Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Hello November!

This week I'm linking up with Farley, which has been on my to-do list for some time.  But it'll have to be short and sweet!

Is life already getting crazy for anyone else too?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

What's Coming Up in November? (Besides the obvious)

I almost forgot to post next month's days to celebrate!

Monthly Events, Holidays
Adopt A Senior Pet Month
American & National Diabetes Month
American Indian Heritage Month 
 Aviation History Month
Banana Pudding Lovers Month- what better excuse to have dessert in the classroom?
Diabetic Eye Disease Month
Epilepsy Awareness Month
Family Stories Month - I'm sensing a fun homework assignment here!
Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month
Greens and Plantains Month- Eat your greens!
Historic Bridge Awareness Month
International Drum (Percussion) Month - Great reason to spend time on music!
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
MADD’s Tie One On For Safety Holiday Campaign (11/16-12/31)
Military Family Appreciation Month - It'd be fun to adopt a military family for the holidays
National Adoption Month
National Alzheimer’s Disease Month
National COPD Month
National Family Caregivers Month
National Georgia Pecan Month
National Home Care & Hospice Month
National Impotency Month- I don't think we need to cover this one in the classroom :)
National Inspirational Role Models Month
National Life Writing Month
National Long-term Care Awareness Month
National Marrow Awareness Month
National Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Awareness & Appreciation Month
National Native American Heritage Month
National Family Literacy Month
National Novel Writing Month - this one would be great for secondary - they even have a youth program!
National Peanut Butter Lovers Month
National Pet Cancer Awareness Month
National Pomegranate Month
National Roasting Month
National Scholarship Month
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Plum and Pomegranate Month
Prematurity Awareness Month
PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month
Spinach and Squash Month
Sweet Potato Awareness Month (See also February)
NoSHAVEmber (US – Beard Month or Movember (Australia – Moustache Month )
Vegan Month
Worldwide Bereaved Siblings Month

Weekly Events, Holidays
Sherlock Holmes Weekend: 1-3 (Also March 15-17)
National Fig Week: 1-7
National Patient Accessibility Week: 1-7
World Communication Week: 1-7
Health Information and Technology Week: 3-9
International Fraud Awareness Week: 3-9
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week: 3-9
National Nurse Practioner’s Week: 3-9
National Rad Tech Week: 3-9
Give Wildlife A Brake! Week: 4-8 Link (First Week)
Dear Santa Letter Week: 7-13
Pursuit of Happiness Week: 7-13
Geography Awareness Week: 9-15 (2nd Full Week) - so many ways to integrate!
National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week: 10-16
National Global Entrepreneurship Week: 10-16 ((2nd Week M-Sun.)
World Kindness Week: 11-17- Seriously - too easy
National Young Reader’s Week: 11-15 (2nd Full Week)- woot woot!
National Donor Sabath: 14-16 (The Fri.Sat.Sun. 2 Weeks Before Thanksgiving)
American Education Week: 16-22 (Always Week Before Thanksgiving) - Never knew this!
National Book Awareness Week: 18-23 - woot woot!
National Farm-City Week: 22-28 (Week Always Ends on Thanksgiving Day)
Better Conversation Week: 24-30 - could be good for social skills
National Bible Week: 23-29 (Sunday before Thanksgiving)
National Family Week: 24-30
National Game & Puzzle Week: 24-30
National Deal Week: 27-12/4 (Week begins on the Wed. aka day before Thanksgiving)

Daily Events, Holidays
November 1
November 2
November 3
November 4
November 5
November 6
November 7
November 8
November 10
November 11
November 12
November 13
November 14
November 15
November 16
November 17
November 18
November 19
November 20
November 21
November 22
November 23
November 24
November 25
November 26
November 27
November 28
November  29
November 30
Stay Home Because You’re Well Day

Do you celebrate any of these in your classroom?  What ideas pop into your head?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Integrated Fluency and Science - Erosion and Weathering

I've started having students practice fluency with re-readings about 12 years ago.  I like to use texts I write about whatever we're working on in science and social studies for these so we're doubling up on subject matter. 

With CCSS, more people are focusing on both fluency and non-fiction.  It just now occurred to me that other people might be interested in these texts as well.  (Can we say, "Duh!" moment?)

Anyway, I'm starting with the earth sciences.  This one is for slow changes to the Earth's surface and I'm working on the fast changes one. 

Use these for fluency practice, close reading, science content, centers, or comprehension practice!

What’s Included:

-3 magazine style, differentiated passages about erosion and weathering. The copyright section on each page has an L, M, or H for low, medium, high. The passages are very similar, with the exact same information, but slightly altered in reading levels for differentiation. They range in Lexile levels from 760-900. Each passage is numbered so students can easily determine their WPM.

-Passages are written magazine/newspaper article style, with headings and pictures

-Graph for students to chart their progress

-Teacher record sheet

-Directions for how to use and teacher plans for a week (daily plans)

-A short vocabulary intro of related tier 2 and tier 3 words

- A short comprehension component for the end of the week

-‘I can’ statement to use in a fluency station or wherever you might post them

Friday, October 10, 2014

It's An Anniversary Sale!

Today is my two year anniversary with TPT!  Thank you to my fabulous husband who really lit my fire and gave me the idea.  He's always been my best cheerleader!

To celebrate, I'm having an anniversary sale!  Today only, my entire store is 15% off!  Head on over to pick up the items on your wish list. ;)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Working on it Wednesday!

I'm linking up with Middle School Math Moments today to bring you Working on it Wednesday!  I thought it fitting since I have a million projects in my mind at the moment!

First off, I've been working on a unit for The Ninja Librarians - The Accidental Keyhand.  Great book (even though it says damn once).  I have literature circle discussion cards done and am currently working on the vocabulary component.  Hopefully that will be posted in my shop next week some time.

The Ninja Librarians

Also, I am starting a whole series of fluency packages that I think will fill a gap in upper elementary instruction.  I want to post one this week, but I have family coming to town so that might be next week as well.  I'm super excited about this one! 

I'm also working on a special surprise for my TPT anniversary this Friday!  You'll have to check back here to see what it is.

Two non-teaching things I'm working on:

- trying some Paleo recipes to slowly convert my family over

- making a mini fruit orchard on the side of my house (hoping to have my super rock hard ground ready this spring for bare root fruit trees)

What are you working on right now?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Haunted House Advertisements

I was going through some old teaching stuff in my garage the other day and came across this short little literature follow up I did with my second graders a few eons ago.

I forgot what story we were reading in language arts, but it had some vocab words like dreadful, and coward.  I thought those would be perfect for a haunted house, and it was October. 

I brought in a few real estate ads from my Sunday paper and we examined the type of info they had (cost, size, etc...) in their little blurbs.  Then we wrote our own using a few of the vocab words.  I used the front page of that section to make our cover here and replaced their stuff in the middle with my assignment description.

After the students wrote their descriptions and drew their haunted house for sale, I bound all the pages with the cover into our own real estate booklet. 

I love how second graders think $1,000 is a lot for a house.  ;)

What about you guys?  Have any educational Halloween activities going on in your classroom?