Saturday, September 19, 2015

Let's Make Some Inferences! (Part 1)

We have been studying all about making inferences for the last week or so in fourth grade. We started with the very popular "What's in Ms. Smith's bag?" activity, and we continued through several different passages, pictures, and task cards.

This year I've been on a quest to do a better job incorporating hands-on technology into my lessons. I've ways used my ELMO and my computer at the front of my classroom, but I really think its important for students to be interacting and manipulating the technology instead of just staring at it. In my classroom I only have three iPads and two desktops, so I have to get creative. I have awesome coworkers, so whenever I ask to borrow a set of iPads, someone always helps me out. With another teachers iPads, I have the ability to break my students into groups of 3 or 4, and so far that has worked best.

Ok, back to inferencing...
I wanted to come up with some way to incorporate some fun technology into my inferencing unit so I set off to Pinterest and TPT in search of ideas. There are TONS of fabulous short Pixar films that are great for inferencing. I have shown several of these short clips on my projector (and we have discussed as a class), but I wanted to take that a step further for this lesson.

Because I only had 6 iPads (I borrowed 3 from a coworker), I knew I would have to involve some non-technology aspects of my lesson as well. I stumbled across an awesome freebie on TPT's Facebook page on inferencing and it is a fabulous resource. It is by Buzzing with Mrs. B and it is a forever freebie! How awesome is that? Check it out here! I mainly used the task cards in this pack because we had already been studying inferencing for several days when I found this pack, but I am definitely saving and using the whole thing next year!

I decided to create 5 tasks for my students to complete. I laid out the 5 tasks on a worksheet. I told my students that they needed to complete all five task cards, working on whatever resource was available. I started each group on a different task, and I told them to find an empty task to move on to when they finished the current task they were on. Three of the tasks were task cards from Ms. B's resource, and two were short pixar films from Youtube. (I must say I was worried about not having a "rotate now" system, but it worked great. I did tell students to not do both video tasks back to back so that everyone could work with the iPads.)

Y'all, my students were SO engaged. It was amazing. I felt like angels should be singing and I wanted to do a happy dance. Technology won me over and I'm now trying to figure out how many different ways I can use it in my classroom. My goal for now is to try to incorporate at least one hands-on technology activity per week. With only three iPads (and having to borrow other teachers' iPads) I feel like thats a good goal.

[Check back for Part 2... coming soon.]
Part 2 will include the AMAZING Pixar videos I used for inferencing, along with the task page I gave my students. This will be a free resource. Woot. Woot!

Until then.. how do you use technology in your classroom? I'd love any awesome ideas that have worked for you! = )

Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday Made-It!

I'm not sure how or why summer weeks get so crazy, but they do! Somehow I still managed to get some things done, and even made a few things! Excited to link up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for the first time in a LOOONG while! If you missed my blog post from yesterday, I am committing to getting back into blogging after neglecting my little piece of the internet for far too long. Read that blog post HERE! 
*It contains a gift card giveaway so go check it out!

Alright... on to what I made this week...

[1] Positive Notes Home
In my classroom, I LOVE sending happy notes home. 
(More on this subject coming SOON in another blog post.)
Last year I wrote them on whatever I could quickly find at the end of the day. That wasn't the cutest or most professional option, so I decided to make a fun post card I could copy, store, and easily fill out and use. Now I won't have to use a random piece of paper or sticky note to send home a happy letter. 

[2] Blog Twitter and Blog Pinterest Accounts
Even though I didn't make it to Vegas, I feel like everyone who went has been posting about the importance of a presence on social media. I'd love to connect with some of you guys on both of these new (to me) social media outlets!

*On a side note, does anyone else have a super long blog name that is too long for usernames on Pinterest, Twitter, and Periscope? SO frustrating. And, to make it even worse, my blog name can't be shortened. I had to get creative with my usernames for my new accounts. Ohhh well!

Well, thats it for this week's Monday Made-it! Can't wait to read along and see what all of you guys have made this week! 
Happy Monday! It's going to be a scorching hot week in the South!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Back at it! (Stop by for a giveaway!)

I was one of the sad Teachers Pay Teachers sellers that was stuck at home last week. Even though I didn't get to attend, I have been truly inspired by the information and ideas people have been sharing from the conference.  Because of that, I have been inspired to start this ole blog back up. It is my goal to be more consistent on this little blog of mine! I have really enjoyed it in the past and I am pumped to get started again! I have also heard about how important social media is for us, so I created Pinterest and Twitter accounts that are connected to my blog and store.

I figured as a proper I'M BACK, and as a way to launch some of my new social media accounts, I should have a fun giveaway. 
In order to celebrate, I am going to giveaway a $10 gift certificate. 
The best part is that the winner gets to choose which store...
TPT or Target.

Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends next week.

I am SO looking forward to getting back into the swing of blogging and getting to know some of my fellow bloggers. I'd love to connect with some of you! If you want a new blogging friend, let me know. = ) 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The COOLEST online consignment boutique.

I LOVE a good deal.... 

I love good deals SO much that I don't buy things unless they are on sale or cheap! Hah! The thing is... I like nice things, so I don't just buy things because they are cheap. A while back I stumbled across a fun website called Twice. It is an online consignment store that sells brand name women's clothing. I LOVE consignment stores so I knew this website would be perfect for me...
and it is.

All you do is head to the website and search under the different categories. Load up your cart and purchase brands like JCrew, Gap, etc. for super deep discounts. I just purchased three fun tops that I will have to show you guys once they come in!

Ways to save even more on Twice!
1) Download the app and receive a $10 credit. (This promotion was going on a few days ago and hopefully it still is for you guys!)
2) Refer friends! You get $10 for every friend that purchases something off of Twice!
3) Use the code "trendsetter" at checkout to receive an extra 15% off. (I am THAT person that always googles coupon codes. I found this one and magically... it worked! Woot!)

Another thing I LOVED about Twice is you can also sell your clothes!

The Twice website has an interactive "sellers" portal where you can search specific brands to see what amount you might receive for an item you send in. Twice sends you a back to put all of your clothes in and it ships FO' FREE. Once they receive your bag they send you an email with how much cash they will send you for your items.
***I sent in my first bag on Friday. I'll give you guys an update once they process my bag. I sent in 9 items. It included brands such as JCrew, Loft, Banana Republic, Anthro, and Theory. We will see how much money they are willing to give me for it! = )

Here is my first package getting shipped of to Twice! =)

Have any of you tried Twice? If so, I'd love to hear about your experiences. I am a newbie to this fun website so I'd love to hear from someone who has used it before. I will come back with an update when I receive my fabulous new shirts and again when Twice sends me an evaluation of the clothing I sent in! Happy Monday! =)

**Twice did not ask me to write this blog post. I just enjoy informing the online community of cool things when I find them! = ) I also can receive a store credit for each person that orders something through my referral link! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Classroom Must Haves!

At the end of the summer Pacon was SUPER kind and sent me a few boxes of goodies. Back to school craziness hit, and I neglected to show you what amazing goodies I received! This FABULOUS long weekend allowed me to get caught up and get a blog post listed!
First off, Pacon sent me a roll of their FABULOUS fadeless paper, some border, and some fun letters. I have plans for these so I am going to debut those items on a second post.

My second box contained a classroom management center and a fabulous planner... 
two classroom MUST HAVES for the 2014-2015 school year!

#1 Classroom Management System

This was a fabulous surprise to receive in the mail. It comes in a flat box (it reminded me of IKEA... ha!) but it was a breeze to put together. Another thing I loved about it was that once it was all set up, it was super sturdy. It will definitely be able to handle the wear and tear that comes along with anything that goes in a classroom.

What do I plan on using this for?
I  plan on using the top three compartments for paper! Computer paper, lined paper, and colored paper. This will make grabbing paper SO easy to manage. The bottom compartments will contain extra highlighters and erasers... two things my students are always asking for!

#2 Teacher Lesson Plan Book

I loved this item for many reasons! I am always looking for a place to organize my lesson plans. This book is PERFECT. It has spots for long-term planning and weekly planning. There are lots of boxes/room and it will hold everything I need.

What is one of your classroom must haves? I'd love to know!
Don't forget to check out Pacon for all of your back to school needs!
Also, make sure to "like" the Pacon Facebook Page!

Monday, August 4, 2014

See ya later, Summer! **Freebie!

With the sounding of my alarm clock Monday morning went my summer vacation. Although I do LOVE my summer break, I am also SO excited to get this new school year underway.
New students (along with some old!!).
New grade.
New team.
It's going to be a fantastic year!

Fabulous in First Grade had such a fun idea to do a Back 2 School blog hop and giveaway! All week long some fabulous bloggers are giving some fun tips to make your first few weeks at school a success. 

So...without further adieu...
I am going to give some fabulous tips on...
How to survive the first week of school!

Coffee...Lots of coffee.

Go to bed EARLY.
Wait.. who am I kidding? On the first week of school we have WAY to much to do to go to bed early. So.. refer back to #1. Hah!

Finish your room early.
Don't spend too much time decorating your classroom. Give yourself a deadline to get your room prepped and stop when you hit the deadline. It is SO easy to get worked up over what your classroom looks like that you under prep for the important first few days of school.

The more detailed plans, the better for the first few days of school. 
Do you want to introduce and explain bathroom and lunchroom policies? Homework policies? Write a detailed list of procedures you want to teach so you don't leave one out! There is SO much to go over the first few days of school that it is easy to forget something important.

Get settled into a routine and dominate this school year.

What is your #1 tip for the first week of school! 
Let me hear em! =)

Now.. hop on over to 1st Grade Fireworks for the next day of blog hopping' fun!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Vintage Windows

Okay y'all, I'm not going to lie. This summer, school stuff has NOT been my main focus. I am in the process of buying a house (I'm SO excited and I just can't hide it!) and I have been having so much fun looking for furniture and DIY projects for my new crib. Now that I will have a REAL home, I am working on ditching the college furniture I had for some fun, new (to me) adult furniture. 

Yesterday I found two of these fabulous frames for $15/pair on a local "buying/selling" site.

So...What should I do with them? 
I have been Pinterest crazy since I picked them up trying to find the perfect project for them. Let me know your thoughts and I'll make sure to show you the final product when they get finished!

Happy Wednesday! 
After today... only TWO more before my summer is over. =(

Linking up with Miss DeCarbo!