August 29, 2013

Mad Libs Packet

In honor of my Mad Libs sheet being downloaded 1,000 times!!!!!!!!!!!! [well 998 when I'm typing this], I created more! This Mad Libs packet contains 5 different Mad Libs using nouns, verbs, and adjectives.

These are a great activity for a small grammar lesson, or for kids who finish an assignment early. Technically, these can be used for many different grade levels; the creativity comes with age :)


Head on over to my TPT store to check out this packet!


Enjoy Mad Libbing!!! :) Thank you for supporting my products!

August 27, 2013

Beginning of the Year Games...Success!!!!

The first two days of school are a success! I tried all my new games and the kids LOVED them all...it was awesome! I swear...usually there's someone that doesn't care...they ALL had fun and tried! I know, shocker to me, too!

Yesterday the kids only had class for 15 minutes as an intro to their schedule and stuff, so we just did some outside team-building games. I had the kids stand in a circle and hold hands different ways and have them untangle and all that fun stuff. There's always the hula-hoop game too that's fun.

Today I implemented three games, and had time to review the syllabus [I have 80 minute classes].

First:
I handed each student a piece of paper and had them do an acronym of their name. Their first word/letter became a part of their name. I now have: Robust Robert, Joyful Joy-anne, Magnificent Maggie, etc. It's fun. Then I let kids try to repeat everyone's name for candy. Several tried, but only a few succeeded! lol


Second:
We did my new Get to Know You Blackout Bingo. Took a little longer than I thought....about 15 min when all was said and done. That freebie is up on my TPT Store if you want to grab it! The kids had a lot of fun, but we did have to clarify a few things--someone can only sign your sheet once; one kid can't fill out 5 of your boxes :) And then I verified with the signee to make sure everything was kosher. Here's a pic of the kids running around.

Third:
Then we got to my awesome team-building game: Marshmallow Towers!!! This turned out to be a great team-building activity. It's pretty basic, and I made a FREEBIE directions handout/poster for you so you can do this with your kids too. It doesn't have to be the first day or week of school...mix it up and do it half way through to build community again. :) 

So each team gets 50 mini marshmallows and 50 toothpicks:

And they have to follow the directions: Here's the link to the free poster of directions.

Then I gave them a 1 minute planning time, followed by 10 minutes to build. My honors classes used all 10 minutes, and my college prep classes used about 8-9.The goal of this activity was not height, but strength, so I clarified that a few times.





Then I went around and judged. First I used a ruler as the weight...that way everyone's would work :) We're all winners ;) Then I used those big eraser...the 6" ones. A few held one, so then as a tie breaker, we stacked two. It was awesome. 

And the winning table received.....

Rice Krispie Treats! Duh...'cus they're made with marshmallows...get it?...lol. I'm a nerd :)




Anyway, it was a great first and second day! I'll definitely do these activities again.




Hope you can use these in your room!!






August 25, 2013

Feeling Blessed

I am feeling so blessed today! I have only been selling products on my TPT Store for a week, and I've already sold 3 items. I know this may not seem like a lot to some of you guys, but I think it's pretty good for a week! Thank ya'll so much for the support and kindness you've shown me by being followers of my blog and TPT store. I feel like some of us have become supporters and friends even though we've never met; ah the bonds of teachers!!

Thanks again for all the support, and good luck everyone with school starting up! Hopefully we can all be there for each other through any struggles and triumphs we have this year!

August 23, 2013

Poetry Unit-Common Core aligned

One more unit created before school starts! Ahhhhh! Crazy! I can't believe the kids come on Monday; though we've been here for two weeks now, so it's not as nerve damaging :)

I know that Poetry isn't really stressed in the Common Core Standards as a unit of its own, however it is mentioned. Each unit has suggestions on novels, short stories, poetry, and art; that's where this unit can come into play :)

Kids always think that poetry is hard and that they're not good at rhyming, so I love proving them wrong! Muuaaahhhhahahaha

So here is the link to my Common Core aligned short Poetry unit on my TPT store.

And here's just a preview of the cover :) I made it on: http://www.keepcalmandcarryon.com/creator/


Happy Weekend!!!!!!

August 22, 2013

Shakespeare FREEBIE!!

I love Shakespeare. And before school starts on Monday, I've been re-working all my lesson plans. I love having students write their own Shakespearean Sonnet during our Shakespeare unit; it lets them know how hard it really is!! But it's also fun because some of the stuff they come up with is hilarious!

I tell them it has to be a love poem because that is mainly what Shakespeare wrote about...no writing a love sonnet about the ocean or surfing or your dog either. I tell them they can write about their boyfriend or girlfriend, a secret crush, or a celebrity crush....those are always entertaining :)

So here is the activity for you :) Just click here to visit my TPT store to get this cool FREEBIE!



Enjoy!

August 19, 2013

Common Core aligned College & Career Unit!!!

I think one of the greatest skills a high schooler can have upon graduating is being prepared for the real world. My parents own their own business and are always complaining about how people can't write a proper cover letter, or their resumes are riddled with errors.

So I've created a College & Career unit that will not only prepare our students for the real world, but is also Common Core aligned. Having an inside track on what employers are looking for is the great secret to this unit! We need to give these students the skills they need to survive, and this is a great way to start.

This unit is aligned with the 11-12th grade standards, but I suppose you could use it with 9th or 10th graders too; most kids do start looking for jobs in 10th grade, why not have a great resume to start?

The unit contains:

-College Research Presentation [Common Core Standard W.11-12.6 and SL.11-12.2]
-College Research Presentation Rubric
-Building an effective resume
-Resume Template
-Cover Letter Template
-Activity: Finding errors in a  cover letter
-Career Research Project [Common Core Standard RI.11-12.7, SL.11-12.2]
-Rubric for Career Research Project

This unit can be as short as a week or so, or stretched to three or four, depending upon the time you have. I think it'd be great to try to find time to squeeze it in if you can.

Click here to go to my TPT Store to get this AMAZING unit!!
Here are a couple preview shots:


 Hope this is useful! Please leave comments if you think so!

August 18, 2013

Homework Passes

Alright everyone......I'm branching out of my TPT Store comfort zone and starting to sell some items. So here is my first one! :) These homework passes are a great way to teach responsibility, and give students a break every now and then.

This page contains two passes and directions on how to use the passes. Students must fill out and turn in the passes correctly to receive their homework credit. I also put a not on the pass that it may not be used for a homework assignment pertaining to a group project [how is that fair to the group??], nor may it be used on essays [you know some kid will try if it's not written on there].

So I hope you enjoy this Homework Helper...it's only $1! :)
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August 17, 2013

I'm joining Bloglovin

Even though I'm not 100% sure how it's being used, I'm joining it! I'll figure it out as I go :)

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MLA Formatting Poster-FREEBIE

As we are all starting back to school, we're all looking for posters for the classroom. This one pulls double duty for me...I get tired of always answering how to format the page in MLA. So not only is this a cute poster, but all I have to do is point to it whenever they ask a question!

So I hope you can use this poster in your classroom! It's only a few dollars to enlarge it at Office Depot, which makes it easier for the kids to read. Enjoy!

FREE MLA Poster at my TPT store


August 16, 2013

B2S Cupcake Success!

I posted a week or so ago that I had made cupcake toppers and a banner for a B2S party. Well I did it yesterday for my school :) Went over really well!

I didn't have time to hang the banner because I was told at 8:50 that our afternoon meeting was cancelled and so the 9am meeting was the only one of the day :/ Cupcakes for breakfast all! I added some apples too and people took those :)

So one other detail I did that I think is super cute, is add crayons to the cupcake stands...everyone loved it.

Here is the link to the cupcake toppers and banner again, if you want to try this for your staff.
Click Here

AND.....this is the only pic I got to take because people started grabbing them!

Are you doing anything fun with your staff for B2S??

August 14, 2013

Common Core App

Hi ya'll! Well, I'm three days into the new school year and I've been in a lot of meetings :/ Of course, we're all talking about Common Core! I'm actually excited; I think it will breath new life into curriculum. Anyway, there's the obvious website: corestandards.org, and that is great. But I wanted something easy to look at when just focusing on my 10th grade lessons. So I started using the Common Core App [for iPhone, might be the same for Droid]. I think it's awesome because I can go right to 10th grade and see all my standards IN ONE PLACE!!!! Love it. I took a few screen shots so you all could get the same one.

When I searched "Common Core" it is the first one that came up:


And here is a pic of the home page of the app:

And then when I pull up my 10th grade standards!!!!:

Hopefully this is helpful to ya'll! Happy lesson planning!

August 11, 2013

Getting into the school mode...Food planning

School starts tomorrow!!! [for teachers] and I'm pretty excited. Some of you have asked for posts about what to make for lunches and I don't feel like I'll be much help...because I have recently [since Nov.] had health issues and have had to become Gluten-free and Lactose-free. But, I do have some good ideas on planning meals for the week, and how to use those for lunches! Plus, I am finding more and more great gluten free recipes that are working for me!

So today, I've been baking/cooking to prepare for the week.

I started by making gluten-free chocolate zucchini bread; I'll be using this as breakfast [long with a banana] in the mornings this week. I found the recipe on Pinterest...but there's no need to re-pin it because it's soooooo easy:

-grate 3-4 zucchini, depending upon how much you like zucchini :)
-3 eggs [blend into the zucchini]
-Then just add in a pre made gluten free chocolate cake mix [I use Bob's Red Mill stuff for everything]

Pour into a bread pan [or even split into two], and bake for around 40 min...checking after to see if it's done.


Then I made a lasagna for the week! Yup! I can eat lasagna!!!!!!! I used gluten-free noodles, pasta sauce, turkey meat, zucchini & carrots, and ALMOND CHEESE!!!!!! I get to eat cheese :)

I'm so excited!!!!! This will be my dinner for the week, and a few lunches. For the other lunches, I'll make a pb&j on gf bread. I also try to bring a fruit or veggie and keep Lara bars at work in case I need more. 

So excited about my first gluten-free and lactose-free lasagna!


Hope you guys have a great first week back, and have fun making food that can work with your schedule and budget :)

August 9, 2013

Encouragement

Sometimes you just need some encouragement....so I made these...ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!


And this one was inspired by my day yesterday... :)

Have a great weekend!!!!!
 

August 7, 2013

Back 2 School Party-FREEBIE

The time is drawing near...we are going back to school on Monday :( They have a few things planned M,T, W, but I get to do something fun on Thursday!!! I'm making cupcakes and maybe cake pops and throwing a Back 2 School little "party" for the staff. I LOVE to bake, and thought this would be a fun way to get everyone in the mood for school :)

So I created these cupcake toppers and Back 2 School banner to use at the party :) For the cupcake toppers, just use a 2" cut out and glue them onto toothpicks...super simple.

For the banner...just cut out the letters and punch a hole in the upper left and right corner, stringing them together with string or ribbon. Fun!

Here are a few pics of the products, and you can download them for FREE at my TPT Store!

 


Have fun throwing a little party!!! Or even the night before school starts for your own kids :)

August 5, 2013

New Classroom Design & FREEBIE!

Finally! I have enough pics to show you guys my new classroom design/theme! I worked really hard on this, including creating the labels, the banners, and all the jars and stuff :) It was a lot of fun and I'm excited I decided to re-do my room. Even though we'll have a new school location next school year and I'll have to move rooms [obviously], I decided I needed a change :)

I have gone with navy blue chevron with a 'salmon' accent color.

The first thing I did was create the labels and banners, cut them out, and take them to the local teacher supply store and get them laminated; only $.23 a foot....my whole room was only ~$5!


Once I had those all cut and laminated, I set to work putting them together into banners.

Here is the Homework banner and whiteboard where I write the agenda for the week:


I also made the new Roots section of the main whiteboard. I do roots everyday and have the root and definition up when they walk in for the day, and then they come up with example words and we share out.



Then I created the Welcome to English 10 banner:
[A little hard to read because of the glare...weird angle...]

The Welcome banner above the bulletin board.

Then for some fun details, I used mason jars and ribbon from Michaels to hold supplies. 
[LOVE my white ruffle pillow on my couch ;)]

Then I put the jars on the bookshelf and hung the 'supplies' banner!

I do love how it's turning out!!! I'll probably post a few more pics toward the first day of school, but yeah! So far so good!!! :)

Since I loved how my supplies banner turned out, I thought I'd make it a freebie for you guys!!! Enjoy!

Click here for the Supply Banner FREEBIE.

August 1, 2013

Currently August!!!

I can't believe it's August already! We [teachers] officially come back on the 12th...so I have two more weeks of summer. I'm actually at school right now, but I'm doing fun stuff like decorating my classroom; pics in a week or so :) So thanks once again to Farley for hosting this link up. I love the link ups because I get to see new blogs and learn tons of new ideas :)

Hope you're enjoying your last few weeks of summer, and enjoy the Currently!


Happy August!!