Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teacher Week: My Classroom!

Happy Day Friends!

I am SO excited to share with you my classroom for this wonderful, fantastic, awesome new school year! I love the girls at Blog Hoppin' and am so excited to link up with them for Teacher Week! 

I had an idea in my head of what I wanted my classroom to look like. I knew I wanted to use maps, quotes, and bright, happy colors. I looked ALL over Pinterst and took inspiration from Maria of Kinder-Craze, Rachelle Smith from What The Teacher Wants, Cara from The First Grade Parade, Kristen from Ladybug Teacher Files, Creative Teaching Press' new catalog, as well lots of ideas from Monday Made It's and a variety of craft blogs!

I am blessed this school year as I am looping up to 5th grade with my same kiddos. SO I had a very different kind of summer. I was not thinking and planning about those crucial beginning of the school activities, as I already know my kids and my kids know me. I was able to spend time really mapping out my classroom and spray painting EVERYTHING in site! I think my principal thought I was CRAZY. 

This is my also my 17th year in teaching....ahhhhhhhh! I think this is my favorite classroom ever. It really came together for me and my kiddos. We all love it so much! Our first day of school was simply fantastic! The kids were SO excited about our room. It was truly a magicial day for me! I LOVE looping! I love a bright, happy classroom! I love my kiddos! 

 As you enter my room my hope is that you see lots of colors! I also hope it is a calm space for kiddos! I want my kids to feel at home while in our 5Z classroom! 

Right as you enter you will find our Organization Station! I used a shelf I already had (yeah!) to create this one stop station. I found the lime green and blue buckets at the dollar spot at Target! The black buckets are dish plans from Dollar Tree! I used the chevron name tags from Creative Teaching and subject labels from Ladybug Teacher Files to help keep us organized! I LOVE my lamp! I spray painted an ugly lamp and found the shade at Dollar General for .25 CENTS! I also love my tissue paper flower pot! 


I really love how these flowers came out! A friend made them out of plastic tablecloths! I also love the yellow filing cabinet that everything is sitting on (I spray painted it!)! 

 I love our small group table (it is new this year!) and how everything came together in the back of the room! I made the curtains! Spray painted the lamp and the lampshade. The Daily Five posters are from Rachelle Smith, What the Teacher Wants! The amazing border is all from Creative Teaching Press!  

 We are using Ron Clark's "The Essential 55" in our classroom this year. We are focusing on 10 Essentials, a la Hope King! One of my favorite blog posts I have ever read!

I am already seeing a difference with my kiddos in just a few short days!

I love quotes and fell in love with this quote when I came across it! Do you know who said it? Winnie The Pooh! AHHHHH! Love it even more. I used Creative Teaching Press amazing products to create this bulletin board display! From the flowers to the chevron letters, to the borders. I just LOVE how it all turned out!

Realizing how uneven these pockets are, but I guess that is okay! The pockets will be used for our school-wide behavior program "On a Path To Sweet Success!" I am really excited about this, can't wait to blog more about it in the future!

I have already TRIED to keep classroom data, but this year I am TRULY going to do it! I dedicated an entire bulletin board to it! I am using Primary Polka Dots Data Binders for my kids, so I just blew up the same graphs to 11X17 to use for our classroom data! 

I am excited to try out this organization system this year! Our math books, science notebooks, word nerds notebooks, reading notebooks are all on this shelf! Along with our supply caddies! I am really hoping this works for us. We have pretty small desks, so we needed to try something a bit different!

I just love this picture! Yes, my kiddos know I love chevron! That awesome "Ms. Z" sign was made my one of my kiddos last year!

This is my friend Syd, sitting in this awesome chair that we spray painted! The pillow cases are from WAL-MART! I think that is one of my favorite finds this summer! Syd's awesome mom took all of the pictures of my classroom for me! LOVE YOU SHANNON!

I have lots more to share with you, but will leave you with this one! I LOVE how our supply cabinet turned out and the Dollar Tree bins are a STEAL and just the perfect colors!

I am excited to check out everyone's rooms today over at Blog Hoppin!

Happy Back to School friends!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Are you Ready for SHARK WEEK?

All teachers know that kids learn more when they’re excited and engaged. Today a team of bloggers come together to help your students take a BITE out of learning with a theme your students are sure to love! 

The school district I work in has embraced the Quantum Learning philosophy of teaching. There are so many different aspects of QL that are AMAZING. My favorite idea is "Home-Court Advantage." I LOVE working with my students to create this in our classroom each and every year!

Home court advantage is just what it sounds like-when a sports team plays in their home town on their own field or court, they have a statistical advantage. There is a tremendous amount of research that has been done on this.

Quantaum learning suggests that "
Home court advantage is a powerful psychological tool that creates feelings of safety, support, and belonging on the sports field as well as in the classroom. Students in classrooms where home court advantage has been established are more likely to take risks, participate, and ask and answer questions. At a time when many teachers are pressed to achieve common core standards, establishing a home court advantage in classrooms is a powerful step toward encouraging and reinforcing more effective thinking, discussions and collaboration." (Quataum Learning, 2009) 

There are many things that a teacher can do to create that home court advantage in their classroom in terms of belonging, safety, and support! I blogged about this in depth last year, please click here to read that post! 

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I LOVE the "I SURVIVED" book series by Lauren Tarshis! One of my favorites is "I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916." When we talk about ENGAGING books, oh this is the series for you! I have used these books in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade! One of my favorite things about this series is how easy it is to use non-fiction books right along with Mrs. Tarshis' stories. My students are engaged in the story and then they want to look at the primary sources for what really did happen! My Shark Week freebie is a template for students to use to write a newspaper article about what happened during the shark attacks of 1916.

Click HERE to try it out!

Be sure to go for a swim in the linky party below. Every blog in the Shark Week Blog Hop features a fishy freebie for you and your students- but hurry! Shark Week only lasts until Sunday, August 17th  :)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

It's Back to School Time & Giveaway!

What a WONDERFUL summer it has been! I honestly can’t believe that it is almost over. I have had a wonderful, realaxing, fantastic summer filled with gym time, pool time, reading time, and lots and lots of friend time!

The last few weeks I have been working on my classroom and just enjoying every minute of it. I am looping with my students this year, so it is a bit of a different back to school prep for me. I am really excited to see what this year brings!

I am REALLY excited to show off my classroom to you! I will be doing that in the next few weeks! I went a little #chevroncrazy, but I love it so much! I was so inspired by Maria’s room from www.kindercraze.com.  I love everything about her colorful room, especially her spray painted filing cabinets!

Teachers Pay Teachers is having their BIG Back to School sale on August 4 and 5! My cart is FILLED to the BRIM as I will be teaching 5th Grade for the first time!

I am excited as this summer I spent some time working on a few products for my store!

We are doing a ROAD TRIP theme in fifth grade this year! I love quotes and I love having my students WRITE about them. This product came from that love! 

Check it out Here!

Last December we did a HUGE “Nutcracker” thematic unit with all of the 4th Graders. We read different versions of “The Nutcracker,” we learned about the music and the composer in Music class, and in Art we drew our own Nutcrackers. It was a PRICELESS time.
My dear kiddo who is presenting her Lego Story Starter build she did about "The Nutcracker"

President Clark (as we call him!) created his own version of "The Nutcracker" He did such a great job!

One of our favorite activities that we used was a daily journalprompt in December based on the holdiays! It was a great time of writing, but then also sharing about traditions that the students have their families.

My all time favorite product is Crock-Pot Cooking & Writing in the Classroom for The Fall! 

I love cooking and I love writing! This product puts those together. I have found that my students are SO engaged in the writing process with these activities.

I was pretty excited about this feedback I received for this product!

Well, friendswhat is in your cart? What are you looking forward to purchasing? How are you enjoying your last minutes of summer?

I would love to send off at TPT gift card to one lucky winner to use in time for the sale! 

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Also check out all of the other pretty amazing bloggers and TPT authors who have their products on sale!