Monday, August 26, 2013

Who's That Blogger WINNERS!!!

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Who's that Blogger Reveal & Winners!!!

I have labeled the childhood photos with the matching blogs for you all to peek at!! Because of the volume of entries, winners will be notified throughout the weekend. I appreciate your patience as we send out emails and prizes.

Click on each image to see the photo

Winner of the $125 Amazon Gift Card!!!
You will receive an email notification and once your email has been confirmed, I will send you the Amazon gift card!!

Thank you so very much for playing!!
The 3am Teacher created a fun FREEBIE for everyone to grab!! 
Please feel free to share the freebie through pins! She always appreciates your feedback!!
Click the image to visit The 3am Teacher TpT shop and download the new decorated owl FREEBIE!!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Who's That Blogger? Linky

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Welcome Everyone!!

         Are you ready to have some fun??
                                              ....Play a game?
                                                              .....Win  prizes and cash?

I have teamed up with 65 AMAZING blogger buddies to put together the ultimate Back to School Linky/Giveaway!!!

Each one of my blogger buddies submitted a cute childhood photo & generously donated something special from their online TpT shops for this occasion!! We have included a fun game for you to play for a chance to win over $300.00 in prizes and a BONUS  CASH-PRIZE raffle you can enter at the end of this post!! 


The game is easy to play....

 Your job will be to try and match each blogger with their childhood photo!!! With over 60 childhood photos and bloggers to match up, this might get tricky!! As I mentioned above, each blogger has generously donated one awesome prize from their TpT store. Successfully match a blogger and childhood photo, and you win the prize offered from that blogger!!! The more you matches you make, the more prizes you win!!! 

Check out some of the prizes you could win!!!

but wait....
that's not all....

ONE lucky follower will win a $125 Amazon Gift Card!! Scroll to the bottom & follow the directions in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win $$$

The link below will open a form that will allow you to submit your answers for the match up. 

Use the blogger links and numbered images to help you along the way!! Each childhood photo has been assigned a specific number. 

Once you open the form, use the drop-down menu beneath each blog button and select a number that corresponds to a childhood photo. The drop down list includes numbers 1-66. There are only 65 bloggers, so please ignore number 66.

The form results will be collected throughout the week. At the end of the week, each submission will be "graded" and you will receive a prize for each blogger and photo you successfully matched up!!

The game closes on Friday, August 23rd at midnight (Arizona Mountain Time). Answers will be announced on Saturday, August 24th. Winners will be notified through email throughout the week. 

Use the blog links below the photos to search for clues!!
Click HERE to Play the Matching Game!!


Follow the directions in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $125 Amazon gift card!! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you so much for participating!!! Good Luck!!!

If you would like to post about this linky/giveaway, grab the special image below to display in your post and link up below!!! Make sure to use the link to the actual post...

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Best and Most...Yearbook-Style!

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Wow!  It's Back-to-School time and there is SOOOO MUCH to share about!  First things first... the HUGE Back-to-School TpT SALE is starting tomorrow, August 18th!  All of my teaching resources are going to be on sale for 28% OFF!  Stock those files and save them digitally to use again and again!  You will want to use the PROMO CODE:  BTS13 when checking out to get the discount.  You can click on the pic below to go to my store and shop! Remember, the sale starts on Sunday and runs through Monday!
 I am so excited!  I have my wish list ready to purchase everything I need at a BIG DISCOUNT!  To help celebrate the sale, my friend Christina Bainbridge is having a fun Back-to-School linky! 
 A bunch of teachers created "yearbook pages" of their best and most effective resources.  Mine is below for you to check out!
Here is a little low-down on why each of these resources earned a spot on my yearbook page!  Gossip was fun back in high school so why wouldn't it be now?  Okay, so here are the reasons why these resources take the cake...
My Ready Report Card Comments for Teachers is my #1 best-selling product!  This is why it is my Teacher's Pet nominee.  It has helped oodles of teachers compose comments!  We all know how difficult it is to stare at the computer, cursor blinking, trying to think of the right words to write. (Did you like that...right, write?  I am a certified nerd, thanks!)  This product alleviates all of that stress and allows you to pick and choose statements you want to combine in one comment.  The words and phrases are there, you simply piece them together and voila!  Easy peasy report card comments!

Next up, you can click to find my Reading Genre Posters and Activities.  This resource is voted, "Most Likely to Help Your Students Succeed."  Anyone who has ever taught reading knows that identifying the genre of a book is the best starting point for a reader!  It allows them to prepare for what they are about to read and it helps them to look for familiar "pieces" of the text!  Along with colorful posters that you can hang around the room, you get student response sheets that coordinate with each genre.  In my book, this is a must-have for teachers and students!

The final products I have paired as the "Best Couple" are my Four-in-a-Row Multiplication and Division games!  Those who teach the upper grades know how important it is to master multiplication and division facts.  These games help tremendously and should  be used ALL.YEAR.LONG!  Students have fun choosing a card, answering the question, and filling in a bubble on their game sheet.  (For some reason, kids just LOVE doing this!)  The first person to get four of their initials in a row wins!  This can be played over and over again and it never becomes boring!  I think the students really enjoy competing with one another!
I hope you check out these resources for your classroom!  Have fun shopping and best wishes for an AMAZING SCHOOL YEAR! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sneak Peak

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So, it is true...summer is officially ending for many teachers and it may have already ended for some (hugs).  I officially have four days until I return to school which happens to be one week before my kiddos arrive.  I will engage in professional development all week while working like crazy to finish my classroom!  Next Thursday is Sneak a Peak at Your Seat Night and the students will be visiting to preview the room in which they will spend the next 180 days!  Yippee!!!  I am feeling a bit like this...
Today, I made sure to sleep in past 8 o'clock!  Hey, I have a six-year-old and for us, that's sleeping in!  I think the moms and dads reading this post would be high fiving me for getting that extra time!  I had to get some rest after a rock from a weedwacker busted my car window on my way home from a meeting yesterday.  Talk about stressed out!  Let's just say driving my son to his first day of soccer practice was not fun in the rain with a trash bag covering my window!  Luckily, it will be fixed tomorrow. 
Whenever I want to de-stress, I take a drive near my new home!  Isn't this gorgeous?  (Don't mind the reflection...I was taking it through the glass.)  I feel so lucky to enjoy this every day!  BTW, I did stop and take the pic when no one else was on the road. You thought I did it while driving, didn't you? ;-)
On this particular day, I was heading down to my classroom to try to get some work done.  I was able to finish a little but I have A LOT to go.  I had to move all of my teacher things from my old classroom to this one.  I arranged the desks, covered some boards, and laminated.  Did I mention next week is Sneak a Peak Night?!?  I thought I did!  Fa-reaking out!!!  Check out where I am right now.  For those of you who have Type A personalities, you may want to look away!  Me?  I am a B+ so I am bothered but I know it will all get done!
This year, I am going for a fifth grade-type theme.  I am going to add t-shirts, lockers, skateboards, tennis shoes, etc.  It's going to be a hodgepodge of upper grades stuff for the kids.  This board has my colors in it!  Now, if I could only put something on it!
I found these at the dollar store!  My fifthies will LOVE them!  Best of all? They match my colors!!!

It looks like I am going to need TONS of BINS!  These were my old bins for self-selected reading but now, they are overflowing!  My Donors Choose project was funded and now I have soooo many books!  I can't wait to make new labels and share the books with the kids!  They are going to read like CRAZY!!!
Check out my favorite lamp!  It, too, is in my theme colors!  The students love when I put this on for SSR time.  I usually do that and open the blinds to let some natural light in.  This creates a calming effect that the children appreciate.
I found these awesome speech bubbles at Lakeshore and I can't wait to use them!  I laminated them so that I could hang them on one of the walls and write on them whenever I wanted.  I plan on recording some of the students' top responses on these.  I always put their name next to their comments to give them ownership and a sense of pride!
Look at what else I did!  I am THRILLED that these turned out so well!  I thought about all of the clipart I own and how I could use it to help me decorate the classroom.  Then, it occurred to me that I didn't need to spend $5-$10 on classroom d├ęcor at the teaching store.  I just opened the clipart in PowerPoint, made it as large as the page, and printed on a high-quality printer.  The result looked like this...
These are going to look great on my bulletin boards and around the room!  The one with the brown hair and the apple looks like me so I am going to use it along with my name on the door!  I can't wait to make more!
Our school's mascot is a beaver...we are eager beavers!  I decided to incorporate the mascot into my daily schedule cards along with a splash of chevron.  Cute, huh?  Let me know if you want some for your class and I'll gladly whip them up for you!  Just comment telling me your mascot and what you want on the cards!  To hang them, I simply placed magnets on the back so they are SUPER EASY to move around for those last-minute schedule changes!
I am happy that the classroom is coming together!  My little helper was there with mommy playing with my behavior signs.  I use these when I have a cold and can't talk over student voices.  Sometimes, I use them to change things up and give non-verbal cues.  As you can see, the little ones love them!  I wonder if he'd love them so much if I used them at home! Hehehe...
This is the area where my classroom joins the room next to me.  We have a partition wall that opens up so we can co-teach whenever we want!  This is the first year we are opening the rooms at different times throughout the day.  I think the students will really benefit from this!
I am glad that I have gotten a start on the room but still have so much more to do!  This board keeps staring at me which is plenty of motivation to keep going.  It's hideous!!!
It's bad.  It's so, so bad!  I will be doing a before/after shot for you to see that this doesn't have to look this way anymore!  A little bright paper and some nifty clip art will whip this board into shape!  Oh, to be finished would be lovely! 
Well, that's about all for now.  I will keep you posted as to the updates on my room and new resources I am working on for TpT.  Stay tuned for a GIVEAWAY/CONTEST next week that will be F.U.N!!!  There is a gift card involved!  I know you won't understand it now, but I am leaving you a picture of me as a clue for the contest.  All of the details are coming shortly so be sure to refer back to this pic when the fun begins!!!
I love my O's!!!  Has anyone ever seen our player Chris Davis?  Yep, now you know why I love the Orioles so much! 
Enjoy your summer!  Talk to you soon!