Sunday, November 30, 2014

It's a BIG OLD TPT SALE!!!

Happy Sunday folks!!  Kerri and Lindsay here . . .

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a super successful Black Friday!! Well, get ready to shop AGAIN because TPT is having a GINORMOUS Cyber Monday and Tuesday SALE!!

That's right. You can get 28% off all of the products in both of our stores! BAARGAIN!!
Here are some goodies from Kerri's shop you might want to pick up for the Holidays and the upcoming New Year...













You can get a closer look by clicking on any of the pictures above! Thanks friends!!
Kerri B

Here's Lindsay...

Here are some of the items you can check out in my store (click the cover image to be taken to my TPT store):

I am finishing my Science Notebook Winter Edition as we speak and it will be uploaded to my TPT store tonight, just in time for the BIG sale!!


Merry & Bright {Holiday Math and Literacy Centers} - a great way to add some fun holiday cheer to your centers with 10 ready-to-use activities!


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Merry-Bright-Holiday-Math-and-Literacy-Centers-430500





Mittens & Marshmallows {Winter Math and Literacy Centers} - 10 wonderful winter-themed activities for your little learners.


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mittens-Marshmallows-Winter-Math-and-Literacy-Centers-471016





And finally . . . The Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy CVC Practice Pack {Tools to help your beginning readers}.  This is a great resource to use all year 'round, and especially great for your little kinder kidlets in the winter/spring as they start reading and writing like crazy!! :)


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Easy-Peasy-Lemon-Squeezy-CVC-Practice-Pack-781876




Friday, November 28, 2014

Magic Elf is back and ready to meet my kidlets!!!!

Good Evening!! Kerri B here...
Did you all have a fabulous Turkey day yesterday?? I know my family did. We did it up right, complete with a giant dinner, football in the front yard AND on TV, and some Black Friday (almost) ONLINE shopping (This girl prefers to do her shopping online, thank you very much!!)
On the subject of the holidays, have you met Magic Elf??
Magic Elf magically appeared in my classroom last year to teach my students about the true meaning of Christmas! On December 1st, my students walked into my classroom and saw this little guy...
...holding a note that explained why Santa had sent him-to remind my class all about the true meaning of Christmas, namely that Christmas is a time for joy, sharing, love, family, being neighborly, and many more things! Each night, he flew around the room and landed in a different spot. When the children came in the next morning, they would find him with a new note!

People, my kidlets went cuckoo for Cocoa puffs over this little guy! Like, for reals! Magic Elf also would watch for good behavior and report back to Santa the students who were following the rules and showing each other the true meaning of the holidays. I kid you not, my students' behavior was AMAZING the month of December, and as we all know, most kids' behavior gets a little, shall we say, NUTSO the month before Christmas! Am I right??

Some days, certain well-behaved students would walk in to find a certificate from Magic Elf on their desk, congratulating them on showing the true meaning of Christmas. My kids ATE. IT. UP! 

We also had a Magic Elf book that we worked on the whole month, and each day we would write what Magic Elf had taught us for the day and illustrate how we could show that to others. At the end of the month, my students took the book home to their parents so they could teach them all about the true meaning of Christmas. It was truly precious!!

Would you like to experience the Magic in your own classroom?? 

Presenting, my Magic Elf Writing and Activity Pack!!


Here's what you get...


Magic Elf and Daily Messages-Purchase a stuffed elf or laminate the clip art elf that is included in this packet. Laminate messages for durability and cut out. Each morning before your students arrive, hide “Magic Elf” somewhere in your classroom along with one of his messages about the true meaning of Christmas. I have included 17 days worth of messages, so you can choose the ones that work best for you, depending on how many days you are in school the month of December. 

Magic Elf Story Paper-Students can write a story about Magic Elf visiting their classroom, and then illustrate their story.

Magic Elf Letter-Students can use the writing paper to write a letter to Magic Elf about what he has taught them, or what they would like him to tell Santa!

Magic Elf Book-Copy the cover and inside pages back to back, including as many inside pages as there are school days in December. Instruct students to draw Magic Elf on the cover. Every day, after reading Magic Elf’s clue each morning to your students, instruct them to write what Magic Elf’s meaning of Christmas was for the day and illustrate what that means to them. At the end of the month, your students will have their own book on the meaning of Christmas to take home and share with their parents!

Magic Elf Acrostic- Students can write their own acrostic poem about Magic Elf, or write one together as a class!

Magic Elf Certificates- Let Magic Elf pass these certificates out to students who are caught showing the true spirit of Christmas! My students find their certificate on their desk each morning!

Magic Elf Scramble-Students can unscramble the Magic Elf sentence, glue it in the correct order, write it, and illustrate it!

Magic Elf Art Project- Students follow directions to create their very own Magic Elf art project. These look great mounted next to the acrostic poem or Magic Elf Story on construction paper and displayed for all to see!

Here is a picture of our Magic Elf art and Acrostic Poems from last year... sooo fun!


You can use ANY elf at all as your Magic Elf. Two years ago, I has a tiny one that I found at Target. I also found this huge one at a grocery store last year and he was so darn cute too...
You can even do this project without any stuffed Magic Elf at all, and simply use the provided clip art elf that I included in my Activity Pack! 
But, here are a couple of links to AMAZON if you would like to purchase a stuffed Magic Elf (they have both boy and girl varieties-sooo cute!!)...
                                                         


Would you like some Magic Elf FREEBIES?? Click on the Magic Elf poster above to download your own poster via Google Docs!

Also, here is a Magic Elf Sentence Scramble FREEBIE on TPT (click picture to head over to TPT)...

and to complete your Magic Elf collection, you can also check out this Magic Elf creation, combining Christmassy math and literacy centers, available now at my TPT shop...



Have a wonderful week friends and a beautiful Thanksgiving!!

XOXO Kerri B




Monday, November 10, 2014

Presenting...Stitch Fix #6!!

Good Evening, Bits and Bobbers!! Kerri here...

Sooo...today was just about the BEST DAY EVER. Wanna know why? Not only did I survive Halloween and live to tell about it, but also today we had a teacher inservice and I got to see all of my first grade teacher peeps from our district (Holla girls!!). PLUS, today was the day that my Stitch Fix box arrived! I literally LIVE for this day each month, and today I came home to this on my doorstep...

Not sure what Stitch Fix is?? Don't worry, I'll give you all the deets at the end of this post!
This month, I specifically asked for 2 dresses, a cardigan, a pair of skinny cords and a top. Guess what?? I got exactly what I asked for. I am telling you, my stylist Jessica is THE BOMB!

 Here is my style card that I found when I opened my box....all of my choices this month looked fabulous! I was especially excited about the dresses they sent me. Both of these I had pinned on my Stitch Fix Pinterest board and I was so happy my stylist was able to find them for me!

And here are my beautiful pile of clothes, just sitting there, begging to be tried on! The colors this month were absolutely gorgeous! I especially love the blue and purple print...soooo me!
Okay girls, here is the part of my presentation where I show you each piece, give you my initial impressions, and then show you how it looked on. I took the pictures AFTER school this time, so I don't look like a puffy faced, half asleep weirdo like I did the past 2 times. You can thank me later for sparing you my 40 year old wake up face. :)

Up first...the Market and Spruce Shiva Filigree Print Mixed Material Top.
My initial  thought were that I LOVED the color and print and I liked that the sleeves and back were a solid material. I wasn't sure about the size though, because it looks HUGE on the hanger. The material was also SOOO soft and not too heavy.

This one was a WINNER! I loved it on...so comfy and cute, plus the bright colors were right up my alley! This will be perfect with jeans and flats, and BTW, I will be wearing it tomorrow!!!

Up next, The Abrianna long sleeve open cardigan in dark green. This was GORGEOUS on the hanger, and such a soft cozy material, a little heavier, which will be perfect for Fall...

And....I LOVED it!! It is deliciously cozy and looks so pretty with the top they sent me and my Kendra Scott abalone set. This will also match the chevron tunic they sent me last month. SCORE!!
 

Aren't these colors oh-so-pretty up close??

Item Number 3-The Misti Belted Fluter Sleeve Dress by Papermoon.
OK, AGAIN With the flutter sleeves?? I am just not a fan of flutter sleeves! However, I did have this one on my Pinterest board, so I must have though it was cute, right?? And, it is SUPER cute on the hanger, so maybe it'll work on me???


Well, the sleeves did feel big at first AND I did feel like I was going to fly away, but I kinda liked it on! I generally do not wear black, so I thought this would be a good dress for me to expand my color horizons on. Keeping it!!


Item Number 4-the Annabelle Abstract Chevron 3/4 Belted Dress from 41 Hawthorn. This was another dress I pinned to my Pinterest Board, and I just LOVE the color and print. HOWEVER, wrap dresses in general don't work on me, cause I am just not busty enough. Can I say that here?? Well, DARNIT, it's true. There is just no cleavage to be found ANYWHERE on this girl. Like at all. 
I had high hopes, but I think the boob issue is going to be a problem...


And, it was. I was just not comfortable in this dress AT.ALL. Too low cut, too clingy, just meh. This one is going back STAT!

Last item...the Frieda Corduroy by Mavi in black. 
I had specifically asked for a pair of skinny corduroys this time, so I was stoked that she found some for me, but when I put them on, they fit okay, but they were just blah. Kinda boring, and at $98, they were DEFINITELY not calling my name. Boo hoo...no skinny cords for me! I didn't even take a picture in them. Blargh!!!


So, there you have it. This time around, I kept 3 items...the top, the cardigan, and the black and white dress. I am so SUPER happy with my Fix this month, even though the other 2 things didn't work out for me! My next one is due to arrive right before Thanksgiving, and I CANNOT wait. I hope I get some cute things for Thanksgiving!


So, what is Stitch Fix, you ask??
1. Create a Style profile on the Stitch Fix Website
2. Have 5 handpicked items that fit your style profile delivered to your house.
3. Keep what you like and check out online. Send back the rest in a pre-paid envelope via the US Post Office.
4. Look fabulous at work!!

It takes about 10 minutes to fill out your style profile online, and it is very fun, because you get to choose different outfits that best represent you. I loved this part! 

This really is the easiest service in the world. There is no pressure to keep anything. If you don't like anything, they charge you a $20 styling fee, but if you keep at least one item, the $20 fee goes toward the cost of that item, and shipping is FREE both ways. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!! Plus, you can do it once a month, every 2-3 weeks, or just one time to see what it's like. It's totally up to you!

If you sign up, would you please click on my links? See, I get a little referral every time someone like you signs up, and then I can keep doing this little fashion show for you each month, which I am sure is the highlight of you month, right?? :)
Win win win!!

Hope you're having a fantabulous week, friends!!
XOXO Kerri B

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Playing With Owl "Poop" {An Owl Pellet FREEBIE}

Happy Thursday folks!  Lindsay here . . .
 
Did y'all watch the baseball game last night??!!  It. Was. So. Good.
 
I mean, we aren't really "baseball people" at my house . . . we are more like "hey-its-the-World-Series-so-lets-order-a-pizza-and-cheer-for-someone" people . . . Football season?   Totally different story though.  Chargers fans ONLY. :)
 
The point being . . . even we appreciated what a great World Series that was!  Go Giants!! 
 
Well . . .  it has been awhile since I posted anything on the blog (okay a LONG while!) but tonight I am here with a fun fall FREEBIE to share!
 
I have been having so much fun this year doing a science notebook with my kiddos!  They are so cute and SO SERIOUS about being little scientists!  So far this year we have learned all about apples, what living things need to survive, the life cycle of a pumpkin, properties of objects an owls!!
 
Here is a quick peek at my Kindergarten Science Notebook {Fall Edition} - you can click on the image below to get more details in my TPT store:
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kindergarten-Science-Notebook-Fall-Edition-1367269
 
Just last week I wrapped up my owl unit with my kinder kiddos . . .
 
(Confession: I had never taught owls before. Ever. Like, never ever EVER!!)
 
Kerri, on the other hand, is an owl NUT.  And she has always told me how much fun her kids have every year learning about owls and checking out their owl pellets . . .
 
Owl pellets?  As in, owl POOP??!!
 
Gross!
 
Of course, Kerri soon corrected me that, in fact, owls do NOT poop out pellets, but rather cough up (regurgitate, if you will) the pellets, which contain the hair and fur of their most recent meal. :)
 
Lovely.
 
In order to lead my kiddos in becoming "owl experts", I jumped onto Amazon and ordered some fabulous new owl books.  My favorite was this one by Gail Gibbons:
 
 
Next, my kiddos and I started reading and using our science notebooks to diagram and write about our owls! 
 
Their awesome step-draw owls are my favorite!!!  
 
 


 
We also took the information that we learned and created a tree map of owl facts as a group . . .
 
  
And then again in their science notebooks!
 
 
Our FINAL owl activity was digging in to owl pellets!  I debated whether it would be better to have my kiddos each have their own pellet to dissect with their big 6th grade buddy OR if it would just be easier to do one pellet together as a group.
 
As a was perusing the Scholastic Book catalog I stumbled across this: Owl Puke (book + pellet kit). 
 
 
 
Yes, I know. The name is SUPER scientific, right?? ;)
 
Looking back, I actually think that for my kinders it worked really great to do this activity whole group under the document camera and discuss it as we went along . . .  Here was our set-up:
 

 (Notice the cup of coffee - I can't tackle an owl puke activity without my caffeine people!!)
 

 
 
And here is what we found!! I wish that I would have taken a closer shot of the awesome skull that we found (in the middle of the black paper). It had some gnarly teeth!!! We had lots of fun zooming the document camera in on the bones so the kids could see all the details!
 


To get my kids even MORE excited about this activity (and to give them something to do as they watched the action unfold on the board in front of them), I created this recording sheet {click the image below to download}:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9gdPNfXIsbUMS0wQUZ2UzZRWWs/view?usp=sharing

 
The format of this FREEBIE follows my science notebook, but you could totally do it as a stand-alone activity as well!
 
I talked with my students about WHAT might be inside our owl pellet, and that it was most likely either a bird or a rodent of some sort.  Each student made a prediction on their paper by circling the animal they thought we would find.
 
Next, we unwrapped the pellet (it TOTALLY looked like a tiny Chipotle burrito if you ask me!!) and we drew it in the box.
 
Finally, we counted our bones, identified what type of animal our owl had eaten, and determined whether or not our prediction was right. (It was a rodent . . . you were just dying to know, right??)
 
So that's it!  I think I'm an Official Owl Expert or something now.:)
 
Hope you can use this FREEBIE with your own class! 
 
Have a good night!
 
Lindsay
 


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Frankenstein EVERYTHING (Lots of FREEBIES HERE)!!

Happy Sunday, Peeps!! Kerri here...

I cannot believe it is the end of October already? Where is the year going? Last week, I got a bee in my bonnet after seeing some fabulous Frankenstein art projects all over Pinterest, so I decided to make this week Frankenstein week in my classroom. We will be reading all sorts of Frankie books, doing some Frankie math, learning how to draw Frank and write about him, and making a really fun Frankenstein art project too. I have GOBS of Franken-fun to share with you...let's get started!!

Here is the art project we will be making this week...

              
And here are the dimensions, if you would like your kidlets to make him too. This is GHETTO style friends...I just took a picture of the dimensions my teaching buddy wrote while I measured each piece! The Frankensteins in this photo were my inspiration and came from Amy Lemon's blog Step into Second Grade ( LOVE!)...

We will also be reading LOTS of Frankie books this week. Here are a few of my favorites that I ordered from Amazon to read this week, but I'm sure they're in your school library too...

       

We are busy at work creating our Super Sentences for the month of October. If you didn't already download these at the beginning of the month, click here to get your own October Word Mats...
and make sure to check out my yearlong pack by clicking the picture below. Your kids will become Super writers by using this pack, I promise you!



In addition to my Spooktacular Math and Literacy centers, which we will also be doing this week...

I have lots of fun writing activities planned for my firsties, including this fun little Word of the Week sentence scrambler, which you can download for FREE through Google Docs (click the pic)...

My kids do these Word of the Week sentence scramblers EVERY WEEK in centers and they LOVE them! If you are interested in checking out the year long pack, which is print and go, click the picture below...

I also made a bubble map and 2 different story writing papers for good old Frankie, which you can also download via Google Docs for FREE by clicking the image below...
I also found this AWESOME website called Art for Kids! that has a step-draw Frankenstein!! Click the picture below to go to his website. It is AMAZING!! There are literally HUNDREDS of videos and step draw printables teaching kids to draw all sorts of cool stuff!
Finally, if you're looking for a poem for your kids to learn/practice their perfect printing by copying. here is a link for a very cool Frankie poem sung to the tune of Oh my Darling...
http://www.dltk-holidays.com/halloween/in_the_graveyard_song.htm


Alrighty Peeps!! That's all I got tonight for ya! Hope you LOVE all the Frankenstein freebies! I cannot wait to do them all with my kidlets this week!!

XOXO Kerri B