11 in a 11!

I'm finally joining the party! I have just been too addicted to my new Christmas present to do anything else! I do plan on posting a new freebie by the end of the weekend, but for now, here are my 11 things in 2011!

11. Favorite movie you watched
I read this book for our Book Club this summer and I just loved it. Of course, when the movie came out, I was all about it! It even makes my top 10 best movies!

10. Favorite TV series
I know this is going to sound really dumb, but the Walking Dead is definitely my new favorite TV show. Basically, this cop wakes up from a coma and the world has been taken over by zombies. I know it sounds super corny and stupid, but it is such a thrilling drama and of course there is some scandalous business that goes on too! My brother got me hooked on the first season and it was all over after that. I don't EVER miss an episode! The second half of season 2 resumes on February 12! So excited...

9. Favorite restaurant
We have this fabulous restaurant in Greenville called American Grocery. It's expensive and definitely considered fine dining, but they use mostly local meats and produce when they can and it's just DI-VINE! Chef Joe Clarke never disappoints me with his rabbit, hanger steak, duck, or fish and the walls of the place are adorned with artwork of the locals. Love it!

8. Favorite new thing you tried
Favorite new thing I've tried is definitely making digital art! This is a VERY recent development but so much fun! I literally was dreaming of the clip art I was going to make last night. I did not sleep very well due to my excitement this morning to get up and create! This was my newest set as of this morning...

I'd love for you to go check out my Etsy shop!

Favorite gift you received
This is a tie, my mom gave me the Bamboo Tablet which I lUVVV!
And then my boyfriend bought me this gorgeous ring from Silpada.com! Hopefully, I'll be getting a ring for the other finger in 2012! =)

6. Favorite thing you pinned
OMG. I have no idea. I have pinned about a bazillion things. Um. I guess I would say anything to do with fonts, clip art, or digital frames/backgrounds because I use them ALL the time. I am OBsessed. 

5. Favorite blog post

I would say my Multiplication Tricks Sheet since soooo many people have viewed it and are able to use it. =) Even though I initially had some mistakes in there, (which I fixed), ya'll knew what I meant! I like creating stuff people can really use!

Favorite accomplishment
My favorite accomplishment was becoming a Promethean Activ Inspire trainer in my district! It pays and it's so much fun to share new tricks with teachers! I felt so honored to be asked!

3. Favorite picture
Man...this is tough too! I am torn between these two!
The first one is from Bunco! We had an 80's hair band theme.

Buuut, I also got to go to Costa Rica this summer and go ziplining!

2. Favorite memory
My favorite memory was definitely while I was in Costa Rica. I got to go in a cage full of howler monkeys and hang out with them and even hold one! Meet Chiqui Chiqui!
Ain't he cute!?

1. Goal for 2012
I don't normally make goals because I never keep them. But, I would like to cook more at home instead of eating out so much! Maybe I should take a cooking class or two...

Well, that's my 11 in 11! 

Head on over to A Teeny Tiny Teacher's blog to participate!

Digital Papers and Frames

Hey friends! I am so excited to share that I have begun creating my own digital art!

I got one of these bad boys for Christmas...

It's a Bamboo Tablet by Wacom and IT IS AWE-some! It came with Adobe Photoshop Elements (which I created these digital pages in...)

and with Corel Painter Essentials (which is also totally awesome too!) I created these cute frames by hand drawing them, scanning them, and changing the colors digitally in Corel.

Anywho, if you are interested, please visit my Etsy shop and grab yourself a set! 

I would also love for you guys to spread the word so here is the deal...

I will be giving away two digital art packs of your choice to 2 lucky people! 

Options for How To Enter: 
1) Blog about my new venture and link to my Esty shop from your blog
2) You can share my shop by word of mouth, facebook, or e-mail. 

Please leave a comment saying which one you did! This giveaway will end on Sunday night and the winners announced Monday!

Even if you choose not to participate, let me know what you guys think of them!

2nd Grade Math Common Core

Per request of Jennifer at Mrs. Parker's Class, I have created the Word Wall cards for 2nd grades Common Core math standards too. It has also been requested that I tackle 5th grade and 1st grade (based on Texas curriculum). I plan on eventually tackling all grade levels to align with the Common Core standards, but it will take some time, so please be patient! 

Here are the 2nd grade cards!

Head over to my TN shop by clicking the button below to get your set!

3rd Grade Math Common Core

Merry Christmas to blog friends!

So, we are moving to the Common Core in the coming years, and I thought I would go ahead and get a head start! Plus, several of you are already teaching them! I have searched high and low on the internet and couldn't find much out there for 3rd grade so I figured I'd just make my own! 

This set of math vocabulary word wall cards and posters would look great in any classroom!

I hope you can use them! If there is interest, I would be willing to make them for other grades too. Just let me know!

You can grab them at my TN shop if you click my button below!

New Clip Art

Hey friends! Happy Christmas Eve!! 

My good friend has decided to start selling her own clip art and has her very first set for sale! Click the image below to visit her store.

Aren't they cute!? 

Head on over and grab your set! 

I am also working on some Common Core Math vocabulary word wall cards. I will be posting those soon so please check back! It's been kinda busy with family and Christmas and all. We are hosting all of my boyfriends  family here for the holidays so it's pretty nuts around here!

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Chrissy over at Buzzing with Ms. B for winning my Poetry Unit! Please e-mail me at glauren4556@gmail.com to claim your prize!

She is winning my brand new Poetry Unit on Teacher's Notebook! 

You can still head over to grab your own copy! Visit the link below to grab your copy!!

Poetry Unit and a Holiday Giveaway!

I have been working like a mad woman (like that simile!?) to get this unit finished and available for purchase in my Teacher's Notebook store! I have seriously been in a frenzy for the last two days trying to finish it all up. It feels good to have it done!

We are working on characteristics of poetry and devices of figurative language when we return from our Christmas break so I thought I would share the love I've put into it with all of you, for a small fee of course. =) 

This colorful unit includes elements of poetry (rhyme, repetition, and stanzas) and activities and poems for teaching similes and metaphors, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, personification, and alliteration!

Head to my store and grab your copy! 

When I reach 30 shoppers who have me as a favorite store on Teacher's Notebook, I will be giving away this unit to one lucky liker! =)

To participate in the giveaway, you must either:

1) Add me as a favorite on Teacher's Notebook
3) Tell me your favorite winter writing activity for after the Christmas holidays! (I desperately need your good ideas...)
Or do all of the above for more chances to win!

Oh and don't forget to leave your e-mail in one of the comments!

Please leave a separate comment for each way you enter.

Doubling the Final Consonant

This week, we have been learning about the double the final consonant rule! I made a cute Christmas themed flipchart with activities for each day to get into the holiday spirit!!

After we learned about the rule, we pulled a word out of Santa's bag in the flipchart and students had to spin their spinners to see which ending to add to the word! Then, they had to make the word with the ending they landed on on their white boards. We discussed how some endings don't make sense on certain words, so if that happened, they had to spin again. It was so much more exciting that just adding an ending that I tell them to. Plus, spinners just make everything more exciting! This also lent itself to a little lesson on probability!

Click on the image below to grab the spinners for your printing pleasure! 

I am also giving you the flipchart I made to go along with the activity!! 

Disclaimer: This is a flipchart and you must have Activ Inspire software downloaded on your computer for this to open. You must also have certain fonts installed for it to look like this. Just google the fonts in the flipchart.

Let me know if you like it! 

Also, don't forget to go check out what's for sale in My Teacher's Notebook store!

If I lived in a Snow Globe

Jennifer over at First Grade Blue Skies did this cute writing activity for Winter. I have adapted it just a bit to accommodate upper elementary students. Students respond to the prompt, "If I lived in a snow globe..."
Students create their own snow globe illustrations and then put the writing on the base of the globe!

(Picture taken from Deanna Jump's website who originally posted this adorable activity.)

You can use glitter spray to finish each globe after students have done their pictures. I am so excited to try this on Wednesday!

Head over to my Teacher's Notebook shop to check out my new items for sale!

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Mindy Wells at Well's of a 4th Grade Nothing for winning the 400 followers giveaway!
I couldn't figure out the whole number generator thing, so I just asked my boyfriend to pick a number between 1 and 19, since that's how many entries there were and he just happened to choose 13!  

Mindy won all of the items for sale in my TN store! 

Congratulations Mindy!

You all can still purchase any of these items in my TN store!

Elf Race Math Game

We are working on division this week and I wanted to create something fun for the Christmas season! I made this fun division fact practice game! Students race to be the first elf to put their toys in Santa's bag!

Head over to my Teacher's Notebook store to grab your copy!

Don't forget! It's not too late to enter my 400 follower giveaway! It will end tonight! You will win the all of the items I have for sale in my Teacher's Notebook shop! 

Earth's Land Unit

Hey everyone! I just posted a brand new item in my TN store!! I am really excited about this one!

The cost is $7 and includes lessons, songs, a readers theater, unit printables, and flipcharts!! 

Don't forget about my 400 follower giveaway! I will announce the winner tomorrow night! You will win the contents of my TN store! Clink here for link to the rules for the giveaway!