FREE Minion-themed Math Centers

What makes you happy? 
Well, how about
Minion Freebies? :)Minion Freebie - Educents 3 
These free math activities on Educents offers 22 printable pages of math activities for Minion fans. 
It covers addition, subtraction, measurement, money, and more!

Minion Math Centers Freebie

Minion Addition (to 12)
Minion Subtraction (to 12)
Minions Making Ten
Minion Measurement
Minion Money Match
Missing Minion Numbers
Minion Number Cards

Minion Freebie - Educents 2

I hope this math freebie made by Amy of Teaching in Blue Jeans makes you happy. Download the Free Minion Math Centers, then go ahead and do a little dance! :) 

What's Cookin' Wednesdays: Sweet & Spicy Meatballs

Hello friends!
Welcome to my little corner of the blogosphere :)

As I transition out of the classroom to be a stay-at-home mom and full-time TpT creator, I am expanding this little ole blog to include not only teaching tips and activities, but also home-y things such as cooking, baking, crafting, and organizing! 
I'm immensely looking forward to this new adventure.

Part of this transition is a new weekly blog series:
My mission is to share yummy, easy meal ideas with you!

Today I'm sharing one of my quick and easy
go-to crock pot meals:
Sweet & Spicy Meatballs!
Here's what you need:
3 ingredients.
That's it.

I used my handy-dandy jar opener to get these lids off
 Best Christmas present ever :)

First off, pour 16 oz. of grape jelly into a sauce pan and heat it until melted
 Then add in 16 oz. of salsa
Stir frequently until the sauce is boiling
Let it simmer on low while you pop your meatballs in the crock pot
 Coat the meatballs with the mixture
Cook on low for 3-4 hours
While it's cooking, you can waft in the delicious smell while you tackle that housework (or catch up on your favorite show on Netflix), and rest easy knowing that dinner is taken care of!

4 hours later...
I usually serve it with rice and veggies.
Simple, quick to prepare, and delicious
Sounds like a win-win-win to me! :)

Click the picture below to download the recipe as a PDF

I'm always on the lookout for new recipes - leave a favorite in the comments below!

Tried-it Tuesday: BTS Get-to-Know-You Beach Ball

Today I want to share a quick and easy way to get to know your class during the first week of school. I started out with a regular inflatable beach ball:
{I bought mine at the DollarTree}
Then I wrote a bunch of get-to-know you questions all over it:
We went outside and gathered in a circle.
A student threw the ball to a classmate and wherever their right thumb landed, that was the question they had to answer.
The kids had a blast and it was a fun way for them to learn interesting things about their new classmates. I loved seeing them let loose, laugh, and open up with one another. It really helped to gel our class - and set the tone for an awesome school year!

Check out other fun ideas at Holly's site:

Send Your Students HUNTING for GRAMMAR!

Call me a dork, but I LOVE teaching grammar.
I think it's very important that students learn to articulately communicate their thoughts and ideas. I love charting parts of speech, singing songs and chanting chants, identifying the different types of sentences, diagramming sentences, correcting fragments, listing examples, etc. 

My students...not so much.

They have many things hundreds of things they'd rather do than open their English workbook each afternoon. 

So last year I worked diligently to make grammar fun and accessible - to show my kiddos the necessity of mastering the mechanics of the English language and providing them with opportunities to succeed and build confidence.

One thing I've done that has really gotten kids excited about grammar and given them good practice/reinforcement is sending them on scavenger hunts and through books to hunt down the different parts of speech.

I created the first packet (Pronoun Scavenger Hunt) because I was tired of answering "what's a pronoun again?" It was a huge hit, so as we progressed through the year, I made hunts for each part of speech that we studied.
I have 5 Scavenger Hunt activities in my TpT store:
Check out my Noun Scavenger Hunt
Check out my Pronoun Scavenger Hunt
Check out my Verb Scavenger Hunt
Check out my Adverb Scavenger Hunt
Check out my Adjective Scavenger Hunt
EACH packet comes with...
*Grammar Posters - print or display

*Student Interactive Notebook Foldables - Answer key included

*Scavenger Hunt Around the Room - includes instructions, 20-24 word cards, 2 or 3 different Scavenger Hunt Recording Sheets, and full Answer Keys

*Word Scavenger Hunt Through a Book 
- includes instructions and Scavenger Hunt Recording Sheet

*Picture Scavenger Hunt Through a Magazine - 
includes instructions and Scavenger Hunt Recording Sheet

*Writing Prompts - each packet includes 3 unique writing prompts with instructions

So put down those boring old worksheets and send your kiddos HUNTING for GRAMMAR!
These scavenger hunts will revolutionize how you review grammar.
Give your students an authentic, tangible way of differentiating between the parts of speech!

I've worked hard this past week to give these products a MAJOR FACE LIFT! 
If you already own any of them (or the bundle!), you'll definitely want to re-download for fresh graphics, ink-friendly pages, and new original activities included in each packet!
*I'd also love to GIVE A PACKET AWAY to one of my faithful blog readers :)
Here's how to enter:
Scroll back to the top of this post and PIN the first picture to a board on Pinterest. Then copy the pin URL and leave it in the comments section. Don't forget to also leave your e-mail address so I can send the MEGA BUNDLE to you! :) The contest will close on Wednesday (7-29-15) at midnight.
Thanks to everyone who entered and pinned the product!
Congratulations to Brooke @ Smarter Balanced Teacher for winning! 
Brooke - the packet is on its way!

Fuel Your Faith: Worship Songs to Brighten Your Day

A common catechism reads:
Question: What is the chief end of man?
Answer. Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to
enjoy him forever

Building off of this idea, I seek to instill in my students the idea that we have been created for one purpose: 
to worship our Creator!
Two years ago, I started something in my classroom that proved to be a wonderful addition to our school week: Monday Morning Worship. Each Monday morning, my 5th graders and I would start our school day off with a worship song and a time of concentrated prayer - it invites God into our classroom for the week, it calms the students from the chaos of the weekend, and helps to build a community of Christian friends in our classroom. 
Over and over I repeated my reasoning to the kiddos: we want to dedicate our weeks, our hearts, and our minds to the Lord. We show Him that He is our priority when we worship Him corporately first thing each Monday.

Here are some of our favorite songs we've done recently:

We just listened to this one because it's so creative - and impressive! Sometimes just listening and worshiping is good for the soul :)

Now it's your turn!
Grab this template or type your own blog post:
and link up here:

Time-Saving Tools for Geography: Great Deals Going On Now!

How to make geography lessons stick - Educents blog 
How do you teach geography? Do you spend hours creating a map, labeling, cutting and pasting? It's so fun imagining all the ways this Mona MELisa reusable US Map can be used in the classroom or at home. All the states, capitols, and geographic information is ready for you to stick on to the map!  
Here are a few geography activities to try:
  1. Playing "Name That State" with family and friends during the holidays. What better way to get the whole family together than a game for kids of all ages. Work in teams or alone to identify states and challenge seasoned family members in lightening fast rounds.
  2. Need a little direction? Use the compass to have children in the class describe where states are in relation to each other. Let your kiddos take turns directing each other around the country by using the directions on the compass. They'll have an awesome time walking their fingers from east from west in search of the correct state-- but be sure to watch out for the oceans!
  3. Guess and reveal state capitals by peeling away the brightly colored shapes. Remembering capitals can be tricky, but the easy to peel states with state capitals hidden underneath offer up a great way to ditch the flashcards and take the learning to the walls!
  4. Keep track of where you've been (or where you're going). I love this one! Use the state names to label the states where all of the students in your class have been.
What a cool tool for your geography lessons! Don't miss out on all this time-saving geography tool, so be sure to check out the discounted Peel, Play & Learn sets on the Educents site. Mona Melissa Peel & Play Geography Set
Looking for more ways to save on geography resources? Check out more geography deals.
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