Book Talk Tuesday...and a giveaway!

So here's what I'm sharing! Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson

Don't throw tomatoes or anything, but I just read this book for the first time on Monday! Like seriously. I forgot I even had it and I was doing a lesson on Sarah Hale and why Thanksgiving is a holiday...and I spotted this book in the class'd think I would have read it before making the unit huh???
I grabbed it from the shelf...
let's be honest...
at first glance it looks kinda dull
One of my boys asked if it would be boring
I said it wasn't a funny book (apparently I stick to funny books when I read aloud and they are spoiled)
So I start reading...Oh.My. This book is hilarious! Seriously!
We laughed at the illustrations and text on every page! It's chock full of facts, the caricatures are hilarious, and I love the humor kids don't get!
Thank You, Sarah...
If you've avoided this book too...let me persuade you to read it aloud!
I'm giving away my newest pack...I've been using it all this week, in fact, I'll be teaching it to five different classes! If you haven't read much on Sarah Hale, let me tell you, she will be your idol! I dug deep into her beliefs and how she fought with her pen while writing my minibook, not to mention the lady almost singlehandedly got the President to agree to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, write Mary Had a Little Lamb-I'm biased-fought for playgrounds at schools, education for women, and maintaining national monuments all while raising 5 kids alone during the Civil War era!

Just comment below telling me your favorite part of this book and I'll choose a random winner on Friday!

Five for Friday!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for five for friday!

I don't know about y'all, but this has been the loooooooongest week of the year! Shesh!
Full moon? I don't know if the lunacy is related, but I will use it as an excuse!
But the show must go on, so here's a peek at what I was up to this week! and be warned this is really random!

I have problems with Instagram, as in I see lots of cute clothes and jewelry and follow the IG'er and subscribe to their liketoknowit accounts, and click LIKE on EVERYthing, get the email about the outfits, and then buy it...
luckily one account I LOVE is a set of twins who love target! Go follow the double take girls! such cute outfits! I would've passed this flannel right up at Target if they had not styled it so many cute ways! oh, and the necklace too of course!

My teammate Katie and I have started switching classes in the afternoons. I LOVE teaching science and she loves SS, so I teach science to her youngins twice a week while she covers all the holiday jazz. Mondays are reserved for Letterland and Library and the other two days I repeat the lessons with my kiddos. She used my Day of the Dead unit and this powerpoint! The kids EATitUP every year. They've never heard of this holiday and it's the perfect followup to Halloween, plus it's just so different than our culture! If you didn't snag it for free earlier in the week, it's included in my unit now, as well as separately!

Now I was across the hall teaching matter. Which I love. When I had a kit to use. Y'all, it's hard to teach matter without my kit! But, I just supply my own little experiments now! I started out with a little refresher of what they learned about in first grade, and after watching BrainPop Jr, we broke out the magazines and searched for examples. Finding gas is always a treat! This activity is from Inspire Me ASAP! I've used it for  years now! Next week we will start with experiments because they sure do not believe air takes up space! =)

While I obviously use my unit for teaching the bulk of this unit, I always supplement with a few other amazing resources, especially ones for any crafts, reading, and more experiments! Here are the ones I use! because 2...or 5 Heads are better than one!


My team has tweaked our schedule just a tad to allow for some whole group reading. We actually only had time for our reading groups as it was. So I snagged Cheryl's The Ugly Pumpkin unit and off we went! Oh MY! They LOVED the book (and I do too!) Of course they all thought I was crazy for reading a Halloween book on Monday, Nov. 3, but I promised not all was as it seemed! I won't spoil the story, but it is for THANKSgiving! She focuses on making connections in the unit, so we watched Thank You, Mr. Falker on Storyline today (because Pat writes some great books, but they are long!) and I could believe all the connections they made! And I mean, seriously...look at these gourds! Oh My Gourd! I also love her unit because it has just what I need and not lots of fluff! She has some great book companions! and why yes, I DID hand write that title...I can copy a font like a pro, I just have to look at it and I'm obsessed with this font! I type whatever I want, pull it up on my screen, sit with my sharpie and go!

I also got a couple of tattoos this week. Not great pictures, but the twigs are above my elbow and I just can't get a good one anyway!


 I'm posting today on behalf of all the "Mo Sistas" who love our guys... and want to promote the importance of men's health!

I love that motto! 
And this month, I found some ‘stache fun with a definite purpose!

Introducing MOVEMBER!

What is Movember, you ask?!

The Movember campaign is a movement which was created to promote men's health.  It’s no secret that in this busy day and age that finding time to get regular check-ups and take care of yourself is difficult, and perhaps just plain intimidating… especially if you are a man. How hard is it for the hubs to go to the doc!? It's just not their thing...

Thus the creation of MOVEMBER!
Movember is about bringing back the moustache (Mo), having fun, creating conversations and awareness, and raising funds for men's health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

Check out this little video to be inspired "MO STYLE"...

Here is how it works…
Men are encouraged to “Shave the Date” on November 1st and start with a clean face.  Then, for the rest of November, they are encouraged to grow moustaches!   When other people inquire about them growing a “MO”… men use the opportunity to share about their participation in MOVEMBER and also encourage other men to go and get a health check up!

Sound fun?  You can become an official 
“MO BRO” or “MO SISTA” MOVEMBER supporter  by visiting

What a great cause!   

Don’t you just LOVE these MOVEMEBERish Mustache Mania themed materials?!

Of course, they are from CreativeTeaching Press!  {I’m sure y’all already know how obsessed I am with all of CTPs stylish teacher resources!!!  LOVE. THEIR. STUFF.}   And in typical CTP fashion, they are 100% “in” to helping me promote this awesome cause!  

So… I’m doing a RAFFLECOPTER giveaway of a 
Creative Teaching Press MOVEMBER Mustache Mania product bundle! 

You could win a bundle of some of these epic goodies!

“mustache” you to spread the word about MOVEMBER
and sign up to win this awesome prize bundle too!

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Halloween Freebie Number 4!

I keep sharing all these Haloweeny freebies, so I figured why not make a week of it!?

So the deal is, I may post them anywhere! Sunday's was a Facebook Fan freebie!
Monday's was on TpT!
Tuesday's was on the blog and TpT
Wednesday's is on, well here, but also Instagram!
So keep a look out! and be sure to follow all my hangouts, too!
So here's a little craft I whipped up yesterday when I had no voice! Easy Peasy! And if you like it, I have an apple version in my apple-icious printables and a pumpkin one in the Pumpkin No-Prep pack!
We listened to Frankenstein on Speakaboos (it's a free story) then the kiddos filled out the BME or Beginning, Middle, and End retell chart on their own.
Just click to download from Google Drive

Happy Haunting!

A Frankie freebie!

Tonight I wanted to share a little last minute idea I had last night!
I've loved those paint chip Frankenstein's and always wanted to figure out a way to use them and still fit it into our busy day. Well, last night we went to Lowe's so I snagged a pile of green chips.

And wouldn't you know, when I dragged myself up this am my congestion and earache had left me with NO VOICE! We all know how fun it is to teach with no voice, right!
Actually it always starts out great because the kids are super quiet and whisper too.

So I took advantage of the peace and we did this little craft-I did each part under the doc cam and they followed along-I didn't make patterns and I cut the hair for the girls while they did morning work. Then we wrote about our little Frankies' measurements to practice using our rulers again.
We measured his height, width, longest scar, shortest scar, and mouth. As you can see, we went a little wild with the sharpies and scarring!
You could use this any old way, we just needed to measure!

I think they are pretty cute!

Plans for a very short week!

It's true.
God spake saying all teachers deserve a break this Halloween...
at least the teachers in my district!
I don't even care that my "fall break" is only two days...
because one of those days is Halloween and the other is the day before Halloween!
Can you hear the angels trumpeting?!
PTL People!!

But we still have 3 days, so here's what we're up to! You'll see lots of practice with rulers...because we really need lots of practice holding and using them! I always forget how hard it is for 7 year olds to handle rulers!

This year I stuck strictly to pumpkins-no bats, no owls, no spiders... not that I didn't want to teach those things, we just have no leeway in our day this year! Right now the only reading instruction is during groups and we have required programs for that time, so pumpkins it is! Which is perfectly ok! I have used the heck out of my Pumpkin No Prep printables!
But you can see I am throwing in a little Frankenstein tomorrow for some extra measurement practice! I snagged a pile of paint chips tonight at Lowe's to make these little guys and figured I could fit some more measuring in!

I'm also using an activity from my Nightsong book companion tomorrow in science. I love this game! I partner the kids up-one's the bat, the other is the moth. The bat is blindfolded and the moth makes clicking sounds. The bat has to guess the direction the sound is coming really is fun, and hard!
These peter pumpkin eater activities were a hit and hilarious! If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen the interesting writing! haha!

and this work of art as well! Wow! 

I'd love to see what you're doing, so link up with Deedee too!

Pumpkin Week (sorta) and a freebie

I'd love to say I have some pretty visual plans to show you, but I don't! However, I will list a few things and link them! that's close enough!
Honestly, getting plans even in planbook is good for me right now
I planned to do pumpkins last week...didn't happen
I even told those poor babes that we'd have our pumpkin tasting on Friday...didn't happen
I never sent the parent letter home!
So this week it's GONNA HAPPEN!
Cross my heart!
Along with a few other pumpkin-y things, we are reading Life Cycle of a Pumpkin from the ye ol' basal. Our basal actually has some pretty great stories and I pull from it every now and again. The story lessons focus on fact and opinion, so I made this little pre-assessment for pumpkins and fact/opinion! You could always cut the bottom off if you just want the pumpkin part! Just click to download!

So....while I have some reading groups a goin', the kiddos will be reviewing lots! We have fall break...can I get an amen! week and we need some major reviewing! So I whipped this only took 3 weeks...ugh.
sometimes I just keep thinking of things I want to add and files grow and grow. so that's ok! Pun'kin' printables! No prep! independent review! yes, please!
And it's HALF PRICE right now too! At least through Tuesday since I got it posted late!

Friday we finally took our first unit test in math and up next are polygons! And every year I forget how much they DO NOT KNOW about shapes! So while I will use the lessons from Math Expressions, I supplement a lot. 
a few other things...our Media Specialist and EC dept. are teaching some lessons with Spookley for Disability Awareness Month. So I'm excited to use my Spookley shapes lesson too! Perimeter is not in the curriculum anymore, but I will use this lesson and we measure the sides of the pumpkins. It's too cute not to use! Then we make pumpkins of any shape we want! maybe a pumpkin shape patch or a shapely pumpkin patch?? (I just updated this unit too!)

SO, to review...
pre-assess pumpkins
teach fact and opinion
describing shapes
Yep, we can do this!

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