Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Big TPT Sale- Filling up my Cart!

Hey did you know you can save big in my store today and tomorrow? (Thursday 2/27 and Friday 2/28)

You can save BIG on some of these great items:

The promo code is TPT3. Have fun shopping!

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

How Teachers Can Use Google Forms to make their Lives Easier!

Google forms may be old news for many people, but it might be brand new to you! Google Forms can be used in a multitude of ways and while I'm no tech expert, I have used to simplify gathering information from teachers, parents, and even kids. Some of the teachers at my school were so surprised about how easy and useful it can be, so I thought I'd share what I know. 

A few examples of how Google Forms can be super helpful:

  • gathering piles of information from parents (how kids get home, allergies, phone numbers, etc!)
  • knowing who is bringing what to class parties
  • voting on ideas from your grade level teams
  • compiling information on how parents want projects to come home
  • voting on next unit of study
So without further ado, let me show you how to use it in a few easy steps:

First,  You need to sign into your Gmail Account. (f you don't have one already, they are easy to setup and get! Just go to and get started).  If you already have one, congrats because you already have a Google Drive Account!

Next, to to It should look like this: 

To start a Google Form, click create 

and then "Form"
This is where you type the title for the form and choose the theme. 
What do you need to compile information from your parents for? 
For this tutorial, I am going to pretend I need to know who will be attending a class Valentine's Day Party and what they will be bringing. 
Next you will be inputting your questions into the google form. 

Now you have the link to include in your email to parents! 
Want to see what the parents will see?
Their Google Form response page will look like this. 
They can easily respond without you having to respond and track a million emails. 
Now to see your responses (after you've sent out the link).  
How awesome is this! 
All the information you wanted compiled on one page. 
The day before the party and you want to check it again, it's easy! Go to and find it again! 

I hope you found this tutorial useful! 

Anybody out there use Google Forms for another creative reason? Or have an idea for a way to use it to make your life easier?
P.S. I'm having a crazy sale on 4 of my favorite items on TPT, today only! 


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Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Currently

Linking up with Farley for December's Currently!

Listening: Love Norah Jones and finding some fun new jazzy tunes to jam to on this rainy day

Loving: I had a fabulous trip home to Ohio to visit my family. I surprised the majority of my family which I haven't ever successfully done so that was super fun! Another plus was that they were out of cars to rent so they upgraded me to a Mustang with all the fixings! That was a nice surprise for me!  It was my 10 year high school reunion and it was amazing to see my high school friends. So many showed up and not one person that I wasn't happy to see. 

Thinking: I have a list of creative gifts that I am working on for people and I feel pretty inspired! I think it would be pretty neat if I make a lot of my gifts this year. It could help me save some $$ and will be more meaningful. We'll see how it goes...

Wanting: I really just don't feel like making dinner. So if someone could go ahead and deliver something that'd be great, thanks.

Needing: to prep for my week, ehhh I think I'll just blog and work on my TPT wishlist instead.

Favorite Christmas Tradition: My family and I watch the Muppet Family Christmas after we open Christmas presents on Christmas Eve night. We know all the words and all the songs. Love it. "The dog is not the turkey, the turkey's the turkey, you turkey." and "It's the Gobbla Gobbla Humonga!"- Swedish Chef

I just updated my Green Mean One Literacy Unit! Check it out!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Invention Unit Resources

My K-5 Gifted classes have just finished up our Great Thinkers/Invention Unit. It lasted 10 weeks and included researching inventors/great thinkers, creative projects to display their learning, learning about wacky inventions and the engineering design process, creating our own inventions and ultimately celebrating our learning at an Invention Convention Event I held at school. I used some incredible resources in this unit. They made my job so easy! This was a new job for me and creating the curriculum for kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, and fifth was a daunting task! TPT and it's wonderful sellers came to the rescue!

These are some of the wonderful resources I used (and HIGHLY recommend):

Science for Kids Electricity Unit
Electricity This electricity unit was a life saver for me. As someone who needed a major refresher in electric circuits, currents, etc. I could not have survived without this. She makes it so easy to explain to the kids. Step by step explanations and the experiments are right on! This was amazing and so worth the small price considering how much time it saved me! I used it with my 2-5th graders, it was nice because I was easily able to tailor it to meet the needs of each grade level.

Famous Inventors Activities by Jessica Travis
Famous Inventors! {Activities & Crafts for Famous Inventors!} This was great for my younger kids. I used this for my K/1 class and the activities were perfect.

Famous Inventors by and they all fell down
Famous American Inventors  {Pick 3} This was great for my 2nd/3rd graders. It gave great informational research and my kids learned so much!

American Heroes Informational Reading by Teacher to the Core 
 American Heroes Common Core Informational Reading and More I also used this for my 2nd/3rd graders! Very, very helpful!

I pulled some ideas from Where The Wild Things Learn' Famous American Nonfiction Unit
Famous American Nonfiction Project This was useful in our research projects!

Students made a choice from a project choice board I created to display their learning. 

After we studied many great thinkers and inventors, then we were ready to work on our own inventions.

This Inventors: An Engineering Unit by One Extra Degree was EVERYTHING I needed! I was also able to easily adapt it for second-fifth grade. A teacher's dream! The kids had so much fun being creative and problem solving. Inventors: An Engineering WorkshopAdd this to your wishlist folks, you'll thank me later. 

Here are some Awesome Websites I used: 
Scholastic Electric Circuits Study Jam 
 National Geographic: Quiz your Noodle Inventions Game
Inventive Kids
Invention at Play
CNBC Aricle Inventions by Kids
Amazing Kids Magazine - Found an amazing article on Jack Andraka here. This e-mag is for kids by kids! I will be using this resource a lot in the future!

These resources were incredible! Here is a freebie project choice board that can go with researching an inventor! Enjoy!

The next blog post will show some of the kids' work on their Great Thinkers projects and Inventions! Stay tuned!

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Currently November!

Happy November!

Linking up with Oh' Boy 4th Grade's Farley for November Currently!

Listening: Shovels and Rope! On a recent impromptu New York trip, my girlfriend clued me in about this incredible band. Her little niece is the lead in the adorable music video! I'm obsessed right now. 

Loving: Pumpkin Everything. Obviously. I'm knocking things off my Pumpkin Bucket List and #pumpkinbucketlist on Instagram. It's a hard life, but someone's gotta do it. 

Thinking: I'm so happy to be alive. I had a very close call this week and almost became teacher pizza on the highway. I'm treasuring my breath and enjoying a refreshed sense of appreciation. 

Wanting: My Scholastic News magazines to be delivered! With the help of my school's PTO and a little from my pocket, I raised enough money to order Scholastic News and Science Spin magazines for each of my classes K-5. The money was raised in September and it took a month for the order to be processed by the school. It's November and I'm antsy! 

Needing: A day or two working without the kids once (or twice) a week. My school came down with a weird gross stomach virus and we had a day off, and it's incredible how much I can get done! I feel like I need a teacher work day once a week to do the following: grading, lesson planning, and tidying the classroom. It would be make the other 4 days more fruitful if we all just had one uninterrupted day to do all these things! Am I right? Who's with me?

A Yummy Pin: I'm vegetarian-ish for almost two years now. I eat fish and only eat meat on special occasions. The thing I miss most is buffalo chicken wings, so this yummy pin really caught my eye! I'm loving anything with buffalo sauce right now and I made these. They are delicious! I was saying God bless pinterest as I munched on these yummies!

Happy November everyone! 

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Friday, October 25, 2013

My First Five for Friday Linky Party

Woohoo! Happy Friday! Linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share 5 random things from this week!

1. Invention projects! My students are busy working on their inventions to solve a problem. I am loving this unit I purchased from One Extra Degree!This 2nd grader is working on an invention to help his sister go to sleep on time!
2. One of my 3rd graders is doing her Inventor Research project on Jack Andraka, the teenager who developed a cheap and easy test for pancreatic cancer. His story is so inspiring, check it out on his TED talk.

3. EBAY My classroom this year is smaller since I am a "resource" teacher. Therefore, I've got to get rid of a lot of my stuff. There's no room for centers and games, so I'm selling a lot of stuff on ebay. Gotta make room!
4. Cubsta Coffee from Brooklyn Water Bagel. This is one of my favorite things. If I was Oprah, I would pass them out on "Favorite Things" episode waving my arms and shouting "And you get a Cubsta Coffee... And you get a Cubsta Coffee!" The ice cubes are made out of coffee thus no more watered down ice coffee!  I tied it into my inventions lessons this week as an example of an invention that solved a problem. (See what I did there?)
5.  I'm obsessed with these pumpkin cookies. If you don't know, now you know. Link up with me on instagram with delicious pumpkinness.
Happy Friday! TGIF
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