I've added a new fluency pack to my store this week, all the activities are about reading!
My students love the roll-a-phrase game in these sets so much I decided to create a roll-a-sight word game for my first graders! I think they are going to love it!
Both of these sets are on sale Through midnight, and I'm going to give two copies away to my readers! Leave a comment below and I'll choose two winner randomly tomorrow morning! Thanks for stopping by!
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I've been working on another update to a fluency pack! Here's the new improved St. Patrick's day set, with activities to accompany the poems as well as new fluency passages and reader's theaters in color and black and white!
I am just loving the improvements to these packs and hope you all will too! Click on the picture to head to my store!
Here's The Freebie! I loved the Valentine's set so much I created a St. Patrick's day set too! Click the picture to pick it up and please leave your feedback, I would really appreciate it!!

I am sure some of you have heard the big news over at Teachers Pay Teachers! We are now 3 million teacher's strong and we are having a big sale to help everyone celebrate!
Thursday and Friday you can get 28% off in my store and many others, don't forget to use the Code!!

Hope everyone's having a great week! Also don't forget to enter the giveaway for a special edition tote and board book HERE!
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Few books create a memory that last a lifetime, those books that do never leave us! The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a book that for many has made it to the top of the unforgettable list.

I remember sitting in a neat little circle as my kindergarten teacher read the book aloud to our class. We all chimed it to help her read after the first few pages, and we waited anxiously to see what would happen to the little caterpillar who ate too much! I went home and "read" the book to my little sister that night, and then I read it to my baby dolls and stuffed animals, I read it to my parents, and anyone who would let me read it to them. It struck me then, and it continues to be a favorite in my classroom!

My students have enjoyed the book so much over the years! I always give it a big introduction and tell them it was one of my favorites when I was a kid. I watch as they pick up the book later and "read" it to their selves or their friends. I let them borrow one of many copies from the classroom library because I imagine the same excitement that I felt when I was 6 is what they are feeling. I can just see them reading to their little sisters, brothers, parents, and stuffed animals.

This month the Very Hungry Caterpillar is celebrating it's 45th anniversary. The anniversary will be officially celebrated on the annual “Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” which takes place every year on the first day of spring (March 20th).

Since its publication in 1969, 36 million copies of the book have sold worldwide and it has been published in 55 languages. That year the book was also named one of the best children’s books of the year by The New York Times, and it has since become a beloved, must-own classic. Today, every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold. 

Eric Carle (www.eric-carle.com) is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. He has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2002, Eric and his wife Barbara opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (www.carlemuseum.org) in Amherst, MA, a 40,000 square foot space dedicated to inspiring a love of art among children by introducing them to picture book art by renowned artists from around the world.

You can read more about this milestone and download some freebies at this official website!

One lucky reader will win a fabulous prize pack to help celebrate this very special anniversary! This limited edition tote and board-book copy of  The Very Hungry Caterpillar can be yours! AND if you win, you get an extra set to give to a friend!

Enter using the rafflecopter below. 
A winner will be chosen on Saturday March 1st! 
Good luck, thanks for reading!

Today I'm joining my bloggy friends in sharing with you bright ideas for the classroom! 
Shelley Gray's photo.

Since we've missed so much school I've had trouble getting back into the swing of things. It's February and I was looking for some inspiration, I was walking through the dollar tree (the best place to go when you need classroom inspiration LOL!!) when I spotted these...

The cupcake holders came in  packs of 2 for $1, and the heart gems are 50 per pack for $1. I didn't know what I would make yet but I knew they would be something I could use so I grabbed them up. This week as I was planning for independent centers I came up with a few ideas for using my fabulous finds!
With a sharpie I wrote numbers on the heart gems, random numbers 1-20. I placed them in one of the cupcake holders. Students will shake up the cupcake, open it up and take out a handful of hearts. Then they will use the number to find landmarks (minimum, maximum, mean, median, mode, and range). This is a skill we always need to practice, and it will give them a hands on novel way to mix up their routine!

I wrote double digit numbers on more gems, placed them in a cupcake container, and created a multi-digit multiplication center. Students will again shake up the cupcake, open and choose two hearts. They will multiply the two numbers. Simple yet fun!

For out word work center I wrote letters on the gems to spell out Valentine, students will use the gems to come up with as many words as they can. They love doing these types of word work activities, I think they will be excited to use the gems in this months center. We usually just cut the letter boxes out of paper!

For my younger students I wrote sight words on the gems. They will use them to play a partner game. They will shake up the cupcake, open it, and choose a gem, read the word and both students will write it. They will take turns choosing words and reading them. We will eventually get to graphing how many times each word is chosen too!

 Here they are inside the cupcakes ready to go! Can't wait to share them with my students tomorrow!!

There you have it, easy peasy versatile valentine centers for less than $2 each!!

Looking for more bright ideas? Head on over to Lori's blog ! She's sharing about Gallery walks, you won't want to miss it!

Click on the the links below to see more great ideas from other fabulous teachers!

Thanks for stopping by!
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It's officially February, here's what I'm up to currently....
My daughter has been watching Full House lately, brings back lots of good childhood memories for me :)

Thanks to everyone who has left a kind comment about the new blog look! I am loving it!!

I know it's winter in northern Indiana, and the weather we have been having is par for the course. I've actually enjoyed it for the most part, except when I have to go out and drive on snow cover roads. One of the effects of a harsh winter is that you really appreciate spring when it comes. This year spring will be a very welcome sight!

Really, I am content right now. I could not think of anything I am wanting. I am thankful for all God has provided, loving living in his provision everyday, and really just don't want anything particular at the moment. It's a great feeling :)

I do need to get the dishes and laundry done though! With all the extra days off work I had everything caught up, worked two days and didn't do a thing around the house once I got home. Now I've got to get it all done again - the never ending cycle of life isn't it!

Ok, which one do you think is the fib? Can you guess? If you've read my blog for long it might not be hard to figure out! I'll come back and let you know tomorrow in the comments!

Head on over to Farley's blog and see what everyone else is up to this month!

Oh' boy fourth grade
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