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!

Pinterest Approved Recipe Link-Up Coming SUNDAY!

I am so excited to be bringing you a BRAND NEW monthly link up with some of my favorite gals! 

Introducing the: 

Angelia, Courtney, and Nicole are my go-to girls for questions about teaching, blogging, TpT, and  life in general. Just like you, we are all busy teachers who are trying our best to juggle work, home life and keeping up with our families. One of the things that we often find ourselves sharing amongst each other are quick, easy, and delicious recipes. 

Pinterest is a great source to find yummy recipes, but there are so many out there. When we get home from a busy day at work, we want to make sure we are feeding our families a GOOD meal. 
Aint' nobody got time for a Pinterest recipe fail!  

On the 3rd Sunday of every month, we will be hosting our Pinterest-Approved Recipe Link-up!! 
We will share our favorite, *successful* Pinterest recipes that we've done in the past or throughout the month and we hope that you will share yours too!! 

Now is a great time to start trying some new recipes! Be sure to link up with us this SUNDAY, April 17th!

ChatterPix app fun!

Well hello there! I can't believe it has been almost three...yes, THREE months since I have blogged last. I literally have zero excuses but I am working on getting back into the swing of things. I see I have lost some followers along the way:( I totally get it though. It does break my heart, but I promise to get my act together and fall in love with blogging and creating again!

Ok, enough of that;)

Right before spring break, we had a little bit of down time while students were finishing assignments to turn in. I gave each student a shamrock color pop art sheet from Art with Jenny K.  They got right to work spending their time coloring:) My room was silent!

Some of my kids decided to take a photo of their shamrock, use the ChatterPix app, and make their picture talk. They all said something they were lucky to have! I just LOVE this one:) If you want to check out some more my kids did, visit my classroom FB page

I hope you all had a great St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday Missions- Weekly Team Building Activities

Have I mentioned how much I love teaching 5th grade? I truly have found my place and I couldn't be happier. It does help that I really have an amazing group of students! 

One thing I think has really helped my class have the perfect little community where students have great conversations, work together, everyone gets along, all students participate without fear of feeling like they're not smart, are my Wednesday Missions. 

Every Wednesday I take time out of my day to do some kind of team building activity. Some activities take an hour while some might be 30 minutes. My students seriously look forward to these. If for some reason we don't get to one, they are so unhappy! 

We have done all sorts of missions such as Marshmallow Challenge, Candy Corn Tower, School Supply Shuffle, Gum Drop Challenge, STEM-Quake Safe and a story writing challenge. Some were very hard, while some seemed too easy. But the outcome has always been the same-focus on collaboration, creativity, discovering and sharing.

One of the hardest, yet fun challenges I did was a Shelter Challenge.

We have been reading Hatchet, this was the perfect challenge. I found the idea for this challenge HERE

We first had a discussion about how Brian built his shelter. We also watched a video of how to build a shelter. 

Students in their table teams got an iTouch for photographs, a stack of newspaper and 1 roll of tape. They had a set amount of time to discuss and plan how they were going to build their shelter.

Their mission was to build a free standing shelter out of newspaper and tape where their whole team had to fit inside. (I ended up changing it to have only 1 person fit inside). 

It's safe to say, they had a lot of fun!

In the end, only one team actually succeeded. After we cleaned up, they had one more task as a team to complete. 

I was so proud of my students for the way they worked together on this challenge. Their Google Slide reflections show me how much they learned about the book, teamwork, and showed their creativity. 

If you're looking for a way to encourage your students to work together and communicate more, I highly recommend taking time out of your week to bring in some team building activities. You can follow my Pinterest board for other team building activities I have found.

Crazy Sock Exchange

I can't believe it has been over 2 months since I have blogged last! Life really has been so busy that I have not had a second to sit down and blog!

As of 2016 I will be taking my blog into a new direction! My focus will be more on content and examples of what I am doing in my classroom. 

I have looked back at some of my old blog posts and all I did was prompt my TpT shop, linky parties and freebies. Don't get me wrong, you will see some of my new products I have had in the works, but this blog won't be that focus. 

To start off this new focus, I want to share something super fun my 5th graders did this year for Christmas!

For the past 6 years, I have always done a mug exchange with a Polar Express party. Since I'm teaching a new grade this year, I wanted to try something new. I bring you...the Crazy Sock Exchange!

Every student brought in a pair of crazy socks filled with goodies. Their max spending cost was $10, which included the cost of the sock.

The day of the exchange, the students grabbed their own sock and sat in a circle.

Next, I read a story I found on Pinterest. Every time they heard RIGHT, they would pass it to the right. Every time they heard LEFT, they would pass it to the left.

(don't mind my horrible voice)

You can get the story {HERE}

Once we were done, everyone was able to open the sock they ended up with! It was so much fun!

I had everyone put on their sock and we took a class picture!

I did have a few students who brought socks that were not holiday socks, some boys ended up with more girly socks, some girls got more boyish socks, and some socks didn't fit. But overall, I would totally do this again. Maybe a boy/girl circle instead.

To end our week, our Hawaiiana teacher came and helped my students sing The 12 Days of Christmas...Hawaiian Style!

{Daily Graffiti Wall}

Happy Saturday Friends! 
How is your weekend going so far? Today marks the first day of my fall break and I am so excited to enjoy a week off! I have two days of a digital leadership conference, plenty of TpT things to catch up on, sleeping in, going to the beach, catching up with friends and family and a ton of yard work. Now that I think of it, that doesn't sound like much of a break. 

I wanted to start of my break by sharing with you something my 5th graders look forward to every day! I call it my Daily Graffiti Wall. I got the idea from Miss 5th over in IG. Every day I post some kind of question on the board and the kids get to answer it. It's so simple, yet so engaging! They look forward to it every morning when they walk in. Here are some of the pictures from my wall!

If you want to see some more posts from me, make sure you follow me on IG. Don't forget to follow Miss 5th too! She has some great posts! 

I hope you all have a great weekend! 

I'm sorry:(

I just have to say I am sorry! 
Sorry for not blogging, sorry for being absent, sorry for not reading blogs, sorry for not making new products, and sorry for not being around. 

What I am not sorry for is...

The time I have spent with my husband
The time I have spent with my friends and family
The time I have spent getting to know my amazing 5th graders
The down time I have given myself

I have been in school now for 6 weeks! It's crazy! 5th grade is a whole different world...But...I LOVE it with every ounce of my body! I think I have the best class I've ever had. They are amazing, talented, they ask questions, they listen, they don't fight, they all get along, they respect me, they don't argue, zero behavior problems, they're such nice kids, and we just click! I am truly blessed!

Over the course of 6 weeks, I think I have changed the way I teach my literacy block and math block like a bazillion time! I have gone from handwriting lessons plans, to typing them, now back to handwriting them. I am all over the place. I am trying to find my groove and what works for me and the kids. I think I finally found my groove and I feel so much better! 

5th grade moves SO fast and the curriculum has been a HUGE learning curve for me. A few times I have found myself teaching the wrong way. I am getting there. Any tips in 5th grade land would be great!

I have never in all my 10 years of teaching asked for the kids input into how they are learning. This year I am finding myself doing that all the time. I want them to feel ownership in their learning. I want them to want to learn. It really has changed the way I do things. 

I will promise to be back more often. I have a long list of things I want to share and create! 

I want to leave you with some pictures of my year so far! I promise to take more and share with you all the great things my class is doing this year! 

Welcome to my classroom! Hopefully I will take some better pictures soon!

My 5th grade blogging club has started! I will be blogging more about this soon!

July and August Birthday Celebration! I do once a month birthdays to cut back on wasted time and treats brought into the classroom. 

Student's working on their Passion Project Proposals! They LOVE this! Next week they will be giving their 60 second pitches to the class! 



Compare and contrast projects with our second grade buddies

Have an awesome weekend!