Monday, May 28, 2012

Makeover Monday and 200 Follower Giveaway

Did you notice?  Did you notice?  I have a new look!  I won a blog makeover from Misty and Erika over at Honey Bunch Blog Design during Teacher Appreciation Week.  I've been itching for something new...and this one is perfect for me!  I love pink, green, and black and I love ladybugs!  My teaching style is a little wild, so my blog needed to be a little wild too.  So, put on your shades...and keep on following!  :)

Did you notice?  Did you notice?  I'm finally at 200 followers!  Not to mention almost 55,555 page views!  What does that mean?  GIVEAWAY TIME!  In honor of my 200 followers, I'm giving away a $25 gift certificate to Target! The contest will end next Monday (June 4, 2012), at which time I will use a random number generator to choose the winner!  How can you enter?  One entry for each of the following:  1. For two entries: Grab my 200 Follower button and blog about my giveaway. (Leave me the link to your post in your comment.) 2.  Become a new follower....I sometimes have good ideas for all grade levels!!   3.  Like 5thGradeRocks, 5thGradeRules! on Facebook.  4.  Become a follower at my TPT store. ***Let me know how you entered by leaving me a comment (or five) below with your email (don't forget to leave your email.  I'm not a very good detective)!

Enter on.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Beaded Number Line

I'm so jealous of all of y'all out there on summer break already!  We just stared testing last week and I have another 15 school days to go! AHHHH!  I have officially realized that I have lost my "balancing everything at once" mojo!  I got out of the habit with my awesome student teacher, and since she's been gone I feel like I can't remember anything.   I'm like a chicken running around with its head cut off....hence the lack of blogs!  I have a list of about 20 blogs that I need to write up, and I just don't have time to do it all...and keep my DVR from exploding, my husband happy, myself healthy, and my friends still loving me.  SO, this is my short, but helpful blog to let you know I'm still alive and kicking!

Check this video out on the Beaded Number Line that one of my colleagues brought to my attention:

It is good for grades 2-5 (at least). I really dig the rounding part the best. In fifth grade all of my kids SHOULD have number sense, but lots of them don't. This is an excellent way to help teach number sense. Also, at the bottom of the page, there is a link to all of the Tidewater Team videos. Check them out. There are videos there for K-8! Pretty neat.

 Bead on.

 P.S. I'm getting a new blog design here shortly. I won the Teacher Appreciation Giveaway from Honey Bunch Blog Design!!  Be on the lookout!  I am soooooo excited!  Thanks Erika and Misty!!

P.P.S.  I'm only 9 people away from my 200 follower give away.  You have any friends that might like to follow me??? 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Teacher Appreciation

...on Tuesday! :)

The Treat Cart
My treat!  Not healthy, but low in carbs!
Today I'm linking up with 3-6 Resources to share with you how my school celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week.  Head on over there to become jealous get more ideas on how other schools celebrate. You can also link up and share with us what your school does.  Here's the quick rundown of what happens at my school:  Our principal provides breakfast on Monday.  This year it was Chic-fil-A and some fruit.  :)  Yummy.  (For those of you who have been following me since the beginning, I didn't break my diet...I just stared and drooled a little)  Tuesday, our office staff gives us a treat off of the "treat cart" drink and one snack On Wednesday, after the kids get out for early dismissal, we will have a luncheon sponsored by the PTA.  Thursday we get a free lunch from the cafe'.  Friday, our SCA is giving us some goodies (TBA).  The morning show does a quick "I Love My Teacher Because" segment, which is super cute...sometimes even hysterical. The students?  Well, it's pretty rare that we get something from them.  I usually get one or two things. To date, my very favorite gift ever....a manicure/pedicure!  That was an AWESOME surprise!  Budgets are tight, and truly, it's the thought that counts!

Which teacher in your building do you appreciate? 
Speaking of thoughts....this year I'll be giving out warm fuzzies to teachers, staff, etc that I appreciate.  I'm just using pom poms and attaching googly eyes to them.  I'm also giving them mini-letters (click here for your own copy) filled out with why I appreciate them.  It's a simple gesture that means a lot!  Take time to thank the people around you that help you...whether it is a team member, cafeteria staff, office staff, custodial staff, a student, your family ( I know my husband DEFINITELY deserves a warm fuzzy for putting up with all of my blogging and teacher stuff)!!  You can use this any time of year.  It doesn't HAVE to be just for teacher appreciation week.  These warm fuzzies can be used at home, church, school, ANYWHERE!  By the way, if you are reading this post, you get a virtual warm fuzzy for being a supporter!  Thanks, I appreciate you!  :)