Thursday, October 23, 2014

Positive Thinking Thursday

It's Thursday, and that means it's time for




How do you activate the curiosity in your students?

Head on over to Jennifer's blog and check out the other positive posts this week.

Hope your upcoming weekend is positively fabulous!
I'm heading back to Vegas with my daughter.



Friday, October 17, 2014

A Mix of Monster Mischief

I love doing a monster unit in October,
especially when I have kiddos that cannot do 
Halloween stuff.
It is so much fun, and the the kids get SO creative!

I always start off by reading these 2 books.


This one is a great chapter book to read aloud too.


Then I challenge the kids to make a monster trap of their own.
They need to think about how they are going to build it 
and what kind of bait will attract the monster.

I send this note home.


You can grab a copy of the file by clicking on the image.

Here are some examples of projects from past years.





The kids have to share their projects and give an oral presentation explaining how they made the trap and how it works.

Here are some old rubrics I have used for their presentation and a self-assessment rubric.

What do you do with a monster once you trap it?
Why, you put it in a JAR, of course!
Here is a fun craftivity that I made for this.


In this fun and engaging project, students “trap” monsters in a jar, They first draw the monster to fill the jar and then write a narrative about how they trapped it and what they will do with it.

The product includes:
6 different jar patterns in 2 sizes
Writing papers in both regular and primary lined versions

Here are some past examples.


The illustrations and stories make a great class book!
A cover for your class book is included in the file.

Once you have trapped your monster and put it in the jar, you have to take care of it.
How will you do that?


This is a week-long writing project for students to tell all about how they will take care of their monster.

Here's what you get! 

The files are guaranteed to keep you kiddos engaged and imaginative in the rough days before Halloween.  And even better, they are 50% off until Sunday night!

You might also want to check out some of my favorite monster books.


Can you tell I L♥VE my monster books?
Do you have any favorite monster activities?
I would love it if you would share!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Positive Thinking Thursday

It's Thursday and that means time for some positive thinking.



How do you build confidence and encourage risk-taking in your classroom?

Hop on over to  Mrs. Laffin's Laughings and check out the other positive thoughts for the week.
Link up yourself and let's get the positive thoughts flowing!




I Am For the Child.

Did you know?


  • In the US, a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds.
  • Approximately 80% of the children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.
  • Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.




There are over 15,000 children in Foster Care in Arizona
(over 12,000 in my county alone.)

More than 90% of these kids are in desperate need of a CASA.

What is a CASA?

CASAs, Court Appointed Special Advocates, are dedicated adult volunteers committed to speaking up on the behalf of children in foster care and looking out for their best interests.  CASAs are everyday people, determined to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children.


In Arizona there is an urgent need for more CASA volunteers!
I bet there is where you live too!
I recently finished my training to become a CASA and am awaiting appointment of a child in need.
You can help too!
Visit the National CASA Website or your local or state office 
and see how you or someone you know can become a CASA.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Teach It, Snap It, Share It, Swap It!

I am a curious creature.
I love to see what other teachers are doing in their classrooms.
That's why I love blogging and Pinterest so much!
I also would love to see what you are doing with 
MY products in YOUR classrooms.

That's how this new program came about.


Here's how it works.  
Use one of the products you purchased from my store (not a freebie) with your kiddos.  Take pictures of the product in use that I can use for promotional purposes.  (I will block out any faces or names.)  Share those pics with me and/or blog about the product.  Choose another product from my store to receive for FREE!

Simply email me with your pics and/or a link to your blog post.
Once I have checked them out, I will email you back and you can choose any product from my TPT store (excluding bundles,) and I will send it to you for FREE.

Easy Peasy!
What do you think of that?

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