Sunday, November 22, 2015

All I Want For Black Friday Link Up!

Wow! I cannot believe that it's almost Black Friday! This school year is definitely flying by! I am so thankful for my family, puppy, students, and the amazing friends that blogging and TpT have brought into my life! Some of my friends and I over at The Primary Pack are teaming up AGAIN this year to bring you our 2nd Annual Black Friday Giveaway! We want to show you all how thankful we are for YOU this Thanksgiving! We will be sharing what's on our personal and classroom wishlists, as well as the most wish-listed items in our TpT shops! Make sure to read all the way to the bottom for your chance to enter to win the most wish-listed items from 27 amazing teacher authors!

Let's start with my personal wish list! Here are some things that I have been adding to my list during the year:
TJ Maxx Gift Card: What girl doesn't like to shop? TJ Maxx is one of my favorite stores because I can buy clothes, shoes, AND cute things for our house! 
Kate Spade Wallet: I feel like I am always asking for a new wallet, but they are constantly thrown in my bag, and in need of replacement! This Kate Spade one is super cute AND hot pink :) There is also an outlet by my house, so maybe I can snag it at a great price!

Wireless Mouse: Like many people, I am on my computer A LOT! Sometimes, my fingers get really sore from using my MAC track pad (#problems), so I think a wireless mouse would be a great investment.
UGG Slippers: I have a puppy, so I need new slippers. Enough said!

Okay, guys. There is A LOT on my classroom wish-list, but I narrowed it down to just a few to share with you all.
Writing Stations Bundle: This bundle is absolutely everything I need for my writing center to be engaging and meaningful for the ENTIRE YEAR! I love that it is super kindergarten friendly and has so many writing options!
Reaching Readers: I am always on the search for ways to reach my struggling readers and this new product looks amazing! I can't wait to get my hands on it!
Kindergarten Story Mats: I am also always on the search for ways to enrich my more advanced readers! These reading passages are a great way to practice reading comprehension!

Here are 3 of the most wish-listed items from my TpT shop, Teaching With Heart.
Back to School Night Teacher Must Haves: Whether you're planning for open house, parent visitation, or conferences, this product includes EVERYTHING you need! There are tons of EDITABLE forms, labels, and decor! 
Oh No! Sub Binder: No one likes making sub plans, but this EDITABLE product makes it super simple! Have your sub binder made and ready for whatever sneaks up on you this winter!
My Writing Office: Writers of every age can be independent workers with this EDITABLE writing office! Everything they need is right at their fingertips for reference! Monthly dictionaries are also included!
Drumroll please.... Check out this HUGE giveaway package you can win by entering below! There is a resource from almost everyone in The Primary Pack, perfect for all primary grades!! Good luck, friends and happy shopping!

Now It's Your Turn To Join The Fun! 


Just a few rules to follow and you're on your way:

  1. Download the images above!
  2. Add your personal holiday wishlist to the image titled "My Personal Black Friday Wishlist"
  3. Add your favorite sellers products from your TPT wishlist to the "My Classroom Black Friday Wishlist"
  4. Add your own products to the "For Your Black Friday Wishlist"
  5. Link up below to share your Black Friday Wishlists!
  6. Don't forget to enter our fabulous giveaway above AND visit others linked up below!



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Monday, November 2, 2015

What's a teacher to do with all of that leftover Halloween candy?!

We all know the teacher sayings about Halloween and how it gets our kids all out of control. But let's face it, whether Halloween is during the week or on a weekend, the first day back to school AFTER Halloween is wild too! Everyone wants to talk about their costumes and how much candy they got when you really need them focused on reading and math. 
So why not weave some Halloween into your lessons for a few days after? That's all your students want to talk about anyway, and I'm sure you have TONS of Halloween candy left over (unless you're like me and have a desire to eat it all!)! That's what I decided to do today, and I'm so glad I did! My students were engaged because it was a topic that they were dying to talk about. Instead of trying to squash it, I just let it run its course. Here's some activities that we did to get my kiddos working on skills that I needed to teach, but still give them that little taste of Halloween.

We used our sight words to write predictable sentences using some Halloween candy. We glued the candy onto our sentence, and practiced reading our friends' sentences. You could also make pages for a class book using your students' names! 

We used Halloween candy to practice putting spaces between our words, and counting the number of words in a sentence. NOONE forgot spaces between their words today!

We also practiced some beginning sounds! Each student chose their favorite candy, and wrote (or drew) a list of words that started with the same beginning sound! Not only did everyone present their lists to the class afterwards, but they also got to share what their favorite candy was and WHY. What great speaking and listening practice!

In math, we went "trick or treating" at a "friend's house." One student held the candy bowl, and pretended to be the person who was at home. The other student pretended to knock on their door and said "trick or treat!" The person holding the candy bowl told the trick or treater how many pieces of candy to take.
We did this for two trick or treaters. Then, the trick or treaters showed the math group their candy. As a group, we had to talk about and decide who had more candy, and how many more pieces of candy they had. This was a great way to teach this concept because they understood the real life connection. They are always talking about how many MORE things someone else has!
Then, we checked our work by lining up our candy and making pairs. This was by far my favorite candy activity!

So what are you waiting for?! Pack your extra candy in your school bag for tomorrow and have some fun!
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