Saturday, August 1, 2015

Light a Fire With a Good Book ~ and a HUGE Giveaway!

Well, here it comes... for some of you, it has already come! For others, it comes Monday... and still others, you have a month or more! No matter when you go BACK TO SCHOOL, it's August, so school is on your brain if you are a teacher.

Several of us bloggers have come together to give you some awesome ideas for Back to School Books! These books can be used to set up your classroom community, begin a good lesson, or just as a fun read-aloud... and there might be a couple giveaways in it for you, too!
The book I'd like to share with you is called The Golden Rule.
This book describes the ONE rule in my classroom... Treat others the way you want to be treated!

Another super-cute, fun book is Do Unto Otters, which addresses the same idea!
I post "The Golden Rule" in my room, and it is the only rule we follow because it really covers them all. I have students describe what they can do to display "The Golden Rule" in our classroom, and it's always all the things you would have on a do/don't do list in the class! They really start to understand "putting yourself in someone else's shoes."

Since The Golden Rule is the first book I read, it also makes the perfect first mentor sentence lesson, too! (Don't know what mentor sentences are? Read here!) You can find this lesson, and nine others, in the first unit of VOLUME 2 Mentor Sentences for grades 3-5!

This unit is also part of a money-saving bundle - all four units of mentor sentences in Volume 2 are in this bundle... you'll be set for the whole year!
And have you heard? Teachers Pay Teachers is having a site-wide Back to School Sale August 3rd and 4th, and all the single items in my store will be marked down 20%, plus TPT will give 10% off using the promo code BTS15! Bundles will be marked down 10%, and you can still use the promo code to get an additional 10% off!

We know what else really "lights a fire" in you, and that is fabulous technology! We are giving away a brand new Kindle Fire HD6 to one lucky winner! 
Enter the rafflecopter below by hopping through each of our blogs and entering the secret word that can be found on the tablet in each of our posts. Also make sure to follow our TPT stores because the winner will be announced through a message in your TPT inbox! 
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We are also giving away a $25 gift certificate to Creative Teaching Press!

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Good luck! We hope you have a successful start to your school year! Now head over to Amelia's blog for another awesome book idea!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What I'm Wearing to Work Out...

Ha! The title is kind of a joke because I've been a horrible gym-goer this summer...
But I thought maybe if I got some cute workout clothes, it would motivate me to want to go to the gym! We'll see how that works....
So what have you been wearing? Remember, if you link up, it doesn't have to be what you are wearing TODAY (but it can be...) and it doesn't even have to be you in the clothes if you're shy! You can show off your deals on a hanger! :o) And if you want to share on Instagram, use #whatimwearing! This week is the last week to link up!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

What I'm Wearing Wednesday: Stitch Fix!!

Hey friends! You might remember I got a Stitch Fix box after I'd already left for Vegas... so here is what I got!
There was a dress that was just NOT cute on, so I didn't take a picture of that to show you. I ended up also not keeping the top left blue shirt, because the armpit holes were huge, but I loved the other two tops and the maxi dress! How adorable is the bow on the back of that top?

Wanna try Stitch Fix? Use my referral link and sign up! It's so fun to get cute clothes in the mail!! You don't have to keep anything, and you can ship it back for free! (You just lose your $20 styling fee.)

Next week will be the last week of the What I'm Wearing Wednesday Summer Series! If you want to link up, now's your chance! (Ok, and next week too...) :-P

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Two For Tuesday: Volume 2, Unit 2 of Mentor Sentences!

I'm linking up with Cyndie at Chalk One Up For The Teacher for 2 For Tuesday! 

I am so excited to share with you that my Unit 2 of VOLUME 2 Mentor Sentences for Grades 3-5 is done! (Did you miss Unit 1? Click here!) Do you already own Volume 1 (the original four units for grades 3-5) and wonder why you would need Volume 2? You can read about that here!
These two BRAND NEW units are 50% off- cheaper than they'll ever be even in the bundles! 
These units are geared toward the fall and winter (November, December, and January)- and I know it's hard to think about that now, but you know how the beginning of the school year goes by so fast! Grab the Second Unit of Volume 2 Mentor Sentences and its Interactive Notebook Activities Companion now, and you'll be so happy later that you did! :o)

Do you live in Georgia? Are you interested in learning more about mentor sentences? Check out this AWESOME workshop happening THIS FRIDAY- Teachers Prepping Teachers: Enhancing All Core Subjects in Your Classroom! There are still a few seats left, and we'd love to have you join us! :o)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bright Ideas: Writing Seed Ideas

Here it comes... those B-T-S words... I won't say them, but you know what they are.

And when that S word starts back, one of the things I always like to do in writing is collect seed ideas. One of the lessons I like to do will be my Bright Idea in this month's link up:
One thing most kids know all about is the street they live on. I like to have my kiddos draw a map of their street and label what they can. Then, I give them sticky notes to tell about something that happened in a specific location on their map.
And if for some reason they have a hard time remembering things on their street, they can always improvise...
The point of the activity is to give them ideas they can turn into stories later, so whether they are real or fictional seeds, they will have something they can use for a story!

If you enjoyed this bright idea, please consider joining me on FacebookInstagram, or my TPT Store for more great ideas.

For more bright ideas from other bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Teachers Prepping Teachers Giveaway

In less than 10 days, Mandy from Mandy's Tips for Teachers, Amanda from Collaboration Cuties, and I will be joining forces to bring you an awesome day of professional development! We decided in celebration, we wanted to feel like Oprah for a minute and give away some fabulous prizes!
Feel free to enter all three Rafflecopters. Not sure what the Teachers Prepping Teachers Workshop is?? Here are the details:
It is located in Marietta, Georgia at the Chattahoochee Technical College. Is that within driving distance from you? Here is how you can register...

...or better yet, you could win your ticket! Enter into the rafflecopter below!
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Maybe Marietta is too far, or maybe you have plans for next Friday already... well, we will be giving our participants some AWESOME swag at the session (think Blair Turner notepad, fun math dice, coupons, Expo Markers... and the list goes on!), and you could win one of those swag bags PLUS a $10 TPT gift certificate if you enter the next Rafflecopter below!
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And finally, who doesn't love extra sharp pencils? I know I do! Add this awesome sharpener to your classroom from Classroom Friendly Supplies in our last giveaway!

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If you attend our session, you will also be eligible to enter several more giveaways exclusive to our attendees! Here are just a few:
Planner from A Modern Teacher
Geomodels from EAI and Number Line Floor Mat from Smile Makers
Rigorous Reading by Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher
$25 Amazon Gift Card well as a few SETS of mentor texts for your classroom, too! Who couldn't use more books?

We hope to see you next Friday! :o)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What I Wore In Vegas!

Hey friends! What a whirlwind of a week! Whew! Vegas was AWESOME. I feel so rejuvenated, yet my to-do list just tripled in size! :-P Nevertheless, I couldn't miss out on this week's What I'm Wearing Wednesday!
I want to share a few things I got just for Vegas!

You know how I love Target... I got both of these shirts the week before I left at Target, and apparently, Dana from Prepping from the Primary Gridiron made her own visit, too! :o)

I also scored a FABULOUS logo shirt from A+ Images! It was a great way for people to associate my design and my name with my face in Vegas since most people don't know me in real life. :o) Here are a few other A+ Image Shirt Wearers, too!
 Kristen from Chalk and Apples
 Diane from Fifth in the Middle

Isn't the back the best???

If you don't want (or have) a logo on your shirt, they also have adorable designs for teachers at! I know some of my math friends got this one:
They honestly have any design you could probably want, but you can also design one yourself, too!

Finally, my last pic is what I wore to deliver my presentation at the TPT Conference!
Yep- that is totally an elevator selfie! I should have hid my big purse, but those elevators move fast! Ha! I love polka dots, and black and red are my two favorite colors to combine, so this was a winner. :o)

If you read last week, I was sad my Stitch Fix arrived after I left for Vegas... come back next week to see the awesome things I got this time!! I kept three adorable things!