Sunday, December 15, 2013

Five for Friday! (late, of course) 12-15-13

Good evening, all!  Linking up once again with Doodle Bugs Teaching 
for her Five for Friday linky party!  

1.  I am loving being on Teachers Pay Teachers!!!  It is seriously so much fun buying and making items to sell!  Please take a look at my newest product!  Winter Fraction Scoot!  It can also be used as a Math Center or as task cards on a document projector!

2.  Staff Christmas Party!  We had our staff Christmas party last night and it was awesome!  We had a great time eating at On The Border and then had an ugly sweater party afterwards!  Here is a pic of some of our ugly sweaters! (I'm the one in the snowman sweater!)

3.  5 days until CHRISTMAS BREAK!  We have Benchmark testing this upcoming week and I am absolutely not excited about it!  I really hope that my students try their very hardest!  This is kind of how I've been feeling...

4.  We had our PTA movie night this past Friday and it was a success!  The students appeared to be having a lot of fun and I know that the teachers had fun socializing as well!  I honestly work with some of the most fun people of all time!

5.  I am PUMPED for more Christmas parties and activities to come this upcoming week!  There is so much going on and so many fun things happening, but it is my hope that I keep in the forefront of my mind the real reason for the season.  Merry CHRISTmas!

Thanks for reading! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday Made It! TpT and Christmas!

I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It Linky Party!

1.  Last night I created two new products for my TpT store!  They are super simple and super cute!
First is my Math Mania- I Have, Who Has? Division Edition!  Great for review of simple division facts and mental math!  Check it out HERE!

Second is my Math Mania- I Have, Who Has? Multiplication Edition!  Again, super simple and a great way to quickly review those multiplication facts that every student needs to know!  Check it out HERE!

2.  Today I also made a ton of goodie bags for our staff Christmas party this weekend!  Inside is candy and a little card that may or may not have a secret code for a secret game that each person will play for prizes!  Can't wait!  Here is a picture of one of the goodie bags!  Nothing super special, but it will be fun nonetheless!

3.  I don't have a picture for this one, but I will post some soon!  Today I got together with some of my coworkers and crafted our "ugly sweaters" for an upcoming get-together!  We had a blast!  I am so blessed to work with such fun, genuine, and funny people.  Love my ladies!  

Thanks for reading!

Follow me on Bloglovin'!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Peek at my Week [Snowed-In Edition!]

I just got word that my district is closed again tomorrow!  With frigid temperatures and residential roads still a mess, they have decided to close another day!  That makes for one happy mommy! Until the end of the year when we have to make it up, that is!

I am linking up with Mrs. Laffin's Laughing for her Peek at my Week linky party!

The first thing on the agenda this week, if we ever get back to school, is Benchmark Testing.  Blah!  It is super stressful for the students but it gives us good data to go off of for small groups and such.  Based on my class's last benchmark scores they have a lot of improving to do!  

We are also going to continue our "Myths, Gods, and Goddesses" unit.  My students love it! I don't think they have been this enthralled with anything this year as they are with this unit.  They really enjoy listening to the stories and learning about mythical characters.  This week we will be reading myths out of the book D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths and extracting sentences within the text to discuss their impact on the story overall.  Exciting, huh?!

In Math we will be finishing up our unit on Dividing Decimals.  Going to do some activities relating word problems to real life situations in which they will have to use division with decimals in their future.  I try to make math as real as possible for them since so many of them struggle with it.

I hope everyone has a great week!  And be sure to link up!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Five for Friday Linky & Recipe!!!!

This is my first Five for Friday in forever!  I am linking up with Doodle Bugs for her weekly linky that I have missed so much!

1.  I had an INCREDIBLE week with my students!  Something seems to have finally clicked with them and they realize that if they give a little, that I will as well!  We had so much fun!  I am still doing the app called Class Dojo with my class and they really love it.  Each time they earn 50 points they get to scan a QR Code that I created and it gives them a prize of some sort!  They love it and so do I!  I love me some Class Dojo!  If you haven't tried it out yet I highly encourage that you do so!

2.  Teacher's pay Teacher's!  I have made a couple new items this week and posted them!  I am really excited to get some of my hard work out there for other teachers to use!  Please check out my super cute and super cheap stuff in my store!  My Christmas Division Scoot is my favorite so far!  Here is a pic of it! 

3.  New Slow Cooker Recipe!  Today I wanted to make a delicious slow cooker chicken dish so I decided to try something new!  It is super simple and only takes a couple of ingredients!  My family LOVED it! Even my little girl!

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken
4 Chicken Breasts
1 package Taco Seasoning
1 can Cream of Chicken
1 can Rotel (drained)
1/2 cup Sour Cream

Place chicken breasts in crockpot.  Pour taco seasoning over chicken.  In a bowl, mix together cream of chicken and rotel.  Pour cream of chicken/rotel mixture over chicken.  Cook on high 4 hours.  After the 4 hours, shred chicken with with two forks, add sour cream, and mix gently.

Serve in a warm tortilla with a side of mexican rice for an easy, delicious meal!

It was seriously SOOOO delicious!

4.  TODAY WAS OUR FIRST SNOW DAY OF THE YEAR!  We got about 5 inches of snow, if not more!  My family had fun playing in the snow for a few minutes today!  Isn't she soooo adorable?!

5.  And finally, I got most of my Christmas shopping done this week!  I love the holidays, but gift buying certainly is a little stressful!  I can't wait to give them out!

Follow me on BlogLovin'!  
Check out my TpT store!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday $1.00 Product on TpT!!!!

Make sure to check out my first "paid for" product on TpT!  It is a Decimal Multiplication Scoot that is super fun!  And what's even better is that it's only $1.00!

I love shopping on there and supporting other teachers!  Have a happy Cyber Monday!!!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

I'm back! Currently and TpT!!!

Whew! It's been way too long since I've been on here.  I was obsessed for quite a while and then it seems like I just dropped off the face of the earth! I desperately need to do some catching up on some of my favorite blogs!

I think that the real reason I have not blogged much lately has been that I have had a really rough year so far.  My class is really tough and I have been working my little tail off to try to make things better!  What was wonderful was that my last two days before Thanksgiving Break were heavenly!  And because my students were so great we did some fun activities, made videos about the French and Indian war on Educreations, played Scoot, Bingo and had lots of iPad free time!  I'm trying to convince them that when they do what I ask I will reward them with fun activities!

This has been an incredible week.  Like I already said, my students were wonderful and Thanksgiving was great as well!  Spent a lot of quality time with my daughter and all of my other family members.  Got some things done around the house, got some Christmas shopping done and even took Olivia's Christmas pics today!  They are beautiful!

I am linking up with Farley at Oh Boy Fourth Grade for the December Currently! 

Oh, and please go check out my first "for sale" item on TpT!  It is a Decimal Multiplication Scoot that is super cute and only $1.00!  I am wanting to make more products in the future to put on there.  I'm excited!

Follow me on BlogLovin!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Five for...Sunday!

Yet again, another super busy weekend! I am just now getting around to Doodle Bugs Five for Friday Linky!

1.  For one of my centers this past week I had my students come up with a word problem including decimals and make an Educreations video of it.  It's a great app that you can create slideshows and videos on!  They had to first come up with the setting, characters, and action to take place.  Then they wrote the word problem.  They had to find pictures on the internet to illustrate their video.  Finally they put it together and then created it!  The videos were awesome!  Here is a pic of some of my girls narrating their videos!

2.  I already wrote a blog about my new favorite app, Class Dojo, but I figured I would share it again!  Class Dojo is a classroom behavior management app in which you can give and take away points for good or bad behavior.  It is the best thing that has happened to me all year! If you haven't checked it out yet, go do it right now!

3.  43 days until Christmas! AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!  I love everything about Christmas!  Can't wait!

4.  Today my mother, sister, husband and I took my daughter to the Pumpkin Patch for the first time!  We had a blast!  She, on the other hand, didn't exactly enjoy the super expensive pony ride or the carousel.  We got some funny pictures of it though, so the tears were worth it!  Here are a few good ones!

5.  Last but not least, it's a THREE DAY WEEK!  I am super excited about having two days off to lounge around with my baby girl and have some fun!  YAY FALL BREAK!

Follow me on BlogLovin'!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Class Dojo!

Man.  It's been a rough couple of weeks.  I normally don't have a big problem with behavior management in my classroom but this year nothing seems to work.  I have been really upset lately and have been trying to think of a new behavior management strategy to use with my class.  Then I found out about this amazing app called Class Dojo!

Oh my goodness! I love me some Class Dojo!

It is a behavior management system in which you can give and take away points based on behavior.  The sign up is super easy; just the standard information.  You put each student into the app/website (whichever you use) and you can immediately start giving them points!

Here is what the layout looks like...

Students can choose their own avatars by logging on using their student code, which is given to you after you put all of your students in.  They can also check their behavior when they get home each day.

What is even cooler is that parents can log on using their parent code (which is on the same sheet as the student code) and track their child's behavior any time they want to! Parents also receive a weekly email each Friday that summarizes their child's behavior for the week.

Here are some of the super cute little avatars!

This app is highly customizable.  It comes with positive and negative behaviors built into it but you can create your own as well!  One big problem I have in my class is students getting out of their seats, so I added a negative behavior for that.  Anytime a student got up out of their seat when they weren't supposed to I simply clicked their name, clicked add a behavior and chose that one!  

All in all, I love this app.  I plan on creating a rewards program to go along with it.  Basically, each reward will have a QR code.  When students accumulate 50 positive points they will choose a QR code to scan with the QR scanner app on their iPad.  Their reward will be whatever they scanned.  Such as no shoes for a day, sit in the teachers chair for the day, eat lunch with the teacher, iPad free time, extra computer time, king sized candy bar, soda at lunch, etc.  Nothing that costs much money and nothing that I have to keep track of!

I am really excited to get the reward system up and running!  Can't wait!

Do you use Class Dojo?
Let me know in a comment!
If not, check it out HERE!

Follow me on BlogLovin'!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Currently!

It's been way too long! I have been super busy and just plain ol' tired lately.  But I'm excited to link up to Farley's Currently Linky to share my October Currently!

Listening:  Olivia likes to mumble to her 'Lovey' before bedtime.  It's adorable.

Loving:  I needed a day off with my girl.  I needed to remember what summer was like when I got to spend every single day with her.  Today we played, laughed, napped, watched tv and had a blast!  It made my heart happy.

Thinking:  I am obsessed with tv.  Once I finish a show I immediately begin another.  Today I finished 'Flash Forward', an ABC show that only lasted one season and started 'Prison Break'.  We will see if I like it!  Everyone needs their vice, and worthless tv shows are mine!

Wanting:  I want to go shopping for some new fall/winter clothes!  Fall is my favorite season and I cardigans are one of my favorite things in the world!  I always need more!  Kohls, here I come!

Needing:  I need a get-a-way!  Just a small weekend vacation somewhere!  Desperately!

Trick or Treat:  A special treat to use in the classroom, Remind 101!  Check it out if you haven't!  It's awesome!

Like, Comment, Enjoy and don't forget the rule of 3!

Life As I Know It

Friday, September 20, 2013

Five for Friday Linky!


My five random things from this week...

1.  My newest obsession:  Sabra Roasted Pine Nut Hummus and Doritos!  The mixture is perfect! I've seriously been munching on it allllll day!  Nom Nom!

2.  I tried the game called 'Scoot' to review mental math today!  One of my co-workers found it on TpT and showed it to me so I created my own.  My kids loved it!  I personally thought it took a long time (because I have so many students) but they didn't seem to mind at all!  They really loved checking their answers and seeing how many they got right!  Great review game!

3.  I have the cutest daughter in the entire world!  The other morning my husband asked me to fix her 'bed hair' so I threw it up into a little ponytail and put a big bow in it!  Come adorable is this picture????!!!

4.  Today I taught a lesson on creating vivid imagery using synonyms.  My students loved taking words from passages and transforming the "voice" using what we call 'fifth grade words'!  It was a huge success!  I even had them write their own short passage with words that second graders could read and understand.  Then I asked them to give their passage to another group and have them re-write it using synonyms so that it sounded like a fifth grader would want to read it.  LOVED IT!

5.  This week we began using our Science Weekly!  My students really enjoyed it.  There is almost zero time in our curriculum for Science so they jumped for joy (literally) when I passed out these newspapers!  I had some really good pictures of my students working with them but for some reason they won't upload!  Check out the newspaper HERE!  Have you used it?  If so, let me know what you think!

Post your Five for Friday and link back up to Doodle Bugs here!

Thanks for reading!
Follow me on BlogLovin'!

Pick up the shovel and fill them.

Never in my schooling do I remember being a part of a 'small group'.  I don't remember 'intervention' or 'remediation' time during the day.

I don't remember being one-on-one with any teacher, ever in my entire schooling.  I am SO glad that things have changed.

Let's be honest.  Teaching (effectively) with 27 students in my room is difficult.  About 68 times during each lesson I have to remind my students to stay on task, to stop getting distracted, to put something away, to stop throwing paper at each other, to stop talking to their neighbor, etc.  My small group time is a life saver.

If it weren't for small groups I really wouldn't have a clue what most of my students actually know.  Being consistent about meeting with each of my students on a regular basis to just go over the basics of what they've been learning has been so great to me and my success as a teacher.  I don't form actual 'remediation' groups.  I figure out which students don't "get it" as I am teaching the lesson and they end up at my table that afternoon.

I love the quote in the picture.  It reminds me why small groups and meeting one-on-one is so important.  Sometimes my students just need that extra "umph" to get over the hump and have that 'ah-ha' moment we as teachers strive to see.  Some understand a concept immediately and some take weeks to finally master it.  Some even longer than that.

As teachers, we must remember that every student is different.  Therefore, how we teach must reflect that.  We must figure out multiple ways to explain one concept.  We must cater to all the different learning styles in our classroom.  We must sometimes allow students to fail so that we truly know where to find the 'holes' in their learning and figure out how to help them.

As I completed my Response to Intervention testing and papers this week I realized I have so many students with many unique needs.  I still have students who are on the phonics continuum.  I have students who can't do simple division.  I have students who have no number sense.  As a fifth grade teacher, this is just slightly frustrating.

It is my job to find these holes in their educational file cabinet and fill them.  Not every student learns at the same time, or in the same way.  As much as we wish they did, they simply don't.

It is time to take responsibility for these student's 'holes', pick up the shovel and fill them.

Follow me on BlogLovin'!
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think! :-)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Positive Points Monday!

Happy Monday!  
Tonight I am linking up with Sarah at Permanently Primary for her 
Positive Points Monday Linky!

My positive points from today...

1.  My students have been working on writing a personal narrative from the point of view of either a mother, father, child, or single adult in one of the early colonies that settled in North America.  They have loved learning the stories of these people and how they lived their day to day lives!  When it was time to begin writing they did awesome.  They planned out their essay on one of my favorite apps called 'Popplet'!  It is an app that you can create a brainstorm map/idea web!  Love it!  Here is a pic of one of my students working on it today.

2.  Today I started off our morning by doing "Good Things".  I gave each student a post-it note that they could write one good thing that happened to them over the weekend.  They shared their good things and we put the post-its on my door.  It is one of the relationship building tools I want to continue to use through out the year.  Totally forgot to snap a picture, though! Blarg!

3.  I created my first (not super awesome, but it's a start) product for TpT!  It is a free download of a decimal BINGO I created.  I created it with 6 different color game boards and number squares with tenths, hundredths and thousandths.  If you want to check it out, click HERE!  I got the graphics from as one of her freebies!  Please remember that it is my very first product ever!  Like my page so I will be encouraged to create more products! I really enjoyed doing it.

4.  Last night as I was Pinteresting before bed I ran across this incredible article written by Dr. Fred Jones on EducationWorld called Rules, Routines and Standards in Elementary and Secondary Grades.  I was inspired to try out one of his ideas with my class.  My class still hasn't gotten down how to line up quietly and walk down the hall in silence.  The first time this morning that I had my students line up they were talking as usual and I nicely asked them to sit back down.  When they were all seated I asked them to line up another time.  Again, they were talking so I asked them to sit back down.  We did this 4 times and eventually they realized they HAD to be quiet before we could go anywhere.  I continued to do this the rest of the day anytime we had to line up and by the end of the day it was really working.  Not completely, but we had made huge strides from this morning.  I love this idea and plan on using it every day.  Check it out!

5.  DINNER!  I promised that I would start posting more recipes in the future so tonight I decided
to make a new dish and post about it!  It is called Easy Weeknight Creamy Chicken Alfredo and I found the recipe on a can of Progresso Recipe Starters! LOL!  It was very easy to make, but definitely seemed like it took more than the estimated amount of time (30 mins).  My husband, daughter and I loved it!  Click on the link and try it out for yourself!  Rich, creamy and simply delicious!

I hope that you guys had a great Monday!  

Leave me a comment! :-)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Liebster Award!!!!!!!!!

Liebster Award?  Me?!  Why Yes, Thank You!!!!!!!


I want to say a huge thank you to Zorkyoto Mykola at Elephants with Clothes for nominating me for the Liebster Award!  The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  It is  a way to show new bloggers that they are appreciated and help spread the word about their blog!

The Rules:  In your post you must link back to me and...
1. Post 11 random things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
4. Choose 11 blogs you love (with less than 200 followers) and a link them in your post.
5.  Let them know you nominated them by commenting on their blog! 

Random Facts About Me:
1.  I am obsessed with Mexican food. I could seriously eat it every single day!
2.  I married my high school sweetheart.  We have been together for 9 years, married for 3!
3.  Even though I absolutely hate listening to the news because it is always soooo negative I always have to have it on in the background.  There's just something comforting about it.  (I know, it's weird.)
4.  If I could live anywhere in the world I would live in Seattle, Washington.  I love the weather and there's just a cute eclectic culture there.
5.  I am covered in freckles.  In fact there have been many times that small children have asked me why I'm covered in "dots". :-)
6.  I love rain and snow.  It is super relaxing to me.
7.  I will not vacuum or dry my hair when I am home alone.  There is just something creepy about how loud it is.
8.  If I could wear a maxi skirt every day I absolutely would.
9.  I love to cook.  I rarely ever completely follow a recipe and it almost always turns out delicious!
10.  I am an OU alumni!  Sooner born, Sooner bred, when I die I'll be Sooner dead!
11.  I literally can have no light or noise when I sleep.  Every night I sleep with a shirt over my eyes so I can see zero light and I often sleep with ear plugs in.  Again, weird, I know!

Questions from Zorkyoto for me:
1. What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is pink!  Always has been, always will be!

2. Why did you choose to blog?
I chose to start blogging to share ideas and stories from teaching, cooking and overall life!

3. What is your favorite animal?
I love dogs.  I grew up with lots of dogs and I have two myself.  Whenever I see a stray dog I have to pull over and help him find his home!

4. Do you have any siblings?
Yes! I have one sister and she is my best friend!

5. Have you ever traveled outside of your country?
When I was 11 I went to Canada on a vacation with my family.  I went on a mission trip my senior year of high school to Jamaica which was amazing and sad at the same time.  And for my honeymoon my husband and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas!  Loved it!

6. What is your favorite type of music?
I am obsessed with country music!  Luke Bryan, will you marry me?!

7. What is your favorite artist or group?
Since I was a child Hanson has been my favorite band!  I even got my husband into their newer music!  They have been and always will be my #1! (Zac, if Luke won't marry me, will you?!?!)

8. What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about learning.  I love to learn and I hope that I instill that in my students as well as my own daughter one day!

9. What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Some of my favorite hobbies are scrapbooking, cooking and reading.

10. What sports do you play or did?
I was a cheerleader from 6th-12th grade!  Man I sure wish I had my cheerleader body back!

11. What is your favorite city?
My favorite city is the city that I live in, Oklahoma City.  We have really turned this city into an up-and-coming venue for entertainment and fun!  There is so much to do here (finally)!

Questions to my Nominees:
1.  What does your typical Friday night look like?
2.  What is your dream vacation?
3.  Who is your celebrity crush?
4.  What is your favorite type of music?
5.  Who do you look up to the most?
6.  What is your favorite accessory?
7.  What's your favorite holiday?
8.  If you could have any other profession other than teaching, what would you do?
9.  What's your favorite subject to teach?
10.  What's your favorite food?
11.  Why did you start blogging?

Blogs I am nominating:
1.  Lisa at Grade 4 Buzz
3.  Rissa at Keep Calm and Hoot On
4.  Monica at Roland with iPads
5.  Stephanie at Forever in Fifth
6.  Kelly at Apple Slices
10.  Jo Anne at Teaching in Cardigans

I am so excited to nominate these awesome bloggers!  Remember the rules!  On your post link back to me, write 11 random things about yourself, answer the 11 questions I gave you, come up with 11 questions for the blogs you nominate, then finally nominate 11 up and coming blogs with no more than 200 followers for this award!  Seems like a lot of work but it's super fun and you find awesome new blogs to follow along the way! :-)