Celebrating Seuss!

It's that time of year again, where as a teacher, your focus turns to all things Seuss! My kiddos and I are currently working on a "favorite book" project that I will be sharing with all of you this week! As a part of this wonderful celebration of reading, I wanted to share some fun facts about Theodore Seuss Geisel, as well as some really cute "Seuss-inspired" ideas from Pinterest! I would love to hear how you are celebrating this week, so please leave a comment to share with myself and my followers! Fun facts about Dr. Seuss!

10. The last book that Dr. Seuss published was "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" in 1990, which was one year before his death on September 24, 1991.

9. He referred to himself as "Doctor Seuss," even though he wasn't a doctor.

8. Seuss was the maiden name of his mother.

7. He was married twice.

6. He didn't have any children.

5. He joined the army during WWII.

4. He was rejected by 27 publishers before literally running into the publisher who published his very first book on a street in NYC.

3. He attended Dartmouth College.

2. The original German pronunciation of "Seuss" actually rhymed with "voice."

1. Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904, so he would be 109 years old this year! Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!!

Here are some great Pinterest finds that I'm sure Dr. Seuss himself would be very proud of!

Source: nea.org via Pam on Pinterest

Have a WoNdErFuL and wacky "Read Across America Week!"

"Featured Shop" Celebration!

As part of my celebration for being selected as the "Featured Shop" on Teacher's Network, I am hosting a 20% off sale in my Teacher's Notebook store!  Come in, look around, and be sure to come back for the items that I will be posting!

Thank you for your support!

How cool is this?!

I just wanted to share that I am the "Featured Shop" on Teacher's Notebook this week!  I'm super excited!  If you also work hard to make classroom creations, you know how special it is when you are recognized. :)  Thanks, Teacher's Notebook!

Increasing Your Students' Scores on State Exams

So here's the deal...my classroom seems to do pretty well on our state exams each year...so far, we do the best out of all the other fifth grade rooms in Reading and Language Arts! I really believe that the secret lies in these Comprehension Reading Quadrants! I do these with my kiddos weekly, sometimes daily...as a way to practice skills such as making connections to other texts, the world, and themselves. Also to practice finding the main idea and details, practice sequencing, discussing the author's purpose, visualizing, and so much more! I am very passionate about this one, folks...and I'm so happy that I can now offer it to all of you! Good luck to all on this year's state exams!


What moves you in your classroom?

I think it's super important for our students to feel at home in their school environment.  I try to add touches of "a little something special" here and there, in hopes to make their time with me comfortable and welcoming.  I was moved when I saw this picture on Pinterest.  I loved it's simplicity and how it screamed education in a really sweet way!  I just wanted to share my thoughts and this adorable picture/idea!  What's your classroom like?  I would love to hear all about it!

What are you looking at?

So this is the face of my German Shepherd.  He is my #1 fan, I'm sure!  He follows me everywhere, so I figured that I would do him a favor and give him a little exposure. :)  These are the eyes that are looking at me while I am blogging, facebooking, creating lesssons for TpT and school...or just doing nothing at all! (which doesn't happen very often)  I swear he talks to me with his adorable twinkle eyes!  Definitely my #1 fan!  So here you go, buddy...take a bow!

FrEeBiE Alert!

You can either click on the link below, or on my TpT or TN links to the right to get this really great freebie of 5 super cute sticker charts!  Here's the deal...if you don't want to use them at school, you can use them at home with your own kiddos (or grandkiddos)!  I hope you like them as much as I do!

Have a great weekend,

President's Day Sale!

Stop by my store now through President's Day to take advantage of my 10% off sale!  Several of you have wishlisted my TpT Survival Pack, as well as my Common Core Math Madness game...go grab them at a great price!

Have a great weekend!

PS - I am also celebrating today's first successful fertility appointment, as well as mine and my husbands birthdays on Monday!  Yes, we have the same birthday!  Much to celebrate!

LoVe in Room 309

It's amazing how much my students smile on Valentine's Day! My room was filled with giggles and whispers all day long...I just get a kick out of trying to figure out who their 5th grade crush is and watching the girls give the boys "googly eyes!" They are so funny!
So I wanted to share some of their really awesome Valentine's Day boxes with you guys! Check out the Angry Bird box! My student said that he and his mother made it by gluing two large bowls together and covering them in tissue paper...super cute! I think they did a great job. I had two students make their boxes out of Legos! That was something that I had never seen before...so a definite "A" for creativity! You may notice the beautiful bouquet of flowers. Well...that was from my girls and my wonderful husband. :) It's so nice to be loved. The tiny pot of flowers was a gift from a student...so sweet.
 I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day, and for those of you who did not...know that you are loved!  I am sending you a virtual hug!
 Have a good one!

Do you measure up?

After racking my brains trying to teach my students how to use a ruler, I decided that enough was enough! For me, the number one problem was the size of the rulers themselves...and needless to say...the itty bitty lines on them, that they are expected to read! My poor kiddo with glasses as thick as my shower doors...I think this will help! Anyhow, the solution to this problem that would be simple for not only myself to create, but all of you as well...is an 8' 8" printable ruler! I made it so that teachers could put it anywhere in their classrooms that they would like, as well as make it as long or as short as they like! I also made some colorful arrows that can be moved around each day for a great "Daily 5" or morning work activity!
Have a wonderful week!



My Classroom In a Sketch

I was taking pictures at school and discovered the "Color Sketch" option on my camera...this is what happened once I took some pictures!! Pretty cool, huh?! I just wanted to share with you guys. I always love seeing other people's classrooms. I am going to have to have my classroom ready for next fall at the end of this year, considering what I have to do for my sister (see a couple posts below). :) I may be suffering from a serious first trimester at "back to school" time! Yikes!
Also, something to look forward to in the upcoming week from "Create, Teach, and Share," is a guest blog from one of our TpT top sellers, "Teaching to Inspire in 5th!" She's been a great guide for me and I am so excited to see what she has to share with us! One other great "up and coming" something or other to look forward to are the many products that I will be posting on TpT this week! From comprehension to measurement, and some SUPER cute sticker charts...I think you guys will like what you see! Just check back when you get a chance...you never know what you might find! Hugs to all and have a good night!

Thank you, Rachel Ray!

So, when I get up in the mornings, I like to watch whatever it was that I recorded on our DVR the day before...seeing as that's the only time I can actually watch television. :) I record Rachel Ray and one of her shows was a "Back to School" special, which included how to make crafts from school-related items. She had really great ideas for covering tables with rulers, and containers with pencils, but the one I loved the MOST was the one where she made a light out of a globe...so I did it! I'm not too happy about the chain, but I kind of needed it in order for it to stay put. :) All that you need are a lighting kit from a hardware store, some spray paint...you get to choose the color (fun stuff!)...some painter's tape, and a globe! The lighting kit that I got, required me to drill a hole in the center middle of the globes, but other than that, it was simple! So...what do you think!?


SnEaK PeeK!

So, I feel like it's time to let you in on what I've been working on. If you are anything like me, working on one project just isn't an option. I like to bounce back and forth between things, to keep it interesting! The thing is...I'm a perfectionist...or at least strive to be, so things take me a little while to finish! So, here's a sneak peek into what I have been working on. These items should be available, no later than Friday, February the 15th! I have to give myself a deadline! I really hope you like them as much as I do. :) Enjoy and I hope you stop by to check out the final products by the end of this week!


A New Chapter...A New Challenge

So after posting a thread to vent to my fellow TpT educators about my life right now, I felt it was probably a good idea to post something similar on my blog, seeing the great response and feedback that I got from my online friends. I'll try to make this short and sweet, but you never know what will happen once I start typing, lol.

I am a mother of two...yep, the two adorable munchkins to the right of the screen. As much as my world revolves around them, I still have to teach full-time and remain a wife to a wonderful husband who takes care of my girls during the day (Daddy Day Care is what I like to call it ;)) and then works full-time afternoon shift, so as soon as both of us leave our jobs, we go straight into another, leaving us hardly any time together, except for the weekends. I am also a mommy of two huge dogs, so with beautiful dark hardwood floors...there is a lot of sweeping and swiffering going on in our house! So here's what my family is going to be going through in the upcoming months. My husband just found out that he has to undergo back surgery this month, which means I will be stepping up to the plate and that my girls will be going to the babysitter pretty much every day for at least 6 weeks. My mornings will be a little crazy, but that's okay! I need my hubby to get better! The poor thing is in so much pain.

 That's not the biggest thing happening to us in the near future. I have my first appointment with my sister's fertility doctor this month as well. After three LONG and PAIN-FILLED years of fighting several severe female issues, my sister found out in December that she would never be able to carry her own child. This devastated her and her husband...and me. I have three older sisters, but my sister Amanda, the one that is going through this, and I, are particularly close. She is only 3 years older than I am and growing up, we formed an inseparable bond. We always said that we wanted to raise our families together and grow old together, so when the doctor told her this in December...the family part seemed to be over. So, with that being said... I have volunteered to be a surrogate for my sister and her husband! :) Yep...I'm jumping in with both feet. Prior to my sister having a radical hysterectomy, she and her husband were able to freeze two embryo...so the child would be theirs 100%. I will just be the 'house' for it for 9 months.

So our appointments start this month, but the insemination probably won't begin until summer, so that it doesn't affect my work. Speaking of which, I told my principal and superintendent of my plans just this past week and I'm happy to say that they both very much support me. Some people at work have made comments like, "How can you just give a baby away?" This really upsets me, because no one truly knows the dynamics of the situation that my sister has been in. This is what I have to say to that question... I CAN live with myself, having been pregnant for nine months, having a child that is my sisters and her husbands, and giving it to them...knowing that I have to deal with some detachment and hormones. I CAN live with the joy that I will see on their faces and know in my heart that that's why I chose to do what I did. I can live with that. What I CAN'T live with would be looking at my sister's face for the rest of my life...and knowing that I did NOTHING to help her. No. It's not an option.

Why not adopt? Well..here's the deal. My sister has a very high profile job...one that is actually budgeted for 7 people. She is in charge of 13,000 employees in the third wealthiest county in the nation. She works with a woman, who is actually under my sister's rankings, that has been on the adoption list for 10 years now. So many things factor into who is elligible for adoption...one...stress in your life...your job...the amount of time it takes you to travel to your job (it takes my sister over an hour to get to her work every day)...and your health. So, my choosing to be a surrogate was the best decision for our family. I have a husband that supports me.

As for my little ones...Kinley, my youngest...is too young to know anything. Adison, my oldest, knows that we have been praying for Aunt Amanda's belly for a really long time and that God is leading us in a different direction. I asked her if it would be okay if "Mommy helped Aunt Amanda have a baby?" and if I could just grow the baby in my belly for awhile and she was like "yea..sure!" Lol. It's a different story if you ask her if she wants another brother or sister, though...she'll say...absolutely not! Kids are so funny!

I know...I know...this was long, but clearly there was a lot to say! I will be posting more as my journey into this year continues. I may need your support along the way, especially with how I deal with this at work. I don't plan on telling my students anything other than "I am pregnant." If they find out details, I will simply tell them to talk to their parents about it. What else can I do? My family comes first and I know it will all work out.

A Bite from the LoVe BuG!

I had to share this super cute craft with you guys! My students would have a ball making this! Does your school have any activities scheduled in celebration of Valentine's Day? Our school lets our kiddos pass out Valentines to one another from Wednesday morning through Friday morning in our classroom Valentine's Day box, and then I distribute them to the student Friday afternoon. I like to do a craft with them and maybe a game to make our day fun! I think this 'LoVe BuG' just might be the winner this year! Stay tuned to see the classroom V-Day box that I am coming up with! I hope it all works out the way that I plan it to!

Super Sunday...AND MONDAY sale!

Hey there, football fans! Make sure you stop by my shop to pick up one of my products on sale! If you happen to miss it, check back through the week to see my two new products that I will be posting! One deals with Reading Comprehension and the other is...well...let's just say...it "measures" up!

Sneak Peek!!

Here's what you can look forward to over the weekend! I am finishing up a states and capitals flash card and report packet! It's really cute and I'm excited about offering it to you guys! What better way to celebrate President's Day than learning about our states that our country is founded upon?!

Fun With Adjectives!

Describe yourself in one word. It's that easy to do! This is what I asked of my fifth graders yesterday and I think they did a really good job! It was so much fun...and very interesting to see what word they felt 'defined' them as a person. This was a super easy activity that reinforced words that describe and my kiddos had a lot of fun doing it!
Here are a couple of the individual student pictures that I took for this activity!