Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Top of the Class DJ Inker CD You Can Win and Create With!

DJ Inkers is so excited to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with YOU! The fun begins on April 27th with fabulous teacher FREEBIES & incredible SALES all week long! You’ll find adorable classroom clip art, fabulous fonts, educational printables & smiles... ALL ON SALE for the celebration! 
(The sale ends May 3, 2017)

You can click HERE to sign up for their emails. 
You won't be disappointed!

In honor of this celebration, I'd like to highlight one of their great clipart collections. 

Have you ever seen all of the clipart in
There are over 650 darling clip art images, including school supplies, borders, award certificates, bookmarks, sayings, and a star alphabet. This teacher favorite even includes a cute font, a school time scrapbook set and writing templates too! 

Here's a sample of some of the clipart that's on this CD. 

Click the picture to go to their website.
(DJ Inkers gave me this product to try before I shared it with you. I can sincerely vouch for this product and tell you that it is just as wonderful as I thought it would be.)

I created this activity from some of the pictures found in this CD. I made it to help some of my first graders hear the difference between the CH and SH sounds. 

Click this picture above to go to my store and grab this freebie!
(Some of the pictures in this product came from other sets of DJ Inker clipart. I needed specific things that started or ended with these letters.)

This is a free product and is very easy to use with your students. It has 18 pictures that the students need to sort between the CH and SH sounds. There are two mats for them to lay the correct picture on.  I created a black and white set in case that fits your needs better. You can print them on white or colored paper. 

I'm also thrilled to share with you a giveaway from DJ Inkers. They want to give one of you the Top of the Class CD or Download so that you too, can create your own fabulous stuff. 

Fill out the Rafflecopter and cross your fingers, maybe you'll be a lucky winner. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Win $25 from TPT!

It's time for another giveaway!


Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 4/24/17 and is open worldwide.

Are you a Teacher Blogger or Teachers pay Teachers seller who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your store and social media?  Click here to find out how you can join our totally awesome group of bloggers!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Fun Bus Tips That Will Help Occupy the Ride

It's time for many of us to start planning our field trips for the end of the year. If you are taking kids on a bus for a long ride, I may have something that can make that ride a little more enjoyable and manageable for everyone. 

Click HERE for a post rewind that shows you a great tip. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Kids Can Be Helpful to Others Plus a Giveaway

I am excited to share an author with you today and she's going to send one person an autographed copy of her newest book.  Will it be you?

I had the real priviledge of meeting Michigan Author Maria Dismondy 
on a couple of occasions. 

But I really got to know her better when she came to my school and presented to our students. 

 I have seen many authors speak to our students. Many are very good writers or illustrators but lack speaking skills with young children.

However, Maria can do both and she can do them both very well. She held their attention and she kept it exciting. She knows when they need a break from sitting and she continuously gets them moving. AND she can get their attention back quickly when she needs that too. 

When she asked me to help with her book tour, I was more than willing to jump right in. Her books speak volumes to kids. We all have students like the characters in her books. 

She "gets" kids. She really does.

Click HERE to see more about her tour in Michigan.

Her newest book is called The Jelly Donut Difference. 
It's all about sharing kindness with the world. 

When I read it to a class of 2nd graders, they all could see themselves or others in this book. They admitted to acting just like the characters in the book. They could laugh at them, but also realize that their actions did affect other people. Being Kind is the theme of this book and it gives great examples of how kindness does affect others. 

I read this book to them on Fat Tuesday.

It was the perfect day to read about paczki. 
(pronounced POONCH-KEY)

We then did a character study with this book. 

(I have to apologize that I spelled Doughnut wrong on this sheet! WHOOPS!)

We discussed each character and listed good and bad traits to each one. 
It was clear to these students that the characters made some changes by the end of the book. We talked about how we, too can make changes after we do something wrong.

Then to bring the story more real to them they each got to eat a paczki. We had lemon, blueberry, and strawberry. 

Most of them agreed that they were very tasty. 

If you'd like to learn more about Maria, click HERE.

 You can also watch this quick trailer about the book. 

Click HERE to download a dropbox file filled with fun activities for you to do with this book.

Click HERE if you want to order a book from Amazon.

Maria even does real and virtual school visits.

 Click HERE to find out more.

 More books by Maria Dismondy!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, March 13, 2017

How Does an Extra $25 Sound to You?

I love being a part of giveaways! 
Bringing joy to someone's life is the best! Heck, winning anything is fun, but winning $25.00 is pretty darn cool!

Here's the scoop!

The prize is:  $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Thanks to  Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher), for organizing this. 

All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below.  This giveaway ends 3/20/17 and is open worldwide.

Are you a Teacher Blogger or Teachers pay Teachers seller who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your store and social media?  Click here to find out how you can join our totally awesome group of bloggers!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Valuable Vowel Games Can Create Superior Readers

I finished some of my vowel games that my own students love to play. They laugh, they frown, they cheer, they learn! And above all, they beg to play it again and again.

These games keep them reading new and old words and loving the special cards that make them lose, trade, or get extra cards. 

This is the Spring set.

Click on the picture above to go to my store. 

This is the Valentine set.

Click on the picture above to go to my store.

There are actually 2 games in one with each set. There is the regular vowel set that has words with  a silent e at the end. The second set is with irregular vowels like ea, oa, oo, ei, ui, ight, and many more. 

These are both on sale for just 24 hours. So grab them if you'd like a fun way for your  kiddos to learn these regular and irregular vowel words. 

And in case you're thinking ahead to next year, there is also a set for Christmas time. 
Click on the picture above to go to my store. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Time to Improve Those Fact Family Skills With Ease

My students need practice with fact families, so I made this set for them. It's for adding and subtracting. You can get it at half off until Saturday night!  That's only $1.50!

You can put the colored copies on your document camera while you teach the strategies. They can be laminated or put in a plastic sleeve and use a marker on them. 

You can hand out the black and white copies for your students to do independent work. 

So if your students are also needing more practice in this, click HERE to get it. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Free March is Reading Calendar

This will be the quickest and shortest post EVER!

Do you need a calendar of reading activities for your students? Click here to grab it for free!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Your Students Will Love Incredible Equations!

This is a rewind from last May, but I think it's timely for right now. 

Have you ever heard of Incredible Equations?

This picture below shows what I'm talking about.

This can be done every day or once a week. But it should be done on a regular basis in order for the students to catch on and understand number sense better. It can be done as a whole group in place of or in addition to your calendar. It can also be done in small groups where each group can add to the chart. 

Here are the simple directions:
  • Pick a number for them to focus on. In the beginning of the year, pick a smaller number. (You may have to model for them several ways to find those answers, but in time, some kids will see it on their own.) 
  • Students think of problems that  have that chosen number as an answer.
  • They can use a variety of strategies to equal that number. (add, subtract, multiply, and divide)
  • They can think about clocks, money, tally marks, place value, dice, dominoes, or ten frames that can show that same number. 
  • Look for patterns that might repeat if you add one to each number or subtract one from each number. (52-27, 53-28, 54-29, 55-30, etc.)
  • Stretch their brains by telling them that one thing is the same as another name, like  5+5+5+5+5 is the same as 5x5, or 5 nickels = one quarter. 
  • They can add 2 numbers, 3 numbers, or more to get to the chosen number. 
The kids love this and they love saying the words Incredible Equations. Great vocabulary!

 You can do this on a pad of paper, your whiteboard or whatever works for your room. If you display them in your room, they can use them as a resource when needed. 

Please let me know if you try this and how well it works with your kiddos.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Love a Sale!

My whole store is on sale today and tomorrow. 
Everything is 28% off!

This was made by Creative Clips! I love it! So cute!

Monday, February 6, 2017

$10.00 TPT Gift Card Giveaway

For one day and one day only, you can enter this Rafflecopter and hope to win one of seven $10.00 TPT gift cards. 

Easy to do, just like each of the following Teachers Pay Teachers' stores and you'll have 7 different chances to win. 

I will pick the winner by 8:00 pm est. tonight. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Share The Love Blog Hop Give Away

The Crazy Daisies is part educational resources, part clip art! We’re putting our heads together to make learning fun for our students and YOURS.

 Amanda Smith of Daisy Designs is a 2nd Grade teacher in Florida. She also teaches Musical Theater and Dance at a local theater. She’s passionate about reading and is a total dog-lover! In fact, Daisy is the name of her 5 pound chihuahua. She has a 5-month old son, Isaac. 

Jodilyn Blake @DaisyADayDoodles has been teaching for 8 years on the Indian Reservations of New Mexico. She has taught as a reading specialist, 2nd grade teacher on up to Middle school Language Arts. Her TPT shop has teaching resources along with her artwork. She has been doodling since she was 12 years old for fun. However, her doodles became digital creations in May 2015. She is relatively new to the clip art world, but she loves to share her joy. 

By our powers combined, we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day with free valentines featuring Jodilyn’s art and Amanda’s witty puns.

I'm joining these other wonderful friends to give away 2 TPT Gift Cards. I hope you win!

I'm also letting you have my Facts and 
Opinions Product at half off. Grab it before the price goes back up!

Click the picture above to go to my store.

Click HERE to grab your FREEBIE!