Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Hunger Games and Updates :)

Hello all! I've missed everyone, but I have been oh so tired to do anything.. that's how I get on the weekends after busting my butt all week.  I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend - I did, but of course it went by ridiculously fast.

Just got back from seeing the Hunger Games :) Loved it! Of course, any book adds so much detail and you can travel inside the mind of a character and know their thoughts/feelings, etc. but they did a good job presenting it.  The only thing that really bothered me was how they portrayed the symbol of the mockingjay.  Did anyone else feel this way? 
A few other things were different in the movie from the book, but that's how it always has been (like my favorite, the Harry Potter series).

What a wonderful 2 1/2 hours of my day though, indeed!

I thinking to myself, "Hmm, I haven't been getting a lot of sales on TPT/Teacher's Notebook lately" but then today when I got home and checked my email, I sold a bunch from TPT :) Very happy about that! I hope to strive to keep my sales going and just go up from here.
Thank you for all your love and support (and feedback!)

Don't forget to check out my Easter Unit since that is coming up :) Click the bunny below and check it out!

I had my staff development day this past Friday, and it was very informative about the Common Core - I am in the middle of creating activities for 2-4th grade based, but it probably won't be done for a while since 1. I want to take my time on it  2. I have no time :-P
My colleague Second Grade is Splendid presented one of the workshops, and she did a fabulous job - I am so grateful to be working with her this year, my first year teaching at my current school.  I am SURE you are already following her, but if you aren't, you have to check her blog out and all her ideas on TPT.. she's incredible.

CHECK OUT $1.00 E-BOOKS AND PRINTABLES THROUGH SCHOLASTIC! SALE ONLY UNTIL 3/28! Some really cute activities for all grade levels!

Hmm.. one last thing before I go!
Here are a few fantastic freebies that I have found useful and think are just adorable :)

3rd Grade Gridiron always makes the cutest math centers... check out this measurement freebie! Definitely in my center choices for April :)

A cute freebie from Lory Evans - subtraction math game!

And another great one from Amber Polk! She has the best products as well... this one is a cute multiplication Easter center matching the cracked eggs :)

Well that was a lot! I guess I should remember to blog more often ;) Take care everyone!! Feel free to comment! xoxo


  1. Great links! I use many of these already. :)

    Hello Mrs Sykes

    1. Thanks Jen! You have amazing products too, keep me updated ;)

  2. Thanks for blogging about my freebie and your sweet comment you left! I feel so honored to be included with those two ladies!! :)

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

  3. Hi Laura! Thanks so much for sharing these free resources! They are fabulous.

    Have a great week!

    1. I love searching for freebies on TPT, they are always the best from amazing teachers :) Hope you have a great week as well, Krista!!

  4. Hi Laura!

    For some reason, I cannot figure out how to get the reply to comments button to work on my blog, so I came to your blog to answer your question! I really stretched the weaving project out and after they got them started they continued to work on them when they finished other projects early, so it took some of them a couple of weeks to do, but you could get it done quicker if you gave them longer periods of time to work on them.

    Also, I just started the Hunger Games series a week ago and am obsessed! I am currently reading Catching Fire and it is hard to put it down! My blogging is definitely suffering because of it! haha I LOVE being able to discuss the books with my students though, many of whom are currently reading the series now too! Congrats on your Tpt sales! I have yet to make things to sell for my store. Like you said, time is an issue! Thankfully my spring break is in a couple weeks!

    Lessons with Laughter

    1. Aw thanks so much for taking the time to comment back! The weaving is adorable. I am reading Catching Fire too, I've only been reading it a couple days but I pick it up whenever I get a chance and I only have about 30 pages left :) Love it!!

      My TPT sales aren't AMAZING as some teachers, but hey, every little bit helps and helping others.. nothign could be better!
      Best of luck to you when you start selling :) I will promote your store when it's ready!

  5. Thanks for sharing! & thanks for stopping by my blog. Good luck on my giveaway :)


    1. No problem, I hope I have good luck this week :)

  6. I have awarded you the One Lovely Blog award. Come to my blog to check it out. Congrats!

  7. Laura, I saw one of your comments on another blog (as I was out blog stalking :-)...I am also a 3rd grade teacher and new to blogging, so thought I'd come by and check yours out. LOVE IT! Enjoyed reading all the comments & getting some insight to where some good freebies were! Feel free to come grab some more at my new blog or enter to win a few units I'm giving away in my NEW BLOG celebration! :-) Am follower #97 of yours! Michelle

    1. Michelle, thanks so much for stopping by my blog!! You are too sweet, and I am definitely heading over to your blog right now to check it out :)

  8. Hi Laura, I found your blog as I was out "blog stalking" today. :-) I am also a third grade teacher and new to blogging. THANK you for the valuable information on freebies above. Very helpful! Feel free to grab some more freebies from my blog or enter my NEW BLOG celebration giveaways! Take care,


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