Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Makeover Madness: TPT {Seller} Challenge

Linking up with Teach Create Motivate, Peppy Zesty Teacherista,Third in Hollywood, and Sparkling in Second Grade for the #tptsellerchallenge!

I'm glad the girls came up with this because I have been needing some motivation to get back into the TPT swing of things.

I did a big overhaul on my Common Core Writing Rubrics & Checklists! If you own these, please go back and re-download! 

What's New? 
  • I changed the scales from 0-3 to 1-4, I needed it this way and some customers indicated they preferred it because it aligned with Marzano's scales. Nobody wants to get a score of 0.  The rubrics are scored as "Needs Development" "Approaching" "Proficient" and "Exemplary"
  • New fonts-- nothing too cutesy but freshened up :)
  • BONUS: I included Writing Progress Checklists in each of them! 

And it is your lucky day because for just a HOT SECOND you can get the bonus Writing checklists for free in my store----with one condition--- you follow my TPT shop there! It's only a click. :)

I love using these fast, easy assessments to stick in the report card. Check, check, check, boom the parents are informed. ((If you miss the freebie they are included in each of my rubric packs))

Does Common Core not apply to you? Comment which state standards you need Writing Rubrics/Checklists for below and I'll add it to my list. Ohio is next, then Florida... 
What else do you need teacher-friends?
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

I Teach 1 Collaborative Blog + Milestone!

Hi there! So today I passed a milestone for me and will be featured on the TPT facebook page! Woohoo! So my whole shop will be on sale this week!  As if that is not exciting enough, I have another announcement! I'm collaborating with some wonderful bloggers to bring you the best of the best tips, ideas, freebies that First Grade Bloggers have to offer!

Read more below:

This means ONE blog with TONS of great ideas from several super awesome First Grade teachers!

One thing I L-O-V-E about this blog, is you will know exactly what to expect each day of the week.  For every day, there is a blogging theme.  Check them out! 

I'm SO excited to get started on this new adventure, and am thrilled to invite you along for the ride.  Let's celebrate with a little giveaway!  

You can win my Fairytale Unit Activities Pack and First Grade Higher Order Thinking Math Activities for EACH COMMON CORE STANDARD!

All you have to do to enter is follow us over at iTeachFirst and visit our Facebook Page!

Can't wait to get started sharing some great First Grade ideas with you! 

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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.

Enter the rafflecopter giveaway to win a PRO QUOTE from PALM BEACH AUTOGRAPHS
 and you can win all of these these FALL CLIP ART SETS!
Want to link up? It's easy! 

Save this file. Edit it in powerpoint. Just be sure to link up and comment the blog before you and the blog after you (and more if you're up to it!)
Don't forget my followers can save 10% off of all Palm Beach Autographs memorobilia by using the promo code!
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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sunday Circular SALE

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

Who doesn't like a deal? It ends tonight at MIDNIGHT!

Click the below products to find out more about them!

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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!

Here's the FREE Pumpkin Bucket List
FREE & Editable Organizational Tool for A Teacher Relocating to a New State 
Want to Own Football Science? 
This will be coming FREE to TPT inboxes next week, only to my followers! You have one or two days to follow me so you can catch on this EXCLUSIVE Football Science Freebie! (It will be $4/$5 for non-followers) Follow me on TPT (press the green star)and check your inbox next week. (I'll let you know on social media when it is in your inbox: Instagram, Facebook)

Who is your favorite Muppet? First person to guess my favorite in the comments wins any item from my store* *(excluding bundles and clip art for life) Yay!

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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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