Friday, February 9, 2018

What am I going to do for President's Day?

Maybe its just me but it feels like every year for major holidays the same thing happens, I get really excited and want to plan some cool project or lesson, but time gets the best of me. Instead of a great project, I end up having some substandard bulletin board or hallway display that doesn't live up to the dreams I had in my head of rocking out the holiday with an awesome project where kids have great learning experiences and lots of fun.

Well if that's you, this year I have you covered. Here is my President's Day project that is a big hit and looks great on display or for kids to take home to their families. My students and I made a Hall of  Presidents that we were able to share with everyone in our school. 

This project involves lots of social studies and US history (my favorite), as well as research, and even a little bit of art and creativity.

Great project to share with your students.

Check it out! 

Friday, September 2, 2016

SquirrelGate 2016!!!

This incident actually took place last year but I was way too distraught to even consider writing about it.

Here is how this crazy story all began… At the beginning of last school year, my colleague and I crafted this beautiful paper tree as one of the focal points of my classroom d├ęcor. It took a little under four hours to complete and was relatively easy to construct.

The tree was made around an existing pipe in my classroom and used a number of recycled and low cost materials.

The completed tree was striking in person.

However, my beautiful tree’s life was cut way too short.

One day while teaching, my students and I heard a loud scream from the hallway. It was our PE teacher, who only seconds later came running into our classroom, he quickly motioned for us to all get out of the classroom.

What we did not realize was that a squirrel, yes you read that right; a squirrel had made its way into our school and somehow meandered his way to the second floor and into our classroom. A classroom with 30 squirming children and the same classroom with a beautiful paper tree placed conveniently in the corner.

I am pretty sure you can imagine what happened next, however in this case reality might in fact be stranger than fiction. The children and I were rushed out of the room, ushered into a ‘holding cell’, the police were called, and somehow the squirrel tried to climb the tree to avoid his arrest and sadly things went south.

The scene after I cleaned up the tree limbs.

The Aftermath

It was a really dramatic experience; the tree was destroyed, I cried like a baby (I am really not that sensitive.. I promise), and it took me MONTHS to even think about putting it back together.

And that is the story of SquirrelGate 2016.    :(

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fun in the Classroom?!?

Ever teacher knows that all work and no play makes for pretty dull students!

So after a week of hard work (or during indoor recess) I try to incorporate games that don't involve my students staring at a computer screen.

Instead I created a really inexpensive floor game that has become a huge hit in my classroom.

The project was SUPER easy and cost me pennies. 

I used a $1 tablecloth from the Dollar Store (which I cut to size) and made the pieces out of construction paper. After a little measuring and a lot of cutting we had a great life size checkers game, which got kids moving and away from their computers. 

The project was fun and easy, so much so, I allowed my students to make the next game. They decided to go with Tic Tac Toe. Before the actual construction of the game, I had the students come up with a plan and then discuss and delegate the execution. The children had a blast making it and had even more fun taking turns playing.

What was great was how much pride they took in their work; it was really awesome to see.

At the end of our brain break time or recess, I have the children fold up the tablecloths and place all the pieces in a gallon size ziploc bag for easy storage. 

Let me know if you try this idea out in your classroom. 


Monday, February 22, 2016

Happy Birthday, George!

For some reason this year I have been TOTALLY in the President's Day mood and I must say that the kiddos have been more into it than me.

For my third graders I made these cute President's Day Writing Frames. Super cute and made for a nice display for our classroom.

Just had to share because they were fun and the students loved them.

Look for them on Teacher Pay Teacher by Clicking HERE!

Happy Teaching,

Friday, February 19, 2016

Cute Titanic Inspired Bulletin Board

After a mini unit my class did on the Titanic last year we concluded with a creative writing assignment entitled "What Really Happened to the R.M.S. Titanic".

The students were given various genres to chose from including Science Fiction, Humor, or Mystery. This activity was fun, easy, and most of all the students LOVED it! 

The stories came out cute and the board was really striking in black and white! 

Happy Teaching, 

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Favorite Read Aloud

My class used to have a volunteer that came in to read Bud, Not Buddy three times a week.. it was amazing!

What is your FAVORITE class read aloud? Leave your comments below!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

#31DaysofBacktoSchool Back to School Resolution

If we are to be honest with ourselves, many of us spend the days leading up to January 1st toiling over our New Year's resolutions! I can't be the only one who thinks of all the things that I didn't get right in the passing year with the hopes of doing better this next time around. 

I know some people aren't big on resolutions and I can admit that from time to time they can get a little cheesy, but there is one thing that I do love about resolutions and that is their ability to help us set a goal. When you are on a mission there is nothing better than having a goal in mind. 

So this school year I decided that I would come up with my own Back to School Resolution! I wanted to help myself continue to become a better teacher and if you are reading this then I know that you want to become a better teacher too. 

So here is my New School Year Resolution:

Greater Follow Through! Sometimes I dream of amazing projects but after I get them started I don’t complete them with the same intensity that I began them with. I want this to change! I plan to reach this goal by increasing my planning time for projects. I feel that I spend a good amount of time each week on planning for my day to day activities but I need to increase the time I spend planning projects.

 I have been teaching for eight years and sometimes I think the longer we’ve taught the more we think we have it all down. I tend to rely on some of the projects that I have done in the past and don’t always push myself to be more creative for new innovative projects and activities! This year I plan to change that.

In order to see that I achieve my goal I am giving myself some measurable steps.

·         Allot at least one additional hour to project planning.
·         Pick one subject each month to add in additional student project.

Just that simple! I set goals that were realistic to accomplish and easily measurable. 

So what’s your New School Year Resolution??

Leave your comments below.. I would love to hear from you!