Monday, March 2, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Word Wall FREEBIE

It seems like St. Patrick's Day always falls over Spring Break, so I never do anything super fun at school to celebrate. Not this year...we will be getting our St. Patrick's Day on! I will be using these little word cards in my writing center to encourage some holiday writing. They are FREE in my TPT store. Just click any of the pictures below to download. 10 Words are included! : )



Happy March!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March...Currently


MARCH! 
And there is snow on the ground...in Texas! Something isn't right here...

Lexi is over it!


LISTENING: I have missed the entire season of Sister Wives! I figured I better catch the finale! It's such a strange thing, I could never share my man...

LOVING: OMG! Have you tried the new Tiramisu latte? Rarely do I try anything new at Starbucks, but I am hooked! 

THINKING: I worked at school 9:45 to 5 today! I am definitely looking forward to bedtime!

WANTING: We had two snow days last week, ugh! Bring on the sunshine!

NEEDING: My grocery list is growing! Maybe I will go at night and avoid the crowd!

SPRING BREAK PLANS: My husband officially moved to Dallas today. We are so excited to start this new chapter, but it sure is sad to be away from each other.After he got this job, we made the decision that I would stay to finish out the school year here. So we will be doing the long distance thing until May 31! Dallas is only 5ish hours away , so we will see each other most weekends. It's definitely still hard though. We also split the fur babies. Luke went with Tyler to Dallas and Lexi stayed here with me. Poor babies don't know what is going on! Luckily, we will be reunited for Spring Break and we will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary!!!!







Sunday, February 22, 2015

Coin Grocery Store


It is so fun to plan a lesson that your students are over the moon excited about. This year I wanted to up my coin teaching game and create a hands on grocery store. My students absolutely LOVED it! I put a lot of thought into how to set up the grocery store to make sure that meaningful learning was occurring and that I was addressing my specific TEKS. I decided to put all of my activities and preparation in a packet to share with you! It includes everything you need to set up a grocery store to teach coins. In the packet I go through the entire process of planning, setting up and the actual activity! 


Here is a little peek into our Coin Grocery Store...

At the beginning of the week, I asked parents to send any empty grocery boxes to use in our grocery store. We spent the week learning about each coin and it's value. We created an anchor chart, sorted and graphed coins.

This coin sorting mat is included in the packet too! : )

On Friday, it was time for the big grocery store! My students used coins to shop and then matched the coin up to each item. 






They also created a little receipt to tell me all of the items that they purchased.




This sounds really silly, but I always gage my student's engagement in an activity on the number of students who need to use the bathroom. Of course, students naturally have to use the bathroom sometimes BUT many times they are using the bathroom as an excuse to take a little break. I have noticed that when students are really engaged in a lesson or activity, they don't want to miss anything so they usually don't ask to go potty. Let's just say all of my learners were so engaged in this activity that we had no one in the bathroom! : ) 

I am really proud of this product because I am not simply giving you worksheets or centers. I am giving you the tools to plan an engaging learning activity for your students! I hope that you will check it out and think about using a grocery store to teach coins!

Stay warm! : )




Monday, February 16, 2015

Valentine's Day in Review

I can't believe Valentine's Day has already come and gone! I absolutely LOVE Valentine's Day, and not just because it is my birthday too! It is just such a sweet holiday! : ) This year I also discovered a new favorite book...


Find it on Amazon HERE.

I just love, love, LOVE this book! It is a real tear jerker too! We used this book for a few different things. First, we used to to discuss characters and their actions. Mr. Hatch is a great character and he is easy for students to understand and identify with. We made a Mr. Hatch and wrote about him. 





Next, we wanted to spread some Valentine cheer! In the story, Mr. Hatch receives a valentine with the note, "Somebody Loves You." It completely changes his life and brings him so much joy. We wanted to bring joy to others  by letting them know that someone loves them too! For our special valentines, each child had a package of the Little Debbie heart cakes. I liked using  these because they have two small cakes in each package. So the students had one to eat and one to share. They put their heart cake into a Valentine ziploc bag with a note that said, "Somebody Loves You." 



We brainstormed ideas of who they could share their valentines with. They were really excited to give it away!

The next day for writing, everyone wrote about who they gave their valentine too and how it made them feel. It was a great way to teach the power of kindness! I will definitely be keeping this activity in my Valentine's Day plans!

My students also enjoyed Valentine themed math tubs! Here are a few pictures of the activities. Everything pictured can be found in my Heart to Heart Valentine Math Centers and Printables.

We reviewed building numbers to 20.

My students really enjoyed this spin on the roll and cover game. They roll two dice, add the numbers together and build a tower to match on their board! It hits so many skills in one game! : )

This is a tricky one! Students have to sort addition facts according to their sum. 

 Practicing our addition facts!

And finally, writing addition facts to 10 using ten frames. 

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day! Feel free to pin any of these ideas to save for next year! : ) 

Don't forget to check on the Deep in the Heart of Texas Blog Hop! There is a few great giveaways and you still have a few more days to enter! : )



Saturday, February 14, 2015

Deep in the Heart of TEXAS Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Deep in the Heart of Texas" blog hop!  Over 40 Texas teacher bloggers have joined together to share what we love about our state as well as ideas and freebies that we love.  You will also have the opportunity to enter to win TpT products and/or TpT gift certificates by entering using the rafflecopters included in each post.  Down at the bottom, you will see all of the blogs participating in the hop.  Just click and you will be taken to their posts.  We hope you love what you find.  Happy Valentine's Day!


Hey y'all! My name is Sarah and I am from Midland, Texas! Born and raised! But, I will soon be moving to the big city of Dallas, Texas! And today is my BIRTHDAY! 

Midland, Texas is in no way shape or form a pretty place. Unless you like wind and tumbleweeds. If you don't know what a tumbleweed is, we need to talk... 

Here are a few things I love the most about Midland...

 1. I love the small town feel and that my mom lives her too! It's going to be hard not to have her so close in Dallas. Plus, I don't know what we will eat, she feeds us all the time. She also helps me cut out my endless lamination and makes me laugh!



2. I love the small businesses and stores. My happy place is definitely Miss Cayce's Christmas Store.  They have EVERYTHING you can imagine for Christmas! They even serve warm cookies and sodas while you shop! Ahhh!!

Look how amazing it is! They also have a great Pinterest board to follow if you are into Christmas or decorating!

3. Midland is George W. Bush's hometown. I love me some GW! In 2008 our town had a huge welcome home rally for President and Mrs. Bush. Here is Hubby and I back in our high school days.






I absolutely LOVE teaching about any type of animal. Especially animals that my students have real experiences with! Like many classrooms, we hatch chicks in the Spring! It is probably one of my all time favorite teaching times and I just love that my kids become little chick experts. And it's a special experience that many of them will never have again

Last year we hatched five baby chicks. 

I had to bust out my chick hat for their hatching...



My kids loved making this giant chick, labeling the body parts and writing! 


I have turned this activity into a special freebie for you to use this Spring! Even if you can't hatch chicks, this would still be a fun addition to your farm or Easter unit! : ) 



Click HERE to download your Chick Freebie from my TPT Store! Make sure to follow my store while you are there so you don't miss any fun freebies!






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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

100 Days of Fun























Thanks so much for reading about our 100th Day of School! It was so much fun and it makes my heart happy to see my kids so engaged! : )