Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Fabulous Giveaway

I have joined Lindsey at It's Elementary My Dear for her fabulous 600 IG Followers Giveaway!  If you haven't entered her giveaway yet, you simply must do it NOW!!  She has some unbelievable prizes for one lucky winner!!  So here's all the information from Lindsey that you need to know . . .

THANK YOU to everyone for showing your Instagram love! I can't believe it, but I've reached 600 followers and want to show my appreciation by offering up a collaborative MEGA-Giveaway worth over $350 in prizes and free downloadable products! Thanks to the GENEROUS donations of the giveaway sponsors below, one lucky teacher will be going home with a boatload of fabulous goodies. Take a peek at the slideshow below, then read the prize pack details, and finally follow the directions to enter to win! 
{You may enter EACH day until the giveaway ends!}


My friends, you are walking away with some SERIOUS SWAG if you win this prize pack! See below for a detailed list of the goodies that await you if you are the lucky winner....winner....chicken dinner!


{I'm so excited to be donating the following items to the prize pack!!}
$35 TPT gift certificate
ANY ITEM FREE from my TPT store
PRINTED stationery {with envelopes} & art prints {see my store}
Fabulous teacher/office supplies goodie stash


Rebecca Rojas: TpT Product--Exploring Non-Fiction {Using Classroom Periodicals}
Meredith Nardone: Traveling with Text Features TPT product
Laura Santos @ Core Inspiration: Free Access to Teacher Creator's Toolbox ($30)
Carrie Comincioli: Winner's choice (up to $10) in  TPT store
Melissa Dailey: $5 toward TPT store purchase
Christina Hermer @ Hanging Around In Primary: TPT product up $6.00
Jen Bonner:  Winner's Choice up to $5 from TpT Store
Tamsyn Fegan: $5 credit to TPT store
Amy Mehallic: $5 credit to TPT store
Brianna Moses @ Breeze Special Thinkers: $10 credit to TPT store
Melanie Ebersole: $10 credit to TPT store
Sara Rucker: Word Detectives: Short Vowels BUNDLE
Sally DeCost: Mental Math 100 game - adding and subtracting 100
Carmen Doerr:  $5 credit to TPT Store
Brandi Miller @ Swinging for Success: TPT Product--Reward Tags
Emily Valenzano: Product from TPT store
Celeste DiDonato:  Winner Choice $10 from TPT store
Laura Schachter: $10 free from TPT store
Carol Polston: Product up to $8 from TPT store
Amber Genzink: TPT product FREE
Anne Loupe: TPT product: Compare and Contrast Valentine Craftivity
Teresa Wilson: class set (32) Smencils pencils
Karen Hester @ Little Smarticle Particles: TPT product: Polygons
Heather Byers: TpT product from store FREE
Lauren Kolod: $5 Panera gift card {YUM}

JAN. 22-25

Enter to win EACH DAY while the giveaway is still open!! Notice that category tabs are worthMORE THAN ONE ENTRY per person, so you're getting multiple entries per submission.
Be sure to enter the correct information on each tab to be correctly entered.

Winner will be announced Monday, January 26th!
Thank you....and GOOD LUCK!

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Five for Friday (on Saturday)

It has been FOREVER since I have blogged.  This has been a rough year and one of my new year's resolution was to get back into blogging.  So, what's the best way to start?  Five for Friday Linky with Doodle Bugs Teaching!!  

So let's get started . . . . 

This week we've been learning a lot about matter.  I found this fabulous matter common core unit - What's the Matter from Stephanie Stewart on TPT.  There are some fun experiments and great articles for my 2nd graders to read.
They really loved creating "Mad Scientist Punch".  The punch was easy to create.  All you need is rainbow sherbert, lemon-lime soda (like Sierra Mist), clear plastic cups, and straws.  This was a great way for them to see a solid, liquid, and gas.  
My kiddos also brought in examples of solids, liquids, and gases from home.
This was a great example because what she brought in was magnetic and she could show how you have to break apart the solid in order for it to change.  I was so proud of her for making that connection and find this item at home to share with the class.

My students also practiced being molecules in solids, liquids, and gases.  It was fun for them to get up and move about to see how the molecules act.

We also went on a "matter scavenger hunt".  Students hunted around the room for pictures of different matter.  They had to then classify it as a solid, liquid, or gas.

This week we've been learning about place value during math.  We've been practicing ones, tens, and hundreds.  We've also been continuing to practice our addition and subtraction.  Some of my students had Access testing, so we were partnered up with another class twice this week.  The students had a blast playing "Spin and Add" from Amy Lemons "Spin On! Math Stations".

We've been working on opinion writing for the last few weeks.  We started with writing about a favorite thing (food, sport, holiday, etc.) and why that was our favorite.  This week we started working on writing our three reasons for our opinion.  Students wrote about their favorite outdoor activity.  
Students also worked writing pen pal letters.  We are pen pals with another 2nd grade class in our building, which my kiddos are loving!  In their letters, they included some of their favorite things and why they are their favorite things.  A great real world way to practice writing their opinion. 

This week, I've been working on some "Mousekeeping Envelopes" for a few Etsy customers.  I've had a lot of fun coming up with some new color combinations and some new designs.  I have a few done and more to work on this weekend.  Here's a sneak peek . . . 


I am so excited that I finally bought my first pair of Tieks!!  I've been wanting to try these for awhile and they were worth the wait!  It was hard to decide what color and I finally decided on the "Cardinal Red".   I can't wait to get my next pair!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fabulous Fall Friends Giveaway

I am so excited to be a part of the Teacher Treasure Hunter's Fabulous Fall Friends Giveaway!!  

She has reached some A-Mazing milestones on TpT, Pinterest, and Facebook!  And if you aren't following her, you should be!  She is hosting several different giveaways for K-5th grade in Math and ELA.  

I have donated my Bad Case of Stripes unit to her 2nd grade ELA giveaway.  

I also donated my Rockin' Out with Double Digit Addition Unit to her 2nd grade Math giveaway.

Now head on over to Teacher Treasure Hunter and enter those fabulous giveaways!  Be sure to click on the "Rafflecopter" underneath each link.  The giveaway ends on September 30th at midnight!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Currently September

I can't believe it's September already!  Summer went by so fast . . . . but I am happy that fall weather is here.  Nothing is better than a sunny day with a slight breeze, windows open with fresh air flowing thru the house, and wearing jeans, t-shirt, and hoodie.   

Our little blog suffered some neglect over the summer and I have to admit back to school was a rough start.  We starting week 5 and we are still getting the routine down.  It's a slow process but we're getting there!  

Today, I am linking up with Farley for a little September Currently (better late than never!) 

Listening - We have the Bears game on and I am listening to my husband talk (and yell) at the TV.  Football season is in full swing at our house!

Loving - The weather has finally cooled down and we have the windows open.  I love fall weather and the fresh air flowing through the house.

Thinking - I am so excited to travel down to St. Louis area next weekend for a family reunion.  Can't wait to hang out with my family that I don't get to see very often!!  I am excited to spend some time with my niece and nephew.  They are meeting Tracker for the first time and are going to love all over him!

Wanting - I really want to update our blog design.  I'm ready for a change but no idea where to start!

Needing - I need to get my lesson plans done for this week but there are so many other things distracting me - watching the Bears in overtime, blogging, laundry, and taking Tracker for a walk.  Who can resist this face?

3 Trips - There are so many places I would love to travel to.  Italy is definitely my number one place to visit.  I'd also love to go to London and Hawaii.  Someday. . . . . . hopefully!

Now head on over to Farly's blog to see what everyone else is currently up to!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Back to School BBQ Blog Hop

It's that time of year . . . Back to School!!  And I am joining some other amazing bloggers to bring you our "Back to School BBQ Blog Hop".

As a part of this blog hop, I have two things to share with you today - some easy recipes and a fun giveaway!

Let's start with the recipes.  When I'm in "back to school" mode, cooking is the last thing I want to do when I get home.  So, I found a recipe that I love to make and it's pretty easy - Melt In Your Mouth Chicken. . . . . it really does melt in your mouth!  I do have to say though, I'm not a big fan of chicken and this is one of my favorite recipes!!

Shopping List:
4 boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup mayo
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons season salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic pepper

1. Mix mayo, parmesan cheese, and seasonings in a medium bowl.
2.  Spread mixture over both sides of chicken breasts and place in baking dish.
3.  Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

That's it!  I usually make some fresh green beans or carrots and some fruit to go with it.  Delicious!

Now, I have one more recipe for you and this one is the perfect snack - Chex Mix!  I make it when I need to bring snacks for an event at school or to have for something to snack on during the day, on a road trip, or for a get together.  Everyone seems to love it!  Now I make mine a little different than the regular recipe.  I also make a double batch in my large roasting pan (you know the one you cook a turkey in).  This recipe is for a single batch.  Double it if you need more.

Shopping List:
1 stick of margarine 
5-6 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoon season salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 /2 teaspoon onion powder
4 cups of Corn Chex
4 cups of Rice Chex
1-2 cups of pretzel sticks

1.  Heat oven to 250 degrees.  Melt butter in large pan in the oven.
2.  When butter is melted, remove pan and mix in seasonings and worcestershire sauce.
3.  Stir in pretzels until coated.
4.  Stir in Corn and Rice Chex until coated.
5.  Bake for 1 hour.  Stir every 20 minutes.
6.  Remove from oven and spread on paper towels to cool.
7.  Store in an air tight container.

I hope you enjoy these recipes! 
Now the fun giveaways!  So back to school means organizing and decorating our classrooms.  It also means picking a "theme" for your room.  This year my theme is "superheroes".  I started using the superhero theme last year and my kids loved it!  So to help make your life a little easier, I am giving away one classroom decor set (not the bundle) and one bunting set (not the bundle) from my TPT store.

Click on any of the pics below to see what's included in each set or click HERE to see all of the different classroom decor sets I have available.

And you will also get to choose a bunting set to go with your classroom decor.  Here are just a few I have available.  You can click on each pic for more info and also click HERE to see all of them.

This is Caitlin here now!  I have also put together a few new classroom decor products this summer! If you're looking to jump into the wild this year in your room, come check out my jungle safari themed decor, check out my Jungle Safari Classroom Super Pack…Best part, it's editable too! 

Or if you are trying out the awesome "teacher toolbox" idea to put all of your supplies, come check out my new chevron themed toolbox label kit.  Last year was the first year I used the tool box to help me stay organized with my many, many supplies and I just loved it!  You can get a toolbox at your nearest hardware store {I got mine at Home Depot}.   Click Here! : )

Soooooo . . . enter that rafflecopter!!  Winner will be chosen August 6th!

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Now "hop" on over to Aloha to Second!