pretty decent excuses about how my class this year is more challenging or it's been a busy year, but the truth is--I've been lazy. Flat out lazy. So I am going to try to be better. 

To start that trying, I finally have something new for TpT! I have been thinking about this unit for what seems like forever. Well, since I remembered that this was an Olympic year. 

I love, love, LOVE the Olympics! So next month, I plan to turn my kids into Olympic fanatics like me. Hop over to TpT and check it out!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Five for Friday

1. Anyone else enjoying a snow day today?! I got to enjoy sleeping in, morning TV, and coffee in an actual coffee mug! I'm sure I'll be less than thrilled about this snow day come May, but right now, I'm ecstatic!

2. This has been my life for the past few days. Gingerbread houses for 90. 

3. In the end, it was all worth it! The students enjoyed decorating their houses with our high school baseball team earlier this week. They were in candy heaven!

4. What great buys did you find during the TpT cyber sale?! There were so many things that I wanted to buy! But with most of my money going to Christmas presents nowadays, I held back and just bought some new fonts! My obsession.

5. I'm spending the rest of the day getting this unit printed and ready for next week.
And wrapping 24 books in prep for our Christmas party. Only 9 school days left before our break!

Happy Friday and (for some) happy snow day!