Let's start this week off right!

It's the beginning of what will be my first "official" week of summer! YAHOO! :) We had our last teacher workday today.

We have to do 8 hours of "Redbook" (professional development) hours a school year, so I am getting ALL 8 done tomorrow with a 7am-4pm training. {YIKES! 7am?! Oh well.. then it's summer, right?!)

In the meantime, I had to share a few little things with y'all of course :)

First off, a quick Monday Made it since I CAN'T RESIST linking up with Tara over at Fourth Grade Frolics (one of my favorite blogs, as y'all know!!)
I needed a little something to send my kiddos home with this summer. I couldn't bear the fact (doesn't bear look weird there?! sorry... ADD.. anywho!) that they would go all summer with NOTHING to review what we've learned?! Yikes!!

I know THEY WILL ALL complete the packet and stay up to date with everything I taught them and look at it every. single. day. :) :) :) :) :) :)

**Insert wishful thinking here***

But hey, a teacher can dream, right?!

So I whipped up this little pack! I tried not to make it TOO long so it wouldn't be overwhelming for parents or kids and they might actually do it!
I included a little reading statistics and note to parents about the importance of summer reading. I also included a summer reading contract, and a book list with mini summaries to hopefully get kiddos excited about learning!

Next I included graphic organizers for literature and nonfiction that reviews CCS standards and can be used with any book.

I also put in there a quick CCS aligned grammar review, and a weekly writing schedule!

Simple, easy peasy lemon squeezy, right?! Now let's just hope they use them!! :)

You can get this at my TPT store by clicking here. It will be FREE until I get home later... so pick up your free copy while you can and leave me some love if you like it! :)

Next, I wanna link up with another AWESOME blog.. Teaching with a Touch of Twang!! Cute blog, right?! As I'm wrapping up my classroom, I wanted to include a couple MUST HAVES for this summer and getting ready for next year!!

My first summer MUST HAVE?!

BOOKS! I know.. lame-o, right?! But seriously. This is when I catch up on ALL of my trash/romance/suspense novel reading! I just can't get enough!!! I just finished up a series called "The Black Dagger Brotherhood." There were 10 books in all, and I am in a serious depression now and missing my characters :)

{How I always totally feel!!}
So now I am totally in need of some new romance/suspense trash novels! Any suggestions?!

My next must-have?

I spend SO much time at these two stores in the summer. Hobby lobby is craft central and now that I have Monday Made-It to encourage me this summer, I am totally going to be spending even MORE time there (Hubs, I know you are totally smiling and shaking your head reading this!!)

Target is a must-have for EVERYTHING. Need I say more?

Next must-have? THE SUN AND WATER!

Living in Ohio, I swear I am dying for summer EVERY year. I am lucky that my in-laws are amazing and have a wonderful pool that I can use whenever I want and it is close by!! So that's where I sit and read my books! :) (Sadly, I'll probably be reading a lot of grad school books this summer by the pool.. yikes! But at least it's by a pool, right?!)

Head on over and link up your must-haves, too!!

Lastly, I am SOOOOO excited to share this AMAZING giveaway that I am a part of over at Miss V's Busy Bees!

If you don't already follow Sara's blog, shame on you! (haha just kidding.. but really, you should, she's awesome!!) AND I LOVE her blog design! I'm all about all things nautical :) 

She is having a wonderful 1 year bloganiverary giveaway that is seriously THE BOMB! I can't believe I get to be part of it with so many blogs that I look up and aspire to! There are over 100 prizes you can win and it goes on for a week! You definitely need to head on over and check it out and enter!! :)
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  1. Shut up!!! I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood! Have you tried Gena Showalter's series Lords of the Underworld? Similar genre and I love those guys as well! I am in total agreement with the books! I HAVE to have them to get through summer and the trashy, romance, historical, suspense books always get me :) guilty pleasure! Thanks for linking up! I'm by the pool thinking about ya!

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

    1. YAY! Love finding fellow brother lovers :) THANK YOU for the suggestions!! I just went and got the first two books in the Lords of the Underworld series at my library today so I can start reading on my first "official" day of summer tomorrow!!

  2. Oh how I love that packet and wish oh wish I would have known about it before school was out....I actually had parents asking me for work...lol. This would have been perf:) Thanks for linking up buddie!!

    4th Grade Frolics

    1. Awe! I'm sorry I didn't post it sooner! Hopefully you were able to save it for next year :)

  3. I am a major fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, too! I am eagerly awaiting the next book. The author is a little weird. Have you read anything on her website? I have to stay away from Target. That dollar spot gets me every time.

    Simply 2nd Resources

    1. Love the brothers!! :) I will confess.. I didn't read the most recent one that came out in March... I tried but I wasn't really into that relationship :?:/ She is a little strange for sure! Haha the Dollar Spot is TOTALLY my weakness :)

  4. I am your newest follower! I found you via Miss V's Busy Bee's blog giveaway!!

    Mind Sparks

  5. I agree target and hobbylobby (and dollar tree) are essentials for any teacher!

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  6. Summer was made for trash/romance/suspense reading, right? I'm curious to see what other recommendations you get. Have a great week! (I have curriculum hours tomorrow then my summer officially begins...)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

    1. HAHA! SO glad you agree :) My summer is officially started! Hope your last day is good :) I picked up Sabra's suggestion for the first book in "Lords of the Underworld" series by Gena Showalter. I'll let you know how it is :)