Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Maximizing Student Engagement

I'm meeting with my grade level to work today and get my key to my classroom tomorrow.  So make sure to come back to see what I'm working on.  Also, come back next week.   Courtney, from Ramona Recommends has chosen me to host August's book review!!!

For today,  I have to share this ebook by Hope King from 2nd Grade Shenanigans before I go.  It's amazing!!! And it's on sale for only $10 (I'm not sure how long, so grab it now!)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Anchors Away and Monday Made It

Here's a link to a previous post with this cute anchor chart.

Desert Critters Clip Art

Scrappin Doodles has a set called Desert Critters.  I modeled my animals from it.  I can only {kind of} draw when I look at something.  I wish I were creative enough to create my own clip art, but no such luck.

Have you recently created an anchor chart which has proven to be helpful to your students?  Do you plan to create one this week?  Please link up with Crafting Connections! And check out what others are sharing.

Have you recently created an anchor chart which has proven to be helpful to your students?  Do you plan to create one this week?  Please link up!  (BTW, it's summer!!  No need to be formal...  a sketch on notebook paper for a planned anchor chart would be perfect!  In fact, in might even be fun to update us some Monday in the fall with a photo of your finished product!)   I can't wait to check out your anchor charts! 

A weekly linky party to showcase and share ideas for effective and engaging anchor charts!
Anchors Away Monday Rules:
  1. Post one photo of an anchor chart to your blog on Mondays.
  2. Add as much or as little background information as you want.  (We all know a great anchor chart can speak for itself!)
  3. Does it need to be your own anchor chart?  NO!  If you find a great one on Pinterest that you would like to blog about, go for it!  (Just be sure to give credit to the original author!)
  4. Add the Anchors Away Monday Linky image to your post and link back to my blog.  Then link up with us on my blog to join in the fun! 

I'll be back this afternoon with an installment of

Time to get my craft on...
This is one of the crafts our girls will be doing at girls camp.  So easy...I'm thinking of having my class do it for Mother's or Father's Day this year {just changing the quotes a bit}.  Our girls are doing these on 8x8 pieces of wood, but tile would be nice, too!

We sanded and spray painted the wood today.  I'll share pics with some of the completed work from girls camp in about a week! I'm setting up my classroom at the same time as camp this year, so I can only go up for a night, but I'm super excited to have this opportunity and love my girls tremendously!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Some of my Favorite TPT Products!!!

Today I'm going to post some of my favorite K-5 TPT products in different subject areas.  Check to see if one of your products made my favorites list!  Because I've chosen so many, I wasn't able to write to all of these bloggers, so if you know one of them, please let them know that they've been featured.  I have linked all of the products to the TPT store though.  I can't say that I own all of these, but I do own something from these lovely ladies, and they are all amazing!  I know I can't include everything and everyone, but I want to know that I love all of you and am honored to know you through the world of blogging.  Please feel free to link up any products at the bottom of this post. 

Back To School Adoption Fundraiser Bundle...50% Savings!!
Jen Bengel


NO PREP Art History for Little Ones K-3 (100 pages) *Top Seller!*

Literature Response QUESTION Cards for Any Book: Close Rea
Common Core Text Evidence Bundle of 3 for Close Reading, H
247 Teacher

Editable Back to School Parent Handbook Flapbook
Mrs Ds Corner
Science Interactive Notebook Templates - {203 Foldable Fli
Common Core and So Much More

Bucket Filler Brigade {Single Classroom License}
Ashley Reed

Writer's Workshop
A Year of Many Firsts

Random Acts of Classroom Kindness {Complete Pack}
Rachelle Smith

The Ultimate CCSS Classroom Kit {GRADE 3}
Blair Turner

Partner Play FREEBIE: A Loose Tooth (a 2-person scripts to
Deb Hanson

Veteran's Day Math and Literacy Activities
Deanna Jump

Interactive Reading Literature Notebooks ~ Literary Elemen
Lovin Lit

The ULTIMATE Teaching Survival Binder: Funky Chalkboard Theme
Joey Udovich

Mystery Box Activity
Babbling Abby

Sub Tub & Substitute Binder Resources!
One Extra Degree

Student Data Lap Book: A Fun Way for Students to Track Dat

Laura Numeroff: If You Give...  Author Study
Erica Bohrer

Greek Mythology Stories and Activities (aligned with CCSS)
Nicole Shelby

End of Year Awards Classroom Superlatives Positive for ALL
Teaching With a Mountain View

Editable TEACHER Organization BINDER 6 PRODUCT BUNDLE {Tem
Camping Capers {Math, Literacy, & Science Activities}
Cara Carroll

Fractions: Multiplying by Whole Numbers
Suzy Palmer

I Can Read Simple Sentences NO PREP (Set 1)
The Moffatt Girls

Close Reading Mega Kit {Aligned to Common Core Anchor Standards}
Jennifer Findley