Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Sunday Scoop - 10/25/15

Here's the scoop...

Have to Do:
  • Quarter assessments are here! Since this post is a little late, they are done and sent home
  • Parent teacher conferences are on Thursday,
  • We have made slime, carved pumpkins, baked pretzels, and graphed candy.
Hope to Do:
  • I finally have my laundry organized and put away for fall after moving. 
  • Meals are ready for a busy week!
Happy to Do:
  • I am so excited to visit my sister at grad school before traveling to my alma mater to visit friends and my cousin!
God's blessings on your week!

Friday, October 23, 2015

#FaithFriday - 10/23/15

How are your students living out their faith?

My students have been learning about Martin Luther the Reformation this month. The students discovered that the people were taught that they had to pay money in order to earn heaven. Martin Luther wanted everyone to understand that God's grace is sufficient. The students drew radial flowers by creating a point in the middle and adding different types of petals (see examples). The title of the picture is based on 2 Corinthians 12:9 where Paul writes, "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

Join this new link-up by adding your post to the blue button below. Please share a link to my blog and the image below on your post! I can't wait to see how your students are sharing the faith in your classroom!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Look Out, Columbus! The World is Flat

How do you help your students connect with the world around them? Last week, we celebrated Columbus sailing the ocean blue in 1492. While Columbus discovered that the world was not flat, Thomas Friedman's popular book, The World is Flat, brings up some valid points against America's favorite explorer. The Internet allows my students to stack and study graphing with first graders at a Lutheran school in Asia. Google Apps for Education helps my students write stories with their peers across the continent. My students could Skype with Spanish-speaking students in Mexico to practice their communication skills. While Columbus may have been correct in a physical sense, this world is most definitely not flat.

What is the Postcard Exchange? Last year, I was teaching state history and looking for a project for my students to connect with other states in a real way. After failing to find a group to join, I created my own project. We only had 40 states in the first group and the other three never started. One year later, we have 50 groups, over 1,000 teachers, and almost 10 completed groups. All of the participants will have the opportunity to join this year. We also have our own Facebook group for you to follow the fun at We'd love for you to join us!

I am so excited to see what this project is doing for students around the country. I wasn't the only one. Sign Up Genius is a website used to coordinate group information for snacks, meetings, and other activities like the Postcard Exchange. They saw our project and featured us on their blog this week at Thank you for the opportunity to connect students across the country! Want to join us? Learn more at

God's blessings!

postcard for classroom exchange

Monday, October 19, 2015

Peek at My Week - 10/19/15

Here's a peek at my week...

Religion: God's Grace is Enough Project
Nursing Home Craft and Visit
Math: Planning a Fall Field Trip
Reading: Little House on Rocky Ridge
Writing: Personal Narrative Small Stories
Social Studies: US Regions Lapbooks
Science: Makerspace Tasks
Spanish: Greetings and Classroom Objects

God's blessings!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Sunday Scoop - 10/18/15

Here's the scoop on my week...

 Have to Do:
  • I love to travel, so I am excited to teach about US regions from personal experience!
  • Each month, our school visits the nursing home to serve the community members there. We'll be singing and making a craft.
  • I am reading the rest of Teaching Like a Champion 2.0 for our November staff meeting.
Hope to Do:
  • The weather has officially changed in Missouri!
  • I have a bag of mini-marshmallows that need to find a purpose.
Happy to Do:
  • Social media is my favorite part of my job, and I am working on a certification through Hootsuite.
God's blessings on your week!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Five for Friday - 10/16/15

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.

 I decided to create a Reformation version of the Elf on the Shelf. The students love to look for Luther on the Ledge each day.

Happy Columbus Day with this Craftivity from Jessica Travis!

 Here's an update from the Postcard Exchange project!

We are working on geography in social studies. I love this project from Teel's Treats


 We illustrated "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" as a part of our Reformation study!

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Sunday Scoop - 10/11/15

 Here's the Scoop on my week....

 Have to Do:
  • I am so excited to join the community of teachers that write visual lesson plans for their blogs. Not only are they appealing to the eye, but I love viewing the ideas of other teachers.
  • We are creating a Makerspace for our design unit in science. The kids can't wait to design solutions for society problems!
  • I am reading Teaching Like a Champion 2.0 for our staff read, and my portion is due this week.
Hope to Do:
  • I was invited to two birthday parties for two of my students. It is always a great opportunity to build relationships with some of my families.
  • I am working on a TPT product for our reading book for this month. It is an interactive journal for historical fiction that ties into Missouri history.
Happy to Do:
  • I had a student that was baptized this Sunday in church! It was a blessing to celebrate with her!

Have a great week!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Five for Friday - 10/9/15

Welcome to Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

The first student passed all of the multiplication facts using the Multiplication Station by Shelley Gray! Fabulous TPT product! 

Our preschoolers put their hand prints in the cement poured for their entry. We added a covered awning to match the new elementary building.

I found this world map project on Teel's Treats via Pinterest.
They have done a great job adding details!
Who doesn't love a freebie!
This subject-verb agreement stacking game is a great resource from Sadlier School.

I love Go Noodle! We worked on our addition skills during math marathon!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Peek at My Week - October 12, 2015

I am excited to unveil my first set of visual lesson plans! I am linking up with Mrs. Wills' Kindergarten for Peek at My Week!

We are in the middle of our unit on Martin Luther and the Reformation in One in Christ by CPH. Math facts were in need of review for our Singapore Math program, so the stations by Shelley Gray are in place! We are working on historical fiction in Benchmark Literacy. Therefore, Little House on Rocky Ridge is a great tie-in to Missouri history. Our writing unit in Benchmark Literacy is on science fiction. My kids are going to be so excited about this Minecraft unit! Social studies starts out with a Columbus Day craftivity and wraps up with our world map posters for Houghton Mifflin Communities. Pearson's Science Fusion has a whole unit dedicated to design so we are working on Maker Space tasks. Spanish activities from Teach Them Spanish round out our week!

God's blessings on your week!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TPT Product: One in Christ Unit 2 Review

I love the One in Christ curriculum used by the Lutheran schools. The third grade covers a comprehensive study of the catechism, and the activities are great. I wanted to create a method to help my students review the material for the tests (one of the few traditional assessments I give). This review guide helps students practice the material taught on the Holy Spirit and Martin Luther. Check out this helpful activity for only $1 in my TPT store!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Five for Friday - 10/2/15

My students love the math stations by Shelley Gray. They are memorizing facts quickly and love the goal-oriented activities!

Our pet hermit crabs get a spotlight this week. While Racer and Shellman are more relaxed, Champion loves to climb all over.

I am offering some remedial support in phonics. This is a great interactive notebook by First Grade Centers and More.

The students love Scienc Fusion by Pearson. They can't wait to have a turn at the interactive whiteboard!

 I created a new TPT product this week! Are you looking for a great project about bodies of water and landforms? This Community Nature Center Exhibit is only $1!