Hello Summer! AND Hello, NEW BLOG DESIGN!! I am very excited to be writing my first blog post on my new blog design by Alexis at Laugh Eat Learn Designs.   She is amazing.  If you are in the market for a new blog design, I HIGHLY recommend her.  Let me tell you how long it took me to 1) Find a designer for WordPress and 2) Choose a design that fits me.  Alexis was both.  She was so amazing and patient with my eternal indecisiveness.  She created the design I didn’t even know I always wanted!

Since it is Summer and since it is Shark Week, I want to share with you some humor that you may have noticed if you follow me on Instagram.

Shark Week Humor

Oh, never gets old! I’m not sure of the source of this cartoon.  If you do, I would love to give credit where credit is due! 🙂


This next little resource has been a goal for over a year now and is in honor of our beloved Shark Week- an annual holiday week in our house. Every year during Shark Week, I am always listening to all of these interesting facts about sharks and all I can hear is Math, Math, Math.   The numbers and statistics are fascinating to me, but  they are even MORE fascinating to kids.  A couple of years ago, I had a student that was OBSESSED with sharks.  I think there might be one in every class.  He also loved Math and loved debating Math with me. I wish I would have made these sooner, because all I can think about is how much he would love them and I am pretty sure he might try to argue some facts with me.  I double-checked my facts, so hopefully I’m good! 🙂 You can click the link below to check out these task cards.  Since I am on Summer Break right now (WOOOHOOO!), I created them with the intent to use them at the beginning of the year since they review place value, 10:1 relationship, renaming numbers, rounding on a 3rd grade level (smaller numbers), but will be great to introduce these same concepts with larger numbers.

Shark Shenanigans Math Task Cards

And now…for some BIG NEWS!!!!

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We are moving to Orlando! I am SO excited!! This Summer is a busy one for us because Ryan, Titan, and I are packing up and starting the next chapter in our lives.  I am even more so excited because I already have a job (YAY!) still teaching 4th Grade (DOUBLE YAY!!) at an amazing school that I can already tell will feel like home.

So, to celebrate this life milestone as well as to recommit myself to blogging AT LEAST once a month (we’re staying realistic over here), I am sending the Shark Shenanigans! Math Task Cards to my email list for FREE Tuesday night July 5th, 2016.  If you are not on my emailing list for the blog, you can sign up on the Hello Bar up top.  If you have any difficulty, email me at help@theliteracyloft.com and I can sign you up.

I hope you are having a restful and relaxing well-deserved summer vacation.  And drinking coffee and wine any time you want to. Just because you can.

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