Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Currently & Don't Let What You Can't Do Stop You From Doing What You CAN Do!

Wow! November 16, 2013 was the last time I posted!!      

 A few Sundays our guest pastor at our church said that line that is my blog post.  I have been reflecting on it for quite a while now.  There are many things that I can't seem to do; get all caught up at school, {grading, planning, straightening, recording, etc} finish up all the ideas/products in my 'for TpT & TN' folder, post on my classroom blog & here frequently, BUT I think it has kept me from doing what I CAN do.  
      God made me ME...I am a share-a-holic as my header on this blog says.  I share with my fellow teachers at school every time I discover some great resource and sharing with others that is why I created this blog.  I do want to share with whoever might be reading this blog.  I may not be able to post daily, but maybe if I shoot for once a week and share what is on my heart & mind it might just have a positive impact on at least one other human being...I can deal with that.
    So, here is the first thing I want to share...I purchased Farley's Currently for Kids this summer & did August & September with my students, got busy & didn't do October or November.  The students asked for it and we have done it again for December, January, & February {haven't done March YET}.
    On the January Currently it has One Little Word.  I don't know how many of you are familiar with this, but I had seen this in past years on several bloggers' blogs.  I started talking to my students about it and my principal let me know there was a book:

{Although the book title is showing up when I am editing in Blogger, it isn't showing up when I load my blog :-( I will play with it again tomorrow!}
  I read it & LOVED it!  I kept trying to come up with what my word would be for 2014.  I have been feeling very 'Stuck' in many areas in my life...definitely in the area of blogging & TpT & TN!  'Unstuck' just didn't seem to fit right, 'persevere'...'try'...and more words just weren't the one.  As I was praying about it what echoed in my heart was 
, ask Me to get you 'unstuck'" & that's when I knew what my word would be...
My class chose a medium {paint; Sharpies & highlighters; or crayons, markers, & colored pencils} and did their words...

My Word is in the upper left hand corner.  I think my students came up with some great words: family, before, listen, heart, harmony, God, painting, peace, help, and other great words!!

  I want to share something else {that is COMPLETELY mine} with you.  Maybe some of you have had issues with your students having scraps of paper, crayon pieces, odds & ends left on the floor at the end of the day even with reminders to clean up.  One day I watched our evening custodian pulling chairs out and picking up ALL KINDS of junk up off the floor before vacuuming.  So I created 'custodian awards'.  She vacuums every other day (the kids haven't picked up on when she vacuums) and she places the award on each table group desk that had a neat desk area including the floor. They are made from dollar store plungers & dollar store duct tape.

 I may not be able to do it all but I did upload a set of 5 posters for $1 in TpT with the quote from my title.  Here is a preview of one of the posters.

 If you click on the image above it should take you to my TpT store...Step #1 for me...tomorrow I will try to take another step or two!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Five for Fraturday!

Hello again!  This is going to be a 'Five for Fraturday' 

I will start with a very exciting, surprising email I received yesterday. {I'm starting this post on Friday night, but I know I won't be pressing 'Publish' until sometime tomorrow!}  I don't know about all of you, but sometimes I do have families who want to make some donations to the classroom.  I decided that there are really only two things that I would like to have parents help with if they are willing and able.  First, tissue...my class goes through it sooooo quickly!!! In the past we were told one box a month from the office, and paper towels {the brown school kind} are not exactly gentle on the nose. Second, ink...like may bloggers out there, I love to print out things for my classroom in color & ink is so very pricey!!!!  We are able to order at the school, but I know it is hard on our school supplies budget as well.  I had heard of two organizations that dealt with school supply donations, Teacher Lists & Adopt a Classroom.  I finally filled out the brief online information to register my class so that parents can go to the websites, make donations, and I can purchase ink through those sites.  I wanted it set up in time for parent conferences, which is the beginning of December, to let the parents know about this way they could help.  I plan to have fliers available to take if they are interested.  Well, I received an email letting me know that JCPenny has adopted my class and gave me a $100 grant!!!!!!!  I am so amazed and grateful!!! I already did an online thank you, invited them to take a look at this blog and my classroom blog, and ordered one black & one color ink cartridge for my classroom printer through Adopt a Classroom. {The sad thing is...it took the whole $100 for the 2 cartridges} Their site was linked to Office Max where I ordered the ink...it is already on its way!


In my last post I shared about my Christmas present..my Silhouette Cameo..well NO self-control here!! It's out & I'm learning to use it!

One of my fellow teachers surprised us with her great news...I made this with my Silhouette Cameo & stuck it up in the lounge...bunnies added thanks to Picmonkey for her privacy.
I had fun cutting out my 'mini me'...it turned out so good!

I also made this for my daughter's friend's birthday...she is having a Mardi Gras themed party.

I also used it for the letters for my 'UNRAAVEL' chart in class.
When the school year began our new principal did an activity with us that involved writing a mission statement.  I decided to print it up and have it up in my room.  I had to do it my style...notice all the different fonts!  

I love teaching third grade for many reasons, one of those reasons is that I love teaching multiplication.  I want to share with you some of the things I do.
For many years I have been using Kim Sutton's number line with different colored dots for the different multiples...red for 2, green for 3, etc. At the beginning of the year the number line is up with just the Velcro dots...the colored dots have the other side of the Velcro.  As we begin to talk about skip counting and multiples I place the dots up... it is fun for them to see the pattern when we have just the 2s & 3s up...r, g, r, blank, both, blank, r, g, r, blank, both....{I LOVE patterns in math!!...I am constantly reminding my kids 'math is NOT like reading/language art' (when you have a rule or property it ALWAYS works!) it is another great quote from Kim Sutton!}  
We make pattern sticks that are color coded the same way the number line is. {also from Kim Sutton} I laminated them on my personal laminator, {which I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! Best investment ever!!!!} punch holes in the ends, and stick them on the rings.

I have three rings on each hook.  The students have access to them when they want to use them.
We also made 'Bug Books' that they did as partners...now these are 'bugs' NOT insects since insects have 6 legs.  I showed them one example {which I forgot to take a picture of} of an 'eyeball bug' with 5 legs & I drew 3 of them.  On the page I had the matching equation 3 X 5 = 15.  This class was one of the most creative I have ever had.  They chose their favorite to put up in the room the rest were put into a book.

In addition to the students' favorites, I had some more favorites:

Okay...still have TONS I want to share, but if I don't pick and post a #5 quickly, it won't be 'Five for Fraturday' it will be 'Five for Frunday!!!'
So...pictures of our October book reports {may come back tomorrow to add & edit!}

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