September 27, 2014

Five for Friday on a Saturday



We made Sneaky E puppets this week! I got this idea from Pinterest, but the pin had no link attached, so I don't know who to give credit to. Let me know if you know! The kids LOVED this activity.



My littles do not quite understand the concept of table talking groups yet. They are great at think-pair-share / talking with buddies, but do not have the etiquette needed to talk academically with more than one person. They argue about who gets to talk next, talk over each other, etc. So, I made them use my comprehension wands as talking sticks this week - ha - and it worked wonders!




We have a "Diversity" standard in our teacher evaluation system and on our walk-through requirements list. We just have to display something in the classroom related to diversity. I purchased these awesome "hello" cards over the summer. Come August, I couldn't find them ANYWHERE and I thought I was going insane and convinced myself that I never bought them to begin with.

Lo and behold, one of my awesome moms returned a box of books to me on Thursday that she had taken home to level for me. GUESS WHAT SHE HAD FOUND IN THE BOX! Yep. I hung them up immediately in a nook right outside my classroom door. Everyone walking down the hallway and waiting in line after the bathroom gets to see my new "hello wall." I've received so many compliments already! I'm in love. 


In social studies right now we are learning about communities. This week we talked about communication: what it is, why we do it, different kinds, etc.

I think it's also important for kids to understand that communication isn't always easy. Sometimes things are misunderstood, especially when information gets passed through a large amount of people. Sometimes information gets messed up on accident and sometimes on purpose.

I can't think of a better way to teach that concept than to play TELEPHONE! 



Our school and school system is big on the quote "from kindergarten to college." At the end of our loooong hallway, where the fifth grade teachers live, they have a large portion of the ceiling dedication to college pennants. Every student upstairs walks under those collegiate flags every day to get to the buses. I love them! Except, whoever hung them (before I was hired), forgot an important university.  

My kids last year asked me almost every day where the Alabama pennant was. This year, I decided to take it upon myself. I bought a pennant and hung it up yesterday in honor of "college wear day." (Just kidding, I'm too short. My tall teammate Matt hung it for me. He's great at hanging up pretty much all of my stuff.)


Roll tide, yall.

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Sorry I'm late to the party. I had a CrAzY fRiDaY NiGhT!

JK, I stayed on my couch watching Desperate Housewives on Netflix and creating this for my classroom library:



September 24, 2014

What the Teacher Wore



This is my first time participating in this linky party. I've been making an effort to look cute every day so far, but it's still early in the year... ;) 

On Monday, we were supposed to wear red in honor of our principal's birthday. I don't own any red though; I only wear crimson. (roll tide roll)


Top: Target, Skirt: J. Crew, Boots: Target 



This precious scarf is from Mrs. Mitchell! I believe it's from Target.


I bought this necklace from Wrenn Jewelry for myself in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I'm in love!


 Today I threw this together. It was so comfy! Obviously I'm on a scarf kick... HELLO FALL!

 

The yellow scarf is from Nicole
Honestly I don't know that I've ever bought a scarf for myself. Hmmm...


This was fun! I'll be back next week. 

September 22, 2014

Monday Made It: Home & School

I'm linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for September's Monday Made It!




Over the weekend I finished up my Curriculum Night pack! I made my own papers to use last year and used them again this year, so I decided I may as well turn them into a TPT product. Unfortunately my Curriculum Night was SO chaotic last week that I did not get to take any pictures. You know how it is!



Yesterday I made my first - and last - burlap wreath. It took me 4 tries... mainly because I did not buy enough burlap and I refused to go back to Michael's. Little naive me thought that 20 feet of burlap would be PLENTY to cover an 18" wreath. Right? WRONG.


Attempt 1: I made it halfway before running out of burlap.


Attempt 2: Burlap made it a little farther, but the wires showed too much...


Attempt 3 was not recorded due to frustration.

Attempt 4: semi-successful


It looks better in real life, I promise. 

The burlap made it ALMOST all the way around the wreath. Thank goodness for the festive fall-colored bow that I bought to add on to the wreath... It fit perfectly in the blank space. 

It's hard to tell, but the burlap has gold woven into it and the bow (pre-made from Michael's, duh) is super sparkly. 


I can't wait to make another wreath never again in my life! 

(Side note: I made a wreath in college - much easier than this one - and it got stolen right off of our front door. R-U-D-E! Wreaths are HARD! Go make your own, meanie!)

September 19, 2014

Five for Friday: I'm a Survivor




Yes! I survived another week. Last night was the ever-dreaded Curriculum Night. It went great, minus the toddlers being so distracting and destroying pretty much everything.  Most of their parents cleaned up after them, but still. #PetPeeve


It went by SO quickly that I only have one picture... A Curriculum Night Collage


I HAVE to applaud and share Tessa's Instagram phenonenon this week: #TodayIsaid

Here's mine:


You must go see all of the pictures with the #TodayIsaid hashtag. I am telling you, this stuff is comedy GOLD. Thank you, Tessa, for some comic relief! 



One of my teammates bought a monogramming machine!!! This is good news and bad news for myself and for Amy's Etsy business. I want to monogram everything. EVERYTHING. 



I got SO many compliments on my outfit on Wednesday that I wanted to link up for {What the Teacher Wore} Wednesday but I so did not have time. Maybe I'll try to look cute again next week. 

Anyways, I wore a dark grey maxidress with my polka dot chambray vest over it. (Thanks for the outfit insiration, Mrs. Mitchell.) All day, kids and teachers were telling me how cute I looked. The best part was that it was SO comfortable! I snapped this quick picture before I left home on Wednesday, hoping to link up later. 



In all seriousness, I am a survivor. A cancer survivor, that is! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and here is my plug: 

There are so many ways that you can help childhood cancer victims from your classroom. 
Here are just a few:

coin drive
spirit day (pay $1 to wear pajamas, etc.)
handmade cards to hospitals
book, DVD, or video game donations to hospitals
Relay for Life

At our fall festival, my grade level is hosting a cake walk. All profits are going directly to a local childhood cancer charity. It's that easy yet so important. 

I made this banner for my Facebook this month with all of my new graphics and fonts for TPT. Feel free to grab it and use it. I couldn't find one online that I liked - ha! #perfectionistproblems


Have a perfect weekend. We deserve it!

My weekend plans:
1. watch too much football
2. post like 10 things on TPT
3. catch up on my favorite blogs
4. visit the new outlets and spend too much money
5. SLEEEEEP zzzzzzz

September 16, 2014

Open House (Meet the Teacher Night)


Yes, I am aware that my open house was four whole weeks ago. 

This whole back-to-school thing has been completely out of control. I CANNOT catch up, and I come home every day aching and exhausted.

I would totally be asleep right now, but it's storming, and I don't do well with storms.

SO, what a perfect time to (finally) share my open house night!

[ If you missed my classroom reveal, you can see it here. ]

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First I whipped up these ridiculously cute station signs. 



Then, due to some demanding Instagram followers - love y'all - I turned them into a TPT product.

Grab 10 blank and editable station cards HERE.

UPDATE: I have created a few different versions of the signs, including polka dots & pirates! 

Before chaos ensued, my front table looked like this: 



Station 3 instructed parents and students to grab a blue checklist. The checklist included sorting supplies, finding things in the classroom, picking out a book for Monday morning, etc. 

My table and countertops looked like this:

Grab the labels for FREE here.

I posted my wish list stickies and volunteer forms on the whiteboard. Most of the post-its were gone by the end of the night. Yippee!

Spotted: Reading Superstar Sign and Essential Questions Labels

The desktops were arranged so that as soon as parents walked into the classroom, they thought, "This teacher is OCD, overzealous, and probably out of her mind."



The manilla folder contained back-to-school forms to be taken home and returned later.
The editable flipbook is from Miss Johnston
The red folder is the FISH folder. 
I gave each student a composition book since I got a class set at a workshop.
The labels are for the kids to stick to their folders, notebooks, etc. 
The glow stick tag is free from Teach With Laughter. 

This was next to my door on the way out:


How cute is that? The sign is free from Nicole Bunt

Then I sent a quick Snapchat selfie (LOL) and the three hours of chaos began! 


Whew. Reliving that was exhausting.

What do YOU do for open house nights??

Please follow along on Bloglovin',  Instagram, Facebook, and TPT for more fun ideas that I hope will make your life easier!