Sunday, August 25, 2013


 I'm excited about my first interactive journal.  I have worked hard to create a 7 week unit that centers around animals (The Amazing Animal World-2nd module in the CC first grade model) and now I'm adding interactive journals to those lessons.  These are just a few of the pages that are available.  I included reflective pages and can't wait to hear how they work!

New Bulletin Board Idea!!!

I'm excited about my new bulletin board idea!!!  I'd love to know what you think.  I'm using this to showcase great work from my students.  The movie theme of it lends itself to the title "Feature Presentation."

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Happy Birthday to My Students!!

My goal was to have ALL of my students' birthday card and gift done the first week of school and I made it!
This was about $1.00 a student.

I taped a KRAZY STRAW and KOOL AID packet to the back.

I wrote their name on the front with the date of their birthday for the upcoming year.  It is my plan to tell them to have  a "Krazy Kool" birthday.

There they are all snug as a bug in my birthday bags!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Open House

We had Open House last Thursday, and I wanted to share some pics from it.

Here's my "giving tree" in which I beg for donations of supplies.  

Quick poem I wrote in attempt to be cute and get more donations. 

I had a separate sign in spot for each grade.

I put this out so that parents could let me know what they hope for their child to accomplish this year.

This is just a little something I had out for the students who came to open house.  They loved it.

Click on the picture above and head over to my TpT store for a product to help you do this for your open house.  I have them available for K-6.

New Classroom

Making Lemonade!
A couple weeks ago (2 days before staff was to report back) I was told that I would no longer be teaching 1st grade, no longer be on the same campus, and would have to move 15 years of my things in 1 day.
I cried, and then cried some more, and then I cried some more.  Oh, and did I mention that I found this out while I was dropping my daughter off at college.
If you've kept up with my blog at all you have seen that I renovated my classroom.  I was about 5 or 6  hours from having it "kid ready" when I was told to move.  
When I got to my new room it was NOT pretty like the room I had just renovated.   There were rust stains on the wall and drawings of male parts.  
I enlisted the help of my mom and we painted.  It took me 3 days total, but I got it painted.  I've worked nonstop for 2 weeks while going to in-service during the day.
I thought I'd share some pics of my new room and invite you all for a glass of lemonade.

The books were just on the shelf in ABC order.  I bought some bins at The Dollar Tree and have labels to label the bins by author or subject.

Here are my birthday bags.  My plan is to have ALL my students' (around 80) birthday cards in the bags by the end of the first week.

My class rules.  Nothing special I just thought the colors were so pretty together.  :)

This area will be for intervention time for students to work in pairs on things they need help with.  I plan to use the container in the corner to hold things that will help them.

 Just some views of my room.

I made the chart you see below before I got moved and wasn't sure what I would use it for, but yesterday I figured it out.  I'll get a pic of it and update.  

Tomorrow is the first day of school for me, and I no longer teach 1st grade.  I am a history teacher for grades 5-8.  I can do this, but not without a HUGE glass of lemonade.  

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Back-to-School SALE

Promo Code BTS13
Come check out my 139 products that will be 28% off on Sunday and Monday.  I know you will find what you need for 

Sunday, August 4, 2013


Your students are going to love this shark game!  This game is FREE to the first 20 downloads!
click the picture below to take a look...if you dare to go in the water