Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Football Learning Resources!

 In working on my "Football Science" mini-unit I have come across a bunch of helpful, engaging resources on the topic of FOOTBALL for the classroom! I will go over them in this post! 

NBC Learn: Science of Football They recommend this site for grades 6-9, however I found that the videos "Geometric Shapes" and "Hydration and Health" could be understood and cool for the younger (1st-5th) grades since they will be learning about those topics. The videos are about 5 minutes long and are very well done!

Funbrain Math Football Game This game is super cool because it is so easy to differentiate! (SCORE!) You choose an operation (addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, or all) and a level of difficulty (easy, medium, hard, superbrain) and the kids play "football" by solving math facts. This would be an awesome center choice in math or great site to recommend for at home learning. 
Tackle Math Football- Math Game for Ipad/Computer  Recommended for grades 2-4, can play 5 or 10 minute games human vs. computer or human vs. human! Cool for an ipad lab classroom!

Fun (& Free) Ideas to Involve Football:
  • Have a favorite team? Is there a big game coming up? You could give homework passes for a win or maybe "fun homework." 
  • Graph your favorite teams. Have students create "teacher questions" about the graph results.
  • Writing Prompt: If you could have a job related to a professional football team (player, coach, trainer, marketing, agent, cheerleader, manager), what would it be? Why?
  • Predator Vs. Prey: analyze match ups of mascots. Who would really win? For example: Dolphins vs. Jaguars. Which animal would survive? Have students research the animals and describe which animal would win in a real life battle. 
  • Character Education writing prompt: Why is it important for athletes to show good sportsmanship? What does good sportsmanship look like?
  • Prediction: Connect making predictions in a story to making predictions in a football game 
  • If your district has access to Brainpop, there is a football learning video on there as well! (Also quiz, vocabulary, all the good stuff!)

Pulse Investigation: Fun science & math activity to see how your pulse changes with different activities. 
Shape Investigation: 
Studentes will explore with different ball types to see which is the best for different categories.

Two Non-Fiction Mini-Books (with picture directions on how to make them)

Fun Creative & Higher Order Thinking Project: Students create their own professional football team.

 If this sounds like something you'd like in your classroom check it out here!
 Hope this helps! Who is your team? 

For me, Buckeyes all the way. :) 


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Giveaway Groupies Linky- October!

Hi there! Welcome to the Giveaway Groupies Linky! Big Thanks to Palm Beach Autographs for sponsoring the giveaway this month! You can win any PRO QUOTE inspirational frame for your classroom and Fall Clip Art Set from my store (186 images!)

GIVE AN IDEA: Here is a great freebie link for Spider Writing Activities for the fall from 180 Days and Counting! Who doesn't love free and great? 

GIVE SOME LOVE: I'm working on a transition to relocating to Ohio in the spring and my family, boyfriend and his family have been super supportive and I've very lucky and thankful.

Isn't that the truth? ;) But we love them anyway.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sunday Circular SALE

Linking up with All Things Apple in 2nd Grade for some Sunday Savings! 

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October Currently!

I love Fall! I'm so excited for October to be here! I'm linking up Farley from Oh' Boy 4th Grade

LISTENING: Yes, I'm watching the Muppets in Space movie while blogging and working on my computer on a Saturday night. Don't start feeling bad for me. I have had a very amazing week. My boyfriend surprised me to see David Gray on Tuesday night, which allowed me to check that off my Concert Bucket List. Last night we went and saw Citizen Cope and that was super awesome. 

LOVING: I took some time out of the classroom this fall to focus on my writing and I was working with a company in private schools that provided intervention to kids below grade level. This was really nice for flexibility and for my writing. However, then I have decided that I want to move back to Ohio. I miss my family so so much and that's driving my decision. I'm pulling a Lebron in spring 2015 and headed back.  In light of that, I need a little bit more savings to be ready for the big move.  As fate would have it, a fabulous school I interviewed with this summer called and asked if I was interested in covering a Gifted Kindergarten maternity leave from October- February. I am soooo excited to work with this grade level and to be able to save a little bit so I can move to Columbus. I prefer second, and first grade, but I am really excited to add some more kindergarten experience to my repertoire! 

Any Ohio Bloggers out there? Leave me a note in the comments!

THINKING: Like many of you, I am a pumpkin-aholic. Does it have pumpkin in it? Okay I'm in.  Last year I even made a pumpkinbucketlist. (Interested? Find the link in the "Treat" section coming up). Sooooooo the other day I went to Starbucks (if you've read my post "How Getting Kicked Out of Starbucks Helped My Kids Put Their Names on Their Papers" this should not come as a shock) and as I was checking out I saw these cute little cake pops in packages of two. The boyfriend and I were driving to make a delivery for his work and the cake pops seemed like a nice treat for the drive. They were salted caramel and they were INCREDIBLE. At my favorite local coffee shop the owner boasts about their salted caramel I think I'm shifting my fall flavor focus to salted caramel. So that's that. 

WANTING: My Giveaway Groupies Linky will go LIVE tomorrow and I would LOVE if people would link up! It should be nice and easy and fun! You will GIVE an idea, GIVE some love, GIVE me a break, and GIVEAWAY! Pretty please with sugar on top, link up with me tomorrow. Thanks!

NEEDING: to make some new clip art. My 2 month old computer crashed two weeks ago (Yes, I lost 2 months of work- don't get me started) and now it is back from the shop! Yay! That means I'm ready to crank out some new clip art sets!  My favorites so far are my Monster Clip Art, Owl Clip Art, and Halloween Clip Art. What should I make next? Open to suggestions!

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Technology Thursday! Website Week- NBC LEARN

Hi there! Linking up with Teaching Trio for Website Week in the Technology Thursday Link Up!

This linky is an awesome one to keep up with to learn about new technology resources! 

A new resource that I have come across is NBC Learn. There are oodles of high interest videos that could be incorporated in the classroom. What caught my eye to this site in the first place is the Science of Football section. I have been working on a little "Football Science" mini-unit and came across this site while working on it. The Science of Football section has information about force, motion, healthy eating, and more! Also, with each video are lesson ideas! Coolness. This could be a great introduction or review of science topics. #reallifeapplicationsrule

Another section that I particularly like is the "Writers Speak to Kids" section. Numerous authors have little videos about the craft of writing. Mo Willems is on there (um hello, awesome!) Judy Schachner, Ridley Pearson, Doreen Cronin, these are authors of the books you use to teach to the craft of writing, how cool is a live interview talking about the process? This is a great resource for Writing Workshop and I'm totally pumped to implement it! 

Have you heard of or used NBC Learn before? If so, let me know in the comments! If you know of another killer resource, let me know too! I LOVE hearing from you!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Adventures of Ai - Book Review and Giveaway

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Hi there! Today I am reviewing a fantastical ebook called "Adventures of Ai" written by Craig Bouchard, New York Times best selling author. This ebook encompasses many qualities that are sure to engage a middle school audience. There are some really funny parts that middle school kids will get a kick out of.

The story begins with three sisters begging their dad for a story. The story is narrated by the father and tells of his time learning Japanese culture. Some magical things begin to happen as he learns about the Hara family and a special child named Ai. Ai is a bit different and can do things that most cannot.
Something that I really enjoyed was that the book includes real photographs and illustrations. The combo of reality and fiction matches the fusion of history and fantasy in the the book.

 The story will casually mention famous artists like Leonardo DaVinci, and historical figures that inspire a curiosity as you follow the story and can provide for a jumping off point in a history lesson.  The asides from the narrator as he gauges the magical situations allow for a great conversation about point of view.

This ebook is great for the early high schooler and middle schooler because kids love to read on a tablet and because it sneaks historical learning into a fantasy. The writing is very well done and entertaining for young adults. Another reason your middle school/high school students will like it is because there is an Iphone and Android Game app to go along with it! This can make for a fun extra piece for a unit. Also this book is affordable so parents or yourself could get it for your class tablets for cheap. (And what teacher doesn't love that?)

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September Currently- Ch-Ch-Changes

I just love linking up with Farley from Oh Boy 4th Grade for her "Currently" linky! 

I am currently home in Ohio for a bit and I am loving it.My boyfriend and I were supposed to be in California this week driving up the coast but we had to postpone it because of some business stuff that came up for him. I'm looking forward to the trip!

LISTENING: I am working outside and hear the cicadas buzzing. The weather here is much more pleasant than Florida is right now. I am enjoying every second of it. 

LOVING:  Being home with my family. I am missing them a whole lot! Labor day weekend is a great weekend to visit my hometown. There is a parade, an arts and crafts festival, a big festival at my alma mater high school. It's my grandpa's 81st birthday and we always have a big cookout at Grandma and Grandpa's house. This year my mom and I made LOTS of soup for my grandpa. He has been complaining about too much vegetable soup. Grandma loves vegetable soup and she keeps making it. He thinks it has too much meat but he won't make his own soup. It's a neverending battle. Last time I was there Grandpa had bought a whole soup catalog with 250 soup recipes. The message was clear: The man wants soup. Now he can keep them in the freezer and have them whenever he wants!

THINKING: I've been thinking about a big change to come in my life... Sometimes you have to make tough choices and that's where I am right now. Send positive vibes! 

WANTING: Yeah, if someone could just clean my apartment for me, that'd be great. Thanks. 

NEEDING: I have been brainstorming and writing some poems for my fall poetry book, but I need to knock it out! Maybe this time in Ohio will allow me that!

3 TRIPS: San Francisco, my boyfriend and I have some good friends there and that was supposed to be our final stop in our Cali trip. I've only stopped by San Fran when I was working on an organic vineyard in northern California a couple summers ago. I could tell it was a place I wanted to go back! One of our friends works at Google and we are going to take a tour. :) 
Italy, I would love to eat all of Italy. Yum.
Costa Rica, I would love to go there! Pura Vida! 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

How Getting Kicked Out of Starbucks Helped My Students Put their NAMES on their Papers {Laugh it Off Linky}

Introducing the LAUGH IT OFF LINKY, teacher-bloggers feel free to link up funny stories from the grid iron of education. You could link up a meme blog post (no story necessary), a diatribe, a rant, a story, something to make a teacher take the edge off of the tough job of educating our youth today. Teacher-non-bloggers, share your stories, memes, whatever in the comments! :)

{Bloggers---How to Link Up: Grab the image, link back to this post in your post. Link up at the bottom :) }

Soooo you're here to find out how getting kicked out of Starbucks®
helped my students to put their @#!$? names on their papers?

When I moved from second grade to first grade gifted a couple years back I noticed a few major changes:
  1. They didn't know how to tie their shoes. (Unfortunately for parents, shoe-tying was not in the state standards- went over this at open house)
  2. They lose way more teeth than second graders and are moderately obsessed with the tooth fairy. 
  3. They were super cute and eager to learn.
  4. They don't put their name on their papers. Like, ever.
  5.  I was going to go insane if it didn't change.    

When I have a huge stack of papers to grade I like to schlep it over to Starbucks®
and get it done there. I like working there because I can focus and am not distracted by the TV, chores, going to the pool, something shiny, etc. It's just me and my work and I like to knock it out with my veins caffeine filled while singing along to Rufus Wainwright pandora. 

It was about one month into school and I was grading a rather large pile of papers from my first graders that week. It was center work, tests, writing, spelling tests, reading assessments you know the pile (you probably have one going in your teacher bag).  

Well as I was going it was 'no name' after 'no name' after 'no name' until I had a pile about 1/3 of the size of my overall pile of 'no names.' 

One writing piece in particular set me off. It was a beautiful narrative piece, the little writer did everything wonderfully. Great juicy adjectives, lovely small moments, captions, drawings, correct punctuation. It was very impressive for a first grader. But yep, you guessed. 

"PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR PAPER!" I shouted abruptly in Starbucks®. I startled the staff and patrons.

People looked, smiled and went back to their Starbucks habits. Now is probably the time, I suppose, that I should admit, I didn't really get kicked out. 

But I had an idea to fix the problem. 

 Writer's Workshop began our day that year. We were working on narratives. The next day, I shared with my students a narrative I wrote. It was called "The Time I got Kicked Out of Starbucks."

I told them how I shouted out (just like I did) and then I fabricated the rest.  I told how I continued to rant and rage and throw the papers. I told him that I was pulling my hair and shouting "Too many 'no name' papers! Why won't they put their name on their papers?" Then the manager helped me pick up the papers and told me I was disturbing the customers and asked me to leave Starbucks® and walked me to the door. 

After I read it, I asked the students what the lesson was. 

"We should put our names on our papers!"
 I asked the students if we could work together so I can keep grading papers at Starbucks®- of course a different one ;) I couldn't show my face at the other one again. 

What was funny was that this really worked! I would overhear my students all the time saying "Put your name on your work. Do you want Ms. Hilinski to get kicked out of Starbucks® again!?!"  Of course many of them caught on that I probably didn't really get kicked out of Starbucks®, since it didn't match my character. (Oh, gifted kids, you can't get anything past them).
'No names' still happened sometimes, but their frequency went way down. Whenever I encountered one, I would say to myself loud enough for them to hear "Oh, no I hope I don't get kicked out of Starbucks again!" Or I'd say, "Hmmm... somebody in here wants me to get kicked out of Starbucks." The kids would laugh and it was a running inside joke between us that kept me from saying the dreaded phrase "Put your name on the paper!"

 One of my students even made the connection that grading papers at Starbucks made me happier than grading papers at home, so if they put their names on the paper I will be happier while grading them and maybe give better grades! Haha, I loved it.. 

There was another plus! The kids had told their parents about it and many of the parents figured that I didn't really get kicked out of Starbucks®. (Some still thought that maybe I had-haha). The plus of this was: when it came to teacher appreciation week and Christmas time, my cards often included a gift card to Starbucks®

This is how I ended up with $150 on my Starbucks® account. Then I started a new habit: random act of Starbucks kindness. I know other people do this, but since I had plenty of Starbucks® bucks to go around, anytime that I went through the drive-thru I would pay for the car behind me. I guess I'm not the only Florida gal to do this because I just saw this story last week: 400 Customers Pay if Forward at Florida Starbucks.

So anyhow, sometimes you have to think outside the box to solve a problem.

 Do you have a funny teacher story? I'd love to hear it! Link your blog post up below or leave a comment with it! 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday- BOOST Sale Edition

Hi there! Happy Wednesday!

I'm linking up with Miss DeCarbo at Sugar and Spice for a special edition of Wordless Wednesday!

My store is 28% off today when you use the promo code: BOOST.  There probably won't be a sale for a while so cash in on a deal and look ahead for the year!

Here are some Wordless Wednesday Highlights that you can SAVE BIG on in my store today!

Enjoy the sale! I know I will!
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