Saturday, February 20, 2016

Blog Birthday Giveaway!

Hello Friends!

Let's celebrate! The Undercover Classroom blog has just turned one!

Thank you so much for joining me in this awesome blogging adventure! Teaching can sometimes be a lonely profession. Of course we have our students to make us laugh and smile each day, but adult contact is limited when you are a classroom teacher. Blogging has brought us together to share and connect in ways that were just not possible when I first started teaching. Reading blogs now keeps me motivated and inspired to be the best teacher I can be for my students. Blogging has spiced up my instruction and helped me grow as an educator. Blogging makes me feel like I have a whole lot of adult friends right there beside me in the classroom every day. I am so grateful for this blogging community. 

As a special token of my appreciation, I am giving away a very special prize package! You can enter for the chance to win this Lapbook Kit and Caboodle that includes all of my favorite supplies for making lapbooks in the classroom.

The Lapbook Kit and Caboodle includes:

1. A box of 50 file folders in assorted colors
2. Astrobrights paper- 100 sheets (Neon)
3. Astrobrights paper- 100 sheets (Primary)
4. Elmer's glue sticks- 12 pack
5. Your choice of one lapbook kit from my Undercover Classroom TPT store.

The Rafflecopter is open now through February 27th. Connect some more with me and submit up to 15 entries! Good luck! 

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pixy Stix Valentine Cards

So, I searched high and low for a bargain price on the Strawberry Fields Tic Tacs, but the cheapest I could find them in my neck of the woods was $1.39/pack. The Tic Tac Toe Valentines I had in mind for my students were super cute, but ultimately I decided that $34.75 was just too much to spend on a class set of valentines.

It has become a family tradition to make hand crafted valentines with my own kids at home. We always come up with something really special and fairly simple to make. Of course, I try to keep the cost down because we end up making about 70 valentines for the kids in my class, plus my daughter's class, plus my son's class. My hands usually ache by the end of the day. The kitchen table and floor are always a mess, but I know that we are making more than just valentine cards. I would like to believe that one day my children will think back on these memories with a smile.

This year, we ended up using Pixy Stix and foam paper from the dollar store to make our valentines. The whopping price of $1.00 for 35 Pixy Stix was a much better fit for my budget. To make 70 valentine cards, I bought 2 bags of Pixy Stix, 1 multi-pack of regular foam paper, and 1 multi-pack of sparkle foam paper. Thanks to the Dollar Tree, our supplies this year came to a grand total of $4.00!

Here are some pictures of the process. If you read all the way to the bottom of this post, you will find a link to the FREE, printable cards in my TPT store. :-)

First, we printed out the cards and cut them out. We used our class lists to address the back of each card.

Then, we cut out all of the hearts and feathers for the arrows. We did a mix of sparkle foam and regular foam in a variety of colors.

Next, we cut fringes on the feathers for the end of each arrow.

My daughter and I worked the hot glue gun, while my son selected the parts for each arrow. He added one sparkle piece and one regular piece for each arrow.

Finally, we used the hot glue gun to attach the arrows to the cards, and they turned out like this!

Here is the link to the FREEBIE in my TPT store. If you have already made your valentines this year, go ahead and pin it for next year! Also, I was thinking that a non-candy alternative to the Pixy Stix could be a pencil or a glow stick. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February Pick 3 Pinterest Linky

It's February and I am beginning to see the shift. My sweet, innocent, beginning of the year third graders are turning into miniature adolescents. Sigh. It happens at such a young age these days, doesn't it? Crushes, love notes, secret admirers, cliques. Just in time for Valentine's Day! 

To save my sanity, I will be linking up with Inspired Owl's Corner, Pawsitively Teaching, and Just Reed for the February Edition of the Pick 3 Pinterest Party!

These February pins made my heart go pitter pat. 

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I am always looking for something unique to deliver on Valentine's Day and these fit the bill. The tic-tac-toe boards should be easy to make and print. Now I'm on a mission to find the best bargain on Strawberry Fields Tic Tacs! 

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You seriously need to check this out. Just type in your words and they will be instantly transformed into a heart shape! Students can write about the things they love or create a Valentine's Day shape poem for a loved one. How unique!

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Finally, I found this cute little snack that would be great for a classroom party or Valentine's Day surprise at home. Maybe you even have a wonderful parent volunteer who would like to whip up a tray of these! ;-)

If you are looking for some more February inspiration, check out what others have picked for the month of February! The February Pick 3 Pinterest Linky is open through the end of the month. All are invited to link up below and join in the fun!