Thursday, July 18, 2013

Throwback Thursday and Earthworms!! AAAHHHH! :)

Yea!! I just love Thursday!  I love reading all of the posts from Cara's Throwback Thursday Linky.  Pop on over to The First Grade Parade to join in on all the fun!  :)

My Throwback Thursday post is from Earth Day 2012.  On Earth Day, I always have an "Earthworm Day". We take the day to learn about Nature's Recyclers!  :)  The students just love this day.  After our observation, we release the earthworms into our school's garden. We finish the day with...WHAT ELSE???...DIRT PUDDING!! :)  Have you ever tried having an Earthworm Day?  I have used this activity with both 1st and 3rd graders!!  The students LOVE it!  :) 


Earth Day is such a fun day!   And.....Believe it or not......WE LOVE EARTHWORMS!!  This is one of my favorite days. The students love learning about this wiggly, squiggly recyclers!  :)  Friday was Earthworm Observation Day.  The students each received their own earthworms to observe, measure and then release into the school garden!  We learned about earthworm anatomy, and how earthworms help the earth.  This unit fit right in with our Earth Day activities.  To purchase my Earthworm Day Unit for your classroom, click here!

Our squiggly worms!! 

Taking a closer look...

Releasing our worms!!

A fun snack to enjoy during Independent Reading Time!



Saturday, July 13, 2013

Christmas in July...Final Weekend!! Everything 20% off!!

Merry Christmas in July, everyone!!!  To conclude my Christmas in July Sale, I am offering 20% off of everything in my TpT shop this weekend!!! Thank you so much!! :)  

Also....I just joined all of the Teacher fun on Instagram!!!  Oh my goodness! It is another fun to connect with other teachers and discover new tips, tricks, and ideas for your classroom!!  Please click below to follow me!!  {mrspattonsclass} Also, remember to check out #teachersfollowteachers to find all of the teacher ideas in one place!! :) 

I hope you have a WONDERFUL weekend!!  

Friday, July 12, 2013

Favorite Pins Friday and Christmas in July Day 6!

Hey Everyone!! Happy Friday!! Today is Day 6 for Christmas in July!! Today's theme is editable!!  Please enjoy 20% on these two products today in my TpT shop! :)

Editable Student Planner for 3rd Grade!
Editable Parts of Speech Posters!

Today, I am linking up once again with Cara from The First Grade Parade for Favorite Pins Friday!!   


A week or two again, I was at my sweet friend Michelle's house, and she this cute little piece of artwork framed in her house...I LOVED IT!!  Then, I found Special Dates Artwork on Pinterest!  I love the idea of framing all of the special dates for your family!! :)

Our Special Dates!!!!!

LoVe this table from Nine Red!  This is such a cool blog with a lot of great tutorials!  

ObSeSsEd with this color scheme...and such a fun idea!! From Pins for Your Health


Okay....I took this Strawberry Salsa to 2 4th of July Parties because my family LOVED it so much!!! Serve with Cinnamon/Sugar Pita Chips...OH MY!!  It is DEEEElicious!! Thanks Sole for the Soul for the recipe! 
Stawberry Salsa 1lb strawberry 2 golden delicious apples 8 oz raspberries 2 T white sugar 1T brown sugar 3 T strawberry preserves  Mix and chill 1 hour ... I am thinking this would be great with cinnamon sugar chips


I love this simple little reminder from The Applicious Teacher! So simple, but effective!  

good reminder for kids...what a great idea!

How cute is this idea from Fall Into First?  Perfect for Parents waiting for Student/Teacher Conferences!  :)

Such a super cute idea for parents waiting for conferences! Offer a door prize for the parent who gets the most correct. Love it!

Love this from HomeGrownHospitatlity

Bible Verses, Quotes, Words  
Unfortunately....there was not a link for this pin! 
Proverbs 16:24

Thanks so much for reading!  I would love it if you would follow me on Pinterest! Click Below to Follow!  Happy Friday! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Throwback Thursday and Christmas in July...Day 5!!

Good morning!!  Today's post is chalked full of fun!!  First, today is Day 5 for my lil' Christmas in July sale!!

Graphics:  Sonya DeHart and PrintCandee Fonts:  Hello! Fonts

Today you can enjoy 20% off on the following goodies in my TpT shop. :)
All About...Plants
All About Plants Unit!  {Foldables for Your Science Notebook!!}
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and Pumpkins, 
and Earthworms!!
Earth Day with Earthworms!!  {Earthworm Observation Day}
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And Now.....I am linking  up again with Cara from The First Grade Parade for Throwback Thursday!!  I love, love, LOVE this linky!  I have picked up so many fun ideas by reading blog posts that I may have missed during the school year. Pop on over to Cara's blog to join in all the fun!! :)


This "Throwback" post does not go back very far!! I originally posted this just last month, but I hope you find this helpful!  If you use technology in the classroom, you may find Symbaloo to be really a helpful way to organize website/programs that you want your students to visit.  Read below to learn more about this cool, FREE program.  It is available online for your laptop, and they also have a great app for your iPad!  Happy Thursday!  


MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013

Technology in the Classroom....Have you tried Symbaloo?

This year, I felt so fortunate that our school received a grant to become a STEM school.  As part of the grant that we received, our school was given a large amount of technology, which included laptops and iPads! Grades K-2 received iPads, while grades 3-6 received laptops.  What wonderful opportunities for the students of our school!!  However, as you may have experienced, it can be frustrating and time consuming to have students type in addresses of each website you use in class.  That is when a co-worker introduced me to Symbaloo!!

This website is so nice because you can quickly and easily create an icon for any website.  Once your students login to Symbaloo, they will see all of the icons you have added.  The end result is very close to an app on an iPad!!  The students click the tile and they are automatically transferred to the website!!  I have a lot of students access these programs at home as well.  Once they know the password, the students can use this site at home.  They especially love using the websites with math games!! Many students mentioned that they were planning to use them during the summer!  :)  

This site has helped me so much this year!! It cut down considerably on the time I spent helping students get to a website.  It was also a HUGE help when we were researching certain projects.  I was able to guide the students with their Internet research!  For example, when we researched insects, I was able to place several quality, kid-friendly sites on Symbaloo!  Researching is new and can be difficult for third grade, but this was a big help!  

Best of all, creating an account is FREE!!!  :)  Click here to sign up for a new account today!! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Christmas in July...Day 4! :)

Today is Day 4 of Chirstmas in July!! 

Enjoy 20% off of these products on Wednesday, July 10th!!  :)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Christmas in July...Day 3 Plus a FREEBIE!

Yesterday was a rainy, Summer day in our little corner of Northern I was secretly happy to stay in my pj's for way too long and dive into two books I purchased during the school year!!  Oh my!! They are both FANTASTIC!! My colleagues and I are working on implementing a Math Workshop next year in 3rd grade, and I am so excited!  Does anyone else use this method to teach Math?  If so, do you have other resources you enjoy?  :)


Now....On to Day 3 of the "Christmas in July Sale"...with a BONUS FREEBIE at the bottom of this post.  :)  

Today's Theme is all about Writing!!  You will find each of these items priced at 20% off on Tuesday, July 9th!! 

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And now for a FREEBIE!!  Just a fun little extra to use in your classroom!! Have a great day, everyone!!

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