Manic Monday Made It & Let's Get Acquainted

Just three more Mondays to go!!  First up is Flying into First Grade's getting acquainted linky party.  The rules this week are to share what made you want to be a teacher, what has been your most rewarding experience as a teacher, and what career path you would have taken had you not been a teacher.

1.  What made you want to be a teacher?
       I honestly don't know, but I was always the kid playing school and forcing my younger sister to be the student and complete the work that I created for her.  I have wanted to be a teacher as long as I can remember.  I know that I loved school and I also had the same teacher for 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade (whom I loved) so that may have contributed to it some.

2.  What has been your most rewarding experience as a teacher?
       My third year teaching, I looped with my first grade class to second grade.  That was a really great experience because I got to see those kids make SO much growth.  Looking back, I'm pretty sure I had no idea what I was doing, so I hope I get to loop again some day.  In general though, I have found first grade to be extremely rewarding because you get to create readers!!

3.  What career path would you have taken had you not been a teacher?
       I never doubted being a teacher, but my second choice would have been to be a lawyer.  I love to debate and argue!  I do think I could be a good lawyer...but there's no time for all that school now.

Next up, Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies!  Make sure to head over and check out all the freebies.  We have been working on subject-verb agreement and inflectional endings.  My students STRUGGLE!!  So I made a couple of activities for practice.  Below is a "Find Someone Who..." printable.

Click here or on either of the above images to download the freebie.

I also made a set of task cards, both with and without QR codes to review the same skill.  For the next 24 hours, you can get them for just $1 on TpT (50% off).  The questions are the same, but the task cards are in both formats for those of you who may be crossing your fingers for more technology next year!

Last up, I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It.

I shared before about how I made flower pens for my fellow teachers last week.  It was so easy, that  I then had my students make them for the mother's as well.  If you've never done it before, you have to give it a try because it is really simple...and cheap!

First, you need artificial flowers (I just bought the cheapest bunches I found at Wal-Mart, some pens, and green flower tape ($0.98 at Wal-Mart).  I made about 50 flowers with a roll and a half of the green tape!  

 Cut off all the flowers, leaving a stem that is short than the length of the pen you are using.  

Get rid of the pen caps and squeeze the pen at the end (I used one of my husband's tools) and the little plastic piece will pop out.

Stick the flower stem inside the pen.  Some sites I saw said to hot glue the flower in, but I didn't bother because it seemed to be in their quite tightly.

Start wrapping the green tape around the pen tightly.  Wrap it diagonally so that you continue to move down the pen.

When you reach the bottom, cut the tape and you are finished!

And apparently cats love artificial flowers...!


  1. Cute pens! Need to make some of those this summer!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. Hey, hopped over from the comment you left on my Disability Awareness Day! Love these pens. What a great teacher appreciation idea!!! Pinning these for next year!

    The Bender Bunch


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