Tuesday, January 28, 2014

NM Blogventure

NM Bloggy Meet Up!

My first and only Bloggy Meet Up that I have ever done was in ABQ with a blog friend named Amy.  We enjoyed a delish brunch, beautiful view of the mountains, and friendly conversation about fashion, school, blogging, family, etc.  We even had a chance to snap a cute pic!  Well, it's time for another go at a bloggy meet up in ABQ.  If you are a blogger from New Mexico, you're invited to join me and Amy for a brunch on February 8th.  I'll give more details if you wish to come and join us for a gab session on school, teaching, blogging, TpT, etc. If you wish to check out the super sweet Amy, head on over to Albuquerque Amy's First Graders Blogspot.   Amy's blog is adorable!

Me and Amy

I was thinking that we could make it a Valentine/Heart themed brunch and bring 1 Valentine craft or teaching idea for the grade level you teach.  I will feature you and your creation on my site after the meet up.  Come on NM, join the blogventure!
Ladies, do you want to do a treat exchange as well?   You can comment with your email and I'll include you.  I can match the NM bloggers, so we don't have to worry about shipping. 

Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Teachers Have Heart

I just had to share this amazing fundraiser.  Please take the time to visit her Facebook page and TPT store.  And then share this with your blogger BFF's.  Keep this dear teacher and her son in your prayers.  I'm sure they could use all the help they can get.  
Teachers Have Heart Fundraiser
A dear teacher at my school was in a serious car accident. Even more than two months after the accident, she is struggling with her health. In addition to her own medical struggles, her son is very ill. He has recently undergone surgery and the results were not what everyone had hoped and prayed for. Even so, this teacher has remained positive and optimistic through all of these trials. As you can imagine, the medical bills are steep. I wanted to do something to help.

I was overwhelmed by the generosity of my TpT family. Talented sellers donated EIGHTEEN different products to help teachers plan for January and February!!! Every cent made from this product will be donated to the family for their health expenses.

In this unit you will find:
Super Bowl Close Read Passages
Valentine's Day No Prep Centers
ABC Order by the Second Letter- Winter Theme
Addition Center- Adding 2 Three-Digit Numbers
Odd or Even Center- Winter Theme
Capitalization Center- Winter Theme
Fact of Opinion Task Cards: American Symbols
My School Adjectives
Number Puzzles
New Year's: A Booklet of Fun & Facts
Chevron Hearts Clip Art
Colorful Cupcakes Clip Art
My Writing Checklist Bundle
Singular Sentences: Winter Edition
Snowball Addition
Create a Snowman Addition Center
Sports Bundle: Roll, Add and Color
Word Race

Thanks you for all of your help!
Mrs. Sears

Thanks for taking the time to read, visit her page, share, and purchase.  I know that, together, we can make a difference.  Love you all so much!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Discovery Education


Just wanted to do a quick post about Discover Education today. 

Here are some of the amazing resources from Discovery Education Network that I use in my classroom.  From left to right; Atlas, Science Techbook, CCSS Alignment for ELA and Math, Streaming videos and  Free Puzzlemaker.  If you haven't used it yet, it's a must for the classroom! 

I make assignments, have students create "blog boards," and complete virtual labs.  Thus far, I've used it for computer lab, homework, and whole group, but learned yesterday how to make centers. I don't know how I hadn't thought of that yet, so pretty "duh" moment for me, but I'm so excited to have participated in this training and can't wait to get started. It's so easy to build assignments and implement this in the classroom. 
I  can't wait for some time this weekend to actually sit down and work on this. 
 I LOVE it and know the kiddos will too! 

By the way, I am not paid to advertise for Discovery Education.  I'm just sharing something I love with my followers.  Hope you can take a moment to browse and see what's available for you.


I'd love to know if you use this in your classroom.  How do you use it?  Are you a Den Member or STAR?  Do you use assignment builder or board builder?  Are you as excited as I am about Discovery Ed?  I'll pick one random comment (on my Facebook page) to pick an item of his/her choice  from my TPT store tomorrow night at 8 MST. Please visit my Facebook page to comment.  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Free Valentine's Day Printables for Teachers

I just found this on Pinterest and just HAD to share.  It's adorable!  Make sure to visit her blog http://www.createteachandshare.blogspot.com/.  She has the cutest teacher binders, writing centers, classroom decor and more! I'm about to go shopping in her TPT store!

Valentine's Day Printables for Teachers: FREEBIE!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Teaching With a Mountain View: Percents, Decimals, Fractions and TWO Freebies!

Love this blog post from Teaching with a Mountain View.  These are perfect additions to my math unit this week. 
Teaching With a Mountain View: Percents, Decimals, Fractions and a Freebie!: Before we left for wonderful winter break (and, oh, how wonderful it was), we spent a week focusing on percentages along with converting dec...

My husband and I had a busy weekend.  We went on a mini vacay to Taos, NM (fantastic place if you like to ski), went four wheeling with some friends, and saw Lone Survivor.  My husband was in the movie, so I was excited to see it. Amazing movie by the way! 

Here are some pics of the Pueblo...

Photo Photo Photo 

My Ancient Peoples of the Southwest is free this week.  Click here or on the picture below to visit my TPT store.  Even if you don't teach the southwest, please check it out or share with your friends.

Ancient Peoples of New Mexico (Southwest)

My husband played the role of the Jag, so he had a short stint where he read the Rules of Engagement, but I'm a proud wife to say the least!

Hope you all had a great weekend!


Friday, January 17, 2014

The Teaching Tribune: Meet LearnZillion.com

I love Learn Zillion, so tonight I thought I'd share this guest blog post from Well, Michelle at The Teaching Tribune: Meet LearnZillion.com: Hello everyone!  It is Michelle here from Well, Michelle? and I have a very important question to ask you today. Have you heard of learnzillion.com yet?  I use this website weekly in my classroom.  It is full of high quality videos that fully support and unwrap the Common Core State Standards in student-friendly terms.  The best part...it is completely FREE!

Here's a little preview of the website...

Set up a free account and search by topic or standard number for a video.
Click on the link above to learn more about this amazing site and to grab a freebie for note taking.  I can't wait to use this next week!  
Photo: How many people use LearnZillion.com in the classroom?  Read more about how I do and grab this FREEBIE over at The Teaching Tribune today!  {Link in comments}
I'm teaching the human body and fractions, and I'm hoping to share some things with you, so please come back to see what we're doing.  Hope you have a nice three day weekend. My hubby have some fun plans for the weekend!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Day 5- Organization

I love, love, love Schoolgirl Style.  I am definitely doing buying this to use next year.  I'm totally in love with her poms, daisies, ribbons, lanterns, chalkboards, and tape!
Can't wait to redecorate and organize at the same time!

Melanie has classroom decor by theme.  Here's a list of some of her themes;
Summer, Dogs, Ladybugs, Vintage, Carnival, Bees, Daisies, Polka Dots, Chevrons, Camping, Sea, and Rock Star.

But go check it out for yourself... http://shopschoolgirlstyle.com/
Classroom Organization by Schoolgirl Style  www.schoolgirlstyle.com

I've been working on organizing everything into binders this year.  I used this for my binder organization and LOVE it! 
Ready to binder-ize your classroom, but want to personalize your binders with your own titles, graphics, name, fonts, and more?
Here's the link to purchase this from Brooke from 
Once Upon a First Grade Adventure
{adorable blog by the way}

I do have my classroom library organized pretty well.  Everything is labeled according to reading level and genre.  I probably have thousands of books of all levels and interests.  

Here are some pics from Pinterest  of some beautifully organized classroom libraries...

Classroom Library – Organization Pictures Classroom library organization.  Going to put tape on shelves to make them colorful

There's a lot of information out there about how to do this. Here's what I used...

I need to work on teaching my students how to be organized. Do you have any ideas for me?  I'd love to see/hear what you do.  Please comment with links to your shops, blog posts, Pins, or anything else you'd like to share.  I promise I'll read and buy some of the things that work for you!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

For the Love of Jon Fundraiser

I want to share a post from A Teeny Tiny Teacher with you today.  I am truly touched by what Kristen has written in her post.  Please visit her blog and read Jon's story.  

Please pray for sweet Jon and his family and consider making a donation.

A Teeny Tiny Teacher: For the Love of Jon: I have struggled to write this post for some time now. It is difficult for me to write for many reasons.  One being that I know a lot of y...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Day 4- Professional


I am halfway through getting an endorsement in Library Science (I LOVE Children's Lit!), but would like to pursue an endorsement in Art Education.  I'm going to look into the requirements and start taking some courses over the summer.  I love teaching art and love even more visiting blogs that have lessons for Elementary Art.  Here are some of my favorite sites...

  5th Grade/Middle School Masterpiece Mosaic of "Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh  "Vincent's Bedroom in Arles", October 1888


Art Projects for Kids: Winter Birch Trees
Check out here Painting Projects board on Pinterest

And her PDF shop  that has amazing murals, coloring books, how to draw books, and artist lessons like the ones below...

Coloring Book 2 Mini Animals Mural Mini Abstract 1 Mural
Great American Mini Earth-Day-Endangered-Mural Mini Americana

I also love Jamestown Elementary Art blog

Follow Denise on Pinterest.  She has some great ideas for art lessons!