Thursday, May 30, 2013

Beach Balls, Bubbles and Bag Books

Our last day together was filled with FUN!
We started out by making these ADORABLE
paper bag memory books by Hope King 

They turned out soooo cute!

I made these mini versions of the kids' word clouds to go in the
"From My Teacher" pockets.

Next we autographed beach balls.
They LOVED this!

I found these cute bottles of bubbles at the dollar store that looked (and smelled) like soda bottles.
You can get the tags for the bottles here.


So finally we headed outside for some bubble and beach ball fun!

What a fun way to end the year!

What special activities do you do to celebrate the end of the year?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Catching Up...

Ever have one of THOSE days?
You know the ones, right?
Well, I have had one of THOSE weeks!
worn out, 
and not motivated to do

The last week of school is always busy, 
but this past week has just knocked me on my

Last day of school was last Thursday.
Followed by my son's HS graduation on Thursday night.
Final teacher day on Friday.
Haul son to new job interview on Friday afternoon.
Hubby's birthday on Monday,
Scott's 18th birthday on Tuesday
3 hours at DMV for him to get his licence, only for him to not pass the dang test!
Dog to vet for $1000 surgery on Tuesday.
ANOTHER 3 hours at DMV again today - thankfully he passed this time!
Drive Scott to training for new job.
Take Scott to get bank account so he can get insurance for his new truck.
HOPEFULLY, he will get the truck by Friday and the
MOM TAXI will be put to rest.

All I want to do is sleep, read, and watch mindless TV.

So I have neglected this dear little blog.
I'm sorry.

I'll try to make it up to you...

My Teacher's Secret Life

This is one of my favorite end-of-the year projects!
I love to use literature innovations in my classroom as springboard writing projects.
Last year was my first time with this one.

You can read about it here.

Well, this year my kiddos really got into it!
They outdid themselves!

Here are a few of them...

They had a lot of fun with this and did not complain at all about writing or revising.

Click here to get the free printable masters for the pages and cover.

Our Book of Bad Ideas!

Some other fun ones I discovered last year were

Using these ideas, we came up with our own

Book Of Bad Ideas

You can get copies of the Book of Bad Ideas pages here,
and get copies of the books here

These writing innovations sure made the last week a lot more fun!

I'll be back tomorrow with
Beach Balls,
and Bag Books!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Fabulous Clip Art Sale!

Thanks to Jen Jones from Hello Literacy
for introducing me to JC Sweet Pea Designs!
(Like I really needed another clipart addiction!)
Jen found her site on ETSY and this
Oh my gosh!
What cute stuff!

Well, I just had to hop on over and check it out for myself.

Here's what Jen said...
The shop is owned by Jennifer Cox of the UK. She caters to digital scrapbookers, but said she is going to start making more school/theme related packs for teachers.  She has quite a few school related packs as it is, but she is willing to extend her $75.00 offer to any teacher that would like to use her graphics commercially, specifically in your TpT products.  She said, "I want to work with teachers and help them out as much as I I'm willing to not require teachers to purchase my Commercial License as long as they provide a link to my store in their product description and/or Credits Page." 

You can purchase her entire store here or contact her directly with questions here.

I just had to grab up this deal, so I thought I would share it with you too!

I finished up with school on Friday!

How about you?  How much longer do you have?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tags For Student Gifts

Just a quickie to share the tags that I made for my student 
end-of-the-year gifts that I posted on Sunday.

 The final video of my kids for the end-of-the-year turned out great, but I can't share because it has all of their pictures and names.  It is like the one I posted here but it has the kids pictures just before the Wordles and the music is "We Are The World."  I love the way it turned out! I hope the parents do too!
1 1/2 more days to go!
I think I can!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The End Is In Sight!

Hey 'yall!
I know I haven't been posting much lately, 
and for that I am sorry.
I promise that I will catch up next week!
3 1/2 more days of school 
and I have been
This weekend I have been a printing and laminating FOOL!

End of the Year Awards - check
Word Clouds for Kids - check

Gifts for Kiddos - check

Here's a slideshow of the Wordles.  I am making it into a video with student photos.

We finished our Class books for 
My Teacher's Secret Life
Our Book of Bad Ideas
and they are AWESOME!

I will share as soon as I have more time.

For now,
Hang in there!
The end is in sight!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tried it Tuesday and TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale

Don't forget about the Teacher Appreciation Sale at TPT!
Everything in my store is on sale all week
with an extra 10% off from TPT today and tomorrow!
I filled my cart today and spent WAY more than I should have!

Next, I am linking up with Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper for

I got this idea from Gina over at Beach, Sand, and Lesson Plans.
Here was her version...
So, we tried it too.
We started out brainstorming what we would have to do to be a dog.
Then we wrote a poem similar to Gina's.
I was planning on the Mother's Day version, 
but then I got the idea to have them write to the incoming fourth graders,
How to Be a Fourth Grader...
Here's What they came up with...

I think they came out great!
I am going to have them on display for our Showcase Night next week.
Now we are working on the Mother's Day ones.

Thanks Gina for the great idea!

I was going to link up with Teacher Talk Tuesday, but I left my Ipad at work.
I will have to post tomorrow.

I did some serious damage at the TPT sale today!
And there's still another day! 
 What other goodies will I find?
Please share if you know of something I can't live without...

Here's what my cart looked like today!

But I really NEEDED all of that stuff!

So, what did you buy today?

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