Monday, March 17, 2014

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Oh. My. Goodness. Y'all.  I am soooo tired.  The time change is still taking its toll on me, and then today was the first day after spring break.  It was rough.  To top it all off, I could not go to sleep last night for the life of me.  I'm pretty sure that it was anxiety about going back to school when I didn't feel ready.  I was awake until 3:30, and I was up and out the door by 6:30.  All I can say is TGFS aka Thank God For Starbucks!!!!   Who's with me?!?!
I'm going to make this a quick post to share the things I made that I want to share with you all.  First, I needed some examples of various electric circuit setups to test my kids on their ability to decide whether light bulbs would light or not in each one.  I just could not find what I was looking for.  I decided to make my own.  I'm so glad I got them done just in time to review the last month before STAAR happens in April.  (That is our state testing here in Texas.)  There are 40 different black-and-white circuit task cards included in the set, four sorting mats, a recording sheet, and an answer document.  There is a directions page with a four different ways of using the cards that I thought of, although I'm sure there are plenty more.  I have put the preview picture below.  I will give one set away for free from my blog, one on Instagram, and one from my Facebook.  Leave a comment below including your email address to enter the giveaway here.  To enter your chance to win on Facebook, click here to head over to my Facebook page.  Become a follower and leave a comment with your Facebook username under the giveaway post.  To enter on Instagram, click here.  Follow me on Instagram and comment on the giveaway post for your chance to win.  I will choose a winner from each place Wednesday night!  (We have a softball game tomorrow.)  If you are interested in buying these circuit task cards after the giveaway ends, click here!

Secondly, I said I would share this little Valentine freebie.  I know it's too late for this year, but you can always download and save it for next year.  There is four quick pages of practice turning improper fractions into mixed numbers.  I made it really quick to leave for a sub. Just click on the picture to download the file.  :)
This is how my sweet little Valentines turned out, and I have to say I think my students really liked them.  We watch CNN student news most days, and each episode ends with Carl Azuz telling puns related to the final story.  I think some of them really liked these punny Valentines even more because of that! :) 
To see other awesome things made by fabulous teacher bloggers, head over to 4th Grade Frolics for another link-up of Monday Made It! :)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Currently...5 School Days from Spring Break!!!!

Ohmygosh, ohmygosh, ohmygosh...  It is only 5 school days away.  Actually only 4 days for me, because we have a grade-level planning day on Wednesday.  I can smell the fresh air, Starbucks sit-ins, and I-finally-have-time-for-home-cooking days coming my way.  How about you?

And now....It's time to link up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade for Currently...March!!!
Listening: Are you guys as excited as I am about Scandal being back?  I LOVE it!!!  I had to DVR it, because this week has been crazy, but I am finally getting to watch it.  Soooo good!
Loving: I am loving my new fraction anchor charts, and I promised I'd share them on the blog this week.  Here they are in all their glory:

Anybody have suggestions to keep them from fading?  The sun in my room is doing a doozy on them already, and it's only been a couple of weeks.  (The blinds are closed already, so that is not helping.  I was hoping I could keep them for a little while, but now I'm not sure they will last.  Help!!!)
Thinking:  Spring Break is sooo close.  I want those days of recuperation so badly.  It has been a stressful year, a year of chaos in my mind.  I need days to get my thoughts in order, my files in order, my plans in order, because our math standardized test is just around the corner.  I have got to do my students justice, and I need time for myself in order to make that happen. 
Wanting: My "running" shoes are getting a hole, and my big toe is going to pop out the top of one of them soon.  Heading to the outlet malls during spring break to find some more.  I call them "running" shoes, because I jog...barely.  But I'm trying.  See the needing section for more...
Needing: Working out is new for me.  I have been going to the gym regularly since the beginning of January...until last week.  Last week was insane.  Today's the day to get back in the game.  I have TONS of work to do in the get healthy department, but I am trying.  I am doing couch to 5K, which for most people is a program that progresses a little more each week.  My progress happens at a much slower pace.  I have repeated week 2 one time, and week 3 two times, and I think I'm going to be on week 3 for a while yet.  It is hard when you are as out of shape as I am, but I am trying.  And...I.Am.Not.Giving.Up.Dammit.  This is what I keep telling myself anyway.  That's why I must get myself to the gym.  TODAY!
???: And now the question category.  My answer is Vitamin Water Zero.  Any guesses?
Enjoy your March teacher friends!