A Very Merry After Christmas Sale!

All the presents are open and I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas Day.  To celebrate the season the girls over at the Primary Chalkboard are throwing sales in each of their stores from today until the 29th!  The Primary Punch Store is all 20% off starting now!   Get a jumpstart on those January lesson plans while you're still basking in the after Christmas glow (and your kiddos are busy playing with those new toys)!  Click on the image below to check out some other great stores that are throwing sales!! Happy Holidays!!

Peace, Joy and Soap!

We have a winner from the Christmas Giveaway!!  Congratulations Margaret, an e-mail is coming your way!  

I just finished up some colleague holiday gifts and wanted to share them with you all in case you're looking for a quick and easy gift.  I have seen MANY variations of soap gift tags on Pinterest but decided to make my own tag.  I LOVE how they turned out and can't wait to hand them out tomorrow!


I just uploaded the Peace, Joy and Soap gift tags as a freebie to TPT which you can download now by clicking on the picture below! All you need are the soap bottles (I used Tis the Season by Bath and Body Works), ribbon and the gift tags.  Unfortunately, due to copyright restrictions (the file must be a secured PDF) with the super cute clip art I used, the pack is not editable so you would have to write your name on the tag after printing. 

Happy Holidays!

A Christmas Giveaway!

We only have 4 and a half days left until Christmas Break here in NC and on Tuesday, hubby and I find out whether we're on team pink or team blue!  I can't wait!!  We are planning a gender reveal with our families over the holidays! 
My sweet husband and I are sitting here watching our favorite Christmas movie (Christmas Vacation!!) by the light of our Christmas tree and I realized I hadn't popped in to say much lately.  Since I don't have my own class this year, I haven't been able to do a lot of fun Christmasy/Holiday things to write about.  So, I figured why not have a quick Christmas giveaway before we're all enjoying Christmas Break?! 

There are several ways to enter and the winner will get a HUGE bundle of all my Christmas games, centers and activities! Most of the centers are geared toward 2nd or 3rd grade and my new Holly Jolly Math is for 4th graders.  So, there is a wide mix of activities, great to differentiate for your kiddos! Enter using the Rafflecopter below.  Good Luck and Merry Christmas!

Holly Jolly Math

Hi friends!  If you're one of the lucky few to have a snow day tomorrow I am very jealous!!  We've had nothing but cold rain here in NC! I spent the rainy day finishing up a new 4th grade math packet that was by request from the 4th grade teachers at my school.  I have to say that I just love the clip art in this pack!  I can't wait to play these games with my Title I kiddos too.  You can click on either picture below to check it out on TPT!

Only 10 more school days before Christmas break (but who's counting??)!!

Take Me Back Tuesday Wednesday

I know it's technically Wednesday but I was looking through some older posts and came across this gem.  This is a REALLY old post (November 2011!) but I was just starting the handprint calendars with my kiddos and we had just made our Christmas Chain countdowns.  I know we're already 4 days into December but it's not too late to make a countdown! A few of the links are a little outdated.  Here's the Little Giraffee information about the Handprint calendars. I didn't do mine exactly like theirs but pretty close.  You can read more about our previous calendars HERE. For some reason I didn't take many pictures of the calendars last year, this was all I could find.

I laminate the front cover and then bind all the pages using an ancient comb binder.  I also then have all the kids wrap their calendar and fill out a name tag for whoever they want to give it to.  The calendars are a ton of work (and messy!) but I always had such nice feedback from parents.  I am sad that I won't be able to make them this year since I don't technically have a "class".

 Unfortunately, I couldn't find a 2014 Calendar template but, in years past I have printed a large horizontal monthly calendar and simply put the handprints at the top without the poems. 


Originally Posted 11/22/11
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How difficult is it to teach before a holiday?  We had 2 1/2 days this week which isn't really long enough to teach new objectives so, we did some fun things.  (shh...don't tell anyone) My kiddos had review Thanksgiving themed centers to work on because if I don't give them a center contract they get mad.  I tried this once, you know to shake things up and they were seriously upset.  I guess they just love the routine, so I gave them "fun" centers that focused on thanksgiving themed activities but still put them on their literacy contract so it looked like normal but really I snuck in some fun things.  Aren't I so sneaky : )

Well we also started some Christmas things just to get a head start.  The three weeks after Thanksgiving break just FLY by so, I wanted to make sure our christmas chains and calendars were done or at least started.  We started our handprint calendars that I mentioned before.  I am pretty excited that I am up to April already!!  (minus the kids that were absent and need to catch up when they return) Here are some pictures of what we have done so far, please keep in mind that this is times 20 and I have no assistant (to be fair I do have one but she is only with me once a week and has not been able to join in on the painting fun) or aid or volunteer parent.  Just me, painting ALOT.  They really are just so stinkin' cute which makes it worth it.  Plus they get so excited when we wrap them up and they get to take them home to put under the tree.  The easiest part of this project is that all of the pages are available for FREE download from The Little Giraffes.  You can download the calendar pages by clicking, here!




 We also cut and stapled our Christmas chains to start the countdown on December 1st.  The kiddos all cut their own strips. When I taught kinder and 1st I pre-cut the strips but my 2nd graders had no problem cutting strips.  Some were just a bit skinny or fat but they worked out in the end. I gave them each a piece of red and a piece of green paper.  They each cut 12 red strips and 12 green strips.  I did have to staple all of them which is a tad time consuming but I made some then took a break and then made some more.  You can see them hanging in the hallways ready for December 1st below!

 We stapled the bell to the last loop at the top.  This bell is from the oldest workbook ever.  I'm talking it had purple copy edges like from a rizzo machine when they copied in purple (anyone remember those or still have those at your school??) So, I made a new bell with the poem and you can download it for FREE by clicking on the link under the picture.  Thanksgiving break is so close,  I can't wait for 4 days of sleeping in!

Cyber Monday (and Tuesday!)

There is a HUGE sale happening on TPT for Cyber Monday!  The sale will be both Monday and Tuesday, my store will be 20% off and you can get an extra 8% off by using the code: CYBER at checkout! Thanks Jen Jones for the cute image below!

Don't miss a great deal on ALL my holiday themed packets! I just completed a huge update to my Merry Math pack!


My 2nd graders also LOVE these other fun holiday themed activities!



Fall into 4th Grade Math!

I am about a month late with these centers and games but that seems to be how my life is going these days.  Thanks so much for your kind comments and well wishes on our big news. We are so excited, I'm just hoping to feel more and more like myself soon. I actually can't believe I'm still awake this late! I know Thanksgiving is next week but I have been working on these for a month now and HAD to get them posted!  I plan on using them this week and a little bit after Thanksgiving break.  My 4th graders LOVE math games so these will be huge hit!  The games focus on place value, multiplication facts and a little addition and subtraction thrown in too. You can click on either picture below to check them on on TPT!

Want to win a free copy?  Leave a comment with a guess of my favorite Thanksgiving food and the first person to guess correctly will win!  I'll pick a winner by tomorrow night!  Hope you have a stress free couple of days before Turkey day!

UPDATE: Thanks for all your guesses, my favorite Thanksgiving food is sweet potato casserole (although mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie are tied for 2nd).  An e-mail is coming your way Cherie!

Take Me Back Tuesday!

Hi Everyone!  Hope over at Second Grade Shenanigan's is hosting a new linky party and I wanted to join in on the fun! Take Me Back Tuesday is when bloggers can highlight an oldie but a goodie post from the past. Click on the image below to check out some other great ideas!


Since Thanksgiving is coming up, here's an easy activity to practice adjectives but also get your turkey on! We all know those last few days before break a quick and easy activity is just what we need! : )
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Originally Posted 11/17/12

You may remember the witches feet pictures that we created from step into 2nd grade. Well, we created some more with turkey feet this time!  I gave them each the brown semi-circle and they created the feathers on their own.  The first picture is my example and the bottom is what some of my kiddos came up with. I told them they could use adjectives or character traits to describe their turkey.  They are pretty good with adjectives but character traits are harder. I also told them they could use black crayon so we could see their words better but as you might notice some flat out refused.  They love pencils and more so, erasers : )  Hope you enjoy them!




If you're looking for more Thanksgiving fun, check out these Thanksgiving themed packs!  These are both oldies but goodies! I'm also working on a late fall pack for 4th graders too that I hope to have finished by the weekend!

We're Growing!

I know I have been pretty MIA these last few weeks and I can finally reveal why!  My sweet husband and I are so excited to announce that we are expecting!  I would like to promise that I will get better about posting but the first trimester has really been rough.  I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that I get some energy back during the second trimester!  I want you to know that I am still here and I am still teaching, my bedtime has just been changed from around 11:00 to 7:30 : )  But, I am so happy to finally share the news!

NCAEE DIY with Deana and Rachel


Today the adorable Rachel and I presented at the NCAEE Conference! Whew, glad we made it! And we were thrilled beyond words with the turnout and feedback we have already received!
We are so thankful more teachers are out and ready to make amazing resources for their students!
Click on the picture to check out our presentation!  If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below!

Two winners will be chosen to pick an item from their choice from EACH of our TPT Stores!  To enter you must answer the secret question below!  Thanks again for all your support!

What in the world have I been up to?

It has been way too long since I filled you all in on what's been happening in my classroom.  Like I said last week I am now seeing all 7 of my groups each day and it is quite a challenge to go from 2nd grade to 3rd grade to 4th grade all in one day but I have been getting by with a little help from my friends.  When I sat down to begin planning for 7 different grade levels/subject areas I knew I was going to need some help from some AWESOME TPT sellers and I have definitely found it!  Here is a little picture walk of what's been going on in a few of my groups!

First up is 4th grade math, we have been working on Geometry: angles, triangles, symmetry! We started off by using my Geometry Rocks pack!
This fabulous journal is from Jennifer Runde's Interactive Math Journal pack which has been a life saver!  It is fantastic and fits right in with the CCSS! And that journal should definitely say "Types of Triangles" not "Types of Triggles"...oh boy.


My 2nd grade writing group has just been getting into the groove of writing workshop.  I have been using an abbreviated version of Lucy Calkin's Units of Writing with them.  We have also thrown in some other writing lessons like our rubric above and "what do writer's write"?




My 2nd grade math group has been working on addition strategies from the amazing Amy Lemon's Learning Our Addition Strategies pack and we have also used The Teacher Wife's Number Line Addition and Subtraction pack too.  Both packs have really helped my 2nd graders gain a better understanding of addition and we've thrown in a little subtraction as well.

I have also been prepping my Slime Time Centers for my 2nd grade math group.  Can't wait to use these next week!

And in my 3rd grade math group we have been reviewing how to regroup.  First we started with addition and now we're onto subtraction.  We're been using a great Interactive Notebook from Blair Turner and these lessons from the Modern Chalkboard are a HUGE hit with my 3rd graders, they're simple but great for a mini-lesson. 

My ELA groups have been working hard too, I just didn't manage to take many pictures of them this week.  We have been using the fabulous Nicole Shelby's interactive ELA notebooks in 3rd and 4th grade and my 2nd graders have been reviewing and reading some phonics readers.  I'll try to take some more pictures them next week.

I have a busy weekend planned, on Sunday, Rachel Lamb from The Tattooed Teacher and I will be presenting at the North Carolina Association for Elementary Educators Conference in Greensboro, NC.  This will be my first major presentation besides presenting at my school and boy am I nervous!  After our presentation I get to enjoy the rest of the conference, which I am super excited about because it looks amazing.  If you'll be in the Greensboro area and want to attend, it's not too late.  Check out the NCAEE website!

Slime Time

I promise I am not trying to make only posting once a week a habit, I just can't seem to get into a routine this year.  In my defense, I JUST started my Title I groups this Monday.  Before this week I have been teaching push-in lessons in 2nd and 3rd grade while the classroom teachers finished their BOY mClass testing.  Now that testing is complete, I have 7 groups each day to work with!  I am officially teaching reading and math to 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade.  So, over the next week or so I hope to have some pictures of what my groups have been up to!  One thing I have noticed with my 2nd graders is that we need some math fact practice.  Since it's October and I LOVE the next three holidays coming up (and am planning on a few other holiday themed centers), I put together a fun, spooky set of math centers, games and activities for my 2nd graders, Slime Time!  

They are available now in my TPT Store, unfortunately they aren't included in my 20% off sale that I am running right now but if you use the code FB100K you'll get an additional 10% off!  

I have one last reminder that the 2nd grade Educents bundle is still on sale until tonight!  If you haven't had a chance to check it out you can click on the picture below!  It has some amazing packets for 2nd graders!

And I forgot to announce the winner of my "Pin it to Win it".  Congratulations, Andrea!  You get to choose an item of your choice from my TPT store!  Just send me an e-mail at deana.kahlenberg@gmail.com letting me know what you'd like and I'll send it your way!

One more thing before I go, The Primary Chalkboard is having a 50% off flash sale for ONE item today only.  You can check out what my other Chalkies have on sale by clicking on the button below.

I am throwing a 20% off sale in my ENTIRE store to celebrate TPT's 100,000 likes on Facebook but I also put one seasonal item for sale too!  Head over to my store and find it!  Hint: it's a very MAGICAL pack! : )

On the Road to Life and MORE!

I have finally uploaded something new!  The beginning of this school year has really been tough for me with a new position and trying to get all my ducks in a row.  I had a 5th grade teacher request a project for helping students make choices in terms of learning about the economy and this packet was born!  I wish I was teaching Social Studies because I think the kids are going to LOVE this project! The kids create a make-believe "life" with a salary, occupation, house and vehicle.  For a month they budget their "life" while also being faced with daily consequences that will force them to make choices and determine what is best for their budget!  


I also have a few other things going on around the web this week.  Don't forget to check out the AWESOME 2nd grade bundle pack on sale at Educents! The deal doesn't last long.

I am also giving away ANY item of your choice from my TPT store!  All you need to do to enter is to pin the Educents picture!



And that's not all...over on The Primary Chalkboard is a MEGA monster giveaway with THIS from Ooh Baby Designs as a grand prize worth over $150! This is one of those moments when I really wish I could enter because I am in LOVE with this bag!

Click on the picture below to head over to The Primary Chalkboard to enter for this prize and MANY others! My Math Movers: Monster Edition is up for grabs!
Whew!  That's a lot going on this week!  Wishing you good luck with all the giveaways and hope you're having a great week!