Friday, April 18, 2014

Five for Spring Break Friday

This week was my Spring Break, but my own kids had school all week, which means I was stuck here doing not so fun things like going to check up appointments.  I did find a little time for some fun, despite it all and am linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching!
1.  Last Friday I didn't link up because I was on the 6th grade field trip to Washington, DC.  It was a gorgeous day, and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom!  Here are some pics from the trip.

2.  Zack had his first baseball game this Saturday.  It was opening day, and they won the game because of walks.  Hopefully the season will get more interesting.

3.  I wish we would have had that same weather over my spring break.  On Tuesday, my deck had ICE!  The temperature dropped all day long, and it rained.  Yuck!

4.  I did get to head over to Ginny Beth's Easter party at preschool, something I don't usually get to do.  She had fun hunting for eggs and doing fun crafts.

5.  Zack came home yesterday with a yummy looking Peeps pop from his bus driver.  Isn't it adorable?  I didn't get a bite, but I would have loved one!

What have you been up to this week?  Link up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching to find out!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Talk Thursday ~ Hank Finds an Egg

I was browsing the library with my kids the other day and found the perfect book for Book Talk Thursday this week!

Our library loves to put out books on top of the shelves for people to choose. Some libraries I have been to actually put out seasonal books, but ours just puts out books the people have turned in.  I know this because I have seen the librarians do this.  AND... there was a Christmas book out this past week!

Anyway, the point is that they had this fun little book out, and I thought it was perfect for this springy time of year: Hank Finds an Egg.
This wordless picture book is absolutely adorable!  I "read" it with my three year old daughter last night, and we had so much fun with it.  The book is about a bear, which looks a lot like my husband's old teddy bear, who finds an egg on the forest floor.  He tries to get to the bird's nest in the tree in different ways but is unsuccessful.  He takes care of the egg overnight and finds a unique way to return it to its nest.  In the end, the hummingbird babies hang out with Hank and seem to be thankful.

Earlier during the day, I found my three year old looking at the pictures and making up the story.  While reading it with her, I asked her inference type questions, and she got it!  Her answers weren't spot on, but she showed understanding of the book.  It just shows that no matter how young, children understand the world around them.

I plan to read this book again and again to see if the story and ideas change.  I love wordless picture books for all ages because they lend themselves to so many different lessons ~ inferences, storytelling, predictions, the list goes on...

How do you use wordless picture books in your classroom to help with reading and reading comprehension?

Sunday, April 13, 2014


I am so sorry it is so late for me to post the winners of my 2nd Bloggy Birthday Giveaway, but I was enjoying the beautiful day outside.  We washed cards, pulled up some plants, and watched 5 boys play Knockout for hours upon hours.  I love weather like today and just could not pass it up!

Here are winners of my big giveaway!  Look in your email for an email from me and the others who donated.

Congratulations to all of the winners!  Thank you for following and entering!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Book Talk Thursday ~ Pinkalicious Eggstraordinary Easter

Thursday is here, and it is time for Book Talk Thursday!

Easter is right around the corner, and I always think about bunnies, chicks, and flowers.  But this year, Ginny Beth is all about the Pinkalicious books!  I found this little gem at our Buy One, Get One Free book fair that she just loves: Pinkalicious: Eggstraordinary Easter.
At first I thought that only little girls would enjoy this book, but as I read it, I realized it is perfect for helping students with an important reading skill:  making inferences!   The book takes place on Easter morning after Edgar Easter Bunny has left Pinkalicious a note for Easter.  He sends the family on a scavenger hunt all over town to find clues that lead to their Easter baskets.  Though some of the places they go on a Sunday morning are a little far-fetched, the clues are perfect for helping young students make inferences about where the next clue can be found.

While reading the story to students, you can have them think about where the next clue is based on the clues in the notes.  Students will have fun as they go on the hunt with Pinkalicious and her family, making inferences as they go along.

To help students remember what to do to make simple inferences, here are some simple bookmarks.  You can download them by clicking {here} or on the picture below to grab them.

What fun books do you like to read with your students or children for Easter?

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2nd Bloggy Birthday Giveaway

I cannot believe that today my little blog turns 2!  I remember when both of my children turned 2 and all of the fun we had.  So, I want to have a party and share the fun with all you, my readers, with a fun giveaway!
Frame from Lovin' Lit and Stars from Dancing Crayon Designs

Before I start with the festivities, I want to say thank you to all of you who come back post after post and read, comment, and share.  If it weren't for all of you, I would not continue to write blog posts.  Because of you, I continue to mold myself as a teacher to be better at my job and present the best information to all of you.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

So, now are you ready for some real fun?  I sure am!  No inflatables, no cake, but just lots of fun!  There are 4 Rafflecopters, so check each one out for some fun prizes from me and some of my bloggy friends!

The first prize pack is from my K- 2 bloggy friends!  Thank you to all of the following for donating prizes to this big giveaway!
Enter the Rafflecopter below to win the K-2 Prize Pack.
The second prize pack is from my 3 - 5 bloggy friends!  Thank you to all of the following for donating prizes to this big giveaway!
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The third prize pack is from some wonderful clip artists!  Thank you to all of the following for donating prizes to this big giveaway!
Enter the Rafflecopter below to win the Clip Art Prize Pack.
And the final prize pack is from me!  When my husband asked me to marry him on his birthday, he said that the tradition in his family was for the person having the birthday to give a  gift to others.  I want to pass that on to all of you!  Enter the Rafflecopter below to win a $25 gift card to Amazon OR TPT and a $10 credit to my TPT store from me!

And my entire Teachers Pay Teachers store and Teachers Notebook shop are 20% off through Thursday! 

I will choose the winners on Monday, April 14th, the first day of my Spring Break!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Five for Friday ~ April 4, 2014

This week's Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching is all about fun!
1.  Yesterday I played a game with my second graders from a new unit I hope to have in my stores soon.  They really had fun reading Hi, Fly Guy! by Ted Arnold the past few weeks.

2.  This afternoon we had our Pinterest Party at my house.  Thursday night I worked on making the snacks.  I love Peeps, but what are they doing in my saute pan?

3.  We all loved the yummy Peeps Popcorn I made with those Peeps!  I got the idea from this post on Yellow Bliss Road.

4.  We made these super fun tinted Mason jars.  They were really easy to make and look pretty neat too!  I got the idea from this post on Reasons to Skip the Housework.

5.  My two year bloggy birthday is right around the corner, April 8th!  I am planning a big giveaway, so stop by on April 8th to enter!

What have you been up to this week?  Link up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching!
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