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Friday, August 22, 2014

Donor's Choose - SPECIAL OFFER

Moving to a new school and class this year I was underwhelmed by the amount of books I have available in my room.  I really want to be able to give my students a literature rich environment filled with great books.  Another goal was to start book circles toward the end of 4th grade, but without any sets of books it is not possible.  I started a Donor's Choose project to get some books for my room and would love your help to get it funded!




From August 22 - 24 the Gates Foundation will fund 50% of my project if I get the other 50% and .... I'M SO CLOSE!! Like I feel like this actually might be attainable now!  


If you can help my class out in ANY capacity I would be grateful because even for the short while I have known my students - I know this would make a tremendous impact in their year and really help improve reading!

Comment with your Donor's Choose username (that you donated with - ANY amount!) and a product from my store and I'll email it to you (by Sunday!) This could be great for something you didn't get a chance to snatch up during the sale!


QR code handout

I introduced QR codes to my class the very first day of school - showing them our class website.  They were all so interested and I can't wait to use them in more ways this year.

Many of my students were concerned and wondering what app you could use and how they could show their parents.  I whipped up this quick 1/2 page letter to let parents know what to do with a QR code since I have a couple on our newsletter and plan to use them in projects this year!


On my copy I put a QR code for our website just so parents can try it specifically on this page.  I attached this to our first newsletter in case parents want to try it out right away.

Hopefully this will be helpful in your classroom and help integrate technology even with parents!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Last Chance Sale

It's another LAST CHANCE sale! One day only! Just in case you forgot anything last time ... or are like me and saw everyone else's awesome purchases and need now "need" that new thing for the start of school!

Promo code: BOOST 

28% OFF IN MY STORE - WEDNESDAY ONLY!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Back to School ebook


The Back to School ebooks are here! There are options for every grade level and subject area.  Click on the picture above to check out this one! See if you can find me!

I have LOVED getting a chance to check out all the fantastic freebies that are available.  There are some great tips that I plan on implementing already this year - all in one place!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Open House - Meet the Teacher


Well today's the day....Meet the Teacher and we start on Thursday. I'm so glad to have the day off in between - this pregnant body needs it!

I'm excited for my students to check out our tech theme and all the goodies I have been working on!


First up are our iPhone Name tags  - you can snag yours here! They are complete with names, grade level, and their numbers (for easy grading reference and organization).  These are editable but work great for any classroom! 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I picked up these bookmarks as a FREEBIE in the Brown Bag Teacher's Store! I love the color and the way they come with strategies on the back!





















I picked up this flip book here!
I'm so glad to have all this info in one spot for parents! It will make it easily accessible and tons of info plus it's RAINBOW!






Made these AWESOME looking playlists for their desks as well! These were inspired by The Teacher's Chair and you can find her original idea  - here on Instagram! 

If you want to follow me for lots of sneak peeks at what is coming up - you can do that here. 



Here's a view from of the desks from afar: 


and one up close....


 I have a parent presentation ready and some stations for the students to do but the way our Open House is structured I'm not sure how much parent time, I'll have to fit it all in :(   If you want to see the rest of my room check out my post - here! 


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Classroom Reveal - Take a Peek inside

I'm so excited to do an official classroom reveal! Last year I was on a one year leave and didn't really get a chance to decorate my room, although I just moved 2 states away so it would have been difficult to do in that time (that is neither here nor there!) .... I'm just thrilled I got a blank slate to make my own this year.

If you have followed me on Instagram you might have seen some of my sneak peeks making their way to you:


Now let me preface this by saying, I have no "theme" in the general sense.  Black and brights is a color scheme and I have some great tech themed goodies that I'm so excited to share with my students this year but other than that... its just what I liked.

Let's take a look around:


Beyond my desk lies this shelf with my Teacher Toolbox and my Birthday sticks for students
The Class of Awesome sign was just like lacquer_teach_repeat made from instagram!



My door sign: "Teacher of AWESOME, Awesome means 4th Grade" inspired by this pin!

  • Objectives Board - right in the front of the room, easily accessible for everyone! I just slipped some colored paper into page protectors and added some labels! I did write our first objectives up there but they came out a little faint going to try a new marker before students arrive!
  • Welcome Sign- This will be on the Smartboard for meet the teacher / Open House night! I have them FREE here - for K- 6 ! 
  • Clip Chart - I made the chart before I fully decided to commit to using one this year - I plan on using Class Dojo but may need this or a variation for a few students....regardless I love the colorful clips (Sharpie...easy!) and the rainbow colors! I got it here FREE




  • Schedule - FREE here just switched up the font. 
  • Bloom's Poster - printed from this pin here
  • Wonder Wall - I used Chalkboard Contact paper to create this on my white board.  The book "Ever Wonder Why?" was something my 5th grade teacher did each week, basically she had a place where the question was asked and we could guess the answer and we would go over it once a week.  It sparked such curiosity and was just a fun little thing...I'm excited to try it with my students this year.  

 Here's a tutorial if you want to make these rolled up paper decorations for your room! 













Here's the job board which is split with our Genius Hour bulletin board and off to the side is a flip flop holder to hold task cards! I love how it takes up little room but still displays everything.  I got it for $5 at Walmart but you can find them multiple places.  The jobs are from my pack - here. 










  • Below is my small group area - I'm didn't have this all last year and I'm unbelievably excited to have it this year!  I have some dry erase circles at each spot for review or beginning questions! (Ignore all the shelving in back...no cover for that yet..)
  • I got the soup can labels from Hope King during the BTS sale! For a first year decorating teacher - this was an easy buy, of course I have soup cans around so these will definitely get used!
  • My AR board for the year is magneted to a file cabinet near the back but I love all the bright colors!


Just a few whole room shots...last ones I promise!

From the door walking in!

View from back corner!

Stay tuned for what is on the student desk and what I have planned for Open House! I'd love to see your room - and gather ideas for next year (store them away, anyway).  Keeping the same room twice would make it easier to decorate right?!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What's New With You: Caring Classroom


I'm starting a short mini-series on some things I want to try during this school year.  Join me on this journey by following along - I'd love to hear what new things you are trying this year!


Starting in an older grade, I wanted to promote a real environment of caring in my classroom.  I wanted this to be a classroom goal and thought of some great ways to make it happen in my room! 

I created this Caring Classroom: RAK Style pack to help you promote this in your classroom.  Using Random Acts of Kindness to create a caring environment that your students work towards.  This is a tool that can be used all year long and create great discussions in your classroom.  There are TONS of great printables for every need and to help you keep track of all the awesome things you are doing in your room! 


Here you can see some of the major components: 
*Kind-o-meter (printed across multiple pages - big enough for bulletin board)
*Class Journal - great to keep track
*journal prompts for individuals or class
* Personal tracker to know where you are in order to meet your goal. 


* There are TONS of ideas of R.A.Ks for your class, school, or community! 
*Kindness quilt blocks for you to complete as a class or school

and then of course you need: 


There are options for the whole class and for individuals.  I plan to keep ours in our data folder and display the class "Kind-o-meter" along with the class goal on a bulletin board in our room! This will hold students accountable and make sure everyone stays on track. 

I'm so excited and I really think this can spur great discussions about character in the classroom and how a little kindness can go a long way.  Be sure to check back soon to see our bulletin board in action!