Sunday, August 26, 2012

Technical difficulties, but a freebie to make it better!

I wish I could have posted a winner by now! Unfortunately I am experiencing some technical difficulties with Rafflecopter. I am waiting for a response from their team. I will post a winner as soon as I have one. Thanks for being patient! 

Here's a fun freebie for back to school. This is how I organize my class birthdays. I have a poster in my room, but I often need to know at home for things such as newsletters, or my flipcharts (I put notes wishing them happy birthday for my morning message). I keep this with my lesson plan binder for easy access. Plus, it's pretty cute :) 

Enjoy! Hope everyone is having a great start to the school year. My husband starts this week and he's dragging a bit :) I keep telling him it's better once it 
gets started, but apparently he doesn't believe me! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Finished Classroom Photos {And 3 more days to enter to win $50 for your classroom!}

*Enter to win a $50 gift card on my previous post! Ends Friday!*

Wow. Tomorrow it's finally here. First day! It's definitely going to be hard to remember to take photos and blog during the school year. I completely forgot to take pictures after open house. I did love the few students I got to meet, though. Today was our last teacher work day, so I took some pictures of my classroom before it's a disaster. 

This is my desk area. Notice you can SEE the desk? May not last. Just sayin'.

Here are my desks. I don't know if this is the ideal arrangement for seating, but for now it'll do. Do you like my little tissue paper pom-poms? Unnecessary, but cute :) 

Here's the bulletin board by my dry erase. The buckets hold my markers and erasers. The "Sweet Rewards" are for our whole class rewards. 

Another appearance by my ikea easel, and my WBT rules.

Another view from the door. You can see my cute owl painting I thought I needed :) 

I hope tomorrow goes well. I secretly dread the first couple days of just teaching routine. But soon it'll be over and we can start to have fun and learn! 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

My first giveaway! {AND IT'S A GOOD ONE!}

Happy Friday everyone :) 
While we all love going back to school, sometimes it's a little sad to leave summer behind. Enter MPM School Supplies! My friends  there are willing to give a $50 giftcard to one of my faithful followers! In case you are not familiar with MPM (and you totally should be!) they are my favorite online source for classroom supplies. They have everything you can buy at your local "teacher store", but you can shop in your pajamas, which let's face it, is SO much more fun. All you have to do to enter is "like" their Facebook page (which has amazing free crafts!) and become a follower of FlockingtoFifth.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!! 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vocabulary, my slight Marzano obsession & FREEBIES

Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the school year/end of the summer. I think I'm done in my room until Monday, when we have our "Meet the Teacher Night". I have some finishing touches to add, but I'm going to do that during our 1/2 day work day before parents show up :) I'll have to take some pictures then. Today I'm off to my husband's classroom. I asked him if they were allowed to use their laminator whenever (some people have to turn things in to get laminated?) and he said "Yeah... well, at least I think so, I've never used it". I, of course, nearly choked on my dinner. The difference between men and women right? :) 

Anyways, I had a bit of an awkward moment the other day at school when my principal asked me if I had read the Marzano book I borrowed ("Building Academic Vocabulary"). Of course it was still in my car. After weaseling my way out of that situation, I figured I had better get on that. 

I've done some reading the last few days, and there's some great stuff in there! 

And what kind of blogger friend would I be if I didn't share my discoveries? So, here are my freebies you can download from TN :) 

I'm using this to go inside my students notebooks to help them assign a number to their understanding. You can also make this poster sized on I usually choose for my "posters" to be 4 sheets of paper, because if you make things much larger they tend to become pixelated.

This is a screen shot, so it looks a little off center. The actual PDF looks great and contains two "terms" per page. You could use it as a template to have your kids freely write it in their notebooks or you can actually print them out and have your students keep them inside of pronged folders. In his book, Marzano suggests keeping all subject areas of 
vocabulary words in one notebook.

I thought I should go ahead and share my photo with Marzano. My co-worker and I asked him for a photo after we head him speak at the ASCD conference in St. Louis this summer. It started out as a joke, because our school is ALWAYS talking about him and his books, but I can't even lie, I thought it was a little fun :) 

Okay, enough from me! Be SURE to come back tomorrow, I'm teaming up with MPM School Supplies for an AWESOME giveaway! 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Teacher Fashion Linky!

Hey everyone! I cannot believe some teachers are back in session already! I spent time at school again today in a meeting and it's still a ghost town. I sure am thankful for these last few weeks! 

While I was there of course I had to go into my class. I purchased a $15 easel at IKEA and had to see if it would hold my giant post-it chart paper. I had no where for it last year and making anchor charts got a little awkward. It worked, and for $15?! I'm lovin' it!

I also did some illegal moving of my printer. Our workspace is TINY (you can see it in the background of my easel photo, literally a mouse pad wouldn't fit). So I got creative. 

I'm sure our tech guy will die if he notices. Shhh. (PS - do you LOVE that owl rug? $2.50 in the Target dollar section!!) 

Okay! Now the fun stuff! I found an awesome new blog to stalk. Jessica over at From Blood to Books is hosting a Teacher Fashion Linky Party. How fun, right? 

Here are the guidelines...
1. Tell your favorite store(s) that you like to get your "teacher's fashion".
2. What are some of your favorite accessories?
3. What type of shoes do you teach in?
4. Do you have a "go-to" item in your closet? 
5. Have you ever had a fashion "uh-oh" at school? 

I love it already! Let's get started ... 

1. My favorite store(s)? 

Bonus! Both have teacher discounts of 15%! 

2. My favorite accessories are definitely statement necklaces right now. Bracelets get annoying when I write. Here are some fun examples. 

3. I teach in flats. All day, erry' day. Don't kill me, but I think flip flops are a little too casual, and of course heels are impractical for being on the third floor! Here are my favs. Basics that go with everything.

4. My go-to item is the "Jackie cardigan" from J. Crew. They have approx. 498 colors (give or take) and I have many of them. They go over anything. They're not to heavy or light. Literally, I rarely leave the house without one. I suggest you buy one. And if you are disappointed, we can't be friends. 

Kidding, but .. only a little.

5. My biggest fashion "uh-oh" so far, was minor. My hem on my pants came un done. Of course it was conference night, I was trying to look nice, and had to stay until 8pm. Our art teacher helped me staple it. I felt like a child :) But its stayed! 

You should all link up! I would love to see where everyone shops! 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Parent Contact {FREEBIE}

Hey everyone! 

I've been a blogging slacker the last few days. Partially because I didn't have anything to write about, partially because I've been obsessing over the olympics. Between gymnastics and track and field I keep waking my poor husband up like "This is history! You don't want to miss this." He's like "Courtney, not every event is history". But he did get up to watch Oscar Pistorius run the 400 semis. A double amputee? Amazing. 

Okay sorry. Olympic rant over. Scroll on for free stuff... 

I have a new teaching partner this year. She's coming from 1st to 5th! Big jump. We've meet a few times this summer trying to get on the same page for the upcoming school year. We decided to use one binder to document parent phone calls. We're going to make them together, and we share students so it made sense. We decided what we wanted it to be set up like, and I made it! She purchased a set of A-Z dividers and we're going to have a contact page for each student. We make a lot of phone calls. However, not everyone does, so I made a separate page that allows you to document phone calls for multiple students on one page.

Was that the worst description ever? Sorry. I'm tired. Click the image to download from my TN store so you can see what I'm rambling about ... :) 

Then I was on a roll with making binder covers (I mean, the bunting is adorable, right?!) so I whipped up a couple for TBT meetings. But, since they're not called TBT meetings everywhere, I included options for "Team Meetings". They're free and on my Teacher's Notebook store too! 

School is right around the corner. I hope everyone is enjoying their last bits and pieces of summer :) 

Friday, August 3, 2012

State Research Project pack

I hope everyone else is enjoying their Friday as much as I am. It's been a VERY lazy one, but we're allowed to have those days in the summer, right?! :) 

Anyways, I wanted to share a project I use for Social Studies. This state research project will be how we occupy our time in the first few weeks of school before we start our first round of literature circles (I don't want to start right away, because we usually have students come and go quite a bit in the first couple weeks). 

Clicking the image will take you to my Teacher's Notebook store. There's a more detailed description there. This pack costs $1.50 in my store. Check it out!

Happy blogging and have a GREAT weekend! 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A few freebies and a giveaway!

Hope everyone has had a good week! I've spent the last few days making some things I've been putting off and helping the hubby prepare for school. Although he's lucky and has an extra week off! We're also watching the Olympics constantly. Am I the only one who gets emotional with the medals are presented? I think I'm losing my mind! :) 

Now onto my THREE freebies ... 

I made this "poster" to hang in my room? I'm hoping it will eliminate "What do I do when I'm finished?" If you want it (or any "sign") to be poster size you can save it as a jpg and upload to It prints out as 4 separate sheets that you can assemble. Once laminated, they look like posters you buy! Click the image to go to my TN store.

Another thing I made that I am excited about it my "Ticket out the Door" exit ticket. I plan to use it as a quick formative assessment. I may even laminate them and let the kids write on them with their dry erase markers so I can reuse them. There are three on a regular (8.5x11) sheet of paper.

Finally I made some cute little owl themed WBT rules. I teach my students the motions that go along with it and they love them! I used some cute borders from Graphics from the Pond. I love their stuff! Check these out in my store for free as well! I plan on cutting them out, laminating them and displaying them hanging horizontally from a ribbon. 

I also wanted to mention that there is an awesome 100 follower giveaway over on Forth Grade Flipper. Be sure to check it out! 


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