Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy Birthday Educents!

Have you heard of
It's the first group deal website for Educators 
where you can save up to 90% on curriculum, 
educational toys, and other learning products.  

So many fabulous deals in the last year!  

Hope you were able to grab some.

Super glad I did! 

In celebration, they are kicking off an AMAZING month of fun activities. 

 30 giveaways (one each day of the month) + 2 HUGE grand prizes 

(A family vacation to Florida -- thanks to Wyndham Vacation Rentals 
& a $1,000 Educents Gift Card)! 

I don't know about you, but I would absolutely L♥VE to win a vacation for my family!

It all starts March 31st and runs through April!

To get the party started they are having a 20% sale from 
March 31 - April 7!
That's an additional 20% of their already awesome deals!
Just use the code "Anniversary20"

Head on over now and load up your cart,
and be sure to check back every day
for the current Giveaway!

You won't want to miss ANY of this fun!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Fire Safety

Do you recognize this guy?

This is Sparky the Fire Dog, 
and today I am linking up with NFPA to share 
some fire safety lesson ideas with you.
is  fabulous website where you can find all sorts of fabulous 
songs, videos, lesson plans and teaching resources.
These videos available on YouTube and SchoolTube
are short, engaging, and catchy!
It makes it easy to fit in a lesson on fire safety into an already jam packed day.
This first one is geared for PreK-1, and it will have you humming the catchy tune to yourself.
(Don't blame me.  I warned you!)

Here's one for the 2nd-3rd (and even 4th) grades.

There are even links to teach your kids the dance moves!
They also provide lesson plans!

They have thought of everything you might need 
to teach this important information to your kiddos!

On the Teacher Page there are interactive whiteboard activities for grades PreK to 5
to motivate even your reluctant learners.
You can download this free e-book here.

These lessons integrate reading, math, and science in a very engaging way!

Check out these awesome resources and try them out with your class.
Then come back and share your experience for a chance to win a copy of the book

and a $10 TPT gift certificate.
I cannot wait to hear about what your class thinks!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Product Reviews and a Giveaway!

Sharpie L♥ve!
Last week I had the opportunity to try out some office supplies form
I don't know about you, but this girl cannot have too many markers
(or shoes, watches, or chocolate for that matter!)
I love me my Sharpies!
First up were the Metallic Permanent Markers.
I have been using these for years and love the way they write on dark colored paper.  
I use them all the time to label artwork in my classroom.

I also got to try out these cool new NEON Sharpies!
They are super bright and the color flouresces under black light!
They sent me a pair of plain white sunglasses and my daughter glammed them up with these cool pens!
I love the ultra fine point Sharpies for grading papers, but hate that they bleed through.
But, they have this new Premium Pen that doesn't bleed through!
It writes with a clean smooth line and feels like an expensive pen in your hand.
L♥ve it!
So far it only comes in black, but I am hoping that soon they will have more colors!

It gets even better!
Before March 31, if you purchase $40 in qualifying Sharpie products,
you can get a $10 VISA rewards card!
Cool huh?
Download the details below.

If you are like me, you have a favorite (or 10!)
teacher tote bags!
It seems I always need yet another bag to cart around all my stuff.
Denise from Louisiana Bling contacted me and asked me to check out her
Heavy Duty Custom Embroidered Tote Bag.
L♥ve it!
It is a very well-made, durable bag with the ever-so-popular
Keep Calm and Teach On logo.

I have totes for two lucky fans!
Enter to win below and I will choose 2 winners on Sunday, March 23.
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OK friends,
Keep Calm 
43 more days for me!
How much longer for you?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Great Gracie Chase and a HUGE Giveaway!

Welcome to Day 2 of our study of
Point of View and Perspective!

One thing I like to do when I do a read aloud is to have the students sketch out the story as I read.  I use picture books that have a lot of details or great use of visualization.  I do not show the pictures to the kids as I read, and insted have them draw what they "see" as I am reading.  Before reading I pre-select 8 good stopping points in the story.  I read until I come to a stopping point and then give them 2-3 minutes to draw about what I just read.  They must draw for the entire time, adding as much detail as they can remember.  It helps hold them accountable for paying attention while I am reading, and it gives them a visual reminder of the story to refer to when writing about the book.

This is how I started my lesson for The Great Gracie Chase.
Cynthia Rylant is one of my favorite authors and I just l♥ve this book!

I read it aloud and had the kids draw.  Here are some of their interpretations...

Next they had to rewrite the story, telling it from Gracie's point of view instead of the narrator's.
These are some of my favorites.
You can get your own copy of the writing prompt below.

Are you a Pinterest Junkie like I am?
If so, you're gonna l♥ve this!
I have also linked up with my blogging buddy Tabitha from 
for this amazing giveaway!

84 bloggers have come together and donated to 7 fabulous bundles that YOU could win!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Put Yourself in Their Shoes

Lessons on Point of View and Perspective

Today I am linking up with the fabulous Jivey for

For my language arts right now, we are working on point of view and perspective, specifically, how  a story changes when the person or character telling the story changes.
We started out by comparing the story of The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.
(Jivey used this one too for her Workshop Wednesday!)

We talked about fractured fairy tales and commented on the ones they knew.
Then I posed this question...
Here are some of their responses...

Letters From a Desperate Dog is about a dog who is having issues with her human, so she writes to an advice column, Dear Queenie.
After reading the book, I had them think of another situation that Emma might get into and illustrate it from Emma's perspective.  Then they wrote their own letters to Queenie.

Come back tomorrow and see what we did with The Great Gracie Chase!

Here are a few of my favorite books for Point of View.  
I would love to hear about yours too!

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