Character Traits Straight from the Heart

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

There are so many things I love to teach since making the move up to third grade!  I love teaching character traits, fables, tall tales...I could go on and on.  This lesson comes straight from the heart...

So I pre made hearts on a necklace for each student.  My plan was to have them write 2 inner traits about themselves on it and walk around and have classmates add to it.  This was a big hit.  The kids loved getting up out of their seats and enjoyed seeing what their peers thought of them.  Of course we prefaced it with be positive, everyone has a bad day but think about the good things about your classmates.

Then we wore these proudly after spending a few minutes reading them.  Next I had them decorate a blank head to focus on their outer traits.

We then reviewed the difference between a FEELING and a TRAIT...which in my unit I make sure to address.  I even included a sort so kids understand that someone might be angry after something happens but that doesn't mean they are always angry.  I think that's a very important concept for them to grasp.  A feeling is very different from a trait.

We had fun sharing our hearts and pictures we drew with one added dimples, braces, scars  and freckles so they were accurate.

Later in the day we read : Alexander Who's Not Do you Hear me?  Going to Move!  { And also Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Day } to see consistency in his character.  Then we worked on an external and internal character trait page on him.  We had a blast and learned a lot.  They all very proudly ( even in 3rd grade wore their hearts home today )... I call that #winninginthirdgrade 

If you are teaching on this concept - you can grab my unit on  
{ here }



Room Reveal ~ Finally!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

I'm so excited to finally be sharing my classroom tour with you guys!  I've been in school about a month now and am just getting around to it.

I switched it up this year to PIRATES!!!  I'm having so much fun and I know the boys are loving it too!

I decided years ago to scale down and make my Monday mornings A LOT easier by having just a helper of the day and not 10+ jobs!  They pick 1 friend and they both do everything!  They get to have a pirates seat cover on their chair for the day too!

I love my pirate lantern guy I made this summer and so do my kiddos!

The entrance to my room!

I made and painted this pirate ship over the summer - it's so cute stapled to the back of my bookshelf for my library.

Gah!!!  I'm still printing updated pictures for my Mrs. Moore board!!

Fun piratey library!

I'm lucky enough to have 6 computers, 2 chrome books and an         i pad for my kids!

Whew!  And that is my fun pirated themed classroom friends, I hope you enjoyed the classroom tour!  This year has started off great and I'm excited to see what else is in store...Arrgh Matey!!!

If you are interested in some of the products I used

reading rotation wheel grab it { here }

Pirate pack for decor grab it { here }

Schedule cards for Big Kids grab it { here }

Library Labels - Chalkboard themed grab it { here }

Journal idea starters and prompts grab it { here }


Trashy Crafter STUD earrings = AWESOME GIVEAWAY

Monday, September 7, 2015

Hi my friends ~ Happy Labor Day!  I was so excited when Kimberly from Trashy Crafter asked if I would do another giveaway on my blog for her amazing jewelry!  I have several of her pieces...bracelet sets and a couple pairs of earrings.  It's always a fun conversation piece when I wear them out and about.  
The options are endless ~ most of your well loved classics can be found in the form of beautiful jewelry on their site.  My student's love seeing and hearing or guessing which book was made into a bracelet or earring that I wear.

Here is the most recent pair I received from them:  Dr. Seuss.  I can't wait to wear them for Read Across America Day in March:

I'm so excited to be having a giveaway in which you just have one simple step and you will be entered to WIN a pair of their newer STUD earrings.  This is the lucky pair you will win:  Good Luck and be sure to check out their amazing site:

ALSO if you are interested in buying some or even giving a pair to a colleague to kick off the new year you can purchase them at a special discount ONLY available through my site right now:  
15% off ANYTHING in their store:  just use the CODE:


Currently September

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
WOW ~ It's September...where is this year going!?!  I am about 3 weeks into my school year and LOVING my 22 3rd graders so much!

I love linking up with Farley for Currently 

so here is my September business:

So hubby is listening to (watching ) I'm listening to Seinfeld...I can just never get sick of that show...ever!
I tried gel nails for the first time this summer and am loving them.  Unfortunately Jamberry turned out to not be my thing so this has been great.  I'm a swimmer and gel nails work awesome in the pool!
I'm dying to try Relish!  It's kind of like Stitch Fix ( which I love ) but it's not a subscription box and you choose how much you want to spend.  The clothes are very cute!
I need to squeeze in a late workout tonight after I pick my kids up from Young Life.
My 3 goals are where I feel I am in my life right now:
TRUSTING GOD with lots of things - upcoming surgery, we just had a  hit and run car accident this weekend- thanking Him that no one was hurt and still floored someone drove off after hitting us so hard and making us spin a couple times.
PRAY - Lots to pray for - my children are teens and now is the time for me to be praying for their future spouses, friends, futures, present - oh boy!
GROWTH - It feels like the Lord is stretching me lately and I'm feeling a season of growth coming...that's always a scary but awesome time as well.
Hope you are all well! xo,