I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! 

As for Black Friday, I did quite a bit of shopping online!
Best Buy
Amazon (although I'm mad at them for raising their Free Shipping minimum to $35)
Finish Line
Isn't this little puppy adorable!?!?  This was one of the Christmas gifts from my mom to my little guy. Thankfully it is not a real puppy!  He loves playing webkinz! 

On Thanksgiving, I went to Walmart and was able to get a bike!!!!  I got there at 5:45, and was all checked out and home by 6:30!  I'm not a big fan of crowds and I couldn't imagine just going there to shop leisurely, but I was on a mission!  When I got to the bikes there was a huge crowd, and no line or any sort of organization and one employee handing out these cards.  I asked someone in line how this worked and she asked me what I wanted- except it kind of came out, "whattta you wantttt?"  Then she marched right up and got me my card :)  I almost hugged her, except I don't think she was the hugging type!

Yesterday my sister came up and we went to Target, Pier 1, and Michaels.  We didn't leave the house until 11:30 am and it wasn't too busy (I think everyone was home sleeping)! We weren't even looking for deals...just Christmas decorations.  Then last night I went to Bath and Body Works and Lady Foot Locker!

I actually do the shopping for both sets of grandparents, so I got to spend other people's money :)

Monday and Tuesday is the Cyber Monday Sale on Teacher's Pay Teachers.  Don't forget to leave feedback to earn credits!


Thank you Gina from Beach Sand and Lesson Plans for the adorable graphics!!!
Wishing everyone a great day with family and friends!  I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving- I'm truly blessed! I'm linking up with  Molly at Lucky to be In First!

I used points from Scholastic to acquire the following author sets for our book room for the intermediate teachers!  During our walk-to-intervention time, many teachers have been doing author studies. Other popular series that we already had were Baily School Kids, Magic Tree House, and Rick Riordan books! 

Until 8:30 pm CST, these task cards will be free!

In our walk-to-intervention kindergarten groups, we started out with the following letters: H A T

They have been reading lots of "hat" books!  Students use highlighter tape to find words that start with "h" and then make word lists with the teacher!  Next week they will be adding additional letters to make more "at" words!

 To help students build words, many times teachers will use letter cards at work stations, but most teachers at my building use these tiles and store them in this awesome case for guided reading!

When I went into the kindergarten room they were using the tiles to build words, and the teacher stored them in cups :)  They stacked VERY easily, and didn't take up much space.  Then on Fridays, she would have students trade in letters at the end of the last guided reading group, to get read for next week.

Linking up with Doodle Bugs!

This week has been beyond busy, and I think I might only get to a Three for Friday (on Saturday)!

1.  "My headache hurts," was what one little kindergarten boy told me today when another boy was having a FIT :)  When your headache hurts...then it must be bad!

2.  I love this app Gratitude365.  Perfect for November!!! I add a picture everyday from my photo library and just type a few words!!  It either displays a list of what you are thankful for with photos, or it shows a calendar and each day has the picture you include :)

3.  I met Jan Brett!!!!!  She is doing a bus tour around the United States.  Her Facebook page has all the details!  While she was at Barnes and Noble, she drew this amazing chicken in honor of her new book....Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella.  If you look closely, you'll see that she started with an egg and an ice-cream cone! 

My Facebook page, has my Flash Freebie!!!

Linking Up with Doodle Bugs :)
1.  This container of rice saved my watch!  I've had this watch for about seven years, and it was a Christmas present from my husband.  On Tuessday, there was fog under the face of the watch, and I thought that for sure it was ruined.  Twelve hours in a container of rice, and it is as good as new!  I'm not sure if the container of rice was necessary, but I've heard it works well for phones that get wet.  Thankfully, I haven't had to try that!

2.  This is a VERY busy time at my house.  If I'm home before 8pm, it is a good night!!  Volleyball, dance, basketball, and Boy Scouts are keeping me on my toes.  I think my family gets a break on Dec 9th…that's when volleyball and basketball are over.  They are fun to watch, but multiple practices a week makes it hard on this mom!!!!

3. Today this morning we had a dress rehearsal for our music program.  Usually they do this at the end of day, but something happened and it moved to 9:45 am.  This was a great time for me to organize the stack of papers on my desk!!!!  Everything is in it's binder!  That is an awesome feeling!  I think the music teacher will be getting a Starbucks surprise tomorrow!

4.  Boss of Lunch!  Yesterday I was the boss of lunch.  Usually our Title 1 Math teacher is the boss of lunch, and my job is to smile, open milks, and wipe down tables.  She was out sick, and I was in charge!  We always let the students talk until there is five minutes left.  Then it is quiet time so everyone can finish eating.  I'm pretty quiet, and my fear is that I'll have 150 students ignore me!! I used the clicker (that's what we use in the lunchroom to get students attention) and I clicked twice and raised my hand and in about 2 seconds you could hear a pin drop!!!!! The students did an awesome job!!!  The worst thing that happened was someone spilled their pudding right in the middle of the dismissal path (as I was dismissing tables).

5.  This is a Thanksgiving Freebie that includes math and writing! I don't like saying, "I'm not a math person" because as a teacher I shouldn't say that.  You can draw your own conclusions :)  In this freebie you will find fractions written two ways...because I had no clue!!!! Does the picture of the pie represent what is left or what was eaten???  I did it both ways (one of them has to be right)!!!   :)
I have been doing homework all weekend...although I have managed to take a few breaks to have some family time. 

Today I put on my Facebook page that if the Kansas City Chiefs won today, I would "flash freebie" one of my newest items!  Well they did it!  9-0 :) 

This will be free until 5:30 CST.

I cannot believe this month is November....the month of Thanksgiving and Black Friday!  I'm linking up with Farley!
Last year I was one of the people that loved that stores opened on Thanksgiving night.  We would always wake up early on Black Friday but in the last few years, it got CRAZY early (like 3 am).  It was just too hard to go Black Friday shopping. 

Last year, we had a great family Thanksgiving and went out after the kids were in bed. It was so nice to have all my shopping done by 11:00 at night, and sleep late the next day. Last year I went to Wal-Mart and Target.  My mom stayed with the kids, while my dad, husband, and I divided and conquered. 

I've been doing homework like crazy.  I've been collecting data for my dissertation and right now I'm transcribing data.  IT.IS.NOT.FUN!  Then once I get through this, I'll be okay :) 

I haven't watched TV in weeks.  Tonight we are going to try and watch 2 episodes of the Amazing Race as a family.  Our DVR is filling up :)

I am not a great cook.  My job is to bring wine to events!  That works out best for everyone :) However this recipe from Something Swanky looks yummy.  I have two family members with nut allergies, but it can be made without!!


Linking Up with Doodle Bugs :)
Happy Halloween :) 
 Yesterday was Halloween, and I guess I missed the memo that teachers were not wearing costumes until the party time...Ooops! I was a hippie.  Once I took off my accessories, I just looked like I had really cool clothes on :) 
One of my favorite parts of the day is kindergarten lunch duty.  I put back on my accessories just for lunch duty. Most of the kindergarteners didn't realize I was even in a costume!!!  Except for a few girls at one table.  They called me over and whispered, "we know what you are....a hula girl!" I did some cool hula moves and a few shimmies with jazz hands (with my disposables gloves on), only to realize there was a parent eating with their child staring at me!

1.  I've been busy with data at school.  We've been doing walk-to-intervention and we just got our first round of data. So far we are getting awesome results.  The students love it, and the teachers do too!!!! All grade levels have 30 minutes of specific skill and application practice.  We try and get as many certified teachers teaching groups, and we use our support staff to run practice work stations (these are different than our guided reading work stations).   I'm working with a first grade teacher and we are going to do a little action research on a sight word program we think will really help.  We have a group of seven students and sight words are really holding them back.  Any sight word ideas would be appreciated!

2.  Show Me App...I love this app.  I was visiting another school, and the teacher was using Show Me & QR codes!  The teacher recorded himself teaching some "tricky" math concepts that students had been working on.  When he was doing small groups, if students got stuck, they scanned the QR codes, which took them to the Show Me videos :) 

3.  Store bought mom!  I have been so busy this week...the earliest I've made it home at night this week has been 9 pm.  I didn't have time to make cute treats, so I resorted to store-bought mini cupcakes for my son!

4. Here is my newest freebie :)


5.  Friday Flash Freebie....I feel like a department store putting out Christmas merchandise too early!!!  I figured you could "stock" up early :)  Free until 6pm CST!

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