Friday, May 24, 2013

Teachers Care For Oklahoma

Teachers Caring For Teachers - that's what is happening at TpT right now.  As soon as the news about the tornado in Oklahoma broke, our bloggy friend Danielle over at Crayonbox Learning got busy organizing a fundraiser so teachers all over the world could donate their great products to help the devastated schools in Moore, Oklahoma.  You can check out her blog to get more details.
100% of the proceeds will be donated to  the Moore School District to help with the many, many needs of those teachers and students.  Enough products were donated to make 4 different bundles of materials that range in subjects, with the majority meeting Common Core Standards.  The bundles are separated by age group.  There are 2 bundles for K-2 and 2 bundles for 3-6.  Each bundle is valued well over $100.00 and will be made available to you for a $25.00 donation.  These bundles will be available for a limited time, beginning Friday, May 24th through Friday June 1st, 2013.
If you would like to purchase 1 or more bundles please click on the links below for more descriptions of the products and an opportunity to help a fellow teacher that has lost everything.

Again we want to thank Danielle at Crayonbox Learning for getting this all organised and Wendy from Teacher's Toolkit for designing such beautiful covers for all of the outstanding bundles.
Thank you again for your generosity and your caring spirit during this difficult time.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Get to the "POINT"!!

   I'm sure you're wondering what I mean. Well, I'm talking about the POINT of a pencil!! Let me explain...
   I have many years in the classroom. During those years, I've had many "pencil-stress" moments. Know what I mean??? I've developed many ways to eliminate "pencil-stress" which I share with new teachers all the time. However, NEVER, did I say, NEVER have I ever come across a pencil sharpener like this one!!! Please know that I do not work for this company, nor do I even know the person. I was lucky enough to be given one to try out in my classroom. Now the kids will not settle for any pencil that has not been sharpened with this sharpener.
   What is even better, is that the person who designed the sharpener is a teacher himself. Isn't that the way we end up with things that really make a difference for us?  Another teacher!! No more loud grinding, no more grinding a new pencil until it's a stub because it won't sharpen, no more turning the little wheels to try to fit the right size opening, no more burning out motors on the "top of the line" (ha!) electric sharpeners!!!!
  Below is a picture. It attaches to any table. The silver "thing" (don't know what it is officially called) pulls out and holds the pencil while you sharpen. The "thing" moves and as you sharpen. It slides the pencil to the blades. When the pencil is "ready" (my coworker says when the javelin is ready), the handle still spins but there is no tension. Also, there is a little "pincher" that adjusts to the size of the pencil so there's no "dialing" to find the right size hole!
   The best part is that if your school buys a case, it comes out to only $13.99 for each sharpener. My principal is going to buy them for every classroom and will save over $600 in the budget next year! :) I'm sure we'll be able to help find other ways to spend that $600, tee hee hee!
   Troy, (I think that's his name), I want to buy stock in your company because I think you are going to be a millionaire!! Isn't it great to hear about something so practical, inexpensive, AND is made by a teacher??!! They also have rafflecopters for give-aways sometimes so be sure to check out the site.
   I hope I've made my POINT!!!
   Have FUN,
Susan and Kathy

 The company name is Classroom Friendly Supplies and here is the website. 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Extravaganza

In our 2 families teachers are really appreciated - we have 6 teachers including Susan and myself.  Grade levels include PK to college level.

To celebrate you and all the wonderful teachers out there, we have joined with our best bloggy friends to offer some FANTASTIC prizes to pamper yourself, plus a freebie on each blog.

So Welcome to Our

Follow the bouncing beach balls to each blog where you can visit all the blogs and collect  great end of the year freebies.  Make sure to follow each blog as you go.  We are stop number 10.   At two of the stops you will find rafflecopters where you can enter to win these 3 great prizes
Lots of gift cards to use just for you and a copy of Tunes for Teachers authored by Susan (The Fun Factory).
The next prize is custom-made room decor.  You choose the theme and we will create some fabulous decorations just for you!  Plus an activity from each of us to help you get next year started off with a bang.
The third prize is a shopping spree in each of our TpT stores.  You may choose any item worth $10.00 or under from each store.  Good Luck, we hope you will have fun gathering your freebies and we hope YOU are the winner of at least one prize!

Here is our fun end of the year freebie to thank you for stopping by.  Just For Fun Literacy and Math is a review packet of beginning blends, sight words and some addition and subtraction.  We hope your kids have fun with these Super Hero activities. Just click on the picture below to download your freebie.
Now click on the beach ball below to bounce on over to our friend Samantha at Ms Smarty Pants to collect your next freebie.
PS  Don't forget TpT is having a site-wide sale on the 7th and 8th.  28% savings when you enter the code TAD13.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Calming The Chaos

Welcome to Calming the Chaos Blog Hop hosted by 2peasandadog.  All of us bloggers have come together to share our top tips for making the last month of school run smoothly.  Visit each of our blogs to learn something new and catch a freebie or two!  Happy Blogging!
The last two weeks of school can be very trying for teachers and students.  We have had a whole year of learning and everyone is ready for SUMMER BREAK!  We have done a lot with Fairy Tales during the year, the kids love them and by now know the stories backwards and forwards.  One of our district objectives is "Child increasingly interacts and communicates with peers to initiate pretend play scenarios that share a common plan and goal."  This fit perfectly into my plan!  The students work together to plan and produce a short skit to act out a Fairy Tale.

During the first week we do a shared writing of three different Fairy Tales (we use our social studies skills and vote on which three stories we want).  During the shared writing we incorporate the characters, setting, problem and solution.

We also include some repetitive text that is found in the story -
"I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down." or
 "Granny what big eyes (ears, teeth) you have."  

The students then decide which story they want to work on and which character they want to portray. The second week, they must then draw a picture of themselves as the character they chose and write why they would make a good - wolf, Baby Bear, etc.  They divide into story groups, and after receiving  approval of character selection from me, they start to work together on a common plan and goal - putting on a "play" for their classmates.  I send a letter home explaining the project and asking parents to help with simple props and costumes if the child wants to wear something special ( a red shirt for Little Red Riding Hood, a pink one for one of the three little pigs, ears on a headband for the wolf).  They all do a great job and have fun retelling one of their favorite stories.
As a thank you for stopping by.  Click on the picture below for a free copy of Goldilocks and the Three Bears retelling cards.

Primary Grades

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