Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ Summer Shopping

I am linking up with Christina from Sugar and Spice for Wordless Wednesday!

Today I bring you a pic from my latest summer shopping trip to Hobby Lobby...
I swear I can't not leave that store without buying something! #addicting
I always use the online coupon for 40% off though!
What is your "addicting" store?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made It ~ Candy Birthday Card!

Linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for my first Monday Made It of the summer!
So excited to share with you today a clever gift for the "man or woman who has everything!"  I helped my sister put this together for my Dad for his birthday and I think it turned out so cute.  It is a candy birthday card!

Front of the card...

Inside the card...

To create this card, we went to the candy aisle at the grocery store and bought every candy bar that we thought we could incorporate into a sentence.  Then, we rearranged them in the order we wanted.  My sister wrote the card and taped in the candy bars in the appropriate spots.  

Here's what the final card read with the candy bar names in all caps...
"Dear CHARLESTON CHEW, CHUCK, or dad,
Some people may call you an AIRHEAD or maybe even a NERDS!  They may even SNICKERS and call you CHUNKY!  

But we prefer to call you MR. GOODBAR because you are a LIFESAVER!  Whenever we have MOUNDS of trouble or are in a CRUNCH, you go the EXTRA mile to SATISFY our needs.  So Happy Birthday!  TAKE 5, give yourself a PAYDAY and enjoy this MENTOS."

Hope this can give you some ideas to make your own candy birthday card.  It could make a great teacher gift or parent thank you too!  Please share any other candy bar ideas that you may have.  I need to start planning next year's card!  

#mondaymadeit

Monday, July 14, 2014

Something EPIC Happened...TpT Meet Up 2014!

This past week has been a whirlwind full of great memories.  I met so many new people and got to actually SEE so many of my online friends.  It was a truly an EPIC week from the teacher-blogger meet up to the first TpT conference.  How do you sum up such a packed week?  Let me try with my favorite way...bring on the pics!
I absolutely adore Rachel Lynette from Minds in Bloom.  She is so funny and an inspiration.
 Recognize anyone?  I loved meeting Jennifer from Simply Kinder, Karen from TeachersPayTeachers, Emma from Clever Classroom, Christina from Sugar and Spice, Susan from The Fun Factory, Heather from 2 Brainy Apples, and Jen Bengel from Out of This World Literacy.  Also loved hanging out the whole time with my roomie Lisa from It's the Little Things Lisa.

 We wanted Amy to be everywhere with us because she is such a fabulous person inside and out.  Thanks for being such a great sport Amy.  My favorite picture from this week might have to be the Amy with Amy picture...
 Did you also spot Terry from Terry's Teaching Tidbits, Cyndie from Chalk One Up For the Teacher, and Jessica from First Grade Nest?

 In the pictures above, loved meeting Sketchy Guy and HoJo

Thank you TpT for the swag!

So inspirational...



It was even more than imagined.  (I even got a TpT tattoo!)  Thank you TpT for making this conference a reality and allowing me to be part of it!

If you want to see highlights from last year's meet up {click here}.

You can also read about other's adventures...

I can hardly wait for NEXT YEAR and I hope to see you there!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Meet Up ~ I am Thankful!

I love the theme of today's Monday Meet Up with The Teaching Tribune...3 things that you are thankful for!  
I was going to take the funny route, but it didn't seem right.  Laying my heart out there seemed too emotional.  So, in the end, I went with my top 3 sentimental and top 3 funny things I am thankful for! 

Let's start with the funny!
NOTE: These are SUMMER thankful items, during the school year, it would be much different!

Moving to the sentimental (insert happy tears)!

I would love to here about what you are thankful for!  Go link up with The Teaching Tribune by clicking here!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Homemade Spinners!

I use the simple "pencil and paperclip" to make a spinner in many of my classroom games and activities.  

I also use these simple items when creating many Teachers Pay Teachers products.  I recently received a question on my page on how to use a pencil and paperclip to make a spinner and quickly realized it my not be known by everyone.  It is so easy and useful addition to any classroom!  So without further hesitation, let me model the spinner using my latest freebie "Spin Up an Array."  

In this first picture, you can see that the pencil goes inside the paperclip.  Any size paperclip and any pencil (or pen) will work!

Next, while holding the pencil, simply flick the paperclip to spin it!

 You can see this spin landed on "2."

For this game, I fill in 2 for factor #1 on the recording sheet.

Then, I spin again!

Factor #2 landed on number 9.

So, back to the recording sheet and I fill in 9 for factor #2.

For this game, I also need to draw the array and write in the product before spinning again!

Now you can easily go make your own spinners!  If you want to try out this game, just click on the picture below:
 Or you can check out the complete multiplication activities and games packet called Cooking Up Arrays!

Let's play HOPscotch ~ Grab a Freebie!


Yeah!  You have made it to stop #6!

Hope you are having fun hopping through and grabbing your freebies!  
Here is another one for you!
It's a multiplication game called Spin Up an Array!  
Click on one of the game pictures to snag this freebie!

If you like this game, you might want to check out the complete "Cooking Up Arrays" packet for more games and activities to help enrich teaching multiplication!  Check it out:

Time to HOP along now and go see what Cyndie has in store for you!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Road Trip 2014 ~ Vegas to Bonnaroo!

A non-teacher related post, but summer fun is part of being a teacher!  :)  This summer started off amazing with a 2 week road trip with the hubby.  We visited 13 states and went to an incredible music festival in Tennessee!  I could tell you about it, but I think it would be better to share in pictures.  So, without hesitation, here are my favorites...































That pretty much sums it up...anyone else been to any of these places?


I am also linking up with The Teaching Tribune today for "Tried and True Thursday" idea. 

CLICK HERE to read about how I use a simple die-cut circle to teach angles.  It is so concrete and the students love it!