This post will be short and sweet because I've got a ton to do this evening but I just had a couple questions for my um, FOUR followers. *cough* really? I'm a pretty lamo blogger. :)

1. Printing
There are so many adorable centers and classroom labels that I have "wish list-ed" on Teachers Pay Teachers but every time I think about purchasing them I can't imagine where or how I'm going to print them without spending major moola on ink! People use so many beautiful borders and graphics in their centers and all I can see is $$ from the amount of ink I'm going to go through. So, is that what people do? Just bite the bullet and press print knowing full well that you'll need to pick up a new ink cartridge on the way home tomorrow? I have a wireless HP Photosmart printer/scanner guy. I got it for free when I purchased my MAC 2 years ago. It prints well but I seem to go through ink like nuts! And it always runs out at the most inopportune times... like half way through a job! ;\ So anyone have any suggestions? What I would really love is if there was a reasonably priced service I could send my jobs to and they would be printed off on card-stock and sent to me. Wishful thinking? I know Staples will do it but they want $1 a page or something. That's crazy town. :)
2. RTi- Response to Intervention
For those of you who do this in your building how is it organized? How do you service your Tier 3, or most needy kids?? Are you, alone, responsible for instruction intervention, and progress monitoring? I need to get a better handle on this for next September.

Okay, that's it for this evening. I'm hoping someone out there well answer me. :)
I just wanted to give a quick shout out to "My Cute Graphics". I just happened upon this site and immediately went to see if her graphics can be used commercially. In the "help" section of her site she writes the kindest little "note" to teachers. All of her graphics and backgrounds are FREE!!! You heard me, FREE!!! And they can be used commercially.  So here's my thank you to her. I hope she gets a lot of new traffic from all my teacher friends.
Our space unit is officially over and, I must say, I'm a little sad.  We had a lot of fun! This week we will be visiting the planetarium, thanks to my wonderful sister! She works at our local Science Museum and was able to get us a pretty steep discount...*cough* FREE!!! In my district we need to pay for our own busing to and from field trips and the normal price of admission, with busing included, would have come to nearly $10. Asking for that kind of money, from some of my families, is out of the question. With this generous offer from my sister the trip is only costing us $2 per kid! Wowie wow! We are so excited to go and I'm pretty sure none of my kids have ever seen anything like it.
As a treat for all their hard work I designed "NASA Certificates" that I plan to send home with them tomorrow. I need to keep their badge protectors and lanyards for next years groups but they've become pretty attached to them. So I thought I'd tape their "cards" onto these certificates and they can bring them home, along with their completed Space Exploration Journals.
*click the picture of the certificate to download*
I just want to share a few freebies with you.  We did a few cute culminating activities this past week.
This was our culminating writing piece. I think one of the most challenging genres for primary writing is the persuasive essay. However, after learning so much about each planet my kids were pretty passionate about their favorite planets. It was the perfect subject for persuasive writing. When you click the picture you can download the writing page and rubric. This final writing piece was made easier because the kids were able to use facts from their planet word webs, that we completed in our Space Exploration journals, to support their opinions. You can find that unit for sale on my Tpt Store HERE.
Science and ELA are integrated in our school's curriculum so along with our Space Unit we also read some high quality literature. During our study of stars and constellations we read the folk tale/legend "Coyote Places the Stars".  The book seeks to explain how the constellations appeared in the sky. The coyote places "pictures" of all his animal friends in the sky. I'm lucky enough to have a smart board so, after reading the story, we used the smart board to try drawing the same animals using "points" and "straight lines". My kids were so eager to attempt this on their own that I came up with this little "craftivity" (Ha! There's that word again!) I bought some glow in the dark stars to really add to the excitement.
They came out really cute and now the kids can have their own constellations to look at at home. I encouraged them to hang them on their bedroom ceilings, with parent permission, of course!

I hope you enjoy the freebies! To see more about the fun things we did in our Space Unit you can visit my TpT Store. I just finished uploading "The Mother of All Space Units". It's jam packed with centers, writing activities, crafts, 2 reproducible books, and vocabulary/fact cards for all things space!

Thank you so much to all my friends..and strangers!.. who continue to support my new little endeavor!

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