Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Week Two: TpT Seller Challenge {Dare to Dream}

So it's week two of the #TpTSellerChallenge!

This week's mission is DARE TO DREAM!


I have a few goals I would like to accomplish through my shop on Teachers Pay Teachers.

1. Buy our forever home:
My husband and I purchased our first home about two years ago. We were fortunate enough to buy a brand new house in a VERY small town just outside of where we grew up. The town we live in has one grocery store and a small downtown area with little tiny souvenir shops. There's a Subway sandwich shop and a Starbucks...OH! and a Dollar Tree. LOL We bought in this small town because we were able to afford a nicer house on a much smaller budget. We are just 20 minutes outside of our hometown which is much larger. Our goal is to sell our house and move back to our hometown to purchase our forever home. In order to do that, we have to save some money and pay off some debt. Hopefully, through TpT I will be able to accomplish that!

2. Pay off student loans:
MY OH MY! This goal has been hanging over my head for quite some time now. I have debt from my Bachelors, credential program, and my Master's. I would love to earn some extra bucks to get rid of these mounting costs. 

3. Help other teachers:
I really want to grow my business and continue working on my blog so I can share my ideas and hopefully help other teachers. Through this process I would also love to make myself a better educator and create products and blog posts that are beneficial to ever changing world of education.

4. Travel with my family:
We have a 15 month old son and a 3 week old son! I would love to be able to take them everywhere as they're growing up! I also need to keep up on their diapers and wipes right now! LOL

5. Attend 2016 TpT conference:
I really wanted to attend this year's conference in Las Vegas. I am not able to attend this year because I just had our second baby boy three weeks ago! My goal this year is to earn enough money through TpT to be able to attend next year. I am looking forward to meeting other teacher bloggers in person! I also can't wait to learn from all you amazing teacher-preneurs. 

I am very happy to be a part of this awesome seller challenge! Can't wait to blog for next week's challenge!


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Friday, June 19, 2015

Week One: TpT Seller Challenge {Makeover Madness}

YAY! 


So it's a little late in the week, but I am finally posting for the #TpTSellerChallenge!

I am so excited about this awesome month of challenges and linkys! Thank you to the four fabulous teachers for hosting such a great opportunity for teacher bloggers!

To start off the challenge, I wrote down my social media stats at the start of the challenge. 



I hoping for some growth over these next few weeks! And, I am looking forward to meeting other teacher bloggers and reading about their great ideas as well!

Week one's challenge is MAKEOVER MADNESS! 

Here's a product I MADE OVER with new FONTS, GRAPHICS, and BULLETIN BOARD IDEAS!



I used Mel's (Graphics from the Pond) cute bubble gum graphics and, of course, some cute KG Fonts for the multiplication timed tests. I also included some printouts you can use to create a bulletin board to monitor your students' progress with their multiplication facts!


Check back for next week's challenge and head over to the other great bloggers' posts to read about their makeovers!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Winner Wednesday {6.3.15}

 I am so excited to be a part of A Dab of Glue Will Do’s Winner Wednesday linkup!

I am picking a new item for Winner Wednesday this month! It’s my READ, ROLL, WRITE Comprehension Dice Game!



Your students will be READING, ROLLING, and WRITING with this fun activity.





It’s super simple, gets your kiddos engaged, and helps with reading comprehension.

Here’s how it works:
Copy the two papers (that have the lines and dice on them) front to back. 

Make enough copies to keep for a center activity. 

You can also use this as a buddy activity or for independent practice.

Students need to roll the di to see what kind of question they’ll answer.
If they roll a ONE, they’ll answer a WHO question…so on and so forth.


Students can write their answers on the lines provided on these sheets.








In this example, I rolled a THREE. I had to answer a WHEN question about the picture book I was reading. I chose to answer the question on the strip of paper. I wrote my answer in a complete sentence on the paper from the center.













I have provided you with two sheets where students can answer one of each question. If they roll the same number twice, they’ll have to roll again until they get a different number. You can also use the pages that have blank dice. Your students can fill in the dice with the number they rolled, and then write in the W or H question.









You can keep the example questions in the center. There is one sheet with all of the questions.



You can also print each set of questions on cardstock, laminate them, and cut them into strips. You can keep these clipped together at the center. If a student rolls a ONE they can pick from the strips of paper to get their question. There is one blank strip. 


This can be laminated and students can write their own question. They can keep the question there for the next group of students to answer. You can also make this a teacher question that is more specific to the story that you’re reading.

You can use this activity for students who have finished a novel, for a quick picture book, literature circles, or another type of story you’re reading as a class. Don’t forget to attach the student directions!

If you want to grab this game RIGHT NOW, head on over to my shop! You can also enter to win a copy of this fun activity by entering in the Rafflecopter below!






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Saturday, May 23, 2015

SoCal End of the Year Link Up!

Happy Saturday!


I am so excited to be a part of this fabulous SoCal End of the Year Linkup today!

Here are a few things I’d love to do this summer in beautiful Southern California!

I am DYING to go to Disneyland. I absolutely love DISNEYLAND!


My husband and I have a 14 month old and we are expecting our second child any day now - I am 38 weeks pregnant!  We decided our kiddos are too young to take to Disneyland this summer. We think by next summer they’ll be able to enjoy it more! But here are a few throwback pictures of my times at the Happiest Place on Earth!



When my 14 month old was about 6 months old, we took him to the Avocado Festival in Carpenteria, CA. It was a beautiful day! I really enjoy going to these beaches in SoCal. It’s always a relaxing and enjoyable day! Hoping to head there this summer too!


Another great adventure in SoCal is heading to an exciting Dodger game! My husband and I would love for our two boys to grow up and be Major League Baseball players. Next summer will be a lot of fun as we take our two boys to more baseball games. There’s something about those summer nights at a baseball stadium!


We live pretty close to Ventura, CA. This is a great restaurant to visit if you’re ever in the area. We try to make a stop every chance we get!


San Diego is a far drive for us down south. But, it’s totally worth it! This summer we want to head back to the Gaslamp District for some good food and drinks!



Another great SoCal visit is CATALINA! Hoping we can take our two littles there this summer too! It's like a little tropical paradise not too far off the coast of California!




As a part of this linky, I am giving away this FREEBIE! It’s a sample of my End of the Year Certificates. There are three certificates included in this FREEBIE. 

You can use them to honor your students at the end of the year. If you want a larger selection of certificates and some student gift tags, head on over to my shop. They’re printer friendly and they’ll provide you with a variety of honors to bestow upon your students!




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You Oughta Know About Mystery Readers!



You oughta know about Mystery Readers!


I LOVE this idea for ANY grade level!

It’s simple. You enlist the help of your students’ parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, and relatives to come into your classroom to read a story to your class. The best part…it’s a MYSTERY!

Your students will be so excited to see their relatives/friends in their classroom, reading them a story. Their classmates will also be filled with joy to see other parts of their friends’ families.

To get the Mystery Reader system set up in your classroom, you’ll need to follow these steps:
1.   Host a sign up at Back to School Night and send home an information letter.
2.     Keep your sign up sheet easily accessible throughout the school year.
3.     Offer a selection of quick stories and/or picture books.
4.     Create a cozy environment for the reading!
5.     Get your Mystery Reader clues ready for your class!

1. Host a sign up at Back to School Night:
It’s really important that you start the year off by letting your families know about this great opportunity in your classroom during your Back to School Night. In your Back to School Night paperwork, include an information sheet about the Mystery Reader process and details. Don’t forget to include available dates throughout the year. Here’s a copy of a letter I wrote for my Back to School Night to inform the parents in my classroom.

In addition to the informational sheet, I also place a sign up sheet in the back of the classroom.


More on this next step below…

2. Keep your sign up sheet easily accessible:
I remind parents to sign up on their way out. Once Back to School Night is over, I transfer everything to a Google Doc. I send home a link with the Google Doc for families to sign up online. I also keep the hard copy in my classroom, for any parents interested in coming in to sign up. Don’t forget to keep both copies updated so there is no confusion. On the sign up sheet, I have parents write down their name, child’s name, if they need a book, and their email address. The week of their scheduled day/time, I send them a reminder email with the day, time, book choice (if they said they already had one or not), and the directions of how to come into our classroom without ruining the surprise. And of course, they needed to email me FIVE clues about themselves that I could read to the class prior to their arrival. More about this on step number FIVE.

Here’s an example of my email:


Here’s a template for a sign up sheet.




Just insert it has an image into a PPT document, add text boxes to add your dates, print, and leave accessible for families.

3. Offer a selection of book choices:
I always ask my Mystery Readers if they’ll need a book to borrow for the reading, or if they’ll be bringing one of their own. A lot of the parents in my class chose to bring their own books. They would also bring a gift for the class (not mandatory of course J) that would match the book. For example, if the Mystery Reader brought If You Bring a Mouse a Cookie, they also brought cookies for the whole class. Just make sure your school’s rules allow for food gifts and all that good stuff.

4. Create a cozy environment for the reading:
I always set up a reading chair in our little reading corner. My kiddos would sit at the carpet, patiently waiting for the Mystery Reader to arrive. I also set up an additional chair for the Mystery Reader’s child to sit. They always loved sitting next to their reader that came by to visit! I would sit next to my group of students and make sure my behavior management was ON POINT! Most of my Mystery Readers did a good job reading, keeping the kiddos engaged, and making it a fun experience. My students were just so excited to have a guest in our classroom!

5. Get your Mystery Reader clues ready:
As I mentioned above, the Mystery Reader would email me five clues about themselves that I could read to the class. They could be simple clues, but not so simple that the class could easily guess who was coming to our class! They could be something like…
I have three children.
Breakfast is my favorite meal.
I love dogs.
ETC. ETC.

I would read these clues to my class the morning of the Mystery Reader’s visit. I would take five guesses and write these names on the board. My kiddos were excited to see if their guesses were correct!

So there you have it! FIVE easy steps for conducting Mystery Reader in your classroom!

1.     Host a sign up at Back to School Night and send home an information letter.
2.     Keep your sign up sheet easily accessible throughout the school year.
3.     Offer a selection of quick stories and/or picture books.
4.     Create a cozy environment for the reading!
5.     Get your Mystery Reader clues ready for your class!

The families in my class had a lot of fun with this over the years! We had relatives from out of state come visit, grandparents, cousins, and older siblings.

Here's my mom as a Mystery Reader in my classroom! My mom was a teacher for 20 years, became an Assistant Principal, Principal, and is now the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for her district. She's the best mom and a phenomenal educator to look up to!




You can grab all of these printables for free from my TpT shop. Just click here!







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