Thursday, November 29, 2012


Phew another Friday. To celebrate I've linked with Freebie Fridays. Head over to other of my Reading and writing Redhead stores and grab this editing practice freebie. It's great for grades 1-3. Click here to get it at my tpt store and here for my tn store. Happy downloading !





Freebie Fridays




Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Liebster Award Nomination - Wow!

What a terrific surprise over Thanksgiving found out that not one , but to people had nominated me for the Liebster Award! It is an award that goes to a new blogger with less than 200 followers! How cool! And a great way to get to see one new blogs and learn about other teachers! Thank you to Chrissy at Adventures in Second Grade and ina at Beach Sand and Lesson Plans for their nominations!




Here are the rules:
1. You must post 11 random things about yourself.

2. Answer the questions the nominated sent for you.

3. Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.

4. Choose 11 other blogs with fewer thank 200 followers to nominate and link them in your post.

5. You cannot "tag back" the other blog but leave a comment on this post with the URL of your Liebster post so I can learn more about you and see who you nominate.

11 Random Things about Me :

1. I own a 125 pound St. Bernard. He is actually very small for a Saint!

2. I once did the 50 Book Challenge and actually read just over 100 books during the year

3. I love to bake (and eat some of the batter)


4. Friends is my all time favorite tv show. In fact watching it now!

5. Almost every day I get a soy mocha from Starbucks

6. I am new to the blog worlds and Teachers Pay Teacher, this is only my 5th week

7. I would love to write a book myself someday

8. I was super shy as a child

9. I really like lepoard print

10.I do not not like to do laundry at all

11.This is my 12th year teaching second grade at the
same school



Answers to Questions from Beach Sand and Lesson Plans:
1. What is your favorite subject to teach? Reading, especially since I just got my reading specialist degree

2. What movie could you watch over and over? The Notebook

3. Would you rather live in a place with a cold or warm climate? Warm, please

4. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? I loved Aruba but my dream is to go to Hawaii some day

5. Do you cook most nights or eat out? I don't know if it qualifies as "cooking" but most nights I stay in for dinner

6. What professional book have you read lately or do you have any that you couldn't live without? I don't know if it's a book, but I have gotten the most use out of an old Mailbox issue - back to school themed. I use it every year in the fall and some things all year!

7. What do you do for you that is fun? Reading for fun, and not school :)

8. Are you a dog or cat person? Dog - love cats but I'm so allergic

9. Are you a middle child, oldest, or baby of the family? Or are you an only child? I am oldest with a younger bro. I also have 5 stepsisters and 2 stepbrothers

10. How did you pick your blog name? 2 of my favorite things are reading and writing and I love being a redhead, so I combined them all

11. What is your favorite dessert? Brighams's Chocolate Ice Cream with chocolate jimmies


Answers to Questions from Adventures in Second Grade:

1. Do you go out on Black Friday? No way

2. Which do you prefer - Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Cyber Monday for sure

3. What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? with my family

4. What is your favorite holiday to celebrate in your classroom? What do you do?
Valentine's Day. I write a poem with all of my students' names in it

5. What is your favorite unit to teach Love teaching reading, and in particular, anything related to animals

6. Why did you decide to start a blog? I love to write and got inspired to do and make a way to share what I have used and made with others

7. How do you use social media in your classroom? Not really yet...

8. What is your favorite book to use in your classroom? I love reading aloud Ramona the Pest

9. What is your favorite book for your own personal pleasure? The World According to Garp

10. What has been the most informative thing you have learned since blogging?
I think learning from other bloggers how to create much more interesting material for my class using power point

11. How do you celebrate New Year's Eve? different every year, but I prefer to relax with my boyfriend at home or family



Now my 11 Questions for the 11 Blogs I am Nominating:
1. you have any tattoos? How many? Of what?

2. What is your favorite childrens' book?

3. Do you have a favorite musical artist?

4. Do you have a favorite TV show?

5. Do you have a favorite holiday? What do you like about it?

6. Do you have any pets?

7. What is your favorite dessert?

8. If you hadn't been a teacher what would you have been?

9. What is your favorite non alcoholic drink?

10. If you had to go back in time to another decade/historical period for a week,
when would you choose?

11. What is something funny one of your students did or said?


Here are the 11 Blogs I Nominated:
1. Polka Dots and Teaching
Tots


2. Squyres' Special Class

3. Breezy Special Ed

4.Busy as a Honey Bee

5. Don't Let the Teacher Stay up Late

6. Trendy in Third

7. I Heart Literacy

8.Teaching and Tapas

9.Miss Math Dork

10.More Time to Teach

11. Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans



Monday, November 26, 2012

Sale and a Writing Freebie!

Hi everyone. Happy Cyber Monday! I wanted to share this writing freebie with you. It's a prompt where students describe what they would do if they were in charge of their house. I use it with my second graders but you could also probably use it with first and third graders. It includes a checklist so students can see what they should be aiming for. Also, check out my sales at my Teachers pay Teachers and Teacher's Notebook stores. There are lots of additional freebies from me there and if you click the Manic Monday link, even more freebies there from other teachers !
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Teacher's Notebook Site!

I just opened a teacher's notebook shop at http://www.teachersnotebook.com/shop/BexM30 . You can see some of the same items as at my Teachers Pay Teacher store, and they are also on sale, 25% off. I will be working to put the same items on both. Don't forget at my teachers pay teachers store, also a sale! Check out Teacher's Notebook here, and Teachers Pay Teachers here. Happy Cyber Monday !

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I know all of you are thinking Thanksgiving and Black Friday, but just want to let you know I am participating in Cyber Monday! You can go to my tpt store, Reading and Writing Redhead and get everything for 20%, and of course, the free items are still free! Yay! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankful Turkey Craft

I am not what you would call an artistic person but I came up with this craft for Thanksgiving! We had a lot of fun creating them and the class was working very intently and quietly (which is not always the case :) ) Click here to go to my tpt store for the patterns. Check out how cute they came out!
Again, here is the link to my tpt store to get the FREEBIE!

It's also available as a link from Classroom Freebies which has many other amazing resources! Check it out !

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Manic Monday

Well folks, hard to believe it's Monday again, nevermind 3 days until Thanksgiving! To brighten up the day, here's a freebie with some editing practice for capital letters and periods.




Also, check out the others over at classroomfreebies.com ..
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Friday, November 16, 2012

TGIF and a Freebie!

I am sooo glad it is Friday! I was so sick for more than a week. I got on some meds last weekend and finally on Monday afternoon began to feel better. Tuesday still too sick to go to school. Finally Wednesday I was much better and back, but today I am exhausted. I am still not up too 100%. Looking forward to getting some rest this weekend. In the meantime, here's a FREEBIE for you! It's an Everyday Math frames and arrows activity with one rule and has a cute little fall theme. You can get it for free at my tpt store. Enjoy !
Get the freebie here!
Freebie Fridays


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Puzzling Pinterest Pins

Pinterest! I am a newbie to both Pinterest and blogging (well, and www.teacherspayteachers.com ) . I am trying to figure out how to 1) Get a pin on the sidebar of the blog itself so people can pin my blog. 2) Get a pin in each post so someone can pin the post (not the whole blog). I'm pretty sure I have seen a few of you have that. I have looked on pinterest and all around the web. I've tried adding codes and stuff. The best I got was I got a pin button on my posts, but when you click it, an empty box where the picture should be shows up and if you try to pin it, it won't let you proceed. Can anyone provide "easy" instruction for either? Or, do you have a website you used to do it for your own blog? Hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday. PS: I tried to make paragraphs but the spacing I put in while I was writing the post didn't show up. What's up with that?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Freebie Friday!

It's Freebie Friday! My students love I have games, but they usually come with 20 or more cards. I wanted one for smaller groups so I made this antonym game, and you can snag it for free at my tpt store. There are other great freebies at the blogs below. I had a little trouble linking the second one, so I gave you a pic and a written link. Enjoy!
Freebie Fridays

Click here for Fantabulous Freebies!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thankful !

Hey all! I saw this great linky over at The Craft of Teaching and I was inspired! It started with Stories by Storie. It's always good to step back for a minute and think about what is important.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The First Giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

New Blog Design and Giveaway

I'm sooo excited to share my new blog design with you all ! Christi from Design by Christi rocks! To celebrate I am hosting my first giveway. You can win a $20 Walmart gift card. What a great place to buy school supplies. Plus with the holidays coming up I bet it would come in handy.Thanks for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Frames and Arrows, Free

Hey all ! I made my fall frames and arrows a freebie !If you use Everyday Math you know what this is. If you don't you may want to check it out and see if you can still use it! It's great for computation and problem solving.  It also will be available on Classroom Freebies' Manic Monday !Check it out at my tpt store!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Monday, November 5, 2012

November Currently

I am joining up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for "November Currently". Here's mine!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Amelia Bedelia Freebie!

Hey all, I have a whole bunch of freebies over at my teachers pay teachers store. Here's a fun Amelia Bedelia one. She is so funny! We need a laugh sometimes! Enjoy everyone!
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Helping Teachers in Need

I am still reeling from what Sandy has done to so many people in the northeast. Being in New Hampshire, I feel lucky and a bit guilty that I only lost power for a few hours and school was closed for just two days. In that vein, have you seen the post here at The ESOL Odyssey? Laurah is working to pool teacher resources to help the teachers who were adversely affected by the storm. I donated a few items from my teacher store at tpt. Please click the link or the button below to look into it and donate if you can!