I am still in shock that today is the last day in July!! Especially since our weather does not feel like summer at all : (

Even though I have another month of summer I am linking up with Jess at I Heart Recess for her monthly goals linky.

I am hoping that putting the goals out there will help me work a little harder towards meeting them (hmm...I guess that is why they make us post learning goals). So here they are:

Personal:  I am finding it hard to balance relaxing and enjoying my summer and family and getting house jobs done with blogging and creating and reading blogs and preparing for the school year and planning and you get the idea.  I need to work harder to achieve a workable balance that makes me and the rest of my family happy.

Organization:  I just started switching to a binder system in June - I hope to keep going. It is costly and a bit time consuming but I really like it so far...I just need to remember to put new resources into binders. Well and figure out a better storage system for center materials.

Planning:  I keep seeing all kinds of planners online and they look awesome but I think I would need to create something that fits my schedule and needs perfectly for me to really use it. I like using a binder so I can take things out - I am not sure about binding it. Also I have tried a lesson plan website but didn't really stick with it - may have to try that again.

Professional: I have invested time and money and tons of mental energy (and Pinterest time) on interactive notebooks and inquiry based lessons.

Students: Kids - they just wanna have fun - and since I'm a girl I just wanna have fun too!

Motto: ha!

If you are looking to get ready for BTS you may want to check out the 8 days of giveaways Jivey has organized on FB. Head over to her FB page now - it started today!!

Cool graphics by Megan at I Teach, What's Your Superpower?

First of all I want to say thank you to the amazing ladies that donated to my giveaway. Being part of this blogging community is amazing!

Next, thank you to all of you for choosing to follow my blog and entering the giveaway.

Here are the winners of the giveaways:

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If you did not win and had your eye on something in my store you may want to pick it up today - everything is 15% off today only.

Also one of my favorite blogging buddies has organized a fun FB giveaway, for not one, not two, but 8 days!!!
Backgrounds and awesome graphics from Megan @ I Teach, What's Your Superpower?

It starts tomorrow (I can not believe tomorrow is the last day of July!!). So head on over to her FB page and hit Like so you are ready for 8 different giveaways! I will be there on one of them!!

I am linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for her linky....

First, last week I worked on a few clipboards. This is my second try making clipboards but I followed the directions from Jessica at Literacy Spark and I am way happier with they way they turned out. The ones from last year are in the student pile of clipboards now.

I did mine front and back because I will be using them for assessment (so I can flip them over or walk around and they will still be cute!). I have one for math, reading and writing. I will be using more labels this year when doing assessments and will just keep the label sheet, checklists, class lists etc. that I am using that day/week with the clipboard.

Next I made a NOISE sign for my classroom. I originally saw this on a blog and now I can not find it to give credit!!!! So after I first saw this I tried it out by writing the word on my white board and it worked! So I knew I wanted to make a sign too. I used magnetic sheets and awesome letters from the amazing Megan - she just added them to the Basic Brights Ultimate Bundle yesterday!

they will look better in my class then on my fridge - but some days I could use it at home too!!

Also I made a prayer jar. Lately I have been asked to say a prayer for people and I try my very best to remember everyone but sometimes it is hard. So I made a really quick prayer jar. I took an old Mason jar, some see through labels, stones, shells and a candle. I printed off some words that I wanted (couldn't find stickers that would work and I do not have a Cricut - yet). I put in a shell or stone in for everyone that I am praying for - I even labelled some of the stones. Now I just light the candle and say a prayer for everyone inside!

Here are links to some TPT products I made and you could check it out if you wanted to...

Reading Goals Chart
Writing Goals Chart
Reading & Writing Bundle
Superhero Clip Chart

Lastly I made a giveaway (ha, just wanted to make sure you have entered since it ends tomorrow!).
 Click on the picture to enter now!!

Be sure and come back tomorrow to find out who the winners are and to find out about an exciting new giveaway I am part of!!!

It is time once again to link up with the lovely ladies at Collaboration Cuties for...

This week's theme is social studies and I am going to stretch my recommendation just a wee bit. My book is: Terry Fox - A Story of Hope by Maxine Trottier.

I did not put the full title of this book in my blog post title because I did not want people to think - oh that is just a book for Canadians!! It is NOT, it is an amazing story for everyone!!!!!

Here is why I love this book - I love Terry Fox. If you do not know about Terry here is a little bit about him from Wikipedia:

Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$500 million has been raised in his name.

Here is a little video (watching the videos makes me cry every year when we show them at our Terry Fox Run/Walk assembly - I know he is going to die but it gets me every year - cried watching it to embed this one here).

Okay there are also things I love about the book. It is great for introducing biographies and non-fiction text features. It has great inspirational quotes throughout the book that you could use as a jumping off point for collecting and responding to quotes. Here are some of my favorite Terry Fox quotes:

"How many people do something they really believe in? I just wish people would realize that anything's possible, if you try: dreams are made, if people try. When I started this run, I said that if we all gave one dollar, we'd have $22 million for cancer research, and I don't care man, there's no reason that isn't possible. No reason. I'd like to see everybody go kind of wild, inspired with the fundraising."

“I'm not a dreamer, and I'm not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to.”

“It took cancer to realize that being self-centered is not the way to live. The answer is to try and help others.”

Also the book is written in a way that makes the story accessible for elementary students but still rich. The story brings up a lot of personality traits or attributes - determination, perseverance etc. and would be a great way to introduce these values or study personality traits.

As the organizer for our school Terry Fox Run/Walk I can say that the Terry Fox Foundation does a fantastic job providing resources for your school - not just pledge forms, tattoos and stickers - but books and videos too. I can also say that each year we tell our students that they just need to donate a toonie (two dollars for you non-Canadians) but each year the students get behind this fundraiser one hundred percent and bring in loads of donations - especially when they now it may mean teachers getting pie in the face. If you want to learn more about the Terry Fox Foundation or check out some lesson plans on Terry Fox check out this website: http://www.terryfox.org/

Here is another great video with the Rod Stewart song Never Give Up on a Dream that I love, just in case you were still unsure if you wanted to read the book about this incredible individual.

Thanks to Erin for pointing out that today is his birthday : )

Happy Saturday. We had an amazing day at the beach yesterday and while I was away many people pinned my Reading & Writing Goal Charts. The winner's are based on my husband's birthday - August 16th. So I took the 8th post (for the month) and 16th (for the day)!  He was born in 1972 so I took the  1st, 9th, 7th and 2nd people too. The winner's are: Krista, Markisha, Kaitlyn, Yashika, Amanda and Najda, congrats. Check your email :) . Thank you everyone for pinning!

Okay on to today's reason for being here, to link up with my sweet friend Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for...

I am going to share two share somthing I used in my classroom for the last two years and am revamping a little bit for next year.

No big surprise, it is the Clipchart! I am sure you have seen them all over the Internet. This is a good explanation of how to use the chart. Basically each day (or if we are having troubles morning and after lunch) everyone starts on Ready to Learn. You clip them up for making good choices and working hard and clip down for making poor choices and not working to the best of their ability. If they make it to the very top they get to add a sparkly gem to their clothespin. I use the chart a lot in Sept/Oct, again in December when things get a little crazy, January, March and near the end of the year. Sometimes I sort of let the clipping go - usually when we are all moving along tickety boo. Also I rarely move students down, I occasionally move a student to the yellow, maybe the orange in a dire circumstance. I usually move students up and hope others notice and pull it together (keeping it honest - I have had amazing classes for the last 2 years when I had this system).

Last year I had a Rock and Roll theme in September so this was the clipchart that I used.

I got it from The Inspired Apple .

This year I will be having a Superhero theme so this is the clipchart that I created.

I also made a calendar for students to record where they ended the day and some certificates to go home with students when they clip up. This is what I am adding next year to try and keep me (me not the kids) using the clipchart to its full potential.

If you are interested in checking it out head to my TPT store - it is a flash freebie!!

Happy Friday. I am off to the beach today, but before I go I wanted to share with you some of my favorite pins and a chance to win something! So I am linking up with Cara Carroll at The First Grade Parade for....

Today I want to share a few pins that are on my to do list for this school year.

This is from Stellar Students. What I like is how she used the caddies. Not for pencils and markers and glue, but for what students need for each lesson. This will be perfect for me for math and word study. Before class I will put in any thing students will need for the lesson - paper, math tools, word lists, game pieces whatever - and then just hand them out!! I think it will save time in these two subject areas for sure.

But I may want my caddies to have ribbon too and look a little something like these from Life... as I Know it.

I also love this pencil strategy for math (or reading or writing or anything really). I love that it is color coded and she gives each student a copy and has an anchor chart up in the class. It is from Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade.

Lastly here is one on my daughter's to do list (she is only 12 but she sews and I don't)!!
I want to make (well oversee as she makes) a birthday and teacher of the day chair cover. This one is from Teach-A-Roo.

So for the last 2 weeks I have been working on making my own reading and writing goal charts for my class. I made the charts and an editable file and loaded them to my store.  I am really happy with how they turned out - I love the editable part because I have the template all set up to make goal pages for any lesson or skill that I want or to make individual goals for students and to give feedback.

Here is what the charts look like (well just a few pages hanging in my bathroom since I am locked out of school):

Here are some of the pages you could add or edit:

If you would like to win a copy of both the reading and writing goal chart just pin it to win it. What you need to do is pin any of the above images, copy the URL of your pin and put it in a comment back here on my blog. I will choose winner's based on my husband's birthday and announce them tomorrow. If you want to check them out at my TPT store you can click here for reading and here for writing. There is also a bundle available.

See you tomorrow!

Oh and if you have not entered my 500 Followers Giveaway just click here to go and enter!!!

See, this linky is working already - it is supposed to be Wednesday but I am going to act like it is Tuesday so I can link up with Jess at I Heart Recess.

We are supposed to post a picture of ourselves in the grade we are currently teaching and then answer a few questions - but I am cheating a bit and posting a pic from Grade 6 (sorry, the pictures that I have are not labelled and the rest of my school pictures are in my parent's house 3 hours away!)

Plus, I love the turned up collar, so very 80's and I loved growing up in the 80's!!!
Grade:  6th Grade
Year: 1983-1984
School: St. Anthony
Teacher: I can't remember and I feel so bad....
Favorites: Tight jeans, leg warmers, The Outsiders and all books by S.E. Hinton, Rob Lowe, Prince and MICHAEL JACKSON
These are the posters I had in my room:

Memories:  This was our last year at this school before it closed down and there were only 3 girls in Grade 6. We were taught  how to play chess. Don't go between the portables at recess during the winter if you don't want to be body slammed onto the ice.

Thanks Jess for hosting this trip down memory lane!!

If you have not entered my 500 Follower Giveaway head over there now and enter, there are two fabulous prize packs to be won. Click on the picture to go there now.

I am so excited that this day is finally here. I have 500+ followers on bloglovin!! I appreciate each and everyone of you that stop by to read my posts, pin an idea and leave a comment!! I was really nervous when I first started blogging that no one would ever read my posts and I would just be talking to myself, so thank you!!

To show how much I appreciate you all clicking the button to become a follower I asked some of the best blogging buddies I know to help me out with this giveaway and since they are the best they said yes and now you have a chance to win one of these fabulous prize packs.

If you don't follow one of these awesome bloggers just click on the picture to head to their blog (and show them a little love!).

Here is the first prize pack.

Here is the second prize pack.


Again thank you so much for supporting my blog and good luck : ). I will announce the winner next Wednesday.

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