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Five for Friday and a Birthday Giveaway!!

Ahhhhh!!  It's finally Friday and it has been a really long week!!

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the first time for the FABULOUS FIVE FOR FRIDAY linky!! 

What could be better than random stuff from everyone's week?!  It gives me a chance to give a shout out to some of my favorite bloggers and TpT Sellers!!

 First, I want to send a HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout out to my bloggy buddy Gina, from Beach Sand and Lesson Plans who has a birthday giveaway beginning Saturday, March 16 (tomorrow)!!  You will be able to enter a different rafflecopter every day next week, with the winners selected on Saturday, March 23rd!!  I love me a good rafflecopter giveaway, don't you?!!

Second,  I want to return a shout out to another bloggy buddy, who is also a school buddy, Wazy from Criss Cross Applesauce in First Grade.  Not only is she a first grade teacher extraordinaire....and an amazing school improvement chairperson, but she is also a favorite blogger of many, many folks out there!!  She also has some very cute products including this little gem:

 If you teach first grade, or even second, you have to check this out!!  I taught first grade for a lot of years and I wish I would have had this pack to help me to teach nonfiction writing!! can be daunting....but not with Wazy's product...easy peasy and super fun!!

Third, I want to highlight one of my favorite and most recent purchases from TpT.  I have to admit that I spend nearly as much as I make on TpT...I am a bit of an addict when it comes to quick and easy teaching materials.  I mean, if it can make your life easier....I'm all for it.  Speaking of which...I am a bit obsessed with the Common Core lately and I found these great Constructed Response Task for Multiplication by Amy Murdock.  She has another set just for division and packs specifically for assessment.  I have been using these with my class every day as supplemental work and it has really helped a lot!!  The best part is that they are a great value at only $2.00 each!!!

Continuing on with my fourth random thought....

We have been doing book clubs in my class and it has been so awesome!!  The kids have completed two rounds of Mystery Book clubs and their level of thinking and discussion has really improved.  Mostly, they had a lot of fun and it has amped up their reading enjoyment level...which is a really great thing...don't you think?  We used this discussion prompt bookmark to get us is part of my Ultimate Book Club Guide....but I want to give it to you for free to nudge you into doing book clubs with your kiddos (you probably already do!).  Click HERE to download the freebie!!



Finally, I wanted to celebrate my 102 followers!!  Thank you for supporting me!!

Have a great weekend!!

Love and peace,

March Currently and Creeping Toward 100 Followers

Whoa!  What a couple of weeks I've had!!!  Yes, I've gone dark in blogland because I've been so darn busy at work.  March is....reading month, report card time, conference time, school improvement plan time, time for assessment, time for old units to end and new ones to begin!!  I'm not sure, but maybe folks could pack a bit more into one, single month!!!  Don'tchathink???!!!

So, that is my excuse for "turning in" my March Currently so late. 

My dad used to listen to Emmy Lou Harris all the time when I was growing up.  I have recently re-discovered her and have spent a lazy Saturday listening to Luxury Liner again and again!!  Good for the should try it!!

I've already given you a run-down of my as you can imagine a lazy Saturday is in order...I'm loving it!!

Even though its still pretty darn cold here in Michigan, the sun is coming up very early and the birds are singing outside my window.   It just feels and smells like spring!

It has been sooooo long since I've had a beach vacation.  Not that I've planned one either, but it sure would be nice to see the ocean and feel some sand in my toes.  I guess I can dream... has been a while since I've had a manicure, a pedicure or even a trip to the beauty salon.  I need some time to pamper myself.....I need a haircut and some new clothes.  There is nothing like a long, cold winter to make you feel like an ugly skank!!  I've got a day planned already to take care of that!!

K was tough!!  I do miss King Dongs....since they've been gone!!  I  love the feeling of socks that go all the way up to my comforting.  I hate my is just too small.  With 2 teens in the house, we are shoulder to shoulder in there!

I'm going to end this post by begging for a few more followers.....I am sooooo close to 100!!!  So, c'mon....join the fun here at Third Grade Doodles!!  The next 3 folks who follow me will receive their choice of one product from my TpT store!! 

Here are some of my newest TpT products: