Let's do the Turkey Trot!


Welcome to “The Chalkies” Turkey Trot! We hope you enjoy a jog through our blogs gobbling up freebies, ideas, and recipes for some holiday joy!

We have a new blog name!  We switched out the word "Primary" for "Elementary". We want to meet the needs of any teacher K-6. Our blog has been thoughtfully designed to help you find what YOU need for YOUR classroom level!

I love those grade level tabs {seen above} that help me grab what I need. This trot will also take you through the grade level blogs of your choice.

We hope you enjoy this little meal from appetizer to dessert!

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Freebie from my Turkeys unit in my TPT store.
Click the picture to grab it!


Here is an old freebie that is perfect for a Thanksgiving activity for you kiddos.  Get them writing about what they are thankful for.  Its a great way for them to reflect about their lives and who means a lot to them.
Click on the picture to grab it in my TPT store.


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Here is an awesome recipe for pecan cheesecake!  Yum Yum!! Click the picture to see it!

Cheesecake layered with a pecan pie for a fun and delicious pie that everyone will rave about!:

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Click my picture to go over to my tpt store!!!
Latoya Reed

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Back to School FREEBIE!!!!

I have been so busy lately.  I wanted to find time to give away a freebie to my friends!
Here ya go!
Back to School FREEBIE!!!


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Nashville Teacher Bash Recap

Hi Friends!
I have been working with some of my favorite local area bloggers for the past few months. 
We had been planning a Nashville blogger meet up to celebrate the end of the school year.  It was held this past weekend and we had a great time!!!  Take a look at some of the things we did!!!
Friday Night - Nashville Sounds Baseball Game
Saturday Afternoon - Main Event Blogger Meet Up

Saturday Night - Outlet Mall, Dinner, and Lounging

Sunday Morning - Brunch at Monells

Click on any of the links below to see some more fun posts from this weekend!!!


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Teaching with Intention Book Study: Chapter 2 {Beliefs and Practices}

I am so excited to team up with my local blogging buddy Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard for a book study on "Teaching with Intention" by Debbie Miller.
I am hosting this chapter with my fellow bloggers Amanda from The Primary Gal and Melissa from Mrs. Dailey's Classroom
  Make sure you hop over to their posts and see what they thought of chapter 2!!!
This was a really good chapter in the book.  Chapter 2 is about defining beliefs and aligning practices.  You should have an end goal in mind.  Even in September, Miller says that you should know where you want your students to be in April and May.  You should establish beliefs that guide your teaching.  Don't worry about if it takes a long time.  I read that it could even take up to a year or more.  I loved this quote in the book.  "Real life isn't scripted.  Neither is REAL teaching." 
After you determine your beliefs, you need to align them with your classroom practices.  Take a closer look at what you are doing and what you are having the students to do.  Miller lists four questions that you should ask yourself when considering this.
1. Where's the evidence of this belief in the classroom?
2. What kinds of things should I be seeing, hearing, doing to support this belief?
3. Where does this practice fit into what I say I value?
4. What studies support this practice?
Miller found herself making tough decisions when her beliefs and practices did not align.  She asks "Was it the statement or the practice?"  Most times she found that it was the practice.  She discusses an example where she found herself not listening to her students and expecting them to mirror what she was thinking.  Miller suggests using a classroom community approach where all students ideas are valued and respected. 
Miller gives suggestions for truly defining your beliefs and aligning your practices.  She suggests getting together with a small group.  She suggests a discussion that answers the following four questions.
1. How do you go about teaching kids something new?
2. What principles guide you?
3. How do you know kids are getting it?
4. What do you do when they don't?
She also recommends reading books, sharing classroom experiences, trying new things, and observing one another teaching. 
Lastly, Miller suggests keeping a notebook and writing down your observations, reflections, new thinking, learning, and questions.  You should think about what you value.  She says to take fifteen minutes at the end of your classroom day to write your notes.  After doing this for awhile, revisit your notes.  Keep these beliefs and practices at the forefront of your teaching.  You will have obstacles such as district mandates that interfere with your beliefs.  Miller says to do what you have to do and continue to reflect on your teaching and learning.
Here are some questions for you to use to guide your post and help you to begin thinking and reflecting about your teaching and learning.
Question 1
What are your beliefs about teaching and learning?
Question 2
How do you build a sense of community in your classroom?
Question 3
How do you go about teaching kids something new?
Here is a freebie just for YOU!!!
Miller suggests writing down your daily reflections for fifteen minutes.  You can use this FREEBIE to record your notes on.
CLICK the picture BELOW!!!
Link up below!!!!

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Teacher Appreciation Linky!!!!

Hi all!
It is that time of year again.  It is the time when we are appreciated for all that we do!!!
It is a TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale!!!

Lots of TPT Sellers are putting their stores on sale for 20% off.  You can save even more when you enter in the Promo Code thankyou and you will get an additional 10% off of your purchase.
We want to make it very easy and convenient for you to find the stores of teachers participating in the sale. 

I have teamed up with some of my bestest blogging bloggies to host a linky filled with teachers participating!!  Teachers participating should link up a blog post or their TPT store!!

You can click on any of the link ups below to shop or go to their blog to see some products they have on sale!

Here are some products we have on sale!!

Here is a template for you to share some of yours on your blog as you link up.

Here is What to Do to Participate in the Linky

1. Copy and paste the blank template into PowerPoint.
2. Put your product pics in the template.
3. Save your button AND our linky button.
4. Create a blog post using these images.
5. Link your published blog post up with us OR just link up your TPT store that will be on sale! 


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Cinco de Mayo Giveaway

Head on over to my facebook page to win my newest packet just in time for Cinco de Mayo.


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Wordless Wednesday!!!

Hi Everyone!
I cannot believe that we are nearing another end of the year.  It feels like we just started school and now we have less than 2 months.
Anyways I am linking up with my super FABULOUS friend Miss DeCarbo for her Wordless Wednesday linky party.  Love her tons!!!
So here is my pic!
I use many tools at my guided reading table.  One of my favorites are dry erase writing strips that I found in the dollar section.
My question
What types of tools do you have handy for guided reading?
You can put your answers in the comments below!


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Take a Closer Look Blog Hop FREEBIE

Hi everyone!
I am teaming up with some great teacher
bloggers to bring you another Take a Closer Look blog hop featuring one of our
favorite April products.  We want to give you a closer look and a FREEBIE from the unit to try out with your class.

I wanted to give you a closer look at my NEW upgraded -at word family pack.

Here is more info on the unit!

This word family packet has everything you need to teach your students about the short a word family -at.
Contents Include
Anchor chart poster
writing center poster
mini books (2 versions)
picture it
make a match
writing practice
blending tiles
word family story paper (2 versions)
word sort
vocabulary cards
word work
write the room
build a word
fluency sentences
spin and graph
what am I?
write a sentence
color by the code
chunk it
rainbow words
pyramid words
flashcards assessments

Here is a freebie from my unit! Click any of the pictures to DOWNLOAD!!!



Like it? Love it?
Gotta have it?

We are throwing our stores 15% for the next two days to celebrate!  Click the button to visit my store!!!

And now, I'm sending you off to another amazing freebie!
Hop on over to my pal Angela's blog.



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Hey Guys! Today is Try It Out THURSDAY!!!!
Here are 3 freebie pages from my NEWEST pack on shapes!...



You can check out the full unit by clicking below!


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