22 October 2014

A Thanksgiving Thank You to the Military

Hey Friends,

I'm always surprised by the teaching community and friends I've found through blogging and creating products, and how far those connections can really go.

I'm here today with a super special message, and I need your help!

Each morning on my way to work (I have a 45 minute to an hour commute), I listen to The Bert Show, and I love those guys (and girls - here's to you Kristin and Cassie)!

Each year they put on Bert's Big Thank You in an effort to get an handwritten letter into the hands of each and every service man and women currently deployed outside the United States. Their goal is to receive letters from every state, and over 1,000,000 letters!
As teachers, we have the unique ability to get LOTS of these letters written and pretty quickly. Today, my class spent about 45 minutes of our day talking about writing thank you letters, and why it's so important to take the time to actually do so.

Take a look at some of these cutie patootie letters!
Here's the challenge to you:

Have you class write letters - heck, encourage your entire school to write a letter and get it to The Bert Show by October 30, 2014! I know that doesn't leave much time, but squeeze it into your day, and then get them sent off! You CAN do it!

To help make it a little easier for you, I put together this FREE download - print, copy, write! Spread the word - tell your teacher friends, guidance counselors, principals, family, and friends, and let's get these letters written! Grab it here or click on any of the pictures below.

I'd love to know if you're writing letters! Share below with your grade and state, and SPREAD THE WORD - your blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter - wherever you can!

13 October 2014

Mentor Monday - Pumpkins and Halloween

Hey Y'all (I'm actually more of "you guys" kind of girl, but there's something about Fall that brings out my inner Southern Girl)!

Yes, Fall is among us, and it's glorious - although, I'm still waiting for some cooler weather :/

Fall means leaves changing, delicious smells and coffees (umm, not real pumpkin? whhaat?), and all things baked goods, pumpkins and Halloween! The natural segue here is to books fit for the season!

I love tying in seasonal books to our curriculum, however, it's not always possible. I do have an afternoon reading time, that is strictly for enjoyment (although, what kind of a teacher would I be if I didn't ask a question or two?), in which I can read a seasonal book that doesn't necessarily fit in anywhere else.

I'm thrilled to be linking up with Emily over at The Reading Tutor/OG for her Mentor Monday linky!

What's your favorite pumpkin-themed book or Halloween book?


01 October 2014

Fraction Remix

Hey Friends!

I'm excited to be linking up for Math Madness Wednesdays with Krista from Teaching Momster! This week's topic is all about fractions!

We actually don't get to fractions until the 3rd Nine Weeks, but I thought I'd share how/what I used to teacher fractions last year. To be honest, it worked really well last year, and while I might add a partner game or two to the mix, I'm not planning on changing too much.

Below is an excerpt from my original blog post (you can read it here).
Last but not least, I introduced fractions to my kiddos on Monday (Oh my - was that just yesterday?). We talked about what they already knew, watched a BrainPOP, Jr. video, and learned that fractions are pieces of a whole, but must be equal pieces. 
It's important to note that before we start talking about halves, thirds, fourths, etc...I want students to understand that if they don't have equal parts - it's not a fractions, regardless of how many pieces they have.
The kiddos practiced by deciding if circles and rectangles had been partitioned equally or not. I LOVE our interactive notebooks. Seriously, ah-mazing! These pages are part of my Fraction Mini-Unit.
My sample pages.
Kiddos hard at work sorting, and color-coding (which was their idea).
Since you've made it through to the end of this post you deserve a reward! You can grab these two pages for FREE! I just set up my fan freebies on Facebook (which took hours - don't even get me started). I should have just uploaded them here using Google Docs like I normally do. Oh well, I definitely learned something new! ENJOY! Don't forget, if you like these FREE pages, you might want to check out the rest of the mini-unit here or by clicking the picture below!

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