I've also got three new products that I'm selling. These are ribbon/banner clip-that you can use for personal, school, or commercial use. There is a Black Neon set, a line art set, and a rough paper set. I've got more sets coming soon as well and I think that I'm going to have a bundled set if you want to get them all. Each of these sets right now cost $1.00. I've only got them on my Teachers pay Teachers store.
Back to School Sale on TpT
I'm Joining in on the Back to School Sale that Teachers pay Teachers is having. It's a huge sale all of my stores products will be 20% off that on those two days so don't miss it.
Summer Reading 2014
So its been a great summer so far this year. I've been working on my new children's book, p prince and q queen. Scroll to the bottom to see one of the illustrations for my upcoming book. I've also been reading a lot this summer and wanted to share my thoughts on what I've been reading.
So that's what I've been up to. I'd love to hear what you've been reading this summer. So leave a comment below.
Every subs nightmare
Last Thursday was a challenging day for me. I was subbing for a class where the class usually rotates between a few teachers, however the other two classes were testing for the whole day, and I'm not sure that the teacher I was subbing for was aware that I would have the class for the whole. So I was given plans which were meant for a third of the day and they needed to last for the entire day. Additionally, it would have been a stretch to have those plans, which consisted of passing out a 15 min quiz, read the next chapters in the book their working on, and then read library books.
So aside from the short quiz I was supposed to have them read for the entire day. I mean come on, really? I was able to round up some busy work from the other two teachers, but having a whole day with silent reading/ worksheets doesn't make for a great classroom environment.
So I did what any great sub would do, I improvised. I did a quick internet search and picked three writing prompts. If your curious these are the prompts that I had them choose from.
So I had my kids choose to work on one of the prompts above. I let them work in pairs. And not only did it keep them busy, they were excited. So yeah, my day was saved. At the end of the day I also broke out one of my Vocabulary games for them to play,Dictionary Detective. I got the typical responses while introducing the game, like "How can you have a game with dictionaries?," but after the second round the majority of the class was engaged.
I've also decided to extend the time that I'm giving away my President Bookmarks. They will now be free until this Friday.
It's been a long since my last new product, but I've finally have finished my next one, President Bookmarks. These bookmarks include all of the United States Presidents from George Washington to Barrack Obama. Each bookmark includes a (hopefully) inspiring quote from that bookmarks. All of the bookmarks are in black and white. So you don't have to use a lot of printer ink and you can have a nice filler activity, while your students color the bookmarks. The bookmarks are going to free until Friday at which time they will be available in this websites store, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook.
You can get the bookmarks by clicking on the Add to Bag button below. If you like these you can also get President Student Name Plates from my store just click on the picture below.
Congratulations Diane! I've mailed out your copy of my Reader's Notebook today. For those of you who didn't get a chance to win you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus to be alerted to new contests.
Reader's Notebook Giveaway
I'm giving away a copy of my Reader's Notebook. You can enter the contest by liking my Facebook page, Leaving a comment, tweeting about the giveaway, or writing a blog post about the giveaway. You can also come by each day for a free entry.
The contest will end this Saturday. So hurry up and enter to get your free copy of the reader's notebook. The contest is only open for those in the US.
Your words my story version 2
I've made a new version of my your words my story worksheet. This is a vocabulary activity where you choose vocabulary words, that you want your students to learn, and they have to write a story using all of the words in order.
This activity was first created by Magaret Richek and she called it semantic impressions.
When writing the stories students must:
You can download this worksheet by clicking on the file below. If you would like more vocabulary activities you can go to my vocabulary activities page.
Since, today's focus is teaching vocabulary the Facebook Freebie for this week is going to be my Vocabulary Journal Templates. You can read more about them from this blog post or on my vocabulary activities page.
Facebook Freebie - The full moon.
I had crazy day subbing yesterday. It was just one of those days when the class just won't settle down. I had subbed for this room before without any problems. What I found most interesting was the comments from the other teachers. From several of them I heard the same comment, "Oh, its a full moon and Friday, that's why they've gone haywire." Although technically the full moon was the day before. (I checked)
So I was wondering, how true this is. Is this just an old wives tale or what? Let me know your thoughts, Did you also have a crazy day on Friday?
It's been a while since I've posted a new Facebook Freebie so I hope that you like the one that I've chosen for this week, Little Blue Men from Outer-space File Folder game.
This is a great game for having your students practice prefix and suffixes.
Happy New Year
Hope everyone had a great holiday. I've been gone for a while since I've had some problems with my laptop. But I'm back now and have got some great ideas for 2014. I've made some new years resolutions for this coming year and wanted to share some of them with you.
So those are my big goals this year. I'd love to hear some of yours, so please leave a comment below.
Facebook fan freebie 10/14/13
I was so busy with other things that I missed putting up the week Facebook Fan Freebie. But to make up for it this weeks freebie is going to be awesome.
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