Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday to you, folks!

After being out of school a couple of weeks now, I finally feel rested enough to be doing some productive things...and some completely useless just-because-I-want-to things, too.

After all, isn't that what summer is all about?

Or perhaps that's just the Hokey Pokey. I tend to get things confused when it is so hot outside. Holy heatwave, people, it was almost 100 degrees yesterday! 

One. hundred. degrees. WITH humidity.

One hundred degrees with humidity, and it's only the first full week in June! What's July going to be like?!?

Or *gasp!* AUGUST?

But I digress.

This morning as I have the time to stretch and yawn and sit in my pj's contemplating life, these are the things I'm loving at this particular moment:

This kitchen towel...
Is it wrong to be so in love with a piece of cloth? I mean, what's not to love? It's thick and absorbent, it's festive, and let's not forget, patriotic. 

I found this baby at Walmart, and it had me at "I cost less than $2.00."  Sold!


Speaking of kitchen stuff, I'm also loving the time to gaze at the ever-growing collection in my hutch as I sip my morning coffee.
Most of this is milk glass, but there are a few distant relatives, twice removed. (As in they're not the real deal, but I don't want to hurt anybody's feelings. Shhhhh...)

For the record, I am NOT a morning person. I like to wake up s-l-o-w-l-y as I sip on a pot cup of coffee.  Because it looks so simple, clean, and crisp, this little grouping just makes me smile as I start my day.


Next up on my favorites of the week was what I made for supper last night--Simple Pork Roast.  

Simply take your favorite type of pork roast and add the following ingredients...

Throw it all in a crock pot and cook on low for the day. The complete recipe can be found here.

I know what you're thinking. Didn't I just complain about how dagblastin' hot it was? But hear me out. The baby is home from college this summer, and he is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. If I have any hope of keeping him full and out of the cupboards, it's going to have a pretty substantial meal.

Plus the leftovers are to die for, folks. We're going to have roast and veggies one more time for lunch today, and then the leftover meat is going to be magically transformed into BBQ pork for sandwiches. No cooking for supper or lunch the next day! Whoo hoo!


Finally, I love having time to create during the summer. Instead of painting, knitting, or scrapbooking, I like to make things like this...
Fun FREEBIE! Pirate Mini Unit. Perfect for 3rd and 4th grade summer review!:
from freebie unit found here.
During the school year, I craft things to go along with the units I teach my middle school students. And for the most part, I really enjoy doing that.

However, my secret passion rests with creating things for younger kiddos. I student taught in third grade several years ago, and those cutie patooties still have my heart. I've thought about moving down to elementary again, but I also enjoy teaching older kids, too. Creating things for my Tpt store offers me the best of both worlds.

Edited to add this little tidbit of helpfulness: If you are unfamiliar with Teachers Pay Teachers, don't be confused by the name. You don't have to be a teacher to use the site! In fact, there are thousands of FREE resources in addition to very reasonably priced educational products. So, if you're a homeschooling parent, or if you just want some fun educational resources to keep the kiddos from the dreaded summer slide, make sure to check it out!

You will have to set up an account to download resources, but it's absolutely FREE and no salesman will call. LOL

I'm currently working on a mapping unit since this is my most popular pin on Pinterest...
FREEBIE! Cardinal direction practice and beginning map skills are just part of this fun mini unit!:

It's from my free pirate mini-unit found here. Coming up with the different types of maps and using cute clip art just puts a spring in this girl's step, I'll tell ya.

What can I say? It doesn't take much to make me happy...after I've had my morning caffeine, that is.

So there you have it, beautiful people. If you're looking for me today, you can find me happily sorting through darling clip art, snacking on a BBQ sandwich, staying out of the heat.

My hope for you, dear friends, is that you get to spend the day doing what you love as well. 

Have a fabulous weekend!

I'm joining the fun over at Friday Favorites.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Summer Fun for Third Graders

Well, I see that I am not likely to win the "Most Consistent Blogger" award this year, but blogging is definitely on my summer bucket list.  

Creating new products for my Tpt store is also on my list. Is it technically considered a store if I currently have only three products listed? 

Perhaps "Micro-Shoppe" or "Demi-Depot" would be more accurate.

Hmmm....something to definitely ponder.

Anyhoo, as I muster up the gumption to accomplish the two things on my summer bucket list thus far, I thought I'd share two fun summer resources for third graders. Second and fourth graders may enjoy these activities as well.

And yes, they are currently available at my Tpt Micro-Shoppe. J

First up, we have quite the little treasure, mateys!
Third Grade Skills -- Pirate Theme
This pirate themed mini-unit includes:

Pirate Pun -- multiplication riddle
Quotient Quip – division riddle
In Search of Rich Writing – two-day writing activity
Treasure Map – students color by following directions listed
My Treasure Map – students create a map of their own backyard

Six NO PREP printables. Answer keys included!

All of this wonderful review fun for the low, low price of ...FREE!

Yep, you read that right folks--FREE!  What could be better than that?

Next up, is a lengthier review packet which just has to mean twice the joy, right?
Third Grade Summer Vacation Station

This resource features:

*A reading log to keep track of summer reading
*Reading List of 40 titles recommended for 8 and 9-year-old readers.  (Includes        Grade Level Equivalent, Lexile, DRA, and Guided Reading Levels for each title.) 
*Fiction and Nonfiction practice
*Compound Words
*Plurals for words ending in –y
*Descriptive Writing
*Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
*Types of Sentences (Declarative, Imperative, Interrogative, Exclamatory) 
*Telling time to the minute
*Elapsed time problems
*Review of multiplication facts for fluency
*Review of division facts for fluency
*Equivalent fractions
*Scorekeeping with tally marks
*Counting money
*Money word problems
*Doubling a simple recipe

A total of 28 student pages with full-size answer sheets, reading list, reading log, and a summer bucket list!

By the way, that summer bucket list is a compilation of things to do over the summer and check off.

Lots of fun summer activities to keep your kiddos busy and learning throughout their break from school!

I hope your summer is off to a fabulous start!