Wednesday, April 30, 2014

End of the year MOTIVATION!

With SUN, SAND, and SUMMER VACATION just around the corner… 
How do you keep your students motivated and engaged?
We haven't even started standardized testing and I can already feel 
the kids getting chattier and more eager for summer.

Linking up with Sugar and Spice for Wordless Wednesdays!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Point of View (CC Edition)…Giveaway Alert!

When I think of point of view I think of 1st or 3rd point of view.
Isn't that what you think?
Well, in 3rd grade, our point of view standard is a bit different.
Common Core states that in third grade students should be able to…
"Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters".
I see this being more like perspective.
How is your perspective similar or different to the author or characters?
This standard basically builds a foundation for students to learn the different types of point of view when they get to fourth grade.

I REALLY enjoyed teaching this standard because it allowed for lots of fun read alouds. As we read we decided if our point of view was the same or different than the author/characters. We would then discuss how and why they were different.

Two great books we read included:
-"Two Bad Ants"
-"McElligot's Pond"
I borrowed both of these books and I am going to buy them ASAP for my classroom library. They were both SUPER cute and helped teach this standard very well.

To finish the week I created some task cards to assess my student's individual understanding of these standards (There is also a nonfiction point of view standard we covered at the same time). They read each task card and responded to the question at the end of the passage. Students had to determine the author/characters point of view and determine if they felt the same way or not. Students seemed to really enjoy this activity.
(Sidenote: This is my first TPT item that I have created with Melonheadz clipart and I am OBSESSED. I now want to buy every collection of clipart in her store. They are too cute!)

How do you teach the new common core standards in your classroom?
I'd love some more fun ideas to add to my file for next year!

Leave any type of comment for a chance to win a free set of these task cards!
I will pick a winner this week! =)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The EASY way to coupon.

This is totally not teaching related but this is something I found and LOVE and I just had to share! I've mentioned this app to several friends and to my surprise they didn't know about it. Back to educational stuff sooooooon! =)

I LOVE Target.
Sometimes I think I might even be obsessed with it.
(Just like I am obsessed with Stitch Fix
shopping problem perhaps? Hah!)
My wallet, however, does NOT like it...
but it does love Cartwheel.
What is Cartwheel you ask?
It is a fabulous Target coupon app.

Want to buy eggs? No problem.
Just search for an eggs coupon in your app.
Want a new shirt? No problem.
Just search for shirts in your app.

You won't always find what you need, but you might be surprised how often you will discover that Target has a coupon you could (and should) be using. My favorite part of this app is that the coupons store in your app and when you get to the cash register you simply show the bar code that is located in Cartwheel. They scan the coupon and... taddaaaa you have save all sorts of moolah and you no longer have to feel guilty for buying things you don't need at Target. =)
Do you have an App that helps you save and coupon?
Let me hear it!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


I know y'all have heard me talk about Stitch Fix... It's probably one of my favorite things right now.
Seriously.. the day's when I know I have one coming in the mail I look forward to it ALL day long! Hah!
In case you haven't heard of it, I'll give you a quick recap…

Basically it's a fashion website where you have your own personal stylist. You sign up for a "fix" and your personal stylist sends you 5 unique pieces of clothing and accessories based on a detailed style report you fill out. You have three days to check out the clothes, and then you send back (free shipping) the ones you don't want. The only financial commitment is a $25 styling fee that you can put towards any item you purchase.

Alright… Are y'all ready to see what I got?
This dress is ADORABLE.
Best part? It's long enough. It's now hanging in my closet. 
Definitely a keeper!

This necklace was cute, but not worth the price tag.
I'm not a HUGE jewelry person. 

I seriously LOVED this tank top... 
Unfortunately it ran a bit small. =(

This shirt was super cute. It was patterned with little tiny elephants. So cute! I liked this top and the fit but I don't really have a need for it so I made the wisest decision and sent it back.

I also LOVED this tank. The picture doesn't really do it justice.
Unfortunately this take was too big. =(
It broke my heart to send both of those adorable tanks back.

Another super-fun thing about Stitch Fix is that now I have seen and tried on these 5 items, I go back to the website and report to my stylist what I thought about each item. This way my stylist can try to make some changes for my next fix. I can totally tell the difference in my first fix and now. My stylist has definitely learned more about my style. The color schemes and styles were right up my alley!

So, have I convinced you to try it yet? You won't be disappointed!
Go to the Stitch Fix website and sign up. You give them your email and then in the next day or two you will get an invite to sign up. You will fill out your style profile and then you can order your first fix. Give it a one time try or you can sign up for monthly fixes. If you sign up, let me know. I want to see what fabulous fixes you receive! =)