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How to Print on Envelopes

Today was our last day of school! I am really going to miss my peeps over summer! Before they left I gave each one of my kiddos a stamped, pre-addressed envelope so they can write me over summer!

I got the idea from Miss 5th's Instagram. It took a while to figure out how to print on envelopes so here's a mini how-to so it will take you less time than me to figure out!

I typed mine up Microsoft Word 2016.

Go to "Tools"-->then "Envelopes"-->under Printing Options click "Use custom settings"--> then "custom size." My envelopes were A9 size so I typed in 5.75 for the width and 8.75 for the width.

Next, we need to set up our paper size! For this you will need to go to "File"--> then "Page Setup"--> in Paper Size click "Manage Custom Size." I filled in the size of the envelope and saved it as "A9" so it will be there next time!

Next, I added a text box and added my information!

Figuring out how to feed it through my printer took a few tries but then I got it. <<Sorry I can't help you there :-P>> Overall my kiddos LOVED getting their envelopes and I can't wait to receive their letters over summer! Now that I've figured out how to print on envelopes I plan on doing it all the time!

Let's End the Year with a Bang!

I saw this adorable end of the year bulletin board on miss5th's instagram page and HAD to recreate it in my classroom! I blew up 18 balloons, one for each student in my class. In each balloon was a students name. Every morning we pop a balloon and that student is the VIP for the day!

The VIP wears a special name tag that lights up, and gets to sit at the VIP table with a friend. They also get "special" jobs like filing my papers ;). If you have less days of school, than students in your class, you could put special fun activities they can do each day in each ballon instead!

I made the letters using my Silhouette Cameo. I used Kimberly Geswein's Shake if Off Chunky font and made the letters 6" tall.

I will be updating this post with my special VIP table this weekend! Stay tuned!

2016 Academic Super Bowl

This week will be my first ever Academic Super Bowl! (See what 5 snow days does? It gives me fun ideas!) What is an Academic Super Bowl you ask? Well, it is just like the Super Bowl but you earn your touch downs through your teams average score!

This is how I am doing it!

I SECRETLY divided my class into two teams, the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. I tried to make the teams even based on my their reading and math scores. I then casually asked the class who they were cheering for so that way they could be on the team they wanted.

Friday at 3:20 was Draft Day. Every student got half an index card with a scratch off. They had to scratch off to reveal their team. They THOUGHT it was random, but it wasn't (insert evil laugh: mwuah-ha-ha). I knew I had my Broncos logos on the top and Panthers logos on the bottom as I passed them out, and I already knew who was going to be on what team. I got my scratch offs at my local bookstore (Givens Books Little Dickens)  but you can get them on Amazon. The kids loved the scratch offs so much I plan on using them again for more fun activities.

This week most of my lessons will have football incorporated in them in some way shape or form. Some things are as simple as having football clip art on the worksheets. I will be averaging the scores of each team daily, the team with the highest score gets a touchdown. Obviously this will not all be grades that go in my grade book, some will be exit tickets and practice sheets.

You can get my "Coaching Contractions" worksheet in my TPT shop here!
My football themed Time Scoot is FREE in my TPT store! Get it here!

I have also emphasized that just like in the NFL, you can be cut from the team. The class knows I am expecting perfect behavior, good teamwork, and neat locker rooms, oh..I mean desks...

After the kids left I transformed the room! I had already decided I would stay late setting up so I ran out, grabbed food, and came back! I stayed until the custodians kicked me out! I am pretty excited with the turn out and the kids were too. I wish you could have seen their reactions! It was priceless! 

I rearranged the desks so my students are sitting with their fellow teammates.

Later this week I am going to explain how I set everything up, and where I got everything so you can do it in your classroom! What do you think? Do you think it's NFL worthy? 

Who are you cheering for this Super Bowl? 

Snow Day #3

One of my favorite things about living in the south would have to be snow days. Chance of snow, flurries or actual snow results in a delayed opening day off from school. It's always nice to be able to work from home in pajamas. We got a good amount of snow this weekend and so I am currently on snow day #3. My mom got 30" of snow in NY and only had a delayed opening today...

I have enjoyed my time sleeping in, making homemade red sauce, working in comfy clothes, and sleigh riding with my students. My mom was in town before the storm came and added some sweet touches to my bedroom to make it extra cozy! Now I am going to make sure I have everything in order since I will probably be back at school tomorrow.

STEM in action! Filled this bad boy with my hair dryer! 

 How is it by you? Does anyone else get snow days or are you braving the roads to get into work?

Confession: I love reality TV.

Hello, my name is Kirsten and I love reality TV. I don't know what it is exactly that I find so intriguing. Maybe it's fact that people are crazy... OR the fact that they voluntarily put themselves out there for all the world to SEE their crazy.

I also LOVE the awkwardness! The awkwardness unfolding on the TV makes ME feel awkward, then thankful that I am ((relatively)) sane and normal.

I am super excited that one of my favorite reality tv shows has started up again! Drumroll please... THE BACHELOR! I mean I need something to watch while I "grade papers" and "write lesson plans."

I took a brief hiatus after the Season 13 catastrophe. For those of you who missed it I'll explain. Jason, the bachelor, picked Melissa, proposed and got ENGAGED. Then dumped her on LIVE TV and picked the other chick Molly. So rude. It scarred me for a few seasons but I eventually found my way back to Bachelor Mondays.

This season I have decided to keep better track of the ladies and participate in a Bachelor Bracket with my girls at work. We group messaged throughout the whole episode at the craziness we were watching. For a better commentary on episode one, jump here to Kristin's blog...she's hilarious! It was as if she was in our group chat because I shared her sentiments exactly! Ahem...#maceforlace I would not want to meet her in a dark alley... or on the street in daylight for that matter... homegirl=crazy.

Please tell me there are other reality TV lovers out there! Any other shows I should try out??

You can download The Bachelor Bracket here! Thanks Desiree :) 

A Mouse in My House

Last week I had an unwelcomed visitor stop by my lovely home… I was sitting in my living room when I heard a scratching sound coming from my dryer. At first I thought it might have just been in my head because when I would walk over to the dryer, it would stop…E.V.E.R.Y.T.I.M.E.
This was very frustrating and which resorted to me army crawling on the floor silently to confirm there actually was a noise and I was not crazy ((a debate my family and I have been having for years)).
Sure enough, there was a noise and when I peered to the back of the dryer I saw a hole in the vent hose. And yes, I did just google “dryer-tubing-to-vent” to figure out that fancy name, don’t judge me!
Clearly, there was a MOUSE in my home, violating my privacy and so I did the most logical thing… I called my parents who are approximately 464 miles from me. Clearly, despite the miles they would know what to do! And that they did! They told me I should call my brother, who lives approximately 3 miles from me.
Reluctantly, Kevin came over and sealed the dryer and the vent and assured me that there was no way a mouse would have came in…despite the fact that my dryer vent cap outside had fallen off (yes…I googled that too). He said I was hearing things, and that the hole was probably just from general use.
Well friends at about 2:00 a.m. I got to meet Stewart Little face to face as he was in my BEDROOM…right near my BED!
Say hello to Stewart Little.
Below is my snapchat of the events immediately following our first meeting…clearly I needed evidence to prove to Kevin that I was right and he was wrong and there WAS a mouse in my house…duh. That’s what all big sisters do.
**video coming soon**
Well, suffice it to say it was hard falling back to sleep…then impossible to do once he was in my bed. Yup, you read that right… ::IN MY BED!::
The next day after work the lovely people of Home Depot helped me pick out a trap and he was captured soon after. While I feel this experience only added to my strong, independent-ness it was an experience I clearly would not like to ever experience again.

Moral of the story:

Friends, make sure this winter you have a vent camp.
Second moral of the story, always have photographic/video evidence to prove you are right.

Behavior Contract

Happy Monday friends! We had a surprise 3 day weekend because we thought Joaquin would be making an appearance in my city. Luckily he didn't and we still got a day off to watch Netflix and do laundry  do lots of lesson planning and grading. However, I paid for it today as my kids were cra-cra. It's amazing how one day off makes them forget how to act like human beings. There was a lot of reteaching behavior today to say the least.

It was also the start of a new PRIDE sheet. I'll explain my schools behavior management plan in another post;  today I'm going to explain my Behavior Contract. The idea actually came from my principal, and I must say in all honesty without sounding like a suck up or "Principals Pet" she always has really good ideas that leave me thinking why didn't I think of that?!

Anyway, I have a student who is having trouble following classroom and school rules. <<I know, I know...I''m sure none of you teacher friends of mine have this problem so just let me vent and you can give me the sympathetic head nod and reassuring look>>

He was not earning treasure box because of his behaviors during the week, and they were starting to escalate. Together we sat down and looked at his PRIDE chart ((post on that coming soon)) and made a list of the 3 things he seemed to have the most trouble with. Then, together we made up a list of choices he could do instead. Ironically, the "choices" were things I had already been doing... BUT he liked that HE came up with these "great new ideas" and so I just rolled with it and agreed I had wished I had come up with them myself!

I then typed it up to make it look all pretty and we both signed it. He keeps a copy in his desk and I keep a copy in his file. When he starts to show one of "those" behaviors, I give him my best surprised/sympathetic "oh-my-goodness-you-cant-do-that-because-we-both-signed-a-contract" look, and gently remind him to take out his contract and choose one of the the things he can do instead. It really has worked beautifully! It's amazing what can happen when you give students the illusion power of choice. <<I say illusion because at first he thought extra recess was the answer and I did my best, "well... I don't know if that's safe for you to go outside alone..." response. Teachers really are the best actors :)>>

This is something that was very simple and has been SO effective! I hope it can help you out if you ever encounter a student who is having trouble following school and classroom rules...but I'm sure I'm all alone on this one :-P

P.S. The example below is one I made up for my younger brother who is a gym teacher and football coach at the middle school in my city...if I'm being honest I could have made his contract REALLY long...