Monday, September 24, 2012

Trying Something New!

Hey all! Whew! Another Monday...I can't believe how fast this year seems to be flying by.

This is just a quick post to let you all know that I started a Facebook page for The Craft of Teaching! If you click on the button to the right, you can take a look over there. I will post updates when I post something new on the blog!

Thank you to all my amazing followers! Getting close to that 100 mark...can't wait to have a fun giveaway!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Anchor Charts Galore!

Who loves a good chart? ME!

We are to the point this year that when I get out the markers and head for the rocking chair, I can always hear someone say, "Are we making another chart?" And of course, the answer is "YEP!"

We make our anchor charts together in our group meeting area.
Here is our meeting area...I would rather have a different chart stand, but this one works!

We make anchor charts for EVERYTHING! I love that the ideas come from the students instead of me.

Here are just a few:
Our Kit Inventory for our first science investigation.

Daily 5 anchor chart for Work on Writing
Daily 5 anchor chart for Read to Self - I moved it from the big chart to this smaller one.

Mentor text for Slice of Life writing - What do we notice?

Anchor chart for different types of leads

Ten Friends!

As you can see, we are running out of room! In past years, I have always struggled with this inevitability - spend time to make a chart, run out of room, and take down said chart that kids actually look for and use! Soooo, after some intense Pinterest surfing, I found a way to solve that problem.


Each subject has its own section and then I take a picture of the chart to add in.

I downloaded the covers and divider pages from Clutter Free Classroom's TpT store. You can get them {here}. They worked perfectly AND there are some great planning pages in the download for thinking ahead about your charts!

The original pin I found came from Nancy at Teaching My Friends. Here is her Anchor Chart binder:

I love how she organized the binder and I am so excited that kids will be able to access the charts even as we move on and make new ones.

I'm so happy that I won't have to throw out our hard work this year!

Leave a comment below and tell me how you manage your anchor charts!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Looking for Upper Elementary Ideas?

Happy Saturday all! (Even though it's late, it's still Saturday!)

I am linking up with Debbie at Rainbows Within Reach for a upper elementary pinners linky. Pinterest and blog stalking have completely re-energized my teaching this year...and finding all these amazing ideas has really felt like a blessing.

Debbie has done the hard work here folks! Check out all the amazing pinners for upper elementary and add yourself to the list. Happy pinning!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


I know, I know. I have been a very, very bad blogger. It has been far too long since I posted and for that, I apologize.

Remember those wisdom teeth I posted about a while back? Well, even though they are long gone, they are certainly haunting me! After two weeks and five days, I am finally feeling sort of normal again. Let's hope it only gets better from here!

Moving on.

I have some seriously overdue and VERY IMPORTANT business to take care of today!

A few weeks ago, I blogged about some amazing giveaways going on around here! Well, guess what friends? I WON! I told you about Crystal's amazing 100 Follower Giveaway here. I was so excited to win...I won a Scotch Laminator (LOVE IT) from Crystal, a $10 Amazon gift card from Vicky, a Hollywood themed Student of the Week pack from Corinna, a September Paragraph Pack from Lisa, a Genre Spotlight Packet from Stacy, and a Sight Words Assessment Pack from Heather! I am so lucky and I love everything I won! I can't wait to start using them all in my classroom.

I also was lucky enough to win a Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener from Shannon at Teaching Joys. I can't wait to get it in my classroom! :-)

Thanks to these lovely ladies...I haven't felt this lucky in a long time!

I have really missed blogging and reading everyone else's blogs and amazing ideas. I'm hoping that since I'm feeling better every day that I can get back to a blogging routine.

I'm up to 80 followers! I'm thinking about my 100 Follower Giveaway....anyone want to collaborate? Let me know if you are interested in participating!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Check Out These Awesome Giveaways!

Hi everyone! I seem to have survived my wisdom teeth being yay! Here's hoping it keeps getting easier.

'I haven't had any good grades since my wisdom tooth was pulled.' by Delgado, Roy
Here's a little wisdom tooth humor...

In the meantime, I have been blog stalking away in between Advil doses! In the process, I've found a couple amazing giveaways that I think everyone should know about. Check them out!

First, Katie over at Rock and Teach has reached 100 followers! She is having a great giveaway that includes a Starbucks card, a TPT giftcard AND a Target giftcard! Head over there, like her blog and enter!

Next up is Crystal at Ms. Jones' Junction. She is also having a 100 follower giveaway! You might win a Scotch laminator - my new heart's desire!

And lastly, Tonya at Tonya's Treats for Teachers is having a giveaway to celebrate 500 followers! Can you believe that you could win a $50 dollar giftcard??? Go check it out!

Tonyas Treats for Teachers


Ok, now head on over to all these blogs and start entering!

Thanks for stopping by!