My Top Three

I'm having so much fun
checking out everyone's Top 3 posts
over at Fern's blog! Its like getting
a highlight reel of teaching blogs for the past

Here are my top 3 viewed posts of the year...
Dec. 6, 2011.........................2,398 pageviews

July 18, 2011............................498 pageviews

July 15, 2011.............................422 pageviews



Merry Christmas!!!

I wanted to say thank you 
for everyone's sweet comments and
support for my new TpT store
and my first unit,

I hope you all are enjoying your winter break,
cause I know I am!
It's so nice to get a break from the normal routine
and sleep in, be lazy, and get a chance to catch up
with friends and family. :)

I've also been using a little of my free time to
work on a new math unit,
so here's a little preview...

I'm hoping to get this unit completed
during winter break and upload
it to my store before I head back to school.
Here's a little Merry Christmas from
my family to yours!



An award and a freebie!

Erica over at The Honey Bunch
awarded me the Liebster award last
week! You should check out her
blog because she has some GREAT ideas:)
Thanks Erica!

I've been soooo busy trying to wrap
up everything at school and also
trying to keep up with getting ready for
Christmas, that I'm just now getting
a chance to pass along the award.

So here are a few of my picks for the Liebster....

1. Kelley over at Buggy for Second Grade is my
new bloggy friend! She also lives in Kansas and actually
attended the elementary school I work at for a little while
when she was young. Crazy, right?!?!
Anyhoo, she has some awesome ideas and is also
hosting a giveaway right now so you need to go
and check it out!

Buggy for 2nd Grade

2. I'm also loving Carly over at First Grade Fabulousity!
She is so darn cute and I LOVE her weather freebies
she has in her TpT store. Go show her some love
and follow her because she has some
FABULOUS ideas:)


3. So this next nominee is not an elementary teacher, but
a high school science teacher. Mr. Champ {a.k.a. science nerd}
has a great blog you should share with any h.s. science
teachers you know. I love this heavy lifting rocket lab
he did with his students!
Did I mention that Mr. Champ is also my brother-in-law?!?

{Liebster Award is given to spotlight up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers. The rules are:
1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2. Thank the giver and link back to them.
3. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
4. Hope that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers!!}

Now onto to a freebie for you :)
We made these fabulous gingerbread houses
our last day before break and the kiddos
had tons of fun.
I did too!

I had several parents come in to help
and it was the perfect activity because
the kids worked so hard on their houses
and the day just flew by.
Instead of painfully dragging on like we all know
those last few days before a break can!

I created this graphing activity that the kids worked
on in the afternoon to graph the candy {just the candy}
that they used on their house.

It was perfect because we are just finishing up graphing
in our math series, so they were familiar with
how to make a bar graph and they
could complete it independently.
Click on the pic to download a copy!

This is my first day of Winter Break, hallelujah!
If you aren't on break yet, I'm saying a prayer for you right now:)



Regrouping Unit!!!

Why do I always get sick on the weekends?!?!
I'm just now coming out of my
room where I've been quarantined
for the past 24 hours with strep...yuck.

I'm finally feeling alive again and
I couldn't wait to share with you
my regrouping unit!
I love teaching regrouping with
these activities and games
 and my students LOVE it too.
I know. 
Hard to believe kids would love regrouping but they do!
Trust me. ;)
Math is one of my passions because
you can turn almost anything into a game and
the kids are having so much fun,
practicing skills over and over again that
they don't even realize it!
Here's a little preview of my unit...

If you remember this post about The Trading Game,
you'll be happy to know that I've included a template for
the gameboard in this unit!

If you'd like to purchase this unit from my new
Teachers Pay Teachers store you can click on any of
the pics above, the Teachers Pay Teachers button on the sidebar,
or here!

I'll be giving this unit away for FREE to the first two
people who leave a comment and tell me what is your
favorite subject to teach!
{don't forget to include your email}

Hope you all have had a MUCH better weekend
than me!
Hopefully, I've had my fair share of sickness for a while.  :)



4 Types of Sentences flip book...and snow!

My students were giddy this morning when
everyone woke up to the first snow of the
season here in Kansas!
It wasn't much, but enough
to get everyone excited.

So when we did this little activity
about the 4 types of sentences today,
(declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, & imperative)
we wrote our 4 sentences about snow!

4 Types of Sentences flip book!

I introduced the 4 types and then the
students put the flip book together.
Under each flap they wrote that type of

One of my teaching partners also suggested
stapling 2 sheets of the lined paper underneath
and using one to describe the type of sentence and
the other for the example!

Click on the picture below to download
a free copy...

I've been working like crazy putting
together a unit all about regrouping!
Full of strategies, games, anchor charts
and lots more!
I'm going to start selling some of my units on
either Teachers Pay Teachers or Teacher's Notebook
so I'm hoping to get that set up this week...fingers crossed!
I love teaching regrouping with the activities and games
I've included in the unit and I can't wait to share it with
you all so check back in soon!!!

I will still be sharing FREE printables on my blog
so no worries. :)

Hope you are having a fantastic week!