Teacher Appreciation Blog Hop Winners (and a Smartboard game for you)!

Thank you all for participating in our blog hop.

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We had over 11,000 entries! Wow, that is truly an amazing number of entries. Our three lucky winners have been pulled, and I’m thrilled to announce them!

Number 1 Prize, winner of the gift card package, is . . .

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Congratulations Linda K!

Number 2 Prize, the winner of the customized room theme plus great beginning of the year activities . . .

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Congrats Emma!

Number 3 prize winner, the winner of their choice of an item from each blog hop sponsor’s store . . .

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Congrats Karyn W.!

Congratulations to all three winners!  I hope you all feel like winners with all the fantastic free items you were able to collect while hopping through our blogs!

My current fan freebie is up on my Facebook page.  If you downloaded it, you know it is an end of the year game called “Hang Ten” where the children practice making tens.

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I converted that game into a Smartboard game and played it on Friday with my kids.

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It’s played the same, but instead of partners playing against each other, we play it as team one against team two.  It’s a great way to introduce the game and be sure that everybody understands the rules, and it gave me a chance to see who understood the concept of adding to or subtracting from to make 10.  My kids loved the game and begged me to play again, but we ran out of time, so we’ll play again this week.

If you have a Smartboard and would like this game, you can download it by clicking on the picture below.  Enjoy!

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click here for free Smartboard Notebook file of this game.

Enjoy your week, everyone!  How many days do you have left?  We’re counting down now.  We have 13.5 school days left!

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Teacher Appreciation Sale and a Special Deal for Blog and Facebook Friends!

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By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the BIG two-day Teachers Pay Teachers Teacher Appreciation sale going on May 7 and 8.  Everything will be on sale 20 percent off in my store, and if you use code TAD13 at check out, you will get an extra 10 percent off for a total of 28% off!

As a special thank you to my blog and Facebook followers, I have a special deal for you!  If you purchase two items from my store, I will send you the google docs link to download my newest item “Intonation –  Whoooo Can Read the Way They Talk?”  It’s a cute one or two day mini lesson about paying attention to punctuation when we read and reading the way we talk, which is not like robots!  Here’s the preview of the resource.

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All you have to do to claim your special deal is purchase two items from my store, email me at practicemakesperfect1286@gmail.com with your TPT user name, and I will verify your purchase and send you the link to Google Docs to download your free item!

Remember, I will be at work tomorrow and Wednesday and won’t be able to send out the link until after 4:00 PM each day!

Happy shopping, everyone!

Do We Appreciate Teachers? You bet we do!

And to prove it, we’ve got the best, most awesomest, super fantabulous blog hop planned for teacher appreciation week, from freebies to help you end your school year to a grand prize of — well, put it this way, you won’t want to miss this hop! 919215_10201182460190448_1296466007_o

The hop starts May 5th, so be sure to check back then!   Oh, I’m so excited!!!

To make your waiting a bit easier, be sure to check my Facebook page for a little freebie I uploaded that may be useful to you for the end of the end of the year, and don’t forget, the Rafflecopter giveaway on my Facebook page ends tomorrow at midnight.  You still have time to enter that as well.

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Click to visit my FB page. Look for the Free For Fans Only tab and the Giveaway tab on my page.

S’more Product Swap number 2

Hi everyone!  I’m back again with a new wonderful product to review for you!  With spring fever hitting hard and heavy, this product from Teresa Williams at 2nd Grade Pig Pen is just the ticket to keep antsy children engaged in learning!
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Click here to visit 2nd Grade Pig Pen’s blog for lots of great teaching ideas and resources.

Today’s product is called “Fun in the Sun Tic-Tac-Toe Games.”  With its bright yellow cover and beachy theme, it is sure to catch the attention of beach-dreaming little ones.  The beach/summer theme is carried out throughout the whole product, with flop flops, strawberries, beach balls, Popsicles, surfboards, sand buckets, and other fun summery objects.
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The packet includes three language arts review games and three math review games.  I have not used the language arts games yet, but they include the following:

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I used the three math games during a Friday game day.  My kids really enjoyed playing the three different tic-tac-toe games included in the packet.  It was a great review of skills we had already practiced.  One of the games is Number Order – Before – always a more challenging skill.

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No one won this game!

Another game is Number Order – After.

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And the third game is telling time, which can be played two ways for differentiation — the children can either read the time correctly, or they can read the time, and tell the time an hour later.  Time is to the hour and half-hour.

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My students really enjoyed these games, and each time they played, it came out a bit differently.  What I liked about these games was the fact that they are perfect for end of the year review, that they didn’t use a ton of ink, and that the directions are right on each page.  Now that my children know how to play the math games, I have put them into envelopes for early finishers and center time.  Thanks, Teresa, for creating this wonderful product that will be fantastic for end of the year review and beginning of the year review for the next grade level.

Unfortunately, my free WordPress blog site will not allow me to run a rafflecopter, but Teresa has offered one of her “Fun in the Sun” resources for a giveaway.  If you would like a chance to win this item, please leave a comment on my Facebook page under this post.

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I will have my random number generator, also know as whoever happens to be home at that time, pick a number on Saturday at 12:00 noon for the winner.

If you leave a comment, please consider also following Teresa’s blog

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and/or Teachers Pay Teachers store

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and/or her Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/2ndGradePigPen?fref=ts

Be sure to click on the cute blue frog face to visit the other links in the collection and see the reviews on the other fantastic resources.


The Saturday Roundup!

Saturday again?!? Where is this month going?  Today it is cold, cloudy, and sometimes rainy in southwestern PA, so we are going to spend the afternoon at the museum.  For the first time in years, our son is going to accompany us on an outing.  Why, you ask?  It’s all due to the influence of a girl!  He has done more with us this year than ever since he began dating his girl.  Maybe they will let me get a picture today to share with you.  Can you tell I’m ridiculously excited that he is coming with us?

So let me start up the roundup by revisiting a product I already blogged about, the Autism Friendly Puzzle Token Charts.  I revamped them a bit by adding quarter-page size puzzles so they would fit better on the desks of the students you would need to use them with.

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Click here to visit my store and download my FREE Autism-Friendly Token Charts!

Have a few kids with specific behavior issues that need to be addressed? Try one of my puzzle token charts. I’m currently using them with two of my kiddos, and it’s working quite well.

I recently finagled my son’s tablet from him — mentioned that I was thinking of buying one, and he said I could have his. I didn’t want to just take it, and he always needs money, so I gave $100.00 for it — and I plan on letting these two guys use some carefully selected apps as a reward when they fill their token chart. Both are currently on the 12-piece token chart, one to encourage finished work on time, and one to encourage in-seat, on-task time.

While you’re at my store, if you need some Earth Day activities, be sure to check out the Earth Day story and poetry activities.  I’m so excited to use them Monday with my kids

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My Earth Day story, inspired by St. Therese and her Little Way ( but the story is totally secular).

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Click here to see the Earth Day syllable lesson and poem writing activity, including two easy poetry forms, Haiku and acrostic poems.

Now, on to the rest of the roundup!  This Saturday, Mr. Hughes has his Share the Wealth freebie linky going on.  You’re sure to find something there for the next few weeks of lessons!

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And Saturday also means Primary Paradise’s Top Five Freebies!

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Teacher Mom of  3 has her Seasonal Saturday post up.  Meet some new sellers and see some fantastic products.
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Next up is Pirate Girl and her Memory Verse Monday — a must for Sunday School, Christian, and Catholic School teachers.  I love how she makes them relevant to the season!

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Do you like to make it and take it?  If so, you’ve got to visit 2nd Grade Pad and check out her Thursday linky party.  Great ideas!

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Remember, you can add your take it and make it link to this as well!

Mrs.  Fultz keeps us up-to-date with all the apps in her weekly App of the Week post.  Now that I’ve got my  hands on a tablet, I can’t wait to dig into some of the apps she has posted about!

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Crayonbox Learning has added a new fan freebie to her Facebook page.  You have to like her page to get the freebie.

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I  hope you find some great free and paid items you can use to make  your weekly planning a little bit easier!

As always, if you have anything you’d like to add to this list, you can leave a link in the comments on my blog or my Facebook page.  Have a great week, everyone!

The Saturday Roundup – Helping You Plan for the Week Ahead

Happy Saturday, everyone! It’s time for the Saturday roundup, my treasures from the blogoshpere this week!  Most will include a freebie or a giveaway of some type, and all will be great adds to your teaching this week.

First up is my own creation, Common  Core Objectives and Focus Wall.  Born out of necessity because it is now part of our observation, I had to find a way to post my learning objectives and common core objectives for each subject in a minimal amount of space.  I had one piece of a chalkboard available to me, so I created this pocket chart version of the focus wall.  For each subject I teach, I post the objective and write the common core correlations for that lesson.  The chart allows for a great deal of flexibility since you can change your objectives as many times or as little times as you need to throughout the week.

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Click here to download your free Objectives Focus Wall.

I have this available in my store for $1.50, but I am giving it to my followers as a thank you.  Just click on the above picture to download it.

Next up, did you see 2nd Grade Pad’s Take It and Make It linky party?  She does this every Thursday, and you are free to link up any take it and make it ideas you have.

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Click here to visit 2nd Grade Pad’s Linky party.

And of course, you don’t want to forget to visit Primary Paradise’s weekly feature, Top Five Freebies.

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Click here to visit Primary Paradise and see her top five freebies for the week!

Mondays is Pirate Girl’s Memory Verse, and you can find this Monday’s memory verse by clicking on the picture below.

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Get your Memory Verse by clicking here.

Wednesdays, Ms. Fultz features an app review in her App of the Week.  This week it is an app to help with visual memory, concentration, and visual processing called Dyslexia Quest.

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Click here to learn about the Dyslexia Quest app.

Sugar and Spice is running a giveaway as a thank you for making her store successful enough that she was able to buy 6 tablets for her children to use!  How awesome is that?  Her giveaway ends April 19, so head over for your chance to enter.

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Click here to read Sugar and Spice’s inspirational use of some of her TPT earnings and enter her giveaway.

And finally, here’s an Earth Day freebie from Australia from Sea of Knowledge!

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Click her to visit Sea of Knowledge and download the Earth Day freebie.

Well, that’s it for the Saturday Roundup!  I hope you find some great freebies.  Don’t forget to explore the stores for paid items you may need as well.  Happy Planning!

A Mundane Life – It’s a Blessing

Happy Saturday, everyone!  I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and put up a post for you all!  It’s been a wonderful Saturday morning.  I   took my daughter to her colorguard practice.  She’s learning to use the silks, now, as well as twirl.  While she was busy at colorguard practice, I met up with a good friend I don’t get to see nearly enough ( which is sad because she lives 3 houses up from me) for coffee and girl talk.  Now, I’m watching the Penguins/Ranger hockey game and typing.  (Go Penguins!)  Do I ever get to stop multitasking?  Later this evening, we’re taking my parents to my daughter’s cheerleading banquet.  Just the mundane details of my life.  I’m sure many of you are doing the same types of things today.  Just another day in paradise, right?

Speaking of paradise, don’t forget that Saturday means Primary Paradise’s Top Five Freebies of the Week.  Click on the button below to check out her site and see what she’s picked for you this week.

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Click to see Top Five Freebies

Speaking of freebies, don’t forget today is the last day to hop around the blogs for the St. Patrick’s Day freebies and the chance to win $100.00 TPT gift certificate.

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Start your leprechaun’s gold blog hop here.

I recently had this one-page sample from my newest resource, Numbers and Operations in Base 10 Common Core Braintwisters Springy Thingies, up as my fan only freebie on my Facebook page.  I have since put up a new freebie there (be sure to check it out if you haven’t), but if you didn’t get Springy Thingies, you can download it by clicking below.

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Click to download your sample of Springy Thingies.

If you haven’t discovered Crayonbox Learning yet, you have to check out her blog and this super-cute activity.  I can’t wait to make this for my own class to use!

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Click here to get to know Danielle and see her fabulous work!

As you go through your mundane life, running your kids around here, there, and everywhere, washing, cooking, cleaning, and whatever else you’re doing today, take the time to count the blessing of having healthy children and consider checking out Life in Special Education’s post about Cole, a teaching friend’s child recently diagnosed with brain cancer.  It brings tears to my eyes to imagine what this family is going through, and if my donation of $25.oo for over $160.00 worth of teaching resources can make a small difference to this family, I’m more than happy  to cook at home one night this week instead of eating out.

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Click here to visit Karla’s blog and learn how to help Care for Cole

Enjoy your Saturday, everyone!