Friday, June 19, 2015

gettin down on friday's summer! Although school is out and I have *more* free time (I have 2 the definition is a bit different lately), I am finding it harder to make time to keep up with blogging! So, Five for Friday is a perfect way to check in!

A few weeks ago, I found this. My first name is Jennifer (most people call me Jen). A sign? Pun intended and yes, I believe so.

I finally put out this bad boy. A TpT Conference planner for the Vegas conference! I even uploaded the Teachers Pay Teachers Business Planner I use...yes, I am one of those people that wait a few weeks before uploading a product (I have to make sure the "kinks" are worked out for myself!). Click below to check it out for yourself.
And here's the Business Planner:

We are deep in Summer mode here. Cheeks' first fishing experience was hilarious. He fell in and ended up in just his underwear and boots...I'd be lying if I said it wasn't the cutest thing ever. EVER.

So big already. Swimming in Grandma's backyard.

I've been pretty busy playing Mommy, but I've also had some downtime to revise some older clipart bundles. If you own any of these (or really any of my clipart...I don't want to list everything here), go redownload for the FREE revisions! Here are a few recent ones:

How about you? What have you been up to this week? Go link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

flash sale

FYI...only through Wednesday!

Friday, May 22, 2015

it's the end of the year as we know it...

We've been crazy busy these last few weeks of school, so a Five for Friday is a perfect way to give a quick rundown on what we've been up to!

We made these fun "Hot Dog! It's Summer!" craftivities and wrote about what our favorite part of summer is. 
We made these adorable "Lemonade Stand" craftivities and wrote descriptive sentences about lemonade.
We did an Author's Study on Robert Munsch. I am proud to say I got through Love You Forever without crying this year...and I had a baby this year. The key is to think about how weird that mom is for crawling across the floor of her ADULT son's room.. #maybetakethosepagesout
A few weeks ago I made this little sign and put it up on my whiteboard where all of the "no-name-papers" go to die...the kids love it!
We had our Muffins with Moms event, and I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to say thank you to my 3 at-home volunteers this year. 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

i am butter clam...

Ahh Sea Week. I look forward to this all year long. We dive head first into science and if I'm being totally honest, it's AWESOME. I grew up here in Juneau and it's by far one of my favorite memories of school, so I know that I need to make it just that great for my own students #nopressure

We begin our unit of study (Sea Week is not actually a week, but more like a month) by taking a field trip to our local salmon hatchery (DIPAC--Douglas Island Pink and Chum). This place is. the. coolest. We get to ride the "fancy bus" (a Greyline instead of a yellow school bus) and chat it up with Mr. Rich. He is THE best. Check out how he turns a student into a squid step by step as students identify the body parts of a mollusk. So fun. Isn't it great when you take your class on a field trip and the speaker is super engaging, can talk to the kids at their vocabulary level and you can tell they really love kids?! 
 He also gives the class a little bit of a teaser and shows them some critters under the document camera and how you can hold them in the touch tanks. This is the point where I make my way away from the front to the side and start watching the kids...he holds a scallop up flat in the palm of his hand until...splirt! The front row usually gets squirted on. Love.
 These fantastic touch tanks have all kinds of fun animals to check out. And the main tank in the middle of the hatchery is incredibly beautiful.
 And we love to end our field trip to the hatchery with a song I have stuck in my head throughout the remainder of the school year...(sung to the tune of Frere Jacques). There are a few more verses and some body motions, but I'll spare myself the embarrassing video.
A few weeks later, we made our way to a local beach (Lena Cove) and were fortunate enough to have a beautiful sunny day.
 I didn't take a ton of photos without faces, but as you can imagine, they were THRILLED.
And right as it was getting to be that time to go, I asked a few kiddos to stomp out letters and spell "Alaska" in the sand. Can you see it?
 All in all, a great couple of field trips. I am so fortunate to work in this beautiful town :)
When we returned to the classroom, we had a lot to draw from our field trip experiences. We were ready to really get goin in our science notebooks. Here's a little peak at some of the fun we've been having!

All of these are activities and lessons from my Life in a Tide Pool resource. If you're interested, click below: