May 3, 2016

Reading Challenge

Here you go all you Gilmore Girls fans!!

I love this show, and am so happy they're doing a revival for Netflix. I WILL watch it. But what I liked about the show was that the female lead was intelligent, sassy, strong-willed, and didn't bend to anyone. I love that she loved to read.

So for those of you wanting to know, "they" mention 369 books in the series. That's right. 369. I saw a link to a blog on Pinterest, but hers were literally just typed in the blog...so I made a Word doc/PDF. They're in alphabetical order.

I put them into a PDF on Google Docs for you if you'd like to be able to read them and check them off one by one :)



At this time, I have read 57. As an English teacher, I feel slightly ashamed of that low number, but oh well. I'm not putting this on TPT because I think the "Gilmore Girls" thing is copyrighted, I have no clue, but I'm making a free list you can have :)

Enjoy reading for the next few years!! LOL

May 2, 2016

LAST Currently and HUGE TPT Sale

I am so sad to say that Farley is retiring her Currently Link Up. I have loved participating in these for the last 2 years or so. It is fun to get to meet all kinds of new bloggers, see what everyone's up to, and support each other via our blogs.

So without further ado, here is my [also] last Currently.


* To explain the ASL stuff: I am trying to test out of American Sign Language 1 and test into ASL 2 for the summer course. I took ASL a long time ago in high school and undergrad and just trying to pick it up again, but don't want to start at the bottom and pay for classes I don't need. Anyway...


ALSO...TPT is having its Teacher Appreciation Sale the 3rd-4th, and I'm joining in and making my store 20% off. And when you enter the code CELEBRATE at checkout, you'll get another 8% off! So that's a total of 28% off all my items, even the $1 ones!!!


Enjoy the sale goodies!!!

April 18, 2016

Speed Dating...With Books!

Yes, you heard me-speed dating with books :)

I'm so excited for this new idea to turn book reviews into a speed dating game!


This activity will help liven up those boring "book reports" or book talks. It also exposes students to tons of new book options, both fiction and non-fiction. 

Each student will choose a book, and complete the Book Profile sheet. They will bring it to class on the final day[s] of the project, and participate in a speed dating activity with their books! There are scorecards and everything :)

This assignment is Common Core Standards-based, with the standards on the top of the Book Profile page. There are even different Book Profiles for Grades 8, 9/10, and 11/12, each with their specific standards listed. If your school has not transitioned to Common Core, these standards are EASILY adapted to your state's standards for ELA.


This product comes with a Rubric for the activity, Teacher Guidelines/Instructions, and a completed Book Profile example to show the students that I created using the book Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.


So if you're looking for something creative to do with your class these last few months of school, consider mixing it up and having fun with books! It's a great activity too because it does not require students to sit for hours on end listening to book reports; it locks them in for 6 minutes at a time and then they get to move! Perfect solution :)

Please head over to my TPT Store and check out my Standards-Based Book Review--Speed Dating Style. 

Students will enjoy finding their perfect Book Match ;)

April 16, 2016

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations......Livan!!! [see raffle entry below]


You've won the raffle prize!





I've emailed you asking for your mailing address so I can send you your prizes, and I've emailed you the Novel Study SmashBook [in two emails]. I hope you enjoy!

Thank you everyone for entering and following...I appreciate it!!

April 13, 2016

Birthday Flash Sale!!

Tomorrow is my birthday!!!

So to celebrate, I'm having a huge sale at my TPT Store!! Everything will be 20% for Thursday only!


Head on over and choose from some great products to help you stay organized this school year. And as the year winds down and you don't feel like lesson planning, choose one of my unit plans so the planning is done for you!

And don't forget to enter the giveaway to win the awesome prize package :) [see previous post to enter]

Have a great day everyone!

April 10, 2016

Birthday Week Giveaway!

It's my birthday week ladies and gents! That's right, I'm turning OLD ;) But I do like celebrating my birthday...who doesn't? And one of the ways I'm going to celebrate is with all y'all!
I'm going to be doing a few things on here to celebrate:

1) I'm having a sale at my TPT Store on my birthday [Thursday]

2) I'm hosting a giveaway with a few of my favorite things!! [I kind of feel like Oprah ] The giveaway will run Monday through Friday, and I'll tell y'all the winner over the weekend!

[Note:The washi tape will be different designs]


So enter here with Rafflecopter and cross your fingers for this awesome prize! :) Happy April!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

April 1, 2016

April Currently 2016

Happy April everyone! It feels like it is officially spring with all the plants starting to grow again, and the grass turning green. AND, we have a million, yes a million, blooms on our apple tree in the backyard, so I feel like I have a lot of baking in my future!! YAY!

Thanks again to Farley for hosting this month's Currently...I look forward to it every month. I love getting to see new blogs and connect with people. Don't forget the Rule of Three!


Have a great April!!!