Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday-Tuesday SALE!!!

Great savings!!

Check out my Teachers Pay Teachers Store Monday, December 2 through Tuesday, December 3!

15% savings on ALL items.

Use Promo code: CYBER at the check out for additional savings. :)

Blessings to you and yours this holiday season!
The Zookeeper

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Importance of Studying

We all want our students to do their very best! We know studying will greatly increase their chances of success.

I feel third graders are at a turning point in their educational lives for they are transforming from learning to read to reading to learn.

Sounds simple. It isn't. But given the right tools, it can become easier.

<Insert Study Guides here!>

I, for one, am not a homework assigning maniac.  Students are to practice their spelling words and study. But studying is a concept that third graders don't understand. So, study guides are crucial to learning new concepts.

At the beginning of a new unit, usually science and social studies, I give them a study guide.  It includes all of the concepts that they are responsible for, but in a question/answer format. I give them a few minutes to read over them after we have practiced new words with a vocabulary power point. I feel that it gives them a sense of confidence for the new material.  Their homework each night for that subject is to read over the study guide.

The other benefit????  Parents LOVE them. They can very easily see what concepts students are responsible to learn and help them study.

The study guides can be used with a partner OR by themselves.  That's the genius of them. The questions are on one side of the table and the answers are on the other. Just fold down the middle and start asking.

Simple, yet effective.

And the price is right at just $1.00, what a STEAL!

You can check out all of my study guides at my teacher store at TpT or TN.

Study guides include:
Science- animal habitats, animal adaptations, animal vocabulary, butterfly and frog life cycle, earth cycles, electricity, energy, force/motion/energy, magnets, matter, simple machines, soil, water cycle, and weather

Social Studies- ancient Greece, ancient Rome, ancient Mali, American Revolution, Civil War, economics, explorers, famous Americans, Jamestown, maps, natives in Virginia, reconstruction in Virginia, and regions of Virginia

I'm from Virginia. I know our standards aren't always the same as other states. I leave the study guides in editable form in Word. That way you can adapt to suit your needs.

Check back often. I try to post new study guides as I create them.  I'm working on Reading/Grammar Study Guides. I'm soooooo excited about them. :)

Blessings from the zoo!
The Zookeeper

Saturday, September 7, 2013



I now have 100 followers on TpT! Yeee Haw...

It's the little things that make me happy!

The Zookeeper

Monday, September 2, 2013


I have added to my stores (TpT and TN) pictures to use for the water cycle.

Here is a taste...

32 pictures for just $5.00. What a deal!  Head on over and check them out! The possibilities are ENDLESS...

The Zookeeper

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Problems with Downloads...

I've gotten a couple of messages that the FREEBIE 2013-2014 Weekly Pacing Guide isn't downloading. I have uploaded it as zip file. It includes the 97-2003 Power Point version and the PowerPoint version. If it isn't working for you let me know. I hope this works. Thanks!!

The Zookeeper

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Birthday Bash!!!!


I hope you are well today. I decided to throw a sale for my birthday. It is Wednesday! (I'm not telling my age...) ;)

So, hop on over to my TpT store and grab a 20% discount!!!

And...don't forget to follow me so you are up to date on all of my products!

Now back to the festivities!!!

The Zookeeper

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Holy Organization, Batman!

I've been feverishly working on Back-to-School paperwork. We start on August 13, but our Open House is August 8.  Lots and LOTS to do!!!

Here is a chart that I created so that I can make sure to get back all of the paperwork that is necessary. I have it on TpT and TN for FREE!!!!  Just click the pic!

Head on over and get you a copy! You can edit it for your needs. Yay!

I also created one with my owl/forest theme.

Adorable, huh???? 

Then, of course, I worked on my schedule.  I'm a mom. So, I always think about the things that I would want from my children's teachers.  Schedules are IMPORTANT!! I created the following for parents to keep a copy at home. I tell them to put it on the fridge as a reference.  I've always gotten a GREAT response from parents. It is an item that IMPRESSES!! 

The blank one is a template. Just type in your information. 

Our school system is set up on a six weeks schedule.  I don't like traditional grade books. We have PowerSchool (an online grade book), which I LOVE, but I'm not always in front of a computer when grading papers.  I created this grade sheet/checklist to keep me a little more organized.  I can type in my students' names and print out six for the six weeks we are in. Then I put them on a clipboard.  It goes with me anywhere I think I'm going to get a chance to grade some papers. Then, when I am in front of the computer, I can type in grades. 
It's just another great tool that I use everyday. :)

I hope that I have given you some great things that allow you to be more organized. 
Now, back to the Bat Cave...

The Zookeeper

Friday, August 2, 2013

FREEBIE! Snack Order Form

Our school uses this neat snack sheet to keep track of snack money. It's a great addition to your management.

The Zookeeper

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Sweet Good-bye

I can't believe it has been this long since I posted!!!!!  Sorry!

Geez, a school year can wear you down and make you forget things.


Our fifth grade group will move to the middle school next year.  My daughter is a part of this group and an idea struck me.  So the following is the result.  I hope you enjoy.

Please comment and let me know what you think!
Back to my own personal little zoo!
The Zookeeper

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Geometry and Graphing

Hello Again,

I'm not very good at this blog thing.  I love having it. I want to put more on it, but finding the time is hard.  I'm a single mom, so time is precious!

I've created a new set of differentiated worksheets for data collection, graphing, and geometric shape identification.

I try my best to teach across the curriculum.  It saves time. It reinforces  previous skills while learning new material.  So... a win, win situation for all!!

Click on the pic to download this FREEBIE!

I also created one for lines, segments, and rays.  It's only $2.00.  Click on the pic below and get your copy today! 

Let me know what you think!  
The Zookeeper