Wednesday, December 19, 2012

New Year's Poster

Hi all! I know it has been awhile...I just can't seem to get a handle on this school year! I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off most days! However, I cannot complain...I have an amazing group of sweet, loving kiddos.

However, things are about to get a little bit crazier in my neck of the woods because one of the 3rd grade teachers I work with is moving after winter break...which means ANOTHER new teacher in 3rd grade. I will now be the veteran 3rd grade teacher at my school and this is only my 2nd year at this grade level!!! The good news is my team is fabulous and they have all taught before, so I know things will be just great :)

Tomorrow is our last day of school before winter break so I have been racking my brain for cute wintery (not Christmasy) activity to do with my kids. I couldn't find anything I liked on Pinterest (which is rare) so I decided I wanted to come up with something on my own. I wanted something simple and still slightly educational so I decided I would create a template for the kids to create a poster reflecting on the past year and looking into 2013.

I am having the kids answer the questions on the template, color, cut out, and glue to construction paper to create their very own New Year's poster. I have left this project pretty open by letting them construct their poster any way they want. We will be finishing up tomorrow so I don't have any finished products to show you now (except for my thrown together non-colored sample) so use your imagination!!

If you would like a copy of this you can get it from TPT HERE or if you are one of the first 5 to comment on this post I will send you a free copy! (Just make sure to add your email address to your comment)

Hope everyone is enjoying their last few days before break! Happy Holidays :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

November Currently and TPT SALE!!!

I'm linking up with Farley over at Oh Boy 4th Grade for her November currently today. I haven't been posting much because it has been BUSY BUSY in my classroom! I thought after conferences all would go back to normal, but unfortunately I got sick and then COMPLETELY lost my voice...which as teachers we all know is a death wish! I even had to miss a few days of school because I couldn't talk at all!

Also, if you get a chance go take a look at my TPT store...I decided to throw a 20% off sale. I don't have a lot of items which is why I haven't ever thrown a sale before...but then I realized a sale is a sale, it doesn't matter! Hope you enjoy!!

I hope everyone is doing well, and the next few evenings for me are pretty low key so I am hoping get back to my favorite stalking all of you wonderful teachers :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Series Book Reports

I love my librarian...I mean seriously LOVE her. I don't know how my class or even our school would function without her. I can send her an e-mail first thing in the morning requesting books and she will have a cart (yes a whole cart) of books pulled for me on a specific topic by that afternoon. If she doesn't have the books in our library she requests them from other schools and is always willing to do this.

So, now that I have professed my love for our school librarian I want to share a book report that she so graciously helped the 3rd grade teachers come up with last year. Last year was my first year in 3rd grade and coming from 5th grade I was used to book reports. When I brought this idea up to my team to use with 3rd grade they were happy to give it a try. The only bad thing was we had to come up with all new book reports (I couldn't steal from 5th grade) and make sure they were age appropriate. Now this is where my amazing librarian comes in. She expressed an interest in helping us come up with ideas, teach lessons, and help out in any way possible. After a few conversations and a little time to think on it she came to me with a fabulous idea...reading a book in a series. There are seriously a million different series books (and with a wide range of reading abilities) and she thought if we could get the kids interested in a specific series it would get them to read more of those books and possibly share their favorites with their classmates. I of course LOVED the idea...especially being an avid fan of series books myself.

We have done this project for the last 2 years and it has been very successful. The kids love reading the books and I always have a handful of kids who "can't wait" to read the rest of the books in the series!!

The first thing we have the kids do is read their book at home. After reading the book they write a letter to our librarian. (And here we insert our friendly letter lesson) In the letter they write 3 paragraphs. Paragraph 1 is a summary of their book (again...summary lesson inserted here) paragraph 2 is their opinion of the book, whether they liked it or not and specific reasons why, and finally paragraph 3 they have to tell the librarian whether or not they think she should order more books in this series. (one of the lessons she does with the kids teaches them to search for books in that series on our library catalog...and then she teaches them to look up all the books that are in the series on THIS webpage)

This book report is done MOSTLY at school (since we do it at the beginning of the year it gives us a chance to set expectations and see their abilities), however they do one part at home. I send home a book cover (printed on cardstock) where they redesign the cover of the book. On the cover of the book I ask them to include a quote that summarizes their book or makes others want to read the book. These book covers then become our big bulletin board display for conference week.

I have included some examples of the covers my kids did this year:

This one has my favorite quote...and it totally fits the kiddo who did it:
Here is our third grade bulletin board display:
If you would like a copy of the rubric/directions and book cover template I use you can get them here:
Book Cover Template
Letter Rubric
Book Cover Rubric

Monday, October 8, 2012

An apology and October Currently :)

First of all...WOW...I cannot believe it has been over 2 months since my last post. I suppose you can say life just got in the way and unfortunately blogging had to take a back seat. We started back to school in early August...and addition the normal beginning of the year stress/ district adopted a new reading and writing program, I am piloting a new math program and working with 2 new teammates.

I'm hoping that since I have gotten life under control (as much as one can) that I will be a much better blogger and I will get a chance to get back to stalking all of your wonderful blogs as well!!!

For today, I am just going to start by linking up with Farley for her October Currently. I can't make any promises but I am hoping to get my act together and start posting more. I have a great class this year and we have been hard at work and I can't wait to share all the fun stuff we have been doing!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Pintervention #5

Pintervention #5?!? That can only mean one's been 5 weeks already! I cannot believe how fast this summer has gone! Before we know it we will be back in our classrooms setting up for a new group of kiddos. I can't be the only one who is just a little bit excited right? I love my summers, but I also miss having a schedule and structure in my day to day.

With all that being said...I have been extremely busy lately! I have been spending lots of time at the pool, with friends, etc and I haven't posted much or had an opportunity to blog stalk all of you. So I apologize for the lack of posting and commenting...I promise I haven't forgotten about all of you!

This week for my pintervention I strayed away from school stuff yet again (the closer the first day of school gets the less I get done!) This time I wanted to try the DIY workout shirt. I am one of those weird people that like to run/workout. I run quite a few races each year which means I have TONS of t-shirts. Well, in addition to running I love, love, love boxing...and let me tell you boxing in a t-shirt is a sweaty gross turning some of my old running t-shirts into tanks has been a life (and money) saver!

Here is the original pin:

and here is one of my shirts...
I tested one of my shirts out this morning...and let me tell you it was GREAT!!! I was still a hot, sweaty mess...but I looked slightly cuter than usual! lol! other EXCITING news...I won a giveaway! There is no better way to start my Friday morning than finding out I won something!! Not only did I win...but I won a ton of really GREAT stuff!!! Thank you to Jenn over at A Pirate's Life for Us!
If you get a chance, go check out her ADORABLE blog!!

If you want to join the pintervention use the link below somewhere in your post!  

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pintervention Party #4

Welcome to the 4th Pintervention Party! I apologize for my lack of blogging, but life has been crazy busy and my brain is just shot! So I will just leave you with my project for the week!

Here was my orginal pin....
And here is my finished project! I made a set of posters to fit the needs in my classroom. I am hoping to have my posters on my TPT store by next week...but my computer is not cooperating so we shall see!'s your turn! Grab the button and get to creating! Remember you have until next Friday to link up.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Giveaway Winner and some other stuff....

Hi friends...It's only been a few days but I feel so lost in blogland! I just got back from a float trip with my friends and let me tell you a few days on the river without technology can really leave you feeling out of the loop!

It's been a few days since my 50 follower giveaway ended...and I just realized today that I already have 123 followers?!? It's crazy and amazing all at the same all sure know how to make a girl feel loved :)

Well without further ado my 50 follower winner of the $20 amazon gift card is.....
Congrats Mindy!! I will be sending you the giftcard to your e-mail in the next day or two! Also, thanks to everyone who participated in my giveaway...I appreciate each and every one of you!!
In other exciting (at least to me) news...I will be making an appearance over at Raki's Rad Resources as a guest blogger this evening. I will be sharing a piece of my classroom management along with a freebie!! Check it out if you get a chance!!
Raki's Rad Resources

One last little thing...for all my fellow 3rd grade teachers head on over to Teaching Third and check out her Math Common Core packet, as well as her adorable blog. I found it today and let me tell you it's a definite must have for me! (however it is staying on my "wishlist" until I release my spending ban...but I might have to make an exception because it's on sale!)

Alright's time to get my butt in gear and get this house cleaned and unpack my bags/food/etc from my camping trip! Hope everyone has a fabulous day!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Pintervention Party #3

It's week #3 and I'm still on track! This week I didn't get a chance to make anything for my classroom because I was lucky enough to have family in town all I was VERY busy! Especially spending time with my favorite little girl!

According to my 5 year old cousin we are more than just cousins...we are on Tuesday night she informed me that we needed to spend some more time together and she was going to sleepover. I of course couldn't say no...and honestly I was excited to have her! However, this meant I had a helper for my pinterest inspired dessert for our 4th of July party.

Now I have never baked anything...unless you count a box of brownies or the cookies you break apart and put on a my first baking experience with a 5 year old was nothing short of humorous!

The s'more bars turned out deliciously but I'm still not sure what "cream together" means and I'm still confused as to why when the recipe says mix in the sugar it meant the sugar and the brown sugar...joys of first time baking!

The most important part was we had fun and the s'more bars were a hit!
Here is my original pin:

She helped me crush up the Graham Crackers...because this way her hands wouldn't get sticky!
She even wanted to help with the stirring...she was pretty good!
Since I had a helper it was harder for me to take pictures so this is all I have...but let me tell you these puppies are DELICIOUS, and if I can bake them with a 5 year old in the kitchen anyone can do it!
After we were done cooking it was time to get ready for the party...this was my company while I did my hair and make-up. My dog (Gracie) was really tolerant all weekend.
I included the last 2 pictures to show you the most adorable 4th of July outfit EVER! While we were shopping on the 3rd we both saw this and immediately knew she needed it! Best purchase I have ever made...she talked about it ALL day!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Blogoversary Mrs. Sykes (Giveaway!)

Hello all! I hope everyone is enjoying their week so far! I have family in town and I am loving EVERY minute of it! My little cousin Lacy and I are having a blast as always. She is my favorite little peanut and we are inseperable whenever they come to visit. Last night we made s'mores and sat outside by the fire pit. Tonight she has insisted she is coming back to my house and having a sleepover with me...and you know what? I don't mind one bit! Here is a quick pic from last night of my very favorite blogs is celebrating their "blogoversary" with an amazing giveaway!

My probability packet and TONS of other prizes are up for grabs!! Head on over to Hello Mrs. Sykes and check it out!

Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Color Run, Blog Awards, and Currently

I cannot believe today is July 1st...this summer has really gotten away from me. So far it has been a great summer filled with fun, friends, family, and blogging!

This weekend I got to do something I have been looking forward to for MONTHS! My friends and I signed up for this back in March and we have patiently been counting down the days till the race. If you don't know what the Color Run is check it out HERE. They have them all over and if there happens to be one in your city...DO IT!'s a can't miss!

I have been running for years and I sign up for several races a year, and this was a chart topper!! The cool thing about this race was it wasn't timed and most people walked. There were kids, adults, babies in strollers that participated in this race. The race is a 5k and at each k (1k, 2k, 3k etc) they have a color station where volunteers throw colored powder all over you (much better than it sounds I promise!!) Then at the end they had a huge party and we all had our own color packets to throw into the was color mania!! I'm know I am terrible at explaining this and I am proud of anyone who has read this far without getting is a video to show you a little about it

Here are some pics of me and my friends before, during, and after the race:

There was no amount of showering yesterday that would get the color off of my body...It's okay I don't mind having green arms!

Also, I wanted to say thank you to Sara at Ramblings of Deaf Ed Teacher' Mind, Tori at Tori's Teacher Tips and Patty at Second In Line for awarding me with The Versatile Blogger award! Honestly nothing beats having someone give you an's the little things that make me happy!!

So here are the rules:
1. Thank the blogger who gave you the award
2. Include a link to their site
3. Include the award image
4. Give 7 random facts about yourself
5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award
6. When nominating include a link to their site
7. Let other bloggers know they have been nominated

Alright...random facts hmmm

1. I'm a natural red head and have never dyed my hair
2. I love running and I will be running my first half marathon this fall
3. I have another blog that I post to occasionally (I'm not as consistent as I am with this one)
4. I was a cheerleader for 7 years, all through middle school, high school, and a year in college
5. I taught 5th grade for 3 years and I asked to move to 3rd grade last year
6. I have an unhealthy obsession with reality tv's my escape!
7. I love doing new, fun things. For example this year I went snowmobiling in Yellowstone and dog-sledding. There is not an adventure that I will turn down.

3rd Grade Sprinkles



No Monkey Business

Run Miss Nelsons got the Camera

Make sure to take some time to check out these wonderful blogs! They are definitely some of my favorites!

Alright, last thing I promise!! I'm linking up with Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her July "currently"

Friday, June 29, 2012

Pintervention Party #2 {6/29-7/6}

It's that time again! If you didn't get a chance to join the linky party last week you have another chance this week. This linky will be open until July 6th so you have plenty of time to share any pinterest project you get done. Remember it doesn't have to be school related...and with the 4th coming up I have a feeling there are lots of cute decorations and desserts being made!

Week #2 and I have ANOTHER project done! This girl is on a roll! This pin didn't sit in my "School Stuff" board for months like last weeks project, but it is one I was really excited to get done for my classroom.

Here is the original pin:

I loved these posters, but I wanted to make my own and if you would like a FREE copy of my posters click HERE
I printed these posters on cardstock, mounted them on black contruction paper, and laminated. Then I grabbed a few pie pans and some of my letters and viola! Here is how my bulletin board diplay turned out:
Overall I am really happy with how it looks. I am still working on what I am going to put in the empty space above. I am thinking that will be next weeks "Pintervention" project.

Don't forget to check out my giveaway...joining the Pintervention Party earns you 10pts. Click HERE to check it out!

Also, if you get a chance click on this button to help Mrs. Stanford's class earn a free laptop for their classroom! It's simple and you can vote EVERYDAY!