Read Around the Christmas Tree

It's Right to Read week next week and that means it's time to get the library all decked out!  This morning I spent some time with the help of several students creating out Reading Tree!   Love it!  I'm not sure of it's orignal source, or where I found it really?  Maybe Pinterest? 

Hands down the best part is watching the student's reaction when the walk in= awesome.  We are celebrating all week next week.  

Monday is Christmas Shirt/Sweater day
Tuesday- Green and Red Day
Wednesday- The spirit of giving (instead of picking a theme we are focusing on giving to local nursing homes both in donations and in handmade Christmas cards.  
Thursday is Christmas Hat Day 
Friday (early dismissal day!) Crazy Christmas Sock Day

Get excited!  And more importantly get reading!


Potential Life Changing Video about Poop and a Fun Chicken One too!

Today at school, several middle school students were raving about the YouTube Channel "Learn Something Every Day".  I can't miss something like that so I had to check it out!  I loved it!  Check out this potentially life changing video... probably not in the way you are imagining but interesting and enlightening nonetheless.

Don't lie.  It made you think didn't it!  Want to be further amazed?  Check out this chicken video.  I must be honest, next time I see a chicken it better watch out because this is now on my bucket list.... well maybe!  :-D

If you watched videos, did you learn something????

Happy Holidays Dollar Days

Molly at Classroom Confections is having a linky party- just in time for the holidays! I just linked up my Set of 20 Christmas Themed Lined Paper to the site!  Take some time and check this out, right now there are 38 different items $1.99 and less!  AWESOME!  Thanks for doing this Molly!  :-D

Amazing Collection of Old Newspapers

Have you seen this yet?  The Library of Congress's Chronicling America website is digitalizing newspapers from the past.  The description from the website says: "Search America's historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about the American newspapers published between 1690-present.  Chronicling American is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Locally in Ohio the newest additions include The Dayton Daily Empire (Dayton), Hancock Jefferson (Findlay), Findlay Jeffersonian, Jeffersonian Democrat (Chardon), Stark County Democrat (Canton), Tiffin Tribune (1848), Tiffin Weekly Tribune, and Tiffin Tribune (1868).

I first learned of this site from the Ohio Resource Center- another amazing must see site!

My very own handwriting font!!!

I can finally cross this off of my bucket list!  I now have a font of my very own handwriting!  And, it was way easy.  I will hopefully take the time very soon and do a nice copy, but I did this one very quickly just to see if I could and I can!  Holy Smokes!  I have my very own handwriting as a font!  :-D Just to show how excited I am, here's a screen shot!

Crazy isn't it!  Want to make your own font?  I did it through the app iFontMaker.  It is a $6.99 purchase but so far it has been worth it.  :-)  Check it out!  And let me know if you like it!

Draw A Stickman

This has very little educational value but man is it fun!  I love doing it in those extra few minutes of class before the bell rings- it is also really good for helping young students learn mouse control.  Draw A Stickman takes your stickman drawing and brings it to life!  Seriously, take a minute and play you will be glad that you did!

Math Common Core Guides K-8

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

It's Monday and that means freebies!  Wahoo!  One of my favorites.  :-)  This weeks freebie is something every parent and teacher needs!

Preparing for the Common Core is a huge task as any teacher can tell you.  Sometimes, even understanding what the standards are trying to say can be a big problem.  In collaboration with several others we have created 9 different math common core guides.  These guides would be a great resource for parents to understand what is being asked, what developing, proficient, and advanced skills look like.  You can grab all of these at on the Common Core Resource Page or by clicking the links below.

Kindergarten Math Guide
First Grade Math Guide
Second Grade Math Guide
Third Grade Math Guide
Fourth Grade Math Guide
Fifth Grade Math Guide
Sixth Grade Math Guide
Seventh Grade Math Guide
Eighth Grade Math Guide

While you are here, take a minute to link up your teacher page if you are interested!  :-D  Have a great day!

Ribbon Hero

Remember clippy?  You know that little pop up paper clip that was always giving advice while using Microsoft Office?

Clippy is getting a second chance!  Microsoft has created a game atmosphere to learn all of the hidden features of Office.  This is a FREE download and runs on Office 2007 and 2010.  I've always considered myself a proficient user of Office but I learned a ton!

You get points for completing tasks, using shortcuts, and learning more about the ribbon at the top of the screen.  You travel through different time periods and interact with the data that you are given.  If you are ever in charge of teaching computer literacy to late elementary, middle school, or high school students this would be an AMAZING activity!  Seriously.  Everything is laid out.  It's fun.  It's competitive.  And you can show document progress of your learning!  What more could you ask for!

When I teach Microsoft Innovative Educator classes it is always one of the favorite activities among teachers.  Check it out.  You will be glad that you did and surprised at the time it will save you doing day to day tasks!  Let me know what your high score is!

Watch Santa feed his Reindeer via Live Feed

The spirit of Christmas is in the air!  Check out  This site features a live feed of Santa's Reindeer!!!  Everyday between November 16th to December 24th you can watch Santa himself feed the Reindeer at 11am, 6pm, and 9pm EST.  There is also an app so you can watch Santa on the go, for only $1.99 you cannot go wrong!  I'm downloading it right now!

I'm so excited about this!  It is only a minute or two until 9 so I need to go so we can watch Santa!


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