So much to tell and a FREEBIE!

I have totally neglected this little blog of mine. For those of you that follow and read, I am so SORRY! I have SO much to share with you all to catch you up on my life. To top it all off, so many of you are having amazing linkys that I have to link up with :) This is gonna be a long one folks... but I promise there will be goodies at the end :) First thing I have to share.. WE FINISHED OUR FAMOUS AMERICAN PROJECTS!!! Their reports and brochures turned out SO fabulous and ah-mazing! Like seriously, I was so proud of my fourthies for how hard they worked on them and the awesome products they made! You can see pictures of their reports in this post.

We decorated our hallway with all of our work for open house Thursday night. Their brochures are on top, and their signs for the museum are on the bottom.

Then we had our Living Wax Museum Friday. IT WAS AN ENORMOUS HIT!! We set up tables all around the perimeter of the gym. I made "buttons" Thursday night with the help of an extremely wonderful Home Depot worker who cut a 2 inch diameter dowl rod into 56 discs for me, and my always supportive hubs who helped me glue and trim labels onto them. They turned out SO cute. I promise to post a picture! I taped three buttons per table, and each student stood behind one with their brochure, report, and a sign laid on the table. We had the students set up in their "groups" according to their profession. This way, when other students, parents, and teachers came to visit they knew what category of our museum they were visiting. Students had to pick a pose that represented their person, and stay in that pose until someone pressed their button. We did this for 2 hours, and most students NEVER left character. It was all so organized and the kids did GREAT!

Like seriously, I couldn't have been more proud. I'm sure y'all can relate to this... I felt like a proud momma. I walked around to "press the buttons" of every one of my kiddos, and I actually cried after a few. I was THAT proud. Some of my quietest, most striving students did SO well, memorized their whole speech, and spoke with such enthusiasm! And the costumes, let me tell you.. WOW! Most of them were above and beyond anything I expected! I wish I could share all of the pictures with you without their faces covered because it takes away from the costumes, but hopefully you can still see the cuteness!

Here we have Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell, and Jane Goodall.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhard, and Oprah Winfrey

Emily Dickinson, Anne Frank, Stephan Crane, and Maya Angelou
William Clark, Lewis Merriweather, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt
Francis Scott Key, Neil Armstrong, Stonewell Jackson, and Ulysses S. Grant
Betsy Ross

I will share more in other posts, but as you can see, they looked great!! If you're interested in doing this project, click on the picture below to purchase from my TPT store! I will gladly guide you through it if you have any questions or need anything :)

Next, I am LOVING Latoya's new get acquainted linky parties and I have to link up with this weeks! The topic? My favorite ice breaker: Two Truths and a Lie.
So, here are my three things about me! Comment and see if you can guess which one is my lie! :)

1.) I have been to Disney World over 20 times. My Great Aunt and Uncle both work there, and my cousin! I LOVE going and it truly is the happiest place on earth!

2.) I played volleyball with Lebron James' sister and against Ben Roethlisberger's sister. It was quite the event having them both in the same gym! Lebron's sister joined my JO team for a tournament, and we ended up playing against Ben's sisters team. They were both at the tournament at some point to watch, so it was quite the extravaganza!

3.) I love to travel, but I have never been on a commercial flight! Hubs and I enjoy road trips and spending time together along the way! :)

Can you guess which one is my lie?! Comment and we will see!! To make it a little more fun, the first person to get it right will get my Famous American pack for free :) Just leave your email in the comment!

Lastly, I can't thank you enough for reading SO much! Just for that, I have to link up with Manic Monday freebies and give you something you can hopefully use in your classroom :)
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
I read aloud a lot to my kiddos, and they do a lot of independent reading, too. Sometimes I need a quick check of their comprehension, and I want to hold them accountable for their reading. I give them one of these reading quick checks as an exit ticket or during Daily 5 time.
There are 2 weeks worth and they work well for my kiddos. Click here to download FREE from my TPT store.

Thanks for reading :) I pinky promise to be a better blogger this week!


  1. Your first sentence sounded just like mine.... I haven't seemed to have the time or energy to blog in awhile.

    I loved reading about your projects... how super fun.

    But, I am here to guess your lie... I think it's number 1

    My Journey to 5th Grade

    1. Life surely gets in the way of blogging sometimes, doesn't it?! Number 1 is actually not my lie. With my family members working there, we get to go a lot :) Thanks for reading!


  2. Love the project!!! Amazing! I hope I'm the winner: I think your lie is #3!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

    1. Thank you! They turned out AH-mazing! I couldn't have been more proud! #3 is my lie!! YOU WIN! Check your email for your prize :)

  3. Lie is #3????
    or not.
    I'm laughing at myself for not being better at finding CLUES!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  4. I love the reading response sheet. Thank you!
    The Techie Teacher

    1. Of course!! Glad you can use it :) Thanks for stopping in!

  5. I am thinking the lie is #2, not sure why but I do.

    The First Grade Princess

    1. It is actually #3! It was quite a tournament with them both in one gym! Thanks for stopping in and guessing :)