Want some AMAZING prizes?

Here is an awesome giveaway to peek at.  Two AMAZING girls joined to offer this AMAZING opportunity.  Check out both blogs - The Science Penguin and Teaching with a Mountain View

Make sure that you stop by and check it out soon!  They are racking up entries and you do not want to miss out. Maybe stop by their TPT stores as well - there are some amazing things in their stores! Today at http://www.teachingwithamountainview.com/ you cn also enter to win my Early Finisher Task Card Bundle!


Today marks the first....


I realize moving into Grade 7 I should post something middle school themed - but old habits die hard. And this is something I have even used at home with most of my own little kiddies.

For the next two hours {until 6:40 pm CST} you can grab my Animal Beginning and End Sound pack for free!

This giveaway is now over!    Thank you for stopping by! 

Another giveaway!

If you are a hardworking teacher you KNOW that free QUALITY products are always a blessing because there is always something you will need!  Over at Digraphs, Decimals, and Discoveries she is hosting a giveaway with a few great prizes.

Prize one is a TPT $25 gift card - we could all use that.  Some of those ladies {and men} blow me away with the products they have in their stores!

Prize two is a very cute Forest Friends Classroom Set, this includes name plates, hall passes, schedule cards and more!

Prize three is a Hawaiian Classroom Set by 3rd Grade Theatrics.

Pop on over and check it out!


Check out this giveaway!

Over on http://www.123kteacher.blogspot.ca/ there is an awesome giveaway taking place. There are over 50 prizes in all that will be given away this week.  The giveaway is live for grades Prek-2 starting now, and there are over 30 prizes being given away. It runs from July 27-July 28th until midnight. Check out all the fabulous prizes over on her blog right now, and take a sneak peak at the prizes for the other grade ranges as well.

I donated my 2013-14 Teacher Binder to the middle school giveaway :).


Amazing days

I had a very lazy start to the day, snuggled, logged into TPT to check out what was going on, made a late lunch...just lazy.  I need to remember that it is okay to slow down and relax... Occasionally.  I never stop moving, and I am usually doing more than one thing at a time.  I am like the queen of multitasking.  

This evening I grabbed some of my kiddos and headed to the park for a hike.  I love hiking.  It is so serene under the cover of trees.  Peace. Sigh. 


Getting Ready for September {New Products}

I have posted a few new things in the last few days that I am excited about!  I made my teacher binder - with al my favorite chevron patterns complimented by pops of my favorite bright colors and flowers.

Included are:
  • A beautiful cover page
  • Colorful patterned academic monthly calendar
  • Student data sheet
  • Student Incident Report Form
  • Parent Contact Log - Monthly
  • 10 different but coordinated dividers {meetings, mark, student info, permission slips, parent logs, parent meetings, student behavior, monthly calendar, extra curricular, a blank page to personalize}
  • Attendance Log
  • Student Mark Forms
  • Title page tabs
  • Seating Arrangement {laminate and save paper!}
  • Films Shown in Class
  • Daily Schedule Title Page
  • Daily Schedule Page
  • Binder Spines waiting to be personalized
I cannot wait to use this baby!  I LOVE chevron, almost as much as I love being organized.  Stepping into Grade 7 from Grade 1 means I am not 100% sure exactly what I need so I went with the basics.  You cannot go wrong with the basics.

I also posted a mega pack of all my Friday Fun Series Science Experiments.  In my Grade 1 class every Friday was all day science with literacy and math tie ins that focus on developing important skills and knowledge in our little ones! Although I used it in Grade 1 it can be used up to Grade 5 - how in depth you teach with it is up to you. 

This Mega Pack Includes 9 fun and hands on science experiments to supplement our classroom learning.

 Layering Liquids
This installment of the {Friday Fun Series} looks at how we can layer liquids! It is a great first look at density in a fun and hands on way that my kids loved!
It comes with density and prediction anchor charts. This mini pack focuses on following up on skills of prediction and observation.
A page that uses visual graphics to describe atoms, molecules, and how they play a role in density.
A lab experiment that layers 5 colorful liquids as a demonstration of what we have learned about atom, molecules, and density.
A prediction and observation graphing activity
A page that allows students to diagram the outcome and make conclusions about the experiment.
A follow up take home portion of the experiment. Every kids loves having something to take home to show Mom and Dad.
Mentos and Diet Coke Geyser {looking at surface tension}
Every classroom needs to do the diet coke and Mentos geyser experiment at least once within the school year. This experiment has a WOW factor that kids love. This is an OUTDOOR activity and should be done away from the school building since it can be rather sticky.

Each week of the Friday Fun Series we focus on a different skill and concept. This week I focused in on the concept of surface tension and the skill of owning a role in a group. In Grade One owning a role in a group is a skill that can take a while to develop.

We start with the idea of surface tension and do the penny experiment to get the idea that molecules stick together.

We follow it by watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RphuMEUY3Og and talking about how this related to what we know about surface tension and the penny experiment.

We follow it up by doing the Mentos experiment. We repeat the experiment a second time after learning about the science and test if more Mentos make a bigger explosion.

Included in this pack are:
-Colorful anchor chart describing surface tension
-Handout which explains surface tension in a kid friendly way
-Role assignment and tally recording sheet for the penny experiment
-Reflection sheet for the penny experiment
-Comprehension sheet that accompanies the short water strider video suggested
-Materials and hypothesis sheet for the Mentos experiment
-Recording data {through diagram} sheet for the Mentos experiment and a kid friendly explanation of the science behind the explosion
-A recording sheet {through diagram} for the second Mentos experiment that asks for a hypothesis, was my hypothesis right/wrong, and how it was different than the first experiment.
-All the pages are easy to use, colorful, and fun
Butter Me Up {butter making}
In this installment of the {Friday Fun Series} we look at data and data collection. We review variables and conclusions while studying emulsions. We record data at allotted time intervals about the physical changes taking place to our cream. We also do a class survey, tally the data, and then propose a third test with different independent variable. Yes, we do this in grade one. :o)

I like to watch the butter making video by Robert Krampf , he does a great job of breaking down the science.

I buy small containers and each students gets to take home a sample. It is a highlight of the activity – something to show off at home!

Make sure to bring crackers or bread so that you can let them taste their creations!

This is fun to do when studying similarities and differences in culture and time. Depression cooking with Clara: Fresh Bread and the Dandelion Salad episodes are easy enough that they can cook along with Clara. And then have a “retro meal”. You can even have the students make their own cooking show and tape it. They have loved doing that in our class :)

 Color Changing Carnations
This installment into the {Friday Fun Series} looks at how water is spread throughout a plant – using color changing carnations as a basis of observation. We discuss parts of a plant as well as xylem and phloem both in text in diagram. We focus on the “method” portion of the scientific process.

This mini pack includes a can/have/are brainstorm sheet, parts of a flower diagram and informational handout, handout explaining transpiration {kid friendly version!} and the role of xylem and phloem in water and nutrient transportation, handout leading hypothesis, materials, and method., a data recording sheet where the record in word and picture their observations, a conclusion page that asks for justification and real life application of what we have learned. A sequencing review handout sheet and a fun page that asks them what their favorite flower looked like – a reward for all the hard work they have done!

Fun with Polymers {making Gak}
A second addition to our Friday Fun Series - Playing with Polymers.

In this mini pack you will take a look into our exploration of atoms, elements, molecules, and polymers using GAK! This is a great first look at solids and liquids as well.

This mini pack includes not only some very cute clipart that the kids love, but a page that explores just exactly what atoms, elements, molecules and polymers are. { a great tie in activity is to use students to create first atoms, then molecules, then polymers by joining hands and testing their strength by placing the smallest student on top of their joined hands - it is a great visual as to why Gak holds up when water or glue would not!}

It has a testing page so the kids can record their observations, a recipe for GAK {borax, water, glue mixtures}.

A page that explores changing variables as well as predictions and conclusions.

An assessment page.

 Where the Wind Takes Up {force and making Roto Copters}
This addition to the Friday Fun Series focuses on the scientific idea of force as well as the skill of managing variables and data collection while making paper roto-copters. This is hands down one of the most fun classroom activities we have done - even though it is so simple.

This pack includes: templates for roto-copters, a pre-testing prior knowledge page, force handout aimed at primary students, a force definition poster, a variable definition poster, testing page, data recording page, draw and label your experiment page to assess understanding, and a match the word/meaning assessment page. As well I have included a few teacher tips for teaching this mini unit.

Scientific Process and Color Mixing {primary and secondary colors}
Each Friday in my class we do a fun cross-curricular activity that ties science to something else we are doing. This activity ties in our focus on color in art and our focus on scientific process in science.

You will get:
Poster that underscores "big picture questions"
Teacher notes page
Assessment sheet {review of color}
A student workbook that includes intro to primary and secondary colors, a scientific process recording sheet, testing pages
It’s all Crystal Clear Now {Borax crystals}
In this short mini unit we will be focusing on observation skills {what is a good observer} as well as looking at atoms, molecules, and how crystals are formed!

What is a Crystal? Page
Observe Poster Page
Experiment leading page with instructions and recipe for borax crystals
Brainstorming page
What I observed {similarities and differences}
Sequencing page - review the steps
Physical and Chemical Changes
This installment into the Friday Fun Series looks at chemical and physical changes. As well it looks at being aware of safety procedures. Included are the instructions for two experiments – baking soda and vinegar explosion and assembling and assembling modeling clay animals.
Included are:
Anchor charts for physical and chemical changes
Anchor chart for safety precautions
A handout on physical and chemical changes incusing definition and examples {kid friendly wording}
Instructions for a physical change experiment which uses modeling clay
A review of safety procedures
A worksheet that explores the first experiment and what makes it a physical change
Instructions for a chemical change experiment that uses baking soda and vinegar
A worksheet that explores the second experiment and what makes it a chemical change
A review of safety procedures
Comparing the first and second experiment worksheet
Assessment sheet {identify as physical and chemical changes}
Follow up experiment: making cinnamon buns {with premade crescent rolls)
Be Blessed!  I gotta grab some shut eye while I can, tomorrow is Freedom's birthday and we are getting our hair done and going shopping.  I am working on convincing her we don't need twerking lessons :/.  Wish me luck.


What better way to start my new blog off than a little product linky party!!!

We all know that teaching is a community and you are only as strong as your community ties.  Ever forgotten your keys, lost your stapler, or needed a last minute assessment?  Maybe it is just me than.....

Anyhoo - here are some great educational products you SHOULD check out. They are also on my pinterest {which coincidentally is under my daughters name - haha!}

Sound Punchers {awesome idea}


Back to School Centers

Letter Clouds

Chalkboard Classroom Jobs


Beginning Sight Word Centers

Authors Purpose Task Cards

Second Grade Math Assessment


Back to School Lit and Math Centers

Hoppin' Through Percent, Fractions, Decimals

Pirate Themed Lit Circle Roles

Nutrition and Healthy Living Unit

Counting On and Counting Up Task Cards

Back to School Lit Centers {k to gr.1}

Check 'em out!