Recycling Crayola Watercolor Palettes

Every year at the end of school I am left with 25 Crayola watercolor palettes that look like they’ve seen some serious art work. I typically just throw them away because there is either very little paint left or all the colors have mixed to make the ugliest brown. Well… This year I wanted to come up with an idea to save all these paints. I was throwing away perfectly good water color paint. I have recycled the paints and i’m very please with how they came out. The colors are vibrant (even yellow!!) and are in their own containers so they will be spared the awful mixing of the paints.

1,000th Follower Giveaway!

I have recently hit my 1,000th Like on Facebook! I will be hosting a giveaway this week with so many fabulous prizes from over 90 TpT authors!

I have broken down the giveaway in three different groups. They will be:
~Prek – Kindergarten with over 25 products plus a 10$ gift card to TpT from me
~1st – 3rd grade with over 35 products plus a 10$ gift card to TpT from me
~4th – 6th grade with over 25 products plus a 10$ gift card to TpT from me
I will also be giving away one item from my store to each winner of the three giveaways! 
Prek – Kindergarten 

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1st -3rd Grade Prizes: 

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4th – 6th Grade Prizes:

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Winter Olympics

Ski Jumping Qualifiers

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.5 With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed.

I am lucky enough to live close to one of the locations for the Olympic Qualifiers and was able to attend the Ski Jumping Qualifiers for both men and women at Olympic Park in Park City. After spending the day scaling, and yes I mean scaling, the snowy hills to reach the top of Olympic Park I became inspired to incorporate the Winter Olympics into my classroom. I have decided that this will be a great opportunity to encourage my students to participate in current events.

Here are some ways I will be using the 2014 Winter Olympics to encourage my kindergarten students to participate in current events.

Students will be assigned a country

I have 25 students and we will be focusing on 11 countries. They will be in groups of 2 or 3. I will assign the following 10 countries to the students while assigning the United States to the whole class. These countries have been the top performing countries in the games. 
~United Kingdom
~South Korea
They will be encouraged to ask their parents, watch the news, or research any way they are able to keep up with the medal winnings of their country. We will graph the progress of our countries on a bulletin board by placing gold, silver, and bronze medals to represent how many they have won.

Winter Olympic Crafts:

The students will be creating the country they were assigned to flag for a flag banner. I found this great idea from ( We will hang these in our classroom for a fun decoration

The students will also create some fun winter sports pictures. You can see an example here (Activity Village). I will allow the students to create any winter sport picture they want.

Winter Olympic Videos

I have just subscribed to They will be updating short clips and highlights from the games. I will be showing clips in the afternoon after our silent reading time.

Country Research Journals

This one I am most excited about. This will help cover some of the more tricky Common Core Standards. This activity will cover the following CCSS:

·       CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.6 With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
       CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of books by a favorite author and express opinions about them).
·       CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.8 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
My higher achieving students will be assigned mini country research journals instead of their assigned reading for two weeks. They will spend their guided reading time researching on our schools mobile iPad lab. The parents have been notified because this research journal will need lots of parent involvement at home. They had the option to opt into the research group, or to remain in their guided reading groups.
The students who will be working on this assignment are already reading at a first or second grade level. I do not recommend a journal this intense for average kindergarten students. 
The students will have 10 research questions they will have to answer over the period of the olympics. They will have a mini presentation on their country on the Tuesday following the ending ceremonies. 

I will update this blog post with photos of students work once they have completed their journals. 

Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Sale ~ Help A Mother This Holiday

Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Sale December 2nd through December 3rd!

Help support a wonderful cause when purchasing products from my store this sale! This Tuesday, 50% of my sales will go to the organization Molly Bears. 

From the Molly Bears Website:
Here is the story of Molly Christine:
Molly Bear

We lost our angel, Molly Christine at 34 weeks, on May 30th 2010. I had not felt our active girl all day on the 29th. That night I went to the hospital to get checked and make sure Molly was alright. We were told that our precious daughter no longer had a heartbeat. She died from a tight true knot in her cord. Devastated would not even begin to describe how we felt.

I was given a weighted teddy bear from a dear friend from high school. This bear weighed three pounds. In an effort to have a bear that weighed the same as Molly, I bought a shell and a package of rice. In the middle of the produce isle, I carefully weighed rice, fluff and the shell. I am sure people thought I was crazy, but I did not care. I went home and with my children and husband, we created the very first Molly Bear. For the first time in weeks, I was able to sleep holding her. It was then that I knew I had to find a way to help other angel families.
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The reason why I will be donating 50% of my sales is to help a wonderful college friend. Here is her story below. If you wish to donate your own money so you can help her receive a Molly Bear (as well as 9 others) please click the image below. 

On November 8th, 2013 Aaron and I learned that our sweet baby Geno Anthony had no heartbeat at 35 weeks. We were devastated and immediately went to the hospital. I was induced at 4:00pm on the 8th, and after 30 hours of labor gave birth to our sleeping baby. Geno was born at 9:56pm on November 9th. He was 5lbs and 5 ounces and 19.5 inches long. After his birth we learned that he had passed because his cord was tightly knotted and wrapped twice around his neck. He was a beautiful baby and we were lucky to spend a few hours with him.
After Geno’s death a friend of ours informed us of this wonderful non- profit called Molly Bears, which helps grieving families with infant loss. They provide bears that are weighted to the weight of the family’s baby when they passed. There are thousands of people waiting to fill their empty arms with a Molly bear to help fill the void of loosing their child. Please help us raise 450 dollars to pay for these bears and help fill the empty arms! The turn around rate to receive a bear is currently 16- 20 months. If we raise 450 dollars we will not only have enough money to cover the cost of 10 bears, but they will bump up our Geno bear up the list and we will receive him faster! Please help fill our empty arms and the arms of 9 other families!
Since August of 2010, Molly Bears has filled the arms of over 3,300 families. With your support, we can continue to advance our mission. For more information, please visit the website.

Back to School ~ Getting Wild In Kindergarten

I am starting to become very excited for the new school year. This will be my second year, and I cannot tell you how excited I am to not be a “first year teacher.”
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I was  starting to map out my weekly themes for the kids. They are the themes that I use for my literacy and math centers and after doing the usual (apple, thanksgiving, winter holidays, pumpkins, fall, etc) I wanted to do pandas. I was looking into doing a whole week dedicated to pandas and endangered animals. After a few research I discovered that the Western Black Rhino became extinct! I knew it was endangered; however, I was not aware that it was considered extinct.
I then decided that this year, my classroom will be focusing on an endangered animal each month. I will be focusing on 9 different endangered animals and spend one month on extinct animals.  Most of the animals we will be looking on live in the jungle/safari and my classroom will be a jungle and wild theme this year.
I am very excited to start getting into my room and decorate. I will be using all of my own created resources. I have created over 200 pages with a jungle theme that will be adorned in my classroom.
Jungle Theme Word Wall
Word Wall Close Up
“King or Queen of the Jungle” for Star of the Week
Jungle Rules
I have finished two bulletin boards and I’m so excited.

In my jungle pack you will find:
~ A complete calendar set with holidays, months, seasons, weather wheels, days of the week, year, and number cards
~ Word wall bulletin board set with over 90 sight words, animal name tags for student’s names, alphabet heading, and word wall headings
~ Numbers 0-50 posters
~ Alphabet and 14 digraph cards
~ Schedule cards
~ Table signs
~ How we go home clip chart
~ Behavioral management clip chart
~ Steps to completion
~ Jungle Jobs
~ Classroom labels

and so much more!

100 TpT Follower Giveaway

Hi everyone, 

I’m having a giveaway to celebrate my 100 followers on TpT!

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I’m asking for donations for the giveaway. Donations can help your store get promoted, while helping me celebrate!

How this works:

People will enter a raffel to win between three different groups Prek-Kindergarten, 1-3, and 4-6. To receive a vote or a “raffel ticket” they have to follow your blog, TpT store, pinterest, or facebook page. 

Helps you, while helping me!

If you are interested please fill out the form by April 30th. Chances to enter will be May 4th – May 7th. 

Help Donate!


Earth Day Linky Party!

Hi everyone, 
This is my first Linky Party and I would like everyone to post their favorite Earth Day lessons they will be using for this coming April. 

Here are a few of my Earth Day Lessons I will be using with my Kindergartners this year.