Saturday, January 31, 2015

Celebrating Success

I was a little excited when I received my Virginia Journal of Education February 2015 edition and saw that my blog was featured in the issue! They had contacted me a couple of months ago and asked me about it but I honestly didn't think I'd make the publication. I belong to an entire group of VA Teacher Bloggers and they could have chosen anyone else but I'm humbled they chose to spotlight me.

Report Cards are finished and I have stack of papers that I need to start grading for the 3rd quarter. I can't believe that the year is half way over. I'm certainly living the dream this year. I have 21 students on Honor Roll and I also have 20 students who have met the reading benchmark for the year. Don't pinch me... I don't want to wake up!
Valentine Goodies for my homies!
So I am a huge gift giver...I show love and appreciation by giving gifts. I can't wait to surprise my friends with this box of love! I ordered mini zipper pouches from Thirty-One and had the Heart Icon embroidered on them. I also ordered some Thirty-One notecards from my business supplies catalog and their heart shaped nail file. Then I went to Target and picked up some gift-cards and treats. I got the Chinese Valentine Box from Walmart.
Oh Snap Pockets
Loving my Oh Snap Pockets from Thirty-One! Still need to buy at least one more, just not sure what I want it to say... Intervention or Comprehension.
Double Duty Caddy
I'm also loving my caddy at my reading group table. I keep the leveled readers, lesson plans and reading folders in mine.

Stay tuned for a February Giveaway!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Snow Day Missions

Packet Cover
I survived the first day back from Winter Break and was greeted with two new students. I'm up to 25 but I'm still doing better than the 28 students I had last year!

Anyway I'm thinking ahead to all those snow days I'm believing we will have this year and I want my students to be prepared. I know there's all kinds of websites I can assign my students but at the end of the day... I'm old school and I love good ole fashion paper and pencil and face to face instruction. So here's what I came up with...

I decided to create a menu of activities and a log for recording their learning.

Created this snowball web and coordinating stationary for them to write about their snow day.

I created some math grids, word problems and threw in a cute poster they could work on.

Here we have some language arts and science activities.

All the many papers I need to copy for these packets not to mention the Time For Kids Magazine and reproducibles I'm also going to put with it.
I pulled my resources from a variety of places. I created a lot of them on my own but here's the links to the resources I found online:

Snow Day Close Reading Passage from TpT store Common Core and So Much More. Free

December Find the Evidence from TpT store Luckeyfrog. $4