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.
Click on the Picture

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! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Monday Magic for Trendy Teaching Marks the start of Cyber Sales to Create Huge Teacher Savings

I'm not sure why I enjoy this particular TpT sale, but it is one of my favorites. I guess it is like doing your own Christmas shopping. When I find great deals for my class, I feel like I am splurging on myself. That said, I have found some great deals, and I'm going to create a few of my own, so keep reading.

Check out the Dollar Deals in My Store

Just click on the picture!

An Extra Giveaway

Click on the picture to go to the Rafflecopter or just click below. They are quite easy to do and since I'm small potatoes in blogging and TpT, you have a very good chance of winning. 

A $25 Dollar Giveaway

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card 
Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 12/2/17 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! 

Monday, November 20, 2017

How Do You Get Ready for Cyber Monday?

I'm thinking ahead to Cyber Monday
because I want to be ready for all the great deals I anticipate. 

There are 3 great ways to get ready for Cyber Monday.

Get a good cup of coffee and snuggle into your favorite chair to look for great deals. Easy-Peasy, right? Don't forget to bookmark where you want to buy from. Remember to check out TpT because they always have a Cyber Monday & Tuesday Sale, so you can save a lot on school stuff too.

Start now and enter giveaways to win gift-cards. Here is one that I'm hosting. They are easy & fun to participate in.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)

Co-hosts: An Apple for the Teacher, Ms. K, Digging Deep to Soar Beyond the Text, Teacher Gameroom, Kathryn Watts, Jackie Crews, It's a Teacher Thing, and Little Owl's Teacher Treats. Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.

Giveaway ends 11/27/17 and is open worldwide.

Take advantage of the Cyber Monday sales without the hassles of standing in line. It's my favorite way to shop!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Powerfully Creative Strategies to Motivate Students to Dig Into Text

I love to pass on great advice and strategies when I come across them.

This morning I watched an amazing video clip by Art with Jenny K and Brain Waves Instruction with Mary Beth called Easy Ways to Make Close Reading Stick
After watching the video I downloaded the freebie and discovered a wealth of resources. This video is a "must watch" if you want to creatively engage your students to reread text. It's always fun to find ways to make reading fun.

Mary Beth introduces several options for rereading that I'm sure you will love,

Jenny K had a really amazing way to make stickers, which she demonstrates how easy it in the video.

I know I sound like a commercial, but this is a really cool technique . . .

. . . that I plan on using in my STEAM class for a Christmas ornament that my students make. I have never put the message on my STEAM ornaments before, and with this strategy I can add the title.

FREE Beach Themed Christmas Ornament STEAM Planning Guide
Just click on the picture to get to any of these resources. This STEAM ornament will only be free for a short while longer, so grab it fast. 

I just have to add my Pitcairn Island Close Reading Lesson for those who want to add to their "Around the World" series - especially at Christmas.