Thursday, October 17, 2013

Busy Busy Like a Spider

This week I have been so busy again! We are learning about spiders!

We are reading "Diary of  a Spider" and watching The Magic School Bus Caught Up in a Web!

Here is what our classroom door looks like:

This is all thanks to Dollar Tree! Dollar Tree is my favorite store in the whole wide world! I love their aisle on teaching products! I have gotten so many good ideas and products from there! I don't know what I would do without the Dollar Tree!!!
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Getting my pumpkins!

Here are some pictures I took when getting my pumpkins today! It was so much fun!

I love fall! <3

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We are on SALE!!!

Happy Columbus Day Weekend! Hope you have a great weekend! Take an extra 30% off all my products! =)

This weekend I am going pumpkin picking today with my family! We love going to see all the cool pumpkins and picking some to bring home to carve! What does your family do for Halloween?

Click here for the Sale =)

Here are some fun holiday products that you can get at a really good sale today! =)

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Not forgetting about Columbus Day this Year!

Wow! Sorry it has taken me so long to post! I feel like we are just getting back in the swing of things!

So far we are off to a great start but we are BUSY BUSY BUSY! Am I the only one who feels this way?

This is just a quick update to remind myself that:I am not going to forget about Columbus Day this year!!  =)

Last year, it was so simple using my Columbus Day pack from my TpT store. Click here for my Columbus Day Pack

Hope you are all having a wonderful Fall! Will be writing more soon!
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Enjoying my summer....Back with a new Tip(ster)

Last year I found this funny guy, singing songs about different elementary teaching tips. I have been following Teacher Tipster for a while. He has videos with songs, games, organization tips and more. One of my favorite tips is a game that can be used with ANY subject. I have used this game for multiplication facts, word wall words, state capitals and addition/subtraction facts. This game has only 1 material needed...
The game is called Power Towers.  Watch this short Teacher Tipster video for more information. 

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Friday, February 1, 2013

3 months since Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy demolished my beautiful city- Long Beach NY.  I had to move out of my house with my hubby, 1 year old son and pup for 2 months.  We lived with many different relatives in the beginning because no one had power and almost all were flooded.  We then settled in with my parents for a month and a half when their power came back. It was the worst 2 months, and I am happy that I am back in my home!

I live right on the beach and wanted to share some pictures from 3 months later. 

Here is the once-beautiful boardwalk right outside my house:

You can see from the picture above that the boardwalk completely buckled and it is now being demolished and will hopefully be up again in the summer.
The picture below is a HUGE pile of broken boardwalk.  The craziest part is that people keep coming by and taking pieces of it as memories. 

Long Beach is up and running again, and will be back to its normal self by the summer.   On Sunday, the Polar Bear Club is still meeting for their annual Make-A-Wish swim.  My husband and sister in law do this every year.  It is a great start to our Super Bowl. 

This is a very busy Sunday!! I will be watching the Polar Bear swim, going to a super bowl party and hosting a sale on TPT!  I have SOOOOO many products on my own wishlist and will be purchasing almost every, single one.  I am so excited!

I have been adding new products to my store.  I have 2 new math packs for 4th grade Common Core standards.  Check out the fraction strand here  and the measurement and geometry strands here

Have a great Superbowl weekend!!

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Recent art projects and math test prep

For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that I teach in a co-teaching 3rd grade.  My co-teacher is extremely artistic.  She is always coming up with projects that I originally think will be way over their heads, BUT they always do an awesome job!!

This week my co-teacher taught about hot and cold colors using the sun and moon.  We discussed and made a chart for warm colors: red, orange, yellow and cool colors: blue, green, purple.  We modeled a sketch on the whiteboard and had the student follow along.  After sketching, the students blended their pastels. 

I am really impressed with how it came out.

I have a few new products in my store, just in time for test prep season.  I have been pushing for my students to use more math vocabulary in their extended responses.  I created some math journals for 3rd and 4th grade.

TPT is having ANOTHER SALE!!!!  I am so excited for this because I have plenty of products waiting to be bought on my wishlist!!!!!!!   I will be having 20% my store on Sunday, February 3rd.  TPT will add an additional 10% off when you add the word SUPER at checkout.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Test prep craziness and a FREEBIE!!

It's about that time.  You know...the time when we switch to test prep mode.  I hate this time of year.  I decided this year to make test prep really fun!!!  We will be using funny stories to practice skills, using great clips from the computer and maybe a mini-unit on book clubs.

I have been going crazy trying to have my students show evidence to back up their answers (in math AND ela).  We have been using the phrase...I know this because....
They have this phrase down and I am going to switch it to "for example..."

More about test prep later...

About my freebie... I have a teaching buddy who I have been with in 2 different schools now.  We used to work together in the Bronx and are now back together again in Queens.  Anyway, she has used to same borders on her bulletin boards for YEARS!!!  These borders haunt my dreams.  When I walked into her room this year in September and saw them on her boards, I almost fell over!!!

Here they are...

So in honor of this friend here is my new freebie- Recycling Fact or Opinion sort.  Grab it here!
As usual, if you download this freebie and like it, please leave feedback.
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
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Sunday, January 20, 2013


My class has been so busy recently.  We had huge plans for this week, that sorta fell flat.  We were going to go on a field trip to an art museum, however, due to the bus strike in NYC we couldn't go.  We also had a half day on Friday, so I thought it would be the perfect day to celebrate math!!!

My students have been working REALLY hard on learning their multiplication facts.  I know I had posted recently about the multiplication chart in my classroom and the word wall that we use, but this post will go along with that theme.  Every day for HW my class studied and practiced their multiplication facts using a log, just like a reading log.  In class we took speed tests, quizzed each other on flashcards and used fact triangles.  I have 30 students in my class and I am SO HAPPY to say that ALL 30 passed and mastered their facts from 0-10.   In honor of this accomplishment, we had MATH DAY!!!

For math day, we started with a bagel breakfast, followed by sharing our math projects and watching a movie.

Our math project was to create and wear a t-shirt with a self-made multiplication problem on the front and the equation on the back.  The kids had a blast making these shirts and quizzing each other. 

Here is a close up of a shirt

And the back.

I am very happy to have a 3-day weekend and will be catchign up on some much needed sleep, but I am always working.  Here is sneak peak at my newest unit.  COMING SOON!

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Awesome Giveaway!!!

visit Rockin Teacher Material for this giveaway.

This is an awesome giveaway for a few lucky teachers. There are some great products on these flashdrives. I was very happy to donate my math journal for 3rd and 4th grade:

4th grade journal
3rd grade journal

I am also really excited to announce that, after many email requests, I have FINALLY finished a Part II to the 4th grade math journal.

check it out here!!!

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Guest Blogger: Out of this World Literacy

Hello Friends! I’ve linked up with some amazing bloggers for a blog hop started by Primary Possibilities. My name is Jen Bengel and I am Kristin’s guest blogger for today. My blog is called: Out of This World Literacy. I am a Literacy Collaborative Coordinator for grades 3-5. I spend the majority of my time at school teaching professional development sessions and coaching teachers in the best practices in literacy instruction. Part of my job is to push-in a teacher’s classroom for the literacy block. This helps the teacher learn to teach the format of the Literacy Collaborative. I am currently working in a fifth grade classroom. We are just beginning a poetry unit with students. One of the hardest things for teachers is getting ALL students to find their creative voice and write poetry. The first step I take is to not expect them to write at all! Yup, instead of expecting students to write poetry on day one, I ask them to ‘notice’ poetry that stands out to them. We talk as a class about what makes good poetry. Then we make a list of our ideas on an anchor chart. I then allow students time to explore poetry books of their choice. I do this by laying out several different books of poetry. Students spend time reading and once they find a poem that they really enjoy, they copy that poem into their poetry anthologies. The trick is that they have to copy the poem EXACTLY as it is written, paying special attention to punctuation, font, and line breaks.
By asking students to notice poetry before expecting them to produce poetry, they are all able to be successful. Everyone can copy a poem. There is no pressure to create some ellaborate poem, rather just enjoy the genre. This activity also forces students to notice and understand line breaks, spacing, font choices, and punctuation within poetry. After students spend several days enjoying other’s poetry, we move into thinking about writing our own poems. We make lists of things that may interest us as poets. We make a heart puzzle of objects, people, places, and thoughts that we might be able to write about. By this point, EVERY student is ready to write poetry with their own voice. They have identified, analyzed, and critiqued enough poetry to be successful at writing their own.
Thank you for reading some of my ideas about getting your students to ALL be successful at writing poetry. I wish you and your students many successful writing days ahead! Stop by and visit my blog
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