Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Winter Giveaway!


The winter wind has blown in a fantastic giveaway! Check out these great sellers' products and learn how to enter for a $50 TPT giftcard!



Our first two resources are from Mrs. J's Resource Creations.

First up is a Groundhog's Day Reading Mystery: Once Upon A Crime, BURROW SLIME! 


Groundhog Day Reading Mystery: Reading Comprehension Passages & Questions


Don’t stress! The Groundhog is OK, but he is trapped inside his burrow! Your students must read and complete the activities to remove the burrow slime.

*The main goal in this mystery is to encourage reading.
*The work involved to solve the clues covers skills such as comprehension; spelling; vocabulary; synonyms; cause and effect.
*Students must highlight the evidence in the reading to prove their answers.
*The discovery format requires a fill in the missing letter process to unlock clues. The alternative B-Edition requires full answers, but, this means students must check-in with you or somewhere in the classroom to collect the clue instead.
(Please note, that the groundhog is OK and is just trapped asleep inside his burrow).

Her second resource is the Groundhog Day Math Mystery Activity

4th Grade Groundhog Day Math Mystery Activity 

OH NO! Spring might never come if the groundhog isn’t rescued!
Calling all Math Detectives to solve WHO kidnapped Chuck, the Groundhog.
A fun way to spiral review, check out the individual grade editions to find out what math skills are needed to unlock the clues!
(Available in editions for 1st – 6th grade)


Our next two resources are from Mrs. Hansens Helpfuls.

Chris Van Allsburg Author and Book Study Bundle

Save with this bundle of 5 different Chris Van Allsburg books plus an author study and book comparison activities.

This BUNDLE includes:

Literature Units and activities for:
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
Jumanji
Zathura
The Polar Express
Two Bad Ants

Each unit includes comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, writing, and many more activities!

In addition:

Chris Van Allsburg Biography with questions, vocabulary study, and other graphic organizers.

Four different book comparison activities for plot, setting, characters, and books.

Her second resource is her Animal Report Unit.

Animal Report Complete Unit with Project Idea and Rubric


She says: "I am excited to share this with you. I have put together a complete unit to teach about animals. This unit covers science, writing, and informational reading standards including common core research standards. I have tried to give you many different option templates to fit to your individual needs.

I have just added an EXAMPLE report that I successfully used in my classroom. It is a definite time saver." This product includes:

Research Questions & Notes
Graphic Organizers:
Introduction
Description
Habitat and Range
Basic Living Needs
Animal Adaptations
Predator and Prey
Interesting Facts
Conclusion


Our next two resources are from The Harstad Collection.

Animals: Animal Habitats, Adaptations, Classification - 360 Clipart Posters
Description:
Build  your classroom zoo without the smell. Use for animal projects, PowerPoints, and reports. Images also work nicely as classroom decor, story ideas, and animal speeches. This download keeps image search time productive and efficient.
Sample ideas:
Find 10 animals with 3 syllable names.
Create a wildlife park with map and choose your top 20 animals.
Compare & contrast the curlew and sea otter.
Describe the angler fish so I can find it.
Find the woodland habitat and add six suitable animals.
Justify the animal that would make the best pet.
Identify eight marine animals.
Persuade me the aye-aye should be "Animal of the Year".
Create an animal family of 10 that would live in harmony.
Which camouflage animal is most difficult to find?
Color the turkey illustration and draw its natural habitat.
Classify three animals similar to the red panda.
What five ways has the yak adapted to its environment?

Create an eight animal list from largest to smallest.

His second resource is

Geography Bundle | Map Skills, Labeling, Questions for Atlas & Internet (K-12)

Description:
Spatial learning abounds with basic locations of states, countries, and cities. Teach search techniques with questions and transfer information with labeling.
Use the map collection for introducing basic locations to young learners, while transitioning into labeling and searching for older ones. Take with you across grade levels your entire career.
28 USA Maps with Regions
35 World Maps
50 State Map Outlines
100 USA Geography Questions
100 World Geography Questions
135 Map Labeling Tasks

The last two resources are from my store.

The first one is:



Mental Math - 100 problem cards that encourage your students to solve math problems in their head quickly! 

You can use these mental math task cards as a math warm up to begin your math lesson, or use as a time filler throughout the day.

Students each have ten digit cards on their desk as you read each card. The students use the digits to keep track of the math tasks they are computing in their head. They love being able to follow along with each task and eventually end up with the correct answer.

I use these cards for whole group, small group, and even partnership lessons.

These mental math problems will increase your students' listening, problem solving, and computation skills. 
Be sure to check the preview for 4 example cards to make sure it is the appropriate level for your students.

My second resource is:






Do your students need practice with capital letters/capitalization? We all know that capitalization rules, but sometimes our kids always seem to forget where and when to use a capital letter.

This packet will help your students to learn and remember all of the times that they should use a capital letter in their writing. Best of all, there is no prep for you - just print, copy, and go!

The capitalization rules are printed at the top of each page to help your students recall. 

And now for our BIG GIVEAWAY!






Monday, January 14, 2019

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway January 14, 2019

Teacher Giveaway!

Teacher Giveaway - Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers gift card giveaway

$25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway


Every week one lucky teacher gets to go on a Teachers pay Teachers shopping spree!  Will it be you this week?

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card 


Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 1/21/19 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!




Monday, January 7, 2019

Teaching School-Wide Expectations (Ron Clark Academy Inspired)

This post about Teaching School-Wide Behavior Expectations is part of my Visit to Ron Clark Academy series.  You can find all of the posts in that series here.



When we visited the Ron Clark Academy, one of the things that really impressed my colleagues and I was the fact that the students were SO well behaved!  


I have already shared the 55 Essential Rules that the students follow at the school, and how I have adapted them in my own classroom, but today I am going to share how we implemented the idea of having school-wide behavior expectations.

My Principal was most impressed with the fact that the students followed essentially the same rules in all of the classrooms, and in all areas of the school.  If we could get the students at our school to do the same, we could accomplish so much more!

We put together a plan that involved the students rotating through behavior stations where the school expectations were taught.  Students rotated with their teacher as a class, so that everyone received the same information.

We go through these rotations once at the beginning of the school year, and then again when we return from Winter Break.


One of the stations was the cafeteria.  Our Dean of Students reminded the students of cafeteria expectations including: cleaning up after yourself, speaking volume, and using manners with the cafeteria staff.

At the Ron Clark Academy during educator training days, students are asked to pair up with several of the teachers to eat lunch together.  I was very impressed with the way that the students interacted with us and were able to answer our questions about the school and their experiences there.

I occasionally share lunch with my students so that we can practice these skills as well.


Another station students attend teaches them our school-wide expectation for assembly behavior.  During this station, our principal also reviews ideas we learned at the Ron Clark Academy such as tracking the speaker, and staying engaged.  She reminds the students that they can use these skills not only during assemblies, but in class as well.


The bathroom expectations station is another important place where we teach school-wide behavior expectations.  We have a sign that is displayed in front of the bathroom to remind students of what is expected when they need to use the restroom.

One thing that I loved about the Ron Clark Academy was how clean the bathrooms were.  You can see pictures of them here.  


There ALWAYS seem to be problems at recess, so one of the stations focused on a problem-solving wheel that is painted on our building.  

The school counselor spoke with the students about coming to the problem solving wheel so that students can learn to solve their own problems.

Here is a close-up picture of the problem solving wheel.



In the past year that we have been teaching the school-wide behavior expectations, we have seen a dramatic increase in on-task behavior and a decrease in problem behavior.

Do you teach school-wide behavior expectations? How are they taught at your school?  I would love to hear your ideas as well! 


Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway January 7, 2019

Teacher Giveaway!


This Giveaway is Over!  Please visit our Giveaway page to enter our current giveaway.

Teacher Giveaway - Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers gift card giveaway

$25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway


Every week one lucky teacher gets to go on a Teachers pay Teachers shopping spree!  Will it be you this week?

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card 


Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 1/14/19 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!





Sunday, January 6, 2019

Monthly $100 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway - January 2019


$100 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway


This Giveaway is Over!  Please visit our Giveaway page to enter our current giveaway.

Every month we spoil one lucky teacher gets to go on a Teachers pay Teachers shopping spree!  Will it be you this month?



Teachers Giveaway - $100 Teachers pay Teachers gift card giveaway An Apple for the Teacher


GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  


Prize: $100 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

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



Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 1/13/19 and is open worldwide.


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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

An Apple for the Teacher Daily Deal Round-Up


We all know that two things teachers do not have a whole lot of are money and time!  That is why I have put together this list of daily deals teachers will love!  Save time and money!

money saving tips for teachers, An Apple for the Teacher Daily Deal Round Up
This post contains affiliate links. I earn a small commission each time someone makes a purchase using one of my links, which helps to support the blog.  All opinions are my own and I only promote brands and products that I have used myself and truly love.  


An Apple for the Teacher Daily Deal Round Up

List updated 1/17/19



Have you tried these repositionable glue sticks yet? They are perfect for moving pieces around on an anchor chart as you teach mini-lessons. They are also on sale at Amazon right now!



Using Audible books has been one of the best things for my students who struggle reading!  You can grab a FREE audio version of Big Nate: In a Class By Himself with a trial of audible!



Have you been wanting to get a set of Sit Spots, but weren't sure you could afford them?  Amazon has a great deal on them now!




Most classrooms seem to go through glue sticks like water!  Now is a great time to re-stock your supply with this great deal at Amazon!




If you are in need of a new paper cutter, check out this AMAZING deal!





I love printing using colored card stock, but it can get pricey! Amazon has it marked down right now!




If you are looking for new books for your classroom library, you may want to check out these children's books which are up to 50% off!



Ticonderoga pencils are my favorite, and these My First tri-write ones are great for beginner writers or students who are struggling with proper pencil grip.




If you have been wanting to get one of these storage carts, now might be the time to do it - they are on sale at Amazon right now.



I love using Astro Brights paper to brighten up classroom assignments and notes home. You can get a great deal on them at Amazon right now.





Do you need new book boxes? Check out this amazing deal!



If you are looking for a read aloud book for Presidents Day, you may want to check out this one!




These fraction dice are a great way to have students practice operations with fractions! I have my students use them to add fractions, subtract fractions, compare fractions, and more! They are on sale on Amazon now!



Help your young writers with the strategies in From Striving to Thriving Writers: Strategies That Jump-Start Writing - on sale now (clip the coupon to save even more)!



I love using these erasable Frixion pens for writing on calendars and for lesson planning.



I also love my Flair Pens! You can grab a great deal on them now!



My students love the Dog Man book series by Dav Pilkey! There is a new book out and you can grab it for 30% off!



If you need headphones for a listening center or to use with technology, check out this great deal!



It seems like I am constantly in need of Sharpies in the classroom. Check out this great deal on a variety of colored Sharpies!



I love using these Post-It Easel Pads for creating anchor charts! You can save over 50% on them over at Amazon right now!





My students always love having big erasers to fix their mistakes. You can get a class set for under $10!




Expo markers are an absolute must in the classroom for instruction, student practice, and assessment. Replenish your supply with this great deal!



We go through a lot of highlighters in the classroom. You can snag a great deal on this pack big enough for everyone to share!



Hot Dots are always a hit in my classroom for practicing skills from math facts to reading comprehension. Amazon is having a great deal on them right now. They would also make great Christmas present ideas!









I love using Flair pens to grade papers, lesson plan, have students revise their writing and more! Check out this great deal on a box of red Flair pens!




My students love using these thin dry erase markers for our Kicking It Math math fact practice. They are also great for re-using worksheets of any kind.



Are you running low on glue sticks in the classroom? Replace your stock with this great deal!



If you like to laminate ALL THE THINGS, like I do, check out this great deal on laminating pouches - almost 40% off!



My hands down favorite pencils are the Ticonderoga pencils, grab a great deal on them right now on Amazon!



I absolutely love this scissor caddy! I love that you can take the little cups out and pass them to a table. It makes passing out and cleaning up supplies so easy! It’s on sale at Amazon right now too!






Did you know that you can save even more on Amazon with coupons?  Check out the newest coupon deals here.


You can save on shipping with a Prime Membership!  Get a free 30-day trial!



Don't forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on Amazon deals!

Be sure to check out 6 Ways Teachers Can Save Money for even more money saving ideas!

Have you spotted any great deals for teachers?  Leave a comment below if you do!


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