Friday, November 24, 2017

Winter Wonderland Sugar Cookies

Welcome to the greatest cookie link up out there! If you're attending a cookie exchange...or if you just love to bake're in the right place! 

After checking out the awesome snow sugar cookies below, head on over to all the other cookie recipes that are posted on the other blogs linked below in this great linkup hosted by Houseful of Nicholes.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
12 oz. white chocolate chips
Blue snowflake sprinkles

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. 
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and baking powder, set aside.     
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and egg, mix. 
  • Slowly add dry ingredients a little at a time, mixing well with each addition. 
  • Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. 
  • Bake 9-10 minutes until cookies start to turn golden. 
  • Then, melt chocolate chips in a medium-sized bowl at 30-second intervals. 
  • Once cookies have cooled, dip half of the cookie into the chocolate, and top with snowflake sprinkles for a fun Winter treat.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Instruct & Assess with Real World Topics!

You might have an entirely different picture in your mind when I say the words "BLACK FRIDAY." However, what comes to my mind the awesome Black Friday writing set that I created for my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

I have personally used this in my classroom and in the classrooms of my fellow teachers and it is definitely a hit with students. Students are constantly hearing about Black Friday and they have PLENTY of opinions to share regarding the topic.

If you're looking for...

  • opportunities to cite evidence
  • reading for information
  • reading and using information in graphics
  • forming and defending an opinion
  • ready to go text sources on the topic
...then look no further because this resource contains all of the above!

This resource contains three sources to read and walks students through writing an opinion essay. You can use this to instruct or you can use this as an assessment to see where students strengths and weaknesses are as you head into the winter holidays. I have used this for both purposes and it is really fun to read the students' work afterward.

Here are a few photos of this resource in action!


You're going to love how easy this is to prep, instruct and use in your classroom!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A Different Creative Outlet

I recently rediscovered my love for my Etsy store. I had cleaned it all out for a while because I felt like I didn't have a lot of time for it. However, I got back into the game this week and I am so happy to be working with design again.

I fell in love with the Adobe Suite last summer and really developed my skills in design. I set up shop and worked really hard to get established on Etsy. happened. We all know what that's like, right? 

Well, I'm back at it and the stress relief this outlet provides is well worth sticking with it! I am so happy to be creating again. This time, I'm putting a lot of focus into shirts and mugs rather than custom stationery and I am totally loving it! Check out some of my desings and my Etsy shop below!

Want something on a shirt? Post your suggestions in the comments!

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Thursday, October 12, 2017


You do not want to miss the SPOOKY SALE happening on Teachers Pay Teachers! It's happening on Thursday, October 12 and Friday, October 13th only! 

Want to find all the awesome SPOOKY DEALS?! Just type in #spookysale on the search bar!

I'm featuring three products for this fun event. Check them out below!

Solar System Digital Flip Book

Human Body Systems Research Report

Subtracting Fractions Flip Book

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Halloween Sensory Bottles


If you're like me, you probably think of primary education when you think of sensory bottles. However, sensory items still have a place in upper elementary education. I believe that we separate upper elementary from primary far too often and forget that fact that kids are still kids! It doesn't matter if they're 10 instead of 7. Kids love playing with water bottles at all ages and this activity can be a fun break from the stress of testing and academics while also supporting some of your kids who need a little extra sensory attention in the upper elementary classroom. 

You could even turn this activity into a fun math activity (maybe I should create this for you!) by having students purchase supplies for their bottle.  You could also make these a part of a fun classroom fall party if you're just not sure where to fit it in during the day. With all the bottle flipping shenanigans that have been going on, this is sure to be a hit in your classroom.

Ready to make your own? Here's how to make it happen!

      Empty water bottles
      Red , yellow and green food coloring
      Vegetable or baby oil
      Plastic Halloween themed creatures and bugs
      Halloween confetti
      Googly eyes
      Hot glue gun

  1. Fill your empty water bottles ⅔ of the way full with water.
  2. Add in your glitter, Halloween confetti, Halloween creatures, bugs and googly eyes.
  3. Add in 3-4 drops of food coloring and then put the cap back on the bottle and shake to mix. To create orange, use two drops of red and two drops of orange food coloring.
  4. Open the bottle and fill the remainder with vegetable or baby oil. Leave a small amount of space at the very top so that the contents of your bottles can mix more easily.
  5. Use a hot glue gun to seal the top of the cap, so that there are not accidental leaks with play.

 Now that you're all done, let the students play with their bottles for a little bit and destress together. It's definitely worth it!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

13 Fall Leaf Projects for Kids

Fall is one of the best times to be a teacher! I just can't get enough of all of the fun activities that you can do with kids using apples, pumpkins, and leaves. 

Before I was a 5th grade teacher, I was certain that 1st grade was the place for me. I completed nearly my entire teacher education program in 1st grade. In fact, I only stepped outside of 1st grade twice. Once was to complete my upper elementary requirement and I taught a small reading group on 6th graders for a a couple months and the only other time was a student teaching placement in 3rd grade. From there, I just kept climbing up in grades and finally settled in at 5th.

I loved doing this craft round up becuase it brought my back to my early elementary years and rekindled the love that I had for all things primary back in the beginning. The links below have amazing ideas for crafts and activities that you can do using leaves.

I left the photos out on purpose because I want to make sure that you're clicking through to their blogs to check out the ideas so that they get credit for their hard work!


Check out all of the fun below!

Apple Painted Tree by Crafty Morning
Painted Leaf Monsters by Messy Little Monster
Salt Dough Leaves by the Life of Jennifer Dawn
Paper Leaves Wreath by Meaningful Mama
Toilet Roll Stamped Leaves  by Crafty Mama
Button Branch by Rub Some Dirt On Me
Hand Print Leaves by Schooling a Monkey
Leaf Burset Paintings by Off the Shelf
Fall Leaf Suncatchers by Fantastic Fun and Learning
Finger Painted Fall Leaves by Mini Monets and Mommies
Sponge Painted Leaves by Jennifer Lambert
Leaf Turkeys by Crafty Morning
Leaf Punch Collage by Craftulate

What's your favorite fall activity? Share it in the comments for the readers. 


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Creating Simple Machines with Candy

When I find that hands-on application activity that can allow students to demonstrate everything we've just learned, I feel like I've hit the jackpot! This activity is EXACTLY that! At the end of our simple machines unit, my students were given the task of creating as many simple machines as they can using a few simple materials.


  • 2 Oreos
  • 1 Life Saver Mint
  • A Few Pretzel Sticks
  • 2 Graham Crackers
  • 1 Twizzlers
  • 2-4 Fruit Slice Candies

The students had a handout where they sketched their design and wrote what type of simple machine they created so that they stayed on track during the activity and I could assess their work ( you know...I couldn't see all in the moment)!

The students were SO engaged and they never stopped creating. I love seeing my students work so hard and love what they're working on so much that they just keep thinking of new ways to design things.  I also challenged them to create compound machines at the end.

Of course, after the lesson, they were able to eat the treats and that made the activity infinitely better on their part. 

Take a look at some of the simple machines they created below and grab the handout freebie at the end of this blog post!

(excuse the awkward logo placement that's covering a student's name)