Sunday, October 16, 2016

$150 TpT Giveaway!

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Y'all, let me tell you about something you don't want to miss! I am teaming up with 29 other Teachers Pay Teachers authors to host an amazing giveaway. We are giving you two chances to win either a $50 TpT gift card or a $25 TpT gift card. Just follow the directions in the rafflecopters below (remember, there are two!), and you'll be entered. The contest runs from October 16-20. Good luck!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Winner Wednesday: Prime and Composite "Slap It!" Game

Happy Wednesday! I am so excited to link up with A Dab of Glue Will Do and Sara J Creations to bring you Winner Wednesday! Every first Wednesday of the month a winner will be chosen to win a product from my TpT store.

This month I'm giving away one of my favorite products: Prime and Composite "Slap It!" Differentiated Game It's an engaging and simple way for students to practice identifying prime and composite numbers. 

Directions: Have one player shuffle the deck and deal all of the cards face down. No one should look at the cards. Each player takes turns flipping the top card off their stack and placing the card in the center. If the card is a prime number, the first player to slap the card gets all of the cards in the middle of the pile. If a player slaps a composite number, the other player gets the cards in the center. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins! 

This file come with number cards from 1-200. This activity can be differentiated by giving groups of students different numbers to work with based on their needs. (For example: Most of the students in my fourth grade math collab class worked with numbers 1-100. I gave the numbers 1-50 to my students who are struggling with this concept. My students who needed to be challenged got numbers 1-200.)

I hope your students enjoy this game as much as mine do! Enter to win your own copy below.

Update: Congratulations, Tina B.! You won!

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Good luck!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

School's Out Blog Blowout

Welcome to the School's Out Blog Blowout! I am super excited to share what I'm reading this summer, give you a resource freebie, and let you know about my summer bucket list. At the end of this post, there are directions for how to enter to win a $100 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers.

This blog hop runs from July 2 until July 8. You will have one week to get the resource freebie. Sarah from Kovescence of the Mind will choose a winner for the TpT gift certificate at the end of the week.

First, a look into what I'm reading this summer...

I have so many books I want to read this summer, both for fun and to help me become a better teacher. I just started reading Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids by Chris Biffle.

When I read the back of the book, I knew I had to get it. "...Whole Brain Teaching recognizes that students learn the most when they are engaged in lessons that involve seeing, hearing, doing, speaking, and listening." I would like to think all my lessons naturally incorporate these five components, but I know they don't. I've watched videos on Whole Brain Teaching and used some of what I've learned in my classroom to great success, Many of my kiddos have short attention spans and/or are very energetic. I'm looking forward to leaning more to help them stay engaged.  

Now for your freebie...

I am so excited to give you your freebie! This will only be available during the blog hop, so be sure to download it before July 9.

These Fraction and Decimals Math Puzzles can be found here. (Update: The limited time freebie has expired.) This is part of a larger set that is sold in my storeThese 20 math puzzles were designed to help students practice matching fractions with their corresponding word form, decimal, and picture model. I have included 10 puzzles to practice identifying tenths (one tenth to ten tenths) and 10 puzzles to practice identifying hundredths (one hundredth to ten hundredths). 

Each fraction/decimal is on one page.

four puzzle examples

Print the puzzle pieces on heavy card stock and laminate for a reusable resource. Cut the puzzle pieces prior to giving to them to your students. This can be used for small group instruction or in a learning center. I hope your class enjoys it as much as my kiddos have!

My summer bucket list...

There are so many things I want to do this summer. I go back to school in less than a month, so I'm trying to cram it all in.

I have been trying to learn how to use my Silhouette Cameo. I know there are so many things I can make for my classroom, not to mention all of the things I can do to beautify my life!

Maybe I should change my store name to The Crafty Teacher.

I never have time to read for pleasure during the school year, so I've been trying to catch up this summer. So far I have read Me Without You by Jojo Moyes, The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison, and Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. All were excellent. Do you ever start reading a book and get so wrapped up that you can't put it down? I'm talking reading in bed until 3 a.m. because you just want to read "one more chapter." Surely, it's not just me!

All. The. Time.

Another item on my bucket list is getting prepared for this next school year. If you are anything like me, you know that "getting prepared" is an excuse to shop! Check out these amazing book bins I found at the Target Dollar Spot:

I really do love you, Target!

One thing on my bucket list that I haven't been able to do yet is to go to the beach. I still hope to go before school starts, even if it's only for a weekend.

This was taken the last time I was in the Bahamas. The water really is that blue!

The last things on my bucket list include relaxing, sleeping in, cooking, and watching a ton of Netflix. I know these are not typically bucket list items, but they make me so happy. I know that once school starts my life will be too busy to have days that are all mine.

It's the little things that make me happy!

I hope you enjoyed your freebie and learning a little more about me. Be sure to enter for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from TpT. Good luck!

Click the picture below to go to the next blog. You'll know you've completed the blog hop when you get back to my blog.

Happy Hopping!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Winner Wednesday: Short Vowels Roll and Read Games

Hey, y'all! I am so excited to link up with A Dab of Glue Will Do and Sara J Creations to bring you Winner Wednesday! Every first Wednesday of the month a winner will be chosen to win a product from my TpT store.

This month I'm giving away one of my best sellers: Short Vowels Roll and Read games! There are three game boards for each vowel. The first game board is for practicing short vowel CVC words. The second game board helps students practice short vowel nonsense words. The third game board includes a mixture of short vowel words and nonsense words. That means there are 15 games boards in all! All you need to play is a die.

Students can play these games by themselves or with a partner. I love this activity because it is easy to differentiate based on each individual student's needs. Also, these games are a quick way to assess letter sound fluency.

My student is practicing short A words.
These game boards were designed in black and white so you can save your color ink. You can print it on color card stock and laminate so you can use it year after year. Next year I plan on color coding each vowel so students have an easier time finding the game boards they want to work with.

I would love to share these games with you! Enter to win your own copy below. Good luck!

Update: Congratulations, Cherie! You won!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Trick Or Treat! (A Fun Blog Hop!)

Welcome to the Trick or Treat Blog Hop! I am so excited to share one of my "tricks" of the trade and a special "treat" with you. At the end of this post, you can enter to win one item ($10.00 value or less) from my store.

This blog hop runs from October 24 until October 31. You have one week to get your tricks and treats. I will choose a winner for the free item from my store on November 1.

First, you get your trick...

I actually learned about my "trick" on Instagram last summer. I had been struggling with how to organize my task cards, flash cards, and word wall cards when someone posted this beauty:

This is a photo box that has 16 separate compartments. It is perfect for organizing all of your cards!

I love that the containers are clear. I can easily find which cards I'm looking for without having to spend time searching. In fact, I love this photo case so much that I bought a second one for home to organize all of my planner/ paper supplies!

You can find these amazing organizers at Michael's. They normally cost $39.99, but they go on sale for $19.99 ALL THE TIME! If you have an additional coupon, you can get it for less than $20 with tax. It's a win-win for your wallet and your classroom!

Now for your treat...

I am so excited to give you your "treat!"

These fall themed multiplication word problems task cards can be found here. This set is not in my store. You get it first! This file includes 12 task cards, a students response sheet, and an answer key. You can use it for small group instruction or in a learning center.

I just love the colorful background of these task cards. My kiddos do too! They are more likely to stay focused on (and try to complete) an assignment that is visually pleasing than a copy of a worksheet.

I hope you enjoyed your trick and your treat! As an added bonus, I'm also hosting a giveaway. The winner will get to choose one item (up to $10 in value) from my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Good luck!

{WOO HOO! We have a winner! Congratulations Kathy Illingworth!}
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Don't forget to keep on Trick or Treating! You'll know you've completed the hop when you get back to my store. (Remember: the blog hop will be active until October 31, so don't feel as if you have to get all your goodies in one sitting!)

Happy Hopping!