Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fab Frogs goes Noodling!

I certainly believe in taking breaks but who has time?   I teach 4th grade and we have four days of state testing, a timeline to stick to, and so much to teach...... ain't nobody got time for that!

I sometimes stopped for a quick joke or a stretch break but nothing really fun and engaging until GoNoodle! I know that sounds like an infomercial or something but I promise you its not.  You know me, I am honest with my reviews, I don't sell anything, and I give away the stuff I do make so I promise I am not making this schtuff up!

I went to a workshop where someone mentioned doing brain breaks with her kindergarten class.  She mentioned how she told her kids to stand up and they would do the hokey pokey and other fun chants like that.   Well, I thought it sounded fun but again.... ain't nobody got time for that (in 4th grade)!   

After the holidays my team decided to give a released state test to see how much stamina our kids had. Forget the kids, I couldn't stay still and quiet for 4 hours (that's how long our state test are).   This years class is no different from any other I've had but from some reason it hit me....... we need breaks! 

OK, OK, maybe I am a slow learner but after 10 years of teaching testing grades I realized that my little froggies need a break!   

So what's a girl to do...... yup, I googled brain breaks for big kids.  Long story short (too late for that, right?) I found GoNoodle. My students and I absolutely LOVE GoNoodle!  Who wooda thunk that a free website with all sorts of activities would be the answer to my prayers.  

Okay I may be exaggerating a little, I've never prayed for brain breaks but I have prayed for a shirtless Adam Levine to wake me up every morning with a cup of coffee and a smile.


Sorry, back on topic!  I started using GoNoodle in my classroom and haven't stopped!  They have "breaks" to calm a crazy classroom and  also breaks to energize sleepy students.  I registered my class  and we all picked a champ!  Here's a pic of our little guy, cute, huh?

He's a very smart guy!  He shares his words of wisdom every time we log on.  Our champ is growing! Look how big and strong he is now!

There are so many brain breaks to choose from but here are some pics of my class using a few:

I know it sound crazy but my students have been more successful once I started using brain breaks. They can focus more and have even built there stamina and most importantly THEY THINK I AM THE COOLEST TEACHER EVER!!!!!!!!  Hahahaha 

There's so much more to explore.  You NEED to go visit GoNoodle and see what its all about.  I am not sure if it was their intention or not buuutttt this is the best bribery tool eva!!!!!!!!   Want your kids to sit quietly and read? Just promise a brain break!  Want your kids to walk quietly in the hall?  Yup, you guessed it.....bribe with a brain break!  "Yay, every single student did their homework for the entire month!  Let's celebrate with 10 minutes of brain breaks!"     I'm not proud but ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

Click HERE and take two seconds to register your class and come back and let me know what you and your students think!

Here's to "Noodling" my fabulous friends,

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Some Easter Freebies for my Peeps!

Just a quick post to share a few Easter freebies I made a year or so ago.  :)   Hope you can use them!

 Download Making Words here                                 Download Word Search here

Hoppy Easter my friends!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Currently in April

Happy April Friends!
Today was day 1 of 2 of our Writing state assessment (STAAR)..... talking about April Fools!   No one played any tricks on me but maybe because they were testing all day. Lucky for me, not so lucky for them.

The first of the month means many things to many people but for Farley Fans (Oh Boy 4th Grade) it means it's time for Currently!   Usually I try to be one of the top 5 to join the FAB-U-LOUS linky but with stressing  preparing for the state test, I just couldn't.  I'll try again in May.

I am waiting for The Voice to come on so I thought I would make some popcorn....... its not so great.  I really felt like eating movie buttered popcorn but instead its microwave 94% boring!  However, it freakin' crunchy!  I am crunching away and that's all I hear!

Today we finished day 1 of our two day Writing tests.... glad it's over!  I feel so sorry for my little froggies who do everything they can to sit still and quiet for 4 hours and "show what they know".  Heck, its impossible  hard for me to sit quiet for 30 minutes!!!!!

I'm thinking I'll go to be early tonight but like usual I will probably get a second wind around 10 and go to bed late.... then complain that I don't get enough sleep.

I'm wanting an Orange Julius.... yup, an original Orange Julius!  Dairy Queen sells them and if I nag enough  play my cards right my hubby will go get me one.

What other job requires you to do more work to be absent than not being absent?  Yes, you guessed it, a teacher!   I am going to be out Friday.... nothing exciting, just a doctor's appointment but its mid day so I couldn't even take a 1/2 day. What does that mean.... that I have to write sub plans! I'm not complaining, I could use a day off but writing sub plan stink! Luckily I got a very fabulous sub to come in for me so that makes it a little easier.

At my school, if you have morning duty you have to be there about 7:15 but students don't come in the classrooms until 7:40.  I let my kids in from the hall early to get a head start on the day... plus I have a student get me ice from the cafeteria and another to get my mail from my mailbox... but everyone else gets ready for the day. :)   I am usually at work by 7:00.  Our day starts at 7:45 with announcements.  The kids have 45 minutes of a special rotation (PE, Music, Art, and Computer) at 10:10... that is when I have my conference.  The kids have a 15-20  minute recess and then its lunch time for both the kids and me at 12:10 - 12:40.  I usually eat with my team in the teacher's lunch room.... we act like we are 10 and laugh our heads off.  I will admit, we are the most immature and perhaps loudest team, but we are the funnest (and BEST, if you ask any of my team members).  The dismissal bell rings at 2:45.  I usually end my day at 5:00ish but I am going to try to start leaving around 3:30 or 4:00.  On Wednesday I sponsor the Solar Car Club and that ends at 4:30 but on those days I will leave right at 4:30.  I usually don't get too much done after school except talking.

OK friends, time to sip on the Orange Julius I told you my hubby would get me! Ha! Nagging does work no matter what anyone says :)

Have a Hoppy Week!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Feelings, Writing, and Good Stuff!

Hi Fabulous Friends
I will not give you any excuses why I haven't blogged lately.  As an educator you know how it is..... not only does school get crazy but life does too!  Enough said.  I will tell you that I've missed blogging like crazy and I am making it a priority to blog regularly again.  It won't be every day, but I am going to try for about once a week but we shall see.

I found this pic on the internet today. O.M.G. does it it my feelings on the head.  Tonight, Sunday night, I look just like the picture below (minus the hat).  I can't believe its 10:00PM and I didn't do everything I needed to!  Story of my life!  You would think I would learn but I don't and I make the same face every Sunday night around this time.  The Monday face is me on Monday morning fo sho!  I am not a morning person no matter what day it is but Monday mornings are the worst......not because I have to go to work but just because its Monday!!!!   Thank goodness my new awesome principal lets us wear jeans with a school shirt on Mondays - that makes Mondays a little more bearable!  How about you?  Do theses baby faces describe your week?

Tomorrow we start Camp Write Along.  I blogged about it last year around this time... read all about it and download the agenda and songs here. I will take pics through the week and share them on my blog at the end of the week.   Our Writing STAAR is on April 1 and April 2nd... that's right, two days of writing and that is not an April Fool's joke!    I am assuming that many of you have your writing state tests soon.  Here are just two of my favorite resources I use to prepare my students.

Jennifer Runde from Runde's Room is such an awesome teacher, blogger, TPTer, mom,  - Ok, I will stop, what I meant to say is that Jennifer has incredible teacher resources.  Here is one of her latest that I LOVE!  You must try it!  Here is the link to check it out yourself. You'll find it here:Writing Organizer Concept posters.  Make sure you check out all of Jen's resources.  I love ALL her stuff and I am not exaggerating.  I have almost all her stuff from the cootie catchers to her math interactive notebooks.  

Another FAB educator, mother, friend, genius... oh gosh, there I go again!  Another FABULOUS resource to have to prepare students for state tests (not just for testing but just for great teaching) is a membership to FisherReyna Education. They have oodles and oodles of great resources for Writing, Reading, and Math! I met the owners, Rachel and Lois, at one of their reading/writing workshops that I attended a couple of summers ago and was just in awe of their knowledge and passion for education!  Now not only are they educational gurus that I admire but they are friends too.   Here is an expository writing planning organizer that you will find on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Right now its FREE!!!!!!!!!!

Did you notice the absolutely adorable pencil and  frog in my blog post title.  They are from my favorite clip art artist Krista Wallden from Creative Clips.  She is soooooooo talented!  Check out this Easter Buddies set and this Summer Buddies set. I need to get the Summer Buddies soon.......check out the summer frogs in there!  TOO CUTE!

I am in Krista's Monthly Creative Clips Graphic Club........  It's a bargain and you get surprised with at least 4 different sets a month!  Check out Krista's blog The Creative Chalkboard,

Uh Oh the dryer is singing - that means my laundry is done and I need to pull it out before it wrinkles.

Have a great week my fabulous froggy friends!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Currently in February

I am joining the FAB-U-LOUS Farly at Oh Boy 4th Grade by linking up with her Currently!

It was a long day and I am just sitting here on the couch relaxing.  My hubby and son are at the San Antonio Rampage game.  It "Pink in the Rink" game supporting breast cancer.  I love hockey but I didn't want to go.... I am a party pooper and just wanted to chill at home.

I volunteered to sponsor the Solar Car club at my school with my awesome teaching partner, Jenna.  We start on Wednesday and neither of us really know what we are doing..... wish us luck! :)

Sooooo which one do you think is a lie?   Let's see if you are right....
I did play hockey in 9th grade - I was living in New Jersey and I played field hockey.  It was one of my favorite sports I ever played.
I do hate vegetables but I need to learn to eat them..... I need the vitiams
The fib is I love iced tea!  I actually HATE it!  I think I am the only one in Texas that hates iced tea!!!!!! 

Have a great week my friends!