Monday, September 3, 2012

Back to School Jitters Linky Party

Even teachers get the first day of school jitters!  This linky party proves that!

Back to School Jitters Linky Party

I thought it would be fun to link up and share my jitters, so here goes...

Happy First Day of School!!

Friday, August 31, 2012

School is about to begin!

It's almost time for school to begin!!  We will be "back to the grind" this coming Tuesday!  I am really looking forward to the upcoming year!  During our PD this past week, we talked a lot about the Common Core and how Howell Schools will be transitioning from the state GLCEs to the Common Core standards.  One of the ideas that we talked a lot about is how important it is for students to be a part of their learning and assessment.  Our presenter showed some examples of ideas that other teachers have used to involve students in this way.  I created a resource that I will be using in my classroom this year for all subjects and many different learning goals.  I think this resource will really help students take a look at their progress and see how their efforts are helping accomplish their goals.

If you would like a copy of this resource, visit my Teachers pay Teachers store! :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fractions Dice Games

We have focused a lot on fractions this year!  Our MEAP scores show that is an area that is quite tricky for our students, so we've been practicing a lot!!  I created this printable to help my students compare and order fractions in a fun format using dice.  We played this morning and they had a blast!  Who says math can't be fun!? :)

Click the image to download for your classroom!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Beautiful Day!

It was such a beautiful day today...we just had to spend a few minutes outside! It was the perfect ending to a hard-working day! :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Biography Posters

During the month of February, my students worked on researching and summarizing information about a famous person of their choice.  They used their notes and information to create a Biography Poster.  I was so impressed with their work!  Here are a few examples:

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Area & Perimeter Challenge!

My students have been working with area and perimeter over the last couple weeks.  I wanted to create a challenge for them using area and perimeter.  You can download this printable at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store!  Enjoy!

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Ok, I just have to share!  Laura Candler, who I seriously admire, pinned MY worksheet on her Pinterest Board!!  *happy dance* 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Stars and Wishes

In my classroom we use the terms "stars" and "wishes" all the time! "Stars" are things we like and "wishes" are things we would like to improve upon. I created this exit slip for my students to easily evaluate where they stand on a particular subject.  I would love to hear how you use exit slips like this one in your classroom!  Click the image to grab this exit slip for FREE from my Teachers Pay Teacher's Store! :) 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cutest Bulletin Board

I found the CUTEST welcome bulletin board created by The 3am Teacher!  You gotta check it out...her stuff is SuPeR CuTe!!  It's so cute it makes me almost want to teach lower elementary...almost! ;)

The 3AM Teacher

Professionally Developed!

I attended a great PD today!  The presenter was Tina Boogren from the Marzano Research Laboratory.  She was great...very engaging and full of strategies and ideas I can implement in my classroom tomorrow! :)  She gave us a resource I just have to share with you because it's all FREE!  And what teacher doesn't like FREE STUFF?!  Seriously! :)  SO...check out the free resources section on the Marzano Research Laboratory website.  My favorites are the Classroom Tools...specifically the games!  Can't wait to play some of those vocabulary games tomorrow!  So fun! 

I'd love to hear what games you play with your students!  Share, share!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Comparing Fractions!

We have been working hard with fractions!  My students are getting really good at finding equivalent fractions and comparing fractions.  I found a Fraction Spinner Freebie on Laura Candler's blog, Corkboard Connections.  Laura Candler is such a talented educator and I love her freebies!!  This one I'm using today during enrichment centers to reinforce comparing fractions.  I created a printable for my students to compare.  You can download it for free at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!  Click the image to grab your freebie!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Teachers Pay Teachers!

I created a store at Teachers Pay Teachers! Check it out!  Grab my first two freebies and follow me! :)  If you link to my stuff, please let me know and I'll link to you!  Thanks!

My Button!

I have a button! :)  What do you think?

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Saw this post on Oh Boy in Fourth Grade today and had to join in! :)  Thanks for stopping by my new blogspace!! 

Hope over to her blog to join in the fun!! 

First Freebie - Valentine's Math Activity

Here's my first FREEBIE for you!  This is a math activity that involves conversation hearts, fractions, measuring, graphing...and a whole lotta thinking!  My students love this activity because it involves candy!  What's not to love?!   CLICK HERE for the Conversation Hearts Valentine Math Activity!  And please don't forget to leave some love if you like what you see!  Thanks :)

Little About Me :)

I love blogs!  For several years I have maintained our 4th grade blog at school.  This is a group effort, providing our parents with news and information in a quick way.  I have secretly wanted to have my own teaching blog space, but I wasn't sure how to go about separating myself.  SO I created my own blog, too...and you're reading my second official post right now!  I have been visiting Fourth Grade Frolics often (found her on Pinterest) and have been inspired to start blogging about our classroom and my teaching life, as she does. 

You see, I'm not new to blogging really.  I have my own little side scrapbooking business Stamp*Crop*Create and have been blogging and posting artwork there for about five years.  I also have a family blog to keep our family in the loop.  And now it's time for me to blog about my teaching.  Because...why not?  :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Time to Share!

I love teaching and I love blogs!  I have borrowed so many ideas from blogs for my classroom...I thought it was about time I jumped in and created a blog to share my resources with you!  It's a work in progress, so leave me a comment and let me know what you'd like to see! :)