Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Wonders Curriculumn

Aloha everyone!  Just a quick post today to talk about my new Wonders curriculum planning.

I know many schools across the country have adopted this new curriculum.  It's aligned to common core and with everything that it offers it's got you covered.

If you have looked at everything it is very OVERWHELMING!  I want to fully implement it, but I still want to keep my own teaching style.  I plan on using most of the elements, but I need to really differentiate with my new group of students.  

I plan on using my language arts block the same way I have in the past.  I will still follow a Daily 5 model, but will be using more of the Wonders resources to implement.

In order to help me plan I created a template with all the components that you need to cover for the week.

This should help me to at least get a general overview of the week, without having to flip through the manual each day.  If this might be helpful to you, click on the picture to download it.

My good friend Angelia from Extra Special Teaching has already dove head first into the curriculum and has created supplemental activities for many of the units!!

This is a free resource with some activities to get you started.

She plans on making a pack for each unit and already has a few finished!

The games she has created will be perfect for my word work centers.  I love that I won't have to go hunting for the specific skills that we will be focusing on for the week.

My friend Kate from EduKate and Inspire is creating supplemental spelling activities for each unit.
The Wonders program does have spelling lists and activities, but I LOVE the way Kate has laid out the format for her spelling lists.  You can check them out {HERE}.

How are you doing with your planning?  
If you are implementing Wonders what tips do you have to share?  
I would love to hear your thoughts!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

What Can I Do Now?

Aloha friends!! Does the title of this post sound familiar!?  I don't know how many times I heard this from my fast finishers this week!

We are still in those beginning stages of getting everything all together and still mainly doing whole group activities.  I have a handful of smarties who are always done and I know are going to keep me on my toes.  They already finished the Back To School packet that I gave them on the first day, and there was a lot in there.

My poster that I had last year was nibbled on all summer by critters in my classroom, and ended up in the dumpster :(  So today I whipped up some posters using the template from my Classroom Rules poster.  I changed the font to be extremely kid friendly.

I made 3 different sets with a chevron, polka dot and plain background.  I plan on placing these on my back door which is dark blue, so I am going to use the plain posters.

I know we all have different things that we do in our classroom so I made an editable file so you can create whatever you need!

Just click {HERE} to check them out in my TpT shop.

I can mark one more thing off my list!  Now to laminate and chill out in front of the TV for awhile!!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Treasures From Trash?

Aloha friends!!  I hope this post finds you happy and rested.  I think that's a tough combo at this time of year!!

I am back in school and I can't say it's in full swing yet, as we are still setting up all of our routines and remembering our rules.

Today I wanted to share something fun that I received this week.

These bracelets came from a wonderful artist in San Diego.  Kim Franklin makes these bracelets from recycled books and repurposed beads!!  Check out her story {HERE}.

As someone who ADORES books, her jewelry appealed to me immediately.  She basically saves old books from being thrown away and makes beads with the pages.  Even her packaging is all recycled materials.

I still have books from when I began teaching 24 years ago that I couldn't bear to part with!  Books have to be literally falling to pieces before they see the trash in my room.

Kim and her mom work together to create some really pretty and unique jewelry.

I wore my bracelets to school today and a few of my kids told me that they liked them.
I told them they were make from books and they thought that was so cool!

They were super comfortable to wear and I forgot I had them on, which is a good thing.
They have an elastic band so they fit my miniature wrists perfectly.

I can also wear it as an anklet.

Kim and her mom also take custom orders.  If there is a special book that you would like to save in a unique way, just contact her and she will be happy to help you out.

I really love the whole idea of trash to treasure.  I have been an avid thrift store shopper since I was 13!
I never had a lot of money growing up and I loved to browse the thrift stores with my mom for hours.
I loved finding outfits/treasures that were fun and original and I still do!

We are always trying to teach our students to reduce, reuse and recycle and this is a fun and pretty way to lead by example.

Make sure you check out Kim's wonderful treasures!!

You can follow her on Facebook to see her latest creations.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Primary Chalkboard's BTS YouTube Party!!

Aloha Friends!

I am REALLY excited (and a little bit nervous) about this post. 

My blogging friends and I at the Primary Chalkboard wanted to do something
BIG for back to school for you.

We decided to throw a party!!


It is a YouTube Partaaaaay! We are here sharing lots of tips -- organizational, DIY, helpful ideas-- lots of things you can do RIGHT NOW to make your back to school a little easier!

Would anyone like a....

$100 Amazon Gift Card

$100 TeachersPayTeachers Gift Card

A fabulous Michael Kors tote!!
(You know, the one you want but can't justify spending the money for?)

I thought so.

You can EVEN gain EXTRA entries in the giveaway by watching our videos
and entering our SECRET WORDS into the Rafflecopter.
(I know you were going to do that anyway, so... 2 birds, 1 stone).

We will be linking up 5 new videos every day this week...
so you can come back, watch, and enter every day!

Are you ready to get started?? Here is my video on items to add to your Teacher's Toolbox to get your room ready for a new year.

Eeek!! My first on air appearance!!  I need to brush up on my acting skills!!  

Okay, now you know my secret word and you can enter it right into the Rafflecopter! 

You can head over to the Primary Chalkboard every day this week
to watch more fabulous videos and gain more entries!

Good luck and I hope you round up lots of great ideas and tips for a fabulous school year!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Math Focus Wall

Aloha friends!!  Are you still on summer break, or heading back to school? I have been in my classroom all week getting ready for my kids on Monday.  After lots of meetings and a training today I am pretty beat!!

It's hard going from lounge mode to full on work mode in a week!

This year in my class I have decided to put up a math focus wall instead of a word wall.  I had a few things to start with, but I needed a few more.

I printed my number sense posters from 1-20.

Put up my word problem solving posters and added some new number words.

I decided I needed some money posters as well so I whipped up these.

I've got a lot of color going on there, but I think it will be a great reference all year!

If you would like a copy of the math posters and the number words click {HERE} to grab them on my freebie fan page on Facebook.  The other items are available in my TpT shop. I will slowly be adding more items as the year progresses. I am really hoping this will be a great reference for my students all year.

Okay it's time for this tired girl to get some shut eye!! Have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Educents Bundle!!


 Aloha friends!! I am so excited to announce that is having a HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! From July 30 - August 2 (Wednesday - Saturday), they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF! There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year! Take a peak into what is on sale! Tell your friends, because there is something for everyone who teaches children in PreK-8th grade!

School Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 2-3) - 74% OFF


The Grades 2-3 bundle features my Differentiated Spelling Lists.

This is a WHOLE year of spelling lists using phonics, patterns and word families.  The first list is a basic list that helps your students to feel successful.  The second list is a challenge list for your students who need more.  This is one of my best selling items and I use it every year.

If you interested in learning more check out this post {HERE}.

If you are looking to save for Back To School then head over to Educents right now!!

Don't Miss It!