Saturday, April 6, 2013, I Mean, SATURDAY Linky and A Giveaway!

Happy Friday Saturday Friends! I am linking up with Doodlebugs Teaching and Teaching Maddeness for their Friday linky's.
I really planned on posting last night. But my mom, my daughter, and I went to visit my brother and his family yesterday. They live 3 hours away and we did the trip in 1 day. So we spent 6 hours total in the car and I was not in the mood to then sit down to the computer. :)
This week was my Spring Break so I don't have many educational things to share with you from this week. The Peanut and I have certainly had fun this week....and been just as busy. I am not sure why I do that every time...overschedule our breaks... One of these days I will learn.
1. Easter was at my house again this year. We have a very large dining room, which is good because we typically host Easter and Thanksgiving with 18-20 people on average.
This is my peanut and I on Easter and a 4 generation picture of my mom, my Mormor ( Swedish for grandma), me, and my peanut. We take these every time we are together, so I should have know better than to get comfy in my new Tigers shirt. I look like a schlub next to those beautiful ladies....  
Side note on my Tigers: We WON yesterday. Take that Yankees! Sorry to any Yankees fans out there...not really. :)

#2 My Peanut LOVES to make cookies. " The kind you cut out". So Monday we mixed up a batch of dough and made sugar cookies with strawberry frosting. Then I let her play with the extra dough...She was occupied and happy for well over an HOUR playing with that dough. It was great!
#3 One of my spring break bucket list items was to update my station boards. Well, I can cross that off and that makes me SUPER happy. I did a post on my station boards on Wednesday. You can read about that HERE. 

#4 Yesterday we stopped and did some shopping on the way down to visit my brother. I mean are you really just supposed to drive past the gigantic outlet mall without stopping...I don't think so. :)
There are actually more things from Bath and Body works and Target shoved inside these bags so I could carry them in easier.
Weeeeellllll, I think some of my love of shopping has worn off onto my daughter. She likes to bring me some toys and ask me to "beep" them. ( Which is her version of a check out line.) She played that yesterday with my brother, who was enjoying himself so much he got her some shopping bags and BAGGED HER ITEMS FOR HER. ( Thanks Uncle Danny. Mommy will have to do this every time now too. ) This is her haul. Slightly larger than mine. :)

#5 Finally the giveaway. On Monday I made a math station activity for my kiddos to work on this week called Shopping at the School Store. You can check it out HERE on Teachers Pay Teachers.

 ( Side note: Does anyone have ,or know of someone who has, a good tutorial on how to make a preview file and thumbnails for TPT? I make my things in Word and then if I want to put a preview picture on here I have to remake the pages in Power Point because the thumbnail images on TPT show up all blurry. That is time consuming and I am sure unnecessary. )
We have been working on adding and subtracting money amounts and now we are learning how to estimate a sum. In my unit I made 2 sets of pocket chart sized cards that have items you might find for sale in a school store. One set has two digit numbers using a cent sign and the other has 3 digit numbers using the dollar sign and decimal point. The ones pictured here are the ones I made with two digits numbers.  

I made 6 different activity pages using these cards: Two are for adding and 4 are for estimating. These are an example of one of the instruction sheets and the recording sheet that goes with it. This is what my peanuts will be doing during math stations this week.  

I gave away two copies for free on Facebook on Monday and I would like to give one away today. All you need to do in order to win a copy is leave me a comment with your email address. I will do a random number generator and post tomorrow morning who is the winner.  :)
Well, I am off to enjoy yet another busy day...heading to school for a little bit, grocery shopping, and that never ending joy called laundry. Enjoy your Saturday Friends!



  1. Would love to win!

  2. I would LOVE a copy!

    Joy in the Journey

  3. Hi,
    I found you through the link up.
    Not sure if you got any help with your question about preview files, but I'll see if I can help.

    Have you tried taking screen shots of the pages you want to showcase and use them in publisher. Most screenshots are png or jpeg, and when used in Publisher they can be placed wherever you want. then you could export it as a pdf of whatever else you want.
    Hope this made sense.

    Digital: Divide & Conquer

    1. Thanks for the tips Matt! I will have to try that out. :)

  4. This looks like a perfect end of the year exercise to reinforce those addition and estimating skills!


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