Sunday, November 23, 2014

Weekend Warriors: November Necessities Day 2

Yesterday, I shared some of my CLASSROOM necessities. Today, I am opening the door to share some of my personal, "must-have" necessities. 

1. My iPhone
You have to understand how much I love my new iPhone 6. I just upgraded to the new iPhone last month. I was living in prehistoric times with the iPhone 4. No Siri, no 4G, no fast connection...My eyes have been opened with this bad boy. Life is so much easier.

2. Murad Face Products
I love this line of skin products. There are so many different series of products, that there is something for every skin type. I just placed my order for moisturizer with SPF and cleanser this week. It is something I have to use daily. It wakes me up. Makes me feel clean and ready for the day. skin feels great!

3. My Chi Flat Iron 
I would be a curly, frizzy mess without my flat iron. Believe it or not, I used to have stick straight hair. Not one little wave. People, I permed my hair as a kid. Seriously! Then... I had my two boys. My hair curled up and my straight hair was gone! Crazy, right? So, now I live and die by my flat iron. 

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend Warriors: November Necessities

I am joining some of my blogging friends this weekend to bring you Weekend Warriors: November Necessities! 

There are several items I use in my classroom that I could NOT live without! 

1. One major necessity I must have to function in my classroom is BINDERS! If you follow my blog, you know my obsession with binders...big, small, medium, large....I don't care! I have to have my binders. They keep me organized and I can find anything at a moment's notice!  Costco and I are buddies. They carry my white binders in all sizes, all year round. This makes me one happy teacher!
Here are some of my math binders in action!

2. My second MUST HAVE necessity is my personal laminator and lamination pouches. I must have these at my finger tips at all times. So, I have one for my classroom and one for my home. Yes, I have two laminators. I know...I am a bit crazy but really it keeps me sane. 

Here is my school laminator:
My school lamintor is a Paper Monster laminator from My Binding. It is simple to use and I love that it came with decals so I could personalize it myself. 

My home laminator:
This was a gift last year from my mom! She knew how badly I wanted a laminator so she went all out and bought me a Lakeshore lamintor that I had been eyeing. This laminator is on the pricey side but so worth it. I have never had a jam (knock on wood) and it runs smoothly. I keep at least 2 boxes of laminating pouched on hand at all times, so I am never without the ability to put shiny, hot plastic on new classroom items! Hehe!

3. My CCSS checklists are my "go to" resource when I am doing my weekly planning. I love using them because they are so easy to use and they literally keep me "in check." I have them hole punched in a three-ringed binder (yes, no surprise there) with my lesson plans. After I teach or assess the standard, I check it off so I know when I covered it. The checklists cover all CCSS for ELA and MATH. 
If you would like to see your grade level CCSS checklists, click HERE.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014


Hello sweet friends! Today, I am blogging over at Primary Powers and sharing a FUN way to teach and review main idea and details with your students.
Head on over to learn all about these turkeys and grab a FREEBIE!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SUPER Thankful Link Up

Thanksgiving break CANNOT come soon enough. I WILL be thankful when it arrives and I have the week to relax, spend time with family, and EAT, SHOP and BE MERRY. This time of year makes me reflect on all the things I am thankful for in my life. 
I am linking up with my Primary Powers gals to bring you a Super Thankful Thread Linky.

Words cannot describe how much these people mean to me. They support me, love me and keep me in check. Only people that love you for you, do that for you. I am blessed!

Who would have thought 2 years ago, when I started my little blog and TpT store, that my life would be filled with these amazing ladies? My blogging gals have changed my life ten-fold! They are another support system in my life that I am SO thankful for! Can't imagine it any other way now.

I am SO thankful that I got to be this little girl's mommy for 12 years. She was my first! Unconditional love sums it all up! I miss her terribly but I am so glad she was a part of my life. 

Make sure to head over to Primary Powers, grab the slide and link up with us so we can read what you are thankful for in your life too!
Primary Powers

Sunday, November 9, 2014

It's As Easy as P.I.E.!

Teaching author's purpose is tricky! I refer to it all year long. I have anchor posters on our reading concept board, but it is NOT enough! My students understand entertain. They have a strong understanding of inform. BUT, persuade....that's a toughie! I think it is more abstract to them. We don't really read that many text that specifically persuade a reader. 

So, we hit this topic hard this week. First, we reviewed our author's purpose posters. 

You can grab these posters for FREE in my TpT shop.

Then we got down to work! We made flap books. 

The kids sorted different types of text and glued them under the corresponding author's purpose. The small group discussions were amazing! The kids were trying to convince one another why a certain text belonged with a specific author's purpose. It was awesome to listen to their reasoning and PERSUADE one another to think a certain way. We had a discussion about this afterward.

I don't have a TON of space to display things in my classroom. I put a few flap books up on our concept board, next to our anchor posters. This will allow the kids to use them as reference for other activities we will be doing next week. The rest of the students glued them into their interactive language notebooks. 

You can grab this activity and more in my Author's Purpose Pack.

Have a great week everyone!!!

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