Sunday, May 25, 2014

Book Club Discussion Task Cards

I will be doing a variety of different activities next year to help motivate my readers and one of them is "Book Clubs."

I will be teaching all subjects next year and I am extremely excited to be self contained/GT next year!!!  I am very happy to have my own class all day again!

I developed some book club discussion cards to help my students work independently and guide them through their discussions. I have also been working on some graphic organizers :o)
(Those will come out soon)

Here are the 42 task cards:
 The price on the cards is $2.00.
Get them at this low price by clicking on the link above!

If you want to win a set, head over to my Facebook page!  I am giving away a set by the end of Monday (5/26/14)!  Good Luck!

I am thrilled about how the task cards turned out!  I am a kinder teacher at heart & I developed them to be used for the younger kids by using illustrations on each card.  I hope you like them as much as I do!  I can not wait to use them with my new set of students!

The cards also coordinate with many of our anchor charts in our store! Check them out by visiting our store,

Happy Teaching!

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Labels Galore!!!

I am linking up with the AMAZING Tara from 4th Grade Frolics!!!  I love this linky party!

Click on the picture above to view others that have joined this fun linky party!

Here is my short but fun post ...

I LOVE labels!!!  I love to label things ... Maybe it makes me feel more organized or maybe it helps.  Whatever the reason ... I love to label my classroom and it has spread to my home!  My friends call me the "Label Queen."  Does anyone else out there hold that title with me?

Here are a few of the labels that I have made and use in my room.  I love that they all match my zebra room.
I have a feeling more pictures coming soon!

This is an up-cycled Lysol wipe container that now holds our classroom rulers for math.  It was a win-win for my classroom and the Earth! I recycle containers often!

Instead of changing the teacher name on these containers for journals, I just put switch.  I just wanted to save some time each year because we are always changing partners!!!

Here are my 12 math tub labels for fast finishers!  I love that they make the tote tray cabinet a little cuter! Each tub holds activities for the kiddos to use when they complete their work/stations.

These were one of my favorite ideas ... magnetic picture frame labels.  We are not allowed to paint or adhere anything to the cabinets.  These detach so easy and I can change my contents of each drawer!
These are the 4x6 size.
I got them at Wal-Mart in the frame section.

This basket is used for my switch teacher to place all of her papers I need to add to the kiddo's Thursday folders.  I am pretty good about sorting them right away.  I love baskets!!!

This container holds all of the folders that go home on Thursday.  I have used it for a long time ... even when I was in kinder (it just had a different label).

I even labeled my lunch tub ... is there a rehab for people like me? LOL

Comment below or email me if you have any amazing labels that I might need to consider.  I love to get new ideas from you!

More to come ... I will keep you posted :o)
Happy Teaching!

Monday, May 5, 2014


I hope you all venture over to the giveaway at "My Kinder Garden Blog" and enter.
One of the items is a cafe from our store Planet Happy Smiles!
There is a bundle worth over $60 in the giveaway.

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Good Luck!  I hope one of my readers wins!!!
Happy Teaching!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Teaching Placement for Next Year ...

Well, I got the news on Friday … I am going to be:
 2nd Grade, self contained, and GT/ESL.

If you have followed my blog since the summer, I was just moved to 2nd grade math/science at the beginning of this school year.  Before that I had taught only kinder & Pre-k for over 16 years.


Now I am going to  teach all  areas.  I am so excited with the compliment, but I am so nervous.  I have a big HUGE fear of failure & I would love to hear from anyone who is self contained 2nd grade.  How do you get it all in?

Please comment below with any words of wisdom or ideas.
I would love to hear from you!
Happy Teaching!