Sunday, May 3, 2015

2 Sales!!

Hi!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I didn't spend one second on the computer and it was awesome!  I think I have reached my limit for awhile.  I'll be posting some here but mostly will be using Facebook and Instagram as my primary sources of communication for the remainder of the school year.  If you don't follow me via those two social media outlets, the buttons are below.  Just click to be taken to the pages and click "like."  I do a lot of giveaways on those pages, esp Facebook.

My weekend consisted of going to Columbus to have lunch and do some shopping with my mom, sister-in-law, cousins, and niece.  It was a beautiful day full of fun, food, and shopping!  Saturday night I spent more time eating and shopping with my hubby.  We ate at a local burger joint.  We got to sit outside and enjoy the early signs of summer!  Today, the hubby and I went for a {get ready for it.....} 7 MILE hike at a local state park.  It was so beautiful out and we had a blast!  We originally thought the hike would be 5 miles but we were wrong.  It took us 3 hours.  We plan to go back and do it again soon.  Next time, we will pack a picnic lunch and stop to eat/drink.  I hope you all had a nice weekend.  Did you do anything fun?

Excuse my shiny face.  My mom had her flash on full blast and I ran out of powder yesterday!

I wanted to take a moment to tell you about 2 sales coming up.  First, I am hosting an online Stella and Dot jewelry party.  Their stuff is sooo cute!  The sale starts tomorrow night at 7:00pm EST. During the event, there will be lots of fun promotions and giveaways!  Right now, we are having a promotion that if you shop BEFORE tomorrow's sale, you get a free pair of stud earrings of your choice!  Such a great deal!  To join the party, click HERE.  You won't want to miss out on the fun promotions!!! ***There will be giveaways!***

The second sale that I wanted to share is the Teachers Appreciation TPT sale!  Yay!  The sale will run Tuesday, May 5 through Wednesday, May 6.  My store will be 20% off plus TpT will give you an extra 10% off with the code 'thankyou' at checkout.  I know my wish list is SO FULL right now!  I need to take some time to look through it and pick out what I "must" have now vs. what can wait until later.

The sale will be a great time to snag my "Growing Guided Reading Bundle"...esp. if you are thinking about buying it.  The price will go up significantly after the sale.  This will be your last chance to grab it at a low price.  Also, if you are looking for back to school things to get prepped for the 2015-2016 school year, I have quite a few goodies in my store. One of my favorites is my "Back to School Activities" pack.  To check these two products out, click below!

*************GIVEAWAY ENDED.  CONGRATS, RACHEL R.!***************

What is on your wish list?  Leave a comment telling me one thing from my shop that you'd like to have and have the chance to WIN IT!  Be sure to leave an email below, too!


Friday, May 1, 2015

Five for Friday

Hi!  Back again with Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching.  The days are flyin' and we are down to 21 remaining days in the year!  Yikes!  I don't know if I've ever felt so exhausted.  I think I said that last week.  My eyes are glossed over right now so who knows what this post will look like! Here we go with a look back at my week:

Last weekend, Mr. Wheeler and I went to a cooking class for "Gourmet Grilled Cheese!"  It was awesome.  We made and sampled 3 different kinds of grilled cheese as well as a tomato basil soup. Who knew grilled cheese could be so yummy?  My favorite was the brie and blueberry grilled cheese.

I had my copy volunteer copy and assemble my "Summer to Second Grade" learning packs!  The weeks are flying by and I like to get these ready early for my kids.  These are very simple to copy! Just run them through and staple them.  Our machine does stapling so it's even easier!

I posted this on Insta and a lot of people commented so I will post it here, too!  We have a snack basket on our counter at home that we keep stocked with healthy snacks for on-the-go and lunch packing.  It's the best thing ever!  It helps with not eating junk.  I think I got the basket at TJ Maxx earlier in the year.  Currently, the basket is full of my favorite goodies!  Anyone else love Moster Mix from Target?!?!?!?!!?

I'm hosting an online jewelry party!  I puffy heart Stella and Dot.  Their stuff is TO DIE FOR!  Have you seen it?  Please check it out if not.  For every order placed, your name will be entered in a raffle for a free pair of stud earrings and a scarf.  Below are some other great deals going on during my party!  Click HERE to shop the party!

I posted my Levels J/K guided reading unit last week.  The growing bundle will be GOING OFF SALE very soon, so if you are considered getting it, you might think about doing it sooner rather than later {wink, wink!}.

Here are some of the included activities:

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Guided Reading Update

Hi!  Today I'm popping in to let you know that I have added "Levels J & K" to my Growing Guided Reading Bundle.  If you own the bundle, head over to my TpT store to grab your updated set!  If you are not familiar with the growing bundle, here is a breakdown:

You purchase the growing bundle now and receive the 5 units that are finished {Levels pre-reader, levels A and B, level C, level D, and levels J and K}.  The remaining 4 units will be added by July, 2015.  Purchasing this bundle early gets you a discounted rate.  The price of the bundle will be going up VERY SOON, so if you are considering this, I suggest snagging it in the near future!

If you don't have the bundle and wish to purchase any of my guided reading units individually, you may do so over at my store, as well.  To see how I run my guided reading groups, click HERE.

I'm really excited about this pack!  I know I say that about all of my guided reading packs!  This pack for higher readers has some fun skills included such as: figurative language, synonyms, homonyms, and more!  This pack is a fantastic supplement to guided reading time.  After children have read their books, focus on key skills appropriate for their specific levels.  

Here are some of the included activities!

As always, you can purcahse the First Grade Growing Guided Reading Bundle  at a discounted rate but NOT FOR LONG!  The price will be increasing soon!

 OR the Kindergarten Guided Reading Bundle {this is complete}


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Persuasive/Opinion Writing

We just wrapped up our 2 week unit on opinion writing and it was fabulous!  This time of year is a great time to do persuasive writing.  The kids have a good handle on writing a story and general conventions of writing.  It's a fun way to end the year!

I feel like my kids really have a strong understanding about what an opinion is and how to defend their opinions on specific topics.  We began our unit of study by going over key terms like fact, opinion, and persuade. I used my anchor charts from my "Opinion Writing" pack.  We also did the fact/opinion sort that is included.  This gave kids an understanding of what type of writing we'd be focusing on.

Within our 2 week time period, the students wrote 4 opinion pieces.  We did the first piece together. I chose "First Grade is the Best Grade" as our topic because I wanted to be sure that students could give reasoning and it was something we all knew about.  We brainstormed a list and kids completed their graphic organizer.  The next day, I modeled how to use the organizer to write the opinion piece. I really guided my students through this.

The other pieces we wrote were: "The Best Pet," "I Should Stay Up Late," and "The Best Season."  I tie in literature whenever I can.  We watched "Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up" on You Tube and we completed a fun little bed/paper doll craft to go with our staying up late piece.

As the week went on, I backed off a little each day.  By the 4th opinion piece, the majority of the class needed little help!

We may re-visit opinion writing again in the coming weeks, but for now, we are moving on to POETRY!!!

To check out this great CCSS opinion-writing resource, which is full of printables, differentiated paper templates, posters, literature connections, and more, click below!  This pack was created for 1st grade, but is very appropriate for kinders {due to paper differentiation} and second graders!


Monday, April 27, 2015


I've mentioned before that I teach in a Title I school.  Teachers are fortunate enough to get to shop at a store called Crayons to Classrooms.  We go 2x a year and get free, donated supplies for our classrooms.  These supplies are donated from local businesses.  It's awesome!  I went and shopped a few weeks ago and was super pumped to receive a giant box from YOOBI.   "YOOBI" means "One for me, one for you."  YOOBI has a great philosophy!  For every YOOBI item purchased, one is donated to a classroom in need right here in the U.S.  Their products are great and are super cute! Inside the box I received {shown below} were lots of little school supplies, pencil pouches, and folders.  I decided to assemble my bags to go with my kids' "Summer to Second Grade" learning packs that I created last spring.  I know my students will be extra excited to have some fresh, new school supplies to work with this summer!  Thank you, YOOBI for helping students everywhere!  **If you want to check out YOOBI, you can shop on their website or at Target.**