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!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Gymnastics Meets

There is one thing in this world that my daughter LOVES doing more than anything else!  Do you know what it is?!  If you guessed GYMNASTICS, you were right!  Kylie has been on a travel soccer team for a couple of seasons, and she's tried hip hop dance.  She has played tennis, and she has enjoyed being on a swim team.  However, nothing brings more joy and excitement to her face than when she gets to do her "gymnastics thing!"  

At the end of the summer, both Kylie and Mason competed in their "in-house" meet at TAGS Gymnastics.  Mason enjoys gymnastics and loves tumbling around the house.  He did well at his meet!

Mason walked away with 2 first place ribbons and 1 second place ribbon.  Overall, he took first place for his level!  He was so excited and we were pretty darn proud of him!!

Kylie did well at her meet, too!  She loved the competition of the meet and worked really hard to perform more difficult skills than others in her level.  As a result, she did not receive the highest accolades, but we know she did her very best!!  She was so proud of her hard work, as she should have been!

At the end of the summer, Kylie was asked to be on the TAGS Junior Olympic Training Team 2!  This is what she's been {dreaming} of since she was a little girl.  Kylie has been a gymnast since she was a tumbling toddler in a Mommy & Me class!  She now is at the gym 2.5 hours a night, 3 nights a week!!  While it is very busy, we know we made the right decision to allow her this opportunity because she is in heaven!!  I've never seen someone work so hard at something, for so many hours, to then come home and continue to practice for hours on end!!

What have your kiddos done lately that makes you so happy to see the joy, excitement and pride on their faces and in their eyes?

Friday, August 14, 2015

Welcome to St. Louis!

What happens when your first hotel room has cock roaches, a broken refrigerator, and a sink that doesn't work?  You quickly check out of that hotel and find a new one!!

And that is how we happened to be guests at the beautiful Cheshire Inn!  The kids thought the hotel looked like a castle and each room was named after a British play-write, author, or poet.  We had the Robert Browning Room.

We had fun exploring the beautiful city of St. Louis!  It was so much fun to take my kids back up into the same Arch that I had gone up in as a child, many years before!  The kids were a bit scared of the tram "thing" that took us up.  But once we made it safely to the top they realized it was more of a "car" and less of a "roller-coaster!"

Here we are - at the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Dolphins, Destin, & Sun...Oh My!!


 One of the BEST things about being a teacher is "having the summers off."
One of the WORST things about being a teacher is the idea that others have that "teachers have the summers off."

This summer I was in my classroom at least 1-2 times per week, with the exception of a 12 day period that I took my kiddos on a road trip:  Minnesota ~ Tennessee ~ Alabama ~ Florida ~ Missouri ~ Minnesota

Keep in mind, like many teachers, I LOVE my job and I really don't mind being in my classroom!  What gets under my skin is when people make comments such as, "You've got the best job - you're paid all year and you get 4 months off a year with all of the breaks you have!"  That really bugs me!  

My brother recently moved to Florida with his wife and I told him from the moment I knew he was moving that the kids and I would definitely be coming to visit!  Having the time in the summer allowed me an amazing opportunity to road trip, visit many new and fun places, and spend some quality time with my brother and his wife!

While we were in Destin we went to the beach every day!  The kids loved the white, smooth sand and the clear ocean water!

Well, I should really back up for a minute - do you remember reading that this was a road trip with 2 adults and 4 kids?!  My husband had to travel and couldn't afford to take the time off for a 12 day road trip {nor did he want to spend that much time crunched in a car!} so my girlfriend and I packed up the kids and headed south for a 2 week adventure!  Above you see what one room in an apartment looks like when you unload everything for 6 people!!

While we arrived pretty late in the evening to my brother's place, we were all very hungry!  We went to a yummy Mexican Restaurant and enjoyed dinner, family and great stories of our adventures thus far!

Throughout our time in Florida we visited the Gulfarium, the beach, Shakes {best milkshakes ever!!}, Air Force Armament Museum, a dolphin-watching cruise, and time in the sun!

The Gulfarium was such a cool experience!  We were up close and personal to dolphins, alligators, sea lions, seals, sea turtles, birds, sharks, tortoises, and more!

I can't wait until we get to go back to Florida for another visit!  The kids can't wait to show off all of these cool places to their dad when he can join us!  Hopefully we can fly down next time!!