Showing posts with label linky party. Show all posts
Showing posts with label linky party. Show all posts

Monday, 11 August 2014

Shark Week Blog Hop

Slide5All teachers know that kids learn more when they’re excited and engaged. Today a team of bloggers come together to help your students take a BITE out of learning with a theme your students are sure to love!

I use individual whiteboards in my classroom all the time to keep all of my students engaged. They love writing on their own boards! For more tips on how to engage all your students check out my previous blog post here.

Of course, picking topics the students are interested in always helps, too!
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What student (boy or girl) doesn't love sharks? When I am creating practice worksheets for my students I always add some graphics or activity that is related something they are interested in or a subject matter we are covering in another subject area. Even though they are practicing concepts they know and may get "bored" with the added elements makes it fun. freebie is a perfect example of this. The work is multiplication review but students get to solve a fun riddle at the same time.They also get to practice fine motor skills while they complete the cut and paste activity.

Click on the picture to get this fintastic freebie!

Before I move on to the blog hop links I thought I would share some humor I found and shared on my Facebook page!

Be sure to go for a swim in the linky party below. Every blog in the Shark Week Blog Hop features a fishy freebie for you and your students- but hurry! Shark Week only lasts until Sunday, August 17th  : )
An InLinkz Link-up


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

BTS Sale Finds!

I saw this blog hop link up and thought I would join because I love sharing new finds. I JUST checked out on TPT and almost forgot to use the code BTS14 to get the additional 10% off. I would have felt silly if I had done that.

Anyways I thought I would share with you a couple things I purchased.

My favourite find is these Send Home Science Kits. I think I will be using them for birthday gifts this year. I have already printed off the shopping list and am going to start shopping (I know I just finished shopping but I LOVE shopping!).

Another item I purchased were these adorable Classroom Rules Posters. I like how they are simple enough rules that they cover a wide scope and you don't need a ton of rules in the classroom. A bonus is that they will go with my classroom décor!

Of course I couldn't leave a TPT sale without getting fonts and clip art. Thanks to Jenna Hudson at Sew Much Music, Dancing Crayon Designs, and Khrys Bosland I will have more things to create with!

There is still time to get in on the sale so happy shopping!


Friday, 1 August 2014

My First Currently!

I am excited to finally jump on the Currently bandwagon!!! Farley from Oh' Boy 4th Grade hosts a Currently linky every month and I have always read them but never participated.

Here it is:
Listening: The sound of a fan is a great thing on a hot day like today. I would love a house with air conditioning then I could have put something more exciting here. We actual live in a rental that has thin walls so maybe my guys are that loud.
Loving: Steak on the BBQ is my favourite meat to eat! I could eat it every second day (alternating with fish) if I was allowed to. The steak has to be Barbecued though.
Thinking: As I mentioned we are renting but we are in the process of buying a house. We have looked at so many and it now has come down to 2 of them. One with a view of the lake or one with 5 acres of wilderness. Hmmm.
Wanting: Yup it is hot and a swim would help.
Needing: I am procrastinating doing outside chores for 2 reasons....1) it is hot outside   2) I am getting ready for the TPT Back to School Sale!!!!!
Well that is it for this Currently. I am planning on doing them from now on :)
Don't forget to check out Farley's blog for the links to all the other currently participants. There are some great posts out there.


Let's Have Some Fun Linky

I love having fun in my classroom and am bringing some "fun" to this blog post! Sally at Elementary Matters is having a Let's Have Some Fun Linky and I decided to join!!!

Part one of the linky has me sharing a funny story from my classroom. It took a bit of time to think of the one that I wanted to share. We seem to have many funny moments in my classroom. I decided that I would share something from my first year teaching Grade 1. My friends would tell you that me teaching Grade 1 is the funny part. I vowed I would never teach below Grade 3 but when you want a job you take what there is. Sorry I was sidetracked. Me teaching Grade 1 is not the funny

Here is the funny part: Each week we did spelling and this one day a student came up to me looking very concerned. I asked her what was wrong and she said that I gave her a swear word for their spelling this week and she didn't like that. Confused, I asked her what she was talking about and then she said I gave them the "a" word on the list. I had her point to the word and at that moment she said the word....YIKES I am glad no parents or administrator was around because she said the "A" word.... You know "as". Well we say as but a Grade 1 student sounding it out says "a" "s". I know I don't have to spell out the word for you but I got quite a chuckle and tell this story to colleagues still today. for a fun product.... This was an easy choice. My students have so much fun playing this Duck Dynasty game. It is always the first one to be taken. Students have to try and build the biggest/smallest/closest number to earn duck points. The person with the most duck points wins.

You can get Duck Wars along with other fun products for your classroom during the Teachers Pay Teachers annual Back To School Sale. My entire store will be on sale and if you use the promo code BTS14 at checkout you will get 28% off your total.

I know my cart is already filling up and there is nothing more fun than getting a discount!

Don't forget to check out the other links on Elementary Matters Link Up!


Saturday, 21 June 2014

Bright Idea Blog Hop: Organizing Unfinished Work

I know we all have those students who chronically do not finish their work and if you are teaching in a school like me, inevitably there will be students who will not do homework or who will not bring it back. A few years ago I really needed a solution to organizing all of the work that was not done or that had corrections to do.
Every year now I have an unfinished work folder for each of my students. Like the name says, this is where all of students unfinished work goes, along with any work that has corrections to do.

When students have spare time they know their first job is to go check their folder to see if they have any work in there. These folders have been a huge time saver and organizational dream.
No longer do students need to go through one stack of papers looking for anything that might be theirs and I no longer have stacks of random papers lying on my desk.
At the end of a work period anyone who has work that didn't get done, just puts the work in their folder (that is if I don't collect them to mark what they have done so far). Also a few times a week we hand out the folders and add any work that needs to be added.

Over the years I have gone through different folder types. I started by folding construction paper and stapling it together; they didn't last very long. I tried regular duotang folders but they ripped easily. This year, I bought plastic folders that I will be able to use for a few years. The labels I put on them at the beginning of the year, had to be fancy and color coordinated to my classroom (of course) but they didn't stick very well to the plastic so I had to come up with another plan. With my love of duct tape it didn't take long before I knew what to do. I found some white duct tape and used that. It was perfect... the labels are very secure!!! Oh Yah... I can color coordinate with the color of marker I use for the names :)
I hope this will help you with your organization and I would love to hear if you have any other brilliant ideas for organizing paper.
For more bright ideas more than 100 different bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Bright Idea #3 - Using Your Eyes While Reading

Yay another Bright Ideas Blog Hop. I love them greatly !! I have gotten so many great ideas from them each time.

For this month I thought I would share with you all how I motivate my students to track while they are reading. During my guided reading groups I felt like a broken record always saying "Remember to track with your finger." or "Follow along as we read." Well in a moment of frustration I decided I needed to come up with some motivation for students to track. That night I pulled out my craft box and created these cute popsicle sticks with googly eyes. Students pick one of the sticks and use it to follow along on the page. So far it seems to be working and they like picking their stick color.

The sticks also work great for pairing up students for partner reading. If you have 2 of each color the students with the same colors can be partners. If you only have one of each color they you can say blue and green (or any other color combination) read together.

Shortly after I made the popsicle sticks I came across (I think at Micheal's) these super cute rings that work perfectly. Our guided reading motto has become "Keep your eyes on your reading!" Students are now reminding each other of the motto and I don't have to sound like a broken record.

I will now always be on the look out for fun tracking tools to use.
Be sure to hop through these wonderful blog posts for more BRIGHT ideas!! 
An InLinkz Link-up


Friday, 28 March 2014

Spring Cleaning

Wow I thought we were moving into Spring here but Mother Nature had other ideas and we got a DUMPING of snow the other day. Since I am avoiding shovelling the driveway I thought it would be a good time to start cleaning out some closets. I actually went through some boxes in my son's closet that had not been opened since we moved in. Yikes.
To continue with the Spring cleaning I am joining a bunch of other Teachers Pay Teachers sellers to have a Spring Cleaning sale. I am excited to open up my wish list closet and purchase some of the items that have been waiting in there.

Many stores are offering up to discounts and so am I !!! Look at all those stores on sale. Wowzers :)

Everything in my store will be 15% off Saturday through Monday.

If you head over to Georgia Grown Kiddo's blog you will find a link to all these stores.

Before I go I thought I would share with you all my latest creation. It is an Easter addition to my Syllable Sort Literacy Centers.

There are 30 Easter words that students sort into 1,2,3, or 4 syllables.


Thursday, 2 January 2014

Tops Pins of 2013
Happy New Year Everyone!!! I love linky parties and I saw at Principal Principles that she was having a fun link up for our most pinned pins on Pinterest (there's some alliteration for you!) and I thought since I loved Pinterest so much I should do this one.
I searched through all my pins this year and learned 2 things... I have pinned ALOT this year and which collaborative boards help me the most!

Here are my top 5 pins of 2013 (I only included pins I made or blogged about) ... Click on the pictures to go to the pins.

#5 This is a blog post I did about how I have a writing word box instead of a word wall. This was from my last years class (gr4/5) where I feel they are too old for a word wall.

#4  This one surprised me the most. It is a pin for one of my products, 73 hundreds charts for students to fill in . The charts go all the way to 1000.
#3A free calendar for the 2013/2014 school year. These are so useful.
#2 This pin is for the item in my store that I love the most and get the most compliments on when people come into my classroom. It is my READ sign that I have hanging in my classroom library. It comes with 4 different colors.
Are you ready for #1? Well here it is........

#1 This is a blog post where I was catching up on things we had been working on. It included the inferencing stuff we had been working on as well as some heart mapping we did.

What a great idea for a link up. I think I am going to do this every year.

On another note, my New Year's Resolution is to blog more often. I have to still get caught up on the fun things we did before the holidays and those will be coming soon!




Saturday, 30 November 2013

Cyber Monday Sale!

I am excited about Christmas this year. I am done my Masters and that means that I won't be waiting until the last minute to wrap presents and put up my Christmas tree. We decided that we are going to get away for Christmas and have booked a cottage with a hot spring fed hot tub! I cannot wait. It has been a while since my husband, son, and I have gotten away together.

Anyways, another thing that excites me is the yearly TpT Cyber Sale. I have already been building my wishlist. course EVERYTHING in my store will be 20% off and then you can get an additional 10% off during check out with the TpT code CYBER.

I have my wishlist on TpT well stocked and am looking forward to the sale on Monday. It is a great way to stock up on things for the upcoming holidays. If you haven't filled your wishlist or are looking for some new things to bring into your classroom here are a few of my newest Christmas/Winter products.

We are practicing counting syllables in my classroom so I started creating these fun syllable sorts. Perfect for file folder activities or whole class activities.
Let your students practice putting Christmas words in alphabetical order with strings of Christmas lights! This would be great for a literacy center. you looking for a unit that covers multiple subject areas? This 54 page unit has activities for Language Arts, Math, PE, and more.

Here are 2 freebies for you to get you in the Christmas/Winter spirit!!! Creative ways for your students to practice both ordinal numbers and rhyming. I hope you enjoy them.

Free Syllable Sort

Ordinal Numbers (16 pages)

There are many, many sellers putting their stores on sale for the Cyber Monday sale and here are a few lovely sellers with great deals!


Saturday, 17 August 2013

Its a Best and Most Linky !!!

It is Back to School with another TpT Sale!!!! Christina from  Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge is hosting a Back to School Best & Most Linky Party !!! What a fabulous idea. It makes me feel like I am in high school again :) Well not really, we voted on best and most for our yearbook but I didn't make any of them. Not a bad thing I guess ... who wants to be voted most likely to be living in your parent's home at age 30 or most likely to end up in jail? lol ! Most likely to be rich and famous might be nice though :P
Okay I digress. Let me get back on track. We had to go through our TpT stores and select items for Teacher's Pet, Most Likely to Help Students Succeed, and Best Couple (I like this one).
And the Winners were ....

Teacher's Pet:
My Back to School Unit because not only does it have fun activities for the students, but it also has a bulletin board idea/template as well as lesson/unit plan outlines and parent communication items for the teacher. 
Most Likely to Help Your Students Succeed:
I chose my graphic organizers that can be used with any book. These pages help differentiate the learning for students and are created at a variety of academic levels (Gr 1-5).
Best Couple:
Awe, what a cute awards !!! For this one I chose my newest item and perhaps the one I have been working on the longest. It is over 270 Classroom Labels and Signs in a turquoise, lime green, black, and pink (just a hint) color scheme. Most of the labels are in multiple colors so you can choose which ones you want to use.
The other half of this couple is probably one of my favorite items :) It is a READ banner that you print and create. You have the choice of turquoise, lime green, black, or pink lettering and it looks super cute if you attach the circles with polka dot ribbon.
I would love to hear if you were voted best or most likely at your high school :)
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