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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Back to School- Super Savings on SUPER Bundles!

I am so excited to announce that is having a HUGE 
back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in the management bundle! From NOW - August 2 (Saturday), they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF! There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year! Take a peek into what is on sale! Tell your friends, because there is something for everyone who teaches children in PreK-8th grade!

This is a peek at the management bundle:  

There is a ton of GREAT stuff to get your classroom up and running for the new school year, and it is a PHENOMENAL DEAL!  
Even if you just use TWO of the products in this bundle, it will 

Management, D├ęcor, & Organization

You all know I am a huge fan of my clip chart management system
My MEGA bundle is included in this set! It includes all of my favorite forms, charts, and awards that I use everyday to keep the behavior in my classroom POSITIVE and MANAGEABLE.

The bundle also has Simply Kinder's Partner Up- Partnering System. 
I wrote a blog post about how I use this in my classroom here

AND I JUST LOVE the Hand's On Teacher in First's BRAG BRACELETS! 
They are so FUN and MOTIVATING! 

AND there is SO much more in the BUNDLE!!  
Those three products bought separately would be more than the cost of the bundle, and there are 12 MORE GREAT FILES!!! 
It is so exciting to be a part of this set and to be working with Educents on this project. 
They are passionate about saving teachers money and helping all students learn.
Go CHECK IT OUT! You will probably find other great bundles there, too. Uh...  I DID!!  


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Want to give your students a birthday gift they'll use and remember?

Check this out! You might recall last winter when I was so excited about my Send Home Science Kits. They have become one of my favorite things to give to students, and EVERY TIME... the kids go nuts for them! They think they have won the lottery.  It is awesome!

To celebrate back to school, I am giving away a class set of BIRTHDAY science kits to one lucky winner!
How cool will it be to give these out to your kiddos?

In case you aren't familiar with my Send Home Science Kits, they are really a terrific product,
and versatile for grades kinder through fifth grade.

The file contains all the instructions (including a shopping list) to assemble a bag full of tried-and-true science activities that your students can take home and complete. They are a great way to incorporate science at home. They require very inexpensive materials, many that you can get for no cost!

There is a printable science booklet and science journal that you copy and put in each bag, 
and printable bag toppers for multiple uses. 

I set up an assembly line when I am putting them together. It looks like a lot, but it was really easy!
(Ignore the Crock Pot... that was dinner!) 

My hubby bagged them and I put the topper on:

Well, here is your chance to win a class set of BIRTHDAY science kits, already assembled and ready for 
YOU to give to YOUR students. Who doesn't need that?!?!

Check it out here in my TPT store: 

I am also giving away 2 of the downloads to 2 lucky winners, too! 

Enter today! 

** NOTE:  Kits will only be shipped within the contiguous United States.**

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Incentive Charts: More than a Marble Jar!

It is time for another Bright Idea Linky Party and I am EXCITED! 
This is going to be another great month of awesome teacher tips and ideas! 

It is no secret that I am a bit of a hoarder and like to pull out ideas that I have used in my
 classroom for years. I can tell 'ya... some of these charts I'm going to show you are OLD.  
I like to think I'm RETRO-CHIC like that. 

How many of you use a marble jar? Marble jars have been around forever.  
They became REALLY popular in the early 90's (yes... 90's) when Lee Canter's Assertive Discipline was the greatest thing since sliced bread.  I had one, everyone had one. I still know people who STILL have them and LOVE them, but they just were never my cup o' tea. 
Mainly because they take FOREVER to fill up. 

I was terrible at the marble jar. My kiddos (and I) needed shorter goals. I felt that is was important for the kiddos to know how much it will take to complete their goal. The marble jars were just not concrete enough for me. They are great for teaching estimation, but not so great for goal setting. 

So I started making charts that could be reused and the kids could count and see how many more they needed to make their goal.  This was one of my FIRST ones, and yes... I still have it. (Hoarder ALERT!!) 

Every time the class would earn a compliment or reward for anything, they would earn a grape. When the bunch was full, they would earn a reward. Back in the day, we would do "Read and Munch." They got to bring a snack for silent reading. (Super simple!!) 

This is another OLD one.  I went through a Suzy's Zoo phase.  
The kiddos earn bubbles on the chart, just like the grapes. 
I usually pull her out during our Air and Weather science unit.

My "Old Lady" is about 10 years old.  She has fake doll hair glued on her. LOVE HER!! 
I lost my original pieces of the story, so I made some new ones.  
This one is great for when my class needs shorter goals. 
Once she swallowed the horse, an incentive is earned by the class. 

One of my favorite charts is from my Scooby Doo phase. I simply laminated a Scooby poster and cut out brown paper Scooby Snack dog bones and stuck them on the poster. 
I KNOW I still have it somewhere... in my garage... sigh. So sorry, no picture of that one.  BOO! 

Since I've decided to do a bee theme this year, I am going to start the year with this bee hive my hubby drew and I painted.  The students are going to earn bees for compliments in special area classes or when walking in line.  I will mix up the goals and incentives depending on my class. 

So, the point of this post is to give you some food for thought.  Keep your incentive charts fresh and the goals attainable. It is easy to mix up your charts and change up your class reward incentives. This creates novelty and makes your class a more exciting place to be!

Happy hopping!


    An InLinkz Link-up

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tooth Fairy Fun!!

Let's just face it... even though they are gross to most grown-ups, lost teeth are milestones to our little friends. I wanted to find a way to make a lost tooth an exciting event in my class without losing precious instructional time. I was also on the hunt through all of our local school supply stores AND the internet to find inexpensive awards to give out, to no avail!  So, my cute little Tooth Fairy Fun pack was born.  I love it!!!

This pack contains several activities and incentives to make losing a tooth a fun, educational, 
and special experience. 

I have students write a letter to the Tooth Fairy and explain how and where they lost their tooth. They get to take it home with them.

They also get a "My Tooth Book" with journal pages and a tooth record form in it. Most of my students are from very low income families and their parents can't afford to buy cute little lost teeth journals from Etsy or a fancy bookstore. The parents LOVED that I did this for them, and all it cost was some copy paper and a bit of time at the beginning of the year.  

The same goes for the little tooth pocket.  My mom and I use to have a craft business and these were something we would sell.  I must have made a thousand on them in my lifetime! They are easy and inexpensive to make, and again becomes a special keepsake for the kiddos. (They only get 1 for the year!) 

Subsequent lost teeth go in a baggie with this label on it. (I have these made ahead of time, too.)

Kiddos also get a sticker to wear for the day:

We keep a class book of writing, where they can write about the result of the Tooth Fairy's visit. 

It is simple and easy (and NOT so gross) to make losing a tooth at school a special event. 
Check out my Tooth Fairy Fun pack and get started!! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Holiday Class Writing Journals

If you are familiar with my Class Writing Journals, I have some exciting news!  I finally finished a holiday expansion pack.  I am so excited about these!

This pack includes 6 holiday themed writing journals to use throughout the year.  They match my other Class Writing Journals so they can easily be added to the set.

Each holiday has a cover sheet with a writing prompt and a page of writing helps that you can glue on the inside cover of your notebooks.  They are sized to fit onto a standard composition book or spiral notebook.
Writing Ideas page: 

If you aren't familiar with Class Writing Journals, you need to be!  
They are one of my favorite writing tools I use in my classroom.  

I make mine simply by attaching the cover and writing ideas page to a composition book. 
Covering them with clear packing tape or clear Contact paper will help preserve the longevity. 

I keep them in a basket in my writing center. 
During writing time, students select a notebook and start writing. They also LOVE reading what their classmates have written. They are perfect for fast finishers or can be used for assessments. 

In addition to the NEW holiday pack, I have 3 other sets available in my store:

You can save some $$ by buying the bundle.  It has all four sets in it!! 
There are enough to keep your students writing all year long! 

Other ideas:
-Trade journals with a buddy class. This gives them an audience for writing.

-Send them home for a special at home writing project. One of my friends sends them home on Fridays and the students bring them back and share in partners on Mondays. 

-Save them from year to year.  Students love to find passages their friends, neighbors and siblings have written. 

Check out my other Class Writing Journal posts for more ideas.  

Happy writing!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bully- A Great Book About Bullying

This week I wanted to share another nearly wordless book that speaks volumes. Has anyone read the book Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seegar? If not, you need to put it on your back to school shopping list!!  It is such a great book for teaching about bullies and how the things people say can be hurtful.

This book has very limited text, but the word choice is so powerful. A little bull gets picked on by a bigger bull, and then as a result of his hurt and anger continues to bully the other animals in the barnyard. As his anger and "bulliness" grows, so does the image of the bull. The bull grows and grows feeding on the hurt of others until finally, he pops.

*Note...  Having someone blowing up a balloon while you are reading this would be an awesome visual for the kiddos!  Warning... there is the four letter "B" word  in this book, but it is used as a verb, and not a noun.
(The one that means the same as a rear end.)

What was so great was that after reading and discussing this book, I heard my kiddos retelling the story over and over again. It REALLY stuck with them, so I made little retelling story sticks. You can grab them from my store. Click on the picture to grab them. They are free!

Finally, there is a GREAT little video that is available on You Tube with the author Laura Vaccaro Seegar. Check it out to see more! 

Thanks to Deanna for another week hosting the We Love Books Linky!  I DO love books!!

Happy reading!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

I'm headin' to Vegas and I'm having a sale!!

This week while I'm soaking up the positive teacher energy in Vegas, my store will be on sale!  

Click on the graphic to visit my store!!  

Jackpot BABY!!! 

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