Monday, August 31, 2015

Woohoo & a Flash Freebie!

I am so excited!

My little TpT store now has 600 followers!

I feel so honored that there are teachers out there that like my stuff and buy it to use in their own classrooms.

Because I'm so excited I decided to do a little FLASH FREEBIE with one of my newest products.

Go HERE to grab it while you can!

You can use photographs in the classroom in so many ways! You can go HERE to see the photos you'd be getting and a list of ways to use photographs in the classroom.

Don't forget to leave feedback!

Thank you so much!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Super Goal Sunday!

I am SO sorry that I forgot to post my Super Goal Sunday linky party yesterday! With the first week of school down, my brain took a break yesterday. I'm positive I'm not the only one. Right?

This is our new weekly linky party, and today is only our second linkup. We would LOVE to have you join up!

Super Goal Sunday is a weekly linky party where you post a goal for this week. Your goal can be anything! Then, you come back and link your blog post up at the bottom of this post in the linky tool. Then grab the button above and link back to this post on your blog.

Here is a blank one that you can use to add your own goal.

Here is my goal for this week!

An InLinkz Link-up

Can't wait to read your goals!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Five for Fraturday

One week down! WOOHOO!

I can't remember if I told you (I've slept since then...), but I am doing a long-term sub position in 3rd grade math and science.

I don't know about you, but I am tired. There's no tired like a teacher after her first week of school. People in the corporate world just don't get it I think.

To let you know about my week, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for her weekly linky party.

Let's get it started!


math facts game

math facts game

To practice our addition facts, we played a simple dice game. Students play in pairs and get two dice. One player rolls the dice. You add the two numbers. Whichever play says the sum first gets to roll the dice next. Play continues until time is up...or until you've had enough!


We have been working on place value this week. I taught them how to compare numbers using the one dot/two dots method. The bigger number gets two dots, and the smaller number gets one dot. Then just connect the dots to compare them! If they are the same, both get two dots to make the equal sign. It's so much easier than the crocodile or alligator method. I don't even know is people still use that!

For this activity, we were comparing four numbers, so they put 4 blanks with a comma. Students put the cards (numbers 1-9 or you can add the King to equal 0) in a pile facing down. Flip over one card. Each player puts the number in a spot in one of the four blanks. Cover their answer so the other player doesn't see it. Once you write it in a spot, you CANNOT erase it and move it to another spot! Continue flipping cards until all blanks are full. Then players show the numbers and compare the two numbers, using the one dot/two dots method. It's such a fun way to compare numbers!

Here is our anchor chart for comparing numbers.

In my higher class, we took it to the next level and compared five digit numbers. They got pretty good at it!


We practice our facts every day. After playing the dice game several times, I taught them Addition War. Using a deck of cards with the numbers 1 (Ace) - 9, players divide the deck up between them. On the count of 1, 2, 3...flip, each player flips over their card. Players add the two numbers. The first player to say the sum gets to keep the two cards and puts them at the bottom of their deck. Play continues until time is up or one player has all the cards. They loved it! I love the sounds of fun and laughter in my math class!

The next day we added in a new element to the game.

Players keep score on their paper, with each player keeping score on their sheet. If Yovanni said the answer first, then we both write down the fact under Yovanni. If Ms. H says it first, then we both write it under Ms. H. It's a great way to make the students accountable.


Have you ever made a human number? All you need to do is write the numbers 0-9 each on a separate sheet of paper. Add in a comma (or two) depending on if you go to the thousands or millions place. Pass out the papers so that students have one paper. Some students won't have a paper and will get to play in the next round.

Call out a number and have the students go up to the front of the classroom to make that number.

Then....make it fun and challenging! I call out a different number using the same digits.

I ask for a volunteer to go up to the front and physically move each human number to the right spot. I then ask the students for a thumbs up or thumbs down if the number is correct.

They absolutely loved it! It was challenging for them when I added in a 0. It sometimes took several helpers to get the correct number.

They have begged me to play it again!


Did you read my blog yesterday? I am participating in the Texas SIZE LinkUp Party and am giving away one of my newest products! Go HERE to participate and possibly win it!

Here are some of the photos you'd get!

Have you ever used photographs in the classroom? Here are some great ideas!

Go enter the giveaway now! It ends tonight!

Hope you had a great week!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Texas SIZE Link-Up (Historical Photos)

Howdy! I'm stoked that I am participating in the big Texas SIZE Link-Up this month!

I have decided to celebrate my first Texas SIZE Link-Up with my newest product.....

Historical Photos!

Have you ever used photographs in the classroom?

Photographs have so many fabulous uses in the classroom! Not only are you bringing in realia, which is so important in today's world, but photographs show students what objects and places actually look like. 

Here are some of the photos that you'd get!

Can't think of ways to use photos in the classroom?

Check out these ideas!

Ready to win it?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

New linky party....Super Goal Sunday!

Did you hear about our brand new linky party! SUPER GOAL SUNDAY!

Go HERE to read all about it on my post from yesterday and link up!

Here is my goal for Super Goal Sunday!

I am trying to make healthier food least for the most part. It's hard to do sometimes especially the first week of school. But I'm going to plan ahead every night for the next day. Luckily there are a ton of healthy lunch ideas on Pinterest!

What's your goal for Super Goal Sunday?

Can't wait to read everyone's goals!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Five for Friday and NEW linky party!

It's Friday! Can I get a big WOOHOO?

To tell you a little bit about my week, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for her weekly linky party.

Let's do this!


Last Friday, I got a new foster dog, a little 5-6 pound chihuahua. She is simply a doll. Seriously. She's about 14 years old and is fully blind. She was a stray which makes me really emotional. I simply can't imagine her out on the streets trying to survive all on her own. Poor baby.
Loves to be held and makes purring-like sounds.
Loves exploring the back yard.
When hearing me talk to her, her little head perks up and automatically turns toward me.
Gets along great with Kobe and Missy.
Is quite content sleeping in a comfy dog bed.
Is she adorable or what?


This past weekend was a bit challenging for me. I had planned to have a position as a long-term sub in first grade reading/language arts. My friend was the principal, and I was really excited. Long story short, it was canceled. The teacher resigned, which meant that now they had to look for a teacher for that spot. I didn't know what I was going to do. At all.

I had been feeling that I was not supposed to teach full time this year. I had prayed about this and felt pretty clear directions. But I was planning on this job to help makes ends meet. My question to God was, "Now what?" I didn't know what was going to happen, but I knew that God would take care of it.

This was my motto. day later I got a phone call from another principal who wanted me to be a long-term sub at her school for third grade math and science. I was thrilled. Third grade is much more my speed.

I started yesterday!

It will be for at least six weeks. Maybe longer (IF I want to stay longer).

God is good!


OK. I did mention that I started yesterday, right? I had to take Lizzie in to the vet to get her teeth cleaned. Her teeth were horrible, and her breath stunk to high heaven. It was SO bad. Like knock the wind out of you bad.

I dropped her off at the vet at 7:00 am and then drove straight to my new school.

When I was going to pick her up, my friend who is the rescue person who gave me Lizzie, calls and asks me if I could also foster a little long-haired chihuahua who had just gotten neutered the day before.

I'm a sucker. So I said OK.

When I saw him, I was shocked.

He was blind as well. Well... more visually impaired because he can still see some things.

Now is he NOT the cutest thing you've ever seen? His name is Marco, is about 10 years old, visually impaired, sweet, gets along with other dogs, and has the cutest personality. He's a lot of fun an is just a happy little dog.


I've been busy creating these little diddies this week.

I LOVE Choice Boards! I love giving my students a choice, and they love it I think even more than I do. These could be used for Daily Five, homework, small groups, whole class, or literacy centers.

I also created these for Reading Homework. I always used reading logs but wondered if they were REALLY reading it. With these, not only do they have a spot to write down how many minutes they read, but there is also a critical thinking stem in which they have to write about what they read.

If you go to my previous blog post, you can win this Reading Homework by playing Pin It to Win It. So head on over!

The latest diddy I created was my Parent Pack. During parent conferences, I loved to give my parents ideas, tips, games, and strategies that they could use at home. And I like to give them easy to implement activities. Not something that is going to take them hours to put together. These are SO easy and simple to implement. And you don't have to do anything. These Parent Pack is No PREP!

how can parents work with their children


I've saved the best for last! I am starting a new linky party!!!


Here it is....

I will normally be posting the linky party on Saturdays, so you can link up on Saturday or Sunday. I know that some of you take Sundays off for family time, so I wanted to give you time on Saturday.

However....this week I'm posting it today since it's our very first one!

So here's what ya do....
~ Save and download the picture above
~ Save and download the picture below and add your goal.
         ~ Your goal can be anything! Teaching, family, cooking, fitness, etc. There's no limit!
~ Blog about it on your blog, adding in the photo above and your own Super Goal, linking back to               this post on your blog
~ Come back to my blog and add your link

I can't wait to read everyone's goal! I will upload mine tomorrow.

An InLinkz Link-up

Hope you've had a great week! And an even better weekend!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pin it to Win it!

Who wants to win my latest product, Weekly Reading Homework?

If you raised your hand, then enter my Pin It to Win it contest!

All you have to do is pin the image below on Pinterest and then paste that URL in the comments.

A winner will be chosen on Saturday, August 22nd.

Weekly Reading Homework

Good luck! Feel free to share with your teacher friends!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Giveaway Time!

Howdy peeps!

Are you following my Facebook page? If not you should because I LOVE to host giveaways!

I'm having a giveaway now, and I will pick a winner tomorrow night, August 17th.

Here is what you could win....

Don't just read your book....BOR-ING

SING it!

Each page is sung to the tune of "Where Is Thumbkin?"

My students loved it, and here is one of the comments on my Read and Sing in my TpT store.

"My students loved this! I used it for my middle group. My lower and higher groups were jealous they weren't reading this book!"

I LOVE it that other students were jealous from reading a book! Isn't that what we want?

Good luck in winning your own copy!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Back to School Tips!

It's happening! It's coming! Ready or not, here it comes!

It's time to head back to school. Can you believe it? Are you ready?

Let's build each other up and help each other out by sharing our very best back to school tips!

What's your BEST back to school tip?

Here is my #1 tip

I teach my students the procedure for anything and everything.

  • Lining up
  • Walking down the hallway
  • Handing in papers
  • When to sharpen pencils
  • and more....
I don't go over the procedures once. I go over the expectations, role play several times, and then review it several times. Even a couple of weeks later, we are still reviewing them. The more I would go over procedures in the beginning, the easier my year will be. 

What's your #1 tip for back to school?

Link up and share away!