Fall Acrostic Poems » Fall Favorites Blog Hop!


It's my favorite time of the year! The leaves are changing colors, the weather is cooler and it's finally boots and sweaters weather! It's also the time of the year that I take a million trees and leaves pictures. If you follow me on instagram, you've seen the proof! 



Now that we have gotten past my current obsession, I'm thankful for my amazing pals over at the Primary Pack for inviting me to participate in this adorable Fall Favorites Blog Hop! Not only am I meeting many other wonderful teacher blogger but I get to share my newest product with you!


I love using acrostic poems during this time of the year because there are so many things that can be described. My kids always are able to quickly create these poems from their schema. It's a no hassle fun way to introduce a simple form of poetry. 


We begin our lesson by creating one together for the word Fall. I had students turn and talk with a partner to come up with ideas and be successful. We voted on the best sentences that fit our "theme". 




After our practice together, I sent them off with the word Pumpkin with a future art project in mind (more on that later!). They were hard at work creating meaningful and descriptive sentences about Autumn time. 



I was there with post-its to help them with their editing, including spelling and making sense of the words. Notice the word Karve up there, creative but had them think of another K word to begin with! 




A finished poem ready to be mounted with our soon to appear art project! We started this mystery project today so come around for the finish pieces next week!



As a thank you for hopping along, I've got a freebie poem for you! Download it by clicking above. Also for this weekend only my entire Laugh Eat Learn store is on sale to celebrate fall! 



Last but not least hop along to my friend Katie at Simply Creative in KY for her fall favorite! :) Have a fabulous weekend! 



Brown Butter Banana Bread


It's been a bit of time since I shared a recipe (trust me, I checked!) so I'm happy to deliver a plate full of these yummy Brown Butter Banana Bread Bars. That's a whole lotta B's but I promise it worth every stumble! With the school year starting and a freezer full of bananas (check out my Banana Tip here), I knew it was time to try out this recipe. The brown butter frosting is DELICIOUS and will probably be seen on pancakes very soon!

Ingredients 

Banana Bread Bars 
1 1/2 cup Sugar
1 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup Butter, Softened
2 Eggs
3 or 4 Bananas, Mashed & Ripe
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts {Optional}

Brown Butter Frosting
1/2 cup Butter
4 cups Powdered Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
3 tablespoons Milk

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees and grease a two pans or a large one. 
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, sour cream, butter and eggs until creamy for the banana bread. 
  3. Mash the bananas off to the side and blend in the bananas with the vanilla extract in the bowl. 
  4. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Slowly add into the wet mixture, about a cup at a time. Blend for 1 minute. Stir in walnuts at this time if you are using them! 
  5. Pour the batter into the pan evenly, in a 1'' layer. If you need a second pan, grab it now. The bread rises so thin layers are the best! 
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Test with a toothpick. 
  7. While the bread is baking begin the frosting, heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Swirl the pan as the butter turns to a delicate brown color. Remove from the heat. 
  8. Add the vanilla extract and milk to the mixture and whisk. Add the powered sugar, one cup at a time, whisking completely until after each cup. It should be thicker than a glaze but thinner than a frosting. Add more milk if you need to loosen it. 
  9. Using a spatula, spread the brown butter frosting over the warm bars. It will be much easier to spread while the bars are still warm. 
  10. Let it cool, cut a slice, grab a glass of milk and ENJOY

Think Sheets over at The Primary Pack


Hello everyone! Long time no blog but I'm back and I'm posting over at the The Primary Pack today! Head over there to grab your freebie, I'm talking about classroom management in my classroom!


Let's start off with some honesty, I've been having some trouble with my pack of learners this year. I have a really wiggly group with little stamina. One day something works for them, another day it doesn't. With all that in mind, we have been having a lot of conversations about using our classroom time wisely, being efficient and not wasting our learning time. I sound like a broken record most of the time but I think it's finally getting through to my learners. This week I decided to give Think Sheets a try because it was the 4th week of school and they needed some tough love. I told them that we were going to give Think Sheets a try. 

Nevermind the homework list, that's another story! :[

We all know the routine, if someone was not using our classroom time wisely aka wasting our learning time they would get a think sheet and have to stay in for recess. I used a clipboard for my checklist and kept it in a special spot on my whiteboard ledge with a pen. Using a pen is important because no one can sneak up and try to erase a name, not that they would ever think to do that!

I made two versions, one for pictures and one for sentences. 


My learners on the list had to stay in for recess and work on their think sheet. It was surprising how many of them took ownership of their bump in the road and used the vocabulary I have been repeating over and over in our classroom. Many of them wrote about how they were wasting their learning time by doing that choice and how they would make MUCH better choices next time. 

A peek into my recess time... Most are in finishing their homework.

After I discussed their behaviors with them privately and make a plan for improvement, I would sign the bottom and ask them to put them in their STAR folders for safe keeping. I would highlight their name on my checklist to remind me of the students who have completed their Think Sheets

This is my master but I've printed mine on pink paper for a pop of importance. 

So far, I've only have had two students who did not bring it back the next day signed. They were told if they didn't they would lose their recess again and we would be calling home. Both parents were very appreciative of us calling them to let them know of our plan of improvement. I will be keeping the Think Sheets in a binder for when conferences roll around so we can discuss these behaviors in person. Overall, it was my first VERY successful not stressful week of teaching this year and I owe it all to some tough love and Think Sheets

Head over to The Primary Pack for this freebie!

Well that's enough from me! I'm looking forward to a fresh week but before I sign out, I wanted to remind you that The Primary Pack is celebrating our launch with an AMAZING giveaway that is live for another couple hours!! Make sure you are entered to win because the prizes are pretty speculator!

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