Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chrysanthemum: A great back to school book!

Well friends,
    I failed you with the visual plans but I do have a great unit for y'all to start the year.  I just finished my unit for the book Chrysanthemum.  This unit focuses on questioning, characters and character traits, setting and problem and solution.  The activities are an introduction to many of these concepts.  I also included a vocabulary lesson and a cute little craft and graphing activity.   Here are some pictures of what is included.








You can grab this by clicking the picture below.



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Back to School with BiC: Fight For Your Write

Little writers are my favorite! The progress they make in one short year and the adorable ideas that pop out of their head and onto the paper make my job that much more enjoyable.  Now, Bic is making writing even more fun and manageable with a new line of writing tools for kids. I was lucky enough to get a box full of goodies to try and I'm so excited to share!


In addition, BIC has launched the “Fight for Your Write” campaign, which reinforces how fun and empowering writing can be. The campaign can be found at www.bicfightforyourwrite.com, and offers information about writing and tips from literacy expert Pam Allyn.

So let's check out some of these fun new items:
This is the Kids Pencil. I love the guiding line to direct proper finger placement. 


I am also loving their pens. These tools also come with labels for writing the student's name. I love this idea for Writer's Workshop. Each student could have their own pen in their writer's toolbox.  They also twist to expose the ink, instead of hearing clicking all through writing time.  

Even their new student stylus comes with a guiding line and comfort grip. Landon loved using this stylus, and I must say, his writing looked amazing! I think I might have to steal this from my students to use for myself. 

 I am also extremely particular about my dry erase markers. Some smear off easily and others don't wipe off at all.  These dry erase are perfect! The writing stayed put and when it was time to erase, one swipe and it was erased. Love these!!! 

 These pretty pencils make my teacher heart happy! 
Now it's time to enter to win your own set of BiC Writing tools! 




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fun in Room P-1 (Classroom Tour)

Hey Y'all,
   My room hasn't changed much from last year, which is really new for me. I usually completely change my room each year. This year, I decided to enjoy more of summer and stress less. I still have a few things to finish up, so my room is not complete, but I wanted to link up with Blog Hoppin' so here it is! 













Sunday, August 17, 2014

Teacher Week and Giveaway!

Hey all!
    Are you participating in Teacher Week hosted by Blog Hoppin'? I am so excited to read all of the fun posts.  I'm definitely linking up. I'll never forget Teacher Week in 2010. I met my sweet friends Abby Mullins and Sarah Cooley and the rest was history. Here is the schedule of posts and linkys!

 In celebration of going back to school and Teacher week, I'll be giving one lucky teacher Origami Owl's newest item! Set to be released tomorrow, the new Lanyard Lockets are adorable! 

In fact, many of their new items are on my wish list.  
Here is a lanyard without the locket, but you can add their cute dangles. 
And how fun are these. Right up my alley! 

If you want to enter to win a Lanyard Locket with your choice of enamel face and apple charm, enter below! The winner will be chosen on Friday at 8 Eastern.



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Meet The Teacher!

Hey y'all! I'm Michelle, Shell, Shelley, Mommy, Mrs. Oakes or all of the above. I'm married to an amazing man and we have two adorable and crazy little boys. I'm also a mommy to an English Bulldog named Gus, who sheds, slobbers and takes up half our couch.  
My sweet hubby and I.
(Our Recent Anniversary trip to the Bahamas)
Drew is 7 and sweet and quiet.
Landon, our 4 year old goofball. He'll crack you right up.
These boys are my life.
I'm a self-confessed shopaholic, reality t.v. loving, bracelet stacking, country music obsessed, crafter. 
I love to workout and spend time with my family. 



 THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...
My boys. Working out. Target. Photography. Hobby Lobby. Shabby Chic Decor. The Beach. Blogging. Yoga Pants. Reality T.V. Shopping. Jesus. Boots. Tory Burch. Jewelry.  Peach Rings. Organization.

 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
 I would love to be an event planner or stylist. 

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
Determined. Giving. Patient.  

FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"
"I would love to collect more data...said no teacher EVER!!"
 
Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?
Luke Bryan. He can crash my party anytime! 


Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?
 Her Crazy Life

 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT? 
 Healing! I would love the power to cure those suffering.  

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?
Audrey Hepburn's quotes are my favorite. 




Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 
 A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
I'm both, because I have to be.  I stay up late blogging, watching reality T.V. and working out. I get up at 4:30 to get ready for school.  Sleep is overrated when you are a teacher, mommy, and blogger. 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?
 I really love my Shared Reading units I created last year.  I spent so much time researching the Common Core and what is expected of our kiddos. I felt my reading instruction, especially in regard to comprehension was the best it has ever been.

Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU! 
I've been with my husband since I was 16! That means I've been with him, longer than I've been without him. Crazy!! We never broke up, even through separate colleges. I love that man! 

Now you can go link up with Steph right now and Blog Hoppin' on Monday for Teacher Week.