Saturday, January 5, 2013

Sneak Peek, Proof Readers, and a 300 follower giveaway!

I woke up totally refreshed! Maybe it's because my sweet hubby got up at 7:30 with the little one and let me sleep 'till 10:30! What ever it was, I got up today totally motivated do do things! I helped Makenzie clean and organize her play room. What a MESS!! That kid has more toys than she knows what to do with. She doesn't like to get rid of anything, so one day when she's not around, I'm going to have to do something about it. I don't think she'll notice (hopefully!).

After that, I decided to start working on my Magic Tree House Polar Bear Unit. It's quite a process that I go through. In order to really adhere to the Common Core State Standards, I like to look through all of the ELA standards and write out verbatim what each of the standards I want to touch upon say. That way it stays fresh in my mind and I can keep track of which standards I'm hitting as I write my unit. Next, I write out all of my questions on notebook paper. This way I'm able to revise and edit my questions as I write them. While I work on the content of the unit, I give my hubby a vision of what I'd like the front cover to look like. He's my photoshop whiz, so he does my background and frame for me. Once all of my questions and answers have been handwritten, I search for cute clip art. I really love and appreciate all of the graphics provided by Laura Strickland at My Cute Graphics . She is an amazing artist and she's so generous to offer her clips for free! If you haven't already, please check her out.

Once I find all of my graphics, I begin my unit. I've been using power point to make my units. I find it easy to use. The only thing I really don't like about it is the fact that I can't figure out how to make it portrait not landscape. If you have any idea if it's actually possible, please let me know. So far tonight I've done my cover page and about 7 pages of content. I have a ton to go, but I'm hoping I can get it done by mid-week. Here's a sneak peek of my cover page.

I really love the Magic Tree House books. I use them in whole group (if I have a class set) or in small groups. I also love the fact trackers. For this unit, I am going to do a combination fiction & non-fiction unit and I am going to split it up into just fiction or non-fiction. Lots of variety! =)

I am looking for some proofreaders! If you'd like a rough copy of this unit, please leave a comment with your email address below. I'd love to give it to the first two interested people. Extra eyes are always amazing!! Thanks in advance for your help!!

I can't believe we almost have 300 followers!! To celebrate, I'd like to have a HUGE giveaway!! I am hoping my bloggy friends would be willing to donate an item or two from their TPT or TN stores. If you wouldn't mind helping us out, email us at or please let me know with your email address in a comment below that you'd like to help. I will email you with the details as soon as I figure everything out.

Have a fabulous end to your weekend and enjoy your sweet kiddos on Monday! I can't wait to see mine!



  1. I'd love to be a proof reader if you still need one!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

    1. Thanks so much Christina! As soon as I'm done, I'll send it your way!! =) Thank you!!

  2. I'd love to help out with a giveaway. Email me when ready.

    Drowning in Paperclips

  3. Thanks so much Kristin!! I will definitely email you!! =)

  4. I am happy to help with the proofreading if you still need it and the giveaway!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

    1. Thanks so much Gina!! I'm sending the unit to you right now!! =)

  5. I Love Laura too! She is such a kind, generous person. Your unit looks great! I would love to donate to your giveaway, I will send you an email :)

    Mrs. Jones’s Kindergarten

  6. I would love to help out with your giveaway! Your unit looks super cute:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  7. Thanks so much Holly!! I'll email you the details soon! =)


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