A TpT Gift Certificate…It’s All I Want for Christmas!


Along with being a seller on TpT, I am a TpT shopaholic too!  There are so many amazing resources out there that it’s hard to resist!  TpT offers gift certificates ranging in price from $10-$200!  A perfect gift for a teacher friend!   I’m teaming up with Laura Candler and other amazing bloggers for a [Read On]

A few of my favorite things

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This is crazy exciting!  I’m am thrilled beyond belief to be participating in this outrageous fun filled week of giveaways! I’m feeling a bit like Oprah sharing my favorite things.  Speaking of Oprah and her favorite things, how awesome would that have been to be an audience member when she was recording that episode!?!?! So, [Read On]

A Bright Ideas Round-Up

Fall Round-up

November’s edition of the Bright-Ideas Link-up is quite the special one!  This month is a round-up of all the fantastic Bright Ideas from months past.   Below you will find a few of my favorite Bright Ideas: Practicing those pesky prefixes & suffixes using a beach ball.  You can read about it here.   Charting student’s [Read On]

Erin Condren $75 Shopping Spree


Saying I’m a fan of Erin Condren is an understatement as you can see! Here is my newest craze!  The Erin Condren Lesson Planner!!  This is what I came home to after a long day at school.  The box alone speaks volumes! Then, I open the box…. My newest collection, is wrapped in tissue paper! [Read On]

An iTheme Exit Board

iKnow that

I’m a self-proclaimed Apple products junky!  I love all things Apple, so it only made sense to create an exit board that incorporates the iPad!  My exit board is titled “iKnow That”.  It’s where students place their  iTicket(exit slip) as they walk out the door.  Since I wanted it to be their actual ticket out [Read On]

4-6-8 Gathering Ideas for Writing

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I don’t know what to write about? Have you heard this before?  I’m pretty confident that every teacher has heard this at some point! The 4-6-8 strategy gives students something to write about.  As a whole class, have students brainstorm to list four characters.  Characters can be made up, from a book, or a movie. [Read On]

Month by Month Word Study

month by month word study

I used to dread teaching prefixes, suffixes, and roots more than anything else.  Finding resources were few and far between and were usually worksheet based.  The resources that were available that went beyond the worksheet, needed so much prep.  This is where the Month by Month Word Study from Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots comes into play!  Are [Read On]

Charting Student Fluency

Fluency anchor chart

For the fourth week in a row, my students can’t wait to see how many words a minute they can read!  That is exciting news my friends! I have five students for RTI, and as you can see fluency is one of their goals.  We practice fluency throughout the week, and Friday is our test [Read On]

Holding Successful Parent Teacher Conferences

Successful Parent Teacher Conferences

I am excited to share with you my very first post over at Upper Elementary Snapshots!  You will find tips for scheduling, preparing, and participating in successful parent teacher conferences.  You will find a free printable too! Hope to see you there!

October Teaching Resources


How in the world can it be the 7th day of October?  Crazy, I say!   Before we know it, Halloween will be here!  Yikes! After seeing this, I’m thinking Halloween may not be so bad this year.  Pay close attention to the phrase “not so bad”. Below you will find a collection for free [Read On]

Teaching Character Traits

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Last week I introduced character traits to my students.  We are reading Freckle Juice by Judy Blume.  Determining character traits to describe Andrew, is pretty easy.  My students are really getting into coming up with traits and then proving those traits with text based evidence. This is the anchor chart that is displayed for students [Read On]

Kick off With a Giveaway

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It’s been in the works, we’ve been working diligently to make it just right.  It’s big, it’s amazing, and it’s for all you upper elementary teachers!  Now it’s time for the big reveal and a bit more!   I am so excited to be a part of Upper Elementary Snapshots, this new collaborative blog!  We [Read On]

A Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek

Do you have a spare bulletin board, cabinet, or wall in your classroom that needs filling?  I did, and the empty space was about to drive me nuts!  This is where the “Sneak Peek” comes in.  I needed a filler and came up with one that serves a great purpose. I teach two 4th grade [Read On]

Heads Together ~ A Cooperative Learning Strategy

Heads Together

Do you have hogs and logs in your classroom?  I know I have had many of them over the years.  Heads Together is a cooperative learning strategy that prevents those hogs from stealing the show and the logs from doing nothing. What’s Just Happened? The hog likes to talk, so they are getting an opportunity to [Read On]

Grandparents Day Paper Bag Book


Are you ready for this?!?  Grandparents Day is right around the corner and I have a fun creative keepsake for students to make!  My daughter was the guinea pig for this activity, and she was more than excited to help!  Without further ado, I introduce you to the Grandparent’s Day Paper Bag Book! I purchased [Read On]

Tools for Close Reading

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Looking for a versatile tool for close reading?  Try a page protector.  Keep reading because it’s more than you think! Using a page protector for a printable page is pretty easy to figure out.  Give students a printable passage, place in a page protector, and you have an instant reusable surface for students to use [Read On]

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