Life has been so busy over the past two weeks! If you follow me on IG, you know I have been super busy in my classroom setting up! We go back...TUESDAY! We have four days of trainings, meetings, and workdays, meet the teacher is Thursday and then kids come MONDAY! 

I am in love with how my room is turning out. I am giving flexible seating a try and super excited to see how it goes. I will blog more later on my flexible seating and classroom reveal soon! 

Last year I blogged about starting a VIP table. You can read about it here. Overall, the VIP table went well last year. As a class we talked about what would make a VIP and created a word cloud together. 

I picked two students each day to sit at the table with our new ball chairs. They had fun chains to wear, a box of cool materials, and sometimes I would leave candy. 

Every morning on the daily message I would tell the kids who the VIP's were for the day. I kept a Google Spreadsheet of who has been VIP. 

Like I said, it went well...for awhile. Here are some of the things I sit back on and reflect from last year.

  • sometimes the kids didn't like who they sat by
  • I would sometimes forget to update the supplies or leave a treat
  • the table took up too much room in the classroom! Fifth graders get SO big after winter break! 
  • I started picking kids for the sake of picking kids
  • It started to lose its value about mid year. The spark was gone and they didn't really care about it. 
Most of this was my fault. I plan on being better about it this year. The part that I am so excited to change is the table.

You see, with doing flexible seating this year I don't have a special table just for the VIP. The chairs in the picture are actually a spot for anyone to use. I still wanted to do the VIP but had to think of something creative. I thought a VIP box would be perfect!

I had this blue shoe box, bought from Target of course, in my classroom and felt it was perfect! I added things I had already and new items I bought inside the box. 

In order to make this VIP box work, I knew I needed to add some directions inside. This is what I came up with. I printed it in black and white on card stock and then added some color:)
I created the materials list from what I added to the box. On the first week of school, we will pick some music together and add to my iPod...I made a mistake and write iTouch. Oh well! 

I also changed the fact I want some input of who they think should be the next days VIP. We will discuss this together. 

I am really excited about having a VIP Box instead of a table!

Would you like to try the VIP Box? I would love to hear about how you would use this in your classroom. Leave a comment with your email and I will send you my editable VIP Box labels so you can create your very own!

Have a great rest of your weekend!

40 Book Challenge {100% PAPERLESS}

I am SO excited to bring you something special today! 

Last year, I read The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller and I was HOOKED! It changed my whole thinking about the way I was teaching reading...and I have a Masters in reading instruction! 

So I went on Teachers Pay Teachers and found what I thought was an awesome resource to go with my 40 Book Challenge. I required students every day to write down what they read for homework, do a book review after every book, do book projects after every 10, I gave points, took points away, graded and used rubrics. This was EVERYTHING Donalyn said NOT.TO.DO!

I failed, bad! I never checked their logs and students lost their love of reading. I love the whole idea and concept behind the 40 Book Challenge so I knew I had to do something different. 

My school is trying to go as paperless as possible. Each student in my class has their own Google Drive and their own Weebly portfolio. I do not use Google Classroom but have Hapara, a teacher dashboard for Google. I am able to send students Google Docs, Slideshows, Forms, and more. I can also monitor what they are doing. I love it. 

So I decided to make a change with my challenge this year and go paperless! 

My goal for this year is to:
Research books we want to read and create a TBR list
Biweekly student lead book chats during lunch
Recording a book when they are done, not every day
Setting their own goals for books read
Celebrate accomplishments after reading books
Blogging about our reading
Using our creativity and design a project once a quarter

Every student will have a Book Chart to place a sticker on every time they finish a book!

At the end of every month we will count how many books we have read as a class and display it. 

I have these in a PDF and an editable PowerPoint. 

On the PDF, I have a link to my Google Slideshow!

In this slidesshow, students will:
Design their cover page to reflect them as a reader
Reading interest survey
Set goals for themselves about how many books they want to read
Record their reading after every book and give it a rating
Learn about different genres of reading
Create a TBF (to be read) list
End of the quarter reflections

I also have links on the slideshow for teachers. These links will show you how I use Padlet in the classroom to build a community of readers, how students use their Weebly portfolios to blog about their reading, and how I use my classroom website to set up biweekly book chats! 

Would you like to try this in your classroom? Click HERE and you can download it for free:)

If you download, please read carefully and follow my terms of use!

I would love to hear your thoughts, comments, or suggestions on using the 40 Book challenge! 

Thanks for stopping by!  


Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has had a great weekend! It's been a super relaxing one over here! I will be back a little later to share with you about my Friday afternoon! It was pretty awesome and I got to meet someone who is super inspiring and just as sweet as they come! Check back tomorrow for that blog post!

A HUGE Mahalo for those who have entered my giveaway! 

I am emailing the winners today! I am keeping my BFG unit on sale for the rest of the day! 

Have a fantastic week!

The BFG Novel Study Notebook {Major Update}, a sale and a giveaway!

Aloha Friends! I hope you are all having a great week so far!

How many of you are super excited to go see The BFG on July 1st?

I know I am! I fell in love with this book the first time I read it 5 years ago! Every time I see the movie preview I get super excited and have a huge smile on my face! I know it's going to be great! It just has to be better than the older BFG movie. If you've seen it, you know what I am talking about! It was horrible! I have linked it just in case you were wondering!

I have been spending the past few days giving my BFG Novel Study Notebook a MAJOR update! I went from 65 pages to 113!

This has been my 3rd update and I am so excited to share it with you today!

All the pages for each chapter have stayed the same. I still kept the full size notebooks and the mini notebooks. 

The following pictures will show you what I have added:)

Author Study Activity
Students can visit a specific website I have linked to search for the answers. I have included an answer key. 

The BFG Projects
I had a few projects before, but I have added a few more to give students more options. 

My favorite one has to be the commercial! My 3rd graders back in 2010 had a blast creating their own drink to sell to The BFG. They wrote their commercial, pitched it to the class, brought in the actual drink they made at home and even shared it with the class!
Here's the video!

Vocabulary Cards
I found 60 words and created mini cards with their definitions. 

Character Trading Cards
This will make a great board/door display! 

I didn't finish mine, but I wanted to show you what it looks like.

Have you heard of The Global Read Aloud?

This year, The BFG has been chosen as the Global Read Aloud for grades 2-3! With the movie coming out, this is the perfect time to join the Global Read Aloud and connect with other teachers!
Just click HERE and sign your class up today!

To celebrate, I have done two things:)

For the next 5 days, I have marked my BFG Novel Study Notebook 50% off! You can grab it HERE or click the video below. 

You can also enter below for a chance to win your own copy of The BFG. I will be sending 6 people their very own copy! 

Along with getting a book, the winners will also get my novel study unit for FREE...AND pick one other person for me to give it to!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great rest of your week!

Pinterest Approved Recipe Link Up: June Edition

It's summer time!!! Oh sweet summer! I hope you all are enjoying your well deserved break! I know I am! So far I have meet up with friends, slept in, gone to the beach, read a book, took a PD, presented at a conference and spent time with my family! 

I don't know about you, but in the summer I love to eat fruit! Here in Hawaii we have these delicious Acai bowls! But depending on where you can get them, they can run you at least $10...for a SMALL! They are worth the price, but I found you can make them yourself...and save a ton of money!

I am back with my friends Angelia, Courtney and Nicole for another Pinterest Approved Link Up!

If you're new to the link up...WELCOME:) So glad to have you!
Check out this post from Teaching in Paradise to explain this linky!

There's a local place by my house that makes the most delicious green bowls with spinach and kale. I feel when I eat that bowl I am getting a healthy meal, full of veggies and it also tastes so good!

So today, I am bringing you an amazing recipe from two different blogs. I am going to share with you how I used bits and pieces from both blogs to create my own version  of a smoothie bowl!

The two blogs that inspired my recipe are Kitchen Confidant and So Much Love

Below are my pictures and how I created my smoothie bowls!

All my ingredients for the green part of my bowl.
Spinach, kale, banana, apple, kiwi, pineapple, mango, coconut water w/pineapple, and plain Kefir.

I add the spinach , kale, Kefir and coconut water first. I like to get the spinach and kale blended well.

As I am going, I always add more spinach, kale, Kefir and coconut water. I really to eye ball this.

Next, I add the mango and pineapple, then the apple and kiwi. Every time I add something, I blend it well. 

Next, I add a teaspoon or two of flax and chia seeds. Blend well.

It will mix to a thick base. Taste it and see how you like it. You can always add more of something if it needs it. Once it is ready, I pour it into about 6 dishes and place in the freezer for a few minutes.

While they are in the freezer I rinse out the Ninja and start getting my mixed berry stuff ready!
I use the same Kefir and coconut water, with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, a half of a banana, chia and flax seeds.

I start by adding the blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, Kefir, and coconut water then mix well.

I mix them well then add the banana, more Kefir, honey, chia and flax seeds

I mix this well until thick

I finally pull the green bowls out of the freezer and add the mixed berry blend on top of the green! I add the lids and back in the freezer they go. 

After about a few hours in the freezer, you will have yourself at least 6 bowls! 
I like to add  fresh bananas and strawberries, granola, mini chocolate chips, honey, shredded coconut, almonds, really anything you want!

I can't tell you how good this is! It's the perfect food for breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner. Once you get the hang of it it won't take long to make at all. 

We hope you join us with this link up! I love learning new recipes! The rules are super simple!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Pinterest Approved Linkup 1

Happy Sunday Friends!
I am so excited to join some of my favorite friends by sharing fantastic recipes with you! 

Today my first recipe comes to you from Zestuous.Com

I had some left over roast beef deli meet in the house I didn't want to go bad, so went right away to Pinterest to look for a recipe! I had almost all the ingredients so this recipe looked perfect!

I followed the directions on the website exactly as they had them. Usually I try to make recipes my own by adding or changing the ingredients, but I am so happy that I didn't...because this recipe turned out great!

What are some good Pinterest recipes you have tried? I would LOVE to read about them!

Thanks for stopping by!