Thursday, July 26, 2012

Newbie up in here! Linky Party and a FREEBIE

Thank you,

For throwing the Newbie Bloggers Blog Hop! I am excited to share about myself, but it has also been so much fun reading about everyone else and being introduced this this all.

I live in the absolutely beautiful state of Oregon! I always think I might want to live somewhere more sunny like California or Arizona but truly, we have it all here.
Teaching has been absolutely insane for me. I will be teaching 3rd Grade this year but, I have taught 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 1st and now I am happy to be back to 3rd. Mmmm hmmm can you say roller coaster ride? Every year is a great one and I certainly feel blessed!

I have worked with the same district for 6 years. I started as an assistant in a special education classroom (best experience). Then I was a "skills trainer" helping students with special needs be successful in a general education classroom. After that I did my student teaching (prego as ever, I might add). This was when all of the first round of BIG cuts happened. There was no position for me upon finishing but I applied everywhere. At the very end of the summer a 1/2 time 5th grade position opened up! I got the job and it was perfect. The following spring I interviewed for a full time 3rd grade position and the rest is history!

Well, when did I start blogging or when did I start stocking all of your blogs? Just kidding but really I started blogging in July of 2012, officially.

Well it might sound like a ridiculously silly tip but it was something that I had to learn. Create your blogs with the "compose" tab, instead of the "Edit HTML" tab. It is much easier ;)

And now... drumroll please... onto the freebie. Well this was A LOT, and I mean A LOT of work. We use Rigby's Literacy by Design in our district. It is a perfect fit to Daily 5 and integrated well with Social Studies and Science. There is a huge vocabulary piece to it but there are no pictures for the kids to make connections to the real world. This FREEBIE is gigantic. There are 160 vocabulary cards with word, definition, and picture. I use the cards to introduce new vocabulary words and to play review games. For example, you could pass out the cards you are working on and have students find their matches. The word will have to find the definition and they will have to find the person with their matching picture. You could also use these as a center game. Hmmm, maybe I will have to create a little recording sheet soon. Anywho magoos I hope you all enjoy these!! Let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions. Click each picture for each file. Remember I said they are big so there are 3 different sets.


  1. Hi Hope, I just started following your blog. Your freebie looks amazing!

  2. Chastity,

    Thank you! I am so happy to have another follower! I started following your blog, as well. Looking forward to sharing lots of ideas this year!!


  3. Hi Hope,
    Just wanted to let you know that I am your newest follower. If you have a chance hop on over to my blog Teise's Tidbits. I am a newbie too!

  4. I just wanted you to know that I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. I am a new follower and look forward to learning from you.
    Stop by my blog for your award.

  5. Hi! I found you through the new blog hop and I love your blog. I am now a follower. I nominated you for the Libster Blog Award. Hop on over to my blog to recieve it here -


  6. Glad I have found you through the Blog Hop! I know that someone above has already nominated you, but I am linking you on my blog for the One Lovely Blog award! You can see it at Learning 4 Keeps.
    So excited to be your newest follower!

  7. Happy to have found you through the blog hop! Your blog is adorable and Oregon looks absolutely beautiful! :) I'm your newest follower and look forward to reading more from ya!

    Mrs. Kelly's Klass

  8. Hi there! I'm stopping by to let you know that I nominated you for an award! You can swing by my blog to pick it up!

    Teaching Snip-Its

  9. I love that photo! I found you through another blog. Welcome to the blogging world. Come check us out for some freebies and ideas. Your newest follower, Stephanie

  10. Welcome to blogging! I'm your newest follower. Stop by my blog to enter my 50 follower giveaway!


  11. Hi! I'm your newest follower =) The vocabulary cards are great, thanks so much for sharing! Stop by sometime:

  12. New follower here! Found you through the newbie blog hop. I'm excited to be following along. I also teach third grade.

    Teach on a Limb