Wednesday, March 28, 2012


I have discovered a great new tool to use when creating charts or posters in the classroom.....
The BINGO daubers from Dollar Tree!  They come in all diferent colors and are inexpensive, easy to handle and use!  I love them! 
Here is an example of the brainstorming charts I created for my substitute to use with my students tomorrow.

Character's Traits and the Feelings that Support Them...Charts made with BINGO Daubers!!

Oh Yes! It's Time for a Friday Eve Freebie!!

Enjoy Your Pencil Foldable and Active Learner Acrostic!!
Pencil Foldable (Top & Bottom)
Click Here for the Template

Click Here for the Acrostic

Once you print off both of the pages, you will need to decide on the size of the foldable and reduce or enlarge the acrostic page as needed.  You can also reduce or enlarge the pencil pieces as desired.  Do what ever will your best for your students!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Picture This....

So, apparently I am having picture issues....Well, it seems, that there was a link between the pictures that  I removed from Google+ and the pictures on my blog.  I did not realize that my pictures from my camera roll were loading onto Google+ and I deleted them, in turn deleting were they were linked too.  I will be reloading the pictures and trying to figure out a way around good old Google+.
Thank you for your patience and support!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

"Oh Yes, It's Free"....Student Test Taking Strategies Activity

As teachers, we have worked hard all year long, teaching content to students, now it's time to make sure they know how to accurately prove, that they know this content.  I am hoping that this page will help students to focus on some of the valuable test taking strategies, necessary for success.  Take a look and share your thoughts with me!

Click this link to get your copy from google docs...

End the Year...While Welcoming Next Year's New Students!

Wrap Up the School Year While Getting Ready to Kick Off a New One!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Flowering Fun

End of the Year Reflection Flower
This is a cute way for students to reflect and share their thoughts about their school year.

It will also look great as an open house display.

Simply copy>Have students answer the questions>Cut out around the solid lines>Finally, use green tissue paper to create the stem and leaves.

I would also suggest copying a second flower (a blank one) and using it behind the filled in one, to add more color and dimension.

Good luck and have fun!!

Incredible Student Creations! An Art Project

After FOUR days of benchmark testing, I decided my students needed therir minds streched in a differet, more creative way.

I was impressed with their fabulous creations!
here are two of the finished pieces.

This was a very easy project.  I copied several sets of the doodle/design pages and gave them to the groups of kids to share.  They had to create a simple "stick" picture, and then they could begin cutting.  Next, they had to arragne their pieces on an 8x8 what paper...once they were happy with their work, they could glue the pieces down.  The last step was coloring, (we talked about color schemes and patterning) most students were just getting to this point.
I have a personal copier in my classroom, so I actually copied each student's creation before letting them color (just incase they made a they wouldn't have to start over from scratch).
Here is the link to some of the best images, for the kids to work with.

Pinned Image

Strategies VS Activities...Your Thougts?

Share Your Thoughts and Ideas....

Prepositions with "Fred the Worm"

Introducing Fred the Worm.......Yes, my students named him.  This activity of identifying prepositions through the use of Fred in relation to the apple, really made things click.  Give it a try!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Helping Students Tackle Word Problems Strategically...
Tomorrow my 4th graders will take part one of their math bechmark test.  This chart helps to keep them from becoming too overwhelmed, while working their way through word problems.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Preposition VS Adverb....It's a Freebie!

My students seemed to be having a hard time distinguishing between an adverb and a preposition.  To help clear up their confusion, I created a simple foldable, based around a list of "cross over" words, and the key to telling the difference between the two.
"CLICK HERE" to get your ready to use copy!

Direct students to fold the top edge down until it meets the tops of the box (the one in the middle of the page).  Have them repeat this step with the bottom edge of the paper, meeting the bottom of the box in the middle of the page.  After taking notes on the inside, I asked students to write themselves some reminders on the outside flaps...creating their own little set of reminder notes.

Following Directions Using Text Features

After a run away brainstorming session on following directions. . .

My students and I worked together to narrow our focus, and this is what we came up with:

**After all was said and done, one of my kids was nice enough to tell me, that they came up with all of their fabulous brainstorming reading the room!  Love!!

Elements of TALL TALES. . .

Working on figurative language with my students....Here is a simple way to help them remember the elements of tall tales (and hyperbole).

Monday, March 19, 2012

An Apostrophe Freebie!!

Just Click the link Below
An Apostrophe Freebie Foldable. . .
Here are two very basic apostrophe foldables covering the following:

Simply Copy back to back...make the fold(s) and a few little cuts....then they are ready to use!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Confident Test Takers

Test Prep Paper Chains

**This activity can be used for individual students or as a group activity.
**These look great when copied on bright colored paper.

Suggested Front loading: Prior to providing the students with their papers, brainstorm test-taking strategies.
Discuss, together, what the strategies mean and how students can implemented.

The page is set up with 4 links per sheet. The strips can be pre-cut by the teacher or the students can locate the scissors icon and cut along the dotted line.

A week or more prior to testing have students complete the links, then each day, have students remove the bottom link and review what was written.
Students can then share their strategy with their table team or a partner (this is a good time to have them implement the Give One/Get One Strategy). 

Anchor Chart

Using Transitions to Move Your Writing Along
Seasonal Freebie.....Symmetrical Egg, Butterflies and Flowers
Symmetrical Eggs

Symmetrical Butterflies

Symmetry and Flowers
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

12 Steps

         Playing Around with
         Posting Google Docs. . .

Getting Started. . .

Ok, I decided to get with the times and try out blogging....Please check it out! I am just starting, so any suggestions, hints and input would be greatly appreciated! My goal, is to not only share my creations and ideas, but to post and share all of the spectacular things that my wonderful teacher type friends do as well! Follow my blog, and feel free to let me know what resources or content you are in search of, and I will do my best to get what you need to your finger tips! Thank you!