Monday, January 28, 2019

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway January 28, 2019

Teacher Giveaway!


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$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 2/4/19 and is open worldwide.  


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Monday, January 21, 2019

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway January 21, 2019

Teacher Giveaway!


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$25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway


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GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card 


Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 1/28/19 and is open worldwide.  


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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

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$25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway


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GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card 


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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 seriesYou can find all of the posts in that series here.



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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! Leave a comment below or tag me on Twitter or Instagram!

And while you're here, enter to win one of our fabulous giveaways!

 I would love to hear from you! ❤️

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

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

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


$100 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway


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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
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An Apple for the Teacher Daily Deal Round Up

List updated 9/29/19

Amazing deal on these number dice! I love using dice in my classroom for almost all of my math lessons!




I ALWAYS pre-order popular book series for my classroom on Amazon because they guarantee the lowest price, and I don't have to worry about remembering to order them. The best part - my students are so excited to read them!

I just pre-ordered the newest Dork Diaries book which releases on Oct. 22nd and the first of a new Babysitters Club spin-off Baby Sisters Little Sister which releases on Dec. 26th. Have you pre-ordered any new books I might want to check out?







Are you looking for sensory fidget toys that won't break the bank? Check out this set of 32 for under $20!




If you love laminating ALL THE THINGS - you may want to stock up on these laminating sheets while they are over 50% off!




Snap up a great deal on these mini-playdoh packs! They are perfect for a treasure box or birthday presents for your students.



Do you use highlighters in your classroom? Check out this great deal on a class set of 24!




I love using these lined Post-It notes for taking notes as I read, for student responses, and for keeping track of questions I want to ask during read-alouds,




I am ALWAYS losing my teacher scissors - so I swiped up this great deal on a 2 pack. I got one set for home and one for school!




My students go through the erasers on the top of their pencils like water! If yours are the same way, you may want to grab these cap erasers!




Save on trips to the pencil sharpener with these mechanical pencils!




Run don't walk to get this AMAZING deal on sit spots - save over 90%!!!







I love using dice in the classroom! You can get a great deal on these 12 sided dice.




You can add them to a pill box (like in this blog post) to easily differentiate for your students.




I just purchased a class set of Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It is my FAVORITE read aloud to start the school year. I love having the students follow along with the read aloud we are reading. You don't have to grab a whole class set, but this is a great deal for the hardcover book!



I use Ron Clark's Essential 55 Rules in my classroom. You can grab the workbook that goes along with them to use with your students here while it is on sale!



I have only used these dry erase markers a few times (so I don't know how long they last, but I have heard great things from other teachers about them)!








If you are incorporating flexible seating in your classroom, you may want to check out this deal on these rockers. My 4th graders LOVE them!




Another great flexible seating option are these balance balls which are also on sale right now.




If you love to laminate all the things, check out this great deal on a personal laminator.



Playdough can be great for lessons (math fact modeling, science modeling, and more) as well as for indoor recess! Grab a great deal on this 24 pack!




I love using sheet protectors for my Kicking it Math and other reusable worksheets. Grab this great deal on 100!



And they LOVE using these thin dry erase markers to write on them more easily!



Amazon has Ink Joy pens on sale right now! These are my absolute favorite for grading papers and planning!

















If you are a Mo Willems fan, and are looking for a new back to school book to read to your students, you will want to check out his newest book, The Pigeon HAS to go to school! It is on sale at Amazon right now for 40% off!




Astrobrights colors make school work so much more engaging and fun! You can grab the Astrobright card stock for a great deal here.



I absolutely love my scissor caddy! It makes handing out and collecting supplies so much easier! You can grab the caddy and a 24 scissor set for under $20 right now on Amazon!




Glue sticks are a hot commodity in elementary school! Grab a great deal on a class set of 30 right now.



Who does not need an eraser in the classroom! And if yours is anything like mine, they are hard to find (even on the top of the pencils! I think the kids in my classroom eat them! LOL). Grab this set of 12!



One of those schools supplies that always seem to need replacing are markers! Kids wear them out with everyday use (and ahem - let's be real here, leaving the caps off of them). Luckily, Amazon has a great deal on a class set of Crayola markers.




And speaking of markers, Mr. Sketch markers are my absolute favorite for creating anchor charts with my students! You can get a set for under $5 with this add on deal!





I just replaced my tape dispenser and found a great deal on Amazon!




Jenga is a great for playing classroom review games or for indoor recess!



Yahtzee is another great choice for indoor recess and building math skills!





This pencil sharpener has been hands down my favorite! I am going on two years now with ZERO problems!  It is on sale at Amazon right now, so you might want to grab it while you can!



Check out this amazing price on the pro version of this laminator! I absolutely LOVE mine!




Stock up on divider tabs at a great price! I use these for student binders to help keep my students organized!






My classroom is Harry Potter themed, so of course I am going to love any deal Harry Potter related! You can grab the boxed set of Harry Potter books 1-7 for almost 40% off!




I have these magnetic whiteboard erasers in my classroom and I love them! Because they are magnetic, they stick to the board where I can easily find them!




I love using these folders to display student work or as writing portfolios. Stock up on them now while they are on sale, and don't forget to click the coupon to save even more!





My kids love all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and they are devouring the newest one! You can grab it on sale now at Amazon.



If you are looking for a flash drive for yourself or your students, check out this great deal!



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!






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.



The regular Ticonderoga pencils are also on sale. Grab some for yourself and your childrens' teachers as well!



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.






Help your young writers with the strategies in From Striving to Thriving Writers: Strategies That Jump-Start Writing - on sale 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!



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






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!



Another great highlighter deal is available on these thinner ones as well.



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.










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.







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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