Sunday, December 7, 2014

Monday Made It - December

I'm posting a tad bit early because I have a freebie for you so wanted to give you a chance to get it printed and ready if you're interested:)  Of course I don't have my act together and have my student gifts ready but I do have a few things to share:)
First is my wreath makeover.  This wreath has seen several years and lots of Florida weather.  Looking a little shabby....
Well I dug through all my Christmas boxes.....which I have way tooooooo many of and need to purge.....and found some things to spruce it up:)
That's a little better:)
Last week was a little crazy....Christmas break and Christmas fever is in the air....I'm always game for keeping it fun and keeping them from hanging from the ceiling....lol.
I came across these guys on clearance at Target after Halloween and never did decide what to do with them.....until....
Voila....elf pens!!  What kid doesn't like to write with a pen...lol.  So I'll be handing out "elf pens" to write with to the NOT naughty kiddos;)
 
Now to my freebie!  We only have 10 school days left before Christmas break so I thought I little math countdown would be fun:)
Under each ornament is a math problem. (addition, subtraction, or multiplication)
I don't know about you, but EVERY minute counts in my classroom....as a matter of fact, there aren't enough minutes in the day to cover everything I want to:(  That's another blog post...lol.  So these are quick little problems they can do any time during the day for some extra practice and some countdown fun!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Countdown-to-Christmas-Break-1597820
This is a forever freebie if you're interested...just pop by my shop:)
Now it's your turn....I'm hoping to link up to my own linky later when I get a few more things done!
Don't forget, you can link up anytime, all month!
 
 
 



Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday 5 - Some Randomness about My Week:)

http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2014/11/five-for-friday-linky-party-november-28.html
5 random things about my week.  Since I have been off all week (love that!) these aren't very teacher related.
Just before our break started we were hitting fractions hard!
The kids had fun finding equivalent fractions with manipulatives.

Hope they all don't forget everything after a week off!!!  Teacher's nightmare...lol. 
 
 
This was on my IG last week!  Since I have been off of work this week, I have been loving this little section of my kitchen....and putting that coffee pot to good use:)
I'm soooo excited!  My students have been wanting one of these for a while....I finally found one and bought it.  I hope I don't kill it:/  Any words of wisdom for growing one of these would be appreciated:) 
Feed Me Seymour!!! lol;)
My girl got to come home from FSU for a few days:)
Of course we had to get our shop on:)  Went to a fabulous new mall north of us!  Wowza is all I can say:)  Love my girl time with her but it goes wayyyy too fast:/  Now she's off and back to FSU for the big game tomorrow.

Finally, the winner from my 3 for Free Giveaway:)  Congrats to
 
Congrats Susan!  Be on the lookout for an email from me:)
 
I hope you all had a blessed and wonderful "filling" Thanksgiving!  I'm going to have to double up on my workouts to make up for my big cheat day yesterday:(
 
P.S.  there's a big sale coming up:)
Everything in my shop will be 20% off! 
 
 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Giveaway Day 3 - Giving Thanks!

 
Hey all!  I am popping in quick to announce yesterday's winner and tell ya about giveaway 3:)
 
Congratulations goes to
Kaitlyn M.!!
Look for an email from me:)
  
Today is the last day of my 3 For Free giveaway and today I am throwing in a little something extra:)
Last night while I anxiously awaited my daughter's arrival (driving through a lot of rain), I finished a fun product I have been working on. 

This set includes 4 different sets of task cards each with a different skill for fractions:)
So I am throwing that in as a little extra for today's winner:)
Thank you all for popping by and having some fun with me these last few days!  Entry for this giveaway is super easy:)  Leave a comment of one thing you are thankful for this year.

I am so very thankful for so many things!  Right at this minute it is the fact that my (growing up too fast) family is all together again under one roof, if only for a few days!  There's just something about that that makes this momma so at peace and happy!

I am heading out soon for a fun shopping day and some much needed mommy/daughter time with my girl! 
I hope you all have a BLESSED Thanksgiving holiday full of family, fun, and love!
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Kanoodling and Giveaway #2

Do you Kanoodle?
I recently received Kanoodle and Kanoodle Genius for my classroom.  To say that my students are CRAZY about these is an understatement!!!!  These puzzles are fab for early finishers and when you have a few extra minutes in the classroom.  They are super challenging and great for exercising those critical thinking skills!

It's great because there are different levels of puzzles and difficulty....just like differentiation:)
This pic is of the ever famous "puzzle 25" in my classroom.  It has yet to be solved and has challenged my students greatly.  What I love most about this is that they don't give up!!  They have announced that they will solve this puzzle and I think they will!  You can read more about Kanoodle and Kanoodle Genius here at Educational Insights.
Congrats to Cherie M.!!!  Be looking for an email from me:)
 
Time for Day 2!!


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Bobbing for Apples STEM and a Giveaway!

Can't even begin to tell ya how thankful I am for this week off!!!  I have hit a few goals with my TPT and Instagram so I wanted to kick off this Thanksgiving week with a little giveaway.
So, starting today I will giveaway 3 products of the winner's choice, from my shop for free.  I will do the same thing again tomorrow and Wednesday, so be sure to pop back by each day to enter that giveaway:)  (Enter at the end of this post:))
 
Ok, bobbing for apples and STEM you say???  Well I found a fab STEM packet from Get Caught Engineering with a bunch of wonderful activities:)  This packet is their Get Caught Engineering in November with STEM
The activity we did was bobbing for apples.  Bobbing for apples sounds easy and messy, right?!  Wrong!  The kiddos had to design something to "bob" for apples without getting wet!
I've gotta be honest...I wasn't sure how this would go...the whole STEM process is fairly new to me, but EACH and EVERY time we do a STEM activity, I stand amazed!!  I wish, how I wish you could hear the conversations when I say begin.....it makes this teacher's heart smile. 
I also feel like the kids get more serious about their work with each challenge.  They did such an amazing job filling out their paperwork, designing, sketching, planning....the works! (Get Caught Engineering's pack includes all the papers you need!)

 
Here are just a few of the "devices" they designed.  Love their creativity!





After several attempts and re-designs, most of the teams were able to retrieve apples...one team got 14! I love how they stuck to it and didn't give up and I also love how they cheered each other on:)
 
Don't forget to enter my giveaway and come back tomorrow and Wednesday to enter again:) 
 

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