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Thanks for popping into third grade, Hollywood style! This is my fourth year teaching third grade and I LOVE it! I have been so blessed by the Lord! Take a journey with me as I discover & create new things. I truly believe that teaching is an art of SHARING :). Welcome!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

I've been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Tag you're IT!

I've been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the beautiful Kandice from Time Two Teach! So excited to be nominated! Thanks Kandice!

There are 4 parts to receiving this award...
1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 facts asked by the blogger who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 bloggers you think bring sunshine to the world!
4. Make up 11 questions for your nominees to answer!

My 11 Random Facts About Me:
1. I have been married for 9 1/2 months to the most amazing man on earth!

2. I am the youngest of three girls and my sisters are my best friends.
3. I squirt whip cream in my mouth practically every time I go to the fridge :)

4. My sister and I both built houses at the same time… we are NEIGHBORS! So fun!

5. I have a yorkie, Noel, who is more emotional than a human.
6. I got my teaching job one month after graduating where I did my student teaching (midyear also!!.. yikes!)
7. Jesus is my Lord, Savior, and very best friend!
8. I am a flats only kind of girl. 
9. I never leave the house without makeup
10. Hawaii is the most beautiful place I have ever been to!
11. I hope to be a stay at home mom one day!

Here are my answers for the questions Kandice asked:
1. What do you usually do over Spring Break?
I usually go on a vacation with my family. However, this year we went on a cruise over midwinter break in February. For this spring break I just chilled at home. Sometimes it is nice to do "nothing"!
2. If you could be any celebrity who would you be and why?
Hmm.. This is tough. I would be Kate Hudson, I guess. She just seems like she has a great personality and is "cute".
3. If you were to change one thing about your teaching experience this year- what would it be?
The stress that is brought in during staff meetings… I know it is real stuff to deal with, but it truly sucks the joy out of the job.
4. If weren't a teacher- what would you be?
I would be a stay at home mom. No kids yet, but I hope for that one day. In my opinion, being a mom is the most admirable job.
5. What's your favorite relaxation activity?
Massage, massage, massage! Oh, and eating frozen yogurt (with my eyes closed… with NO one talking! LOL!)
6. What do you do immediately when you get home from school?
Great question! I take off my jewelry, put my hair in a ponytail, and get in my pajamas!
7. Who's your hero and why?
My mom. She always found ways to work jobs on the side just to be at home with us. She is the most prayerful woman I know! 
8. If you could live anywhere where would you live?
California… perfect weather, ocean, mountains, and tons to do!
9. What's the best part about teaching?
The kids making me laugh… "real" laughing!
10. What's the worst part about teaching?
All the data and testing!
11. If you could give any advice to a new teacher what would it be?
Don't stress about trying to learn it all. Take ONE day at a time!

I nominate:

My questions for my nominees:
1. What is your favorite guilty pleasure to eat?
2. If you could go anywhere for one day, where would you go?
3. What is your unit to teach?
4. Why did you become a teacher?
5. If you could do anything other than teaching, what would it be?
6. If you had one hour of free time, what would you do?
7. What is the worst part about teaching?
8. What is your favorite part about summer?
9. Do you have a nickname?
10. What do you eat for lunch while you're at school teaching?
11. Have you ever had a student teacher? If yes, what is your favorite part about it and what is your least favorite part?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April is Poetry Month- All Poetry Resources 15% OFF!

April is National Poetry Month

SALE 15% OFF on ALL of my poetry resources! 

ENTIRE Poetry Unit with ALL of the Templates for Kids 
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Poetry Term Posters $2.55 (on sale!)
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Poetry Types Posters - Only $2.55 (On Sale!)
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End of Poetry Celebration (with Invite to Parents)
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Poetry Unit Bundle - $14 Value for $8.50 (on Sale!)
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Visit my site and click "preview" to see all that is included! :)
Thanks for buying :)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Reading Graphic Organizers (Common Core Aligned) To be used with ANY book!

Reading Graphic Organizers (Common Core Aligned) 
To be used with ANY book!
These graphic organizers are perfect for helping students think deeply about their reading. Use these graphic organizers in small groups, literature circles, centers, reading workshop, any reading series, or whole group. They are designed to be used with any book. Using these graphic organizers will help ensure that you teach the reading standards for grades 2-5.

Includes 18 Graphic Organizers:
Story Elements
Main Idea & Supporting Details
Character Traits (Internal & External)
Connections (Text to Self, Text to Text, Text to World)
Character Change
Character Comparison
Character vs. Problem
Cause & Effect
New Words
Central Message & Author's Purpose
My Favorite Part
My Favorite Character
Book Recommendation 

Click HERE to see them!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Poetry Update & New Product- Reward Coupon SALE *Today Only*

Poetry Unit Bundle!!
 For your convenience, I have bundled everything you need for a successful poetry unit! Plus, it saves you $$$$ buying it as a bundle! ($14 if you bought it separately)

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& Flash Sale (TODAY Only!)
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My students LOVE my reward coupons. It requires NO money on my part, and the kids love them!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Poetry Unit and New Poetry Products!

Poetry Unit & New Poetry Products are Posted in my TpT store!
It's been amazing to see how popular my poetry unit has been. It is a product that I am truly proud of. It is part of our curriculum to teach poetry, however, I have never been a fan of the materials we were given. So, like many of you fabulous teachers out there, I decided to create my own poetry unit! I start by teaching the students some of the important poetry terms. I display these posters on my writing bulletin board for them to see throughout the unit.  You can find these at my TpT store by clicking HERE.

Then, students begin writing their own poetry! Every day I begin by reading a poem and giving them a mini lesson of what characteristics that poem has. Students spend time practicing and write rough drafts.  I hang these poem type posters on my bulletin as well. You can find them in my store by clicking HERE.

When students are satisfied with their poem, they write it on their final draft paper, which I included in my Poetry Unit. These worksheets make it so simple for students to create the perfect poem! At the end of the unit, we compile all of the students' completed poems and create a book! You can find the unit by clicking HERE.

Then, the best part! We invite all of the families to come to our Poetry Celebration! We call it "Popcorn & Poetry Party". I have popcorn and drinks for the students and parents. Students choose one poem to read aloud during the celebration and their name and their chosen poem is shared in the program we hand out to parents. When the student finishes reading, everyone *snaps* (instead of claps), similar to a poetry slam. It is a huge hit every year! Check out my Poetry Celebration Packet HERE.

Let me know if you have any questions about our poetry unit! :)

Do YOU teach poetry? If so, what is your curriculum like?

Monday, March 17, 2014

I'm hosting my FIRST TpT sale! 
Head over to my site for a 10% everything sale… 
TODAY only!

St. Patty's Day Creative Writing

How to Catch a Leprechaun 
Creative Writing for St. Patrick's Day

New product is listed on my TPT site… "How to Catch a Leprechaun". I'm so excited to do this with my kids today in writing. 
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