Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bright Ideas Blog Hop * Compliment Chain *

Hi all, I LOVE this idea of sharing fun, creative new ideas that work without attaching a freebie or product to it.  Just teachers helping teachers and sharing.  That's what it's all I am here to share with you something I have been doing for years...I'm talking { dinosaur here people }...LOL.  It's a fun way to get your kiddos thinking about how they act OUTSIDE of our classroom or how they act INSIDE our room when we have visitors. 
I call it the compliment chain.  I have a poem to go with it:
Your students want to be rewarded for their efforts and great behavior so this is a great incentive.  I hang this up ( fairly high ) depending on my students for that year and we work at getting compliments at our specials, walking in the hallways, lining up after recess, etc.  It's always the BEST when the curriculum police come through and give us a compliment let me tell you!!!  So it's simple and easy, no prep except a poster and some precut strips of paper and you are all set to start your own compliment chain.  You can choose how you want to reward your class when the chain hits the floor.  We are working towards a class pizza party.  Have fun with it.  Do you think it would work for your classroom?  Check out the other fun ideas from fabulous teachers all across the world.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Currently and an Easter Egg Head Pal

I'm on spring break so I can actually get to currently before the evening. 
I am enjoying my spring break very much ( I'm on my second week of it ).  I am missing my mom and my daughter.  My sweet mama passed away 7 years ago sweet girl is on her 8th grade trip to the East Coast and I miss her.  She's having a blast though!
I need to start working on my formal observation the 2nd day when we come back...what brainiac planned that?!?  Oh that would be me... :o(
Now onto more fun stuff...check out this cute little Mr.Potato Head type egg craftivity I made..
Your students can make a boy or girl version they can even choose to make a duck or bunny version.  It would look so cute hanging in the hallway or on a bulletin board.  You can check it out
{ here }.  Happy Spring my friends....oh and I would like to give 1 of these cuties away.  You can follow me on facebook click the pic
In the comments below tell me what number follower you are and if you don't already follow me on TPT click the pic
 Don't forget to comment and tell me what number follower you are on TPT.
Hope you all have a blessed on up with Farley and tell me what you are up to currently..

Monday, March 31, 2014

It's Just Another ' Manic Monday' { hint, hint * freebie * }

I'm an 80's girl at heart, so whenever I can throw in an 80's reference I do...

check me out...feathered hair and all...

Well back to the freebie...
I love teaching reading...definitely a passion of mine and a joy to see their little faces when it all clicks.  It sure makes all those other days like this well worth it.

So I wanted to include some reading response sheets for both fiction and non fiction that you could use in your small guided reading groups.  Enjoy
Click {here} or {here} for the freebie!  Tell me what was your favorite thing about the 80's..and don't tell me you don't really remember the 80's because it will make me feel REALLY old.  LOL
Do you have a freebie?  Link on up with Charity at Classroom Freebies and share.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

5 for Week 1 of Spring Break or something like that...+ a Freebie

I have had such a great start to my spring break!  It started with a So. Cal Blogger Meet Up at Fashion Island...hello?!?  Shopping and eating are you kidding me?!?!
I got the chance to meet up with some pretty sweet girls and lots of new friends that I know...ok stalk through Instagram.  It was so fun!  I was planning on going all by my lonesome and just meeting new peeps when I get a message from Katie Knight asking if I wanted to go together with her...umm let me think about that...ah, YEAH!!!!  We had fun talking and shopping and eating cupcakes...that in and of itself it a whole nuther' blog post!
I feel like I'm doing a 5 for Friday but I can call it 5 for the first week of Spring Break.  Oh did I forget to mention that?!?!  I'm sorry ~ yep our district does a whole 2 week thang at Spring Break.  { which I love by the way }  But to be honest I don't get the whole different district schedules and all.  If you are a teacher in California you should just have the same break or if you are at least from the same county.  Hubby got 3 weeks at Christmas...I'm pretty sure my firsties would've forgot my name after 3 weeks and Santa and a crazy elf...yeah, they would be done for sure!  He got an entire week for the President's Day in February...what was that all about!?!  I mean my students and I always like it when the hubby stops by and visits but really a whole week after coming back for what a month after their extra long Christmas Break... I'm so confused!
Anywho ~ back to my 5 for Spring Break week 1.  We spent the entire day today making sure my 14 year old daughter is all set for her EAST COAST trip with a plane full of her friends her 8th grade classmates without her parents...EEK!  The countdown went from
to here it is staring me right in the FACE and I can't go back and  un -sign her up...I'm so excited for her but it's a little scary too.
What number am I at ~ I'm not really keeping track since it's not a linky or anything...oh - I have a freebie for's spring themed.  Sorry for you East Coasters out there reading this, I think God cancelled Spring where you are.  My daughter has no idea what cold is but will soon find out when she heads your way.  Click on the picture to take you to the freebie.
So my brain isn't really turned on during spring break that much so let's say this is #5...I saved the best for last because it's a SALE!!!
You've seen the teaser on my fb...

I'm having a sale through Monday!!
Shop away my friends ~ click { here } to shop! Oh and a bunch of my bloggy friends are too...visit them as well.
I guess I was wrong all along, this did turn out to sorta be a linky...oops!



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

{ moore } family traditions

As most of you know I love to share ideas/traditions that were passed on to me by my parents...or new ones that I've started with my own family like this one .  In fact I think it has been my most popular pin on pinterest...
16 reasons why I love my husband on our 16th wedding anniversary poster size on our bedroom door for when he woke up.  Well today is one of the most special days sweet boy was born 12 years ago today.  My kids are truly my blessings as I was told I couldn't have kids years ago.  We wanted to be surprised with him and didn't find out if he was a boy or a my doctor had his own tradition...when a baby is born at that moment everyone in the room sings happy birthday even the we had 2 names Josh and Allie ( for Allison ) ~ everyone was singing: Happy Birthday deeeeeeeaaaaaaaarrrr and then he flipped him over ~ Joshua!!  I was so excited!  I had a girl so having a boy was wonderful.  This is what he woke up to today....
Now onto what my parents called the prayer dot...I have the prayer dot in full affect right now.  My parents would put a red dot on their watches when I was pregnant with my kids, during times of family crisis, etc. The prayer dot is on because my sweet 14 year old daughter is heading to the EAST COAST with just her friends and teachers for her 8th grade trip.  She will be there for 7 days hitting up D.C., New York, Boston, and Penn.  It will be such a great experience for her but I have to admit I'm kind of I'm giving it to God!  Every time I look down at my watch I see the dot and pray for her ~ so easy!
The other great thing about the prayer dot is people ask about it and what a great way to tell others how I feel about the Lord and prayer. <3

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Non Fiction Text Features?!? No Problem

So I'm a HEAD of the game here...I'm making a pun because my brain is spinning and I have 2 days...2 days people until 2 weeks of SPRING BREAK.  That's 16 days off ~  whoo- whee!  I love my job but we all need a break ya' know?
The pun is referring to a game we played today to help learn non fiction text features during reading groups.  We played my own version of HEADBANDZ.  I'm sure you have seen it in stores...we actually own it in our house.  Anyway when I was making a new unit I thought why not play the game Headbandz to learn this new concept ~ and guess what?!?  It worked!!!  First of all it was highly motivating - they couldn't wait to play.  So how did it look in my classroom?  I know that's what inquiring minds want to know...
First we spent a few minutes reviewing non fiction books as the unit we did on this was a while ago even though we talk about them almost daily. 

There's some serious teaching going on here!!
Next I had the kids come up one by one with their eyes squeezed shut while I chose a headband to place on their heads
Ok that's awkward!!  LOL my photographer got me showing how they would wear it and not putting one on a kid..oh well.  You get the idea.
Then watch the magic happen ....I had one person go around and ASK one question like:  Am I in bold?  The rest of us could only answer YES or NO to the questions.  Other questions were:  Am I found at the beginning of the book?  Am I found at the end of the book?  Am I a photograph or a place to find vocabulary words, etc.
We had SOOO much fun!
Oh how ~ I wish my principal or the 'curriculum police' were in there during this lesson.  There were academic conversations happening and common core'ish' words being thrown was pretty awesome to see these things coming from 6 and 7 years olds if I may say....try it... 
IN FACT.....I will give my unit away to  one follower that SHARES  this post on facebook or PINS this post.  Here is a sample of that pack...
Since it works so well with my Fiction vs. Non Fiction pack I will throw that one in as well...
So share away and tell me what you think of you think it would work with your students?

Friday, March 14, 2014

5 for Friday with a sprinkle of TEXT EVIDENCE

Whew ~ this was the LONGEST week evah!!!!!  I'm not even kidding.  I don't even know where to happy it's the weekend.  I think a Sangria is calling my name LOUD & CLEAR!

Ok so normally I don't take selfies in the bathroom ~ cheesy!  But I got this darling shirt at Stein Mart.  Do you all have one near you?  It looks like I got it from Jane or another on line boutique but really Stein Mart.  I used to think Stein Mart was only for senior citizens.  I'm not even kidding.  Then a friend told me she got a cute shirt there and what do ya know?!?  They have some really cute stuff need to go check them out!


We have been busy working very hard on text evidence this week.  In reading groups we have been reading/re- reading for fluency...looking back for 'evidence' with highlighters and 'magnifying' glasses.  It's been so much fun!
Check out my pack by clicking on the product picture:

Wednesday I was all ready to go to work and my son woke up with a terrible rash...I had to get a sub last minute.  Thank goodness for my Sub Tub! { and it's a freebie people :o ) }


It's sorta hard to tell but this is my opinion writing anchor chart.  We have been busy this week working hard on opinion writing too.  I'm so proud of my little firsties writing their heart out!
If you're stuck on how to get started I have an opinion writing pack you can check out { here }

A BUNCH of RANDOMNESS squeezed into #5 here:
First how cute are the kinders at my school, they used this app CAT CAM to make these sweet faces:

They graphed their favorite book with these pics...darling!
I had a Spring Showcase for my sweet was a preview to the high school she will be going to....CRAZY!!!
Seriously she was that baby like yesterday I'm pretty sure!
We made these cuties today...I think they are originally from my talented friend Jen at First Grade Blue Skies...

and I  made this new product this week:
{ it's even on sale right now }

It's got craftivities/center ideas/printables/posters and more.
Hope you are going to enjoy your weekend as much as I'm planning to...take care ~ oh and hook on up with Doodle Bugs and tell us about your week.
P.S.  My wonderful friends are having their March Mystery Box giveaway and it is REALLY , extra awesome this month...check it out { here }