Monday, June 29, 2015

Erin Condren Deluxe Notebook

So, I posted about my Plum Planner here and it wasn't exactly what I had hoped for. I thought it would be what I wanted but it ended up being too thick and it just wasn't for me. I went on the hunt again. I knew I didn't want an Erin Condren Teacher Planner because I had it in the past and I didn't use it enough due to my school's policies for lesson plans. I looked at the Life Planners and it just didn't seem like what I needed.

I found the Deluxe Notebooks while browsing through Erin's website. I was hoping this would be exactly what I wanted. The notebook has so many pages for PLCs, Data Meetings, PD, etc. I knew it would be perfect for keeping all my notes in one page. However, I needed a calendar. I realized I didn't need a subject and day by day calendar but a simple overview of each month would be sufficient.

The Deluxe Notebooks have some options you can add. I got a Deluxe Notebook and added a calendar option. Before the calendar add on, the price of the notebook is $35 or $40 (depends on the size). If you choose to add the calendar, you add $15. All of the notebooks come with interchangeable covers. You can pick the cover you want and then create new ones in the future and just switch them out. You have the choice between two sizes - 7" x 9" or 8.5" x 11" (I got the 8.5 x 11- add $5 for $40 cost of just the notebook). The notebook also includes a folder, zip pouch, snap in ruler, and 2 sheets of blank stickers.  I also added two section dividers. The dividers were key for me. I got one for school and one for personal. I split the notebook up and kept about 1/4 for personal and 3/4 for school. This was key for me. I wanted something that I could use for at home and at work. The dividers have a wipe off back which are great for checklists.

Overall, I think this is what is going to work best for me for home and work.

- Remember everything from section dividers to covers can be customized at Erin Condren!

-- You can save $10 on your first purchase from Erin Condren by signing up using THIS LINK! 

Now onto the fun part - pictures!!

Front Cover

Inside the Front Cover with ruler

Example of the Calendar Spread

Example of the Notes page after each monthly spread

My two Section Dividers -  Personal with a quote and School with grade, school name, and year

The back of each section divider is a wipe off board 

Back two-sided pocket folder 

Other side of the pocket folder and a little clear pouch

Back Cover

*Remember: You can save $10 on your first purchase from Erin Condren by signing up using THIS LINK! 


Monday, June 22, 2015

TpT Seller Challenge: Week 2

Week 1 of the TpT Seller Challenge is over and now it is on to Week 2! Week 1 was a lot of fun. I redid one of my best selling products.

Week 2 is all about dreams - Dare to Dream.

I was super excited about this week's challenge. Here are my hopes and dreams for my TpT business!

Pay Off Our Wedding- Josh and I are getting married in November 2015. We are paying for the entire wedding ourselves. Our goal is to have the entire thing paid off before the wedding. I am hoping that TpT can help us do that. 

Travel- I love to travel. I grew up in a household with a teacher and we always traveled during the summer. Josh and I are continuing that with each other. We want to travel to Europe especially. 

Debt- While we do not have much debt, we do have car payments and my student loans. My goal is to get my car paid off and all my student loans. We would be much happier without these large payments each month!

Save- Josh and I have a new house but we want to save money for some home improvements. There are some must haves we want to do in this house. We do not have kids yet and I am not sure if I would want to stay home permanently once we do, but I would love the option. 


Check out my fellow blogger's dreams!  

Peppy Zesty Teacherista


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-- Kate

Monday, June 15, 2015

TpT Seller Challenge: Week 1

I was somewhat apprehensive about taking the challenge. I don't have a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter... I just have my simple blog and my personal Pinterest. However, I am excited to see the outcome!

Here is the challenge breakdown:

Here is the challenge for Week 1:

I decided to revamp my best seller - Root Beer Float Science Inquiry Lesson Plan! 
I am super excited about how it looks now! 

If you are interested in this product, click here. 
You can also check out how I did the lesson in my class by clicking here.


Go ahead and check out what other teachers have done for this week! 

Peppy Zesty Teacherista                                    


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-- Kate

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

STEM Day - Building a Catapult

Before the end of the year, my students participated in STEM Day. The whole day was dedicated to this STEM activity. I will give you a brief overview of the day and how it incorporated reading, math, and science. The kids had a blast and was overall a great experience.

We started the experiment by brainstorming what a catapult was and reading an article. We watched a video of different catapults that people built and launched for a pumpkin launching contest. The kids really started getting intrigued.We went over the Engineering Design Process and then did a little brain teaser to get them ready.

Marshmallow Shooter- I gave each student a cup, ballon, and scissors. I told them to cut the bottom of the cup. Here is when it got interesting. Some students cut the whole bottom off and some just cut the inside. The whole point is for them to do it on their own and make mistakes. Then the cut the top off the balloon and attached it to the cup. Here some students realized they cut the balloon to big or cut too much off the cup. It was a great thing for them to see how one little mistake can change the outcome. I gave them marshmallows and they launched them. Some went far and some didn't go at all. I gave them time to discuss with their groups why some people were more successful than others.

Here are some pictures of the students creating and launching their marshmallow shooters.

After this, I explained how they were going to create their own catapult with different materials. I showed them their materials and explained that they would have $500 to spend on materials. All the materials had different dollar amounts. Before they worked with a group, they designed their own catapult. After the individual designs were completed, they shared as a group and then decided on the best design to go with. Once they agreed, they had to decide on the materials needed and add them up. I gave them $500 in play money to help with this. Most groups spend under $400 in case they needed more. I gave them no direction in this, they just decided on their own. 

Here are the available materials and some pictures of their designs. 

Once I approved their design and they paid for their materials, it was time to build their catapult! Their goal was to build a catapult that could launch a marshmallow the furthest. 

Here are their final products.

Now it was time to launch the catapults! The groups didn't have much success. After launching a few times, they went back to the drawing board to fix why their catapults didn't work very well. They could use the same materials or buy more if they had any remain change left from the $500. Once they redesigned and launched again, all catapults went further! The students learned so much and more importantly, learned that making mistakes is ok and a part of life.

Here are some videos of the catapults.


You can truly see how much fun the kids had!

-- Kate

Teacher Tool Box

I have had a boring teacher tool box for years now. I decided to finally spruce it up and I love the outcome! It was super easy and took me less than an hour to complete.

I got the labels from HERE and went to Michael's and bought some different washi tape to put on the top of each. It will look great in my classroom next year!

-- Kate