Monday, May 13, 2013

Freebie Alert - Fonts!

I've been playing around with creating my own fonts lately.  Here are my first two!  I've got a few others that I plan on finalizing in the next few days and I'll post them here, too.

As I make more, I plan on bundling them into a pack on TPT with a commercial license, but since these are my first two, you can have them for free!  If you create anything in TPT with it, just give credit to me with a link back to my blog.

So, check them out!  And let me know what you think.  If you click on the buttons below, you can see other previews or try them out with a text editor before you decide to download them.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Mustache Love

Just a quick picture I just had to share. One of my students made this and hung it in our classroom. It lasted about 1.3 seconds before all the mustaches were gone. I should've snapped a pic of all the mustaches taped to the students' faces. Funny kids!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Fourth Grade Common Core Workbook

I am SO excited to find this resource!  Fourth Grade Common Core Workbook is packed full of resources and organized by standard, this is a fourth grade teacher's dream!  There are over 850 pages of activities and centers!!  Download a sample of the book, and I know you will be as excited as I am to start using it.

Also, check out their great giveaway if you'd like to win it for free!  Act fast, it ends April 21.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Look at the Big Brain on You!!

We've got a little over a month before my students take the NC End of Grade tests in math and reading.  So, we are mixing in a lot of test prep these days - and doing our best to maintain our sanity!  I just refuse to make it totally boring.

We have played a few games in centers using task cards, scavenger hunts, etc. which have been pretty fun.  But, last week, I found a couple of apps and I have thrown these into the mix, too.  These four apps have earned my official seal of approval.  And, even more, my students LOVE them!  A few of them have even gone home to download them on their own.

If you get a question right, the announcer says things like, "Waaaaay to go!" or "Nice work!  You're a star!" And, then there is my personal favorite, "Look at the big brain on you!"  So, you can imagine what has caught on in our class over the past few days, even when we are not playing the game.  I kind of love it.

At $1.99 a pop, you will not be sorry you bought them.  Trust me.  (And, I rarely ever pay for apps - since there are so many great free ones out there!)

So, click on any of the images below to learn more about the one for your grade level.  Or you can search for Lakeshore Learning in the AppStore.  If you decide to buy them, feel free to let me know how your class likes them!

What other fun ways are you mixing it up with test prep?  I'd love to hear some of your ideas!

Language Adventures Quiz Interactive Game Show - Gr. 1–3 for iPhone, iPod touch & iPad
Language Adventures Quiz Interactive
Game Show - Gr. 1–3
Language Adventures Quiz Interactive Game Show - Gr. 4–6 for iPhone, iPod touch & iPad
Language Adventures Quiz Interactive
Game Show - Gr. 4–6
Math Quiz Interactive Game Show - Gr. 1–3 for iPhone, iPod touch & iPad
Math Quiz Interactive
Game Show - Gr. 1–3
Math Quiz Interactive Game Show - Gr. 4–6 for iPhone, iPod touch & iPad
Math Quiz Interactive
Game Show - Gr. 4–6

Monday, March 18, 2013

I've Got the MacBook Sadz.

I got stuck on this dreadful screen this weekend and could not repair it myself, despite some serious googling. Stopped by the Genius Bar today to get the bad news: hard drive corrupted. Nothing can be recovered. Lost everything.

Good news is I should be up and running in a few days. And replacing a hard drive isn't all that expensive. So, here's to the bright side of things. :)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Paperless Challenge - Link Up!

I am so excited to link up with Eberopolis for her latest challenge.  And you should be, too!

I swear, she must have read my mind.  I was just talking to some other teachers and getting more and more intrigued by the idea of a paperless classroom.  I am not sure I can imagine it truly being paperless, but I could certainly use a little less waste in our room.  And, I am all for embracing the digital age.  So, let's do this.

I've been using Evernote this year (which I looove), but there is so much more I need to learn to truly utilize all of its capabilities.  And I have been a HUGE fan of DropBox for the last several years.  Life simplified.

I've also really like aspects of Google Docs / Google Drive.  I think my teaching life changed a little the time I planned a class party and had parents sign up for what they were bringing on a Google spreadsheet that was update in realtime...instead of having 25 people sign up to bring spoons and no one bring food!  A realtime spreadsheet.  Where had that been all my life?!

Next on my list - check out GoodReader and Edmodo.

Any great tools your class uses that embrace being paperless?  Do tell!  I'm ready to learn!

Head on over to Eberopolis, and check out her site.  And link up, too!

Saturday, March 2, 2013


I've been fighting off some sort of sickness all week, so I have had a very lazy Saturday to recuperate.  There is a Big Bang Theory marathon on TV, so I have been parked under the electric blanket on the couch, dozing in and out of naps.

Loving: Lazy Saturdays.  Enough said.  :)

Thinking:  Any fun ways to incorporate comprehension strategies into reading?  We have been working on using a highlighter to find evidence from the text (ie, not highlighting every word on the page and then drawing swirly hearts in the margins - d'oh!).  But, we're still struggling with it some, so I'm on the hunt for some fun and rewarding comprehension strategies.  Any that you all like?  Please share in the comments!  

I have been reading more about paperless classrooms lately, and I'm definitely intrigued.  I am not at a school that has a 1:1 initiative with iPads or laptops, but many of my students bring their own electronic devices to class.  I would say about 35% of my class bring some sort of device.  Would love to make it paperless somehow in the next few years!

3/6 Update: I've decided to link up with Eberopolis to take some steps toward a Paperless Classroom.  Want to know more?  Link up with us!!  I blogged about it here.  

To be well.  That is all.  I have been under the weather for almost a week now.  Although the forced down time has been nice, I'm ready to bounce back!

Like - Jewelry

Love - June!  (Don't get me wrong, I love my job.  But I find the summers off are so refreshing.  I am lucky to work in a job that allows me to mentally reset each year.  I love-love-love summer and everything that comes with it, except the NC humidity - yuck!)

Hate - Junk.  I get stressed out when I have too much stuff.  So, getting rid of junk makes me super happy!  Bonus points for when someone can use the stuff I don't need for anymore.

Thanks again for Farley over at Oh Boy, 4th Grade for hosting this month's Currently.
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