November “Early Finisher”, and FB and Twitter in the classroom?

Hello all!  Let’s start off my first November post with my first link-up to Farley’s Currently!  Here is my November Currently: Does anyone have any CUTE yet COMFY shoes to recommend?  I’m having an issue walking that fine line between comfy and FRUMPY – but my feet are killing me at the end of the day!  How are your feet?  What kind of shoes do you wear? If you are not acquainted with George Winston, head over to Pandora right {Read More}

Brighten up your room with this “I am” Art Project

A few weeks ago I was over at the amazing Runde’s Room, and I LOVED this project she posted where she incorporated poetry into an art lesson.  It reminded me of a self esteem-building “I am” poetry lesson that I had done in the past, and I decided I had to combine the two right away!  Thanks again to Jen for inspiring this idea! “I am” Poetry Art In order to write their ‘I am’ poems and complete this art {Read More}

Tips and Printables for Terrific and Stress Free Parent Teacher Conferences

Last week was our school’s week for Parent-Teacher Conferences!  I may be alone in this- but I love conference time!  Yes, it’s a LOT of work – especially for 30 or more kiddos as many upper elementary classrooms have- but I love meeting all of the parents and finally feeling like we are all on the same page!  Over the years I have created some Go-To forms for managing conferences, as well as some fun signs and even an activity {Read More}

Teaching Text Structure and (finally!) October Early Finisher Packets!

Wow! How time flies when one is sick!  I have majorly neglected my blog baby this past two weeks and for that- I apologize!  Now that my health is coming around, I’d like to share a little something we did last week! Teaching Text Structure I always find that my students have a challenging time grasping text structure.  This year I really wanted to do something that we could refer back to throughout the year as we continue to experience {Read More}

I’m having a little Sale!

Hello All!Earlier this month, I told you about my Early Finisher and Challenge packets that I’m creating for each month.  I posted the September packet earlier this month, and since it is the last week of September, I’ve decided to put it on sale for the week! It’s currently 20% off in my TPT store!  If you decide to grab a copy, I’d appreciate any follow-up feedback. Click the pic below to head to my TPT store: If you’ve already {Read More}

Spaghetti Marshmallow Towers: A Scientific Method Investigation

What a week!  I have almost completely lost my voice with this talkative bunch, but we are having a lot of fun!  These last few weeks we have been exploring the scientific method, and I pulled out one of my favorite experiments, which, for me, doubles as a social experiment.  I actually like to do this within the first two weeks at school because it gives me some good insight about who is a leader, who is a follower, etc. {Read More}

Sunset Silhouettes: An Art Lesson that will Wow!

Last week we had parent back-to-school night, and I knew I needed something on the wall that would WOW my parents.  So I decided to do one of my all time favorite art projects:  Sunset Silhouettes These are great because they are so easy to make, but they look like some hard work went into them!  I break the project into two days.  First start by gathering your materials: Day 1 1.) Gather your materials:  White Construction paper cut to {Read More}

Self Starts, Lunch Choice and Attendance Management and a Glass Magnet Tutorial

Wow, what a blur this last two weeks has been!  My fifth graders are a blast, but I must admit that I am pulling every classroom management trick out of my pocket to keep this super talkative bunch focused! Today I’m going to share with you two things that I do every morning to get the kids working right away, and to keep us on schedule! 1. Self Starts: When the students come in every morning, they know to expect {Read More}

I’m Done, Now What? Early Finisher Activities

Ahh. There’s the question we all hear- probably at least once a day.  When I’m walking around helping individual students, or working with a small group during reading workshop or centers, every student that needs to know ‘What to do now?’ is interrupting valuable teaching time. For a while my students had three pretty generic options if they were early finishers:1.)Read2.)Draw3.) Finish any other unfinished work I soon realized that this time could be put to better use!  So by {Read More}

My Blank Classroom Canvas!

I shared in my last post that I was recently thrown into a 5th grade teaching position at the last minute! Well, not really thrown, I CHOSE to accept it.  But it was last minute, nonetheless! I promised before and after pictures, and I plan to deliver!But today, you only get to see the ‘before’. Once the ‘After’ is perfected, I’ll post those pics too! The view from the hallway door, looking towards the back door.  My desk and closet {Read More}