Thursday, August 30, 2012

Zebra, Zebra, & More Zebra!!!

Well, for those of you who don't know, I LOVE ZEBRA PRINT!!! So, this week, I designed my very own zebra newsletter!!! This was my first time designing my very own newsletter, and I LOVE IT!!! I also watched a great tutorial that helped me learn how to make my file editable, so guess what?!? It is now available in my stores!!! WOO HOO!!! It is an EDITABLE template for those of you who are looking for a cute newsletter for your classroom! Just click on the picture above to go check it out in my store! 

I also have a great friend who translated my Zebra Classroom Decor Set  in Spanish for me! That is also now available in my store! It turned out super cute, and I am very excited about it! Just click on either of the pictures below to go check it out! :) What do you guys think? 

To celebrate my new, fun items, I thought I should have a GIVEAWAY!!! Just leave a comment with your answer to the question below!!! The winner will receive a $10 SHOPPING SPREE in my TpT or TN store!!! YAY!!!

What is my favorite subject to teach???

I will pick a winner from all the correct answers using a random generator tomorrow night at 9 pm!!! Happy Thursday friends! :)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Middle Years Giveaway & BLOG HOP!!!

Hello! My name is Lacie from Polka Dots & Pencils! I am a 4th grade teacher who loves what I do! I also love to create resources for myself and other teachers to use in the classroom! Teaching is definitely my calling in life! Click on the buttons on my page to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook stores! :)

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to The Fourth Grade Garden (a blog by Liliris)! If you have not visited this blog before, you MUST GO CHECK IT OUT!!! :) Liliris is heading into her 6th year of teaching 4th grade in central New York! Her blog includes fun ideas, organizational tips, technology tidbits, freebies, and more!!!

You can check out this blog by clicking on the button below! Believe me, you want to check it out!!! :)

Also, hop on over to Liliris's store to follow her and find some great products, including her Fittest Bear Hunt Game, that she is donating to the hop! WOOT WOOT!! :) 

Happy Blog Hopping friends!! :) 


BLOGGY FRIENDS!!! I have missed you this week! So, I have been SUPER BUSY in my classroom this week! How about everyone else? I have missed blogging like crazy!!! :) Today, I am guest blogging over at Leanne Baur's Creative Classroom!!! YAY! :) Go check out my post on her blog for 2 AWESOME freebies!!! :)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Getting Ready!!!

Well, yesterday was my FIRST day back to school!!! :) It was bittersweet, but I did enjoy seeing all my teacher friends!! I sure was glad to get home to my little boy tonight though! :) I am SLOWLY getting my classroom organized, but I am super excited to see it all put together! We have Meet the Teacher on Monday night, and our students' first day is Wednesday! I am really excited to post pictures of my finished classroom!!! I hope everyone is doing well, and I will definitely be posting pictures soon! :) HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Awesome Giveaway!

My friend, Cindy, from All Things Teachery and More, is having her 100 follower giveaway! I am privileged to be a part of this great event!! YAY! So head on over and show her blog some LOVE! :) There are some great prizes being given away, including my Zebra Themed Classroom Decor Set! 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Just another manic Monday....

Well, it is that time of year again! I go back to school again on Thursday (insert moment of silence)...This is always a bittersweet time of year for me! I love teaching so much, and I love the beginning of a new school year, but I also love spending my whole summer with my 2 year old son Sully!!! So, this week begins my rush of emotions as I head back to my job that I love and leave my 2 year old at the babysitter again. How are you guys feeling about going back to school? Anyone else have these bittersweet feelings? I have to say, this has been the best summer I have had so far since I have been teaching! I have spent so much quality time with my family. It has been amazing! I have been having so much fun that I have not gotten into my classroom to really do anything like I had planned on! Oops!! I guess I will be working extra hard this week! :) 

So, to celebrate Monday, I have decided to giveaway a copy of my ZEBRA THEMED CLASSROOM DECOR SET!!

All you need to do to enter is answer the question below! I will choose a winner tonight at 9:00 pm using a random number generator! Here is the question: 

What is your favorite part of your classroom to set up? 

Don't forget about the TpT sale!! Today is the LAST DAY!! My store is 20% off AND you can get an additional 10% off if you use the code BTS12!!! Just click on the picture below to go to my store! You will find my Zebra Themed Classroom Decor Set there as well! :) 

Hope everyone has a Marvelous Monday!!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Look what I found!

So today I was at Cracker Barrel with my family after church. I LOVE their country store, and I LOVE browsing while waiting for a table! Y'all know my theme this year is everything ZEBRA! Look what I found in the old country store today for my students!!!

I LOVED this gum when I was little, but I didn't think they make it anymore! I am so EXCITED! I think my students will love it on the first day of school in their goody bag! :)

So, what surprises do you have for your students goody bags?!? I need some more ideas friends!! Happy Sunday!!

Back to School SALE!!!

Hey guys! It is that time of year again! It is the BACK TO SCHOOL SALE on Teachers Pay Teachers!!!

ALL of my items are discounted 20% off TODAY and TOMORROW ONLY!!! You can also use the code above BTS12 to get an additional 10% off!!! That is awesome!!! :) 

I also just added my newest item!!!


This classroom decor set includes all of the following: 

*Fiction and Nonfiction Headers
*Genre Posters
*Book Bin Labels
*Student Summary Sheet for Notebook
*Fun Word Search
*Writing Process Posters
*Six Traits Posters
*Hot Pink & Neon Green Alphabet (in manuscript and cursive)
*Clock Labels
*Small Zebra Numbers
*Welcome Sign

Just click on any of the preview pictures above to go check it out!

I also have the Writing Process Posters and Six Traits Posters listed separately if you just want those items! I hope every has a wonderful Sunday! 

Here is the link to my TpT store if you would like to go browse!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Blog Hop & SALE TIME!!!

Today is the day of the great BLOG HOP!!! I am so excited!!! What is this blog hop, you ask? This hop is a bunch of AWESOME teachers that are coming together to share our favorite products we have created!!!

My personal back to school must have that I have created is a SUPERFUN Back to School Activities Packet! :) These activities are ones that I have used year after year with my students on the first few days of school, and they LOVE them! :) Here are some previews of the product! :) 

Click on any of the pictures above to go to my Teachers Pay Teachers store to add this SUPERFUN Back to School Activities Packet to your cart! :) 

Don't forget that this Sunday, August 12 - Monday, August 13, TpT is having an AWESOME Back to School sale!!! Everything in my store will be 20% off PLUS TpT is giving you an additional 10% off if you use the code BTS12!!!

Just click on the picture above to head over to my store!! Check out some of the awesome blogs below! Happy Friday friends!!! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Back to School Purchases!

After being in my classroom yesterday for the first time, I came home and went on a little shopping spree! This is what I bought: 

Month by Month Phonics & Vocabulary

I LOVE this book! I used it several years ago when I taught 4th grade, but I can't find my old one! SO, I had to order a new one! :) 

Zebra Border!!!
I am so excited about my new classroom theme this year: ZEBRA!!! I couldn't find any zebra border at the local teacher store, so I went online and found this one! I am so excited about putting it up in my room. I am thinking maybe black paper and this border....OR bright colored paper and this border! I bought this from Teacher Storehouse! Go check them out! :) 

Giant Pixy Sticks!!!

I bought these to make Birthday Balloons for my kids! I saw this idea on Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits! Head on over to her blog to check it out! You add a balloon cutout to the top of the pixy stick, and you have a ready made birthday present for your students! I will post a picture of the finished product when I get them in and actually make them! :) 

So there it is, some of my back to school purchases! All of my other purchases have been mainly school supplies for my kids. These purchases are the ones that I am more excited about! :) 

What are some of your back to school purchases that you are excited about? 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Hey Hey!!! Today, I am linking up with Farley from Oh' Boy 4th Grade to do Currently!!! This is so much fun!!! So here it is..... 

So for my Back 2 School must haves:

1) Baskets for my library: Well, I wish I could afford to buy the ones I LOVE from Really Good Stuff:

Ahh!!! I love these, but since I have already spent the majority of my teacher "allowance" on school supplies, I am hastily rummaging through every DOLLAR store in my area to find some good baskets! I think I have decided which ones I want: 
I am very excited to put my whole library together with my new labels!!! :) 

2) The Early Finisher Board: I absolutely LOVE this!!! I found it on TpT a few days ago, and I think it would be awesome to use in my classroom! It is early finisher activities for 40 WEEKS!!! Check it out here!

3) Superfun Back to School Activities: This is a compilation of all my favorite back to school activities that I do every year with my students! There are games and writing activities! :) Check it out here!

Well, there it is, my currently for August!!! Head on over to Farley's to link up today! :) I love my bloggy buddies! :) 

Monday, August 6, 2012

SC Blogger Meet-Up! :)

Here is some news from one of my bloggy friends, Hope King, about the SC Blogger Meet-Up!!! I'm so excited!!! :) If you are a blogger from SC, please join us!!! :)

I am so ridiculously excited to announce that we are planning a big ol’ Carolina meet-up…y’all! ;) And no…not just for bloggers…stalkers other teacher friends are welcome to join! :) We are planning on meeting at some delicious restaurant where we can gab for a few hours about all things school! Poor people won’t know what hit them! I better call ahead! ;) I can’t wait to meet everyone!! I have been to several meet-ups and they are always way too much fun and NEVER enough time! I am sure that this meet-up won’t let me down!
So, If you will be in the Columbia area on September 15, I would love to see you there! I know this is still 2 months away, and we are still in the beginning stages of planning, but I wanted to give you PA-LENTY of time to put it on your calendar! Time and location will be announced once we have a general idea of how many people to expect.
Please head over to Second Grade Shenanigans and leave a comment under Hope’s Carolina Blogger Meet-Up Post {HERE}.
Please make sure that you leave your email address so that we can contact you with further details!
Is it bad that I am already excited?!? Love my blogging/blog stalker buddies! :)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Crates & SUPERFUN Activities!

Hey guys! Well, I FINALLY FINISHED THEM!!! That's right! Here are my new crate seats!!! AHH!! Aren't they adorable?!?

I absolutely LOVE them!!! I am so excited to put them in my classroom next week! I made 4 total (2 purple, 2 white)! I hope my students love them as much as I do! What do you guys think? Have any of you already made these seats for your classroom too?!? What fabrics did you choose? 

I am also excited about one other project I have been working on! How many of you want to have a SUPERFUN year with your students?!? I am so excited to share my newest unit with you guys! I have been working really hard on my "SUPERFUN BACK TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES" unit for the past 3 weeks!!! I am super proud of this unit because all of these activities are the activities that I use every year during the first week of school in my classroom!

This unit is available in both of my stores! Click on either of the icons below to go check it out! While you are there, I would love it if you would follow me! :) 


To celebrate, I am going to giveaway this set to ONE lucky winner!!! WOO HOO!!! All you have to do is be the first person to comment with the correct answer to my question below! :) 

Which activity from my unit is my favorite to do with the kids each year? 

I hope you all have a SUPER SUNDAY!! :) 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Classroom Decorating Time!!

Hey friends! So, I have decided that this year, I am going to do all kinds of ZEBRA prints in my classroom! So you may be seeing LOTS of zebra themed items from me! :) I am SO EXCITED about this! I fell in love with the zebra prints when I was making my Classroom Library Sets (genre posters & labels)! Click HERE to check out my Zebra Classroom Library Set!!! 

So, tonight I am going to finish assembling my zebra crate seats! I can't wait to post a picture of them! I am also working on another project that one of my friends saw on Pinterest and created for her classroom! I will be working on it tonight too! :) Also, I wanted to give you a little preview of what I am working on right now! I am ALMOST finished with my "SUPERFUN BACK TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES" set! :) This has been my favorite project I have ever created to date! It will include MEETO (a BINGO type get to know you game), Who are you? partner game, a 20 Questions game, a Beach Glyph activity, a Left-Right whole group game, 2 graphic organizers for students to write about their 3 goals for this school year, 8 different publishing pages for students to choose from, and a Self-Portrait project!!! These activities are all things I have done in my classroom in the past few years during the first few days of school! Here is the cover!!! I will be posting the whole set tomorrow so be on the lookout! :) 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday evening! :)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

I am a guest blogger!

Hey y'all! I am SUPER excited! Today, I am a guest blogger for my wonderful friend Patti from Tales From a 4th (and 5th) Grade Teacher! She has started featuring Carolina Bloggers on her blog, and guess who had the honor of being first?!? Just click on the ADORABLE button Patti created below to check out my guest post! It is all about Back to School, crafts, and you might just get a FREEBIE! :) 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It's the PRODUCT SWAP!!!


Hey friends! Today is the big day! It is PRODUCT SWAP DAY!!! Woo Hoo! I have the pleasure today of reviewing a product from my great friend, Ms. Lili, from It's Always a Picnic in 4th Grade

Y'all, she is fabulous!!! She is a bilingual 4th grade teacher from Cancun, Mexico! She has been teaching for 6 years, and is also married with 2 kids! Please head on over and check out her blog by clicking on the picture above! 

So, today for the Product Swap, I am reviewing Ms. Lili's "I Have Fun Using Adjectives" mini-unit! 

First, I have to say, this may be called a mini-unit, but it is huge! It is an awesome way to teach your students all about adjectives and how and why they are used! The unit starts off with a beautiful anchor chart that describes how adjectives are words that are used to describe nouns. Then, your students will learn an A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E song about adjectives! 

Now, one of my absolute favorite tools to use in my classroom are GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS! This mini-unit is chock full of graphic organizers! Here are some examples below of the graphic organizers you will find in this unit for your students to practice using adjectives! 

Aren't those Graphic Organizers AWESOME!!! :) But wait friends!!! That is not all! Ms. Lili has included a noun/adjective sorting game in this mini-unit! AWESOME!!!

There is also ANOTHER game where students are each given a sentence and write the adjective and noun from the sentence on a chart. This could be done as a class or as a center activity! :) 

This awesome unit also includes a quiz and a very cute worksheet! To top it all off, the students will get to create and describe themselves at the end! Seriously, this is one awesome unit from Ms. Lili! Please head over to her BLOG today and follow her! She is awesome! Then, head over to her TpT store and follow her! You will find this mini-unit in her store! I would definitely tell everyone to purchase this unit if you study adjectives! It is fabulous! :) Her link to her TpT store is below!