A Winner, July Currently and a Lovely Blog Award

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Viola wil receive an autographed copy of the book Animal Rhymes written by my cousin Katie Rauch. Thanks to all who entered my first giveaway! 

Here's my Currently........

Love beginning the year with a shared reading of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. The students love it and always beg for more. This past year we also received a class set of Superfudge, which we read and also really enjoyed. The students loved taking the parts of the characters and reading aloud. These two books were also great to use to teach dialogue and character traits.

The other book I love reading as a Read Aloud is Owl Moon. This picture book has so many great lesson ideas to use. Here are a few good links to great lesson ideas to use in your class.

One Extra Degree has a some great Owl Moon Lesson Plans

I don't really have a "go to" book that I use in my classroom. My go to for ideas are all the wonderful blogs that I follow! Although, right now I am re-reading The Daily Five for the third time. I have learned a lot from this book and my classroom management and expectations of my students has changed drastically because of this book. Click on the Blog button below to participate in the Daily Five Book Study that just began yesterday.

We Read, We Blog, We Teach

And don't forget to Link up your Currently in July with Farley!

Last but not least I was awarded the One Lovely Blog Award by Southern Teacher WBT! Thanks!

Here are the rules for this award:
Once you receive the award, you have to pass it on to others! Here are the 3 rules to follow:
1. Follow the person who gave you the award.
2. Link back to the person who gave you the award.
3. Pass the award on to 15 new bloggers.

Here are the blogs I'm passing this award on to. Be sure to visit them!

2. Fabulous Fourth Grade
3.  Fourth Grade Fanatic
4. Smarter than a Fourth Grader
5. Rodriguez's Rad Rockstars
6. Ms. Hatty's Magnificent Monsters
7. Fourth Grade Freebies
8. Just Wild About Teaching
9. Nerdy, Nerdy, Nerdy!
10. Computer Craziness
11. Exceptional Teaching for Exceptional Children
12. Mrs. Wilson's 4th Graders
13. iDream iPlan iTeach
14. Life's a Teach
15. Mrs. Ahmad's Apples 


  1. thanks so much for linking up
    OWL MOON is one of my faves too

  2. Hi there, I found your blog through the linky and I'm your newest follower :) I feel like I really need to begin my next year "Plan of Action" as well--so you are not alone!! haha

    Have a great week,

    The Quirky Apple

  3. I love Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing! I read it to my 3rd graders at the end of the year to get them *ready* for 4th grade. They think they are so cool... reading a 4th grade book. :)

    I'm also really excited that you're following along with We Read, We Blog, We Teach!

    Abby @ Third Grade Bookworm

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  5. Thank you Mrs. Shepherd. I appreciate all of your support.


  6. yay for shopping!

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
    I hope that you'll join me for my giveaway ♥

  7. I also want a day of shopping for new work clothes! Even as a teacher I love getting a few new back to school outfits!

  8. Our thinkings (not a word but I'm making it one) are exactly the same! I feel like July is my alarm to start spending time on school ideas especially with common core coming up. I just worked out and keep reminding myself if I want to eat without feeling guilty on the fourth I must workout! Have a great vacation!


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