Sunday, February 11, 2018

Who Loves Valentines Logic Puzzles?

I just can't resist some very fun activities. Here is a new one that I found on TpT dealing with logic. I love these kind of puzzles, so I hope you can carve out some time for students to work on this.
Games for Gains created this delightful freebie, so you will want to check it out.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Who's Ready for a $75 Teacher Giveaway?

I thought I should start of the new year with this $75 Teacher Giveaway.

A group of dedicated TpT bloggers have joined together to host this fun giveaway. I am hoping that one of my readers will be the lucky teacher to win. Joining in is easy and only takes a few minutes.


Prize: $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy

Co-hosts: An Apple for the Teacher, The Literacy Garden, A Plus Kids, M&M Bilingual, Ms. K, It's Kinder Time, Digging Deep to Soar Beyond the Test, Kelly McCown, Teacher Game Room, Jackie Crews, Amanda's Little Learners, Kathryn Watts, Catch My Products, The Chocolate Teacher, Reading and Writing Redhead, It's a Teacher Thing, Little Owl's Teacher Treats, Livin' In A Van Down By the River, 180 Days of Reading, Mickey's Place, Glitter is Everywhere, The Bender Bunch, KB3Teach, Mrs Hansens Helpfuls, Kamp Kindergarten, Walk with Me a Second, and Sliding Into First.

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 1/13/18 and is open worldwide.

Are you a Teacher Blogger or Teachers pay Teachers seller who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your store and social media? Click here to find out how you can join our totally awesome group of bloggers!

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Keep scrolling down to find another amazing opportunity to win.

Happy New Year,

Friday, January 5, 2018

Passing it on Because I Can't Resist a Delightfully Easy Teacher Contest

Okay my friends, you know I can't resist a good contest, and I just found a great one, so I just have to pass this on.
Lauren, from Mrs. Thompson's Treasures, is giving away 4 $25 gift cards and you get to choose which one you want. There are only two places to click on to let her know what you want to win. 

Two winners will be chosen from Facebook and two more from Instagram - so enter both places to increase your chances.

Good luck in the contest,

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Student Created Landform Reference Guide to Promote Understanding Earth's Geography

5th graders are creating their own Landforms Reference Guide to help them understand Earth's geography.

Creating a foldable, students are featuring oceans, plains, deserts with cactus and sand, valleys, mountains with rivers and lakes, plateaus, and ice-caps.

This two day project will help students understand the land they live in as they study the history of the United States.

Day One:

Students cut the shape of landforms - waves on ocean , grass blades on plains etc. They also need to cut out labels and place them on each page.

Day Two:

I push a PowerPoint into Google Classroom where students read about each landform and add information to their reference guide. They also need to color, cut, and paste each map to the back of each landform so they will have an example.

Set Up:

The thought of setting this up for a grade level (150 kids) was a bit daunting, so I set it up to do three kids at a time.
I cut the paper and then layered it. Notice how I put in two sets of staples in three places. Then all I had to do was cut the set into thirds, and I instantly tripled my results. To do just a class set, took only a few minutes. 

This is one of those set-ups that I need to make a video on. (It will be my first video.) It's coming soon, I hope. 😃

To Differentiate:

When I first began doing this I did it with my 3rd graders. I also helped my son's Kindergarten class do this. I actually did the 9x12 style and did not cut it. I also only had students put on the labels for each page without explanations or maps.

It is easy to make your own, but if you want to save time and use my printables, you can get them at my store, or by clicking on the picture.

FYI - This product was recently released at a 75% savings. If you would like to get in on the extra savings prices, just follow my store.

Happy New Year,

Sunday, December 31, 2017

6 Easy Steps to a Rewarding Holiday Workout to #RingIn2018

I'm embarrassed to say that I have not been exercising, but I have been getting a great teacher workout. Here is my secret:
You must start off with a great cup of coffee. I know it is a given, but it is so important. A little Irish Cream in your coffee really hits the spot.

You want to find a good work place to get in your "workout." I was hoping for the coast in our new (but used) RV, but since it was in the shop getting ready for us, I settled with a front yard view.

 The Winter Olympics

I made amazing strides on this webpage. I wanted to have each event listed and some links that students could use. I'm rather proud of it, so please check it out by clicking on the picture above.

More Webpages.
My Sea Life page is coming along nicely. It is not finished, but it is much closer. Take a look.

Trout Story and Workbook

This Trout book started out as a booklet we got from the Fish and Game department. The original book was about salmon, and we actually raise trout in the classroom. So I wrote one to go with our students. It was a work of love, and it took about two years to write. I'm very excited about it, and can't wait to use it again in order to do a final revision. I am also in the process of writing an answer key to help other teachers who may use this book.

I love the way the point of view changes from Tori, a rainbow trout from our classroom to her cousin Tommy, who starts out in a river up north. The points of view are very clear for student readers. To help with this, the font actually changes when the different fish are doing the talking.

Each chapter has a set of vocabulary and comprehension questions.

There is also a math component.
 And I love integrating technology
The field trip is our culminating activity, so students will reflect on the day they release their fish.


Poetry was a tough concept for me when I was a student. That is why I just love this fun fish poem lesson. It is easy to use and all students have success writing the poem. The end results are always very good.

Students research 4 fish with this pictorial dictionary, and then write a poem as if they were that fish. It's fun and students are very successful with it. 

This easy-to-use templates helps all students be successful.
Here is an example:


I think this is such an important concept for students who study any type of social studies. I have my 5th graders work on a foldable landforms book and add maps to the back of it so they know where the actual types of land can be found. This is a project I have been working on for quite awhile.


I just discovered that many TpT sellers are pinning special deals with #RingIn2018. Of course I had to jump on the band wagon. Everything I have been working on during the holidays is being introduced with this code. I have added a few other things too. Click on the link, or the picture above to see what products I have set at one dollar. I will keep these dollar prices until Tuesday, January 2nd. Now I'm off to catch of few deals as we ring in 2018.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Right Time to Promote Reading During the Holidays

Students tend to get board during the holidays so promote reading.
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Give students the opportunity to read independently during the holidays.

Attach a hot cocoa party to it and make it extra fun.

I have bundled all the Holiday Reading Themes into one place to create a growing bundle.

Friday, December 8, 2017

December Deals Deck the Halls for Joining January Jollies

What is a January Jolly and how do the December Deals affect them?

Well, a January Jolly is any accomplishment or hard work from December that shows up in January.  It is also my creative way of saying two things.

First, I have joined a monthly giveaway for a $75 dollar gift card that I hope one of my readers wins. If you win the $75 dollars, it will be ready for you to spend when you do your January planning. You have 36 chances to win if you complete the entire Rafflecopter. Here is it

First Place  - $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card
Second Place  - $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card
Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 12/13/17 and is open worldwide.
Are you a Teacher Blogger or Teachers pay Teachers seller who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your store and social media?  Click here to find out how you can join our totally awesome group of bloggers! 

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Second, is the flash freebie of my Holiday Reading program. 

I love to inspire students to read during the holidays. Eddie, my elf who visits each year introduces it to my children. I usually get about a dozen kids that participate and they earn a special hot cocoa party the first week back in January. Grab it Here. The Flash Freebie will not last long, so grab it now.

I am also featuring these holiday reading themes:
Just click on the pictures to go to my store.
Penguins are one of my favorite animals. Each year my students do Penguin research. To find out more about that you can read this blog post.