Common Core Morning Work for December

Wahoo!  My day off today allowed me to officially finish my Common Core Differentiated Morning Work for December.  I just started using these with my students last month, but I love them and I feel like it's great review for my students. 
This packet has 15 days worth of morning work instead of 20 because most schools will not be in session for the entire month of December.  {Therefore, saving you money.}

The thing I love about these sheets is that they are differentiated, but so similar that students will most likely not even notice.  My students have also loved reading the sight word fluency poems on the back.
You can find this packet by clicking below.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!  I cannot even begin to tell you how thankful I am for the blogging community {followers, other bloggers, teachers, etc.}.  You have made me a better teacher and I am inspired!  Happy Thanksgiving!


Gearing up for December and Sparkly E

Last week, we began working on words with silent e.  This is always a turning point for many of my students because all of the sudden, everything they think they understand about stretching out words, changes. 
You may remember this post from last year about Sparkly E.
I introduce Sparkly E to my students by saying, "Here is a word {mad} and along comes Sparkly e.  Sparkly e is just so beautiful and fancy that "a" has to introduce itself.  'Hi!  Nice to meet you.  My name is A.'  Sparkly e doesn't say anything back because it's silent, but the vowel says it's name."
Here is a song that we sing together.
We practice making words together.
Then the students make their own by using glitter glue on index cards and gluing them onto a popsicle stick.
I put the song and some word cards together into one packet that you can download for free by clicking below.

Example of the word cards.
I am also gearing up for December!!  I have completed my December Poems and Songs Packet.

I have also officially aligned my December, January, and February Fluency packets to the Common Core and have added the standards on each passage.  If you have already purchased any of these, you may redownload them to get the updated version.

You can also get ALL three months in one packet by purchasing the Winter Fluency Packet {which is also Common Core Aligned.}
Still to come...December Differentiated Morning Work.  I'm only about a quarter of the way done, but with only a 2 day week ahead of me and five glorious days off, I plan to finish it by next weekend :)



Addition Fact Strategies

I am loving today!!  We have the day off to celebrate Veterans Day.  So, first off I have to say, THANK YOU VETERANS!!  Not for the day off, but for all of the sacrifices you make for our freedom.  My brother is in the Air Force and is currently serving our country overseas.  I could not be more proud of him!
This weekend, I have been working hard to complete this packet and I am really excited that I finally finished it.
We use Everyday Math at our school and while I love parts of it, I feel like it's really lacking in addition fact practice.  We have to supplement every year with other things.  I have been wanting to make this packet for awhile and I'm so glad it's finally done and ready for me to get started right away!
The packet includes 8 addition strategies that you can introduce.  I will be introducing one a week.  Each strategy includes a poster, a song to help your students learn the strategy, a parent letter, and practice pages. 
You can check it out by clicking below.



Veterans Day

Did you vote today?  I am so glad Election Day is finally here.  I am so sick of political ads!!  But, I am feeling patriotic so I came up with a Veteran's Day freebie for you.

 Click HERE to download it at TpT for free.  {I tried to put it on Google Docs, but it wasn't cooperating with me tonight.}
We will also be completing this Veteran's Day booklet this week.
You can check it out by clicking HERE.


November Writing Prompts and Demolition

What a weekend!!  After an extremely busy week, we have had a whirlwind of a weekend.  I finished up this writing unit and posted it on TpT on Friday night, but am just now getting around to blogging about it.
It includes 11 different writing prompts to get you through the month of November.  Your students will be using a variety of writing genres including Persuasive, Informative, Narrative, Letter Writing, and Making Lists. 
You can find it by clicking below.  Click on the download preview button to download a free sample of the unit.

 Here is what our weekend has consisted demolition!!!!
We bought our fixer upper house about 8 1/2 years ago and the first thing we wanted to do was remodel our kitchen.  It was tiny and really outdated.  However, we started remodeling other rooms and never got around to the kitchen.  Plus, kitchen remodels are expensive and we had to save that long to do it.  Well, the time has finally arrived and the contractors start on Monday :)
Here is our old kitchen:
Not horrible, but really small and the cabinets were tiny.  We couldn't even fit a full sized dinner plate in them.
Now, our house was built in 1890, so we have found some pretty interesting things while remodeling, but this one is the icing on the cake.  My husband knocked out one of the shelves in our cabinets and found out it was actually a Ouija Board that was painted white on the bottom.
And...when did we find this? Halloween!!!  Talk about creepy.
This is a picture of the lovely wallpaper that was behind our cabinets.
That is one of about 6 different types of wallpaper that we found in our kitchen.
Anyways, here are some pictures of what I am living in now and will be for the next 2 months.
This is my current kitchen.  The wall between our kitchen and dining room was removed.
What is that sitting in plastic in the middle of the room?  Oh, that would be my washer and dryer!
Because our laundry room is part of the remodel.  This is what that looks like now.
So we will have dirty dishes and dirty clothes for awhile ;)
This is our temporary kitchen that we set up in our foyer.  We will make it work, even though it's driving me c-r-a-z-y!
The worst part though is definitely the dust!  My husband taped everything off with plastic and sealed it with duct tape, but it is seeping through the walls and under the baseboards.
This is not the kitchen below...this is in the living room!
  There is a layer of dust EVERYWHERE!
But, it will all be worth it in the end!  That is what I keep telling myself :)



We had parent teacher conferences this week.  The students used to get out at noon for conferences.  Those were the days!  Unfortunately, our state is no longer allowed to have half days so parent conferences were taken away.  This year, we were given an additional plan time each week from our school corporation that helps us to accumulate minutes for parent conferences.  It has been a very long week because we had to squeeze in conferences before school, during lunch, during plan time, and after school, since the students were in for a full day.  Anyways, as worn out as I am, I love parent teacher conferences.  I love meeting the parents and discussing their children with them.  {I also love it as a parent.}
This evening after reflecting on my conferences, I wanted to make these posters to hang behind my desk as reminders to myself.
{Just click on the pictures to download.}

They are just simple reminders that SO many of my students have been through more in their short lives than I ever will in my entire life.  They have so much baggage at the young age of six.  It breaks my heart!  I know I can't "fix" their homelives, but I sure can do my best to make their school lives the best they can be!
Then, of course, here is a fun one that you almost always realize after meeting the parents.

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