Saturday, April 12, 2014

I (not so )secretly admire...



Oh my goodness!  It was really hard to choose just one, there are soooooo many wonderful bloggers out there!
I am lucky enough to have met the amazing blogger that I "not so secretly" admire.
What's more, we share the same first name!
The blogger that I "secretly admire" is Hilary Lewis from Rockin' Teacher Materials.  Have you been to her blog?  It is AMAZING!

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I was lucky enough to meet Hilary last summer for a Blogger get together in Indiana.  I was a little star struck I must say!  
So, when I signed up for this fun blog hop, I got to try out one of Hilary's products that she so generously donated!  

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Click on the picture to see the preview of this amazing product!

I don't know about your kiddos, but mine ADORE Minecraft.  When I set up this product to use in my classroom, the kiddos were instantly interested and willing to listen to anything I had to say in order to get their hands on the materials!

Hilary included instructions on how she set this up as a center in her classroom.  I generally teach writing in a Workshop format, but it was soooo easy to adapt to my needs.  This product provides everything that the kiddos need to write an awesome Minecraft adventure.  
Here you can see how it worked in my classroom.  This product comes with a "Create A Story" list to help walk the kiddos through the process.  I left this page up on the Elmo on the days that we worked on our stories.  
I had everything on our front table.  The kiddos started on the left and worked their way to the right.  1st, they chose a background paper.  Then, they chose one item randomly out of each of the category bags: People, Food, Animals, Blocks, Items, and Tools.  Then, they went and cut out the pictures that they chose to glue onto their colored background.  
Next, they took a blank page and wrote their story.  Then, they used their editing checklists to check through their own stories.  When they had checked their own stories, I did a little final editing.  Then, they wrote their stories on their colored pictures.  Last, but not least they shared their stories with the class.  This motivated even my most unmotivated of writers!  I was so impressed with how well they did and how excited they got!  I has one kiddo who hates to write asking "Are we going to work on our Minecraft stories today?"  It was writing magic!  

This little guy loved his picture so much he didn't want
to put it away while he was writing his story!

A few of our final products!
This kiddo wanted to draw his own background!
My girls even got really excited about this writing project!





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Click on the picture to take you to Hilary's store!





Monday, April 7, 2014

If you give a kid a meter stick...



Even though I missed the meet up (which still makes me very sad!) I was inspired by the Spring Teacher Blogger Meet-up Blog Hop!  to try to find something blog worthy everyday in my classroom.  

I found several today!  I was so tickled by how much fun my kiddos had with their measuring tools I just had to share! Aren't they adorable?  The words in the though bubbles are actual quotes from today!  
My goodness!  It always amazes me what gets kids these days excited!  (I sound like an old fogey don't i?) Today we got out the meter sticks and did some serious measuring around the room.  Not only did we bust out the meter sticks, but we also had out rulers and tape measures!  Nothing in the room today went unmeasured! It was a blast! What did you do today?



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Currently!

Time flies when you are having fun right?  April is here already!  At least I am on Spring Break!  My boys have forgotten that today is April fool's Day!  I may have to remind them soon!  ;)

We really try to limit the amount of screen time that our boys have, but it is Spring Break!
I was browsing through my store today and some of my products need a face lift!
I am WAY over winter!  We had a 65 degree day yesterday, but today we are back to 35 degrees!  I need some Spring in my Spring Break!
Our school day officially starts at 8:45 and ends at 3:35.  
We have had 7 snow days this  year, so our last day isn't until June 11th.  Ugh...
So, what are you currently up to?


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Indiana Teaching Bloggers one day, $1 sale!

Wow!  This is the weekend for sales!  Not only is my entire store on sale for 20%, my best sellers : Commas to the Rescue, Noun Ninjas and Weekly Reading Response Journals are $1 today only!  Keep reading to see what other amazing dollar deals you can snag!  
  

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Friday, March 28, 2014

It's that time of year...Spring Cleaning... with a sale!


It is that time of year!  Time to do some Spring Cleaning!  

So, what I am doing?  Cleaning out my wishlist, leaving all kinds of feedback, then shopping to get all of those things that I still need!

If you are anything like me you have a TON of stuff on your wishlist.  I have over 500 items right now (oops!).  So, I plan to go through my wishlist to see what I am really wishing for!  Plus, my whole store is on sale too!  


Then, I am going to make sure that I leave feedback on all of the things that I have purchased.  I love receiving feedback, so I know others do to!  Plus I get credits toward other purchases!  Yeah!  Win-win!

Of course, then I will need to purchase some things from my wishlist and spend those TpT credits!  When is a better time to do that then when there is a sale going on?  Some AMAZING bloggers are putting their stores on sale to help with their spring cleaning!  You can check out this awesome link-up to see who is putting their store on sale and get your Spring Clean on!