Birthday Sale!

I am not thrilled about aging but I am reminded:

I hope you have a great weekend and take advantage of my sale!

Five for Friday 11/21/14

Look what a parent made for me from my class!  Adorable, right? 
I thought I would include it in my Five For Friday Post!

My birthday is tomorrow and my class surprised me with the guinea pig cakes.  A mother of one of my students made it.  I was just floored!  I made everyone at school come look at it.  Check out how much it looks like our piggies, Chrysanthemum and Daisy. 

I made this quick Thanksgiving graphing craft for my first graders to make.  We graphed our favorite Thanksgiving food.   The students always love to see which one as they say "won."   I like to keep the craft simple with easy cutting lines.  You can snag this activity for $2 by clicking the image below.  

I am jealous of those of you that have off for Thanksgiving week.  We have a full day on Monday, with night parent-teacher conferences.   Then on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have half days of school and conferences after that.  This is my first year with some ELL students and my conference RSVPs were not coming back.  Thankfully, I asked my blog buddies for help.  Rachel Lamb found me this English/Spanish form.  Now, let's just hope the parents don't come in thinking I speak Spanish. 

Truth: Tonight I watched Frozen for the first time.  I think I might have been the only one on Earth who had not seen it.   My colleague had to borrow it for me from her very concerned daughter.  Yes, Julianna I plan on returning it in perfect condition :)

It was a really cute movie.  I cannot believe how the animation styles have changed since, The Little Mermaid days.   But why do they all have alien sized eyes?

Check out this awesome Instagram Loop giveaway.  It ends tonight!

That's it until I post my plans on Sunday!

Visual First Grade Plans for the Week of 11/17/14

This week my first graders and I will be focusing on the sh digraph, personal narratives, relating addition and subtraction, states of matter, and a quick Laura Numeroff author study.

Here are my visual plans.  Just click to download.

I am linking up with Deedee again!

Packets by my TpT friends:

My packets:

I added some EngageNY friendly pages to the Thanksgiving packets below. Please, redownload if you have already purchased. 


I hope you have a great week!  It is almost my birthday, my dog Niles' 15th birthday, and Thanksgiving.   I have a lot to be thankful for.

Currently November

Hi all, I am linking up with Farley again for her Currently linky.  

Here goes!

Listening to The Mindy Project.  I just love that show.  I feel like Mindy and I could be friends in real life. 
I have read Mindy Kaling's book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and just loved it. 

Loving all my fur babies.  They really are all so sweet.  You cannot be depressed around animals. 
I also love this tartan plaid scarf!  I ordered it from Brina Box.   

Thinking of all the work I have to do for TpT and school.  I have to finish the rest of my Sight Word packets for TpT.  I have plans for a Holiday Center Packet, like my Thanksgiving one.  I just find it hard to balance everything.   Beside TpT things, I always have something to do for school.  On my plate tomorrow is setting up my Thanksgiving math centers for Friday.  Nothing like the last minute. 

Wanting to go to Bloomingdale's for their Friends and Family sale.  I really don't need anything, but I cannot pass up a good sale. 

Needing to organize my closet room.  I am not even going to scare you with a picture, but it has become a dumping place for unfolded clean clothes!   I need to go back to Ikea and get some drawers.  In the summer, I purchased the wrong bottom drawers for the closets and I just have not had time or the help needed to go back.  It is a two person job getting that stuff into your vehicle. 

I am Reading The Light Between Oceans.   I always keep my Kindle Paperwhite in my purse.  Any time I have to wait at a doctor's office or somewhere, I read.   This particular story is pretty slow, but I have this thing where I have to finish a book. 

Thanks for checking in!  I wish you a happy November. 

Operation Underdog

As teachers, we naturally have very giving hearts.  We always want to help, expecting nothing in return.  Well, today, I'm going to invite you to something really special that I am happy to be a part of.  My teaching heart jumped at the chance to contribute to a really wonderful cause, and I hope that your teaching heart jumps at the chance to support it, as well!

During the month of November, TpT is helping to support a fundraiser for Operation Underdog.  Operation Underdog was brought to my attention by my friend, Joey Udovich of Creating, Teaching, and Sharing.  Her childhood friend is the co-founder of this amazing animal rescue that is in need of some monetary support.  In an attempt to help, Joey invited 30 top TpT sellers to contribute to some pretty amazing resource bundles that are now being sold at OVER 1/2 off!  The proceeds from this shop go directly to Operation Underdog's medical funds for adequate vetting, transportation services for animals in need, and basic supplies, such as food.

Here is what we are HAPPILY offering you!
To visit these bundles, please click on the pictures below.

♥ Deanna Jump - Need for Speed Addition and Subtraction Fluency Practice
♥ Deedee Wills - Fall Roll, Say, Keep-Editable Sight Word and ABC Game
♥ Cara Carrol -  Do You Hear What I Hear? {The Ultimate CVCE Practice Packet!}
♥ Babbling Abby - Spelling for All Seasons {Part One}
Spelling for All Seasons {Part Two}
 Simply Skilled in Second - Writing Templates for Writing Centers and Interactive Notebooks
♥ Erica Bohrer - Classroom Pets
♥ Karen Jones - Word Family Sliders {with 39 short and long vowel word families}
 Susan Jones-TGIF - Phonics Poetry for Grades K-2
♥ Reagan Tunstell - Sight Word Stick Centers


♥ Teaching With A Mountain View - Money Task Cards { Coins & Dollars }
 Shelley Gray - Get Up and Move! {A Basic Operations Gallery Walk COMBO PACK}
♥ Amy Lemons - Workin' On Word Problems
♥ Lory Evans - Math Assessment - Money - How Much Is That Doggy In The Window?
♥ Deb Hanson - Main Idea & Details craftivity for lower grades (matching main idea & details)
♥ Ashleigh - Common Core Informational Writing - A Complete Writing Unit
 Flapjack Educational Resources - QR Code Math Fun Bundle (2nd-3rd Grade)
♥ Third Grade Thoughts - Revised Bloom's Taxonomy Bundle {Posters + Fiction Brochures}
 Tessa Maguire - Open Ended Passages and Questions for 2nd Grade
♥ Common Core and So Much More - 3rd Grade - 30 Reading Fluency and Comprehension Passages - Fiction & Nonfiction


♥ Runde's Room - Writing Revision Activity Bundle
♥ Nicole Shelby - Flippin' Through the CCSS: Flip Flaps for Reading Notebooks-Grades 3-5
♥ Kristine Nannini - Analyzing Characters Pack {Common Core Aligned}
♥ Blair Turner - Independent Reading Resource Pack
♥ Rachel Lynette - Informational Text Task Card Bundle: 3 Task Card Sets CCSS Aligned
♥ Joey Udovich - Fix It! Sentence Rings
♥ Jennifer Findley - Constructed Response Practice and Assessment CCSS Aligned {Paired Passages Set}
 Teaching In Room 6 - Character Traits in 5 Days: Lessons to Teach Character Traits
♥ The Science Penguin - Life Science Informational Text Cards
♥ Christi Fultz - Math Board Games with Task Cards Solve N Slide BUNDLE
♥ Ladybug’s Teacher Files - Editable for Numbering Genre Library Labels (Consistent Colors)
♥ Laura Candler - Math Stations for Grades 3 - 8

Operation Underdog is a NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION.  That means that 100% of their operating costs are paid through private donations and fundraising efforts.  The women that proudly established this rescue, have also been known to use their own money to save the animals in their care.  

"We help animals that have been dealt a cruel hand in addition to the unfavorable circumstance of already being a stray or a shelter animal. It is our goal to help those most in need. This includes animals with all manners of injuries and illnesses who might not receive help elsewhere. In order to commit to animals experiencing medical emergencies or those in need of surgical procedures, we need to first be sure that we have ample funds to cover the needs of the animals that are already with our organization."


"By purchasing one or more of these bundles, you will be aiding in our vet bills, the cost of transportation, and supplies that are needed by SO many animals.  You are TRULY making a direct impact on the lives of many animals.  Operation Underdog is a nonprofit organization, so we rely solely on fundraising, events, and the charity of people simply wanting to help."

If you're interesting in adopting one of these cuties, email Operation Underdog at

Please visit Operation Underdog on Facebook by clicking the link below.  "Like" their page to bring more awareness to animals in need.  Remember, WE can make a difference!

To learn even more about this fundraiser, or to read up on the animals above, along with a few more of their friends, visit Joey's blog!

From the absolute bottom of our hearts, we THANK YOU for helping these animals.  The next time you need a furry friend, please consider getting one from your local shelter or rescue.  

A Peek at My Week: Visual Plans for the Week of November 10th

The year is flying by!  This week my first graders and I will be focusing on the wh digraph, personal narratives, relating addition and subtraction, and states of matter.

Here are my visual plans.  Just click to download.

I am linking up with Deedee again!

Some resources I will be utilizing this week:

Packets by my TpT friends:

My packets:

I plan on adding some EngageNY friendly pages to the packets below.  I will let you know on FB when I do, so that you can redownload.  


I hope you have a great week!  

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