October 5, 2014

Sunday Scoop: Things I'd Rather Do

Today, the first Sunday of October (I just LOVE October), I'm joining my friends of The Teaching Trio for their weekly...

Be sure to stop by the Teaching Trio to read all the Sunday Scoops shared this week. It's a great way to keep-up with what's going on in the blogging world of teaching. But first, here's the scoop on The Teacher's Desk 6.

I jest that I need to run the sweeper, but seriously... I NEED to run the sweeper! I put this tedious chore off until I become desperate, or rather I should say, "The house becomes desperately in need of a sweeping!" I would never tolerate this kind of procrastination from a student,so why from myself? Pffft!

I rationalize my lack in this much needed area with: I am working! I have been quite busy keeping up with grades and lesson plans, and trying to keep up with ACR reports (Catholic School teachers complete these as required by state and federal government for completion of specified duties) that I've let the mundane house chores go.

I've also been working at creating teaching materials. I added several new items to my TpT Store recently. One that I really enjoyed making is this Christopher Columbus themed set of task cards and INB foldables.

With this set of Columbus themed Scoot cards students will identify whether a sentence is declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, or imperative. These 28 Scoot cards may also be used as task cards in a literacy center or for a Scatter/Scavenger Hunt activity. QR codes are provided for self-checking along with a student response sheet and traditional answer key. 

Included in the packet are Interactive Notebook (INB) Foldables in a matching theme. My fifth graders have completed these foldables and they are adorable! Simply print, color, cut out, and affix the foldables into an interactive notebook. Students can write the definitions for each type of sentence and copy examples of each found within a given text.

Since I had such fun making this packet, and my fifth graders have been having fun using it, how about a little October fun for you? I posted the image for this product on Instagram yesterday. Follow me on IG by clicking on the IG icon in the right column or HERE. Visit my profile, locate the image, and repost it. Be sure to include #teachersdesk6 and tag me @teachersdesk6 in your post. I'll choose one, or maybe more, winners sometime late on Monday, Oct. 7, 2014. I'll notify the winner(s) via Instagram on Tuesday. You'll receive your packet in time to celebrate Columbus Day!

And if you're in the market for teaching items to help your class celebrate October's most well-known holiday, visit this blog post where loads of frighteningly fun products are shared for your convenience. You can even add your own to the ever growing list!


  1. I read your post and felt inspired to jump up and run the hoover around my downstairs (that is a miracle as I, like you, am forever putting it off) - so thank you! (although I'm sorry that doesn't really help you!). Good luck with the grading (I AM still putting that chore off...).
    Growing Little Learners

  2. We must live in the same house because I DESPERATELY need to run my sweeper too! :-)


  3. Ohhh...sweeping the house. I can see why you want to put this off. It's probably my most un-favorite chore as well. (That's why I have my kids do it! :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  4. Love that you teach at a Catholic school! I'm a Catholic myself and went to an all-girls Catholic high school that was very small. :)

    First Grade Shashay

  5. I just finished sweeping...and rewarded myself with blog reading time! :)

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle


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