Sunday, August 31, 2014

Using Pow + Tide with Deserts and Reading Street

I don't know about you....but this Pow + Tide has been an interesting weed in the swamp!

I learned more about SRSD during our state's summer training and have been trying to work with my froggies to accomplish this type of writing...

The 'concept' is great!  But the kiddos are struggling at this time...sooo... team and I are trying to focus on using the Reading Street stories that have the skills for main idea and details to help build up the concepts before attempting to write using the Pow + Tide...

Our story on "A Walk in the Desert" is a great one with lots of main idea resources for this use...

I've created some sheets that I 'think' might help during this short week and am excited to see how the kids will respond. :)

Might even try to attempt trying to take some notes ..... but we'll see!

Here's a download of some of the things we'll be using this week...

Also created a quick sort for inflected endings to go along with the phonics aspects of our studies this week!  You can download it HERE

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mini Me Fun!

Spent a little indulgence on a mini me and I LOVE HER!

Thanks to Crystal Fox and her wonderful design she is...

My students helped put her together...down to the stripes on my shoes and the tuff of white hair on Daphne's head.  They loved sending Crystal suggestions on how to "improve" the graphic she was creating.  She was so EASY to work with and very patient with their questions about how she draws the different items in the picture!

For the price of a couple cups of "froo froo coffee", I now have a wonderful graphic to spice up my work :)  Why not take a moment and splurge for yourself?  
You'll find it soooo much fun and easy to do!

Check out Crystal's TpT store HERE
and her blog at...

Now...can someone tell me how to add her into my signature for the body of my posts without having to import the picture every time?
I sure would appreciate some techie advice!

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

How to Scan a QR Code WHILE on a Device!

I was working on updating my QR code Math Task Challenge for my classroom blog today! I learned how to connect an Evernote with a QR code from "FlapJack Education" and love challenging my students to scan the code at home and see if they can complete the task for a "treat"...

After I shared the updated code....I had an interesting question from a parent…. they were ON their device looking AT the code....but “Is there a way to scan a QR code when you’re looking at it on your device?”

Answer….YES! (Thanks to the technology searching from my awesome parent!)

Pretty simple instructions too....

Take a screenshot of the QR code on your device…
Then open your QR scanner app and go to the menu
click on the one that says 
scan a photo
it will prompt you to open the photo and 
Voila! You can now scan a QR code on your device!

Here’s a quick (and pretty bad video) of how to…

Hope you find this useful!
Many thanks to my awesome parents!
They help me to learn more about technology so I can share with you!

Enjoy your day,

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Birthday Bubbles

This year our school district is saying "no" to birthday food treats...

So to make the day a little more fun for the munchkins in my room

I thought we'd do "Birthday Bubbles"...

Using the formula for "super bubble" from 

I created the "Birthday Bubble" solution in a handy dandy dispensing jar...
Found it on summer clearance :)

On a child's birthday, we can pass out pipe cleaners to make bubble wands 

fill up small plastic cups 

with our birthday bubble solution to 
have some extra fun at recess...

I can purchase those small bubble bottles
add a cupcake sticker or leave em blank...
and have an easy way to fill em up when they run out...

You can check out the fun we had with 
bouncing bubbles this year... HERE

If you'd like the Birthday Bubble signage for your container...
with the cutest graphics EVER....check out
click HERE

Back to school on MONDAY!!!!

Enjoy your weekend!