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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 :)