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Monday Made It {Summer Week 5}

Good Morning, y'all!  If you've been reading any of my posts lately, you know I've been enjoying a leisurely summer (and I hope that you are too)!  But now that July is almost here, it's kinda hit me that I need to get in gear and be somewhat productive this summer!  So I've gotten a few little projects completed that I wanted to share with you and I'm linking up with the fabulous Tara for her Monday Made It!

                              
This past school year was a busy one and my house was getting seriously out of control!  I've been slooooowly going through my boys' rooms, tackling their dressers, closets, and endless supplies of toys (hello, Goodwill!).  The worst place though was their playroom.  I mean it literally looked like a Toys R Us exploded in there.  So I whipped up some little tags to label some of the baskets we used to organize toys (I mean we do this stuff at school, y'all, why not do it at home too, right?).

Another thing that was getting out of control was all of our paper piles.  I am super sentimental and want to save everything but let's face it, if it's faded or missing pieces, well it just needs to go.  I've seen lots of organization systems for keeping up with kids' stuff through the years but I decided to stick with the way I organize papers in my classroom.  So I created file boxes for each of my kids.  And I was totally inspired by Krista Wallden's freebie school clip art!  It's a pretty simple concept for a memory box (and I know some stuff won't fit) but it's a great start to organizing special keepsakes!


Finally, the last Made It is a FREEBIE for all of you (just click on the pics)!  The last school year required me to rely on my faith even more than ever and I often had specific Bible verses that I turned to for encouragement.  So I put together this scripture ring to keep in my classroom this upcoming year to encourage and uplift me.  I hope they do the same for you!  (And thanks to Megan for the adorable background papers that I used, you can get them here!)  I think they'd make adorable back to school gifts for your teammates too!


Have a blessed day!!!
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Amazing Giveaway {Win a $10 Shopping Spree to My Store and Much More}

Hey y'all!  Crazy how on a Sunday night during the school year I'd be in bed by now.  But since it's summer, the night is just beginning, haha!  Is it just me or are y'all staying up much later?  It just seems like such a treat to be able to stay up late with no school in the morning!  Yay!

So when I've been staying up late, I've been doing a lot of pinning, reading blogs, and finding new stores to follow on TPT, especially since I'll be teaching Pre-K next year.  Speaking of TPT, the awesome Tabitha of Totally Sweet Math Centers is celebrating having 1,000 TPT followers.


I've teamed up with the best of the best TpT sellers for what I'm sure will be an amazing giveaway! 10 winners will each win one of the prize packages listed below. Each package contains a $10 shopping spree to 10 different stores- that a $100 shopping spree and a total of $1000 in products in all!














You can enter right from my page. Best of luck! 


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Educents STEM Bundle


Hey y'all!  Hope you're busy soaking up the rays and enjoying that beautiful sunshine!  Well, I'm sure in between all the fun you're having, you are thinking about next year and ways to make the year even better!

This past school year I was really focused on improving my math and science instruction.  A few ways that I did that was to engage my kids in fun games ('cause we all know they love to play around) and to use interactive notebooking.  I also used Study Jams often to get them pumped up about science topics.  (LOVE these!!!)  
Oh, and don't forget about Math Interactive Learning Games!  (Remember, I posted about those here!)

So I have teamed up with Educents with some instant downloads for you that can help you improve your math and science instruction too! The bundle is loaded with great products to work with your kids on math, science, and some engineering activities!  


My products included will surely be loved by your students!  First up is a fun set of games that could easily be used for centers called Math Madness.  This is especially fun during March Madness...got any Carolina fans out there??? (Don't tell me if you're a Dukie, lol!)  My kiddos had a blast with all of these games and they were an awesome way to review rounding, comparing/equivalent fractions, multiplication, and area.


Then you all know that interactive notebooking is definitely all the rage lately!  My Matter Interactive Notebook packet is a great way to get your students engaged in learning about the properties and changes in matter!  Included in this packet are so many options for helping your students understand matter.  In addition to many foldables (and teacher notes to help you, haha), there are several observations for the students to complete in order for them to truly use the properties!


For a limited time it is $24.99 from Educents which is about 77% off!  That's 21 products for science, engineering and math with 899 pages of materials ready for you to use!  


You can also take peek at some of the other products included in the bundle at any of the links below!
An InLinkz Link-up

Enjoy the rest of your day!
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Two for Tuesday

Good Morning y'all!  I had hoped to post this a little earlier today but my littles slept in until 8, which means I slept in too, and we're moving really slowly today! =O)  I know that you can schedule posts but every time that I do, the post never actually goes live.  I have to manually publish it.  Any ideas on what I'm doing wrong???

Anyways, I am linking up with the Teaching Tribune again today to offer two products at 50% off!!!  They are actually two of my most wishlisted items and today they are a steal!


I'm discounting my Common Core Math Pre-Assessment task cards.  The task cards were created using 2nd grade skills and I used them at the beginning of 3rd grade to check and see if there were any holes in students' previous learning.  These cards would be a a great way to check students' knowledge at the end of 2nd grade too!


The next product is a teambuilding activity using the book, The Crayon Box that Talked.  This fun craftivity can be used with many grade levels and is a great back to school lesson in working together.

Well I'm off to go for a walk and a swim with my boys!  During their naptime, I plan to do some shopping to get ready for next year when I'm in Pre-K!!!  Have an amazing day!
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Monday Meet Up {Random Facts about Me}

Happy Monday, y'all!  I am super excited to join in with The Teaching Tribute for their Monday Meet Up Linky!  I love learning more about fellow bloggers and this is a great way to do it!

So today we are to share 3 random things about ourselves.  Here is a little bit that you probably don't know about me!

Thanks for stopping by!  I have to go work on all the laundry from our weekend camping trip!  Check back for tomorrow's Two for Tuesday!
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A Bright Idea for Student Gifts

Happy Summer y'all!  So I know you aren't thinking about gifts for your students right now.  Truthfully, most of you probably aren't thinking about students at all!  I know you're more likely thinking about what book you'll read next, which blogs to catch up on, or where to go on vacation...I'm with you!  But this Bright Idea is one that I didn't get to share before school was out and I'm hoping that you'll file it away to use next year!

So this idea was one I used as an end of year gift for my kiddos but you could use it for a gift at the holidays (or before testing to build confidence!)  And it ties in perfectly with lessons on character traits!   I included a lot of pictures because I know I am a visual learner (aka LAZY), haha!










Well that's it friends!  I hope that you can use this idea in your classroom!  A quick couple of notes about this project though...I made my students' gifts late the night before I needed to give the gifts to the kids and was on a tight budget/ink constraint.  Plus it was the first time I'd used Tagxedo.  If I had planned better, I would've used a variety of colors and shapes for different students.  I just kept it simple with stars with blue text for boys and hearts with pink text for girls.   Also, I'd have purchased the clear acrylic frames in 5x7 so I could've just printed the shapes directly from the website rather than saving them and inserting them into Power Point to get the size I needed.  So learn from my lessons, do not procrastinate, haha!

If you enjoyed this bright idea, please consider joining me on InstagramFacebook, or my TPT store for more great ideas!

For more bright ideas from more than 100 different bloggers, please browse through the link up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you.  Thanks for visiting!


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Worksheet Wednesday {FREEBIES}

Hey y'all!  I'm super excited to be linking up with The Teaching Tribune for "Worksheet Wednesday!"
These worksheets are oldies but goodies and hopefully can really help enhance your ELA instruction!  Just click on the pictures to get to the files!

Well, I'm off to go enjoy some summer relaxation while my littles are napping! =) Have a blessed day!



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Catching Up (Lots of Pics)

Testing is over, y'all!  I know my NC 3rd grade friends are shouting, "AMEN," with me right now!  It's been a long couple of weeks, finishing up Read to Achieve portfolios and testing some of our 3rd grade friends three times!

So since testing is over and it's the night before my last day of school, I thought I'd catch y'all up on what I've been up to!

My kiddos worked for a few weeks on their skeletal system projects, which you can find the project menu here for FREE!  They had a blast completing these projects and I was so impressed with the quality of their work.  One little group of gals even made their own duct tape sling to go along with their skit about a broken arm...love that creativity!

Well then it was about time for testing so we did a few things to calm our nerves.  We started by writing acrostics using the word READY (part of our state test's name) to remind ourselves of strategies and to do some positive self-talk.  

Then we did another little activity to help conquer our fears about testing (3rd grade is the first year for state testing here in NC so the kiddos get pretty anxious).  They had a blast!

When testing was through, I rewarded my kiddos with these treats.  (The candy watches were from Dollar Tree...the kids LOVED them!)

 After the initial testing dates, my family went on a quick beach day trip!  My little beach bums had a fantastic time!
 Then last Friday we had our class end of year celebration and we played lots of fun games from Tonya's Minute to Win It free pack!  It was seriously the BEST. CLASS. PARTY. EVER.
Finally, I joined the rest of y'all bloggy peeps and started a One Happy Teacher Instagram account!   I don't know why I waited so long but I love it...I love seeing what's going on in my bloggy friends' lives! Please follow me on Instagram...I can't wait to start sharing more often over there!

 



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