Monday, September 1, 2014

Representing Numbers

Last week we began our math unit with a very basic lesson on different ways to represent and show numbers to review second grade skills. I wanted to share a couple of freebies that I made to accompany our lesson!

The first is a math journal printable that you can use to accompany the flipchart lesson I made {which you can download later in the post.} Just click the image below to download your own copy!


Here is the flipchart I used to accompany the lesson! Just click the image to download!


I know this may seem super simple for a third grader, but I think it's important to build and review the basics before diving into the meat of it!

I know I have been saying for two weeks that I would be posting my classroom reveal. I am making it my number 1 goal to get those pictures taken this week so that I can share my room with you all! I've just been so busy I keep forgetting to take pictures of the full room and all of the little things I've done!

I have been thoroughly enjoying my new school and my new students. I have seriously already had some amazing experiences! 

One kid had his grandmother knit my unborn baby this adorable blanket!


Seriously?! Shut the front door. This is the sweetest, most amazing gift I've ever gotten from a student!

And a parent texted me today this sweet message!


WHAT!? How great are these parents and students!? I love my new school and everything about it. I feel excited and rejuventated about teaching after the difficult time I had last year!

In other news, my belly just keeps getting bigger!


I had to sport my Clemson colors Saturday! Even though they lost badly!

The hubs worked on this project for our little girls nursery and I am IN love with how cute it turned out!


He literally spent ALL weekend carving out those wooden boards to make the letters stand out. Then, we spent most of last night painting them. I cannot wait to hang them and get the nursery done so I can stop stressing about it!

That's about all that's been going on with me lately!

Stay tuned for a classroom reveal...but don't hold your breath...lol

Sunday, August 24, 2014

First Week Craziness

My classroom is pretty much ready, but I keep forgetting to take pictures of the full room! I promise to be back later this week to share those!

However, I do want to share some things I've been up to this past week!


Our school is doing a camping theme this year and so I made little build your own s'more treats! 

You can download your copy by clicking the image below!


I also did a teacher wishlist with magnets on the white board. I was so excited that almost all of them were taken!

I do this at the beginning of every year and I seriously love the instant, easy feedback! No shuffling through 20 different student surveys! It's all on one nice sheet! I like to leave them hanging up for the first couple of weeks.

This is an adapation of my About Me snapshots that I did last year...


which you can read about HERE. I'll be back to share how I adapted it with pictures of the final product later this week! =)

If you guys haven't purchased Lindsey's Be a Reading Expert, you should! My kids loved it and it was such a great way to introduce reading to my third graders! 

I must say this week was utterly exhausting! I felt like I had no clue what was going on the first day because I was new to the school! The rest of the week went great. I have a fabulous morning class, but my afternoon class needs a lot more structure and work on following expectations. I have no doubt that they will get it together within a couple of weeks! I am excited for the changes this year brings! 

I'll be back soon....hopefully....with my FULL classroom reveal!!

Happy Sunday!

Monday, August 18, 2014

First Day Visual Plans

So....let me just tell you that this past week has been CUH-RAZY! I've been frantically trying to get my new room all set up and ready for the new year. I am still not ready for my full room reveal, and students come tomorrow! YIKES! Don't worry...the room looks presentable, but I just have some little things I still want to get in order first! Call me OCD.

Did you guys know that TPT is hosting another Back to School Sale? That's right! But for ONE day only! Just check out the button below!


I do want to share with you my first ever set of visual plans with you! I only planned one day, but I think they turned out cute! Not everything in the plans is something you can purchase, but I did include links to things such as blog posts and such to further explain.



Click HERE to download my PDF with embedded links!

You won't find a link to the Meet the Teacher flipchart as I just created that about me personally! The Math About Me Snapshot is a twist on the About Me Snapshots I did a couple of years ago. Since I am teaching Math and Reading this year, I thought I would adapt it for a Math About Me Activity. Unfortunately, I can't share that file because I used someone elses template to create the math about me for my own personal needs. I will share more about the Math About Me snapshots in a later post!

My first day is tomorrow and I am super anxious. I feel more unprepared than I ever have for the first day and I know it will be a whirlwind day! Hopefully not chaotic. I anticipate I won't get much sleep tonight! Being 7 months pregnant and having to pee every other hour doesn't help either! 

I will try to report back and update you on my first week with pictures! 

Don't forget about the BOOST sale on Wednesday! 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Owl Themed Giveaway!

My sweet friend Amanda Madden from Teaching Maddenness is having an AWESOME owl inspired giveaway on her blog and today is the last day to enter! 

Here is just a little sneak peek of just one of the MANY things you can enter to win!


How adorbs is that!?

Head on over to her blog  by clicking her buttong below to check out the rest of the amazing prizes!

Teaching Maddeness

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

2014 Classroom Sneak Peek

I've been steadily working in my room every day this week and I feel like it's slowly coming together. I'm not ready for the full reveal yet, but I do want to show you some "snapshots" of things I've been working on. 

As you may know, I've doing a Bold and Bright theme in my room this year. Think of the Crayola Bold Markers...that's kinda what I'm going for. =)

 My new room isn't as big as my old room, but I like the space. There is tons more storage space so I can keep the clutter contained to the cabinets! {This could be a bad thing for my inner hoarder...}

I'm going to have to do something about that horribly chipped paint. I just didn't think I would have time to repaint the whole thing this year. It's pretty big.

You can snag yourself a copy of those adorable iRead Labels from The Brown Bag Teacher HERE!

My room didn't have a teacher desk, but honestly...I prefer having a table. I have found there is more space on top for my "things." I just use plastic drawers underneath for my personal supplies. I also used the cabinets behind me for all of my teacher books since there wasn't a spare bookshelf for them.



You can purchase Amy Lemons numbers HERE. Hers are more customizable for your own classroom since they come in chevron and in black and white outline so you can print on whatever color paper you want. 


My numbers are already set in the bright and bold colors.

If you like the look of these word wall labels and numbers and think to yourself you need them for own classroom, you can download them for FREE from my TPT shop by clicking the image below!


I have also been working on a black and white classroom decor set which I hope to be sharing with you sometime this weekend! 

Happy Wednesday!