I am so excited to announce that is having a HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! From July 30 - August 2 (Wednesday - Saturday), they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF! There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year!

Take a peek into what is on sale! Tell your friends, because there is something for everyone who teaches children in PreK-8th grade!

This is the bundle that I am part of!!

Poetry Curriculum & Activities Bundle (Grades 2-6) - 75% OFF


Here is more about the product I have in the bundle!


Head over to Educents to check out all of the amazing bundles on sale now!!

Well, since the last time I posted the things I bought for my classroom I have not stopped buying. From the feedback I got from other teachers - you have been shopping too and sometimes need to explain why you needed to buy what you bought. So here is your chance. Link up with your purchases, show us what you bought, tell us why you bought it or how you are going to use it! Then we will totally validate your purchase, ooh and ahh over it, the way only other teachers can : )

Graphics from Melonheadz, Fonts from KG Fonts

Here are SOME of my recent purchases.

These pails:

They are 2 for $1.00 at Dollar Tree. My plan is to use them for classroom supplies. Sharpened and Unsharpened pencils, rulers, whiteboard markers etc. I am still thinking about buying buckets for bucket filling I am just worried about how much space they will take up.

These foam pieces:

Another Dollar Tree purchase - 32 for $1.00. I read a blog post (that I can not find right now) about using foam pieces as coasters for water bottles to avoid the water bottle fall and spill phenomenon. I am going to give it a try.

These cable ties:

Again - Dollar Tree - $1.00!! I already posted how I was going to use these to attach  back pack tags for my students - and I have a ton of them at home - white (or off white as seen in the above picture!!) - but these - these are bright colours - these match - these can be colour coordinated with the tags - these I had to have.

This hole puncher:

Bought it at Michaels - $9.99 but of course I had a 40% off coupon. It punches rectangles!!! I first heard about this from my friend Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching. It is perfect for making banners - the ribbon fits through the rectangle hole and lies perfectly. I have wanted one since she mentioned it (she has all the best tools!!) and now I have one. I am afraid my classroom might be over run with banners this year!! This is my exit ticket banner getting the rectangle hole punch treatment.

We went to a surplus store and I scored these:

Two huge packs of a paper for $1.99 each. They will be perfect for a writing center or to go with craftivities or even for math problem solving (make a model and explain your model!). Very happy with this find : )

Last one, these notebooks:

Dollar Tree - $1.25 each - very jealous when I hear about sales from other bloggers!! I only bought 6 for shared journal writing but I am debating going back to get a whole class set. I am not sure if I want them as journals or INB's - I like the open space at the top but wonder if that is necessary for INB's. Can't think too long or they will be gone.

So grab the button and link up. The linky is open all month and will be back the last Wednesday of each month (because my school shopping is not limited to BTS!). Be sure to check out some of the other posts and give them some validation and love : )

Today I am so happy to be finally linking up with Holly for her Tried it Tuesday linky....

I was beginning to think I was never going to try something new again!!

As you know I spent the last month taking an Additional Qualification course in Math. It was a long month spent online and reading a lot about math. I did learn a lot in this course but I also learned that I do not enjoy taking a course during the summer!! It makes it too hard to unwind and recharge!

One really fun thing that I did learn about in this course is an awesome website that I am going to be trying this year. It is called Powtoon.

This website allows you to make quick little animated videos. One of the other teachers in my course used it to create an introduction for a math problem for her students. She used the Mission Impossible template.

Here is a sample I created and published to YouTube...

The website has a fantastic tutorial that shows you how to edit and add features. There is a free basic membership  -  that is what I am using and I think there enough templates to choose from. I think the report and mission impossible ones will be my go to toons : )   Like any new technology it takes a little while to navigate the menus but once you know what you are doing it will be quick and easy to make a fun, engaging lesson prompt or intro for any lesson. This one took about 10 minutes (while my daughter put on a Ken vs Ben Male Barbie Model Contest Show for Me). I published to Youtube but you can just show the video from the site too.

Right now I am thinking of how I will be using this tool. Love it for lesson intros. I think it would be fun to have a Powtoon for when supply teachers are in your classroom, or for a morning message or to go through routines. I think I will play around and get a few ready : )

It would also be a great tool for students to use - I am not sure how you work parent permission for apps but I am thinking you could have students use one class account so that they do not need to share information.

I am also trying a linky!! I have always been very nervous to try a linky party (what if no one shows up!!).It will be the last Wednesday of the month (tomorrow!!) and I would love if you would stop by my blog and link up if you are a blogger for....

So stop back in tomorrow to see what I have been buying and show what you have been buying too : )   (Go ahead and grab the button so you can get ready!!)

Lastly it is Tuesday so that means it is also time to link up with The Teaching Tribune for...

The first product that I have on sale is my newest product - Student Success Bulletin Boards and Student Organization.

and the second item is my Multiplication Practice and Strategy Posters - 2 digit by 1 digit  - pack.

Happy Monday again - this is literally the happiest Monday so far this summer because I am finally finished my math course!! Woo hoo! So I am linking up once again with Tara the blogger behind 4th Grade Frolics and this wonderful linky....

So while I was supposed to be working on my course I would take mental breaks and work on things for my classroom. They all match the learning goals I made 2 weeks ago (you can see them here). All of these pictures are in my house since  my class is still being built!!

A new Bump it Up Bulletin Board set. If you don`t know what a Bump it Up board is you can read about it here or here. Basically it is a way to help your students set goals and see descriptive feedback on how they can improve their work.

A new the Answer is... The Question Could Be... board. You can read about how I used this in my classroom last year - but I loved it and so did my students.

An Exit Ticket Board. I will use this as a handy dandy quick assessment tool. I use sticky notes for students to record their answers or ideas to a question I post or give to them verbally. They put their answer up on their number.

A WOW Board. You have probably seen these around on Pinterest. I will be using 12 x 12 scrapbook paper in black and putting their names on the bright labels to display student writing, reading responses and math work.

Schedule cards - I do not know my schedule yet (or what my classroom looks like - I know Let it Go!!) but I did make my schedule cards while I was at it - I just loved the clipart so much I had to keep going.

And then I made some labels for bins....

You can check out all of these items (and more) in my TPT store - they are all part of one big editable pack (including the learning goal headers from 2 weeks ago!)

Happy Thursday!! I remember spending some Thursday mornings last summer reading Throw Back Thursday posts - and realizing that I had nothing to "throw back" too as it was my first summer of blogging. Another thing I realized through this blogging process is that often times when I post what I am doing it is already too late for others to use since other people start school a month before I do.

But no more : )  Today I am linking up with my friend Nick from Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason for....

Today I am sharing a post on math ideas for the first few days of school - including a few freebies!!
Hopefully this time the post is not too late for you to use - or if you are new to the blog it is just helpful to you : )

(Originally linked up with Amanda and Stacia at Collaboration Cuties for their Must Read Mentor Text Linky)

The book I am suggesting is a book I am sure many of you use...

I don't want to spend too much time talking about this super fun book so I will just give you the description from Goodreads

Did you ever wake up to one of those days where everything is a problem? You have 10 things to do, but only 30 minutes until your bus leaves. Is there enough time? You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants. Can you make 1 good outfit? Then you start to wonder: Why does everything have to be such a problem? Why do 2 apples always have to be added to 5 oranges? Why do 4 kids always have to divide 12 marbles? Why can't you just keep 10 cookies without someone taking 3 away? Why? Because you're a victim of the Math Curse. That's why. But don't despair. This is one girl's story of how that curse can be broken

The reason I picked this book is that I just wanted to throw a couple of teaching ideas out there to go with this book for the first week or two of school.

I use this book on the second day of school during our first full math class. I use it as a jumping off point to talk about how my students feel about math and to highlight how math is everywhere.

I follow the book up with a couple of activities.

#1. A math survey. I was given a very long and very official survey from one of our math consultants. It was 3 pages long and had a marking key and I am sure would be very helpful to many people - just not me :)
I made this quick little survey to just let me know how my students felt about math and to help me group them (I also use a quick little assessment - but I will tell you more about that on Workshop Wednesday).
Here is my survey. It is not fancy or official - just a little something to get me started on grouping and looking at what kind of feelings my students are bringing with them. Click here for a copy.

#2. A "Math About Me" page. This is sample from Pinterest with no link - sorry!!

I am undecided if I will do this again this year and use it as their Interactive Math Notebook cover or if I will give them this page to decorate for their cover. Click on the picture to get a free copy - there are different subject pages to choose from.

#3. An "I Can't Believe I Used Math in the Summer" page. This was an idea I read about on Teaching with a Mountain View who did a similar activity after Spring Break, so I adapted it for B2S. Students have to draw and write about how they used math over the summer break. I will go through a few examples with my class first of how I used math over the summer. Since most students will have done some B2S shopping that will be an obvious example but I hope to get to some more creative examples - math for baking, building with lego, what time to leave to arrive at the movie on time, how much money my daughters saved, how many cobs of corn to make....

Click the picture to get a copy.

 I will use this activity as an opportunity to introduce my math goals chart. In particular - the pictures, numbers and words pages. Click here to get a free copy of these pages.

Woohoo - that is it, my first Back to the Archive post!!

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