Thursday, April 10, 2014

Plural Nouns vs. Possessive Nouns-That is the Question!


I had the opportunity to use an amazing resource by Laura Candler with my kids this past week. We have been working on the difference between plural and possessive nouns, and it has proven to be quite a challenge. However, using this resource has helped my kids tell the difference with ease!


We started out our week by following the explicit lesson plans in the pack. The kids especially enjoyed finding objects to write sentences about ownership. For example: Suzy found a pencil that belonged to Joey. This is the sentence she wrote on her white board:

After using other practice activities from the pack, I placed task cards at my word work station. I used one set of cards as a sorting activity for the kids to determine whether the sentence used a plural or possessive noun.

I placed the practice pages in plastic page protectors. That way, the kids could read the sentences, write the correct word in the blank, turn the pouch over to check their answers on the back. I like to have the answers available. 

Some people don't like to use the answers . . .they don't want their kids to 'cheat'. In my opinion, because the kids are learning a new skill, it is important for them to have immediate feedback. I sure don't want them practicing the wrong material!

I kept one set of task cards intact and had the kids write the correct word in the blanks. I used this activity as a quick check so I could monitor understanding.

If you need to teach your kids the difference between plurals and possessives, this is the pack for you! It is thorough, clear, and very visually appealing. I give it 'two thumbs up'! Thanks Laura Candler! 
If you would like to use this pack in your own classroom, just click {here} to scoop it up! If you'd like more great ideas from Laura Candler, you just have to visit her blog at {Corkboard Connections}~You won't be sorry you did!

Have a Fab Friday!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Blogger Meet-Up Blog Hop

A couple weeks ago, I headed down to French Lick, Indiana to meet up with some AMAZING teacher bloggers. This wasn't just a little lunch meet up, this was a first class event. Holly from Mrs. Ehle's Kindergarten Connections knows how to throw a party! 


Check out this hotel! Holy Moly! And this is a hotel in INDIANA no less!

Some teachers made an entire weekend of the meet-up, but I was only able to attend on Saturday. We had lunch and chatted. It was exciting to be in a room of like-minded educators! We even exchanged notes of what works, what doesn't work, and lots of fun facts, too! 






I learned about laser fingers that I can use with my kids to help with fluency! SCORE! LOVE these!









I also learned about phonto, an app that allows you to use your own fonts for your pictures. This will be great especially since I love fun fonts!

Oh, and have you heard of Frixion gel pens? I hadn't, but boy I'm glad I know now! Fun colors AND they are erasable! Doesn't get much better than that! 


There were fantastic sponsors of this awesome event as well and we all got tons of goodies from them. And . . . here's the GREAT NEWS! You can score these goodies for yourself! All you need to do is continue hopping through this blog hop until you find your chance to win them for yourself! You could win a Vera Bradley bag (I'm loving mine), a gift certificate for an Erin Condren product or Jamberry Nails, goodies from Crayola, Boogie Boards, Scentos, Creative Teaching Press, and Kaeden Books. That's a lot of awesomeness! 



Well, what are you waiting for? Hop on over to see Heather and find the hidden treasure! 

Teaching Through Turbulence

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Tori's Tiny Miracles Fundraiser



Today I want to share with you a special fundraiser that I am a part of: Tori’s Tiny Miracles Fundraiser! Tori is a teacher, blogger (Tori’s Teacher Tips), Teachers Pay Teachers seller, and most importantly a mom of 2 little miracles. Both of Tori’s children were born premature: Michael, born at 28 weeks and weighing only 2 pounds, 6 ounces, and most recently, baby Mason, born at 28 weeks and weighing 2 pounds, 8 ounces. Michael is now a happy and healthy six year old! Baby Mason is only 2 months old and very close to being released from the hospital. To read more about Tori's story, check out her blog.

Aside from all the emotional ups and downs of having a NICU baby, Tori's family is facing some very large hospital expenses. Together, almost 50 TPT creators/bloggers came together to show our support for our friend! We put together FIVE affordable bundles with a spring, summer, or end of the year theme: Kindergarten, First, Second & Third {Spring}, Second & Third {End of the Year}, and Clipart. The proceeds from these bundles listed in this store will go directly to Tori’s family to help offset the medical bills and living expenses they have while they are caring for their newest miracle. Check out each bundle below:

This bundle has 13 products to get you from now to the end of the year!

This product includes ten packets to enhance your teaching this spring!

This bundle includes eight products for 2nd and 3rd to use this spring!

This bundle includes eight products for 2nd and 3rd to get you to the end of the year!


This bundle includes 10 clipart sets you can use for your spring and summer projects!
Exclusive Jungle Clipart for Baby Mason by Melonheadz Illustrating
(this set is ONLY available through this fundraiser!)

As a thank you for supporting her family, Tori has also put a freebie in the fundraiser store. Please make sure you download it while you're visiting.

Thank you so much for your support!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Classroom Organization Made Easy!




A few years ago, I begged my principal to let me get rid of my desks and use tables in my classroom. She finally said yes! That being said, I needed some way for the kids to store their items. Enter the Seat Sack! This seat sack has help get my kids organized. . .a place for everything and everything in its place! Instead of just getting the Seat Sacks, I decided on the organizer set. I've got lots of ideas for all my new organization items. I LOVE using my book bags for my buddy reading during stations. I was using another kind of bags for read to someone in the past, but the kids kept putting things away in the wrong place. These bags have a card in a pocket so the kids can match the bag with the page inside.

And, there's more! I have pencil cases and Hand-e-Sacks to help me with more organization in my room. Here's what I'm thinking. My kids have their own writing journals. They use different colors of pens and highlighters for different stages of the editing and revising process. These pouches will be perfect to keep these items together. The Hand-e-Sacks are going to be great in so many ways. I will be organizing word work activities, my reading group materials, my pens, markers, almost anything. No more baskets or cups falling on the floor!
How do you organize your classroom? If you have some pics, leave a link so we can check it out!

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

My Dollar Deals Extended!


The Spring Cleaning Sale is still going on today. This is a great time to get caught up on your feedback and scoop up any deals you might have missed in the past. 

To sweeten the deal, I decided to continue the little dollar sale from yesterday. . . AND I added even more items for the day!

 Be sure to check out all the items below! Don't let the crummy covers fool you! A lot of them are from when I first started out. Have fun shopping!




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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Cleaning Sale and the TpT Dollar Bin!

Have you been to TpT this weekend? Lots of people are having a Spring Cleaning Sale. This is a great time to get caught up on your feedback and scoop up any deals you might have missed in the past. 

To sweeten the deal, some Indiana friends of mine decided to have a little dollar sale to boot! Be sure to check out all the items below! I added a bunch of items, but don't let the crummy covers fool you! A lot of them are from when I first started out. Have fun shopping!



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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Leprechaun Loot for St. Paddy's Day!

I was cleaning up my room after a long week of learning, and I remembered Monday is St. Patrick's Day. So I grabbed up my Dollar Tree find of random coins. Some of the coins were GOLD! Perfect for leprechaun loot! So I cut squares of green tissue paper with a strip of yellow and wrapped up enough coins for all my kids. 

After they were all wrapped up, I put them in my handy dandy Highlights treasure box I got 20 or so years ago. 

I'm going to make (oh who are we kidding-) I'm going to BUY some cookies for the kids. The kids who get the gold pieces, will get one of the 'special' cookies. Of course, all the kids are going to get a cookie . . . I'm not cruel!

There are so many fun things to do with leprechauns, but I can barely get through my curriculum as it is! This will be a fun way to celebrate in a quick and easy way.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bright Idea - Keeping Books in the Right Bin


Like many elementary teachers, I have a plethora of books in my classroom. (I might have a little bit of a book addiction.

At one point in my teaching career, I had books on book shelves. The kids couldn't see the books, so consequently, they didn't read as many books. I decided I needed to change my system up. So, I of course, put the books together by genre/topic. I love having the books separated by topic, but there was still ONE big problem! The kids don't put the books in the correct basket half the time!

My solution? 

Colored dots with numbers! What else?!


Thanks for stopping (or hopping) by! If you like this bright idea, be sure to pin the picture for others to see!

Are you ready to hop to the next bright idea? 
Click below to read about more color coding tricks from Kristen at: 


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