28 May 2013


I'm sorry.
I know I said I would post regularly and then...I didn't.

I'm sorry.

I caught some kind of ridiculous bug last week.  I cycled through fevers and chills....and while I was sick I thought it would be a good idea to read up on all the crazy nonsense that's in our food (pesticides, hormones, etc.).  That fed into my abnormal anxiety...so now I think I've got some crazy chicken hormone growing inside of me...and I haven't been able to eat normal food...making me feel not like myself at all...

So I'm sorry for my absence...I've just been a little loopy.  But to make up for it...I brought gifts.

There are quite a few things I geek out about.  Here they are in no particular order.
1) Reality shows
2) Doctor Who
3) Texas
4) Space
5) Dinosaurs
6) Purple
7) Ice cream

I could go on.
This week and next week we are learning about DINOSAURS!  I'm so excited to teach my darlings about dinosaurs.  There's so much information and fun stuff to do!
One year, I had an amazing student teacher.  She was teaching the kids about fossils and found/came up with an amazing activity to do with them to create their own fossils frozen in amber.  She mixed clear liquid glue and yellow food coloring together.  Next, she placed dragonfly buttons at the bottom of a plastic cup and poured the "amber" (glue mix) over it, until the amber fully engulfed the button.  The mix had to dry for a few days...but when they did, each kid had their very own amber disk!  It was so cool and the kids loved it.  So of course I wanted to try/steal the project with my darlings.  I searched everywhere for some kind of insect button or small toy to place in the amber...but came up short.  So instead I spent this weekend creating some adorable activities for my kiddos to work on during the upcoming weeks.

 I bought this game years ago at the Discovery store.  I think those stores are now closed but they had the best games!  This is a Dino Excavation game.  It's just like Operation...and the kids pull out different bones from the T-Rex.  If you touch the sides...it roars!

 I created a game I call Dino Sight Word Search.  There are pictures of different fossils with sight words on them.  Then, I put some sand in a box and threw the cards in.  I explained to my kiddos that they needed to use their brush to carefully uncover the different fossils.  Each time they found a sight word, they wrote it down on the recording sheet (below).  This was the first time we used sand in our room...the kids did such a great job! They were so delicate and patient as they unearthed their fossils.  


 This is a simple Bump It! game.  It just features dinosaurs.  My kids LOVE the various Bump It! games.  Such a great addition fact practice.

We've only got 11 more days left! This dinosaur unit is a great way to keep them excited and engaged while we wind down the year.  I've got a few more things to add before this unit is up on TpT...but in the meantime, please enjoy these freebies!

I'm trying out a new feature on my Facebook page...This Dino bump game is featured as a freebie..But you have to like my page...Click the picture to take you there!


20 May 2013

Prayers for Oklahoma

I was going to post today...
But I think I'm going to stay silent.

Prayers and thoughts to everyone in Oklahoma.  Big prayers to the 75 K-3rd grade children still unaccounted for.


10 May 2013

Review Opportunity

Hi Y'all!

I was contacted by Educents (you know this Educents) to review a resource book for science.

When I received the email I was so excited to try it out since I was recently appointed the Science Curriculum director for my district!!

These books (offered for Social Studies and Science) feature actual size blueprints for various animals, landforms, or historical places.

The Science book features the following: 
  • LIFE SCIENCES—Dinosaurs • Blue Whale • Giant Squid • Sharks • Polar Bear • Bison (American Buffalo) • Elephant • Condor • Tallest Tree • Giant Kelp • Termite Mound • Biggest Snakes • Biggest Spider 
  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES—The Grand Canyon • Great Barrier Reef • Meteor Crater • Mount Everest • The Matterhorn • Uluru (Ayers Rock) • Victoria Falls • Deepest Water • Amazon River • Clouds • Eye of a Hurricane • Solar System • First Aircraft • First Computer • Sputnik • Mercury Capsule • International Space Station • Hubble Space Telescope • Large Hadron Collider • Tallest Dam • Deepwater Drilling • Longest Train • Largest Truck
I loved the idea of students experience the real life size of an elephant or polar bear.  In my head, I thought the blueprint would come as a printable.  Essentially I was expecting to print out pages an place them together to form a huge picture.  Like a gigantic puzzle.  Instead, the book gives you detailed instructions on how to draw the picture yourself.  They encourage the instructor to use a wide space (i.e. blacktop) as a canvas...and use chalk as your paint.  I love the idea of kids going outside to create a project directly related to their learning...
I'm just a little hesitant to take on such a HUGE (pun intended) task..when I know I am not the greatest artist.  I think it would be great to offer both...printable pages and detailed instructions.  

Imagine your little ones walking to your classroom only to be greeted by a the biggest spider! What a great way to introduce a unit of study!

Please check it out for yourself..especially you artists out there!

06 May 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week

Well hello y'all..
Reason no. 2 why I love May-Teacher Appreciation week!

Now, I really do love the hugs and love letters from my kiddos and most days...that's all the appreciation that I need.

It sure is nice to have breakfast, lunch, snacks and more provided to you by parents.

It's even better when TpT decides to throw a mega sale.  Here's a link to my store.
I know you all know about it.  You stand to save 28% off every store that's participating.

I hope you check out yesterdays post...I told you about some amazing items in my cart..I've added more today...I'll probably add some more tomorrow.  You should too!

Treat Yo Self! 


05 May 2013

What's in your Cart?

Hi y'all!

I had a fantastic birthday yesterday!  Turning 30 wasn't so bad after all!

As many of you know by now, TpT is having a BIG teacher appreciation sale! From May 7-8th you can receive up to 28% off everything!

I'm so excited!  I've got tons of goodies in my cart ready to purchase.  While I was loading up, I thought it would be nice to know what goodies other teachers have found.  So, I started a linky party.

Here's a graphic I put together using Scrappin' Doodles graphics.

Here are a few rules:

1.  Show off your cart!  What great things have you found? 
List them on your blog and make sure you provide a link directly to the store 
(so the rest of us can snag it!).

2.  Show off ONE item from your own store!  Why not brag a little?
But just make sure to keep it at one item.

That's it!  Simple right?  Here's what I've got in my cart.

1.  Coffee, kids and compulsive lists has some adorable borders that I've been eyeing for quite awhile now.  They are in black in white...which is the perfect way to spruce up those recording sheets (and save a little on color ink).  Check it out here

2.  Little Miss Kindergarten has a Number Talking Resource that I think will make the PERFECT math center choice.  There are over 200 pages in this set...I mean...how can I NOT buy it?  Check it out here.

3.  Tara from Little Minds at Work has a set of Phoneme Segmentation Activities that I REALLY want.  It's perfect for those kiddos who are just about ready to read...I've kinda stalked her blog over and over to read about her in room process for this set.  LOVE IT!  Check it out here.

4.  Last, but not least...I used my Fun with Frogs activities last week in my classroom.  The kids had a great time.  They really love frogs!  They can't wait to see our tadpoles turn into froglets! Check it out here.

Alright now it's your turn!  Give me an excuse to spend more money!! What's in your cart?  Join the linky party below!


01 May 2013

Whatcha Workin' With?!

Got something to show off?  Did you create an awesome packet or creativity?  Did you wear some AMAZING shoes?  Did you see something that inspired you?  
Well link up here and share it with the world!

Here's what I'm working with...


My darling Mr. Roboto bought me my very own iPad for my birthday!
Boy, do I love him!

I don't know if you'll see much of me as I have to spend sometime with my new toy!

Whatcha workin' with?
Join the party!

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