Saturday, August 29, 2015

Visual Plans {8/31-9/4}

I’m linking up again this week for a Peek at my Week.

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It’s going to be a busy week in third grade!  Click on the pics to download the plans with clickable links!  You won’t want to miss out on the math FREEBIE!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out what we’ll be up to this week!

Here are some links you can follow to check out some products. To get all of the clickable links, click on the picture of the plans to download!

Rock On

Earth Science Bundle

Simple Verb Tenses

Color Coded Paragraphs (updated)

Table Talk

Context Clues

Multiplication Monster Pack

Multiplication Task Cards {Freebie}

M.A.T.H. Center Board (Primary)

M.A.T.H. Center Board (Bright)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

It’s a GRAND Giveaway!


My amazing friend Ashlyn from The Creative Classroom is having a Grand giveaway to celebrate reaching 1,000 followers on TpT!  Seriously….she is amazing!  Besides sharing my love of reality TV, she is hilarious and crazy creative!  Oh and did I mention that her Periscopes are hilarious and #realtalk!  I am so excited to help her celebrate this milestone!

Enter to win a $100 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers!  Winners will be announced on Saturday!

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

A Peek At My Week {August 17-21}

I’m linking up my plans again this week with the amazing Mrs. Wills for A Peek at My Week!

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This week we will continue to learn how to do Morning Meeting.  Last week, we focused on learning our classroom expectations (we call them The 5 Ways to Be).  We learned one each day and made a looks like, sounds like chart for each.  We also learned how to share our News of the Day and end the meeting with a class cheer.  This week we will add another element and practice.


You can read more about why I L.O.V.E. Morning Meeting HERE or check it out in my store HERE.

Here are the rest of my plans for the week. 



Check out the products I’m using this week here:

Mentor Sentences

Table Talk

Character Traits

We Are Authors

Home Journals {FREEBIE}

Number Talks Posters HERE  Blog Post about Number Talks HERE

Hip, Hip, Array Math Centers/Activities

Division Task Cards

M.A.T.H. Center Bulletin Board {Bright Colors}
M.A.T.H. Center Bulletin Board {Primary Colors}

Make sure you check out the visual plans from the other amazing teachers linked up for A Peek at my Week!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Back to School, Visual Plans, Freebies and Sale!

It’s here.  The first day of school!  I’m linking up my visual plans for a peek at my week! 

I’ve spent the last 2 weeks prepping my room and getting organized.  We’ve had Meet the Teacher….I’m ready to get started!

Here are my plans for the first week!

I'm linking up with the fabulous Mrs. Wills for a Peek at my Week!


The first week will be busy with First Day Jitters, getting to know you activities and learning how to Table Talk!  Our first framework is called Collaborate and Communicate and we spend several days learning how to have conversations about our learning using activities and lesson from my Table Talk pack.  Once students learn how to “Table Talk,”  we use it all year long and across content areas!  This pack will take you through it step by step! 

I forgot to include the link to Jivey's amazing Mentor Sentence pack in the picture so HERE it is. If you don't already own to her store and grab them.  They are amazing and I will never teach grammar with worksheets again.

I’ve also included in my visual plans cards to use to practice Table Talking after reading First Day Jitters!  Don’t forget to download the visual plans to get all of the links to the products and FREEBIES!  Click on the pictures of the plans to download!  Any product of mine featured in my plans will also be on SALE for the next 2 days!!!


I love teaching math and I LOVE teaching multiplication!  It is so fun and they always come to thrid grade so excited to learn it!  I love using the picture book Each Orange Had Eight Slices to introduce multiplication and this summer I made a little journal companion to use with it!  I’m so excited to get started! You can read my blog post about it HERE.

I also LOVE Number Talks and I can’t wait to start them again this year!  If you haven’t already read about my love for Number Talks you can find that post HERE

I plan on beginning to introduce our new M.A.T.H. centers slowly this week.  I’ve learned over the years to take it very slow when introducing math centers and Daily 5.  The more intentional you are at the beginning of the year about teaching and practicing those procedures the more it will pay off in smooth sailing down the road!  I’m excited to get started and I love how cute my new board turned out!  The packs to create the bulletin boards are available in my TpT store!


I’m so excited to get this year started tomorrow!  How many of you go back this week?  If not this week, when do you go back?

Happy Back to School Season everyone!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

2gether We Are Better {August}

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I am so excited to be linking up with the amazing Ashley and Angie.  The topic this month is all about bulletin boards, which is perfect because I. Just. Finished. Mine!  We don’t officially report back until Tuesday, but I have to have my room done and ready before then.  I just can't sit through meetings with a mile long to-do list and the stress of finishing my room hanging over my head!

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This first bulletin board is the one I posted a sneak peek of on my Instagram.


Several people asked about it so I posted it in my store, along with a version in primary colors that I made for my teammate.  This year I am all about simplifying and organizing.  We have A LOT going on, from my girls being crazy involved in high school and studio dance to our house remodel (that’s a whole other post!) so, I am working really hard to not bring work home with me every night and to not be asleep on the couch by 7 on a Friday night.  Which can’t happen since my girls will be dancing under the Friday Night Lights every Friday this fall!  SO….that is how this board came about.  I wanted a structure for math centers (sort of like Daily 5 is the structure for reading small groups).  I wanted something that would be consistent so that I am not constantly having to switch out activities and teach new center activities to the students.


You can click on the picture above to check out the math boards in my store!

This next board is the newest addition to my room and I am so excited about it!  Our school wide theme this year is based on Growth Mindset, which I am super passionate about!  I wanted something to remind students how to turn their negative, fixed mindset self talk into something positive and growth oriented.


These posters are available in my store, you can find them by clicking HERE.  The poster set comes with 4 sets of posters, only 3 are pictured here.  I couldn’t fit all 4 because my “Mindset,” banner hangs so low, but I also couldn’t raise the banner because it matches the ones on all of my other boards and they need to match.  You understand that right?!?  So, I plan on rotating the pictures because anytime you change it up a little they notice, which means they are looking at the board, which means the messages are seeping in!  Right?!?

Okay, about my cute banners.  I know what you want to ask me, are they from Amy Groesbeck?  The answer is….kind of!  I did buy her adorable editable pack and I LOVE them.  Then I went to Staples to have all the color prints done for ALL of my bulletin boards.  Then I calculated how much more it would be to print all of the letter for my banners.  Then I remembered that I own a Silhouette machine and that I could cut the banners from cardstock.  So, yes, they are absolutely inspired by her adorable letters that I did buy.  Hers are cuter though because they have the colored dots, mine are just plain black and white.





This last “board,” isn’t even really a board, but it is next to my desk.  I shamelessly show off adorable pictures of my family!  And, my newest addition, my framed Pride of Peoria award, because well, a girl only gets to be Pride of Peoria once and I’d like to be able to look at it on those hard days (because we all have them) and remember how it felt!


Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my bulletin boards!  Head on over to Angie and Ashley’s blogs to link up yours! I can’t wait to see them!