Saturday, April 19, 2014

Five for Friday . . . on Saturday (and a Sale)

Happy Easter Weekend!  It was so nice to have yesterday off . . . unfortunately I was under the weather so that's why this is a "Five for Friday . . . on Saturday" post.

But first, we are having an Easter Sale this weekend on TPT!!
Our entire stores will be 20% off Sunday and Monday!!!  I know I have a lot on my wish list and I can't wait to fill up my cart!  Click on the pics below to start shopping.
Carrie's Store
Caitlin's Store

Excited to link up again with Doodle Bugs Teaching

This week we started our animal unit - one my favorite units!!!  And as part of our unit, we are taking a field trip to Shedd Aquarium next week.  Our first trip of the year . . . can't wait!!  We are learning about the different habitats first.  After we study each one, the students will work in groups to do more research on a specific habitat and then each student will create a mystery animal box. 
I'm excited to start using my animals and habits unit again this year!

And I just got these new books in from Amazon to use with our mystery animal project.

We started our money unit this week.  My kiddos were so excited to practice counting coins.  They are obsessed with the half dollar!   

I love seeing how my students are growing as readers and writers.  This week, my guided reading groups were focusing on text features in their nonfiction books.  We took a little scavenger hunt thru our habitat books. 
One group was working on writing biographies with the ELL teacher.  I was so proud of each student as they shared the biography they wrote about their partner with the class.  They did such a good job!!  Lots of details and complete sentences - which we've been working on all year!!

I finally finished my Rockin' Out Double Digit Addition Unit and added it to my TPT store!!  This common core aligned unit incorporates both traditional addition with regrouping and the open number line concept. 
My students loved playing the different games.  One of their favorite was the QR Code activity using the iPads.  This unit is full of posters, centers, independent practice, games, practice papers, word problems, and technology.  It is differentiated into four different groups for each activity - without regrouping, with regrouping, both regrouping and no regrouping, and 3-digit addition.

And finally, many things to celebrate this week!! 
First, it's the second installment of Saturdays of Spring Freebies over at The Collaboration Connection.  You MUST check it out!!  There are some fantastic freebies just for you!
I have included my exclusive freebie Spin Me Round - an addition game from my Rockin' Out Addition Unit.
Second, we have reached a major milestone!  We have over 1,000 followers on Instgram!!!  I still can't believe it!!  I am obsessed with IG and love finding new ideas from amazing teachers on Instagram.  I am soooooo excited that we have over 1,000 amazing followers!!!  
If you aren't following us, our user name is tabletalkwithcandc.

I'm also very close to reaching a personal milestone on TPT - 400 followers.  I'm 'this' close!  When I get there, be on the lookout for a giveaway!!!

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and a Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Giveaways, Freebies, and Sunday Funday

So much to share with everyone today!!  There's been a lot going on.  So let's get started . . . 

First, I just finished my newest double digit addition unit - Rockin' Out Addition.  
It includes 2-digit addition with and without regrouping and 3-digit addition with regrouping.  There are several games/center activities, posters and handouts, QR codes, I Spy Around the Room, Scoot Activity, and word problems.  Here is a sample of just a few of the activities included.  Click on the pics or HERE to get your copy!

You MUST check out this A-MAZING giveaway!!  There are 4 different giveaways to enter and an unreal amount of products to win!!  I have donated my R-Controlled Vowel Word Sorts.  

Now, onto the Freebies!!  The Collaboration Connection is starting a new series on Saturdays for the next few weeks called "Saturdays in Spring".  Each Saturday, we are going to highlight some exclusive freebies just for our readers!!  
This week I have posted my 3D Shapes with QR Codes.  
Head on over and scoop it up!!

Finally, it's Sunday, so that means Sunday Funday with A Burst of First!

As you already know, I'm kinda in love with Dave Matthews Band, so my husband surprised me with tickets to see Trippin Billies - a DMB cover band.  We headed into the city last night to see them play at Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville.  They were really good!  Now I can't wait for summer to get here for our annual DMB concerts!  

One last note . . . I am only a few followers away from 400 on TPT!!  Once that happens, check back for a giveaway!!!!

Hope everyone has an a-mazing week!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Funday and a Freebie

I can't believe Spring Break is over . . . back to reality tomorrow!  I am linking up with A Burst of First for the Sunday Funday Linky!

 I spent the last day of break cleaning and working on the school work I neglected all week.  Oh what fun!
Got some papers grade and plans made for the week.
As I was working, I decided to create a new sheet to keep track of my students' word work data each week.  The one I was using didn't have all the info on it that I wanted.

I created one without the weeks listed on it.  This way you could write in the dates if you wanted.

I also created one with the weeks listed in the date section.  

Click HERE or on either of the pictures to download your free copy to use.

My favorite thing about spring. . . baseball season begins!! 
 I'm super excited that Opening Day is this week!!  
Go Cardinals!!

Have a fantastic week!!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Five For Friday

Usually Friday is one of my favorite days of the week because it means the weekend is here, but this week it means that Spring Break is coming to an end :(  Breaks always go by so fast and I don't ever seem to get accomplished all the things I want to get done!  I'm excited to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!!

Be sure to follow our blog while you are here!! 
Here are my 5 randoms for this week.

I've spent a good portion of my week working on creating "Mousekeeping Envelopes" for orders from my Etsy store "A Little Red Bird Designs".  These fun envelopes are used to put your tips in for the mousekeeping staff.    I definitely love creating new designs!

To end our spring break right, we are throwing a sale in our TPT stores!  Enjoy 20% off of all our products and no code to remember at check out!!  Be sure to leave feedback so you can enjoy those TPT credits at your purchases!!

Click on the pictures below to shop in our TPT stores.

We moved into our new house the middle of January.  As the weather is (barely) warming up, we realized that we need a grill!!  So, this week we went shopping for a grill and a vacuum cleaner.  Exciting spring break, I'm tellin' ya!  
I didn't realized we'd have to put both of them together.  That took awhile, but the husband did a great job!  And the first set of steaks we grilled were delicious!
Jessie, our house guest for the week, was hard at work supervising!

One thing I love are M&Ms!  They are a fav of mine and my husband's.  Well, he discovered a new M&M flavor - birthday cake.  Yes - birthday cake!!  He read online that they weren't supposed to be out till May, but he found some at a local store and they are delicious!!  If you love chocolate and M&Ms, you MUST try them!!
We also discovered Mega M&Ms at Walmart today.  Yummm!

Some randomness . . . . The husband and I love to watch college basketball.  We are big Illinois fans, but our Illini didn't make the tournament this year . . . so sad.  We have spent our last couple weekends watching the March Madness Tournament and like most people, my bracket had a lot of upsets!  However, my final 8 is looking good so far and I gotta cheer for the Big 10 (even if Illinois didn't make it), so I chose Michigan State to go all the way!!
The snow has finally melted!!  Now, if it would just warm up that would be nice!
View of the backyard

Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!!