Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Saving One Classroom at a Time Linky

Say hello to my linky friend. In February TPT has a lovely sale to honor teachers for their hard work and dedication. Every teacher who sales products knows the time, effort and sacrifices that are made in order to produce quality work. Since I just recently (meaning this school year) began my adventure with TPT, I have worked many tireless hours to get everything set up. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to create quality products for teachers to use in their classroom. Every time I receive a feedback notification I rush to read the comments. It is heart warming to know that people love my products. Today is a snow day here in Georgia, so that means NEW PRODUCTS!!! Yay. My goal this summer was to make task cards for every 4th grade Common Core standard, which I almost accomplished minus a lot of the reading standards. The next goal was to create science and social studies products for 3rd and 5th grade. I just completed 3rd and now I am moving on to 5th. On TPT there are a lot of primary products, but not as many intermediate products for teachers to choose from. I hope to complete the 5th grade standards I am currently working on for you guys to be able to purchase at the sale price!

Wednesday is the big day to shop til' you drop. Don't forget to enter the code HEROES to save an extra 10% off your purchase.

Since I have a lot of new products for 3rd grade and I will uploading 5th grade products this afternoon. I have posted a screen shot of my store and where to shop by grade and topic (notice the arrow to the selected area). 

Thanks for stopping by. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions on new products!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Monday Made It- February

The few items I have to share this month for Monday Made It are based off of third grade science and social studies standards (4th Grade Funky Town is not just all about 4th grade stuff). This weekend Wes and I were out of town for his Olympic Weight lifting certification, so I had a lot of time on my hands to make some new creations. The products I just created are not on my TPT store yet, but when I post them I will allow them to be free for the first 24 hours, so if you follow my blog posts I will let you know and you can go download them for FREE!!!

The first product I worked on this weekend was based off of Georgia Ecology. 
Here are the standards covered.

Differentiate between habitats of Georgia (mountains, marsh/swamp, coast, Piedmont, Atlantic Ocean) and the organisms that live there.
Identify features of green plants that allow them to live and thrive in different regions of Georgia.
Identify features of animals that allow them to live and thrive in different regions of Georgia.
Explain what will happen to an organism if the habitat is changed.

The second product I worked on this weekend was based off of human's impact on our world . 
Here are the standards covered.


Explain the effects of pollution (such as littering) on the habitats of plants and animals.


Identify ways to protect the environment.

The third product I worked on this weekend was based off of a third grade social studies product on interdependence and trade. 
Here are the standards covered.

The student will give examples of interdependence and trade and will explain how voluntary exchange benefits both parties.
  1. Describe the interdependence of consumers and producers of goods and services.
  1. Describe how goods and services are allocated by price in the marketplace.
  1. Explain that some things are made locally, some elsewhere in the country, and some in other countries.
  1. Explain that most countries create their own currency for use as money.

Today while my students were taking their assessment on division and multiplication, I threw together a letter to send home with my students today about our Valentine's party. I am planning on making it a freebie for teachers to download and edit for their parties this week. I attached on the back of the sheet a class list for them to fill out their valentines. Enjoy!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Five for Friday


I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the Five for Friday linky. It has been a week of all proportions. I don't want to complain because it is easy to be a negative Nelly, but wahoooo today is Friday. 

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This year I currently have 28 students. Last year I only had 22. I think class size has a lot to do with test scores and differentiation help. Think if your class was around twenty students what you would be able to do. I teach with a team of four fourth grade teachers. Like I said I have twenty eight, the others have twenty seven each or more. I realize twenty eight isn't a bad number, but my classroom is very small and has little room for desks, chairs, and twenty eight students and one teacher. How do people manage with almost 30 kiddos?!

I got a new student this week and I like to make all my copies weeks ahead of time, and now I have to go run one extra copy...... AGH!?@#! Sorry my OCD is coming out.

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Today we finally read our Scholastic News article that was titled Ruby the Brave. I was looking around on Bloglovin' and found that Mary over at A Classroom Full of Smiles wrote her latest blog post on Ruby Bridges. I thought to myself AHA we taught about the same person, but used different resources. I am considering going back and utilizing her free resources to review Ruby Bridges story. 

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Oh the dirty little pigs who have come into my classroom and junked it up, no sir not today. Last week I went through my student's desks to find all sorts of treasures including: cookies from our Christmas Party, unfinished work, glue balls (yes they used all my glue sticks and made balls out of them), shredded erasers, broken pencils, giblets of all sorts and more. I lowered the boom and told them I was going to remove their desk privileges from the classroom if they couldn't live without being filthy. Day 1 of the Friday desk check...........drum roll please.......... SPOTLESS!!!

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This week we began our new book study on Oliver Twist written by Charles Dickens. Why not expose these little hooligans to some traditional literature? It will hopefully evoke a love and passion for literature. Not really, we just have a program called Literacy Collaborative and it is a very strict and structured literacy program and this was what the kids voted on for our read loud.  

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This week I had to go to the orthodontist. I haven't been since I got my braces removed in 8th grade. We aren't even going to discuss how long ago that was. The reason I went is because my permanent retainer came off and the glue had to be removed from my canine teeth. The orthodontist was so proud that I actually still had my old school retainers. They unfortunately didn't fit well, so I had to order some new ones. Yikes $300 later I will be having some straight teeth for the upcoming wedding festivities. Note: the picture above was the old retainer, I haven't gotten my new ones yet!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February Pick 3 Pinterest Linky

I'm linking up with Pawsitively Teaching for Pick 3 Pinterest picks. Here are my top three pins that I have found that I plan on using during the month of February in my classroom and hopefully you will too. 

Learn about the American Revolution with this fun activity for kids! Role playing with the American Revolution. FREEBIES INCLUDED! Young Teacher Love Blog

Currently I am teaching the Revolutionary War in Social Studies. I am working through the cause of the war and important leaders during this time. This pin is for a role play for my students. They love Reader's Theater, so I am going to try this.

Close Reading Nonfiction Texts for Upper Elementary - Each text is discreetly differentiated into four levels of difficulty, with reading levels ranging from high-fourth to high-eighth. Following each topic are second read, third read, and writing response activities. Options are included for your interactive notebooks. These could also be included in literacy centers or given as weekly homework. Each month contains four high-interest topics. $

Our Literacy Coach has us beginning to implement Close Reading with our students to prepare them for the new Georgia Milestone's testing that will begin in April. I don't have a lot of experience with Close Reading, so I am thinking about purchasing this product  from Fifth in the Middle to try with my kiddos. 

Consonant Cluster and Alphabet Chart FREE
For spelling we call it "Buddy Study" where the students are homogeneously placed together with others based on their Schlagel score. I teach the second grade group of students and this week our principle is consonant clusters. I found this chart that I will print off for my students for us to practice and review. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Currently February

Today is a rainy Sunday, so what better time to link up with a few fellow bloggers. I am linking up with Farley over at Oh Boy 4th Grade for Currently February. I realize today is Super Bowl Sunday, but maybe just maybe there will be other bloggers patrolling the internet and might like to read my current events.

Let me clarify the pageant title, this week was a week of nonsense at school hence the name Mean Old School Marm. I turned into Ms. Trunchbull from Matilda. If you didn't grow up watching Matilda you need to find it and feast your eyes on Ms. Trunchbull. She can be described as mean, over-bearing, physically repulsive, controlling, and frightening. When your students push enough buttons in one week you start twitching and snap into this crazy character (I know you've all had a Trunchbull episode sometime in your career.