Monday, March 31, 2014

Government Galore!

My kiddos have been studying government. We discussed the three branches of government, who is in each branch, and the functions of each branch. We also learned about the Constitution, its amendments, and the Preamble. For a bonus, many of my students memorized (some sang) the Preamble. Be sure and have your students check out Schoolhouse Rock's Constitution song. It's very catchy, and kids love it. Why you'll be singing along with them.

Schoolhouse Rock- The Constitution


The students were then to create a visual for the three branches. One visual was a tree with actual branches to include their information. Another visual was the Three Ring Circus (also by Schoolhouse Rock).  I'm proud of my students' finished products.

NOTE:  I do not take credit for being the creator of these visuals. I found them on one of my very favorite sites - Pinterest. You know you love it, too!

Three Ring Circus

Check out our hall display!



Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Must See: STAAR Parody to Frozen

Well, we've prepared our students all year with the skills necessary to pass the test (and, more importantly, to succeed in life). For all the Texas teachers out there, STAAR is right around the corner (ahhhhh). This video is super cute and a must see for anyone who deals with STAAR testing. Hope you enjoy! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Get Exposure to Your Blog: Join this Linky!

Be sure and add your blog site onto "Performing in Fifth Grade's "LINKY" (so kind of her to do). Your blog will remain on her page (great traffic). She has set a limit, so add your pages now.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Happy Hump Day!

I want to wish you all a Happy Hump Day! Make it a beautiful day!

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Huge Giveaways - Enter NOW to win!

Be sure and enter the huge giveaways by More Than Math by Mo to celebrate her new blog design. I'm happy to be one of the teacher authors that donated to the Grades 3-5 Category.

Enter now for a chance to win one of these awesome offers.

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Good luck to everyone,

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Enhance Your Students' Writing

This past week at our Whimsical Writing Station, my students enhanced their writing using one of my TpT products, Elaborate the Sentence Set 2. I loved their creative sentences and want to share two final products. Way to go, writing superstars! 

Check out this product by clicking here. 
Elaborate the Sentence Set 2

The rotten pirate and the rainbow-feathered parrot inspected the great
golden treasure that has been hidden for billions of years. 

The shrewd and handsome pirate along with his
 talkative parrot searched for the shimmering treasure chest.

Happy writing,

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Awesome Student Reciting the Preamble

Are your students studying government, the Constitution, Bill of Rights, or the Preamble? I have always LOVED Schoolhouse Rocks' Constitution song. 

My third graders have been listening to this catchy song and have picked it up and memorized it. Here's our first student to recite the Preamble. Way to go!


Great Teachers Inspire

Happy Thursday to everyone. Enjoy this day as you INSPIRE our future generation.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Have you Heard of this New Incredible Site? You MUST!

Have you heard of Go Noodle? I hadn't until I read about it recently from an educator on Twitter. Sounded interesting enough, so I decided to check it out. Well, on the really frigid days that we couldn't go out, we tried this new site out. My students picked a "champ monster" and off we went  trying to increase our "champ meter." What fun! Yes, I even got into it!

Inside the FREE (did I mention FREE) program, there are many different types of activities to try. Some get the kiddos movin' and groovin' and others calm them down. This is perfect not only for inside recess but also for brain breaks.

You must check this site out. Genius!

Click here: Go Noodle


So TRUE! Happy Tuesday!

We really do teach from the heart (not always from the book, our lesson plans, our a particular electronic device). It's those teachable moments and life lessons that children remember for a lifetime!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Be an Optimist!

Be an optimist on this beautiful Friday! It's truly how we view things in life that dictates our mood, choices, friends, and so much more. TGIF!

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Cool Science Video: Check it Out!

Check out this really cute and catchy song about the sun! I think our students will LOVE this. I actually subscribed to StoryBots' channel after viewing this (lots of catchy, educational videos). 

Sunday, March 9, 2014


To all my teaching friends who are SUPER WOMEN! We are educators, mamas away from home, encouragers, nurses, counselors, and more. Happy Sunday!

Really Cool Math Video: Counting by 7's

For all you math teachers, this is a must if you're teaching skip counting/multiplication. Very catchy tune! I think the kids will dig it!


Counting by 7's Video
Click HERE to Enjoy

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cute Pronoun Song to Sponge Bob Square Pants Tune

Just found this on Mrs. Braun's Second Grade Class (thanks for sharing).

It's a very cute pronoun song that is sung to the tune of Sponge Bob Square Pants. I know the kiddos will LOVE it!  Check it out!

Free Educational APPS for Kids

Excellent Apps for the classroom or home! Check them out!

Can You Relate?

For all my teaching buddies out there. Can you relate? YOU make a difference! Happy Saturday!