The ULTIMATE Glue Gun Tip
The Ultimate Glue Gun Tip!
I have to share this glue gun tip for the best wall decor and clean up.
You simply HAVE to read this post
I can't wait to share this tip with you.

FREE Read and Write CVC Word Activity Sheet

Here's a fun way to practice reading and writing CVC words all year long. Try out a FREE CVC word activity sheet by clicking the image below. 
Once at my store, click on PREVIEW!

Students read and color the words, fill in the missing letters, highlight the word, and write the word. Lots of opportunities to practice CVC words! Enjoy!

Summer Professional Development Opportunity

Hey all Tara West here!  I wanted to share with you a fun + exciting opportunity for professional development this summer!  I will be hosting six conferences throughout the summer!  I will have three in Kansas City, one in Charlotte, South Carolina and Irvine, California!  I'll be coast to coast and directly in the middle! Ha! :)

At my summer conferences will be discussing all curriculum areas: close reading {whole-group literacy}, guided reading, math, phonics, and everything in the middle!  I will be sharing detailed ideas and classroom videos as well! It will be a day filled with learning and collaboration!  Along with the conference I will also be hosting a meet up the night before and the evening of the conference!  We will have lots of time to meet, greet, and have an awesome time!  If you'd like to read more about the conferences available you can check them out HERE!

Have a great week - - it will be May in just a F-L-A-S-H!

April Foolishness FUN  
April Fools is coming in a few days.
And it falls on a FRIDAY this year.

Spice up April Fools Day using THIS BOOK.

And grab this whole reading comprehension unit FOR FREE.
Just click here.

Easter Freebie from Sharing Kindergarten

Need a freebie printable PERFECT for Easter?
Check out this sequencing sheet for the book

Chick HERE to grab this download.


St. Patrick's Day NO HOMEWORK PASS

I hope you can use this freebie today!

Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

CITGO Fueling Education Sweepstakes

As teachers, we all know the importance of STEM Education (the integration of science, technology, engineering, and math). It is vital to the future of our students and our country and shapes our everyday experiences. 
STEM is our students' future. 

We play a BIG part in integrating STEM properly throughout our curriculum. For most of us, this is a very challenging and daunting task and is something we must take the time to learn about.

In addition to taking the time to educate ourselves on STEM, we also need to come up with ways to afford all of the wonderful activities we want to do with our students. 

CITGO Petroleum Corporation is dedicated to fueling education, and has launched a website and program, with the goal of celebrating STEM education, and encouraging and celebrating imagination and innovation in classrooms across America.

CITGO is encouraging teachers to enter the CITGO Fueling Education Sweepstakes, which is a promotion they are running, in partnership with National School Supply, We Are Teachers, and renowned STEM educator, Steve Spangler. This is a GREAT opportunity for teachers to win amazing prizes!

Steve Spangler could visit your school (grand prize), or your students could have the opportunity to attend one of his "Science in the Rockies" workshops (9 prizes), or your classroom could win a $1,000 National School Supply Voucher (90 prizes).

Are you proud of how your students use STEM learning to boost their creative and critical thinking skills? If so, then you can be a BIG winner! Just click on over to the sweepstakes here and enter to win. 

Don't delay, though! If you are one of the first few teachers to enter, you will receive a free STEM toolkit with loads of fun STEM "Imagination Lab" experiments, a free poster, and much more. These goodies are available while supplies last.

While you're checking out the sweepstakes, you can also download some STEM content to use in your classroom now. 
To find these resources, click on the FREE STEM TOOLKIT tab.

Thank you, CITGO, for giving teachers the opportunity to encourage and celebrate imagination and innovation in our classrooms!

Please note that this sweepstakes is not open to everyone.

Any Leprechaun Shrinking Hat Fans Out There? I Made Something For YOU!

Although St. Patrick's Day is fun and there are lots of fun activities we can do with our kiddos, I know that teachers don't have tons of time to be gathering different materials for this and that, finding files, etc.....sooooooo..... I know there are 1000s out there (data gathered from my Lucky Leprechaun stats!) and I wanted to make this week of planning EASIER for you.  I put ALL of my Lucky Leprechaun freebies into one file for you to quickly save, download and print to your heart's desire.  Included in the freebie kit are: Guided Drawing Shamrock with handwriting practice OR constructed response practice about Lucky, a skip counting puzzle with a message from Lucky, a before and after scientific sheet about the shrinking hats, AND an organizational list with links and directions for implementing all the fun into St. Patrick's Day. PLUS a new freebie that is a cartoon picture of Lucky with a Styrofoam cup and message for students to record what their cup looks like and color Lucky. 
Also included in the post is a link to an old post with FREE step by step directions on how to bring the magic of shrinking the cups to your classroom!  Enjoy and let me know about your experiences with Lucky! I can only hope that your students love it as much as mine!
Swing on into Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business and see what's going on!

St. Patrick's Day Eraser Graph

St. Patrick's Day Eraser Graph
Using erasers to construct a graph is a tried and true center time activity every student loves.
The class can compare numbers, add, subtract, represent data in a fun way, 
and BE KIDS. 
Because every child I know loves colorful erasers.

Be sure to grab this freebie graph so you can easily and 
quickly prep a St. Patrick's Day Graph today!
eraser graph freebie
 And here are some student examples in action.

St. Patrick's Day FREEBIE Potato Project

Need a freebie science activity for March?
Try this FREEBIE download for a St. Patrick's Day Potato Project.

We grow a potato in our classroom so we can see what happens to their roots.
And we make a Potato journal to document the changes.

Click here to read more.
And to grab your freebie download.