Sunday, April 26, 2015

Testing and More

So as many of you know I have moved up to 3rd from first.  I spent about 15 years in first and 5 in 2nd.  I LOVE third so much!  I love the independence, the more challenging curriculum ( especially math ) - it's been GREAT!!!!  Until... ~ ~ ~ the DREADED TESTing!!!  That TEST!  Ugh!
I know that it's all 21st centuryish and on line well ~ hello!  I taught 2nd and 3rd years ago when we did the test and it was paper pencil.  I must say I like that test MUCH better!  However I see that we are headed in the direction of technology and there seems to be no way around it.  Of course in order to take this type of test I have to spend valuable teaching time prepping them on HOW to use the tools on this test.  Here is a sample video/practice test where the kids are being taught how to use the tools that are offered by this test.  

We had a busy week indeed!  We also managed to get in a skype session with Jane Goodall { which was amazing by the way }.  The kids loved it!

The last exciting part of my week involves my mama who you all know I love and miss ....well she made the TPT blog and newsletter.  Lastly we had a Rubik's Cube dress up day at school.  Each grade level is assigned a different color to wear and we are so colorful at Friday line up.  Have you ever had that kind of day?  Hope your week was great!!!! xoxo

Tell me about your week!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Currently APRIL

Wait what?!?!  It's April already????????????  Well today is always a hard day for sweet angel mom passed away 8 years ago today from a horrific, rare cancer!  She was my BFF and I am thankful for the wonderful years I had with her but miss her terribly every single day!

I' m here linking up with Farley for Currently to let you know what's going on in my neck of the woods.

Be sure to swing on by and link up too.

So I'm on Spring Break - week 2 in fact and it's always so nice!  Hubby is an Athletic Director at a high school and we had this week off together.  I'm listening to one of my favorite shows.  I guess if I wasn't a teacher I would be a CSI girl.  I love forensics, mysteries, etc.  Strange I know!
I have wanted TIEKS for well over a year and just can't pull the trigger on the expense.  I feel guilty like my kids/family could use that money in a different way...someday!
I have been feeling lead to get involved in either a woman's bible study or small group with the's been years.  I miss that fellowship for sure!

My blog name : Teaching and Much Moore works because of my last name ~ I just wish I called it that from the beginning.
Enjoy your week peeps! xoxox

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Picture your Selfie in Vegas

 Can you picture it now?  YOU in LAS VEGAS? 

How about YOU in LAS VEGAS attending a one day session of the SDE conference?

Primary Chalkboard is giving away YOUR CHOICE of a 1 day session at SDE!

So, will it be Singapore Math, Differentiated Instruction, I Teach K, I Teach 1st, or the newly added I Teach 2nd? 

How fun is that?

BUT, that's not all, we're also including a $25 gift card to the SDE bookstore, CRYSTAL SPRINGS.

So, NOW can you picture YOURSELF in VEGAS?

Oh, you say you need money for airfare, hotel accommodations, or just some spending money while you are here?  Well, we've got that covered, too.  How about  
to help you out with that?!?!?

NOW, can you picture YOURSELF in VEGAS?

Here's how to enter for a chance to win.

Hop through our Facebook pages and collect a tip for your (possible) visit to Vegas.
Be sure to "like" each page as you hop through so that you can collect the tip.
Each tip will have a number on a playing card.
Add the numbers together and enter the sum  on the Rafflecopter on the Primary Chalkboard blog for a chance to win.
Be sure to add a comment and include #primarychalkboardsendmetovegas.

For an extra chance to win this, take a selfie, post it on IG with #primarychalkboardsendmetovegas 
Don't forget to tag us in your picture! @primarychalkboard

The winner will be picked on the evening of April 5th.

A HUGE thank you to SDE (Staff Development for Educators) for their kind and generous donation!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Feedback Frenzy & Farm Unit

Well hello~ ~
I'm so excited to be on Spring break!!!! I've been waking up every morning swimming laps and loving life!  
I'm here to let you know it's that time of year again!  I' m hosting a feedback frenzy party !  I usually do this twice a year and it's always fun!  If you have never experienced one of my feedback frenzy parties let me tell you all about it.  I send out a note to my followers on TPT, share it here and on fb too.  All you have to do is look back at your MY PURCHASES page and if you have anything that you have purchased from me just leave feedback:  so easy!  I am giving away $20 to my store for anyone that participates.  In your feedback just mention feedback frenzy at the end.  If you are listed as 'buyer' - just send me an email that you did this @ and what product it was and I will enter you.  I will pick a winner the weekend of April 4-5 so you have plenty of time to participate.

So swing on over to TPT ~ what are you waiting for?!?  See if you have any you forgot to leave for me.  

Also on a side note if you teach on FARMS I have a huge new unit I just posted.  That $20 can come in handy if you win this feedback frenzy!


 Hope you are on or looking forward to your spring break!  

Sunday, March 15, 2015


So you have to teach on biographies?  Don't worry I've got you covered.  My partner teacher and I have been teaching on biographies for a few weeks now.  We even had the big wigs from the D.O. come out to observe a lesson on Helen Keller.  We had such fun working together to create these adorable biographies! 
We had a blast creating these projects!  We made sure that they:
*researched using a variety of resources and CITED those resources on their craftivity
*completed an outline for their biography after having seeing it modeled several times
*did a rough draft first
*Wrote in their best cursive for their finished product
I'm so proud of my third graders for doing such an amazing job!  Take a peek at their great work!
If you have fallen in love with these:  Don't worry!  I will be creating a biography pack soon and you can do these with your sweet kiddos too!  Be sure to follow me on facebook so you can see when the pack is ready and in my store!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

No Worksheet Wednesdays

I'm so excited to be linking up with my friends over at the Primary Chalkboard to bring you No Worksheet Wednesdays.  First of all I am always thinking about how I'm using my class it useful, am I reaching every student?  etc....worksheets are easy for the teacher yes, but are they what's best for kids?  That is something for all of us to think about that's why I'm so glad that we have decided to get you thinking about it too.  So link on up each Wednesday in March and we can all share our ideas.  Every Wednesday for the month of March, I am promising trying really hard not to use a SINGLE PRINTABLE or WORKSHEET in my classroom.  I actually don't use them very much anyways because of the way I run my morning rotations but this is a win win.  Less paper....less killing trees, saving the district money on copies and having kids do more hands on activities.

Here are some things I did today instead:

Around the World has been around for years I'm sure.  I used addition and subtraction facts in first grade and now I use multiplication and division facts.  They love trying to beat out their friend.  Trash Can Spelling is a big hit too - you can read more about it in a previous post { here }

I have several power points that I make interactive.  We might read a passage and pull out the main idea and details...throughout there are questions A, B, C, D and they will answer on their white boards...then one lucky kid each time gets to come  up and click on the answer.  Of course a fun display/cartoon comes up if it's correct.  Another thing I'm able to do is have a computer center rotation during reading groups.

It may seem like cheating a little but white boards still AREN'T pencil and paper right?!!?!  It still love to write on their white boards and it makes math more motivating!
I do reading groups faithfully every day except Friday, that counts too.  See how easy it is? 

This is an OLD picture from when I taught first grade but you can have them interact with the text during reading groups - which makes learning engaging and fun as well.

My reading rotation wheel looks like this although I have made it smaller this you can see we write in our journals, have quiet reading in the library, Grab a spot read a lot which is DEAR time any comfy place they find in the room, a skill ( sometimes a worksheet ) , reading groups and computers. 
 Link up and share you no worksheet ideas with us over at The Primary Chalkboard by clicking { HERE }.  Each week's linky party is open all week. We hope you join us !!  I can't wait to see what you have going on in your classroom!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It's a TPT Sale and giveaway!

I know, I know...I hear ya'.  We've been due for a sale right?!?  I'm so excited and pumped up about it.  I have added so many products since our last sale.
You are all HEROS in my eyes... I love this graphic.  Let's celebrate YOU and all you do for kids across the world!
 In honor of you I'm giving away a $20 TPT gift card.  It will be given TONIGHT so you can shop the sale!
This is the time to stock up on bundles - just go to My Categories on my store home page and click on bundles.  I'm so excited that I've decided to giveaway a TPT giftcard for $20.  So add some goodies to your wish list and enter my rafflecopter so your money can go even further.  Check out my Close Reading and I've updated lots of my old products too.