Thursday, 29 August 2013

A Productive Day!

I was in my classroom ready to work by 6:30 this morning.  (I go this early so I can get in two good hours of work before "people to talk to" arrive.  :)  I brought bags and bags of supplies I had purchased over the last few weeks - and even though I didn't put away any of this stuff, I am still very pleased with what I accomplished.  I photocopied things I wanted for the beginning of school - Learning Styles Questionnaire, shared reading plans, Mentor Sentences for the children to glue in their Reader's Notebook, Back to School Glyph, and THESE:
Have you seen these  before?  I have a split grade 3/4 class scheduled for the upcoming year, I emailed Nicole about these and she answered my questions right away.  She was so helpful!  And her resources look amazing!  (I have both of the Grade 4 ones - Language and Reading.)
As I looked around my room, I realized that I wanted to display my mentor sentence each week (with relevant material around it).  I also didn't like my Job Chart.  So after the third floor heat became unbearable, I went home and created signs and laminated in preparation for tomorrow's work in my classroom.  I also finally finished putting this together.  A big thank you to Stephanie at 3rd Grade Thoughts for this freebie and my Blogger Exchange Buddy Brittany at Lovely Literacy and More for the super cute cup to hold my Brain Break activities.  Don't you just adore the fur around the cup?  Me too!
I can't wait to try these out with my little friends!  I'm going to finish off this post by showing you my brand new lunch bag.  Nothing starts the school year right like finding a brand new beautiful lunch bag.  Mission accomplished!
Have a great night.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Worldly Wednesday - Part 3 and Blogsy App

Hello Friends!  Do you remember me?  We had a wee problem at the end of our Cape Cod trip so didn't get home when expected.  It's kind of lame complaining about being stuck on Cape Cod for one extra day so I don't expect any sympathy, but I really needed to get into my classroom - a bit (read tons!) stressful for me.

Today I am linking up with my friend Melissa at Teacher Abroad for her Worldly Wednesday linky party.  If you haven't stopped by, please visit her site.  She is an excellent teacher beginning her career by being brave enough to leave Canada and head to England to teach.  She is leaving in a few days.  I'm so proud of her.
I posted a few pictures of my trip to Cape Cod on Miss Nelson's Saturday Snapshots but here are a few more.  (Trying to post these pictures, add the button, link it... are what led to me exploring Blogsy.  But more about that later.)  The beauty of flying places is you definitely get a different perspective of things.  Here is a picture of slightly cloudy Boston and the Provincetown end of the Cape from the air.  

The first day, Dave and I settled into our room, took the bus into Provincetown (about a ten minute ride), ate a delicious dinner and walked around the beach.  The tide was out and it was really interesting to walk where there once was water!  On Saturday, we spent a lovely day with my brother's family.  I even swam in the ocean - only because I didn't see any jellyfish!  I swam all the way out to this raft (it kind of looks like a boat) with my awesome niece and nephew.

Following a fun day at the beach, Dave took us to Nantucket on Sunday.  He had to make two trips to get us all there.  Luckily it is only about a thirty minute flight.  Have you ever been to Nantucket?  I love it!  We had the best lunch and did a bit of shopping - the girls went on the first trip!  Here are pictures of the harbour from land and air.

Isn't it beautiful?  Here is the reason we were stuck for an extra day:
After I took this picture, it got even worse!  You could not see anything!  Crazy!  This morning we woke up and the fog was still there - and quite widespread.  We spent many hours waiting until it was safe enough to go.  Phew!  We made it!  I hope you enjoyed my pics.  
Now about Blogsy...  Does anyone use this app for blogging on your iPad?  I created my post with Blogger on my iPad but could not figure out how to link to poor Miss Nelson.  So I researched and researched and discovered Blogsy.  I have not used it yet but I have watched many of the very clear and helpful step-by-step videos on how to do everything.  Here is a snapshot of the screen and a very small sampling of the How To videos.  Adding a link is soooo easy!  I am definitely going to try this once I finish the rest of the videos.  :)

Have a great night!  Blog to you soon...

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Saturday Snapshots - Cape Cod Style

I'm linking up with Miss Nelson for Saturday Snapshots!
Yesterday, my hubby and I started on our second and final weekend getaway of the summer.  I know I'm spoiled but we flew there again in 2 hours and 40 minutes, while my brother's family drove it in ten plus hours!
Provincetown from the air.
These are all pictures from our walk on the beach in Provincetown after dinner.  The tide was out so you could walk really far!  So fun.  

(Can anyone tell me how to add a link with Blogger?)

Friday, 23 August 2013

Fun Friday!

I just have a couple of things to share with you before we head off for our second (and final :( ) summer weekend getaway.  First, I saw this video and thought you would enjoy it.  To watch "Said No Teacher Ever" click here.  (I was having some trouble locating it through the upload video feature even though I can find it directly on YouTube...)
Yesterday, I laminated like crazy!!  And I made this beautiful "Show What You Know".  If you like it, you can get it from Jameson of Lessons With Coffee.  I mounted it on that centimeter thick poster board.  Thanks, Jameson!  I love it!

Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Worldly Wednesday and Math Game FREEBIE

Welcome to the second edition of Melissa at Teacher Abroad's Worldly Wednesday!

This is a linky party where you can share where you have been in the world, where you are going, where you live...  Last week, Melissa started telling us about her trip to Equador for one of her teaching placements.  I can't wait to hear more about her exciting adventure!

On the weekend, we did a quick trip to New York City.  I posted a few pictures from our scenic flight of Manhattan on Saturday.  Here are a few more pictures from our adventure.
Look who wants to come with us... Cassie

I love this!  Every Saturday in the summer, they close Lafayette/Park Ave between the Brooklyn Bridge and an entrance to Central Park to traffic so runners, walkers, bikers, in-line skaters... can enjoy it.

This is us in our tiny little old plane behind humongous commercial jets!!!

Don't I look happy?  I took this my self too!
 I took all of these on the BIG WALK!  I have made a map for you just to show you how far my hubby and I walked.
Did you make it through that?  Today I put together an addition facts concentration or memory game.  Feel free to download it if you think you can use it - and I would love some kind feedback.  Click the picture below to download it.  :)
Thanks for stopping by.  Guess how many times I filled up my TpT cart during the sale.  How many times did you?

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

SLANT Box and Miscellaneous Stuff :)

It has been a very busy couple of days but I have checked some things off of my To Do List!  Yay!!

1. I am happy to say that my SLANT Box has been sent - off to Winnipeg, Manitoba!  (Click here to learn more about the SLANT Box from Jameson at Lessons with Coffee.)

2. I am halfway through "The Book Whisperer" by Donalyn Miller.  If you haven't read this already, it is a great read!  We Read, We Blog, We Teach led a book study on it.  You can find links to lots of helpful information on each chapter here.
3. I went to Staples Teacher Appreciation Week(s), got 40 of the ten cent duo tangs plus some really fun looking glass writers - Expo Neon Window Markers!  Guess who I ran into at Staples?  Erin at

Mrs. Beattie's Classroom
We had a lovely little visit!

4. Finally, I have sorted all of my school files on my computer.  Here's a picture...  Do you notice a pattern?  A bit crazy?

Have a great day!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

NYC and TpT Sale

Now that was fun!  Yesterday, we met my cousin, Zac, at La Guardia and did a scenic tour around Manhattan.  Then I snuck in a little shopping while my husband got a new haircut.  This morning, after a great sleep, I bought some awesome products from Teachers Pay Teachers ON SALE!  Have you heard?  Don't forget to use the code BTS13 for an additional savings!  I might accidentally buy more again tomorrow...

I'm going to try to attach a couple of pictures from yesterday but I'm not sure about doing this on my iPad.  Enjoy your Sunday!
I think it worked!  Does it look ok?

Friday, 16 August 2013

Short and Sweet

I just wanted to pop off a quick post before we head to The Big Apple!  I'm loving reading everyone's wish-list items - my wish list is pages long!  I can't wait for the sale!  I have two things that I'm going to get for sure - Jivey's Numbers and Operations Bundle and Nicole's Interactive Reading Notebook - Grade 4.

I accomplished one more thing on my To Do List this week.  I read "Guided Math" by Laney Sammons
This was a great quick read to get me thinking.

Any hooooooo, I must be on my way.  I'm going to try to post from my iPad on the weekend... but can anyone please tell me how I can comment on other people's posts from my iPhone or iPad?  Please???

Enjoy your day.  :)

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Worldly Wednesday - New Linky Party

Happy Wednesday!
My good friend Melissa at Teacher Abroad is hosting a new linky party called "Worldly Wednesday".  This is an opportunity to share places you've been, places you are going, places you live...  Sounds fun, right?  Please link up.
I want to share a trip my husband and I took 3 years ago to Pelee Island.  In case you don't know, Pelee Island is the largest island in Lake Erie and the southernmost populated place in Canada.  It is connected by ferry to Leamington, Ontario and Sandusky, Ohio.  It is well known for its wines and birds.

My husband flew us there in our 1968 Cardinal.  We had to pass by Toronto on the way - no Blue Jay game going on then as you can see...

The climate is a bit warmer on Pelee Island - so hot and sweaty runs!  Here's Dave wading in the lake!  (I love this picture!) and then a cool lighthouse we saw.

We brought fold-up bikes on the plane so we could get around the island.  Did you know that the island is only about 42 km2?  We came upon this interesting sight.  Yes... Those are shoes.
We came upon this inukshuk.  Behind it, along the shore, there were tons of little ones.  So Dave, of course, had to make one too.  It's actually pretty great!

  Finally, we had to take a break and enjoy a nice cool drink.  My husband thought we should park our little bikes in a row with the motorcycles!  Lol!!
I can't wait to hear about all of the different places you have been.