Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Want to go to Las Vegas-- FREE Trip and Conference for Teachers

When I came across this sparkling opportunity, I just had to pass it on. Take a look! Primary Chalkboard as well as a huge group of collaborators are teaming up so one lucky teacher can win a trip to Vegas and the conference this summer. Interested? Read on! 


Primary Chalkboard: Who Wants to Go to VEGAS?!?!:  Have you ever been to VEGAS ?!?!?! Sparkling lights, amazing sights, and delicious bites...can't you just picture yourself in VEGAS...

Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Movie Clip ~ Investigates Microscopic Sand



I'm joining up with Techie Turtle Teacher's Movie Clip Monday. It's Spring Break and I'm wishing I  were at the beach, so I'm introducing a You Tube video that tells students what to notice when they view sand under a microscope. This 5 minute video shows the difference between beach sand and desert sand. If you are teaching erosian, the rock cycle, or any type of Earth Science, this sand video can be used.


Sand Under the Microscope
This five minute clip will allow students to see how beautiful sand looks under a microscope.

Most classrooms are not lucky enough to have such a great microscope. I have a class set of 30 power microscopes that cost about $6 each. they can be purchased at Delta Science, and are featured in my FREE Sand Science PowerPoint on Teachers Pay Teachers


If you have never looked at sand under a microscope, I would encourage to try it. It is beautiful!
I am a sand collector, so I have some earlier posts on sand. They are listed below incase you would like to investigate more:



Boys From Brazil

Close Reading: Brazil

Foldable Book ~ Brazil

On this page I have two sand products featured. If you are interested in this sand, but are too far away to go there, you can purchase a small 3oz. bag for your class on eBay, which will last your class years.
This is a sample of the sand under my microscope. It is beautiful!

You will need to check-out her amazing work.



I would love to hear how you use sand in the classroom, so please leave me a note.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Ultimate Teachers' Easter-Egg Hunt for Freebies: Linky Party


An InLinkz Link-up
Here are the Rules:

  1. Your item must be free.
  2. The item or product needs to be for teachers.
  3. It would be really nice if you would click on someones and add a comment, so they know you visited them.
  4. Have fun with it!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Early Morning Treasure Hunt Reveals Spring Writing FREEBIE




Some mornings I just can't help myself. I'm like a kid on an Easter Egg Hunt and I have found my first hidden egg. Yippee! A FREE Spring Writing Lesson from North Carolina's new TpT seller, Wentworth Wisdom.

Spring FREE

During my Easter vacation I'm going to keep the Easter Egg Hunt going. Check back often to discover new treasures each day!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Your Favorite Cookie Goes to School!

It's about time for opinion writing, and so I began to look around to see what is already out there. I have used the OREO method before, and of course love it! Still, I thought I should take another look to see if there is something that would make my lessons better. This is what I have discovered:




This fabulous FREEBIE can be found at: Teaching With Crayons and Curls: {OREO} Opinion Writing!: Last week we started our Opinion Writing unit and our class focused on {fabulous} facts and {outstanding} opinions! This week, we moved r...

As I continued my search I discovered a couple of video clips:

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Figurative Language

Here is another absolutely fantastic post that I just have to pass on. Leslie Ann, from Life in Fifth Grade has shared a FREE presentation tool called Near Pod, along with a quality Figurative Language lesson, you you need to check it out below by clicking on the link.



Life in Fifth Grade: Teaching Figurative Language: Figurative Language is one of my favorite things to teach! There are so many fun ways to teach this skill and the kids always seem to enjoy ...



Thanks Leslie, I'll use this with my students this morning.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Technology Up to Speed: Movie Shorts and Reading Strategies


Here is another shared post by Mrs. Speed. She has put together a list of video clips to use with teaching comprehension skills and their links. You need to visit her website below.


Technology Up to Speed: Movie Shorts and Reading Strategies: Hello friends! Monsters University, what a great movie.  But, the short, "Blue Umbrella" really affected me.  Not only did it ma...
Teacher has created long list of cartoon Pixar (and other) shorts to be used to teach reading strategies. She also has graphic organizers to go with them....Totally and completely amazing! What a great way to get (and keep) the kids' attention!

Monday, March 16, 2015

New Tales of a Third Grade Teacher: Lucky Charms Graph

New Tales of a Third Grade Teacher: Lucky Charms Graph: My favorite St. Patrick's Day activity is to graph Lucky Charms marshmallows with my math students. The students love, love, love this a...
This looks like such fun!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Leprechaun Cucumber Hats: A Healthy Snack You Will Love on St. Patrick's Day

Here is a really fun and unique snack for your students. This nutritious snack is a sure winner among my students because it is cute as well as delicious!

Leprechaun Hat Snack (Free for 24 hours)

Starting with the table of contents, you can easily find the information to create these 
"top-hat delights." My students made these for the first time last year, and they did not come out looking as perfect as I wanted them to, so I have created this powerpoint to give them clearer directions.

When you read the directions, does it sound clear enough?
I always want to add nutrition information because I want the students to be aware of what they put it their bodies, so they can have a healthy life-style. With all the "super-size" commercials and fast food at our fingertips, we need to be smart about our snacks.

I have a whole web-page devoted to nutrition that I have searched out for elementary students. There are some great ideas on it, so you might want to check out this website. The links are in the product, but I want to make sure you can easily get them so

The cucumber information is part of the way down on the page and looks like this:
On the left ~ at the top, you will find more "Harvest of the Month" resources. These are top quality resources that you will want to check out.
The "What's Growing On" are on-line newspapers. The videos are top-note and include a 5-10 minute video on cucumbers. Once you click on videos you will be taken to the Los Angeles Unified School District website where they have developed the videos and are graciously sharing with other schools who are part of the Harvest of the Month program. 

I can't leave out writing because our students really need the practice. Besides including a full page decorated writing page, I have included a foldable to use however you want to use it. Foldables are among my favorite way to record what the students are learning. I think they are cleaver and am always on the "look-out" for great ideas.

You can't have a great snack without writing down the recipe. This is the front, and the back is where you write the directions.


Oh! before I forget, I just found another FREE foldable that is quite clever. This includes an easy rubric which can be used with just about any foldable.
FREE English Language Arts Reading Connections Interactive

Have a great Day



Friday, March 13, 2015

Rules of Divisibility ~ A Really COOL Freebie

It was 4:45am and I was looking around Pinterest minding my own business ~ (doesn't everybody get up extra early to see what's being posted on Pinterest?) when up popped the cutest foldable on Divisibility Rules. It is just what my kids need at the moment!


I just HAD to share this!
This FREEBIE can be found at the Joy of Teaching TpT store.

I have already published an article today, but when I saw this I new I just had to share it, so hear you are. Tell me what you think!

Runde's Room: Friday Art Feature - I Am ...

I am always looking for new ideas, and I really liked the look of this one.

Runde's Room: Friday Art Feature - I Am ...: We had our first official art class of the year this week.  I decided to start off with an easy one so everyone could feel successful with t...

I Am - An Art Lesson

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Planning the "Pi Day" of the Century



I really wanted to do my first Pi Day last year, but didn't pull it off, so I was bound and determined to do it this year, only to discover that this would have been the Pi Day of the Century because the date will be 3.14.15 ~ but it is on Saturday. Still, I plan on doing something on Friday at 1:59

I've been online reading about Pi day and would love to try out a few ideas. Here are some of the sources I have discovered.


Infographic: Pi in the Sky 2
NASA also has a Pi Day challenge for teachers and students.

The Exploratorium has a page devoted to Pi Day

There are a ton of videos out there, but these are the four I plan on showing through-out the day on Friday.


Pi Day Explained in 3.14 Minutes


The Pi Episode


Domino Spiral


Pi Song

Pi Day FREEBIE: Graphing and a Game
Meredith Anderson offers a free graphing idea with the numbers of Pi at TpT that you might want to check out.

Pi Day Flip Flap Book
I have purchased Danielle Knight's Flip Flap Book because I think her work is excellent. She has integrated math and writing with a crafty idea. 

What are you going to do for Pi day? Since this will be my first Pi Day, I would love to know what works in your classroom.

Passing It On: Good Stuff

11 Free Reading Websites for Kids
I just came across The Teacher's Lounge, presented by Really Good Stuff, which had these Free Reading Websites for Kids. I use a couple of them, but am always looking for more sites that help students read. They also have One for Math & Science.

11 Free Math Sites for Kids
Check out these Free Math Sites HERE.

I can't leave out science since it is my favorite subject.
11 Free Science Websites for Kids
Click HERE for FREE Science Sites

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FlapJack Educational Resources: Around the World Review Game (Upgraded Version)

FlapJack Educational Resources: Around the World Review Game (Upgraded Version):  Hey, ya'll! It's the first Bright Ideas Blog Hop of 2015! :) I'm going to share with you my take on a classic game that my...


I had forgotten about this beloved game and revived it in my classroom after reading Tabitha's article.
Of course then I got carried away looking at "Around the World" images on google and decided to clip a few of my favorites.

One of my favorite clip art artists is Phillip Martin who now sells things on TpT.

He also has a killer website that is a must see for every teacher.

I just love this picture with all the hands.

I think this one may need to be featured in my classroom somewhere. Since I collect sand from all over the world, my students often study about the places the sand comes from. 

Do you have a favorite "Around the World" picture that inspires you or your students? Wouldn't it be great to set up a linky for this kind of sharing? Since I'm still a novice at blogging, it will take me awhile to get one of the linkys going, but it sure is worth thinking about!

Have a great day everyone!