David Bouchard and Pink Shirt Day = A Great Week

David Bouchard and Pink Shirt Day = A Great Week

We had a fabulous week this week. It went by so fast but it was packed full of activities. On Tuesday our school had the honor of an author visit from the AMAZING David Bouchard. I have read his books to my students for years and it was so neat to actually have him come…

Setting the Stage for Narrative Writing

Setting the Stage for Narrative Writing

This week we started looking at story elements in hopes that soon my students will be able to write their own story with well developed story elements. I decided to start with teaching them setting. The first day I introduce setting with this anchor chart. As I was going through the anchor chart, I went…

A Busy Friday – Valentine’s Day Art and 100s Day

A Busy Friday – Valentine’s Day Art and 100s Day

Wowzers !! Friday was a busy day for us. Not only did we celebrate Valentine’s Day but we also had our 100s Day celebration. It was a fun filled day and I was proud of by kiddos for keeping it together and not being to wild and crazy (especially when candy was involved). This past…

Bright Idea Blog Hop

Bright Idea Blog Hop

I am super excited to be part of this blog hop. I am always looking for new ideas and I know I will be hopping around collecting them today!!! For my bright idea I thought I would share something that has changed my classroom routines so much this year. Usually when students were leaving the…

First Ever TpT French Ebook

First Ever TpT French Ebook

I am tres excited to introduce a project  I am part of. It is the first ever TpT French Tips and Freebies Ebook. There are 21 TpT sellers who have come together to collaborate on this Ebook and I am hosting it in my store !!! Each page has a free item and a teaching…

Holiday Ebook 2013

Holiday Ebook 2013

I am very excited to announce that I am part of this years Holiday Ebook for Grades 1-2! I am on love with my freebie in there and my students have a lot of fun with it. There are 50 Teachers Pay Teachers sellers who have included a winter freebie and a teaching tip. There…

Trouble with Colours

Trouble with Colours

Some of my students are having troubles remembering the colour words, both how to read them and to write them. I created these signs to hang in my classroom and so far they are working great. Students know where they can look if they are stuck on a colour word! I love the Melonheadz Kidlettes…

Daily 5 Word Work Ideas

Daily 5 Word Work Ideas

Since I am in a primary classroom this year I needed to revamp my literacy program. I had the opportunity to go visit another primary classroom where they were doing Daily 5. I immediately knew this is what I had to do in my class. I thought I would share with you the activities we…

A Bear in War

A Bear in War

We read A Bear in War and coloured poppies for our Remembrance Day wreath today. A Bear in War is one of my favourite picture books for talking about Remembrance Day. It is a true story and showcases Canadian history. After we read the book we visited the website for the Canadian War Museum to…

Halloween Art and Mini Pumpkins

Halloween Art and Mini Pumpkins

Wow things have been crazy this week. We had our student led conferences on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night. The earliest I left the school was 8pm. Thursday I was there until 9pm. It was so worth it though. I was sceptical that student led conferences were the way to go. I had never done them…

Halloween Cats

Halloween Cats

I think that Halloween is my favorite holiday to decorate my classroom for. This week we finished our Halloween cats and I put them on the bulletin board in the hallway. I may be bias but I think it turned out pretty good. Usually I have a flat tree but this year I wanted to…

Harris Burdick Writing

Harris Burdick Writing

I love introducing students to the Harris Burdick Mystery Pictures. They make awesome writing prompts and tools for inferring. After we take an in-depth look at all the pictures I always have my students choose one to write about. To start off I bring my students into the gym where I have scattered the posters…

Harris Burdick Writing

Harris Burdick Writing

I love introducing students to the Harris Burdick Mystery Pictures. They make awesome writing prompts and tools for inferring. After we take an in-depth look at all the pictures I always have my students choose one to write about. To start off I bring my students into the gym where I have scattered the posters…

Positive Negative Halloween

Positive Negative Halloween

My class had a blast making these positive negative jack o’ lanterns for our Halloween art project. These are pretty easy to make if you want simple jack o’lanterns but become a little more complicated the more detailed it is. To make these students get a full sheet of black construction paper and half a…

Positive Negative Halloween

Positive Negative Halloween

My class had a blast making these positive negative jack o’ lanterns for our Halloween art project. These are pretty easy to make if you want simple jack o’lanterns but become a little more complicated the more detailed it is. To make these students get a full sheet of black construction paper and half a…

Duck Dynasty Place Value Activities

Duck Dynasty Place Value Activities

Okay so some of you may have had wild fun last night but me… I stayed home and did some planning, printing, cutting, and laminating….WAHOO fun I know. We are wrapping up our place value unit and I wanted my kiddos to have some fun activities to explore on Monday so I finally got around…

Duck Dynasty Place Value Activities

Duck Dynasty Place Value Activities

Okay so some of you may have had wild fun last night but me… I stayed home and did some planning, printing, cutting, and laminating….WAHOO fun I know. We are wrapping up our place value unit and I wanted my kiddos to have some fun activities to explore on Monday so I finally got around…

Seeing Dots

Seeing Dots

I just realized the other day that it seems like dots are my new chevron. The last few things I have made for my classroom and most of the bulleting boards I created for back to school all have polka dots on them. Here’s the proof: I saw somewhere (please let me know if this…

Seeing Dots

Seeing Dots

I just realized the other day that it seems like dots are my new chevron. The last few things I have made for my classroom and most of the bulleting boards I created for back to school all have polka dots on them. Here’s the proof: I saw somewhere (please let me know if this…

Too Late?… I Hope Not!

Too Late?… I Hope Not!

Well what can I say…this school year start up has been hectic. I am not sure if you remember but I was hoping for a job teaching Gr 4/5 back at the school I have been at for the past two years. I didn’t get the job 🙁 I had to pull my big girl…

Too Late?… I Hope Not!

Too Late?… I Hope Not!

Well what can I say…this school year start up has been hectic. I am not sure if you remember but I was hoping for a job teaching Gr 4/5 back at the school I have been at for the past two years. I didn’t get the job 🙁 I had to pull my big girl…

Who’s That Blogger????

Who’s That Blogger????

Welcome Everyone!!          Are you ready to have some fun??                                                        ….Play a game?                          …

Who’s That Blogger????

Who’s That Blogger????

Welcome Everyone!!          Are you ready to have some fun??                                                        ….Play a game?                          …

Life as a Canadian Teacher

Life as a Canadian Teacher

Teaching in Canada comes with its own unique experiences, some better (Tim cards) than others (cougars). Head on over to Mrs. Mathis’ Homeroom to read a great blog post where you can find 29 interesting things about teaching in Canada! Cheers,  

Life as a Canadian Teacher

Life as a Canadian Teacher

Teaching in Canada comes with its own unique experiences, some better (Tim cards) than others (cougars). Head on over to Mrs. Mathis’ Homeroom to read a great blog post where you can find 29 interesting things about teaching in Canada! Cheers,  

Getting Ready

Getting Ready

My husband and son are away for the week and it is giving me PLENTY of time to catch up on blogging !!! Is it bad that I love them being gone for a bit? No extra dishes, dirty towels, and I can watch what I want to on TV. For this post I thought…

Back to School With Jenga

Back to School With Jenga

Getting To KNow yOu Activity A fun way for students to get to know each other is to play Jenga with them. After all the games are assembled (see below) I put students in gorups of 3-4 and they get to play Jenga for about 15-20 minutes. As they pull the Jenga blocks they will…

Whangdoodle….What’s a Whangdoodle?

Whangdoodle….What’s a Whangdoodle?

I am going to be on holidays for 2 weeks.!!!!! Yay. It has been a long time. Before I leave I thought I would share with you all my students’ favourite read aloud book from this year. It is called The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews. Yup the same Julie Andrews…

Color Value Art Lesson – Camouflage Shapes

Color Value Art Lesson – Camouflage Shapes

It is always a challenge to find fun art projects for the end of the year that don’t take too long. I want my students to be able to do great art but I also want them to be able to take it home finished. This art project was perfect for the busy end of…

It is beginning to look a lot like SUMMER!!!!

It is beginning to look a lot like SUMMER!!!!

It has been quite a while since I posted on my blog. Yikes….I feel like I am neglecting my baby. Okay what I have I been up to that has kept me from blogging… Graduating !!!!! I went to Spokane and walked across the stage at Gonzaga university for my Masters in Administration and Leadership….

Teacher Appreciation Sale and a Freebie!

Teacher Appreciation Sale and a Freebie!

 Yay it is sale time again!!! Now I can get the rest of the stuff on my wishlist 🙂 Here is a quick shout out the Zip-a-dee-doo-dah Designs for their great sale graphics. Trust me when I say if you haven’t discovered her clip art you are missing out. Click on the picture to discover…

Kandinsky Trees

Kandinsky Trees

I thought I would share with you all one of the art projects my students had a ton of fun doing. They were super excited that they got to rip up old book pages and even one of the novels we did this year, Maniac Magee. Don’t worry the novel was already ripped and missing…

Easter Planning

Easter Planning

Back to work today and focused on Easter. It is weird to me how our Spring Break doesn‘t run into Easter as we just got back from a week off and now we have 2 short weeks in a row. If you are planning like I am check out the Easter items in my TpT…

Catching Up…

Catching Up…

Wow I just realized how long it has been since I posted on my blog. As usual life is crazy right now with finishing my masters degree. My first ahhhh date is April 8th because my action research is due on April 7th and then all I have to worry about is my course work….

Winter Wonderland Art

Winter Wonderland Art

Winter Art Projects Well the last two weeks have been busy at our school with 4 days of skiing. We lucked out and had beautiful weather with around -2 degrees Celsius all days 🙂 It feels like we didn’t do much school work over these 2 weeks. During the first week skiing was Wednesday and…

No Bones About It, Science is Fun!

No Bones About It, Science is Fun!

Well it is the last day of Christmas break for me and I cannot wait to go back to school. Is it weird that over the holidays I was missing my kiddos and wondering what they were doing? I am sure I have said it already this year but I love my class. They are…