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Five for Friday! {December 4, 2015}

Hi friends! It's Five for Friday time again with Doodle Bugs Teaching! It's been a really busy week and I think it will not slow down until AFTER the new year! I absolutely love this time of year. Everything everywhere is designed to fill your heart with love and kindness. I hope you are feeling it, too!

Let's get started! 
 This week our elf in the classroom showed up! After reading the book, the kids got to choose a name for him. We had quite the selection, but in the end they voted on Chippy.
This one was my favorite! Darth Elf!

And he has been quite naughty. The kids love him and they are so excited to come in everyday and look for him.

The other day he changed all of our screens. 

My classroom door is also elf themed! 

It's finally December!! It's my favorite month! 

I wait all year and it's here. The city is always decorated with tinsel, wreaths, and lights. There are events practically everyday, and everybody sends out Christmas Cards!! I will more than likely not be doing the last thing there because I caught the flu last week and it was not a good time to take pics. 

What is everybody's favorite thing about the Holidays??

And, sadly, my student teacher had her last day this week. I am going to be so lost without her. She has helped to make this year fabulous and the kids are going to miss her so much! They wrote her farewell letters and I bound them into a book. I also gave her a lifetime license to my TpT store and a jump drive with some various freebies from my blog. 

Carly Summer has the opportunity to attend the Model United Nations conference right here in Baton Rouge. At this event, high school kids from around the state come together to discuss diplomacy, international relations, current events, and learn about the UN directly. 

She has to dress professionally and speak publicly. I am so impressed by her school. They are giving so many great educational opportunities for these kiddos. 

This means it's real. It's actually happening in 22 days. 

Yay!!! It's so exciting. 

Well that's it for now!! See ya real soon! 

Five for Friday {November 27, 2015}

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving filled with food, family, and fun! 

I am happy to be linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday! It's been awhile but I'm thinking the time is right to join this linky party again! 

I've had an eventful Thanksgiving break, from the flu, to product planning, to Black Friday shopping, to tree decorating - it has been full! 

Thanksgiving was so great! We had lots of fantastic food and family time. I love this time of year because I do live two hours away from my family and it's hard to find time to drive in during the school year so every holiday I try to make a trip to Alexandria to see everyone.  
FOOD WAS DELICIOUS!!!!!! The best part about Thanksgiving? Leftovers!! 

My sister and I had fun working with her Cricut and some glitter vinyl making our 2015 Black Friday shirts for us! 

It was a lot of work so this isn't something we will be doing a lot of!! But aren't we just adorable?!?!

Got lots of good deals last night and early this morning! 

Carly found this Captain America hoodie and looks great in it. 

And in honor of Black Friday, I'm having a 20% off sale in my TpT Store! 

All 30 lessons inspired by Journeys for first grade is only $15 - originally $30 but worth $60!! Go get it! 

December themed math centers are only $3!! Grab them now! 

I was diagnosed with the FLU last Thursday (blah) and couldn't attend the last two days of school before break! So I was bedridden, struck down with influenza B!! It wasn't fun! But I did accomplish a lot of product planning, in between my medicine induced naps. 
Most importantly, I've finished the first unit of Second Grade interactive notebook inspired by Journeys! Take a look. 

It's got blank templates included for you to program your own words! It's half off today as part of my Black Friday TpT sale! 

For a chance to WIN the ENTIRE BUNDLE LESSONS 1-30 please click {HERE} and fill out the form! 

I've been doing so much stuff with QR Codes! They are so versatile and lots of activities and skills can be practiced. I'm working on a blog post for our collaborative blog, The Primary Punchbowl, on December 1st with a tutorial on creating QR Codes with images. But until then, here is a little freebie for you: 
Now yes, it is using the words from Lesson 13 in Journeys for first grade, but the words are sh, ph, and wh digraphs and some common sight words

ship, shop, fish, whip, which, when, down, goes, fall, green, new, grow, open, yellow

It's a good practice and review activity for your kiddos!

They scan the code on the card and then do what it says with the word that shows up. I made it Christmas themed! 

Click {HERE} for your freebie :)

And speaking of Tech Tutorials, fill out the form below on any ideas you might have and want tutorials on. I'm taking any and all suggestions! 

And that's it for this Friday! Have a great weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving! {November Newsletter}

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Flash Freebie for the next two days!

Primary Punchbowl Fall Blog Hop!

Hello and Welcome to our Primary Punchbowl Fall Blog Hop!! We are so excited to share our fall favorites and freebies with you!

I am so unbelievably excited that we are launching our new collaborative blog!! The Punch Bunch is a group of some of the best teachers I have ever had the privilege of meeting and I am so blessed to call them my friends!! Let's get started!!!

One of my most favorite Fall classroom activities is the fall sensory bin! I already love pumpkin spice everything, so of course I had to incorporate it into my classroom!

 And it's SOOOOOOO easy to make! 
Take a large bag of rice. 
Put some in a gallon ziploc bag. 
Add some food coloring. 
Add some spice. 
Add some water. 
Shake it up. 
Let it dry. 


I use red, yellow, orange, and green (except this year I didn't have red on account I've made Red Velvet Cake. A lot.). 

Inside the sensory bin, I put vocabulary, spelling, sorts, sentences, etc. Lots and lots of ideas and possibilities out there.

Who says Kindergarten gets to have all the fun with sensory bins? Big kids can dig through rice to find "fossil" bones, multiplication facts, facts and opinions, Tarsia pieces, main idea and details, questions to answer - mix it up and have some FUN! No one is ever too old to play and learn!

To help you get started with the sensory bin, I am offering my Brimming With Blends newly updated activity for FREE!!! 
This activity is packed with onset and rimes to help practice with r-blends and l-blends. 

I like to cut the pictures completely out, hide in the rice, and then the students can search through for the rimes that make words with the onset cornucopias.

Complete with recording page for accountability (3 versions). 
Find this little freebie {{HERE}}.

Lots of stuff on sale this week! In fact, I'm throwing a 20% my whole store sale!

Check out my featured items which are HALF OFF this week: 
Text Features

Small Group Lesson Planner
Small Group Lesson Planner

Completely Editable!

October Math Centers!
Balancing Facts Math Centers

And my Complete Interactive Notebook Bundle!
Interactive Notebooks
And finally, just for visiting our blog hop, you can enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win a $20 TpT gift card!
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AND visit The Primary Punchbowl for a chance to win some goodies also!! 
I am so happy that you have decided to visit our blog hop! Please visit the links below to see what other goodies and giveaways the Punch Bunch has in store for you!