Repticon and "Forrest Gump"

Monday, June 25, 2012
Oops, I did it again... I added another family member and lab pet. My family went to Repticon in Tampa this weekend and there were critters everywhere! Dart frogs, geckos, snakes, iguanas, chameleons, spiders, centipedes, scorpions, hedgehogs, tortoises, bearded dragons, and more...  The vendors are very knowledgeable and they also had exhibitions and demonstrations throughout the day. I highly recommend Repticon if you have never been.

And finally, our new chameleon, Forrest Gump...



Blog Award!

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Wow, I have been awarded the...


from Aimee @ Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks! and Amy from Where Seconds Count!

Thanks Aimee and Amy, I am honored and I love your blogs. :)

So now, I get to pass it on to others. Once you receive the award, you must follow 3 rules:

1. Follow the person that gave you the award
2. Link back to the person that gave you the award
3. Pass the award on to 15 new bloggers

I'm passing the award on to the following blogs...                           
Sweet Kinders

i heart elementary





Teaching First Giveaway!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Congratulations to Rebecca! Check out her awesome giveaway!
Teaching First

Teaching First: Fantastic 500 Follower GIVEAWAY!: I know! It's ca-raaazy!!! If you've been following my blog from the start, waaaaaay back to September of last year, you'll know that ...

Bubba the bearded dragon...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

     Our newest family member is a baby bearded dragon named "Bubba". We were able to purchase Bubba through a "pets in the classroom" grant and Petsmart. They give you several pets to choose from including fish, reptiles, and small animals. I chose a beardie because we already have Big Daddy (our 2 year old beardie that someone donated to my lab last year). Bubba is so tiny compared to Big Daddy! Although his appetite is quite large! We are going through crickets like crazy! He loves to hang on your finger or to climb all over you. :) We are going to Repticon in Tampa this weekend to learn more about bearded dragons...who would have thought that I would be a lover of reptiles (still NO SNAKES though!)?


Mystery Madness

Friday, June 15, 2012

At the beginning of the year, our first unit/nine weeks, we have a school wide mystery madness theme. All curriculum is integrated with our theme including specials and labs. I do a forensic science unit with my second graders that I love! I use the GEMS Mytery Festival unit (there are two mysteries with this book/kit, one for 2-3 and one for 4-5. Everything I needed came in the kit, but for some GEMS units I use, I just bought the book because I already had most of the supplies. The books run about $15, but you can pick up used copies very easily. GEMS is a great place to start if you are bored with your current science or math program. They work with my standards and the kids love the activities and investigations.

Check out my Mystery Madness packet...


TPT Store...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I have finally added some things to my store and will be adding more this weekend!

New Look!

Monday, June 11, 2012
Thank you to Alicia @Dreamlike Magic Designs! I love my new blog design. :)

Is it summer, yet?!

Monday, June 4, 2012
Is it summer, yet?!

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