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My Favorite Things

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog. If this is your first time! WELCOME! I do hope that you like what you see and you will want to come back over and over again. I am a teacher who loves to teach. I want everything I do to be engaging and very effective to the learning process. I make everything have a purpose behind what I am wanting my students to do. I love anything that is vivid in color, getting organized, and I'm addicted to Krista Wallden's clipart. If you don't know the Creative Chalkboard. Then click here and follow in love like me.

More importantly, I have teamed up with several fabulous teacher bloggers for My Favorite Things. Today I am featuring my Paragraph Writing Unit. I love this unit because it came out of a labor of love for my students. I had a group last year that struggles to write paragraphs. I decided that I needed to take immediate action. This unit came from that action. This unit has helped so many kids to understand the process of writing paragraphs.

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So let's get to what we all came to hop around for. My Favorite Things.

I love Longhorn Steakhouse. Honestly, the love of this place came when my friend was pregnant with her first child. She would call me and after school we would head over for her to have a house salad with thousand island dressing. I would get a diet cherry coke. We did this 3-5 days a week. It was so bad that the whole staff knew us by name. They would even have our drinks to the table when we arrived. LOL! I was the best time. 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this store. Ulta is the heaven of make up for me. I love earning points and love playing with make up. I watch so many videos on Youtube. I love Dulce Candy, Miss Chevious, Kandee Johnson, and anyone who loves the makeup that is my number 3. LOL! I always hope for gift certificates from this store. 

URBAN DECAY!!!! I love this company. I have always in the past bought the drug store makeup. Well let me just say, LADIES, spend the money and buy the good stuff. This makeup is so great. The pigments last so long. I could go for 3 day without changing my makeup. It is just the best. I have saved so much money since I have started buying the higher priced makeup. 

I love Christmas! I love the music, the movies (White Christmas), and the decorating of the tree. The newest tradition that we started was Percy the Penguin. Since everyone was doing the Elf on the Shelf, my husband wanted to be different plus teach about the bible. So, Percy was started. He recreated several bible stories. The kids loved looking for him. I am super excited about this fun adventure. 
Percy at the birth of Christ

Last but not least, I love Flair pens. Actually, I love all pens but these I must have in my desk. They write so smooth and the colors are the best. I am a grade with a purple pen kinda teacher. These pens are the best in my opinion.

Okay so for this blog hop, I will be giving away a $25 gift certificate to Michael's. This is a store that most teachers love. I hope that whoever wins this will love it so much.

Well, thank you for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed my favorite things. You are welcome to come at anytime. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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December Pick 3 Linky Party.....Come Join!

Hey everyone! It's me, Melinda, your Sassy Teacher. I have linked up with  Pawsitively Teaching and Inspired Owl's Corner for a great December Pick 3 Pinterest Party. This month I will be showing you 3 pins that I found that will be used in 1 if not all 3 of my classes. 

So let's get started and I hope that you find some of these ideas helpful. 

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I absolutely love these paper plate crafts. I came across these on Facebook and then on pinterest. I feel they are calling my classes name. LOL! Anyway, if you are doing a unit on reindeer and Christmas, your students could make the Santa and reindeer. Then, they could complete a writing prompt or open ended question. You could use the Santa for Santa letters and display them outside your room. The snowman could be made for a fun project to end a unit on winter weather. The uses for these crafts are endless.  

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This would be super cute when reviewing letters with those students who haven't quite mastered their letters and sounds. I have about 3 students right now that this would be super beneficial for in the classroom. You could use this for a writing project about how the snowman S got separated from his alphabet family. Students could write about his adventure. You could also have the other letters to look like snowmen as well.

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Okay, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. I kept thinking about how could I use this in my classroom. Ya'll this would be so cute for a Christmas party or just a little bucket for student snacks. I know that there are days that I just give by Sassy pants a snack. 

There are so many cool ideas on Pinterest. This website is perfect for all of us out there who are searching for new and interesting ways to make our classrooms more engaging. Make sure that you stop by the other blogs and see what they have Pinned as their favorites. I know I will be hopping around myself. This linky will be up for a month so if you want to join the fun, then come join!!!!! I can't wait to see what all you guys have to pin and say. 

Welcome Back

I can't believe how fast the Thanksgiving break went. WAIT!!! I thought it was too long. By Friday, I was missing my students and was ready to go back and teach. I have found a new love for my calling called Teaching. A lot of that is due to the amazing people that I am meeting through Instagram and Facebook. There are so many teachers out there that make me feel it is okay to be me. To all of those teachers, I say thank you!!!!! So I take Mr. Greg's advice and shut the door and teach. That was such a statement back in October that really drove my passion back to the for front. Even though I teach in a school that is completely departmentalize, I have to do what is best for MY students. So I have "SHUT MY DOOR AND TEACH!" I am no longer feeling sorry that I am being me in my classroom. I have spent so much time trying to be what others wanted me to be. NOT NOW!!!!! I am Melinda King and I love teaching. I am going to DO what I FEEL is BEST for my students. 

 Okay, I'll get off my box and just tell you about my day. 

 Today started like a normal Monday. Students turned in their folders, made job choices, made lunch choices,put things away, sitting on the carpet to learn new stations, go to stations, and grammar time. Notice I didn't say Writing time. I'm getting to that part. Well, we were in the middle of a Possessive noun quiz because my 2nd grade Sassy Pants can't seem to get it right now. (YET! I'll explain that word in another post.) So, my principal came and told me that she forgot to tell our whole staff about a field trip that our district had paid for to see the local orchestra. We had to load the buses right away. It was a mad rush at my school. We were the last school there and the orchestra had to wait for us. UH OH!!! Once we sat down, then it was a wonderful experience. Here is a few pictures from that day.

This was a great gift that my district did for us! I always look forward to it. 

 I hope that you guys have been loading up on your TPT products. I know that I bought some great products to help me in my classroom for the next few weeks. My store is 20% off along with the site's big sale. My new product Loopy Loop-Christmas Edition is such a fun sight word game. You really should check it out. My kiddos were super excited to play today. 


One last thing before I go. Look forward to my Wednesday post. I have linked up with some awesome bloggers for a linky party. Come join our Pinterest fun and then later next week we will have another blog hop all about our Favorite Things (giveaway happening). I can't wait for you to read all about it. 
Starts Wednesday December 3rd
Starts Dec. 7th. Giveaway happening