Monday, June 23, 2014

Random Monday Meet Up!

If you have been following me on Facebook, you already know that I had a job interview today. I'm trying to get a position in a district closer to my house.

I didn't get it, but I have another interview tomorrow AND another one on Thursday! I'm in a "whatever is meant to be will happen" frame of mind, so I'm not too bummed out. I really appreciate everyone's good thoughts from out there in Blogland and Facebookville!

I have really enjoyed The Teaching Tribune's summer blog series, so I thought I would join up to today's Monday Meet Up and share 3 completely random and non-teaching related things about me!

1. Music was, and sort of still is, a huge part of my life! I was in choir for a lot of years and music continues to be part of my life and my classroom. I still sometimes think about being a music teacher!

2. Of course, it was too long ago to have on any kind of video, but my mom swears this happened.

3. I know you want to see a pic of this. I will warn you - it's pretty terrifying. But if you really want to, you can scroll down and see it.


Be prepared to avert your eyes if it's too terrible.

Are you really ready?

Ok then....

I know it's small, but you get the idea.

Terrible, terrible hair choices in my past. Be kind...I was just a kid!

Well I think that's all the randomness for now. Don't forget to link up some randomness of your own!

I'm off to prepare for my interview tomorrow! Keep those good thoughts coming!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Lovin' Wednesday!

Well, I've applied for several jobs. Now I have to wait.

I am NOT good at waiting.

I get a little (lot) weird and sort of obsessive and fidgety. I check my email a million-billion times a day. I just need to remember that whatever is going to happen, will happen. If it's meant to be, it will be! Whew.

Enough pep-talking. Let's move one to one of my favorite parts of summer:

I. LOVE. THIS. SHOW. Does anyone else watch it? Even though I have to wear a tin-foil hat while I watch it, I can't stop. My husband and I have been staying up WAY too late watching a few episodes a night...makes me happy!

I made this! It's an avocado-asparagus-bacon-egg sandwich! It was delicious. Even my husband said so. Which is definitely a win. If you want to try it, you can see the recipe {here}.

Some people like the Bachelorette, I like Judge Judy. She's my summer-TV-guilty-pleasure. My husband just shakes his head...kind of like you might be doing right now?

If you haven't yet, I highly recommend checking out The Teaching Tribune's Summer Bloggin' series. It has made it fun and easy to get back on track with some (sort of) regular blogging! I love it! Today is Worksheet Wednesday, which means you can go over there and check out TONS of great freebie worksheets.

Today's theme is ELA, so head over! My freebie for Worksheet Wednesday is's my most downloaded TPT freebie. We use it when we learn and practice how to ask questions before, during and after reading. Enjoy!

You can check out my blog post about it {here}.

Ok, that's about it! Thanks so much to Covered In Glitter and Glue for hosting this awesome link up every week. I'm lovin' it! Don't forget to go link up with what you're loving this week.

Alright...I have to check my email again. Keep your fingers crossed for the right job to come along!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Five For Friday

Happy Saturday, friends! {It IS Saturday, right?}

Since my sense of time is all screwed up - what with the going to the bathroom whenever I want and all - I figured no one would mind if I posted my Five for Friday on {what I believe to be} Saturday.

Five for Friday is a fun link up at Doodle Bugs Teaching where you share 5 random things from the day or the week. Check it out if you haven't already!


I'm super excited that I signed up to participate in SLANT boxes! I've been seeing these amazing packages popping up all over Instagram, so I knew I had to check it out.

Each month you get paired up with two people - one to send a box to and one to receive a box from. I can't wait! There's even a theme to each month, so it makes it simple to get to know someone AND be on the lookout for adorable idea for the box. Click {here} or the image above to grab the details for yourself!

I have been fully immersing myself in summer...I love my summer routine! Dogs walks, breakfast and coffee on the deck and then - WHATEVER I WANT. Like blog stalking, Facebook updating and IG wandering. WHATEVER. I. WANT. It makes me happy to be on my own schedule!

I've been working on my resume...

It's not fun. Not fun at all. But I'm throwing it out there to see what happens. I'm kind of a "if it's meant to happen it will" kind of person.

I've been trying to eat better. What with all my free time and all, I figure I don't need to eat crap. Eating at home is a challenge during the school year for sure, but my hubby and I have agreed that it's time to start acting like adults. {Really? Who decided this? Me? Certainly not.} But we are trying.

Poached Cajun cod and asparagus, easy lunch, Crockpot Chicken Tacos...YUM!
Last but not least, I'm so glad to actually be reading. Books. For FUN. Here's what I've read lately...

I finished both of these and loved them both...for very different reasons. I have not seen the Fault in Our Stars movie yet...haven't decided if I want to. Has anyone seen it? Will I be disappointed? Because I loved the book...and I hate when the book and the movie are two separate things. Be sure to leave me a movie review in the comments!

Well, I think that's it! Don't forget to hop over to Doodle Bugs Teaching and share your 5 random things from the week! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Two For Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I'm happy to say I spent a gorgeous weekend in the mountains these past couple of days. I had an amazing time sewing with my mom and some other friends, and generally just enjoying and relaxing!

It did me good to get away!

But I am happy to be back home with my hubby and spoiled rotten dogs...

I am really digging summer, people! I'm loving time to blog and time to read...and time to take walks or watch Judge Judy if I so desire.

It has also given me a great opportunity to catch up on blogging! So today I'm linking up with The Teaching Tribune for their Two for Tuesday linky...the idea is to link up with 2 products from your store and get a little two-fer deal in there as well!

Here are my two best-selling TPT products...marked down to 50% off for today only!

First up is my 2D Shape Sort: Quadrilaterals. This product includes shape cards (all quadrilaterals) and several graphic organizers for sorting and classifying. If your school uses Thinking Maps, the quadrilaterals work great with those as well! My favorite part of this activity is that students have to explain why and how they sorted the shapes. It really gets to the heart of properties of shapes! You can see a more detailed post about it {here}.
Today this baby will be only $1!!

My next most popular product is my 2D Shape Sort: Triangles! This product is very similar, except it deals only with triangles and their attributes. This product also includes graphic organizers, shape cards and sorting mats. Unfortunately, I made this before I knew I was teaching 3rd grade, so I didn't get to use it this year! :-( I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I will get to use it with my 6th graders in the upcoming school year. Maybe someone who has used it would want to guest blog about how it went? Or maybe someone wants to try it out before the end of the year and blog about it? If you are interested in trying it out for me, let me know!
This product will be $1.25 today!
I am so excited to share these with you and I hope that many of you might find them useful!

I have been toying with the idea of a general 2D geometry sort as a product...would that be more helpful in the younger grades? Let me know what you think!

Thanks so much for stopping by...don't forget to jump over to The Teaching Tribune and check out more great Two-For Tuesday products!

Thursday, June 5, 2014


If you have been following this blog for awhile, you may remember this post from April. In said post I let everyone know that I would be teaching 3rd grade for the first time...and while it wasn't my first choice, I rolled with it and of course everything was fine!

See?? Aren't they adorable? And the whole year was fine. I was worried for nothing.
Well, fast forward to now. And here I am writing a very similar blog post. Except that this time, I will be moving up to 6th grade! I know that some people recoil in horror at the thought of sixth grade, but I am actually really excited.

And nervous.
And excited.
And butterfliesinmystomach nervous.

But really just excited for what's to come.

There are a lot of great things about moving to sixth grade:

1. I love love love the other 6th grade teacher at our school! We are good friends and have been teammates before. Plus, she has taught 6th grade for awhile, so she can show me the ropes!

2. I had this class when they were 4th graders. We had a great year and I bonded with a lot of them! Looking at my class list for next year makes me smile.

3. Our 6th graders get to attend a week of outdoor education in the beautiful Colorado mountains, and of course, I get to accompany them! It is a great experience and I can't wait to do it and blog about it.

4. Sixth graders are a whole different animal! I am so looking forward to their capabilities and sense of humor...and that they can reach things on a tall shelf.

Of course, I can always think of some downsides (I'm a negative nelly, people), but I'm choosing to leave those alone and just look at all the great things ahead!

Even though the butterflies come and go, I am truly looking forward to a brand new experience.

Anyone else out there going through a big change? Any advice from people who have been there? Leave me some comments below!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I'm {Lovin'} Summer!

I'm so excited that Jessica from Covered in Glitter and Glue has decided to bring back her summertime linky party...

I love this linky! It keeps me focused on the positive things going on around me and reminds me to be here we go!

Number 1 clip art
Have you read this book yet?


I LOVED it. I wasn't sure after reading the review, but it is a great book! If you are looking for a quick read, I highly recommend!

Number 2 clip art 

My two favorite summer drinks...morning and evening!

Truthfully, I just love having time to drink coffee in the morning on the deck and then end the day with my wonderful husband out there too! 

Number 3 clip art

Spending time with these two boys!

I'm always so grateful for a summer schedule, because I feel like I can give my poor puppies the time and attention they lack during the school year! We get to go for walks, play ball and just generally have a good time. Although, sometimes they do look at me with a face that says, "You know you're interrupting our nap time, right?"

Number 4 clip art

I'm lovin' that my room is finally packed up!

It took forever, but I'm so glad it's done. Now I can focus on new adventures coming my way - more on that later! Suffice it to say, the sorting, returning, and finding room for new stuff took WAY longer than I thought it would.

Number 5 clip art
 Last, but not least!!

Of course I'm lovin' that this linky is back up for the summer!!! Thanks so much to Jessica! Now head over there and link up with what you're lovin' today!

Don't forget to leave a comment with something that you're loving right now too...I love to read and respond to your comments!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Crafting Connections Collaboration - Inferences!

Happy summer to many of you out there! It is shocking to me that it is already June. I'm so glad that school is out! If you are still going, hang on! You can make it!

Luckily for me, I had a little surprise hanging out in my back pocket to help us get through the end of the school year successfully. Ta-da!!

Way back at the beginning of the year, I was honored to be contacted by Deb Hanson of Crafting Connections. She asked if I would want to try out one of her awesome craftivities with  my class this year and of course I {jumped up and down and} said YES! Since 3rd grade was new to me this year, it took me awhile to find the right time to pull in the S'More Inferences craftivity, but we finally made it towards the end of the year.

Not only did she send me the S'More Inferences craftivity, she also sent me her amazing Making Inferences PowerPoint to help get the kids started inferring.

This was a TOTAL life saver! My class had worked on inferring, but very little. This was a great way to get them started, let them practice and then try it on their own. Plus, they loved the passages!

Once we practiced with the PowerPoint, it was time for them to get some practice on paper.

For this part, I let most of my class read and work on their own, but I did pull a small group to help with reading the passages and underlining info they would need for their inferences. They did a great job, and even picked up on some things their almost-summer-brained teacher didn't notice!

Once they had read the passages and made their inferences, it was time to make the craftivity!

They began by transferring their inferences from their packet onto their S'Mores. Each graham cracker was a text clue or schema, the marshmallow was one inference and the chocolate square was another inference. I didn't even have to tell them why we were using the S'More to represent the inference...they told me it was because you need the text clues and schema to support the inferences!! Woohoo!!

I do have one practical tip: If you are teaching younger students with larger handwriting, I highly recommend enlarging the S'Mores pieces on the copier and printing them on larger paper. We started with 8 1/2 X 11 paper and for most of my third graders that was too small. The larger pieces worked out much better!

Once their pieces were colored and cut out, they created the poster.

For the most part, they took their time and created an awesome final product!!

This was a fantastic craftivity and I can't wait to do it again! The kids had a great opportunity to show what they had learned about making inferences. 

Would you like to win your very own copy of Deb's S'More Inferences craftivity? Click the link below to take you to her blog with a fantastic giveaway!

Thanks so much to Deb! What a great way to end our year in reading. :-) Make sure you check out her blog 

for more great craftivity ideas. And also head to her TPT store to check out her other great products!

Edited to add: I realized that I TRIED something new here!! So I'm linking up with Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper for her Tried It Tuesday linky! Hope over and see what other things folks have tried: