Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's 2014 Sale and Giveaway!

Edit Posted by with 8 comments
Do you get excited for New Year's like I do?!? There's something about the possibilities and the newness that I just LOVE! The new year is a chance to start fresh.  It's a time to make CHANGE.  Who doesn't need a little change once in awhile? The thing I get excited for the most is the chance to throw a SALE over at my TpT store and to do a GIVEAWAY! Oh my gosh, I get so excited to give something away!!! It just makes my day!  With all these stories of people paying it forward, I just have to do what I have to do!  So, today through Saturday, you can enter to win one of two awesome prizes!

 Thanks to the awesome Krista W. at Creative Clips for the graphics!
I am also celebrating by having a SALE!  That's right!  My {WHOLE STORE} is 20% OFF today and tomorrow to celebrate 2014! Woo hoo!

Happy New Year and Thanks for Following Leanne Baur's Creative Classroom!


New Year, New Linky for Teaching Blogs

Edit Posted by with No comments
So excited for New Year's! I love relaxing at home and enjoying time with my family. I will not even begin to think about going back to school in three days. Nope. Not doing it. After spending my day running errands today, I am so happy to finally sit down by the fireplace and listen to some music. Of course I am on the 80's music channel. Yes. I am a NERD.  I admit it!  What solo music/fireplace chill party would be complete without blog surfing on the laptop? That's what I'm doing right.this.minute. Yep, it's 12:04am and I am clicking around having fun checking out how everyone is celebrating the New Year on their blogs!  Come back tomorrow to see what I am doing on Leanne Baur's Creative Classroom!  In the meantime, check out this nifty little linky party Simply Kinder is having.  It's a chance to check out a bunch of different blogs or to add your link if you are a blogger. I am getting ready to add my link now and see what new blogs I can find. It looks like fun!  Join in or click around and see what you can find. If you stumble upon a SUPER AWESOME BLOG LIKE MINE (wink), let us know through the comments.  Oh, and by the way, those of you that comment may just be in on my whole New Year's thing tomorrow. What are you waiting for? Get linking and clicking!!! I'll be checking out your recommendations in the comments! Happy New Year's Eve!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Blogging Away on a Snowy Day!

Edit Posted by with No comments
As a teacher, we dream of days like these!  Yes, that's right, not one but TWO SNOW DAYS and on a MONDAY and TUESDAY!  Life just doesn't get any better than this!  I finally have time to work on resources for TeachersPayTeachers while spending time at home with my six-year-old.  I even had a warm breakfast for two days in a row!  Hey, it's the little things that make us happy as teachers!  I have one special sign to thank for all of this...see below.  This lovely sign had been hiding away with my holiday decorations until I brought it out Sunday night.  Ever since then, I haven't had a day of school and my yard is piled up with nearly a foot of snow!  As you can see, even Sonic our elf has perched himself on top of the magical sign!

This photo from my back yard says it all!  We really are "Walking in a Winter Wonderland."  It makes me think of Robert Frost's famous poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."  I have the fireplace going and I am planning on baking some homemade chocolate chip cookies this afternoon.  I feel like I am on a mini vacation right here in my home!
I've thought about venturing out to the mall today to pick up a last few items for Christmas but our road doesn't look too tempting.  It has been defrosting for some time now but I never like chancing it especially when my little one is with me.  I think I'll just stay home and take in the view.

All of this time off has given me a chance to work on my latest resource, "Winter ELA Flip Flaps." If you are looking for something to keep your upper grades kiddos busy this winter, this is for you!  There are lots of opportunities to cut and paste while covering those ever-important Common Core State Standards for Literature and Language. I am excited to begin working on this with my students!  I was sure to include skills that they could stand to practice while providing opportunities to illustrate and make cool flip flaps!

This one was so easy to print!  Just put colored paper into the printer and hit "print!" It really is easy peasy to do.  Your students can work on finding their synonyms using a thesaurus or online resource.  After, they can illustrate the synonyms on the outer sections of the flaps.  With extra time, they could even make more of their own using the template! 
This is one way to assemble your flip flap activities.  (Not all are pictured.)  If you wanted to use all of the activities to display, you may want to use larger paper like bulletin board paper.  Either display as a group, one at a time on construction paper, or add to an interactive notebook. 

Okay, so I must admit, the pockets are my FAVORITE! Who doesn't love purple snowflakes? (GO RAVENS!) There are a bunch of these included to have your students complete after reflecting on a poem about winter.  It's an original so you won't find the poem anywhere else!  I also included some comma practice which I know ALL STUDENTS need to work on.

For those who are ready to tackle figurative language, there are some fun opportunities for this in the resource!  It really is fun and easy to do!  The last time I worked on figurative language with my fifth graders, they wouldn't stop writing it!  You can make multiple copies of this page if students want more practice.  Toss a few into a center bin for those who are finished work early.

Here is a resource my county shared for similes and metaphors.  It is a catchy little song that gets the main point across.  My students really liked it! 

Last, but not least, I have one more celebration on this snowy day...my Ravens won against the Vikings!  Did you see that crazy 4th quarter last weekend?  Now, that is some football right there!  I always keep this little sign up in my classroom to tease my students.  I have actually had a few ask if they could come in to class!  It's too bad my AP is a Steelers fan!  I love her anyway and will make a special exception!
 I hope you are enjoying your week as much as I am!  Maybe you don't have a snow day but you are surely counting down until the holiday break!  Don't worry, it's bound to get here quickly!  Stay safe and Happy Holidays to all of you out there in teacherland!