Monday, November 23, 2015

Peachy Post! Join Me!

Hey friends! I'm blogging at The Primary Peach today.

Come join me to learn about a new Google extension I can't live without!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sharing Sunday - November

Hey Friends!

I'm joining with my Primary Peach friends today to bring you blog posts full of resources for the upcoming month! 

Free Resources
I am focusing on some Social Studies resources.... This is my favorite time of year in the classroom. There are so many interesting books that can be used to teach about this historical month. 

Here  are the links to the resources listed above.... my mac and my pdf don't want to play nice. :(

November Literature
Pictured below are a few of my favorite books to use this month. 

Click on the pictures above to download a PDF document. The PDF has hyperlinks for you to access all the above resources. I'd love to hear which books are your favorite to use in November! Leave me a comment below! I also have book units for Candy Corn Contest and Thanksgiving on Thursday in my tpt store. 
I have also pinned many of these activities to my pinterest

Make sure to head back to the Primary Peach for MORE November fun and freebies!

Don't forget to visit all of the other great posts on the link up back over at The Primary Peach!
Don't forget to follow our InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest to get fabulous freebies and ideas!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Sneak a Peek.... Join Me!

Hey friends!

I will be blogging over at The Primary Peach tomorrow for a sneak peek into my classroom! Please join me over there and peek through all the other amazing classrooms from our fellow Georgia bloggers! :) 

See you there! :) 

Monday, July 20, 2015

All About Periscope at the Primary Peach

Join me at the Primary Peach tomorrow for a VERY basic introduction to periscope. It is an easy way to get a peek into other classrooms around the U. S. and visit some of your favorite bloggers throughout their day!

Friday, July 3, 2015

July Currently

I'm linking up with Farley for this month's currently. 
I haven't done one in a while - but it's summer... so .... :) 

Vegas in T-5 days..... 
I'm not ready. Not even close. 
The last time I was on a plane my two g's and I were stranded for two days in Texas. 
I am not looking forward to flying again. 
In a million years. 
SO - I haven't started packing yet because I'm not looking forward to getting on another plane. I'm hoping this time in Vegas I won't be so overwhelmed. There were so many amazing people last year. It's surprising how quickly one can build a bond with people they have never met IRL. If you haven't read Finding My Tribe post from Mrs. Russell's Room - you really should. I met her last year and I can't wait to give her a big squeeze again! :) 

I'm currently addicted to the Jack Johnson station on Pandora - Ben Harper's "Steal My Kisses" might be my new favorite song. 

This is the first year in four that I haven't taught summer school - It's amazing how quickly the summer is going by....and amazingly I am still thinking about school! Geez!
My All Star - I'm honest to a fault. I can't lie. AT ALL. Even if I tried - my facial expressions would give me away. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Primary Peach Launch!

I know I have been pretty quiet here lately - but I have some news to share with y'all! 
I had an opportunity to be part of a collaborative blog with 30 of my fellow Georgia bloggers and we are launching today! 

Follow us at: 

Since we are SO CLOSE to the end.... lets hop through a few blogs and collect some end of the year freebies! :) Are you ready to meet some peaches? :) 

My name is Tara... (Hi, Tara...) ;)
I've taught 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and ESOL over the last 13 years. I love to teach reading and have a specialists degree in literacy.  If I could teacher reading ALL DAY... I would! :) 
I am a mommy to two little ones and one HUGE dog named Bear. I am super lucky that my littles go to school with me everyday. I love college football (Go Gators!), and hate working out. {But I like food so it's a necessary evil.}

I'm not sure how many days you have left.... (24....not counting....) 
I love teaching about ocean animals at the end of the year, partially to convince myself that it is wrapping up and also to prepare for my own yearly beach trip! This fact book also allows for a little research time and creativity as you near the end of your time. Click here for an ocean animals fact book freebie! 

And LAST....
{gold star if you've made it through all the above!:)}

We are giving away four TPT Gift Certificates! 
The Grand Prize - - - $50 TPT Gift Certificate
Three additional prizes - - - $25 TPT Gift Certificates

Head over to the Primary Peach to enter the Rafflecopter! 

If you are ready for more end of the year freebies - head over to the next peachy blogger
Ms. Jayne over at SmartKids! :) 

Thanks for reading friends! I hope this helps you finish your year! :) 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Wordle Wall

I was reading an article from Buzzfeed recently titled 19 Word Walls That Will Blow Your Mind. I came across this one...

I love word walls - when used properly they can be very beneficial to student learning. A word wall should not be a static fixture in your classroom - but an ever-changing and emerging display... I am a firm believer in adding content to my wall after I have taught it for children to continue referencing as the year goes on. I saw the word wall pictured above and it really got these wheels turning... trying to figure out how I could bring that into my classroom of second graders...

Here is what I have come up with...
I used the site to create these science word clouds to add to my word wall. 
I started in a word doc - I typed all my vocabulary words in for the topic. The more times you type the word - the larger it will appear once you create your word cloud - so for the matter unit - 
I typed matter in 10 times
solid, liquid, gas ... 5 times....
evaporation, condensation, vapor, mixture, dissolve .... 4 times
(Get the picture?)
You can pick the font, color, distribution... 
I am pretty excited about this!
I am planning on making each content area a different color so the children can easily distinguish science/math/social studies/ela...

I'm off to play with more vocabulary and word clouds!

:) :) :) ;)