Monday Madness!

It's here!  Monday Madness is here!  I'm so excited to start my Summer Fun Schedule!  If you haven't seen my post about it, I'm doing different activities with my blog, Facebook and TpT store all week!  So today, for Monday Madness, I chose 3 of my MOST WISHLISTED products are 50% OFF!!!!  Drum roll please......................................
Grab yours while they're 50% off!  Then, check the schedule to see what's tomorrow!  :)

Daily Summer FUN!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!  Whether you are relaxing or busy being adventurous, I just wanted to share that I'll be having some summer fun coming your way starting tomorrow!!  Here's the schedule I've planned out:

I'm REALLLLLLYYYY excited and I hope you are too!! 

The ULTIMATE Teacher Binder!

Are you looking for a way to be more organized in the classroom this year?  I was too.  That's why I created the Ultimate Teacher Binder.  I'm also into things being thematic, so I've created it in tons of different themes (with matching classroom decoration packs too, of course!)  This binder has EVERYTHING you need to get and stay organized, year after year.  AND I will be updating it yearly for FREE too!  Say what??!!  YES!

Here's the cover of my Farm Themed Teacher Binder that I used this school year.  I printed it and slid it inside a binder that has the clear plastic viewing slot. 
Here's a few pics of the inside of my binder.

Now for the pics of the "good stuff"!  There are over 100 pages of goodies in the binder to suit ALL of your needs!  I'm showing the Superhero binder, but the info inside any of the themed binders I've created is the same. 
Here's the different cover pages.  I've included one for Notes, Student Info, Plans, Calendar, Substitute Info, R.T.I, Misc and a blank one for you to add whatever else you want.

Here's more of the covers and corresponding pages that are included.  This is ONLY a small fraction of what's included.  The calendar is one or two page versions.

Here's the themes that I have created so far:
I hope you enjoy becoming more organized with this binder!  I love it and I hope you will too!

Father's Day Card

For the baseball loving dads...or any dads... here's a cute baseball themed Father's Day card idea AND a FREE printable to go along with it!
Father's Day Baseball Card
This is the front of the card.  I wrote "I caught the best dad!" and had my students trace it.  On the baseball, I had the students make the red lacing with their fingerprints.  I think that it makes it extra special for Father's Day!
Then, they traced Happy Father's Day! on the inside and signed their own names.
You can click here or the pictures to get the free printable template that goes along with this card craftivity.  I cut out the shapes of the glove and ball on my student's cards, but I've made it easier for you...I included those shapes in the freebie for you.  You can either print them on colored paper and just have the kiddos cut them out, or you can print on white paper and have the kiddos color them.
**Update:  I made one with the template for my own kiddos to give to my husband for Father's Day.  Here's how it came out...but we forgot the finger prints!
Happy Teaching,

Weather Fun!

Weather has been one of my favorite units so far this year (and one of the kiddos' favorite themes too)!!  There is so much that you can do to teach about weather.  Get ready for photo-overload because I took a TON of pictures of our activities this week!

It was a pretty rainy week here in South Florida.  While I'm not a huge fan of rainy day dismissals at school, I did love how I could use the rain as a teaching tool!  We did a fun rain cloud in a jar science experiment. 

Here's the materials you need to do the experiment:
  • Jar filled with water, about 3/4 full
  • Shaving cream
  • Black food coloring
  • Blue Food Coloring
  • Spoon to stir
  • Extra Cups
  • Dropper

Here's our jar of water, filled about 3/4 of the way to the top.
In a cup, put some shaving cream and mix it with black food coloring to make gray.  Then put the "clouds" on top or your water jar.  We discussed that rain doesn't usually fall from white clouds.  When it is going to rain, we usually seen gray storm clouds, so of course we needed gray shaving cream clouds for our experiment!

Next, use another empty cup to put food blue coloring with water. 
It's up to you how much you want to put in the cup.  Then, fill your dropper with the blue mixture.

Now for the fun part!  Place the dropper into your cloud and squeeze!  My kiddos loved squeezing and making rain!  **It's a great fine motor activity too!!  :)

Just like a real cloud, it takes a few squeezes of "rain" for the cloud to fill up and "rain" down into the jar.  It's super exciting when it finally rains!  The stream of blue going down into the jar is amazing!
When we were done with our experiment, I had my students draw and write what happened.  This page is part of my Weather Pack.
We tracked the weather together for the week.  I laminated the poster and used colorful dry-erase markers to fill in the weather each day.  That way it's reusable!
Then my students each recorded the weather into their Weather Book.
Each day they drew a picture of what the weather was like outside and we wrote it together. 
I LOVE their drawings!!
We also made the cutest little cloud craft ever...a Pet Cloud!  It's super simple and adorable!
Here's what you need:
  • Cotton Balls
  • Google Eyes
  • Clear Bags
  • Pet Cloud Bag Topper (included in my Weather Pack)

Have your students gently stretch out the cotton balls and clump them together to make a cloud shape.  Then they clue two google eyes in the middle.  Place it in the bag, attach the pet cloud bag topper, and VOILA! 

Here's a preview of some of the things that are included in my 128 page Weather Pack!

Label for the different types of weather.

Count & Clip numbers 1-30.

Little book of Weather Words.

Comparing and contrasting different types of weather.

Matching the weather with what clothes to wear.

Rainbow rhyming puzzles.
Happy Teaching!

Birdie Nests

How cute and yummy do these look!!??  I made these super simple, yet OH SO DELICIOUS treats with my own kiddos over our Spring Break and I want to share the directions with you!  I had seen so many different kinds of "this type" of treat on Pinterest in the past and so I decided to play with the flavors to make a combo that I LOVE!  I hope you love them too!

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F.

Line your baking pan with parchment paper.

Place as many regular shaped mini pretzels on the pan as you would like.  On top of the pretzels, place either a Rolo (those are what I used this time...for the added yummy caramel flavor!), or you can use a Hershey's Kiss or Hug.

Next, put the pan in the oven for 3-5 minutes.  You just barely want to melt the chocolate.  You may not even see a difference in the chocolate.  It won't look melted.

Take it out of the oven and press M&M candies into the center of the Rolo.  I used peanut butter M&Ms in my birdie nests.  Peanut Butter M&Ms are larger than regular; they're about 2x the size of plain Ms.  The combination of pretzels, caramel Rolos, and Peanut Butter M&Ms was SO. INCREDIBLY. DELICIOUS!

**When you take the pan out of the oven, it will be hot.  It does cool pretty fast since you're baking it at a low temperature.  If you're having kiddos help, it will only be a minute or two of waiting to cool before they are able to help put the M&Ms on top.

ENJOY!  :)