Five for Friday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for 

Summertime.  It's wonderful, isn't it? Not too much going on around here...and that's JUST the way I like it! :)
Since school's been out, I've pretty much been focusing on creating our FREEBIES for our 7 Week Birthday Celebration.
I certainly hope you've been following along and picking those up each week from our TpT shop!  This week's freebie is still available HERE.

I've finally finished them ALL.  Let's just say if you like hashtags, you'll love next week's fun freebie!  At the end of our 7 weeks of birthday celebration, we'll be giving a BONUS exclusive freebie to our TpT followers.  It won't be posted in our shop for free, but will be sent out via EMAIL to our followers, so be sure to go to our SHOP and click the green "follow me" text beneath our shop name so you don't miss out!

The highlight of this week was certainly my new blog design.  

Teaching Maddeness

I am in LOVE with every single aspect of it.  It is totally me.
  Thanks again to Megan at 

A Bird in Hand Designs

I was super excited to discover this new blog...

That's right!  A blog all about Guided Math!  I'm thrilled to have some of my resources in their kickoff giveaway - head over to enter and win lots of goodies!  PLUS, they have a freebie for you to grab - an awesome Problem Solving Discussion Fan.  Click the image below to go to their blog and pick it up. Be sure to FOLLOW while you're there so you don't miss out on future amazingness! :)
My next big project is going to be SPELLING.  A couple of summers ago, I created a spelling program for my classroom since we've never had one.  It took ALL SUMMER long.  I created the lists, pretest lists, challenge lists, differentiated spelling test formats for each week.  It was a chore, let me tell you!

Well, guess what?  The following year, our school created its own spelling program.  HA! {Trust me...that is NOT a laugh.}  Isn't that how it ALWAYS works??? 

I am not happy about it, but this summer I'm going to be creating challenge lists, pretest lists, and tons of activities to go along with these NEW lists. 

I'll post more about this when I start working on it, but are there any "must-do" spelling activities that you think benefit your students on a weekly basis? 

Here's a sneak peek of what I will be working on for each list so far.... I'd love to hear your ideas though.  I know I don't do as much as I should with spelling in my classroom so I'm trying to up my game. :)

And now, I'm off to start cleaning out my closet.  Am I the only one who does that before packing for a trip??  Tomorrow I'll be headed here...  #happyplace


  1. Thanks for linking the awesome freebie! Enjoy the beach. Looks amazing!

  2. Your blog design is super cute!

  3. Your blog is super cute! I just hired Megan to do my blog page for me too! (Right now my page is pretty UGLY ;) ) Thank you for the awesome freebie!

    Megan @

  4. I'm loving the new blog design! And thanks for the freebie. I'll be following you on TPT!! :) Have a happy Friday and have fun on your vacay! No schoolwork. :P

    Alexis ♥ Laugh. Eat. Learn.

  5. Oh, yes, we have enjoyed your fabulous birthday freebies--we appreciate how generous you have been with your wonderful creations! Your new blog design is beautiful--love the colors! Thank you again for what you have done to help get the word out about our new guided math blog! Enjoy where you are headed... :0)

    All the best--
    Sarah & Courtney

    P.S. -- Looking forward to a closer look at your spelling program when you are finished. :0)

  6. Love the beach! Have a great time! :)

    P.S. Love, love, love your new blog design...Megan is AMAZING!!

  7. Thanks for sharing about the new math blog. I'm moving to 2nd next year and am looking for a new spelling resource... good timing!
    First Grade Found Me

  8. I LOVE your new blog design, it looks beautiful!!! Have fun on your vacay!! :)

    Sun, Sand & Second Grade

  9. LOVE the new blog design :) I always see these cute designs and want to purchase, but always try to do them myself! Enjoy your trip!
    Learning With Mrs. S.

  10. Your new design is beautiful! I'm thrilled you're working on a spelling pack...I need some new activities! Maybe add something with stamping or highlighting. That's always a hit with my kids.

    Have fun at the beach!


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