Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mason Jar Succulents: Coworker Gift Idea!

Need a quick, cheap coworker gift idea? 
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If you are like me, you've got lots of coworkers you'd love to shower with some love this holiday season, but you don't have lots of money! I hate buying useless/cheap things for coworkers just so I can say I got them a gift. This Christmas I decided to get a little creative with my gifts by planting some mason jar succulents and I seriously love them.

Mason Jar Succulents (less than $5 each)

What do you need?
-Mason jars (pack of 12 @ Walmart for $8)
-Succulents (Walmart for $2.98/Lowes for $3.98)
-Potting Soil
-Twine/Ribbon (I had some of this in my craft box)
-Card (I bought these at Hobby Lobby at 50% off)

It get's dark WAY before I get home, so once I had gathered my items, I laid out some garbage bags on my hardwood floor and got to work. I LOVE gardening, so I found this type of gift making to be super stress relieving! I found it to be much more enjoyable then gift wrapping or shopping in the holiday craziness! I was super happy with the way they turned out, and I really hope my coworkers will like them! Hopefully they will brighten up their kitchen counters or classroom desks this holiday season! Happy succulent planting! = )

Monday, June 20, 2016

Emoji Obsessed - Monday Made It!

Hi friends!

Excited to join in with you guys for Monday Made It!

I'm moving grades AND rooms next year, so I've been working on updating some of my classroom decor. My classroom theme has always been BRIGHT and COLORFUL, but I thought it needed a bit of a modern upgrade... so I've been creating EVERYTHING EMOJI and it has been oh so much fun!

First up, I made a new behavior clip chart. We are required to use the same clip chart system school-wide so I figured I might as well freshen it up a bit! 

The clip chart to the left is the one I've been using several years. You can see my new Emoji one on the right. = )
Second, I decided I needed a new ABC banner.
The summer after my first year teaching (5 long years ago) I hand made an ABC banner that took FOREVER! It was old school and I hand cut out everything. I thought my old school banner needed a fun upgrade... emoji style! I can't get into my classroom to hang these up yet, but I am OH SO EXCITED at how they turned out! Eeek!
I am currently working on name plates but they aren't finished yet! Hoping this years' crew loves emojis as much as last years! Ha!

Are you EMOJI OBSESSED like me?
Both of these items are 20% off today only in my TPT store! 

Well, I'm off to cut out mounds and mounds of laminating so I can get these guys in place AS SOON as my room gets waxed! 

Happy Monday!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The FINAL Countdown: End of the Year Tips/Tricks!

Thanks for hopping on over from Marvel Math and welcome to stop #15! I hope by now you have TONS of awesome tips to help you get through these last few weeks of school!

Can y'all believe it's already that time of year?… The LAST quarter. I can’t believe it got here so fast. I don’t know about yall, but I always have a big mix of emotions at this point of year. I am EXCITED for summer… but I am also SO SAD to lose my kiddos forever. One year just always seems to short. = (

The last six weeks of school can be CRAZY. Testing. Field day. Assemblies. Year book signing day. Graduations. The list could go on. What do you do to keep both YOU and YOUR STUDENTS sane during this crazy time? Check out what we do in our classroom below.

1) Don’t check out…yet.
Yall… Structure is the most beautiful thing. This tip probably seems crazy, but I think it is the most important. I don’t know about yall, but I always seem to run out of time to teach and do everything I want to. Even though it is tempting to put in a movie or start cleaning your room during the last few days/weeks of school, keep the structure and keep teaching! I am excited to do some STEM projects now that test review and prep is almost officially over! EEEK. Can’t wait.

2. Implement a new reward system.

Have prize days. Set the tone that excellent behavior will be applauded! Things get crazy this time of year (as stated above). Encourage your students to continue to have excellent behavior. This time of year I like to do random prize days. My school runs on a 1 to 5 behavior chart, so on certain days everyone on a 3 or higher at the end of the day will get a mystery prize (beads, a piece of candy, etc.) New this year in my classroom (thanks to instagram) we have a V.I.L table for leaders who soar past behavior expectations. Throwing in new, fresh behavior during the last quarter of school will keep students working hard and behaving well!

3. Let your kids help get you ready for next year.
I like to have my kids help me introduce my new kids to my classroom through a letter/or survey. This year I am going to have them complete the graphic organizer above on our classroom i-Pads using PhotoGrid. I haven’t decided if I am going to print them out or leave them on the i-Pads for next year’s kiddos to flip through.  I might turn them into a PDF book so that they can flip through all of the pages at once. Check out my end of the year freebie on TPT for the printable/uploadable file so you can do this project in your classroom!

What is your favorite end of the year survival tip? 
I'd love for you to share it in the comments below!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Let's Make Some Inferences! (Part 2)

3 months later, here is the follow up to: Let's Make Some Inferences: Part 1!

Alright y'all, today's blog post is all about the 5 inferencing tasks I had my students complete. As I mentioned in my previous post, I used some fabulous task cards from Buzzing with Ms. B, along with some amazing video clips from Youtube, to create a 5 task assignment for my students. They simply worked through all 5 tasks in whatever order worked for them (My only rule was to not watch both videos back to back.) 

For tasks 1-3 my students simply read and completed three of Ms. B's task cards. I had them record their answer on a different answer sheet (included in the freebie below). These were great for discussion and practice. Thanks, Ms. B, for the outstanding resource.

For tasks 4-5 I used two awesome videos. There are no words in these videos, so students really have to make inferences. Watch each video below and download my free task sheet below to see the questions I asked my students to help them infer. There are TONS of additional inferring questions you could ask about these clips, but I just picked a few. 

Video Clip #1: One Man Band

Video Clip #2: Defective Detective
This video might be my favorite. This is about a detective who infers incorrectly. Love!

The task sheet I had my kiddos complete looked a bit different then the one I am attaching below. For you guys, I put all of the task card tasks on one page and the video clip task cards on another page. I hope this allows you to use both or just one in your classroom since they aren't all mixed together. 

These tasks were a MAJOR hit in my classroom and I was ohhhhh so impressed at how engaged my students were. I can't wait for my next hands-on technology lesson in my classroom... Of I go to start figuring out what I'll be doing (technology wise) next! = )