Friday, September 26, 2014

"Easely" My Favorite Teaching Tool and a Giveaway

In my classroom, my favorite/most used teaching tool
was my easel,
especially since I fell in love with anchor charts.

After all, it is so much easier to write on an easel than on the floor or taped to the chalkboard.

One of the best investments I ever made was buying an easel like this one.

It was expensive, but I used it for everything!

So I was really pleased thrilled to have contact me 
and ask me if I would like to have an easel to review.
Heck yeah!

They sent me one like the one pictured above,
 and I fell in love all over again!

The front side is a dry erase board.
There is also this removable/magnetic
lined writing board.

I got to try it out while I was working on this freebie.

There is a removable/repositionable tray to hold markers, paint, or big books.

On the back of the whiteboard is a big book rack, perfect for keeping your big books neatly and safely away from little fingers.

On the bottom are 4 bins in racks that slide out for easy access.

This easel is just PERFECT!

  • An excellent surface for use with dry-erase markers
  • Includes a magnetic pad with 1" permanent penmanship lines and alphabet; pad easily attaches and detaches from surface
  • Extra-deep storage tray includes a built-in pencil tray on each side
  • Inside storage tray features grooves for storing markers, pens and pencils
  • Integrated wire rack mounts behind surface to store big books
  • Removable big book holder includes a built-in marker tray
  • 4 snap-on hooks are included to hold flip chart pads and pocket charts
  • 2" locking casters allow easel to be moved from classroom to classroom; frame is guaranteed for 10 years
  • Includes 4 tubs made of recycled plastic that are guaranteed for life

This easel sells for $269.99 with free shipping. also sells office supplies and classroom furniture, all at great prices.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Organizational Awesomeness!

I have been working on setting up my new home office.

It is a BIG job!
I have a LOT of stuff and need all the help I can get with organization.

SMEAD to the rescue!

They sent me some awesome products to help me get organized.

First of all was this Step Index Organizer.

Now I have a place to keep all of my loose receipts until I can get them entered in QuickBooks and filed.

I was in desperate need of some new hanging file folders, so I was thrilled to get these 
I don't know about you, but I hate those plastic tabs that most of the hanging files have.  They always seem to get knocked off and fall down into my file drawers.
Erasable tabs, my friends!

These Heavyweight Vertical Folders are great too.

And more Super Tab Folders have erasable tabs, extra large tabs, too!
I love them!
No more having to print labels for folders that never match, and then look messy when you have to put a new label over the old one.

Thanks so much to Shoplet and SMEAD for helping me get my organization on!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Proofreading Detectives - An Editing FREEBIE!

Today I have for you a fun and easy activity to help students with proofreading.

My kiddos always loved the idea of being detectives and searching for clues.

Using magnifying glasses always 
seemed to make them feel smarter.

Capitalizing on that idea, 
here's a fun way to make the kids

By using these magnifying glasses,
student search for errors in their writing.

Cut out the inner circle of the magnifying glass 
and laminate.  The laminating make it look like 
there is really glass there!

Start by writing a short passage on a piece of chart 
paper or the board, making several 
capitalization and punctuation mistakes.

Call students to the board to "magnify" the mistakes 
they find and correct them.

The handle of each magnifying glass has reminders 
to help the kids remember what they are searching for.

There is also a poster to provide a visual reminder.

Then send the kiddos back to their desks with the smaller versions of the magnifying glass for them to keep in their writing folders or notebooks so they can investigate their ow writing.

They will soon become proficient Proofreading Detectives and be able to spot errors quickly.

You can grab this Proofreading Detectives FREEBIE by clicking on the image below.

I would love to hear what other fun ways you use 
to get your kiddos to work on editing!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Loved That Lesson! Comparing and Contrasting Using a T Chart

Today I am linking up with my buddy Meg over at

If you are like me and have been teaching for a while, 
you have, no doubt, 
used VENN Diagrams for comparing/contrasting.  
I used to use them a LOT!

Then came along Thinking Maps,
and the Double Bubble Map was born.  
I have used this one quite a bit too.

The problem I had with both of these models 
was that there was never enough room 
for the students to write their information 
in a neat and cohesive way.

Then recently I saw a post or pin
(I have no idea where or when.  
If it was yours, please let me know 
and I will give you credit here.)
about using a T Chart instead.

This week, a class I was subbing in was working 
on comparing different versions of fairy tales.
I decided to give the T Chart a try.

I Loved it!
It was so much easier to write in the information
READ what the kids wrote on their papers.

Here's what we did...

I drew the T Chart on the board.
We started with how the stories were similar and added that information to the top of the chart.
Then we looked for ways that the stories were different and wrote that information underneath each title.  It was much easier to go back and add information that we had missed or add more information because there was not a space limitation.
It was also much easier for the students to replicate this chart on their own papers.

Here's the one we had on the board.

I will be definitely be using this strategy again.
I L♥ved That Lesson!

Hop on over to The Teacher Studio to see what is working well for some of my other friends!

Don't forget to check out this great bundle from Educents!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Sunday Scoop

On this beautiful Sunday,
I am linking up with my friends at 
for the

So here goes...

My have tos for this week are all about organization!  I have a couple of reviews to do and one BIG giveaway to plan.  You won't want to miss this one!

I hope to finish reading the book I started.  The Book Borrower is a little different from what I usually read, but I am enjoying it.  Just haven't had enough time for reading lately.  You can check out the book here.

I am always happy to spend time with my kids.  My son moved out over a year ago and I don't see him as often as I would like.  It is always a pleasure when he just stops by.  My daughter is a junior in high school.  She'll be off to college soon.  Time just goes by so fast!
What are you up to on this fine Sunday?

Don't forget to check out this great bundle from Educents!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sight Word Center FREEBIE and an Educents ELA Bundle

I have been working hard to finish up this fun freebie for you.

Here's what you'll need...
An empty Pringles Can, some duct tape,
3 oz. plastic bathroom cups, and some labels.

Decorate the can with the cover and label provided.

Label your cups with sight words.
You can either write them or use the labels I provided.

And you will have this quick and EASY center ready to go in about a half an hour!

I got to try out the game with a group of my friends in a special ed classroom, and they L♥VED it!
These kiddos are a K-1 range MI/MO self contained class.

It was perfect for working on sight words AND fine motor skills!
We had so much fun!
They want me to come back so we can play again.

You can grab this FREEBIE by clicking here or on the image above.


 I have also teamed up with Educents with some instant downloads for you! Loaded with great activities to keep your ELA engaging, fun, and educational!

The fun products of mine are sure to be a hit with your students!
In Build a Better Sentence,
students follow along with an animated slide show 
with a fun construction theme to build sentence fluency 
by creating more detailed sentences.
A printable student page is included for them to complete 
along with the slide show and/or 
independently for extra practice.

The Perfect Pet
is a persuasive writing activity to compliment the books
I Wanna Iguana and The Perfect Pet
which you can grab below.

The prompt takes students through the steps to create 
a strong persuasive paragraph 
to convince their parents to allow them to get a new pet.
Complete lesson plans guide you through the 
week-long writing process, 
including brainstorming, drafting, revising and editing.
The finished pieces make for a fun display!

But that's not all! 
The bundle covers all the following topics 
that you will be teaching this year:


sentence fluency
synonyms, homonyms, and homophones
A-B-C order
graphic organizers
print concepts

Look at all these goodies!

For a limited time it is $9.99 from Educents which is about 76% off!  
8 instant downloads for your 2nd and 3rd grade learners.  
 671 pages of materials ready for you to use!  
There is sure to be tons you will love!

Head on over to Educents and grab yours NOW!

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