OK..I just got back from my lunch with my fun bloggy friends!! Not only did we have a great lunch, it is just amazing to me how connected we all are. As teachers, no matter what area or school we teach at, it seems we share so many of the same interests, concerns, etc. We are all so different, yet fundamentally the same. We love kids (no matter what we may jokingly say).
OK...enough observations...and onto the fun:
We had a great time and I got to meet some of the best Bama Bloggers around...here is a
Ashlee from Peace, Love, Learn.. sweet as she can be and hoping to get back in the classroom next year.
Kelli from Castles and Crayons....she is so fun... and has the prettiest hair (shh..don't tell her I was secretly admiring her hair!!)
Vickie from Mrs Plant's Press ..she came all the way from Florida to join us (ok, maybe she has family in the area and was up for other reasons, too...but let me go on thinking what I want!!) I was loving her accessories and wishing I had the super cool ring and necklace she was wearing!!
Mechele from Barrow's Hodge Podge ...she was hilarious and so much fun to listen to...Oh, and she has plenty of animals to give away if any of you are interested!!!
Well, and there was this other teacher that sat in the seat next to me...she was invisible (so I didn't take a picture or get her name...but I did make the waitress wait for her before she could take our orders) (joke)
Seriously, if you aren't already following these amazing ladies, please visit their blogs and FOLLOW!!! They are all awesome!
And now some pictures!!
Here I am with Jada (who came with me and teaches with me at the same school)
Here are Jada, Angela, and Ashlee
and Lauren and Melissa
And Vicki and Kelli
Ashlee and Mechele:
Me, Jada, and Angela
and here is Jada with the me again...
Hope all of you out there in bloggy land are having a great Saturday and enjoying this beautiful day!!
And now I am off to sell tickets at our school's pageant.
I am super excited to be going to the Bama Blogger Meet up in a later today!
In the meantime, I needed to let you guys know if you purchased my Let's Make a Leprechaun pack on TPT, you need to download it again.. there was an error on page 49...so if you have printed the pack, you don't have to re-print anything except page 49 (which is a writing prompt).
I am so sorry for any inconvenience!!! (and a big thank you to Ms Curry for finding the error!! =)
Click the picture or here to go and download it again!
Do you ever just need a change? Well, I do. My room is sort of small, well...at the very least it is jam-packed with furniture so I am limited as to what I can move around and where. With that said, I got the urge to change my guided reading table. It is bright yellow...and had had some abuse/paint/stains. I was at TJ Maxx the other day and saw this patterned self adhesive shelf liner- SOLD. I used my prep time today to cover my yellow table to now look like this:
Ignore the mess and clutter (no, I am not a hoarder)... and ignore the animal print cover on the chair (left over from Jungle theme..lol)
The print looks darker in the pics than it really is.
Below is what the table looked like before. Of course, the liner is removable and leaves no residue. And in this picture, it looks A LOT cleaner than it is in reality..lol
The two rolls of shelf liner were only $5.99! It took almost both rolls from the pack, but a new (looking) table for less than 6 bucks...now that's a deal!
I love St Patrick's Day...and all things Irish! Creating this pack was just too much fun for me!
Of course, I have been a bit busier (and sicker) than I thought I would be and it has taken WAY longer than I thought it would to finish it. (Not to mention the fact that I kept adding stuff to it, making the initial size something like 180MB...until I found a way to reduce the file size with my MAC so that it is WAY more manageable). ANYWAYS... This pack has, as usual, some adorable craftivities- a glyph and also a personalized friend which both have writing extensions...but the pack also has a bit of math...and a lot of writing and making connections with character and plot.
I also included a leprechaun legend that can be used as a "Think Ahead" (predicting activity)
...lots of activities to go along with my two fav St Patrick's Day books by Tomie DePaola...
gotta love Jamie O'Rourke!
I included Common Core standards covered with the pack, too.
If you get a chance, check it out HERE.
When you go to TPT, there is a freebie download if you click "Download Preview"
And one last thing...Pinterest must have blown up with the "er, ir, ur Sisters" poster I had as a freebie a long time ago...because all in one day I have had several emails about it because it is/was missing from my shop. Well, long story short, there were some clipart policy changes about freebies and I just took it down...but I used some time this morning to do some newer, even cuter versions and here is a pack of three for free on TPT (hey, that totally rhymes!)
Leave me some love and let me know if you can use one of them!
I have been having issues with vocabulary retention, especially with my ELL kiddos. I started using this resource from Zaner Bloser:
Not sure if you can tell what the illustrations are or the words...but I think the pig flying is perfect for unreasonable... Road Runner totally works for hastily...my favorite?
"Oh, I saw Super Hero" and the other kids replies, "Oh really?" (for gullible) lol
There is a paid service, which I am sure is awesome...but the free part is pretty cool, too! I have been using the vocabulary page (you can choose the pages over on the right hand side, along with grade level.
Just click on the picture above to visit the link!
Anyway, each week our Storytown series introduces 6 vocabulary words...I use the online resource to type the words onto the lines (optional: you could have the kids print their own words) and then I print the two pages, three words on each side...and then the day before the test, we work together to create illustrations for each word. After a lot of modeling with my firsties, I can see this being added to a station maybe. Research shows the value of illustrations and pictures created by kids to enhance a word's meaning...along with using in context, hearing the word used... etc. It has seemed to help my kids...and they love creating their illustrations!
Not sure about a time yet...but I was thinking if we make it early, like 11:00 or some time later than 1:00...then maybe we could avoid the crowd =) If anyone needs directions or info, just email me. Those of you who have emailed me, I will send you an email about it soon!!
My kids worked on 10 more, 10 less...one more, one less, two more, two less...which may be explaining my headache right now..lol
Anyway...Guess what came in the mail today??? My Bloggy Valentine Exchange present!
Mor Zrihen of A Teacher's Treasure outdid herself with this package!! Thank you, Mor!!!!
If you don't already follow her blog, then you need to...she is one talented lady.
..PLUS she gives great gifts!! lol
Oh, and to add just one more thing to this post:
Farley's Currently Linky Party:
Check her out if you haven't already...you'll thank me if you do!