Monday, October 19, 2015

Math Story Problems - *{New Product Alert}*

Check it out!  I've got a new product posted in my TPT Store!  Be sure to go and grab the new Math Story Problems while they're FREE!!  This set has been made to be a review for Unit 3 in Math Expressions, Grade 3 curriculum.

Please be sure to leave feedback if you're able to snag up this product while it's FREE (or at the very low, low price of $1.00!)!  I always love reading your kind words!

Here's a sneak peek...
My other Math Story Problem set is probably one of my best sellers!  So, I decided to make a new one for 3rd grade!

Do you like these "Task Card" sized reviews?  I love them and hope to be adding on to my existing sets as time allows!  What kinds of math products would you like to see in the future?  Be sure to comment below!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Midwest Blogger Meet-Up 2015...and a GIVEAWAY!

Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Midwest Blogger Meet-Up!  I had a blast meeting up with other teachers and bloggers from around the Midwest!  Not only was it a great networking and learning opportunity, there were some amazing door prizes, giveaways and we all exchanged 3 of our "favorite things!"

Keep reading until the very end...because I've got some GIVEAWAYS to share!  The first one will be posted right at the end of this blog post!!

When we arrived at the coffee shop, we were greeted by some cute name-tags and the lovely Jameson from Lessons with Coffee and Lindsay from Miss Johnston's Journey.  

We made these fun glyphs that we would later use to introduce ourselves to the group!  As you can see, I'm a 1st - 3rd grade teacher with 23 students in my class.  I've taught for 4+ years and sell on TPT.  I am a blogger from Minnesota.

I loved this idea and think a fun twist on this would make an excellent Christmas gift for my students to make for their parents!  I'll get working on it and post it to my blog when I'm finished!

We had a couple of great presentations by EduCents and Adopt A Classroom.  I can't wait to create an account on both sites and get to work!

After the presentations and introductions, we drew names to pick out of the "Favorite Things" tables.  Each of us brought 3 of our favorite things to share with the other bloggers.  I brought (3) Caribou gift cards!  I am so excited about what I received!!  Check it out below!

Jameson from Lessons with Coffee made the adorable mug with Jameson, Bailey's and coffee!  I also got a fabulous Sharpie pen, post-its, gum and a notepad from a fellow blogger.  My final "favorite" was the Target gift card - which will definitely come in handy!

A little bit later we drew names for some fantastic door prizes that were donated to the Meet-Up!  I was lucky enough to win the (2) sets of planet play-sets that were donated by EduCents!

I'm super excited about this cute t-shirt that I got today!  #PeanutButterAndJealous from Meg's New Box of Crayons

Now it's time to check out all of the SWEET SWAG I received today as well as the SWEET SWAG I have to GIVEAWAY!!  Don't forget to enter the Raffle-Copter at the bottom of this Blog Post!

No Coast = Best Coast T-Shirt by A+ Images

To the world you may just be a teacher; but to your students you are a HERO! T-shirt by Educents

First Grade Common Core Morning Work for November by Diary of A Grumpy Teacher

Mustache Notepaper by Creative Teaching Press

Eagle in the Sky - An Interactive Adventure by 

Go Noodle Lanyard and Stickers

Sit Spot Sample

I have the Teacher Planner and it's my FAVORITE!!

Lots of goodies from Creative Teaching Press!!

Now it's your turn to win some fabulous SWAG!!!
Check out the Raffle-copter below to win this fabulous Midwest Blogger Meet-Up SWAG!!

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Technology At Our Fingertips!

Every hour of every day, we have technology at our fingertips.  As I teach my students every year, technology surrounds us.  Technology is anything around us that was created by humans to solve a problem.  Many times when we think of technology we stop at iPads, iPhones, computers, radios, and devices.  So while we're often gifted with much more "technology" than we could have ever dreamed, we need to remember that some of this technology needs us, as teachers, to provide guidance on when and how to use it in the classroom!

This year my students, and all 3rd, 6th, and 9th graders received Chromebooks as part of a technology roll-out for our district.  As I am trying to become a better educator, collaborator, and employee I have had to wrap my head around 
"What does incorporating student devices into daily instruction look like in 2015?"

I recently watched a TEDx Talk by Kayla Delzer and the topic was "Our World is Changing, Our Schools Need to Change With It."  It was so inspiring to me as I am working this year to make sure that our students are leaders and I, as a teacher, am a learner.  

With all of my students having Chromebooks, I am trying to find the gentle balance between too much and too little on the computers.  We do have technology at our fingertips, but we still need a place in our classrooms to dive into some "old-fashioned" technology like pencils and lined papers!  Kayla made a great comment in her talk - "if it's not exciting on paper and pencil, it won't be exciting on a computer or tablet!"  I feel as though I've gotten so caught up in "I'll just recreate it on the Chromebook for students to complete" that I've lost sight of the fact that it's still just a worksheet...on the computer!  

Students are learning to be Typing Masters, completing research, and taking tests/quizzes on their Chromebooks.  However, I know there is so much more they could be doing.  Now I am working to discover the endless possibilities for learning!

What are you doing to make learning exciting?  What are you doing to make your students leaders?  What are you doing to incorporate 21st century technology in your day-to-day instruction?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Science Quiz Game Show Time

Are you looking for a fun way to review science concepts with your students?

I recently scored this awesome Science Quiz Game Show set from a garage sale.  It is originally from Lakeshore Learning.

We recently learned about classifying animals and their habitats in 3rd grade science.  I invited another 3rd grade class to join us as we worked in small teams to review before our test!

Everyone loves a little bit of friendly competition and of course it was another way to make learning FUN!  

Side note:  Do you see how many clips it took to hold this thing up?!  It's heavy once you put all of those cards in the pockets!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Back to School We Go...

Yesterday was our first day back to school, with students.  I always get excited about the first day of school...almost as excited as my own kiddos!

This year I am a 3rd grade teacher and I have a 3rd grade daughter and 2nd grade son.  It's been kind of fun to keep moving up through the grades as my daughter moves upward and onward!  She has this silly idea that I will keep moving up...4th grade, then 5th grade, etc.  I'm hoping that this is not the case though!  I think I'm going to really love teaching third grade and can't wait to see what the year ahead holds for me!

My happy little 3rd grade peanut!

My handsome little 2nd grade stud!

Are your kiddos back in school yet?  We had an early start this year.  It was our first year to start before Labor Day!!  I'm looking forward to an exciting 3 day weekend ahead!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

6 Baby Bunnies

Sometimes life gets in the way of getting the day-to-day things done!  Last week, it was getting the lawn mowed.  We just didn't have time!  Yikes!  Unfortunately, that meant the grass was VERY tall and a Mama bunny made a nest in our yard.  The up side is that our dogs had not yet discovered the baby bunnies.  The down side is that I was unaware of said nest and went ahead and mowed the yard to discover a portion of the grass clippings throbbing up and down.  Almost as if they were alive!  As it turns out, there were 6 baby bunnies in there, just trying to keep warm and stay alive.  

We found out there is about a 10% chance of survival if bunnies are taken away from their own nest.  We also researched and read that a nest can only be safely relocated to a few feet away if we want the mother rabbit to find it.  So, we decided to try and raise the bunnies ourselves.  

The kids and I went to the store and got a little cage and some bedding.  We picked up eye droppers at my school to nurse the bunnies.  We purchased kitten's milk replacement to feed the bunnies.
Did you know that you have to rub their bottoms with a wet rag to stimulate them to use the bathroom?  In the wild the mother bunny would lick them to do this.

The bunnies were so tiny and so fun to hold and feed!

The best was when they would realize we had the eye dropper there with milk and they would start sucking on the tip of the eye dropper!  We fed them about 4 times a day and it would take around 30-40 minutes to feed them all!

The kids had fun showing them off to friends that stopped by.  Kylie and Mason were so responsible with helping to feed and hold the bunnies.  

Unfortunately they did not make it very long.  About a week later all of the bunnies were gone.  It was sad to see them go, but it was fun to try to help them survive.  In the week they were with us, a couple of them grew enough to open their eyes!!

What fun things have you been up to recently?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Happy Birthday to YOU!!

I always like to do something cute for birthdays and this year I found the perfect little treat for my students!  Have you ever heard of Lollipics? They have a special site for Teachers and make super cute lollipops that are gluten, dairy, nut free!  They come packaged in cute clear baggies with "To:" cards and raffia to tie them on.  You can choose from designs they've already created or you can send in an image to be printed on the front of the lollipops. So many options!

I even got a free bonus one with my first order and let my daughter try it!  She thought it was pretty tasty and enjoyed it while helping me in my classroom!