Thursday, February 26, 2015

I LOVE to Share!

I was contemplating different ways to share the products. Teachers do so much work in a day, that I truly want to help my fellow teachers, especially those that follow this page, my Facebook page, or my TpT store

When I posted the Dr. Seuss Freebie for Guide Words, which was a page from a larger pack, it was surprisingly easy. I hope many of you took advantage of that!  What I am thinking is that I will do something similar to that a couple times a month: post a page or a part from a larger bundle and make it free for a week. I subscribe to a clip art blog that does something similar, and it is always fun to see what is free that week.

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I would love to know what you think in the comments!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Make the Most of the TpT Sale!

There is a Sale!

Below is the details about the sale. To make the most of the sale, cash in your TpT credits now! If you didn't know about the TpT credits, I have copied the information blow directly off of the website.
People use many strategies when cashing in their credits, but basically it is like a rebate for things you have bought and left comments.
Buy, comment, get credits!

300 × 250

TpT Credits

How it Works
Earn TpT Credits for purchases on TpT. You get one TpT Credit for every $ you spend on TpT. Thing is, you only get the Credits after you Provide Feedback -- both a fair rating and a fair comment -- on the items that you purchase. We will round up for you, too! If you provide fair feedback on a $4.75 item, you will earn 5 credits. Every 100 Credits is worth $5 that you can apply towards future TpT purchases, but there is no need to wait until you have 100 to redeem them. 50 credits is worth $2.50, for example.
The program is retroactive to feedback provided on purchases since August 1, 2011.
How to Redeem TpT Credits
You can keep track of how many credits you have accrued here or on the top of the site after login. When you check out, you will be given the option of applying your TpT Credits to your purchase, thereby discounting your purchase price accordingly

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Inspired By What Pet Should I Get?...The NEW Dr. Seuss Book!

Yesterday, I posted on my facebook page that a new book by Dr. Seuss was being published called What Pet Should I Get. I was VERY excited to say the least. I felt like this was a historical event that I would be a part of, which is not an exaggeration, I went into full nerdy teacher mode. I started brainstorming ways to incorporate this big release in my classroom with prediction activities, asking questions about the book, connecting to other stories and themes by Dr. Seuss, and so on....building excitement for this book in my classroom as well. Then, I realized it would be on sale starting July 28, 2015. My balloon of excitement deflated because any lesson I did would not have closure or follow up in the classroom this year. 

Did I let that stop me...NO! I took that excitement and inspiration and made a new product. If I couldn't incorporate the actual book in my classroom, then I would introduce them to the title of the new book, as well as celebrate his other great books (written by him and his pen names). I used his book titles to make an activity to practice synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and multiple meaning words. It may be challenging for some, but I am hoping the material makes it fun! It is called Dr. Seuss Synonyms, Antonyms, Homophones, and Multiple Meaning Words.

In honor of the new book What Pet Should I Get? and the inspiration it provided, I am also offering it FREE.

FREEBIE! Dr. Seuss Synonyms, Antonyms, Homophones, and Mul

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dr. Seuss Freebie for Guide Words

Read Across America Day is March 2nd.

Below is a quick print and go worksheet to use the theme of Dr. Seuss with Dictionary skills. The page has the students use a dictionary to search for words associated with books by Dr. Seuss. It extends the skill by including words that Dr. Seuss has made up and won't be in the dictionary. The student then have to apply what they know to figure out what page it would be on and write down those guide words.

My students have done a few of these sheets for different holidays and skills. They work great as a center or partner activity for a review.

Free Dr. Seuss Guide Words Download

Full Dictionary and Thesaurus Skills Holiday Pack and More

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

If You Could Teach 1?

What would be you one?

In the halls, a few of us were discussing possible new lesson plans requirements and writing them for every lesson. During the course of the conversation, we started to talk about middle school and how they usually specialize in one subject area. This then progressed to what we would teach if we only had to teach one. this short synopsis of a conversation leads me to my question.

If you could choose one elementary subject to teach, what would it be?

In elementary school, we often teach 5-7 subjects a day ranging from math to reading. While this provides a great variety for a person, it can also be time consuming. It is a pro, and a great one, and a con in some ways. With most elementary teachers, it seems they develop a preference towards one or two subjects across the multiple ones they teach. Some so much so that they go to middle school and teach just that subject.

If I could choose one, it would be a tough call between math and Virginia history. Those two seem to be the ones I always lean and finish first to when it comes time to do lesson plans. Picking just one, it would have to be Virginia History. I love the different parts of history it involves. If I could solely focus on one of those subjects and develop lessons, I can only imagine the possibilities!

By the way...the words above were made using It is a fun way to use vocabulary in the curriculum to display for the students.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Answer is......What is the Question?

what is the question to this answer?
I pinned this picture earlier today, and it has been on my mind all day! About five years ago, a principal I worked for pushed this learning tool. I made a poster, hung it in the room, did it for about a week, then the novelty wore off ,and I had the same answer on the poster for about a month until a student asked when I was going to change it...oops.

So, why after five years am I suddenly excited by the concept again? It could be the use of Post-It notes, which is a personal favorite or the ease with which this picture makes it look. Either way, I was completely enthralled and consumed by starting this idea again. It is a higher level thinking skill, but when properly modeled, can be worthwhile for all learners.

As I am running through it in my mind, I am contemplating ways to make it efficient even more interactive for the students. I would like to start it though as a way to review for the upcoming state tests.

Furthermore, I have only used it in conjunction with the Virginia History Standards of Learning. I can see it being easily implemented in science and perhaps reading, but I think math would be a little more difficult.

Have you used this in your classroom? Have you tried it with math? What strategies have you found to make it worthwhile?

(Picture from