Put a little pep in your step!

 About three weeks ago my team and I decided to play Rebecca Black's song "Friday" on our iPods as students walked down the halls. We danced, we sang, we had a blast! One of my students asked, "Is it the last day of school?" He he!

Well, we've continued this every Friday and I hooked up my iPod to my iHome stereo in the hallway. Our kids LOOOOOVE it! Even the the second and third graders in our hall are dancing their way to class Friday mornings. (Also, the cast of Glee recorded a version that isn't quite so annoying. We play both version of course!) As much as the older kids protest, I do see them singing along! My students have asked if there is a song for every day of the week. We even have an end of the day dance party (if they are REALLY well behaved) and we dance into our dismissal lines.
Me: "If your a bus rider boogie on over to the line...."


I know not all teachers think this is a great idea, but it's the end of the year and we ALL need a boost! I TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU (Christmas Story reference) to dance it out tomorrow morning!

Grant Options

 I know most of us have heard of Donors Choose as a way to get the products, technology, etc that we need to do something in our classrooms, but have you ever looked into what you have locally? I'm a member of our local Education Foundation and we provide grants to teachers! We gave out several $5,000 grants just last Friday as well as many smaller grants! District Education Foundations are wonderful because heir sole purpose is to help you and students! Plus, the pool for grants is much smaller than national grant applications so you may have a better chance of getting what you need.

Check this out

 Jen over at Runde's Room is giving away a premium membership to Graphics Factory. If clip art is an obsession for you like it is for me go check out her blog and enter to win!


Amanda over at A Special Kind of Class is also having a giveaway of one item from her TPT store. Winners choice! 

Pump the Pump!

Here is a really great video for handwashing from Soft Soap. I wanted to show it to my class, but we are blocked from You Tube videos at school. If y'all know how I can get around that please share!
Pump the Pump

Clock Poem

 I found this poem on Can Teach. I don't love the second verse, but the first one is great. I made a little poster for my kiddos for tomorrow. Just click the pick to download!

Tag You're It!

 Don't for get to play Tag You're It over at Teaching Blog Addicts! It's such a great way to get to know other teachers and get introduced to knew blogs. Click the button below to get started!

Readers Theater

Our district adopted the Journeys curriculum last year and we love it. A couple of weeks ago our story of the week was "A Boat Disappeared." This is a chapter from "Inspector Hopper" by Doug Cushman. Click the pic below for the link

Have a great weekend!


 We've been working on our Famous American biographies in class and we have to create a timeline. I made this document for my class today and wanted to share. Maybe y'all are having to suffer through this project too. (It's just taking us forever! And I'm all George Washington-ed out!)

 Well, I couldn't resist! I'm on a roll with the whole money thing now! Here is a money word search just for you! Click on the pic to download.

Blog Design Give Away

 Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher Files is having a blog design give away! If you don't have a blog yet, but you're thinking about it head on over. What do you have to lose?!

Preparing for next year

 I've posted about it already, but I'm already thinking about what I want to change for next year. Tiffani at Time 4 Kindergarten is hosting a linky party! She wants us to share what we are doing NOW to prepare for next year.

1. We have copy counts and I've been so good this year! I haven't run out of copies yet! Our copy count starts over the 1st of every month so last Friday I made copies for the first nine math chapters and my first day of school packet! Sweet satisfaction! I feel so good planning ahead.
2. Speaking of copy counts- I've created several things for my TPT store that I've copied already. Also, I've bought and downloaded so many amazing center things that I'm trying to copy all of that too.
3. I've planned out how I want to set up my room. Of course it's completely different than what I have now.
4. I've made a To Do List for the summer. #1- create math journal prompts that match up with our nine week plans. #2- create or find read the room center activities for each reading lesson. (I might be biting off more than I can chew)
5. This is going to sound silly, but I'm a little (ok, A LOT, OCD)when it comes to how my posters, bulletin boards, center signs, ect. look. I want to redo all of my signs with my Lettering Delights fonts and clip art and my Thistlegirl clip art.
6. We've already been told that we will have fewer days to get our rooms ready. I believe the exact words were "Your rooms really won't be ready. Just prepare now to have only the basics out."  Ok, as mentioned in #5 I really can't have that. I WILL find a way to have my room looking more than just basic.

Please join this linky party! I want to know what everyone else is doing! I know we say it all the time, but WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER!

Hilarious Stories

 Hello gals!
A bit ago I posted about my "13 cents" and why that "award" was passed around. Head over to Teaching Blog Addicts to see more hilarious stories! (They keep us going!)

Super Suffixes

 I've just added a new item to TPT! Hopefully their coupon will continue through today since their site crashed yesterday! I created a suffix read the room activity and a match up game for suffixes ful, ly, and y. Head over to TPT to check it out and have a great day!

Ready for Summer

 Fresh off an awesome girls weekend and I'm (sort of) ready for Monday. Just 23 days left! Wooohoo! We can make it!