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Leveling Books- App!

I've been working on leveling books for classroom libraries.  I have had pretty good luck with Lit. Leveler.  It uses pic2shop to scan the barcodes.  However, you can manually enter the ISBN number. 
Overall I had a very high success rate scanning books.  There were a couple of brand-new books that were just published that they did not have the level.  For the most part, it was quick and easy.  It is important to make sure the camera can focus on the barcode.  Sometimes it took less than a second to scan it!  A few times, it took about 10 seconds to get focused. 
When you scan, you can add books to your library.  The library can be organized numerous ways, including Lexile and Guided Reading Levels. 

I don't often pay money for an app.  I would say that this was well worth it.  In the past, I would use different websites, trying to find the guided reading levels.  The time it saved me, was well worth the $3.99 price tag!

Five for Friday!

This week has gone by fast.  Sometimes 4 day weeks DRRRRAAAAAAGGG.  Not this week!! I'm so happy it is the weekend :)  I have family & football to look forward to this fall-weather weekend.

I made this centerpiece to celebrate fall!
I found the owls at Wal-Mart last year.  The pumpkins are from Joanne's and Hobby Lobby this year.  That vase has served many purposes!!!  I've used it with a candle alone, and in the winter I have small Christmas ornaments that I fill it with :)

 My principal gave me this hand sanitizer.  I'm a little OCD about cleaning things at school!

We have to paint our house...after many trips to Lowes...this is the color :)  It is called oatbran. 

We had a Scholastic Book Fair at our school.  My daughter was so excited I bought this for her :)  She gave it 5 stars :)  She highly recommends the author's other books!

Here is my quote for the week!


I'm having a great school year.  I'm exhausted...but who isn't!!!  I'm happy to link up with Farley

I do wish I could get more sleep...I have a very, very elderly cat that the vet thinks has the early stages of dementia.  She used to be a mostly outdoor cat, but she gets confused.  Very confused.  She cries at night, because she can't find us :(  She can't find us because we are sleeping.  I usually have to find her and bring her in our room.  This happens 2-3 times a night.  I can't put her out because we have coyotes where we live...and she'll get eaten.   Some nights are better than others! 

I loved the travel question.  If I had to be good at 1 thing in this world, I would say it is going on vacation :)    
My husband and I have had lots of fun traveling, and now we bring our children when we travel.  I will say that we are pretty thrifty.  This has benefits plus fun memories.  My husband is a huge fan of public transportation.  His attitude is, "Why take a cab and pay an expensive fare when you can pay a quarter to ride a bus?"  Although I'd happily pay cab fare, I go with it.  In fact, if you ask my son what his favorite part of any trip we've every taken, he will ALWAYS say riding the bus!

We are also a magnet for "bad" transportation.  Like the bus we rode that had a floor that seemed like it would fall out!  We kept our feet off the ground to stay safe.  One time we rode a "ferry" that was really a wooden boat with a motor.  The "ferry" schedule was about every hour or so...some days!

I've wanted to go to Thailand for years.  Our neighbor was from there and it just seemed like the perfect place to pack a backpack and go on lots of adventures.  Nepal for the hiking!  New Zealand just seems BEAUTIFUL!
Picking three just didn't seem like enough, so here are my honorable mentions:
Hong Kong

Granted, some of these countries might have some travel warnings associated with them...so I will just keep them on my runners-up list :)

Five For Friday!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs!  This week started out slow...but has gone by so quickly!!!  I'm so excited to have a long weekend with my family!  We will be traveling, so that will be even more fun :)

We have family nights twice a year....I went to a meeting where 20 schools shared their family engagement activities.  It was awesome...talk about amazing collaboration.  I believe our school's next event will be a Zainy, Brainy, Game Night!  The teacher's will play games with families and we'll have lots of door prizes!!!  I love this game for vocabulary development :)

We are headed to Union Station on Sunday!  This is one of my son's favorite places on earth!  They have a children's museum, plus trains are always going by!

I'm always afraid to try new candles.  It is like I have this commitment phobia :) I LOVE Pumpkin Cupcake.  It has the perfect blend of home baked goodness (which I fail miserably at attempting) and spice :) 

We are leveling!! It is not a quick process, but it does provide amazing data.  We are doing the entire school, and the goal is to be done by Sept. 12.  However some grades are already done.  I think we will be done by next Friday!

My friend has this in her family room....it made me smile, and I need to order it!!!!

Pocket Chart Workstation and Learning Logs

I love having a Pocket Chart Workstation.  They can easily be switched out to match the skills students are being taught.  The Pocket Chart Workstation is perfect in conjunction with a Learning Log.
Students keep track of their activities in their Learning Logs.  I learned about Learning Logs (that's what the presenter called them) at a workshop from the University of Arkansas.  Each workstation gets it's own page in the log, and students always include date and the title of the workstation.  They are an easy way to keep students accountable for their workstation, without lots of paper.  Students take their Learning Log to each workstation.  As you can see in the pictures below, at the beginning of the year, students could probably put two workstations on a single page.


I usually have a basket of colored pens for students to use at the workstations.  Students love getting a choice!  I'm always surprised when they pick blue :)


Five for Friday with a Freebie!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs!  This week has gone by VERY fast!!!

I'm the new head volleyball coach for the 6th grade girls team!  I'm excited.  I'm pretty sure they were desperate... I've never played volleyball!!!  I do NOT think I'll be buying this t-shirt!! :)

I'm getting excited for college football!!! Next weekend will be the kickoff and I cannot wait.  I'm happy that the opening game is on Saturday night.  It is hard to have Friday night college football, since we live over an hour away from the stadium.  I love this map.  I'm thinking it would be an awesome gift for my husband for his birthday!

I'm getting in garage sale mode. Our neighborhood has a HUGE sale. I believe I'm going to finally sell my jogging stroller :( It has thousands of mikes and was probably my favorite baby purchase.

This week my bracelets were featured on TPTs Facebook page!  They are FREE until Sunday.

"You are awesome!" A little kindergartner told that to me this week!  That made my day!

Another Back to School Sale!!

Tomorrow, TPT is having a special one day only sale! Don't forget to leave feedback, so you can earn more credits :)