Simple and Sporty Writing Activity!

Need a writing activity to help your students practice comparing and contrasting?!  Try this:

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Fair isn't....

As a teacher and a mother I'm sure I've heard the worlds "No FAIR!" 
at least 3,492 {or more} times! 
Those words are such a common refrain that I think kids
 truly don't understand the meaning of FAIR.  

Click on over to get a FREE copy of this printable sign to
 help remind your students that....

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Dive into Endings-an awesome *freebie*

Are you ready for a game that you can use ALL YEAR??? Hop on over to Heather's Heart to dive into a GREAT game for word endings!

From My Heart to Yours,
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Singing Penguins

Come on over and read about these singing penguins.  Curious?  Click on the little guys below.

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Pinterest Classroom Party Ideas Galore!

I have just updated my Winter Pinterest board and it has tons of winter party ideas, gift suggestions, and great academic lessons!  Make sure to head over to The Organized Classroom Blog today to check out five that I highlighted, and then stop at my Pinterest board to see the rest!

See you there!
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Happy Hanukkah!

Hey Friends!
In all my years of teaching, I never felt great about the activities I did surrounding Hanukkah. Typically, about half of my class celebrates Hanukkah and half celebrate Christmas. I also have several who celebrate aspects of both holidays in some way or another. I have tons of great Christmas and generic winter activities, but I never loved my Hanukkah stash...until now! I recently designed some hands-on, engaging activities that I think my kids will really appreciate.  Stop by my blog to check it out!

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Elf on a Shelf Freebie!

I am soooo excited about doing Elf on a Shelf with my kiddos. Come by and read what we are doing and grab an Elf freebie. J

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Linear Measurement Foldable

I am folding, folding away over at Thinking of students and I started off our Measurement unit with a vocabulary foldable.

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Jingle A-Weigh

Hop on over to Heather's Heart for a super fun math activity that I know your kiddos will love!

From My Heart to Yours,
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Fluxtime is a free, online animation program for kids. Find a description of Fluxtime and an example on my blog, Teaching...My Calling. How could you use Fluxtime in your classroom?

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Division, You Can't Scare Me!

Hop over to my blog to check out some simple strategies and activities to help your students get more familiar with division and its termonology!
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A Christmas Pinterest Project!

Yes Pinterest has struck again! But this is an adorable project! And cheap and easy! I also linked it up in the TBA Christmas Ideas Week post, but didn't want anyone to miss this project!

Come on over to my blog and check out the pictures!

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Come And Get It: Weather Web Quest Freebie!

Come on over to Middle School Survival Guide to discuss "Web Quests"...
 grab a brand-new Weather-themed Web-Quest FREEBIE!

 (+ grab last month's "Symmetry Web-Quest" AND  "Acids, Bases, and pH" Web-Quest Freebie 
if you haven't done so already....)

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Fables Update

I've added a few additional differentiated pages to the fables unit a few minutes ago.  My kids had an enjoyable time working on similes. A few of my babies needed a little extra support.   If you purchased the file this yesterday or today, please link here to redownload.  

My kids had a hard time with the metaphor 'you are what you eat' so I changed it to 'time is money'.  SUCCESS!  I did find a minor spelling mistake as we read The Tortoise and The Hare.  JUST TO AIR OUT MY DIRTY LAUNDRY.  (((WINK)))  

As always, I appreciate your support!  

Here are a few similes created today!

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Christmas Do A Dot (FREEBIE)

I can't wait to start my Christmas unit with my kiddies.  I have begun creating printables to use with them. I hope you enjoy!

Click the image to download.

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How To Eat a Gingerbread Man Writing Unit (freebie)

Come grab my latest writing unit for free.

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Magic Behavior Pack!

So I think we all know about the Elf on the Shelf...wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to use that trick in our classrooms all year?  Well, now you can...sort of (the same concept, but without a Christmas Elf hanging around all year). 

Introducing Kari the Classroom Fairy!!!!  I am so excited to have finally turned my best behavior management trick into a pack to offer my fellow teaching friends!

Classroom management is one of the most difficult, but most important parts of a teacher's job! Sometimes a class can get the best of us and we have to pull out some tricks!!! Kari the Classroom Fairy is the "trick" you need!!! Believe it or not, even the boys go crazy for Kari!

Implement Kari in your classroom and watch your classroom management shine! Your coworkers and administrators will be dazzled!

Included in this magical pack are the following:
*The Legend of Kari the Classroom Fairy story
*4 Choices of Fairies to print
*Various "Star Notes" from Kari to your class
*Template for your students to write to Kari
*Teacher tips to successfully implement this behavior management technique
*A "Fairy Good!" behavior bingo pack
*Parent Letter

Are you a mentor to a new teacher? Do you have a student teacher? This pack would make a fabulous gift!

As a teacher who has used this for many years, I can honestly say it works wonders!!! Not only is it fun for your students, but their behavior improves drastically!

If you are interested in Kari the Classroom Fairy, click on the image below!

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A Penny CAN Change the World

Click the Image to see how 1 cent can Change the World

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First Grade and Fabulous: So leave a peppermint stick for old St. Nick ---Hanging on the Christmas tree

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Frindle Storyboard

Well, after a little blogging break I am back at it again and I have a new reading project that my students and I have been working on...a storyboard for the novel Frindle by Andrew Clements. Come on over to Thinking of Teaching to check it out.

And...I have a freebie for you as well!!
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One Day....What are you REALLY teaching??!!!???

Today I needed a reminder and a little bop on the you feel like you need one too at times? =)

One day our kiddos will show everything they have learned in our rooms. Hop on over to Heather's Heart if you want to read about your kiddos learning more than just the curriculum.

From My Heart to Yours,
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Christmas Tree at the Wall

What an amazing community service project! Your kids can create Christmas ornaments to be placed on the Vietnam Memorial Christmas Tree. Click here for all the information.

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Saving a Little Green

If you are like me, you LOVE a good sale or discount! This time of year we can use a little extra cash right? Many retailers offer teacher discounts....come on In The Teachers' Lounge to learn about some discounts and maybe share a few too!

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A shout out to Middle School!

I'm a woman on a mission!!!

I love the teaching blog world but sometimes feel like a fish out of water!
So many wonderful primary blogs with such cute ideas that I pull hair out of my skull trying to figure out how to adapt and tweak them to my big kids!

Lately however, I see  growth among upper grades blogs and wanted to give them a shout out!
I'm excited to see middle grades blogs popping up & blossoming!


Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher

joyin6th Homepage

Go Figure

Alternative Name

Lesson Plans and Lattes


Lutton 519

An Educator's Life

Life In The Middle

Little Miss Middle School

Teaching Isn't For Whimps

The Life of A First Year Teacher

The Classy Teacher

Not Just For Elementary

MS Teacher

Art Adventure 

Junior High

5th Grade Chalk Talk

Diary of a 5th Grade Teacher

Open House 

First Time In Fifth Grade

Mrs. Smith Teaches Fifth

Middle School Math Rules

Mrs. Calhoun's Classroom on the Web

Reading Is Thinking

5th Grade is Really Sweet - Mrs. Crockett's Cupcakes

If I happen to have forgotton your blog I apologize in advance!
Leave me a comment with the link to your blog and I'll add it!

If you know of any other middle grades blogs out the in the blogworld please leave a comment with their link!

Happy Blog Hopping!


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