Friday, May 31, 2013

Book Study and Blog Hop

So amidst all the moving into a new classroom and creating products for next year, I have decided to join in a book study.  I have been looking for some professional books to read over the summer and I came across this study being hosted by

If your looking to learn more or just brush up on teaching problem solving in math, then this just might be the book study for you.  Hop on over to and check it out!

While your at it, check out this list of blogs included in this blog hop:

Friday, May 24, 2013

Five For Friday

1. New Classroom

So I spent a couple of days working on curriculum for next year and got a good look at my new classroom.  Excited to get started planning the decor!

2. Relief Effort

I setup my Teachers Notebook shop so that I could donate a product to the Moore, Oklahoma relief efforts.  Checked out this amazing bundle!

3. Parents Night Out 

Last night I was worn out! I worked for 3 hours at our church for a Parents Night Out.  It was lots of fun but tiring.  We ate pizza, painted pet rocks, played with play dough, watched a short video, and had outside playtime.  The weather was wonderful!  Sorry, no pics to share.  

4. Disney World 

Our family is going to Disney World this fall.  Woo Hoo!  This week I have been working on planning our park days.  My boys are so excited.  We love Disney!

5. Summer Vacation?

Isn't it amazing how pumped you get as the end of school nears?  Summer break...ahhhhh.  Then reality sets in.  Home with the very busy kids.  I have spent our first official "family" summer break running kiddos back and forth to soccer, basketball camps, and family events (dance recitals, birthday parties) and boy am I feeling it.  I love my kids very much and feel that it is important that they stay involved and active, so I'll keep running this summer! :) However, this wonderful weather and holiday weekend is sure sounding very relaxing.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

My New Classroom

So I've been busy this week with 2 days of professional development for next year. Excited to see our curriculum units. Gets my creative juices flowing. I've got a lot of work to do this summer! :)

Here's a few pics of my new classroom. Another teacher is moving into a new classroom, so it's not completely cleaned out yet. Waiting until I can get in there...


Sunday, May 19, 2013

My Mini Me

I am super excited to showcase my new blog header today.  Isn't my mini me graphic the cutest? Totally me - my favorite footwear, coffee, and fashion accessory.

Thanks to Crystal from The Library Fox for creating it for me!  Stop by and check out her blog and tell her I sent you. Enjoy your Sunday evening.


Friday, May 17, 2013

Budding Blog Linky

1. Why did you start blogging?
I have been following other teacher blogs for a few years now. I finally decided that I wanted to take part in sharing great ideas and building great friendships with other teachers. 

2. What is your favorite subject to teach and why?
 I absolutely LOVE teaching reading. I enjoy reading myself. It is so much fun to find a great new book to share with students and using those stories to teach different strategies. 

3. Describe your teaching style.
I would describe myself as a facilitator. I like to present new ideas and information and then let the students take part in the learning. I want my students to have opportunities to share concepts and learn from one another. 

4. Give three interesting facts about you.

I love coffee.

My children are adopted from Russia.

I like for my classroom to be super organized. 

5. Do you have a TpT store? If yes, post the link :)

Five for Friday

Today I'm taking part in:

I completed my school year last Friday and my boys are still in school this week, so I've had the chance to just be quite lazy.  I've enjoyed working on my blog and new projects for next year.

So yeah, I have already been to the local teacher store looking for decor for next year.  I am moving into a new classroom that has sky blue walls.  I've been drawn to this set many times in my decor quest over the last month.  Today, I gave in, and purchased almost everything in the entire set.  Oy!
Boho Birds by Carson Dellosa

Lately I have seen many teachers talking about their LOVE for their Erin Condren teacher planner.  I have to be super organized to function, so I am taking the leap.  I have this one in my shopping cart right now.  What do ya think?

I have an absolute love/passion/obsession for coffee.  Have to have it every single day of my life! This week I decided since I was officially on summer break to try out something a little different.  Coconut flavored coffee.  Coconut = summer / Coffee = my obsession.  Perfect match, right?  Definitely.  Totally lovin' this! 

While I have been lazing around this week and working on projects, I decided I needed some new background music.  The search was on.  Must I say that I love absolutely every song on this new album.  Fantastic!  I recommend you check it out.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Quick Organization Tip - Student Supplies

I want to share a quick tip that I use in my classroom.  One of my personality traits is that I have to be super organized. I also like my classroom to be decorated and neat.  I have seen all kinds of classrooms with cute little buckets or trays that hold student supplies that are located in the center of the student tables or group of desks.  Totally wasn't working for my class.  If it was available, it was a distraction! I can't tell you how many times I had to take away scissors because apparently they were meant to spin around on your pencil. :) Which led to this strategy I use in my classroom.  I purchased some sturdy baskets (these are from Target) and placed all of the student supplies for each group inside.  The baskets have number labels on the side (which you can't see in this photo) and have a certain spot on the shelf.

Now, when we need supplies, one person at each table is the supply helper and is in charge of getting the basket for their table and making sure all supplies have been returned to the basket when we finish an activity.  They then replace the basket and all is well in supply land. There are tons of super cute storage containers out there.  Maybe this strategy can help your "hands on" students have less distractions.  Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Gardening For Nouns Unit

Okay, so this will be a short post.  Busy day - running errands, lunch with my husband, picking up kiddos from school, meal time, kids program at church tonight... You all know the drill.  I took some time this morning before heading out to post my noun unit.  You can choose each part separately or get the entire unit bundled (with extra activities).  Check it out and let me know what you think.  Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Grammar - YUCK! and a Freebie

Hello on this beautiful day (at least here in KY).  It's kind of hard to sit inside while the weather outside is beautiful, but I am trying to take advantage of a week at home while the kids are still in school.  I recently completed a long-term sub job for a maternity leave.  It was fun and I met one of my new very best friends, Nicole from Teaching With Blonde Ambition.  Now I'm trying to get ready for my new 3rd grade job for next year.  So, here I sit inside! :)

Well, once I started looking over the 3rd Grade CCSS, I decided to start with grammar.  It is one of my least favorite subjects to teach.  Maybe because my experience with learning grammar was dull and boring.  And so that is how this new product idea was born.  I wanted to create something that was more engaging to the students.  They can work independently or in a group.  I can use it to either pre or post assess student knowledge or as a mini-lesson activity.  Very versatile!  I decided to start with nouns.  Pretty basic, but sometimes my past 4th graders could tell me that a noun was a "person, place, thing, or idea" and still have trouble being able to identify the noun in a sentence.

The first part in this series is a FREEBIE!  Click the image to hop on over to my TpT store to pick up your copy.  Check back in the next few days.  I will uploading singular/plural nouns, common/proper nouns, possessive nouns, and pronouns.


Monday, May 13, 2013

My first Linky

So I'm trying to get the hang of the ins and outs of blogging.  Today I am trying my first linky.  It is from Flying Into First Grade.

Here goes...

1.  What made you decide to become a teacher?
I first decided to become a teacher because it was a career that I could have and still have time to be a wife and a mother.  What keeps me a teacher? The fact that I developed a deep passion and love for what I do each and every day!

2. What has been your most rewarding experience as a teacher?
Knowing that I am helping make a difference in the lives of children inside AND outside of the classroom. 

3. If you were not a teacher, what would you be?
When my children were younger, I would have said a stay at home mom.  Now they are school age and I can't imagine doing any other job...maybe a meteorologist? I love teaching units on weather.  Sometimes The Weather Channel is my favorite station. :) If not that, I love watching HGTV, so maybe a home decorator.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Need Your Opinion .... And a Freebie

So my blog is just getting started and I would love to have some readers weigh in with their opinion. I have created the first set of science vocabulary cards that can be used to play matching and memory style vocabulary games. In my experience, the major thing that holds students back in academic areas is truly understanding the vocabulary. But gone are the days of looking up words in dictionaries and writing definitions. Students need more engaging activities, so this idea was born. Simple in concept, but much more engaging that a dictionary! :) I also like to use these to pre-assess my students knowledge of science vocabulary.

 I am offering this set on "Matter" as a freebie. Stop by my TpT store to pick up a copy. Try them out with your students and let me know if this is a series I should continue. Please feel free to *kindly* leave feedback on ways these might also be improved. Looking forward to hearing from you!


Friday, May 10, 2013

And the winner is....

 to Linda from Around the Kampfire!  Thanks so much for becoming a follower of my blog. You've won 2 free products from my TpT store.  Happy Shopping!


Monday, May 6, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Give Away!

Become a follower of Flip-Floppin' Through...3rd Grade and be entered to win 2 products from my TpT store.  The winner will be announced on Friday May 10th.

P.S. Leave a comment to this post telling me that you have referred another bloggy friend to FFT...3rd Grade and be entered into the drawing twice!


Saturday, May 4, 2013

What to do after testing....?

I'm sure everyone out there understands this question.  A week of school left after testing, so what can you do to keep your students engaged? I like to plan activities that involve lots of group interaction, such as fun science experiments that I can never fit in during the year because they don't necessarily fit my standards.  I also like to allow my students time to enjoy one another's company and reflect on what a great year we've had.  This year I decided to create a mini end of the school memory book that allows ALL students (not just the ones with yearbooks) to collect special notes from teachers, principals, and friends.  I also included several reflection pages to fit the student's interest.  This allows me to customize the book for each student.  It also provides a perfect spot for students to still practice their writing skills as they reflect on special memories. Title pages for kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades are available.

2012-2013 Memory Book
Stop by my store and pick up this 16 page Memory Book for $1.00!

Enjoy the last few days of this school year.