May 6, 2015

Teacher Anchor Giveaway!
Chandra from C. Jayne Teach was kind enough to send me a personalized binder and Teacher Anchor for a little review.  How gorgeous is that binder?!  I'm not sure if I'll use it for my lesson plans or running records!  I just MAY need another one.
The Teacher Anchor is a classroom planner with everything that you could possibly need in it, including many data sheets to keep everything in one place.  You can read more about what is included here.  This year the cover is made with a synthetic plastic, which is lightweight but virtually non-tearable.
this year, the cover is super sturdy and durable.  It’s made of synthetic plastic, which is lightweight but virtually non-tearable!  - See more at:
this year, the cover is super sturdy and durable.  It’s made of synthetic plastic, which is lightweight but virtually non-tearable!  - See more at:
Want to WIN your own Teacher Anchor?  Enter below!
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2015-16 Teacher Anchor™ from Chandra Verbic on Vimeo.

May 5, 2015

A Personal Planner by A Modern Teacher

I love a good planner.  What teacher doesn't?  I was beyond thrilled when April from A Modern Teacher offered to send me her personal planner to review.  I met a year back in Texas and she is the sweetest thing, ever!
I'm a lover of bright colors..just in case you've missed that memo in many other pictures!  So, it was very easy for me to pick the Rainbow Chalkboard Planner.  Each month is easy to find with very durable and bright tabs!  A must for me!  I am pretty rough on any item that travels to and from school.  It normally ends up being thrown into my big, old pursue.  This planner will be able to hold up all year long.   Its the perfect size and NOT too bulky.
I love the fact that this planner is meant to merge teaching AND life, together!  Say, what?!  I don't need to haul two planners around?  I plan to use the calendar pages for any needed school notes plus my personal notes/plans!
I am awful about taking meeting notes in random places.  Each year I "attempt" to use one notebook.  But, that notebook seems to hide at the last minute before a meeting:)  The life planner provides a wonderful layout to take notes in any meeting.  And hey, since I'll be scheduling my life in this 'lil ditty, I bet I wouldn't lose it!

April has three adorable designs to chose from!  If bright colors isn't your thing, don't worry!  Check out the adorable sunshine and black/white dots!

Head on over to A Modern Teacher to preorder your own life planner!  Each planner is currently on sale for an introductory price.  April sold out in 3 weeks last week!  I would definitely do a preorder before the May 8th opening date!

 Want to win your very own sunshine planner?! Enter below!
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March 31, 2015

Bunny Measurement {Measurement Freebie}

Happy, Spring!
It's time to get back into the swing of things on here.

In math, we have been hard at working learning to measure with inches and centimeters.  Measuring is not something that I have *loved* teaching.  I know many of you feel differently.  I decided this year was the year I started to enjoy it.  And so far, so good!

Yesterday, we had a little "down time" before the bell.  I decided it was a great time to put in a little bunny directed drawing by First Grade Blue Skies.She is *officially* the directed drawing guru.  If you haven't incorporated directed drawing into your classroom, I strongly suggest you do!

Before we started, I showed the examples that are provided in the download by First Grade Blue Skies.  This was a great way to discuss the differences and uniqueness in each.  I let them know before hand that this wouldn't be just a directed drawing activity, but we would be measuring our cute, 'lil bunnies.

Want to do a little bunny directed drawing 
with measurement in your classroom?
Grab the sheet here.

January 7, 2015

The Crayon Box That Talked Update {Freebies: MLK, JR.}

I used my "cold" day off from school today to update a few freebies.  
Let me first apologize for how awful they were the first round.  
Oh.My.Gosh.  #forreal #whatwasithinking
The posts here, here, and here get pinned so often and I cringe every.dang.time.
{I'm pretty sure I'll be deleting these 2012 posts very soon!}
And let's not even talk about the pictures. #seriouslypeare  
But, just in case you do want to use the activities, here you go!
Updated & ready to go!

One of my favorite books to read to discuss 
how we are all special and unique is "The Crayon Box That Talked." 
This book is such a great way to help our kiddos 
learn to appreciate how we are all different, unique, and special!
This is a picture from my 2012 post.  {Cringe!}
I really have no idea what I had students write, it was sooo long ago!
But I am pretty sure it had to do with what if we were only one color, etc.
One year, we also decorated our own personal crayons
and wrote how special we are.
If you need a crayon pattern, I found this great one
 by The Teacher's Wife on Bloghoppin!
I also like to incorporate dreams into our MLK, JR leanring!
The big rainbow is a class collaboration project.
We each wrote a dream on a strip of paper, sat in a circle, and shared!
I've also used this idea as an individual activity,
using a cloud + rainbow strips.

January 1, 2015

This is your YEAR! {Giveaway!}

 My girls over at Owl-Ways Be Inspired are having a lil' giveaway fun!
Head on over there to enter to win a $100 gift card to Amazon.
My UPS man may hate my obsession with Amazon, 
but you can not beat 2 day shipping with prime.
Not only could you win the gift card to Amazon, but many of us are giving away something special on our personal blog!  Start the year off right with a new set of Mr. Sketch Markers, Paper Mate Flair Pens, and a set of 144 Valentine Pencils!
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Make sure you head over to Owls to enter the $100 gift card
and many other giveaways!