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Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

Both of my kids are home today, so this is just a short post to wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day!

All products in my Teachers Pay Teachers store and my Teachers Notebook shop are marked 20 percent off. I hope you can find something you like. The sale runs until the end of the month. Buy two products on sale, send me your receipt, and I will send you a third product of your choice for free!
My email is pitnerm107 at gmail.com

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Last Week of Morning Work!!!!

This is our last week of school!
Tomorrow is Field Day, so don't look for a post tomorrow....I'll be coming home, getting in the tub, and going to bed early!

Here's my last bit of Morning Work for the year! Thanks to everyone for the comments and emails you've sent telling me that you've used it and for the suggestions for next year's work. It's on my list to work on over the summer.

Just click on the pic above to get the file!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I'm Slide Certified!

Yes! Slide certified!

I got to visit the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta last week. Our students read from The Essential 55 every morning during our school-wide Morning Meeting held in the gym and I've read Clarks' books, but nothing prepared me for what was in store!
I'm not sure I can describe the experience.
We were met at the gate by the students of the school and escorted to the library, where we  danced through columns of students "Soullllllll Trainnnnnn style!" 

It was a day full of energy, excitement, and engagement! The faculty walks the walk and talks the talk.
I observed a fifth grade math class and was BLOWN AWAY by the kids.....and Ron! Students taught, critiqued each other, and even had their teaching critiqued by Mr. Clark (and critiqued his). I even wound up dancing on the table at the invitation of a student to celebrate their success!

The students ate lunch with us, shared their experiences, answered our questions, and even asked us questions. They definitely lived and breathed The Essential 55!
At the end of the day, each participating educator was allowed to slide down the big, blue two-story slide to become "slide-certified."
You can see it in the pic below.

My principal and I will share what we learned with our faculty, but nothing will compare to the excitement of being there live.

If you can't make the trip to Atlanta, try to read Ron's books, especially The Essential 55 and The End of Molasses Classes. (Click on the pic below  to buy the books through my Amazon affiliate.) If you'd like more info on RCA, click {HERE} to visit their webpage.

Have you been to RCA? Comment below with your experience. I'd love to hear it!


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mothers Day! (and Free Morning Work)

Happy Mothers Day!
My kiddos are in the kitchen as I type cooking supper. My son and his sweet girlfriend even did the shopping.
It's going to be grilled pork chops, grilled yellow squash and zucchini, mashed potatoes, and brownies.
(I'm just hoping this little treat includes cleaning up the mess!)

Here's your morning work for the week. Just click on the pic to get the file.

We are going to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center tomorrow on a field trip to see a dinosaur puppet play.  I will be worn out tomorrow afternoon!  All of these end of the year happenings are killing me!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Have You Gone Shopping Yet?

Have you shopped at the Teacher Appreciation Sale that Teachers Pay Teachers is throwing? I want to know what you've been holding in your wish list that you couldn't wait to purchase!
Graphic by Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs
I've added some new products just in time for the sale.
One of my favorites is this unit on -tion, -ion, sion,-and -cian words.
If that doesn't suit your fancy, what about some place value practice? All of the activities in this packet get your kiddos up and moving as they practice place value. 
Dreaming of the beach? You might like this packet on measurement.

Let your kiddos construct some contractions with these NINE games!

I "mustache" you if you need practice with Fry phrases. If so, take a look at this!
Sock it to your kiddos on Fry practice with these games. You can get the packet for just one list or for all 1,000 words!
There's lots more, so please come browse!

Sale ends tomorrow!


Monday, May 6, 2013

Weekly Morning Work - Freebie

Here's our Morning Work for the week.

Click on the pic above to get the file.

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Teacher Appreciation Sale May 7 and 8. Everything in my store is 28% off!
Click the button below to visit and buy those items you've been saving on your wish list.


Teachers Notebook is also throwing a big Teacher Appreciation Sale. Click on the links to the right to visit AND enter the $100 Oriental Trading Gift Certificate giveaway.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

Congratulations to the two winners of my Yee Haw Giveaway!

Winner of Package One

Winner of Package Two


Check your email, ladies! The prizes are going to start rolling in!

Today's the Day! Last Chance!


Have you entered the big giveaway at Teachers Notebook? Click on the link to register for a HUNDRED DOLLAR GIFT CERTIFICATE to Oriental Trading!


What's your fantasy prize from Oriental Trading?

Click on the button below to enter. While you are entering, check out my sale. Everything is twenty percent off in my store, PLUS Teachers Notebook is adding ten percent off my discounted price!
It's a great time to stock up. Sale runs from May 4 through May 10.




And if you haven't entered my giveaway, do it NOW by clicking the button below! It's your last chance! I'll be finalizing the winner as soon as I get home from my Common Core Training this afternoon and posting the name first thing tomorrow morning. (And don't forget that if you buy two products from my Teachers Pay Teachers store during my Yee Haw Giveaway, I'll send you two free products of your choosing if you send me the receipt for the ones you purchased! Offer good at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store only.)



Saturday, May 4, 2013

Common Core Training

I'm in training all weekend, learning all kinds of goodies about implementing the Common Core ELA standards, so this post is short!

I wanted to be sure you all had noticed the links at the right of my blog for the big giveaway at Teachers Notebook. Click on the link to register for a HUNDRED DOLLAR GIFT CERTIFICATE to Oriental Trading!
If I win, I'm getting a supply of witches' fingers and other goodies to use as pointers in my reading groups!
What's your fantasy prize from Oriental Trading?
Click on the button below to enter. While you are entering, check out my sale. Everything is twenty percent off in my store, PLUS Teachers Notebook is adding ten percent off my discounted price!
It's a great time to stokc up. Sale runs form May 4 through May 10.





Also,  
my big giveaway ends tomorrow, so if you haven't entered, go NOW by clicking the button below.
That's TWO great chances for winning!

Friday, May 3, 2013


Time is running out! If you haven't entered my giveaway yet,  go check out the wonderful products you can win!


Click on the pic above to find the details. You can win one of TWO prize packages! Plus you can find some great new TpT stores to visit for some great ideas.

As an added bonus, if you purchase two products from my store, I'll send you TWO products from my inventory of your choosing! Just email me with your receipt and the names of the two products you want. You can reach me at pitnerm107 at gmail.com. Offer is good until my giveaway ends.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mothers Day Make a Word - Freebie

I was trying to plan ahead a little and realized that Mothers Day is just around the corner! I don't know how we are going to squeeze one more thing into May!

Here is a make a word activity for a literacy station if you need something for your kiddos while you fill out that unexpected paperwork that we all have this time of year.
Just click on the pic above to get the file.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Don't Forget!

Have you entered my giveaway yet? You need to go check out the wonderful products you can win!




Click on the pic above to find the details. You can win one of TWO prize packages! Plus you can find some great new TpT stores to visit for some great ideas.

As an added bonus, if you purchase two products from my store, I'll send you TWO products from my inventory of your choosing! Just email me with your receipt and the names of the two products you want. You can reach me at pitnerm107 at gmail.com. Offer is good until my giveaway ends.