January Currently

January Currently

Wow I cannot believe that 2014 is over and 2015 is here. I still remember when I was in Grade 8 (1990) and we were figuring out how old we would be in the year 2000. Yikes! I am excited to start the year off with Farley’s Currently Link Up!  Listening: Since we are moving…

Winter Ebook and Christmas Freebies

Winter Ebook and Christmas Freebies

I am super excited to announce that I have been included in this years Winter Ebook for Grades 3-5!!!!! All of the Ebooks are amazing and it is hard to get a spot in them so when I found out my page was going to be included I was ecstatic. Click on the picture to…

December Currently

December Currently

Wow! Two blog posts in one day. Well, I missed last months Currently and didn’t want to miss it again. So here it is: Listening: I am obsessed with Sam Smith. Every song he sings is brilliant. Loving: Okay those of you who know me know this is not surprising. I LOVE shopping online. There…

Too Much Snow and a Literacy Center

Too Much Snow and a Literacy Center

Well we have been hit hard by Mother Nature these last couple of days. We had no snow (usually it snows at the beginning of November) and I was beginning to wonder what Christmas was going to look like when … WHAM! We got a ton.  We had so much snow at once that Thursday…

CAFE Strategies

CAFE Strategies

Well it finally feels like we are in the swing of things at school. Everything is behind because of our late start so it is weird that we only have a few CAFE strategies done. Here is an update on our most recent activities.   We had a Seusstastic time with our Tune in to…

And We All Turned Into Turkeys!

And We All Turned Into Turkeys!

Our Thanksgiving is over here and so are our Thanksgiving themed activities. This year I had student turn themselves into turkeys. Well not literally πŸ™‚ While I was procrastinating on Facebook I saw a post by Mrs. Beattie with this activity for Thanksgiving and I knew my class would love it. I started by reading…

October Currently

October Currently

I cannot believe it is October already but with that comes my FAVOURITE holiday….Halloween! I love everything about it πŸ™‚ Well since it is the beginning of the month here is my Currently.  Listening: It is after dinner and the dishes are being washed. I am so thankful we have a dishwasher because I am…

Hundreds Chart Puzzle Freebie

Hundreds Chart Puzzle Freebie

We are still not back into our classrooms. I just finished my 5th week (2 in June, 1 in August, 2 in September) on the picket line πŸ™ Since we are not back at work I have had extra time to get things ready. Well what I can do with the stuff I have at…

Clutter Free Desk

Clutter Free Desk

All last year I battled a cluttered desk. I would have piles of papers on my desk waiting to be put somewhere. Once I marked students work they went into 2 piles — Completed and ready for duotangs or Corrections to be done. These piles would get in the way and make my desk look…

September Currently

September Currently

I cannot believe it is September already. Soon it will be my birthday! I still get excited like a little kid πŸ™‚ Here is this months Currently. Listening: I just woke up and am starting my morning routine which involves COFFEE!!!! It is sad to say but I cannot function without it. Loving: I have…

Shark Week Blog Hop

Shark Week Blog Hop

All teachers know that kids learn more when they’re excited and engaged. Today a team of bloggers come together to help your students take a BITE out of learning with a theme your students are sure to love! I use individual whiteboards in my classroom all the time to keep all of my students engaged….

Back To School Ebook

Back To School Ebook

One of the things I anticipate every back to school time is the TpT Ebooks. This year I managed to get in this one!! I am excited about that. There are over 40 TPT sellers who each created a page which has teaching tips and at least one free item. Believe me when I say…

Adding Text to a PDF

Adding Text to a PDF

It is always great to get a product that is editable but what do you do when you get it and don’t know how to edit it? Usually I make my editable items in PowerPoint so it is easy to edit. I do have a few earlier products that I made into a PDF. I…

Back To School Sale and  a Freebie!!!!

Back To School Sale and a Freebie!!!!

I love back to school time. I love buying new supplies to start fresh with and I love decorating my room. I get excited and nervous to meet my new students and this year I will be changing schools so I have new colleagues to meet! I also love the Teachers Pay Teachers Back To…

Teachers Funding Public Education

Teachers Funding Public Education

I don’t normally write political posts on my blog but in light of our current union strike I knew I had to write this one. I have heard many times that teachers knew what they were getting into when they decided to become teachers so we should be happy with what we have. Part of…

Organizing Unfinished Work

Organizing Unfinished Work

I know we all have those students who chronically do not finish their work and if you are teaching in a school like me, inevitably there will be students who will not do homework or who will not bring it back. A few years ago I really needed a solution to organizing all of the…

What Does the Fox Say

What Does the Fox Say

We just finished our animal unit in Science and I used a little fox to help me! I saw the book What Does The Fox Say a while back and bought it immediately because I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. We had a day where we revisited What Does The Fox…

Bright Idea #3 – Using Your Eyes While Reading

Bright Idea #3 – Using Your Eyes While Reading

Yay another Bright Ideas Blog Hop. I love them greatly !! I have gotten so many great ideas from them each time. For this month I thought I would share with you all how I motivate my students to track while they are reading. During my guided reading groups I felt like a broken record…

AHHH Spring Break

AHHH Spring Break

Well the week before Spring Break has come and gone. It was a challenge to keep the kiddos going but we did it. I think they might have faired (fared?) better than I did. I am definitely needing a break, especially after writing report cards. YIKES. There may have been a time last week that…

Bright Idea Blog Hop #2: Recycling in Art

Bright Idea Blog Hop #2: Recycling in Art

Yay Another Bright Ideas Blog Hop. I got so many great ideas from the last one!!!! As soon as I heard about the next bright ideas blog hop my brain started working over time and not on the report cards I should be writing. I was going through all the possible ideas I could think…

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…