Changes are coming! 

I'm planning to start grad school this summer. I'm not sure if I'm ready to be a student while I'm a full-time teacher, but I'm up for the challenge!

The application process was lengthy and required a few recommendations. I know that my administrators are OH SO BUSY, so I almost felt guilty for asking them to write recommendations for me. 

A handwritten note goes a long way... and chocolate doesn't hurt either! 

I printed these cards on Astrobright cardstock, wrote a heartfelt note inside, and ta-da! I hope they feel appreciated!

Download the free printable here.

My students want me to be a full-time songwriter now. This one was a much bigger hit than the last! 

Click here to download a PDF of the lyrics.

Click here for the music I use (on YouTube). 

Click here to see the Instagram video.

We've been practicing our 2D shape skills with these task cards, which include shape identification, angles, and symmetry. 

We also made these fun plane shape robots:

After a week full of learning about 2D shapes, students got to wear a bracelet to help them show what they know. The bracelet has a QR code on it that says "Scan for a surprise!" The QR code leads to this Have Fun Teaching video (via SafeShare). They loved it! 


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Happy Valentine's Day, y'all!

I'm excited to be teaming up with a great group of teacher bloggers to give away our favorite resources to some amazing readers. Plus, you can enter to win a $100 gift card to our favorite place... TARGET!

As I was trying to decide what I wanted to give away, I looked around my classroom to find a few of my favorite things. I decided on something that is just for you, teacher, because you deserve to treat yourself sometimes!

My cordless glue gun is one of those items that just makes my teacher life a little happier. How liberating it is to walk around with a hot glue gun, without having to worry about a cord - ha!

I'm giving away one SureBonder cordless hot glue gun, one pack of regular hot glue sticks, and one pack of metallic silver hot glue sticks. (affliliate links) 
I've never used colored or metallic hot glue sticks, but it sounds like fun, right?!

Enter to win right here!

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Now, who doesn't love Target?

Below is where you can enter for a $100 Target gift card. You must complete all parts of this Rafflecopter to be entered for the Target gift card.

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That's it! 

Click on the image below for more resources we love and more giveaways!

I reorganized my office last week. While doing so, I found my tutoring bag from last year. 
(This is a judgement-free zone, right?!) 

I spent a lot of time and effort preparing for tutoring, so I thought I would share my binder with you to make your tutoring life a little easier.

My binder is divided into four sections: writing, fluency activities, fluency passages, and comprehension. Under each picture, you will find links to products, most of which are FREE!

 Keep in mind that we also worked on homework and any specific skills that the child needed each week, but the binder was full of resources and back-up activities to help fill time. 

About Me cover page by Lyndsey Kearney

Writing Checklist by JD's Rockin' Readers

Handwriting Poster by Steve Hungerford

Stretch a Sentence by Cassie Thomas

Backs of laminated cardstock pages double as dry-erase boards. 

Portable Word Wall by Where the Wild Things Learn

nametag by Primary Graffiti 

(These are Amazon affiliate links.)

Georgia's standards for all subjects


Roll and Write a Story by Where the Wild Things Learn

blank writing paper 

Boggle Word Builders by Krista Walden ... We LOVED these!


Roll and Read by 180 Days of Reading 

other favorites (not pictured) by The Moffat Girls

One Breath Boxes (not pictured) by Donna Coleman


Reading A-Z (subscription required)

lots of fluency passages on Teacher Pay Teachers (not pictured)


Dice Games by Melissa Mazur

We usually used spinners similar to these (affiliate link).

Roll a Long Vowel Team by Barnard Island

Magic E Read, Write, Draw by Callie's Creations

Lastly, stock your bag with high-interest books, highlighters, small treats like candy or mini erasers.

Whew! Did I forget anything? Did you grab any of the linked freebies? 
Let me know if a comment below!