Hump Day Highlight

Guess what day it is….Guess what day it is…Mike, Mike, Mike….It’s HUMP DAY! Woot! Woot!  Oh, I crack myself upSmile  Seriously though…ready for Friday!

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Happy Wednesday, friends!  Today, I am doing my FIRST EVER link up with one of my all time favorite teacher blogs Mrs. Stanford’s Class.  Before I even tell you about my Hump Day Highlight, I just have to say that if you ever need any techy help, you should check out her blog and YouTube channel.  I found her blog over the summer and she has truly helped me on my TPT JourneySmile 

Moving right along, to what’s happening in my 4th Grade Classroom. Do you ever feel like you have to move on with curriculum whether your kiddos are ready to or not?  I can sense the nodding of heads.  Do you feel like it’s your fault because there are more who haven’t mastered a concept than have?

That’s exactly how I feel this year.  I have felt so much pressure for my kids to do things and be somewhere they are not.  Especially in Math.  The concept I am talking about in this situation would be two and three digit division.  A difficult concept if you have not mastered:  1)basic multiplication facts 2)the concept of basic division.  I feel like I overused “concept”…You get the idea. Smile

Well, Math is not my strength and I have worked REALLY , REALLY hard this year to create materials and lessons that engage my students, make sense to me, and most importantly-make sense to them. 

We worked on the 4th Grade Division standards in the Fall.  Even though I had to move on after Thanksgiving Break, it is so apparent my students have not mastered this.  During December and continuing through January, our focus will be Fractions.  However, my students still NEED Division practice & to master their basic Multiplication Facts. 

So, that’s the story behind my product Division is SNOW much fun!  I needed a fun way for my students to continue working on Division.   These are Winter-Themed Division Task Cards and Printables. 


On Monday, we were very fortunate to have a Pro-Ed Day, so I could get these laminated and ready to go for this week.  There are 36 Task Cards that look like this:


This is the recording sheet they will use for the problems:


There are 4 of these numbered up to 36.   I also included this sheet, which I planned on using at first. 


The reason I am not using this sheet in my classroom is because my students tend to NOT show their work. (I’m sure my students are the only ones who do this…) So, I needed to provide an answer sheet with enough workspace.  And of course, remind them to use it! Smile

How am I using these in my classroom?

We have a 30 minute Math Intervention, which in real time ends up being 10 minutes.  15 if I am lucky.  So each of my kids will do one problem per day.  We will rotate through all of the problems.  I will work with small groups on one problem, while others work with a partner and/or independently.  By using only 9 problems per sheet, I will know how they are doing BEFORE completing 36 division problems WRONG. Waste of time. 

Also, to keep myself and my students organized I will only start with the first 18 so they only have 1 page to keep track of- front and back.  I have 21 students in my class.  Four will be on the computer and Four will work with me.  So, I have options for students to work with a partner or individually.

This product also includes the problems in a worksheet format if anyone wanted to go that route Smile


Other highlights of the week which are NOT school related, but made me very happy are:

  • More Living Room Yoga with this guy:


  • Titan’s First Birthday! On January 3rd, he turned a year old! He is a spoiled little puppy!


  • And…Titan enamored by the Cricut Smile


It was pretty entertaining to watch Smile Please ignore the background mess.  The office/craft room/crap room/guest bedroom is still under construction! We just moved in October.  I was supposed to be cleaning and got sidetracked by the Cricut on Saturday night.  So it is STILL under construction!

I can’t wait to link up with all of the other wonderful bloggers for their Hump Day Highlight! Smile I will be sure to get my glass of wine and enjoy some good reads!

Happy Hump Day!  Friday just got a little bit closer Smile


Things I’m Loving Friday #1

Happy New Year!  It’s only Day 2 of 2015, but I’m already feeling the hope, change, & excitement of the upcoming year.  One of my hugest unofficial New Year’s Resolutions is to BLOG MORE!!  Long before I started TPTing , I LOVED reading blogs so much that I decided to create my own.  This poor little piece of my world needs some TLC!  So, like many seasoned bloggers, I adding some structure to my post and beginning my first weekly series.  Things I’m Loving Friday!  My love of blogging came from reading Peanut Butter Fingers– a health, fitness, and fun blog.  I look forward to this post every Friday and am going to give it a go myself.  So, here goes!

1)  Living Room Yoga – I have really gotten out of my yoga habit since school started and I have missed it so much!!  I’ve been running, but my body has missed the stretching and strengthening.  So, I decided to bring the yoga to my living room!  I found a 22 minute class On Demand & cranked up some Lorde radio.  I am not impressed with the yoga series, but I just needed a guide to remind me of my regular routine.  This will do until I can get my behind into the studio!  My favorite part of living room yoga is this guy:

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This brings a whole new meaning to downward dog! Or is this puppy pose? Smile

2)  Persevering with a Book! –I began reading this book, So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman way too long ago.  I was so distracted by school and she was a new author.  I get stuck on the same authors and find it hard to venture out.  I am a creature of habit.  Her writing is a little too high level after a full day of teaching 10 year olds Smile  So, I put it down and picked it back up for too long and too many times.  As a result, it felt like nothing was  happening.  Well, lo and behold, it did pick up and was really good!  There were so many small meaningful details that I had to piece back through the novel to pick up all the little parts I missed when I thought nothing was happening! Smile

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3)  New Year’s Eve House Parties!-  Ryan, Titan, and I had such a cozy New Year’s Eve.  Don’t let them fool you! They LOVE their hats!  My two studs!

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4) Contact Lens Case Drying Mat-  (or washcloths) This is probably the best $2.99 (each) I’ve spent all month!  I found two of these washcloths at Ross on New Year’s Day and had to buy them.   I love the gray stripes and blue polka dots design.  If they had a whole towel set, I definitely would have bought it! But I will settle for the “Contact Lens Case Drying Mat.” Smile

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5)  Bookagram- I am so excited about one of my newest products on Teachers Pay Teachers!  It is a social media style Book Recommendation for students after they finish a book.  I cannot wait to share with my 4th Graders on Tuesday! They are going to LOVE it! I need to make a Bookagram for the display area in my classroom! Once I figure that out I’ll be sure to post classroom pics!  If you are interested in this product, please click here.


Well, there it is folks! I would love to hear what you are loving this Friday.  If you are a teacher, there is the unspoken obvious one- having the past 2 weeks off!!! WOOHOO! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!! Smile