June 27, 2015

Camp GoNoodle is Coming Your Way!

Raise your hand if you are excited that it is

I, for one, love being home with my kiddos in these summer months, but I will admit, there are days when I really think my kids have more energy than average.  With a fairly rainy summer season so far, we’ve been limited on what we can do outside.

When GoNoodle let me in on this little piece of information back in the spring, I was totally excited.  I know how much my own kiddos love GoNoodle, so I knew that I would want to help get the word out about


Here are the details:
Camp GoNoodle is a free online program for kids to stay active and be creative this summer! If you already know and love GoNoodle for the classroom, you’ll love Camp GoNoodle -- a summer extension of the GoNoodle experience kids love at school.

If this is your first time hearing of GoNoodle -- Camp GoNoodle is a great introduction that you can do with your whole family!

Head to Camp!
Each Monday starting June 29, a new set of five adventures will appear at

Go On Adventures!
Each adventure uses’s active videos and games for inspiration, and challenges kids to use their imaginations, get moving, and be outside. Picture building your own DIY jetpack, creating an obstacle course race, or making sushi with things you already have at home.
Sing along! Each week includes two brand new camp songs to inspire creativity and movement.
Connect with fellow campers! Share your adventures using the #campgonoodle hashtag to join the camp community. Each week, Campers of the Week are recognized as all-stars and earn exclusive Camp GoNoodle prizes.

Earn badges!
Complete each week of adventure by printing the weekly badge to hang up, loud and proud.
There will be 4 weeks of camp...each having a different theme!

All you need for Camp is...
a free GoNoodle account
a device with internet access
a family ready for adventure!

If you already have a GoNoodle teacher/classroom account, but want to participate at home with your own family, you will need to sign up to receive Camp GoNoodle emails >>

*This is important because Camp emails are only being sent to parent accounts. We know lots of teachers use their school accounts at home -- completely fine, we just need to make sure we get them in the Camp email list!

To add to the fun, GoNoodle is hosting a fun summer linky!  

Check out my answers below!

If you would like to join the fun, fill out your own survey and blog all about your love of GoNoodle!

And that’s not all!  GoNoodle will give some fun swag to a few lucky bloggers who join in the fun!  

So reflect on all things summer and GoNoodle, and link up below!

June 26, 2015

Summer Stock Up!

It might be summer break, but let's face it... What teacher actually takes the summer off, totally free of any thought of school?  I know I have been so busy creating materials for my classroom, thinking about how I will change instruction for next year, and cutting out lamination (yes, the dreaded lamination).  

As we enter the month of July and the beginning of school is starting to creep into our minds, some of my blogging buddies and I have organized a HUGE Summer Stock-Up weekend full of must-have items for Back to School.  Here, you will find awesome products for Guided Reading, Guided Math, Classroom Decor, Posters, Behavior Management, Get-to-Know-You Activities, Classroom Organization, Project Based Learning, and Interactive Notebooks.  Seriously... We have everything you need for your classroom!

I am excited to share the products I will be featuring this weekend!

Project Based Learning
It is no secret that I love Project Based Learning.  I set a goal to do at least one immersion project per quarter.  Even when we aren't knee deep in a project, we are always learning in that style.  

This year, we added a unit on space to our lineup.  We spent the week immersing ourselves in all things space related.  Our big project was to create our very own planet.  

Part of our research was to learn about a planet of the student's choosing.  Each student created some kind of digital product.  

This student chose Popplett as their digital tool!

Students had to create their planet using a digital product.  

Poplett was a popular choice for this activity!

There are tons of great resources for this project in my Out of This World Space Unit!

Getting to Know You Activities
Building relationships with students is my number one objective for the beginning of the year.  Getting to know them is top priority, and I'm sure it tops your list as well.  

I achieve this goal in a number of ways, but one of the most enjoyable is through our All About Me books!  

On the first day of school, I have always read a book that I create about myself.  I've struggled over the years with finding a cute version, so I just created one! :)  This pack includes an easy to use template for you to insert your information.  

Each week, a Student of the Week gets to take our class mascot, Owley the Owl, home on Friday.  Owley comes in a backpack with instructions, a diary to write about their adventures, and an All About Me book for the student to complete.  We read these books when students return on Monday, and they enter a special basket in our classroom library, where they stay until the end of the year.

It's fun to see students learn about their classmates. It's the first step in building a classroom culture and community.

Click below to find more great products!