Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year! Plus 25 FREEBIES!

Thanks to Teachers-Clipart for this cut clip!

Happy New Year! Here are a few freebies that I have discovered while on vacation! Hope you like them. Just click on the pictures to take you to the product. Let me know which one is your favorite by leaving a comment on the bottom.

I'm a sucker for foldables and interactive notebook stuff. Here is a good one.

Here is chapter one of Classroom Management. Chapter one is free, but the book is only $3.00, so it sounds like a really great deal. This will be my reading for today. I can't wait.

Ready for some clip art?

How about a head band for our little guys?

Another foldable.

Figurative Language definitions for your word wall.

Check out these little cuties!

Mrs. Groom' Room does an amazing job of providing banners each season. Check out her winter banners. If you look around her site, she will have more available.

I usually have students go over reading goals once a month, But it is also important to go over the big goals. I think the first week back to school in January is a fantastic time to review goals and set new ones. This one is perfect for interactive notebooks.

This is an independent activity I just could not resist. I think music is such an important part of my life, and I want to expose students to some of the classics as much as possible.

I like to sneak measurement into my classroom as often as possible, so measuring will become a part of how my students operate. 

Who doesn't love legos? I had to download it because there are so many ways to use legos in the classroom.
I have purchased quite a bit of clip art and fonts from Zip-a-dee Doo Dah. I use a person's freebies to get to know there work. If I end up using the freebies, then I check out their other products and I follow them.

Zip-a-Dee Doo-Dah does a lot of bundling, which can really save you money, and it has a sale going on right now. You need to check them out!
This product is from my own store and I have actually blogged about it. See it here. As I explain about it, I also direct you to yet another freebie! Check it out and let me know what you think.

This is one of my favorite poems by Jack Prelutsky. I use it as a writing center. The kids love making it for their mom's, and they love giving it with a box of chocolate. Of course many of the kids take the poem literally and they each the chocolates before giving the box to Mom. 

It is really time I created some of my own reward passes. I need to make some with an ocean theme. I have the clip art and now the time. Hopefully you will see a freebie from me soon. Until then, here is one you can get right now.

I couldn't resist. I love Christmas and this adorable little foldable is one I found during the holidays, so I have not had a chance to use it yet.

This is an excellent list of character traits and a "must have" for every student. It is so helpful in reading and writing. 

Clip Art Creations is a new store for me and this is the first product I have downloaded. I chose it because it is so bright and cheerful. 

Artifex used to be new to me, but now I am an avid follower. I have purchased many clip art packages. 

Sarah's work is new to me also, but I just loved these realistic pennants. I can't wait to see what she makes next. 

I started to check Sarah out, and discovered this little gem. I am officially a follower after running into this craftivity. You see, I am a sand collector and this will be one of the last writing projects my students will have this year. I just can't wait to use it. I actually found a similar goal setting activity that I began the year with, so this little freebie is just perfect for my classroom.

Here is another new clip artist that I have just discovered. I might need to warn you that I spend a ton of money on clip art. I am definitely going to need to learn how to do my own clip art. 

Bonus Freebie

I just found this on twitter and had to share it. Check it out!
Kelly Malloy found this from the Brown-Bag Teacher. 

I also forgot to add clip art from one of my favorite all time clip artists- Educlips
I have purchased more clip art from Educlips than anyone. She also has a ton of freebies out there, so I recommend that you take advantage and check out her store.

Okay, now I would love to here about your favorite freebie. Just send me a message from below.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Monumental Rewards for this Seasoned Teacher on Graduation Day

Some days blogging is so easy because I am sharing about things the students have accomplished, or I am posting about a new program I have discovered for the class to use. I just love picking something to share that I think will benefit my readers.

Today I want to share an experience that is on my heart, and I find this kind of sharing a bit more challenging, because I am the type of person who has always kept my feelings close.
I am a seasoned teacher of thirty plus years who went back to school for my Administrative Credential and Master's Degree. When I began this journey, I knew I wanted to go through the graduation process, but did not plan on the blessings that came my way on Graduation Day.

I expected the graduation to be low key with only my husband in attendance. I mean, really.... who wants to sit through a long graduation ceremony right before Christmas?
Instead, I ended up with twenty-five family members from both sides of my family.  After the graduation ceremony, we had a late dinner together.  I had almost all of my favorite people in one room at the same time, and I was there to enjoy it.  Thank you family.  I feel very blessed.  I love you all very much, and my heart is very full.
The second blessing happened right before the hooding ceremony. A beautiful young lady, with a smile I will never forget, walked up and said, "Do you remember me?" I had had Marina in my third grade class almost twenty years ago. She was my "Teacher of the Day."

Back then, third grade was the highest grade in our primary school. To help teach about our election process, each third grade teacher would divide her class into two groups. They would take on an animal for their party's name and then nominate students to run for "Teacher of the Day."  We had a debate,  primary election, and then the winners from the primary election would run in the general election. The winner would then teach for a day in January.  The "Teacher of the Day" would make lesson plans for reading, math, spelling, science, PE, and art. They would gather the supplies needed, and be inaugurated the day before they became the teacher.   On that special day, the "Teacher of the Day," Marina, was called Miss Garcia by the classroom teacher, who sat back and took pictures; as well as all the students. Miss Garcia took roll, taught all of the lessons, did recess duty, dealt with any discipline problems that might have arisen, answered the phone, and ate lunch with the other "Teachers of the Day" in the teachers' lunch room. It was a huge responsibility and honor for one classroom student each year.

On Graduation Day, when I reminisced about  "Teacher of the Day," Marina stated that she knew back when she was the Teacher of the Day that she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. It touched my heart to hear that one classroom project had such a lasting and life changing effect on her. As elementary school teachers we don't always get to find out what happens to our students as they move on. We don't usually get to know what effect certain lessons or extras we do in the classroom have on the students with whom we teach, so this news was extra special to me. I was then privileged to sit next to my former student as we both received our masters degrees. It made for an extra special graduation ceremony. I consider this a monumental reward for teaching the last thirty-three years!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Super Savings with Cyber Monday for Teachers

We all love to save money at anytime of the year, but especially during the holiday season! Every product in my store is 20% off and if you use the code: CYBER2016, you will get an additional savings, for a total of 28% off. Bundled products brings the savings up to almost 50% off. Too see my products, just click here or on the picture above.

Here is a Quick Look at some of my Favorite Products:

Just click on the picture to go to the product.

This is the time of year that I really stock up. If you see any amazing deals, remember to share them with all of us, by leaving a link to the great deal in the comment box at the bottom of the blog.

Happy Shopping everyone!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

What's on Your "Technology Radar" this Holiday Season?

I have two things on my "Tech Radar". First, I am totally into the Mannequin Challenge this year, so I have created a list of things for my students to represent.
Here are a few of them:

The next big thing on my "Tech Radar" is the Hour of Code

The week for the Hour of Code is December 5-11, 2016

Here are some great resources:

Here is a video clip to show your class

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving STEM in the Classroom

The kids kept asking if we were going to have a party for Thanksgiving. I kept saying no. They persisted. I smiled and kept saying no. After a few days of this I finally admitted that we were not having a party, but that we would do a science lesson. They cheered!

Students measured out foil, designed their boats, and then tested them to see how much weight it could hold.

You can use any kind of weight: pennies, paper clips, teddy bear counters, magnets, tiles, etc. I used grams from various measurement kits.
There were several different boat designs. I have done this project for years, and have used many different materials for the boats. My favorite material is foil.

This STEM activity goes with Thanksgiving, the Colonies, The Revolutionary War, Westward Expansion, and my beach theme, just to name a few. I have also done this activity during other seasons. In fact, this is the first time I have done it with Thanksgiving, but it really fit. I could have even had my turkey escape via boat.

It is easy to pull off. If you don't want to take the time to make your own instructions or reflection assignment, then feel free to check mine out at my store.

Besides getting this as a stand alone in my TpT store, you can also purchase it as part of a bundle.
Barge Building can also be purchased as part of this Beach Themed Growing Bundle, for an additional savings. Just click on the link or the picture.

Here is the worksheet for Barge building. Students estimate the weight they think their barge will hold, then test it. They subtract the estimate from the actual and subtract the difference from the total weight times 10.
Some extra math has been embedded into the work which the students will need to figure out. I have added a slide that will help explain the steps to figure out the math.

I think the reflection is one of the most important components to STEM activities. What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear from you.