Friday, July 11, 2014

Showing Evidence Freebie

Hi y'all! I got an early start on working in the classroom this morning and I finished my evidence board. We are constantly working on ways to show evidence to back up a response or answer, so I wanted to have some reference cards somewhere in the room for the kids to refer to. I love how it turned out! Simple, but it works! I found and copied this amazing chart here. I think it will really help my kids this year. Be sure and download your free copy of the colored term posters here. :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Classroom Design Progress Update

Hi friends! I spent a good part of the day working my classroom and got a ton done, so I thought I'd share! :)
Aren't these Peanuts characters adorable?? They are suppose to go around a door, but I think they spice up this plain easel stand :)

This entire corner is done! :) 

I am just thrilled with this paper organizer from target. It was only $8, y'all! Go out and get yours now! They were in the back to school section. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Trait A Day

Teaching character traits is one of the first skills we cover in reading and it's also one of my favorite things to teach! When I taught this lesson last year, it went great except for one tiny detail. While my kids could identify traits and assign them to certain characters based on actions, dialogue, interactions, etc., they didn't know the meaning of a lot of the traits. That's when I realized that I needed to expose my kids to more vocabulary and increase their knowledge of these words. Thus, A Trait A Day was born.

I can't wait to use this next year! I made this into a mini bulletin board that will hang in my classroom. The display pieces are included in the pack.
I'll change the trait sheets each day and we will study a new trait. I may have them do something with it or include a task in their warm ups. I haven't decided yet. The traits correlate with my Character Comprehension unit and accompany this chart.

Click here to grab a copy! :)

Friday, July 4, 2014

5 for Friday

{1}Happy 4th of July, y'all! 

{2} Organizing my Pinterest boards...follow me! msleslieann01

{3} Planning out blog posts for here and Southern Belle Inspired :)

{4} Tried the new Ginger Ale drink from Starbucks. Oh my goodness! So good! 

{5} Spending the remainder of the day shopping on store (along with lots others!) are on SALE! Click here to shop!

4th of July SALE!

Happy 4th of July, y'all! Before you hit the water, why not shop? I know I will be! My entire store is 20% off today and tomorrow! :) :) Click here to shop
I'll be back later today to link up with Doodle Bugs for 5 for Friday. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What I'm Working on Wednesday

Hey y'all! Just stopped by to quickly share with y'all what I'm working on. :) I uploaded my Warm Ups for the Entire Year (5th grade version) on Monday, but after several requests, I've started aligning each activity to the CCSS. Hopefully it will be up soon! If you have already purchased this, don't worry! You can download the revised unit when it is complete.

I'm also working on my newest unit, A Trait A Day. I can't wait to get this completed. It will help so much with my kids learning new vocabulary words. Whenever I taught character traits last year, I noticed that my kids were unfamiliar with a lot of the traits, so I decided to start early on this coming year and increase the students' vocabulary! 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Zero Cost Book Displays

I posted my zero cost book displays on Instagram (msleslieann01) a few weeks ago and promised a blog post with more detail. 

I was at Lowes recently and while I was getting my paint mixed up, I noticed an empty cardboard display for duct tape. I asked the lady at the painter counter what they were going to do with it. When she replied that they just throw them away, I asked if I could have it. After mentioning that I was a teacher and I could use them in my classroom, she disappeared under the counter and produced several more empty boxes! 

With a little paint (the green and blue ones) and some scrapbook paper (the pink one), they were transformed into these cute little book displays. I used my Silhouette Cameo to add some labels. I just love them!

1 summer project down. 99+ more to go! :)