February 1, 2016

Currently February

We're a month into the new year, and I still catch myself writing 2015 :) Granted, I haven't had to write the year that many times, so I'll need some more practice. Thanks again Farley for hooking us up! Love her new blog design :)


Ok, so I've been wanting a white Frenchie FOREVER!!!!! I just have to convince my husband now ;)

January 19, 2016

TPT Sitewide Sale!!!

January 20 & 21=28% off??? Yes please!


740 × 400 

Make sure you use the code: START16 at checkout so you can get 28% off all your goodies!

It's not too late to get planners, do ice-breakers, or switch out a tired unit for a new one!

Get Inspired :) 

January 14, 2016

LOVE!!! To Kill A Mockingbird unit

I LOVE To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. I even read the 'sequel' this summer, and unlike many, it did not really change my opinion of Atticus.

Anyway, I first taught the novel in 2010, and loved it. I was hesitant to go through and clean it up for TPT because EVERYONE has a TKAM unit up there. But I thought, people like my other products, why wouldn't they want to try my TKAM unit too? So since I only had one half-day sub job this week [isn't it still flu season??] I decided to take a few days to clean it up and write a lesson plan outline for the unit.

So I put up my 5 week unit on TPT this afternoon :) Here are a few pics to let you know what it's about! Click here to visit my To Kill A Mockingbird Unit on TPT.





This 5 week unit plan follows Common Core Standards while helping students learn to analyze both fiction and informational texts. Currently set up for grades 9/10; EASILY adaptable to other grades' standards, as well as non-common core standards.

Unit Contains:
-­‐5 weeks of lesson plans
-­‐Introductory Webquest Project
--Introductory Power Point about author
-­‐Classwork including reading/analyzing informational texts
-­‐In class writing activities
-­‐2 Quizzes and Answer Keys
-­‐Final Exam and Answer Key
--Final Essay prompt
[Common Core standards listed on most assignments]

Both Word documents [editable] and PDF versions available. It's a 42 page unit; the 69 includes the PDF and Word versions.

So go check out my TKAM unit and enjoy!

January 11, 2016

Face Lift

Got your attention a little by the title, huh? Well no, I did not get a face lift, but one of my products did!

I gave a face lift, and a few minor tweaks to the actual text, to my Literature Circles Packet.


Doing a Lit Circle is one of my favorite unit plans. It's a great way to give yourself a small break [as in you're not "on" everyday teaching] but also give the students some power. Another plus-it reviews a ton of standards everyday, 5+ to be exact :)

Lit Circles are also a great opportunity to provide choice for students. Students are always complaining that they don't want to read that book. Great! Provide 3 or 4 choices and let them pick the one they'd most like to read. 

Or, how I did it, was I used Lit Circles for my Holocaust unit. There are so many wonderful and inspiring books out there; I chose 4 and let them choose and make groups. [The boys tend not to like to read Anne Frank, so this is a great alternative.]

So head on over to my TPT Store and pick up the Literature Circle Packets today, and give yourself a break!


January 2, 2016

New Year, New Attitude

I've already decided that 2016 is going to be AWESOME!



For this new year, I'm going to have a new attitude. Well, try to :)

Instead of worrying about all the things that might go wrong, or might not happen, I'm going to tell myself they will be fine and will happen! :) Instead of worrying about money, I'm going to do what I can to make it, and hope that it will work out ok :)

So to start on that trend, I'm having a SALE over at my TPT Store!

It's time to ROCK 2016...no matter what your resolution is, I have something for you:

It's not too late to order a planner and get more organized for 2nd semester!

It's not too late to do Ice-breakers with your kiddos!

It's not too late to do the SmashBook activity and help your students analyze creatively!

Happy 2016!!!!


January 1, 2016

Currently: January 2016!

I did not blog as much as I wanted to/should have in December. Hopefully that will change this next month :) Starting with this month's Currently, by Farley. LOVE linking up with her for these monthly reflections.

Here starts a great 2016!!


My one little word is TRUST. I am going to trust that things will work out as they should. I will trust that everything happens for a reason and that I need to stop worrying about every little thing.

Here's to an AWESOME 2016!

December 9, 2015

New, FUN Product!!

If you look at my TPT Store, I think you'd easily figure out that I love Mad Libs. They are a great way for students to refresh their skills while having fun. Even my high schoolers love "getting a break" and completing Mad Libs. And with Mad Libs, I don't feel like I'm wasting time on a useless activity; lots of kids really do need that refresher.

So I've created two more Mad Libs for you, and put them together in a product. These are only $1...what a steal! :) Word and PDF versions available.



I've been subbing 6th grade for 10 weeks now, and it's safe to say that they need constant reminders of what figurative language is.

So the first Mad Lib is using Similes & Metaphors, and the second uses Hyperboles & Onomatopoeias.





Have fun reviewing!! Thanks for stopping by!