Friday, August 9, 2013

Blogger Exchange: Show us what you got!

Hopefully by now, most of you guys have gotten some fun packages from your exchange partner. If for some reason you haven't, let me know so we can hopefully figure out where your package has gone. =(

Now it's time for you to share with us all of the super cute and totally fun items you received. I am in LOVE with all of my goodies. =)
I was paired with Autumn. What I loved about my box of goodies from Autumn was that she thought BEYOND just school stuff. I got the cutest hair ties and a FABULOUS necklace that I know I am going to get a bunch of wear out of.
I also got some yummy snacks (which I attended to save for my desk at work but may or may not have already been eaten...hah!) and of course some super cute supplies for my room.
(Sorry! I am majorly lacking in the photography skills department!)

Thanks Autumn for all the fun items! I hope you liked your goodies too!
If you haven't checked out Autumn's blog, you need to hop on over there!It's loaded with tons of fun resources! You won't be sorry!

I also have to give a HUGE shout out to Jessica over at Covered in Glitter and Glue. Although my name is on all of the cute buttons and stuff for this exchange, Jessica did ALL (and I mean ALL) of the hard work. She was the "brains" behind the operation and all of you would not have gotten your fun packages without all of Jessica's hard work. Yall need to go check her blog out as well!

Thanks to ALL who participated and don't forget to link up with us! =)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

BLAST OFF... into a new school year! (Giveaway Alert!)

Hey guys! Where has summer gone? WOW! I can't believe we are on the 6 day countdown until teacher's return to school in my district. Today I thought I would share one of my favorite, easy back to school craftivities that I have done a few times now. It's a great way to get something fun and cute onto your walls quickly! This was one of my VERY first TPT products, so I have recently given it a facelift. I am updating the pictures in my first post with the updated ones. =)

If you choose to purchase this product, you will now also receive a writing activity that can be used at the end of the year. So, if you don't have time for it at the beginning of the year, save it for those last few days of craziness in May.

I always start the year with the theme:
Third Grade will be a BLAST!

I always complete this fun spaceship craft on the first day of school so we have something fun and colorful up on our walls very quickly! Students create the spaceship and write a short blurb on why they think their new grade will be a blast!

In this download you will find:
-Spaceship tracing templates
-Journal pages for 1st-5th grade

Click HERE to find this creativity on TPT.

This craft has been a huge success for me the past two years. It is simple, easy, and students can do this project pretty independently. This gives me time to wonder the room to talk to different students. 

I'd love to give this craftivity to someone who thinks they can use it! Leave me a comment telling me your favorite back to school activity. Now... I'm off to continue enjoying my LAST Wednesday of summer! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Beginning of the Year Math Review FUN!

Hey, Gang! I have posted about these before during the FUN end of the year craziness, but these packs are selling pretty frequently on TPT with school beginning soon as well! In case you missed these the first time, or didn't think about how they could also be used at the beginning of the year, I thought I would share again. 

Basically, these are mixed math task cards for 3rd and 4th grade teachers. (There is a pack for 3rd grade and a pack for 4th grade.) Third grade teachers are purchasing a set of mixed math task cards to review key 2nd grade standards with students at the beginning of the year. Fourth grade teachers are purchasing a set of mixed math task cards to review those key 3rd grade standards. I am excited about using these cards because it will be a FUN way for me to do a quick assessment of my new students math skills before we dive in to 3rd grade skills. I hope my students will also enjoy answering these task cards by playing a game of scoot. 

Side note: I tried out the 3rd grade review task cards with my previous group of 3rd graders in May and they loved it! It was a great tool to use at the end of the year and it gave me time to go back over the skills I could tell students hadn't totally grasped. 

Task Card Details:

Both downloads come with 30 task cards and two different versions of an answer sheet.
You can find all of the details by clicking on the TPT links below. 

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HAPPY LAST WEEK OF SUMMER (For me anyways...) Tears!
How do you assess your students at the beginning of the year?
I would LOVE some tips and tricks!