Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

From my family to yours, I want to wish you a happy, relaxing, and fun-filled break. Remember to cherish each and every moment, and hug those you love. With the sudden (and recent) passing of my third grade team member (who lost her battle to kidney cancer), I'm reminded of how each day is truly a blessing.

Feeling blessed,

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Cute & FREE Christmas Tags for Gifts

What did you give your students for Christmas? This year, our third grade team bought stockings for each student. Our children then celebrated a "Penny Christmas," pointing out that Christmas is about GIVING and not just receiving from others. They brought in items such as stickers, handmade rubber band bracelets, pencils, stickers, and more. I decided to give each student a tasty candy cane.

Of course the first place I searched was Pinterest (I'm obsessed with Pinterest). When searching, I found some really cute (and FREE) gift tags.  I wished each of my students a SWEET break on the cute tags.

I've included the link for the FREE tags (below) and a picture of the final product I gave out.

I'm also wishing all of you a blessed, safe, fun-filled, and SWEET Christmas.

Get the FREE gift tags HERE.



Happy holiday shopping! Purchase your classroom needs NOW, and be ready when you return after the break.

10% off all items in my store (now thru Christmas)! Click on the picture below to check out my TpT store.

Happy holidays to all,

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sensational Sensory Poems

Poetry is one of my favorite types of writing.  For Thanksgiving, my students completed a sensory poem.  Thanksgiving looks like... Thanksgiving sounds like... Thanksgiving smells like... Thanksgiving  tastes like... and Thanksgiving feels like...

Using descriptive language and sensory words, my students came up with some incredible poems. This was initially written on notebook paper, revised and edited, and then written on a final draft sheet.  The final product also included cutting out and coloring a turkey. I am proud of their hard work. We proudly displayed these outside our classroom.

NOTE: I don't take credit for the turkey cut out.

Happy writing,

Thanksgiving Sensory Poem
Sensory Poems Hung Proudly in Our Hallway

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Digital Media - Vocabulary Resource & Create a Billboard Activity

Teaching digital media can be fun!  I just recently gave my students words that pertain to digital media. We discussed how commercials and advertising companies use persuasive language to persuade (or convince) the viewers to purchase their particular product. Some of the youtube videos I showed in class are shown below. My students really enjoyed them.  We talked about certain media techniques used (bright colors, music, humor, emotion, close ups, great jingles/slogans, famous people, etc.).

After that, I presented a fun activity...Create Your Own Billboard.  The children followed the specific guidelines on a rubric that I created.  The final products were fabulous!  I was so impressed with their understanding of persuasive techniques, language, and phrases. An example of a final product is displayed below.

Create a Billboard
The "digital media vocabulary," "Create a Billboard" Activity, and the" Create a Billboard" rubric for easy grading/assessment can be found on my TpT store.  Check it out! You'll be glad you did!

Happy teaching,
Angie Lobue

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Family, friends, turkey, leaves falling, a chill in the this time of the year.  I hope you will take this time to ponder all of your many blessings and spend quality time with your loved ones!


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Take Time Out

So true! Take time out of "the race" to build that rapport with your students. Very important!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Grammar Parts of Speech Task Cards

Teaching grammar? These 24 parts of speech task cards will help check your students' understanding of the major parts of speech.

This products comes with:

  • 24 Grammar Task Cards
  • Main Parts of Speech Resource Sheet (Handy Guide that's great for students' binders, notebooks, or folders)
  • Gearing Up for Grammar Student Response Sheet
  • Gearing Up for Grammar Answer Key
Click on the photos below to view this product on my TpT Store

Happy teaching,

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Author's Purpose Vocabulary & Practice

Teaching author's purpose?  Provide your students with the necessary vocabulary to determine the purpose, or reason, an author writes.

Click on the photo below to see my new Author's Purpose Product in my TpT store.

It includes the following:
1. Vocabulary Page (perfect for student notebooks/binders/folders
(or set at the reading center or in reading bins as a helpful resource)
2. Author's Purpose Practice Page
3. Student Response Sheet
4. Answer Key with possible responses

This can be used as a whole teach activity or would be ideal for a reading center/station.

Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Keep Calm and Teach On!

Love this! By Wednesday, we might all be telling ourselves this. Teach on, you rockstar teachers (and, of course, keep calm)!

Happy Teaching,

Non Fiction Text Features/Text Structure Task Cards

Teaching non fiction text features or the various text structures?

Use these 24 task cards for whole teach, at a center/station, or for partner work. They are Common Core Aligned and require students to APPLY their knowledge.

Click here to view product:    Non Fiction Text Features/Text Structure Task Cards

Also, check out my previous post for a cute non fiction video on youtube to go along with text features. 

Happy teaching!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Set 2 is Here: Elaborate/Enhance the Sentence

Set 2 has arrived!  My students and I have thoroughly enjoyed "Elaborating the Sentence- Set 1" and were in need of more "elaboration practice."  I've noticed great improvements in my students' writing with these activity sheets.

This is completed in my "Whimsical Writing" station and is turned in on Fridays.  I've been impressed with how my third graders are now adding vivid verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases to their writing.  Woo hoo!

If you'd like to read more about this product or purchase, visit my TpT Store: Elaborate the Sentence: Set 2

Happy writing!
AngieElaborate the Sentence: Set 2

Monday, October 21, 2013

Main Idea Rap

Teaching Main Idea? My students loved this catchy video. I even found myself singing it all day! Enjoy!

Happy Teaching,

Continent Song

Teaching the continents? Try this cute song! Students catch on quickly!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Awesome Non Fiction Text Features Video

Oh my gosh! My students absolutely love this catchy song.  Super video to show when teaching non fiction text features.
                 Have a great weekend!

Happy teaching,

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Cause & Effect Song & Video

Are you teaching cause and effect to your students?

If so I found a really cute and catchy song. Not sure who to give credit to on the words of this song, but I want to make it clear that they are NOT mine.  I saw kids performing it on Youtube, so maybe this teacher gets credit.  Here are the words to the song and the video is below. Tune: The Addams Family

Whenever something happens, there always is a reason.
 You must ask why it happened to understand the cause.

Cause and effect (clap, clap)
Cause and effect (clap, clap)
 Cause and effect, cause and effect,
cause and effect (Clap, clap)

The cause makes something happen.
It really gets things snapping.
Just ask yourself what happened to understand the effect.

Cause and effect (clap, clap),
 Cause and effect (clap,clap)
Cause and effect, cause and effect,
 Cause and effect (clap, clap)

 Here's another cute video  I found on youtube that also does a nice job of teaching cause & effect:


Happy Teaching,

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Happy "Hump Day!"

Wishing all the incredible teachers out there a "Happy Hump Day!" I hope your Wednesday is wonderful!

Keep inspiring our future generations!

Happy Teaching,

Friday, October 4, 2013

A Funny Photo for Friday

Happy Friday, everyone! I saw this posted on WeAreTeachers and had to share. Too funny! Have a fabulous Friday and restful weekend!

Happy teaching,

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Audio Book WebMix on Symbaloo

Have you tried Symbaloo in your classroom? If not, you must! It's an incredibly easy way to "house" websites for your students.

On that note, my students LOVE listening to audio books, so I created a Symbaloo Webmix for children to be able to easily access great books (some are read by famous people, which they absolutely love).  Build your children's or student's fluency and comprehension in a fun way!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

7 Habits of Happy Kids Video

This past weekend, I was at Books A Million and enjoyed looking through Sean Covey's 7 Habits of Happy Kids.  Lately, I've been reading on many teacher's blogs that they are successfully using this in their classrooms.  I'm thinking about using it in the future with my kids.  I came across an amazing video where a middle school girl sings the 7 habits to Adele. She's quite amazing! Enjoy!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Need a laugh?

I chuckled when I saw this and thought you would too.

 Happy teaching! Angie

Character Traits Graphic Organizer

This upcoming week, we're discussing character traits and analyzing characters. My students love graphic organizers, and I like putting them in our student notebooks.  This particular printable has students choose one character, give unique traits for that particular character, and provide evidence for their given traits.

The printable below can be found at the TpT store.

Do you have a graphic organizer for character traits?

Enjoy and happy teaching!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

We Make a BIG Impact

I saw this picture this morning and agree with it so much!

Recently, I've had a few students tell me that they remember things we did in class, things I said to them, how they enjoyed my class (and that was 18 years ago). Wow!!!! It's almost frightening the impact (positive or negative) that we can have on the students in our classrooms. 

 Way to go, teachers! We have an extremely important job. Keep up the great work!

Happy teaching!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Remembering 9/11

Tomorrow will be an emotional day for all Americans.  September 11 always brings tears to my eyes as I remember what tragically happened on this day in 2001.  It's still hard to believe. Teachers will carefully choose what to teach, and share, with their students.  One video that I share with my students is below (beautiful song and video that captures the heroism of those that selflessly helped others.

Following this, my students will create a Quilt Square. You can find this this here.  We will then piece together the quilt and hang in honor of the heroes that survived that horrific day and in memory of those who sadly lost their lives.

Always remember,

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Context Clues Task Cards - Common Core AlignedI

I know that at the beginning of the year, I'm always looking for center/station ideas.  One of the stations that I continually have in my classroom is Word Work.  At this particular center, children work on various things such as spelling, prefixes, suffixes, root words, homophones, synonyms, antonyms, vocabulary, and more.

I created a 32 Context Clues Task Card set that's perfect for station/center work. You can also use this for group or partner work.

It's Common Core aligned and includes an Answer Key and Student Response Sheet. It's certain to build your students' vocabulary. Enjoy!

Blessings and happy teaching!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Socrative Student Response System

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We're always looking for new ways to engage our students. Have you heard of Socrative? Well, it's a FREE and very easy -to- use student response system. We've all asked our students questions and gotten the "deer in headlights" look. Also, some of our students are just too shy to participate.

Give this a try. I just tested it out. You simply create certain questions (they can be "true/false," multiple choice, and many other types of questions). The students can then simply sign in (using a room number that you provide) and respond to the question via their smartphones, laptops, tablets, or iPods. They can either remain anonymous or give their names when responding (it depends on how you set it up).

Engage your class! Check out 

 Happy teaching, Angie

Monday, September 2, 2013

Every Kid Needs a Champion

As we are all starting a new school year with a room full of eyes upon us, I thought this would be a perfect reminder that 'Every Kid Needs a Champion."  We've watched this at several of our "back to school" teacher trainings, and every time I watch it, I laugh and cry all at the same time.

Let's be that encourager, motivator, and champion-builder for our students. They need us! Enjoy!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

First Week of School Was a Success!

Well, my first week of school is done.  Very tiring, but incredibly successful and productive week.  We played, and enjoyed, many "Get to Know You" games and icebreakers.  One of my favorites was having the children fill a brown bag with 5 items that describe them (could be pictures, a baseball, a stuffed animal, a souvenir from a favorite place they traveled, etc.). Each child (about 5 per day) then presented his/her items to the class (great opportunity to discuss eye contact and voice level when presenting).  On Friday, after all students had shared their items, I presented my items but did it with a slideshow of some of my favorite memories in my life.  My students really enjoy this each year, and it's a great way for them to get to know me and what I was like as a child. It's all about building that rapport.  I love how one student stated, "Gosh, you look so different!" "Yes," I replied. "That's what age does to you!"  Love the things that kiddos say!

Another great way I learned about my children was through the "All About Me Alphabet." My students described themselves with a descriptive word or phrase using each letter of the alphabet. We had some great discussions while completing this activity.  You can find this in a "Back to School Packet" at my TpT Store.

Also included in this packet is an activity titled "Getting to Know Your Group."  I put my students in groups, and they chose a "scribe" (writer). Each child then shared their favorite color, activity, food, and school subject.  Afterwards, they discussed how their group was alike, different, and a fun fact they learned about their group or a particular student.  For example, we discovered that one of our students likes to eat shark and another enjoys duck. (We heard a few "yucks" in response to that).  This also comes in the packet I mentioned above.

I hope you had a phenomenal first week! Please share some of your favorite activities that you did with your students.

Blessings and happy teaching,

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"We Rock" Bulletin Board

I know at this time of the year, we're all thinking about covering our walls with bulletin boards. At our school, this year's theme is  WE ROCK.  I wanted to share my outside wall bulletin board with you. I'm proud of the way the labels turned out for my vintage 45 records that I luckily purchased at a garage sale. On the first day of school, I'll have my students write their names on the labels. Rock on!



Monday, August 19, 2013

We CAN make a difference!

I'm sure all teachers are either already in school or are in training this week like me. We discussed many things today, but there was one thing that really made an impact on me. I already knew it, but it was a great reminder. I'll post that particular quote below so you too can be reminded of the impact we can have on our students.  

Haim G. Ginott... “I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”

 Wow, it IS frightening to realize the power that we have in our classrooms. We ARE the climate and mood determiner in our classrooms. So, why not create a positive environment for our children?

Blessings and happy teaching!

Teachers: You Have to Watch this Video! Enjoy!

Happy Monday morning to all.  I just viewed this video last night and rolled with laughter.  For all my teacher friends out there, watch and enjoy "Said No Teacher Ever."

Blessings and happy teaching!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

7 Ways Teachers are Using Social Media in the Classroom

Happy Sunday! I was just catching up on my Twitter feeds and read a great article on how educators are using Social Media in the classroom.  I wanted to share it with you. Click on the link below: 

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What social media do you successfully use in the classroom? 

Happy teaching!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

HUGE Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers - Starts Tomorrow!

How exciting! TpT's HUGE annual sale starts tomorrow and goes through August 19th.  Buy all those items you've been adding to your wishlist at cheaper prices
 (just what we teachers need)!! 

Check out my items by clicking on the picture above. My entire store will be 20% off EVERYTHING. If you're shopping my TpT store, be sure and enter the code BTS13 for additional savings and a total of 28% off everything you buy.  Woo hoo!

Blessings and happy teaching!

Friday, August 16, 2013


TGIF!! I know during "back to school" time we're all feverishly getting our classrooms (home away from home) ready. When setting up my writing center, I was hanging some incredible posters with overused words. However, I wanted my students to have a handy resource at their fingertips for their writing binders this year. I plan on making more of these but started with one of the most overused words......drum roll please. Yes, you knew it - SAID!!! Here's a FREEBIE for you and your students. I hope you enjoy. 

Check out my other products in my TpT Store and have a blessed day! Happy Teaching!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Well, as I'm thinking of writing stations for my students this year, elaboration popped into my mind.  I know we all get tired of the same old boring sentences.  I created a resource to eliminate those TIRED sentences. Check it out at my TpT store. Click on the link below to learn more:

Happy writing,

Monday, August 5, 2013

Free Writing Resource

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Yes, it's hard to believe, but school is right around the corner.  If you're like me, you're thinking of classroom organization, routines, centers for the classroom and more.  Well, yesterday I was thinking of writing centers, which brings me to a FREE resource I just posted on My TpT store.  Just click the download button, and it's yours.

I put this in my students' writing folders/binder so I don't see that much-dreaded word "SAID" in their writing. Hope you enjoy it as much as me.

Blessings and happy teaching!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Check Out Bloglovin'

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If you haven't heard yet, a great way to follow your favorite blogs.  If you're an educator, there is a multitude of great blogs to follow to obtain great ideas (blogs pertaining to the grade you teach, blogs for organizing your classroom, and blogs to keep you updated with technology in the classroom).  I'm excited to be a member of this incredible site.

Be sure and follow my blog while on there, won't you? Just click the button above or you can find this button on the right-hand side of my blog.

Blessings and happy teaching!
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

What is the New Chevron Craze All About?

Well, I know I must be behind on this, but I just found out what Chevron even looks like. One of my team teachers is decorating her room with the trendy design.

So, I decided to take one of my Welcome Back ideas and use the Chevron design.  Wanted to share the preview with you.

You can download the SWEET Welcome Back Story cards at Teachers Pay Teachers for only $.75.  Just print, cut the cards out, and place in Ziploc baggie with suggested candy.

I use this story to welcome new students at Meet the Teacher Night or for the first day of school.  However you choose to use it, your students will thank you for the extra SWEET welcome.

Happy Teaching,

Sunday, July 21, 2013

First Blog Post

Hello, blogging community.  I'm excited about the new blog I've created.  I have to say that seeing, and following, many of the creative teacher blogs out there sparked my interest.  So, thank you!

For teachers, summer is all about getting that much-needed rest.  However, with school right around the corner, it's hard to stay off the Internet, Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers when looking for new ideas.

Today, I found a great idea where you toss a beach ball with questions on it.  The student who catches the ball, answers the question that his/her thumb is on.  I thought this was a great ice breaker for the first day of school.  I've also seen some great transition and brain break ideas.

What are some of the best ideas you've found so far?

Check out my FREE download on Teachers Pay Teachers.  It's a great ice breaker for the first day or week of school.  Hope you enjoy!