Saturday, February 18, 2017

8 Must-Have Websites and Apps for Science Reading Passages

Here is an excellent follow up to the Super Readers. Finding good quality passages for science reading is going to be much easier now with these websites and apps.
Thanks to Monica Burns at Class Tech Tips for doing all the leg-work on locating these quality websites and apps. Reading your blog has helped save so much time for educators. I have discovered you on Twitter, and just want to pass the word on about your resources.

I have to be honest. The sand caught my eye before I ever read the title. With the sand and the title, I knew I had to check out the information and then pass it on. Click Here or on the links above to find out more.

Friday, February 17, 2017

12 Apps & Websites for Super Readers


I'd like to take this opportunity to pass on a really amazing article by Class Tech Tips, who compiled twelve a list of apps and websites for our students. Click on the picture or Class Tech Tips to find out more. Of course I'll be adding my favorites to my website for my students.

I was referred to the article from my good friend Kelly Malloy, from An Apple for the Teacher, who is also always on the look out for great teaching tips.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Three Reasons Why Valentines Day is Special to Students


Have you ever wondered by Valentines Day is considered a special day in the elementary school classroom? I have three reasons why the day is special to students and some tips for making it a school day they will cherish.

First, Valentines day is special because there is usually candy involved. Let's face it. Who doesn't love chocolate? Most parents and teachers give the kids some type of little treat. In my classroom, I combine this treat with the poem "My Mother's Valentine," by Jack Prelutsky. It is a fun poem to say and my students write it out on valentine cards, and then recite it for their parents. To make it more special, I give them a box of chocolate, so they can give it to their Moms.


Can you tell I love chocolate? Normally, chocolate would be number two, but I couldn't resist placing it at number #1.



Number 2 is easy! Lets face it. For most people, we are still in winter. Many days are cold, foggy, rainy, or even snowy. A lot of colds are going around. The sun does not always shine, so the pink and red of Valentine's Day makes for a welcome change to students.  It has been awhile since Christmas, so Valentine's Day gives the students something to look forward to. 

Additionally, in many classrooms, students get to do art projects and create their valentine holders. 
Here is what my students are creating:





This was a STEM project done at home. I sent home boxes and paper. I also used the following PowerPoint to inspire my students creativity. It will be marked half price until after Valentine's Day.



Finally, this is a time of year when we say and do nice things for others to show that we like them. One of my favorite books for this season is "Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink," by Diane de Groat.
One theme of this book is be nice to your friends, and find ways to show your friends how you appreciate them. At this point, I encourage my students to write nice notes to each person in the class. It is not mandatory, but I am always pleased with how many people take on this extra writing to show their appreciation. 

If you don't have the book, it is okay, because it is also on You Tube:


One way for me to show my appreciation for my readers is to join in on a gift card giveaway. I have joined with several other teachers to raffle off a $25 dollar gift certificate. Please consider joining in order to win. This one is easy. You don't have to go in and prove anything. Just click and follow us on TeachersPayTeachers. If you win, you can spend the gift card anywhere on TeachersPayTeachers. There are no strings attached. Good Luck Everyone!



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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

10 Ideas for Responding to Reading Without Using a Worksheet.


I love this article and wished I'd come up with the great ideas. The credit however, goes to Amy Lemmons from Step into Second Grade. She has done an amazing job, so I just had to share it.

Amy has listed ten incredible ideas that students could really get interested in. They won't remember the written response that they scribble out, but they will remember some of these ideas. I believe these ideas have the potential to create excitement about coming to school and learning in general. It will also help them connect and remember the stories they read. 

To see Amy's 10 Ideas for Responding to Reading Without Using a Worksheet, just click on any of the links on this page with Amy's name, blog title,  or the picture above. 

Have a great week, and remember to check out the Rafflecopter below, click on this new link, or on the picture below:


Monday, February 6, 2017

Groundhog's Shadow Got You Down?

Don't let the weather get you down, join in the fun and win a gift card.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  
Prize: $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card
Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher), 
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 2/13/17 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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