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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Care Package Giveaway!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  I have always loved the fact that this week comes toward the end of the year, when teachers are feeling the brunt of testing and end of the year mayhem.  I couldn't let this week go by without honoring some of my favorite people in the world...teachers!  You are the people who get up every morning and face adversity of all kinds, who often put the needs of your students before your own needs, and who change lives every day.  You are the heroes who are shaping our future and filling the hearts and minds of children.  Even on the toughest days, I pray you don't forget that. <3

I wish I could send a care package to each and every one of you to brighten your days, but I did the next best thing and teamed up with some of my blog friends to give you a chance to win one of 19 care packages.  These packages have a few things in common... they all have a $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Certificate, fun teacher supplies, goodies, and gifts, and Teachers Pay Teachers resources, prepped and ready to go!  The total value of these giveaways is $1000+ and you DON'T want to miss it!


I had a blast putting together this care package!  It has all sorts of fun goodies for teachers, like Mr. Sketch markers (and some very neat fine tip Mr. Sketch Markets, too!), chocolate (of course), the cutest canvas pencil pouch you ever did see, a desk organizer, TWAMV Post It Notes, Owl Push Pins, Fancy Paper Clips, Ruler Washi Tape, teacher pencils, and more!

On the bottom right hand side of the picture, you can see a little jump drive... that jump drive will come filled with soft copies of all the resources you see.  Along with the soft copies, you will get hard copies that are laminated and ready to use!  In the care package, you will find the following resources...


And don't forget about the $25 gift certificate for any TpT resources you want!


We will be choosing winners for our care packages on Tuesday evening.

The great, big Teachers Pay Teachers Teacher Appreciation Sale begins on Tuesday, May 5!  We will send you a soft copy of the gift certificate so that you can use it in the big sale, if you so choose.    


Be sure to fill up your shopping cart to get 28% off all resources in my store.  Here are a few of my newest resources that are absolutely perfect for the end of the year!


And don't forget about your End of the Year Awards, with 67 unique awards perfect for each of your students!  I have also included a copy that you can type student names into!


If you want your kids to keep on practicing their fluency, now is a great time to try fluency task cards!


Entering to win the care package is easy.  Enter Here:

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And remember, 18 other bloggers are giving away amazing care packages, too!  Stop by them all to win!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

{Peek of the Week} A Peek Into Shannon's 5th Grade Classroom in Australia

Welcome to another week, and another installment of Peek of the Week!  This week, we are visiting Shannon's 5th grade classroom in AUSTRALIA!  Shannon has taught in Victoria, Australia for 13 years.  She is currently a student data coach and year 5 teacher.  She teaches in a 1:1 iPad classroom and adheres to a workshop model.  Enjoy your peek into her world!


Here is Shannon's teaching space.  I love those big dice and the orange wall.  It adds such a fun little flair to the space that I'm sure kids would love!

Here is Shannon's word wall at the beginning of the year!  I am a huge proponent of some sort of word wall, no matter what grade you teach.


Here is another view of her bulletin board and teaching area.  On top are CARS Teaching Strategies and above the board is her birthday display.  I love the colorful owl theme in her room!


What a great reminder of math problem solving strategies she has posted here!  I love the "act it out" option for students.


Here is a peek at Shannon's "What Stuck With You" exit board and her student disaster scale.  Make sure to zoom in on the disaster scale, because it's such a great idea, especially for your students who tend to be a little bit emotional. :)


Here is Shannon's small group reading teaching area.  I can't help but notice all the windows in her room.  So refreshing!





This might be one of my favorite parts of Shannon's classroom!  She has her classroom expectations posted using memes.  So clever!



Here are her student welcome bags.  Boy, would I have loved to receive one of these from my elementary school teachers!


Look at this neat place value line.  It's so very visual for students!

What a beautiful classroom Shannon has!





Shannon also wears another hat, in addition to teaching 5th grade.  She is the student data coach, so she sent me this picture of their Gradual Release of Responsibility Model.  They use this model to identify modes of gaining anecdotal information about student's reading.

This is the beginning of her student library (when she sent me these pictures, they were just getting ready to start the school year).  She didn't say much about the carpark, but I'm wondering if it's similar to the US version of a question parking lot.  The parking lot is a great place for students to write questions they want answered (when it isn't appropriate to ask it in the middle of class).



Thank you so much to Shannon for sharing your Australian 5th Grade Classroom with us!  It was so much fun peeking in! :) 

Want to Peek inside more classrooms?  Stop by these other installments of Peek of the Week!



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

{Peek of the Week} A Peek into Sunny's 4th & 5th Grade Classroom

I have been receiving a lot of submissions for Peek of the Week, and I continue to be amazed at your willingness to share your classrooms (and all your hard work) and the way you have all made your classrooms your own.  They are all beautiful, in every way.

I am truly overwhelmed with the response to Peek of the Week, and please rest assured that if you have submitted pictures, you will be on the blog soon! :)


Without further ado, let me introduce you to Sunny.  Much like her gorgeous name, her classroom is light, bright, and airy.  And super organized. Looking at pictures of her room makes me want to curl up with a good book in one of her many cozy spaces.

Sunny actively posts pictures of her classroom on her Instagram account (@teachersunny).  There are so many wonderful ideas there, so be sure to follow her for even more classroom inspiration!

**I apologize in advance for the number of times I use the word "love" in this blog post.  I just have a whole lotta love for this sweet space!


Look at this super cozy classroom!  If you have room for a couch in your classroom, I so highly recommend it.  Students love it, and it is a great reward or incentive, too. 
Student couch and library view
I loved seeing the inside of her cupboards.  They are so organized, yet so realistic to keep up with.  Sometimes I see organized pantries on home decorating blogs, and I think, "WHAT! There is NO way I could ever keep that up."  I didn't feel that way when I saw this cupboard.  Love it!

Organized Classroom Cupboards
Sunny was lucky enough to get 10 Chromebooks from Donor's Choose.  Here is how she stores them.  (I keep noticing the sweet little decorations Sunny has all over her room.  They are so simple, but they add such a touch of home to her classroom.)

Chromebook Storage
I love this organized library!  She said, "Library organization inspired by LadyBug Files. 6 out of 23 bins of books plus more! I'm a hoarder of books!" 

Sunny's Organized Classroom Library
Here is a picture of her library in the process of getting organized.  It is such a huge job, but a classroom library is so worth it!
Sunny working on Organizing her Classroom Library
I should have called this one the Ikea classroom! :) She sure has made the most of their inexpensive and sleek-looking furniture. She wrote, "Pushed two $7 ikea side tables to make an area by my rug where students can turn in or take assignments or graphic organizers with them as they leave the carpet. And it has pencils for student who forget to bring one to take notes with at the carpet." 

Classroom Carpet Side Table Organization


Sunny said her students really enjoy reading at this window bench area.  Look at all those trees out her windows.  I think I'd love it, too!
Student window seats
 This is a great alternative to the expensive seat pockets from school supply companies.  Sunny wrote, "Felt chair booties and Home Depot chair pockets. I simply sewed the straps together and made sure it for snugly on the chair. Works well for chapter books!"  

Chapter books are forever getting lost and covers get bent when they are stuffed in a desk.  What a great idea this is.

Chapter book chair storage
Such a cook DIY classroom calendar Sunny made!  She said she used a $7 Ikea frame.  So easy to switch out the numbers and write important dates each month... and it looks great, too!
DIY Classroom Calendar
Yes, yes, yes!  Homework turn-in folders.  What a fabulous idea!  She stapled folders to the walls and put each student's number of a folder.  She can easily see who did and didn't complete their homework.

Homework Turn-In Folders
The desk in the corner of the next picture is actually a student teacher desk.  What a wonderful idea to give them their very own space, and make it look like a part of the classroom.  Not to mention it's super functional for students when there is no student teacher!  The small table in the middle looks like a great place for students to gather and read a novel together.
Student Teacher and Supply Area
 Here is another little organized space in her room.  Sunny said, "Ladybug Teacher Files again with the student drawers. I use them as reading drawers that hold their books, notebook, highlighters, post-its for readers workshop. I have one for each student. "

Student Organization
I remember when I first organized my math manipulatives and made them accessible to students.  It made life SO much easier, and I absolutely loved watching them in the midst of work walking over, grabbing a helpful manipulative, and solving a problem on their own.  It really taught them to be resourceful, and it made planning so much easier, too!
Sunny's Organized Math Manipulatives
 Look at her organized desk!  I am loving this!

Sunny's Incredibly Organized Desk Drawer

I love that Sunny has a picture book display in her classroom, even for "older" kids.  They absolutely still need those picture books, and let's face it--they still LOVE them!
Sunny's 4th & 5th Grade Picture Book Display

Binder Organization


Every teacher needs a little corner of the room for themselves!  This is Sunny's sink area and where she makes her coffee.  I love the fresh flowers.


Sunny has a clever alternative to the great, big teacher desk that so many of us are familiar with.  She wrote, "My desk area. Got rid of the big ugly teacher desk from the district and got myself a small ikea desk that is functional."  I love it because she still has a landing place for all of her teacher things, but it doesn't dominate the room.

Sunny's Teacher Desk Area
I love her 12th Man Flag!
 Thank you again, Sunny, for sharing your classroom with us!  It's absolutely wonderful.