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Valentine's Day gift idea for my students!

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea for my students! With a Cootie Catcher Freebie!

I LOVE Valentine’s Day.  But, if your school is anything like mine, there isn’t a lot of time for Valentine’s Day! I have a fun Valentine’s Day Gift Idea that you can incorporate right into your Writer’s Workshop or Writing Center for the big day! So, without further ado… This year for Valentine’s Day, I got my kiddos: Fun blank books I found in the Dollar Spot at Target!  Fun Scentos Pens that I found at Meijer, and a fun Valentine’s Day themed Writing Prompt Cootie Catcher! Each section of the cootie catcher has a different story element for your

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Printing affordably

Shhh…I have the secret to printing in color…affordably!

You really don’t want to miss out on this! Do you like printing in color? Oh, come on, who doesn’t right? Now you can print in color without breaking the bank! How? Have you heard of HP Instant Ink? This is seriously a game changer! Note: This post contains affiliate links.  I am a teacher, I have an HP printer and I use Instant Ink!  This post is my honest opinion of both. Here is how it works! First, you have to have a printer that is HP Instant Ink Compatible!Click HERE to find a list of eligible printers:  I

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Spring Teaching Ideas for Primary Grades

Spring Teaching Ideas

  Ah, Spring!  It’s in in the air.  Looking for some fun Spring Teaching Ideas? Keep Reading!   I don’t know about you, but my students are READY for Spring!  There is a definite air of Spring Fever in our classroom!  So, I needed some fun Spring Teaching Ideas, and I figured that you might too!   Spring Teaching Idea 1:Digital Sequence and Write Here are a few Digital activities that I created for working on sequencing.   This first item is fully interactive.  Your students move the pictures into the correct order, then write the sequence using the transition

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Fostering Independence in the Classroom

Let Them Do it! Fostering Independence in the Classroom!

We all want our students to be independent.  We want them to figure out a solution to the problem, to get their work done, to make sure that they put their things away, and not lose their homework.  Check out some ways that I am fostering independence in the classroom! So, I figured out the other day that I have been teaching for 17 years.  Sheesh, that seems like such a long time, but it has really flown by! One of the things that I have always had some trouble with is being a control freak, perfectionist,  little reluctant to relinquish

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Fundraising Ideas that do not involve selling things.

Elementary School Fundraising Idea that Doesn’t Include Selling

Hello all! If your school is anything like ours, you are always looking for ways to raise a little money to help the kiddos out with something or another. Our school is no exception! One of our brilliant teachers came up with a way to make a little extra money that the kiddos LOVE!   We have a team of kiddos at our school who are currently raising funds for St. Baldrick’s.  They are shaving their heads to raise money to help defeat childhood cancer.  Here is what we are doing to help them meet their goal.  Each Friday until

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The Care and Feeding of My Classroom Library Part 1 : Organization!

I have been a teacher now for 17 years.  My biggest passion as a teacher is teaching children how to read and love books.  When you walk into my classroom, the first thing that you notice (besides the bright orange couch) is my book collection.    I have a problem passion for collecting books for my classroom library! So, just for fun, a rough estimate mind you, I probably have over 2,000 books in my little classroom library.   I believe the best way to get children interested in reading is to give them choice in what they read.  Of

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Book Talk Tuesday: We Found a Hat.

Today’s Book Talk Tuesday is about this great little book by Jon Klassen called We Found a Hat.  He is also know for two other “hat” books:  I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat. I love them all! This book is a lovely tribute to friendship in three parts.  “We” are two turtles who come upon a hat.  It looks good on both of them, but there are two turtles and only one hat!  They decide that they will leave the hat and try to forget about it and move on with their lives.  This is

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Stop, “I Don’t Know What to Write About!” during Writer’s Workshop!

  Hello all!  Thank you so much for stopping by!   Today I want you to stop for a moment and re imagine Writing Prompts. Usually when I think of writing prompts, I think of a narrow, specific task that the students need to address.  What if I told you that Writing Prompts could be fun, scaffolded, and engaging?  What if I even told you that your kiddos would ask for them during Writer’s Workshop or Writing Centers (even your most reluctant writers)?       Let me introduce: Pick a Prompts and Story Starter Cootie Catchers!   First up:

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Pumpkin Math

Pumpkin Math Fun: How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?

It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin Math time! This super engaging, hands-on, inquiry-based math activity is one of our favorites! I have a great book suggestion and a freebie for you! We start by doing estimates with our pumpkins:  How much does it weight?  What is its circumference?  How long is the pumpkin’s stem?  How many seeds do you think are inside? We record these on our sheets with a thin marker or crayon before we start. This helps with changing our estimates when we learn the real answer. ? Then, we start our pumpkin math investigations working on

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I bought a Zip Printer. Now what?

So, I will admit…sometimes I buy things that I want BEFORE I know what I am going to do with them. For me teaching is more than just my career, it is also my passion and my hobby.  Most of the things that I buy anymore are things that I plan to use in my classroom. So, when I saw these fun little Zip Printers, I knew I had to have one.  I didn’t know what I was going to use it for, but I HAD to have one! If you haven’t discovered these little wonders yet, you are in

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Book Talk Tuesday: Mitchell Goes Bowling

Back again for another Book Talk Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by! This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon (if you would like to get your own copy of this book!).   This week I want to share with you this adorable book by Hallie Durand: Mitchell loves to knock things down, that is just how he rolls.  His dad decides that bowling will be the perfect sport for Mitchell! They go and dad gets a strike and does a “steamin’ hot potato dance”. How cute is that? This is a great story about the love between a father and

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Book Talk Tuesday:Teaching Voracious Reading with Wild About Books!

Hello again!  Thanks so much for stopping by for another Book Talk Tuesday! This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon (if you would like to get your own copy of this book!).   So, now that the school year is up and running, most of my Reading Workshop procedures are in place, so we start with all of those great mini-lessons to help us improve our reading! One of the very first lessons that I do is Voracious Reading! The best way to become a better reader is to read. I try to instill this into my students as

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