Five for Friday!


It's the best day of the week! Five for Friday!
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Have you participated in any Professional Development this summer?  I just finished 2 weeks of math and it was enlightening, empowering, and exhausting!  

It's hard to think that hard when the sun is shining outside!





My sister was visiting from Cali this week and although I didn't get to see her much (see #1) we did get to finish off the week with a fun family BBQ.  Here's a pic of my crazy siblings.  This picture was my mom's idea!


It didn't help that my brother had just jumped out of the pool.  He was very drippy wet!


I'm heading out to Atlanta tomorrow for the ISTE conference and I. AM. EXCITED!  I can't wait to learn about the great things that are happening with technology out there and I just hope I can keep up!


 What are you reading right now?  With a plane ride in my future I am going to get started on the next John Greene book, Looking for Alaska.  I hear it is even better than The Fault in our Stars.  I hope!
 

 
That's it!  I'm going to miss my family like crazy over the next couple of days but I'm hoping to come home with a ton of information to share about technology.  Summer school is creeping up on us and summer will soon be over so enjoy it while you can my friends!

What's Happening Wednesday

What's Happening?  Let me tell you.  A lot of sitting.  A lot of thinking.  2 weeks of PD will come to a close tomorrow.  TOMORROW people!  I'm so excited to be done with the fun and engaging class.  (you can note a little sarcasm here if you really pay attention)

This has been my view for last 2 weeks. 
I'm taking a class via a closed network within the county. (I have no idea what to call this)  We have 4 classrooms all linking up together and sit 8 or more hours a day looking at this screen.  Sometimes the teachers are on there but most of the time it is just the document camera and a lot of math. 
 4 Notebooks, atleast an inch and a half thick each are provided with this course.  4!  That's a lot of information!

Don't get me wrong, I love learning, and I'm getting some awesome hours logged for this class but sitting in the summer is just....wrong.  I should be at the pool!

We do get to play with counting blocks though so that's a plus!

So that's why I have not been blogging, or creating, or enjoying anything the last 2 weeks.  I will make it through tomorrow. I think I can, I think I can. 

What else is up?
This is my Monday Made It for two weeks ago still sitting undone.....{insert sad face here}

And in more EXCITING news.....
I'm leaving for the ISTE conference in a couple of days!  
 
I am so excited!  I've never been to a conference of this magnitude before so it's going to be a new experience for me.  I'm getting nervous about information overload though, I know I'm going to see a lot of really cool new things! I wonder if I will run into any bloggers?  Are you going to ISTE?

Last but not least, I have actually finished a project this week.  I'm excited to have finished up my first 6 weeks of centers for Kindergarten.  They are aligned with my Reading Street curriculum but these babies can stand alone! 
You can click on any of the pics to check them out!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Plaidypus-Lost-Kindergarten-Unit-1-Week-3-1238629http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Little-School-Bus-Kindergarten-Unit-1-Week-1-1214764http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/We-Are-So-Proud-Kindergarten-Unit-1-Week-2-1224395 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dig-Dig-Digging-Kindergarten-Unit-1-Week-6-12880http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Miss-Bindergarten-Takes-A-Field-Trip-Kindergarten-Unit-1-Week-4-1247292http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Smash-Crash-Kindergarten-Unit-1-Week-5-1255706
I've got these all 50% off until I leave for ISTE!

NOW...head on over and link up with Smorgie for What's Happening Wednesday.  There are a lot of great things happening out there!

Two for Tuesday: Classroom Decor and Centers

http://www.theteachingtribune.com/ 
 Have you been checking out the Two for Tuesday that's happening over at The Teaching Tribune all summer?  I have!  I've found some great deals (half off!) but I haven't participated yet.
Well today is your lucky day!
I'm picking my NEWEST products and including them in the 50% off sale, just for Two for Tuesday.

The first product is a classroom decor packet that I made to decorate my new classroom.  I'm excited to hang it all up!  I've printed and laminated it and it is PURTY!  
What isn't gorgeous when it's laminated, right?
Here is a quick preview: Click on any of the pics to see the product:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Decor-Pac-1275157
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Decor-Pac-1275157


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Decor-Pac-1275157

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Decor-Pac-1275157
This will be available 50% off all day Tuesday!

The second item I have up for grabs is actually part of a six week unit.  So guess what?  I'm going to offer all six weeks for half off. 

I just finished Dig Dig Digging (Kindergarten Reading Street Centers Unit 1 Week 6)
Don't teach from Reading Street?  That's ok, these centers can be used independently. 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dig-Dig-Digging-Kindergarten-Unit-1-Week-6-1288012
Click on the picture to see the unit.  If you would like ANY of the other six units just click on the link in the description and you will see they are all 50% off.  What a great Two for Tuesday!

Worksheet Wednesday Week 3

Yay!  Another edition of Worksheet Wednesday.  I have seriously found some awesome goodies through this link up.  More than anything, I just love that it's summer and all you wonderful bloggers out there have time to blog and share!  Isn't it wonderful? 

Click on the pic to link up 
(after you read the rest of this post of course!)

Today's theme is ELA Worksheets.  There were specific directions today to only include ONE page (I've been cheating on that one).  So sorry, today there will only be one page because I do follow the rules (most of the time!)

This worksheet comes from my April Showers ELA unit. 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/April-Showers-Bring-May-Flowers-ELA-Centers-First-Grade-1184933

It's very Spring/April/May themed but this one worksheet on contractions can be used any time of the year. 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwy_8L1vfUHTZDQxOGxvbVJpZ3M/edit?usp=sharing
It's a cut and glue activity too!  My kiddos love anything that starts with cut and ends with glue.  I hope your kiddos love it too!

Ok....now you can go check out the other links!  
Have fun and keep enjoying sweet summer time!

Let's Talk About Books! The Kiss That Missed

I'm so excited to be linking up again with Deanna Jump for Let's Talk About Books Tuesday.  I found a fun new book to share with you this week! 
http://www.mrsjumpsclass.blogspot.com/2014/06/thanks-to-everyone-who-linked-up.html 

Today I will be reviewing the book 
The Kiss That Missed 
by David Melling

First, I have to admit....I judge a book by it's cover.  Every. time.  I know you are not supposed to but a cute cover gets me every time! 
Here is a quick summary: 
One evening, when the King is in a hurry, his goodnight kiss to the Little Prince goes astray. After rattling around the Prince’s bedroom, it flies out the window and floats into the dark forest, where it has no business to be. The King decides to do something about it. He orders the Knight to climb on his horse, ride into the forest, and bring back the kiss. But the forest is filled with spooky things that frighten both the Knight and his horse. How will they ever succeed in bringing the kiss back to the castle?

I was looking for a book to focus on grammar skills and this one jumped out out at me.  
Here's an example: 

I can imagine starting an anchor chart with adjectives to describe the forest.  There are a lot of adjectives in the book, but the kiddos could add their own too. 

It doesn't stop there!  There are animals in the book with long scary claws and hairy nostrils.  It's a really fun way to talk about using adjectives to describe nouns. I'm excited to add this to my list of grammar books next year.

How about a FREEBIE?  This book has me excited about adjectives so I just put this little response sheet together for the book. 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwy_8L1vfUHTUHRmSFp2bmw3ck0/edit?usp=sharing
Click on the pic to grab a free copy!

Want to know what's even better?  This book is a must own but it's also available on one of my favorite websites!  The SAG Foundation (Screen Actors Guild) has a website called Storyline Online and they feature actors reading wonderful children's books.  If you haven't used it before you HAVE TO check it out! 

http://www.storylineonline.net/kiss-missed/
 
I started using it this year when I had a cold and just couldn't do my read aloud one day.  My kiddos requested it week after week until it became our Wednesday tradition.  Seriously, if I skipped it they were angry pretty disappointed!

So that's my Let's Talk About Books Tuesday.  Don't forget to link back with Deanna!

Happy Father's Day! FREE Printable

Well, tomorrow is father's day but I just enjoyed a very large father's day BBQ with my dad so it seemed ok to say it a little early. (I am so full right now, I should be walking instead of blogging!)  I also have something fun to share in case you are a late shopper like me!  

Before we get to gifts, let me tell you a few fun things about my dad....

 He just turned 70 last year.  We are so very thankful for this fact every day.  10 years ago he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and not given much hope at all.  He went through over a year of intense treatment along with brain surgery to remove the tumor.  We are always happy to report each year when he has his check up that every thing is normal.  Well, as normal as can be expected with him! 

He still can't take a decent selfie.  Then again, either can I.....

He just learned how to use the camera on his flip phone.  No one knows what he does with the pictures but he takes them.
 He loves a good joke and loves to laugh.  When I hear a good joke my first thought is always, "I should tell that one to my dad".

More than anything he is a hard worker and taught us to do the same.  He was the dad that made you change your tire and your oil before you were allowed to drive anywhere by yourself and insisted I learn to drive a manual instead of an automatic.  I know all about the important things in life because of him!  

So even though I know he will never see this in a million years, happy father's day dad and I love you!

So who could possibly top that?  Well, let me tell you, I married him!  I also want to brag a little on my handsome husband.  Even though I know he won't see this in a million years! 

I couldn't ask for a more devoted father for our girls.  He is always there for us no matter what.  He makes every game, meet, play, performance or award ceremony.  He's a great dad!  These girls are lucky to have him!  (he also hates having his picture taken, so I'm lucky I have these 2 pictures on hand!)

Oh!  I promised a free printable!  Here you go. I made these cute little get ups for the dads in my life.  My dad liked his, he loves snack food! 
 I made a jar of sweet and salty snack mix and mixed in a few peanut M&M's. I attached it to a box of sweet and salty kettle corn and tied a bag of beef jerky on the back (cause what's a father's day gift without beef jerky?)  
Here are the signs I made: 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwy_8L1vfUHTU3hLdWs2RXBoN1E/edit?usp=sharing

I didn't use all the tags.  I planned on getting the popcorn for the "POPS" tag but I saw the sweet and salty kettle corn and it went with my sweet and nutty theme.  Last year I got him just a jar of nuts that said "I'm nuts about you!"....as you can see I stick with the food theme!

Feel free to click on the picture to grab these from my Google Drive and to all the dads out there, have a Happy Father's Day!