Saturday, May 2, 2015

Currently May

Here we are ~ another month has FLOWN by and it's MAY!!!!
There's a lot going on this month:  State testing, Open House, assignments for next year, etc.  I love linking up with Farley for currently:  Swing on by her blog and link up too:

So here it is:  I love my Lifetime movies on the weekends.  The weather is beautiful here in So. Cal.  I woke up early to get in a long run before it got too hot.  Open House in my new grade level is a coming!  May 20th...things are looking good in my room. :o)  I really want a bathing suit that looks good and is bright and pretty.  No luck yet! :o(  I hate grocery shopping - enough said!  
I'm heading to Vegas, hoping to get in a short cruise and all I ever want in life is a pool in my backyard. :o)
I can't wait to hear what you guys are up to!  

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mother's Day Craftivity

Mother's Day is such a special day to honor the wonderful moms in our lives.  It is a bittersweet day for me though as I wish I could celebrate with my mom. <3
I have a brand new craftivity that I'm sooo excited about to share with you!  It's called My mom is a Queen and it's a fun little craft and card for mom that she will love and keep forever.

I love that these are personalized to each child.  They chose the hair, dress ( scrapbook paper ) pattern.  Some added a necklace and earrings.  The little sash card is so sweet too.  If you are looking for something different this year than this is for you!  Grab it 
{ here }

** Leave a comment for a chance to WIN one ~ winner picked tomorrow night **

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Testing and More

So as many of you know I have moved up to 3rd from first.  I spent about 15 years in first and 5 in 2nd.  I LOVE third so much!  I love the independence, the more challenging curriculum ( especially math ) - it's been GREAT!!!!  Until... ~ ~ ~ the DREADED TESTing!!!  That TEST!  Ugh!
I know that it's all 21st centuryish and on line well ~ hello!  I taught 2nd and 3rd years ago when we did the test and it was paper pencil.  I must say I like that test MUCH better!  However I see that we are headed in the direction of technology and there seems to be no way around it.  Of course in order to take this type of test I have to spend valuable teaching time prepping them on HOW to use the tools on this test.  Here is a sample video/practice test where the kids are being taught how to use the tools that are offered by this test.  

We had a busy week indeed!  We also managed to get in a skype session with Jane Goodall { which was amazing by the way }.  The kids loved it!

The last exciting part of my week involves my mama who you all know I love and miss ....well she made the TPT blog and newsletter.  Lastly we had a Rubik's Cube dress up day at school.  Each grade level is assigned a different color to wear and we are so colorful at Friday line up.  Have you ever had that kind of day?  Hope your week was great!!!! xoxo

Tell me about your week!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Currently APRIL

Wait what?!?!  It's April already????????????  Well today is always a hard day for sweet angel mom passed away 8 years ago today from a horrific, rare cancer!  She was my BFF and I am thankful for the wonderful years I had with her but miss her terribly every single day!

I' m here linking up with Farley for Currently to let you know what's going on in my neck of the woods.

Be sure to swing on by and link up too.

So I'm on Spring Break - week 2 in fact and it's always so nice!  Hubby is an Athletic Director at a high school and we had this week off together.  I'm listening to one of my favorite shows.  I guess if I wasn't a teacher I would be a CSI girl.  I love forensics, mysteries, etc.  Strange I know!
I have wanted TIEKS for well over a year and just can't pull the trigger on the expense.  I feel guilty like my kids/family could use that money in a different way...someday!
I have been feeling lead to get involved in either a woman's bible study or small group with the's been years.  I miss that fellowship for sure!

My blog name : Teaching and Much Moore works because of my last name ~ I just wish I called it that from the beginning.
Enjoy your week peeps! xoxox

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Picture your Selfie in Vegas

 Can you picture it now?  YOU in LAS VEGAS? 

How about YOU in LAS VEGAS attending a one day session of the SDE conference?

Primary Chalkboard is giving away YOUR CHOICE of a 1 day session at SDE!

So, will it be Singapore Math, Differentiated Instruction, I Teach K, I Teach 1st, or the newly added I Teach 2nd? 

How fun is that?

BUT, that's not all, we're also including a $25 gift card to the SDE bookstore, CRYSTAL SPRINGS.

So, NOW can you picture YOURSELF in VEGAS?

Oh, you say you need money for airfare, hotel accommodations, or just some spending money while you are here?  Well, we've got that covered, too.  How about  
to help you out with that?!?!?

NOW, can you picture YOURSELF in VEGAS?

Here's how to enter for a chance to win.

Hop through our Facebook pages and collect a tip for your (possible) visit to Vegas.
Be sure to "like" each page as you hop through so that you can collect the tip.
Each tip will have a number on a playing card.
Add the numbers together and enter the sum  on the Rafflecopter on the Primary Chalkboard blog for a chance to win.
Be sure to add a comment and include #primarychalkboardsendmetovegas.

For an extra chance to win this, take a selfie, post it on IG with #primarychalkboardsendmetovegas 
Don't forget to tag us in your picture! @primarychalkboard

The winner will be picked on the evening of April 5th.

A HUGE thank you to SDE (Staff Development for Educators) for their kind and generous donation!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Feedback Frenzy & Farm Unit

Well hello~ ~
I'm so excited to be on Spring break!!!! I've been waking up every morning swimming laps and loving life!  
I'm here to let you know it's that time of year again!  I' m hosting a feedback frenzy party !  I usually do this twice a year and it's always fun!  If you have never experienced one of my feedback frenzy parties let me tell you all about it.  I send out a note to my followers on TPT, share it here and on fb too.  All you have to do is look back at your MY PURCHASES page and if you have anything that you have purchased from me just leave feedback:  so easy!  I am giving away $20 to my store for anyone that participates.  In your feedback just mention feedback frenzy at the end.  If you are listed as 'buyer' - just send me an email that you did this @ and what product it was and I will enter you.  I will pick a winner the weekend of April 4-5 so you have plenty of time to participate.

So swing on over to TPT ~ what are you waiting for?!?  See if you have any you forgot to leave for me.  

Also on a side note if you teach on FARMS I have a huge new unit I just posted.  That $20 can come in handy if you win this feedback frenzy!


 Hope you are on or looking forward to your spring break!  

Sunday, March 15, 2015


So you have to teach on biographies?  Don't worry I've got you covered.  My partner teacher and I have been teaching on biographies for a few weeks now.  We even had the big wigs from the D.O. come out to observe a lesson on Helen Keller.  We had such fun working together to create these adorable biographies! 
We had a blast creating these projects!  We made sure that they:
*researched using a variety of resources and CITED those resources on their craftivity
*completed an outline for their biography after having seeing it modeled several times
*did a rough draft first
*Wrote in their best cursive for their finished product
I'm so proud of my third graders for doing such an amazing job!  Take a peek at their great work!
If you have fallen in love with these:  Don't worry!  I will be creating a biography pack soon and you can do these with your sweet kiddos too!  Be sure to follow me on facebook so you can see when the pack is ready and in my store!