Summer Planning Giveaway Stop D-5

I'm taking a part in a scavenger hunt where everyone wins. If you want to learn how to be a part of this scavenger hunt, head over to I'm Lovin' Lit to get all of the details and begin the hunt!  (It will make more sense, I promise!)

Thank you so much for bopping by and taking part in our scavenger hunt! There are so many great prizes in each pack! To continue on, please grab my secret word above and be sure to follow my blog with bloglovin by clicking on the button to the right.

A little about me. I'm a second year teacher in the great state of Kansas. A former K-5 special education teacher, I will now be a 4th grade ELA teacher continuing to co-teach. When following this blog you will find ideas for reading and writing in the upper grades, iPad integration, and a few primary posts every now and then too! Products I create are items I use in my classroom. I love to utilize centers so you'll find several games and centers in my store, as well as lesson ideas and now classroom decor: 

Speaking of classroom decor, here is the item that I've donated:

I've been bitten by the chevron bug and have created schedule cards to post up in my room, and now to share with  you too! There are 76 different classes and 4 blank cards in the pack.

You might also be interested in my place value centers listed at only $4!

Click to see in my TPT store

Six centers to supplement and review place value concepts, aligned to the 4th grade common core standards, but could be used for 3rd or 5th grade as well. While your looking, be sure to follow my store for the latest news in sales, new products, and flash freebies.

There are still a few days left in my 300 follower giveaway, by following via bloglovin' and TPT you've already earned several entries. The prizes include $25 TPT gift certificate and chances to win units from my TPT store.


  1. One of my favorite back to school reads is Chrysanthemum!

  2. I found your blog through the scavenger hunt! My favorite first day book is First Day Jitters!

  3. I also found you through the scavenger hunt... I love to play the human knot with my students at the beginning of the year. Such a cooperative activity :)

  4. One of my favorite back to school reads is Thank You, Mr. Falker.

  5. Congratulations on reaching your 300 Follower milestone! I've been out of the loop for a couple of days, spending time with family and long-lost high school friends that I just saw your achievement! AWESOME! I gave you a little shout-out on my Saturday blog post.

    My favorite back-to-school read is "Apple Island or the Truth About Teachers." I use this with my fifth grade Language Arts class. Besides being funny, this book contains great examples of figurative language (alliteration, similes, metaphors, personification) and it is terrific to use to teach plot development (rising action, climax, falling action). We refer back to it all year.

    Enjoy the rest of your celebration!
    The Teacher's Desk 6

    P.S. Now I see I have to go check out this Scavenger Hunt giveaway! Sounds fun!

  6. Congratulations on reaching 300.
    I like to read Chrysanthemum with my new students.

    Charlene/Diamond Mom
    Diamond Mom's Treasury

  7. Happy to find your blog on the scavenger hunt! My fav book to read used to be How to Be Cool in Third Grade, when I taught third grade. I teach fifth grade now, and we departmentalize, so I haven't been able to read any good books at the beginning of the last two years. Hopefully I'll be able to with some of the examples people are giving:)

  8. Congratulations on 300 followers. One of my favorite back-to-school read alouds is First Day Jitters, I just love that the whole time you're reading you think it's about a student only to find out it's not.


  9. Congrats! Thanks for the chance to win. I love to read The Best School Year Ever as a beginning read aloud.
    Learning in Bliss

  10. Congrats on 300 followers.....I just discovered your blog through the scavenger hunt. I have a few read alouds that I love to read the first few days of school......First Day Jitters, What I Didn't Do On My Summer Vacation and Miss Nelson is Missing.

  11. Glad I ran into you through I'm Lovin Lit. Congratulations! My favourite picture book that I like to read is "Miss Nelson is Missing". Then, during Hallowe'en, I dress up as Ms. Viola Swamp.

  12. Congratulations!
    My favorite picture book for the beginning of the year is "A Fine, Fine School" by Sharon Creech.
    Toni Nicholson

  13. So glad I found your blog through this planning giveaway! My favorite BOY read is Michael's Golden Rules.


  14. One of my favorite stories to read at the beginning of the school year is "Beware of Boys". It is a book about a little boy who outsmarts a wolf who wants to eat him. As a class, we talk about how smart the boy is and turn that into a discussion of just how clever each student in the class is. When working with special education students, I think it is extremely important to make them realize just how smart they really are.


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