Facebook Rafflecopter Giveaway!

In a recent post, I was whining — err, commenting on the fact that I couldn’t run a rafflecopter on my blog, but then I found out the most wonderful thing . . . I can run a rafflecopter on my Facebook page!

So that’s what I’m doing.  If you go to my rafflecopter, you can have a chance to win a copy of my newest TPT unit, Activities to  End the School Year :  When Summer Comes.

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If you would like a chance to win this fabulous resource, click on any of the pictures above to visit my Facebook page.  Click on the Giveaway Tab, and there you can enter for a chance to win this item.  The giveaway ends in 3 days.

That’s it for tonight.  I have a terrible headache because I stupidly slammed the van hatchback door on top of my head after putting groceries in the back. I’m going to take two aspirin and an ice pack to the couch.  Have a good night, everyone.

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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describing words

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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

http://williams2ndgradepigpen.blogspot.com/

and/or Teachers Pay Teachers store

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Teresa-Williams-8

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 – 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!

First Grade Language Arts Games – Gone in a Flash! Plus a Bloggy Birthday Celebration

You know what that means?  It’s flash freebie time.  From 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST today, January 20, my newest eSource will be free!  Free!  FREE!  This 30 page unit correlates directly with Lesson 12, How Leopard Got His Spots, in the Journeys reading series.   What are you reading this for?  Run and get it now!

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I just found  this fun birthday celebration Mrs. Fultz is having on her blog, Mrs. Fultz’s Corner.  She’s been a blogger for a year now, and she has racked up some really impressive numbers so far!  To celebrate her bloggy birthday, she’s got some great giveaways going.  Visit and enter by clicking on the picture below.

Have a great day everyone!

Callum’s Addition Pyramid

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Adding basic facts is too easy! Can we try the hard level?

Today during Pickles and Ketchup time, a group of my students were using the SMARTBoard to play Callum’s Addition Pyramid.  If you don’t know about this resource, you’ve got to check it out!  Click on the picture to visit the site.

It’s an addition game with three levels of play, easy, medium, or hard.  After each turn, you can choose which level you want to play.  Easy is basic facts, and typically, my kids start there.  But then they get adventurous and want to try medium and hard.

Today, about 5 of my kids decided to play on the hard level, and it was so cool to watch the different ways they tried to figure 17+19.  One boy was trying to count on his fingers.  One of my girls got out the cubes.  Ben realized counting on his fingers wasn’t going to work, so he started helping Jules count cubes.  In the meantime, Alaina and Shelby decided to use the number line above the chalkboard.  It only goes to 30, but Alaina was finally the one who came up with the answer using the number line!  Anyway, the game is really cool and easy for the kids to get the hang of.  Try it out!

There’s a really cool giveaway going on at Rockin’ Teacher Materials.  Hilary has 6 flash drives to giveaway, one at each grade level, loaded with teacher materials donated from TPT members.  Can you imagine?  A flash drive full of resources at your fingertips!  Click on the picture below to visit Hilary’s blog and sign up for her giveaway.   It ends Sunday, so go now!

Good luck!

Banished into the Artic Night (And a Giveaway!)

Funny story. As I sat down to compose this post, a stink bug came crawling up on my desk.  Stink bugs give me the heebie jeebies, and there was no way this stink bug was going to survive in my house on my computer desk a moment longer.  I had to use cunning and the dangerous tools of a pencil eraser and a plastic cup, but I’m proud to say I was victorous over the stink bug, and it has been banished into the arctic winter night, where — at the risk of sounding cruel — I hope it dies.

Now, before you judge me as cold and cruel-hearted, I just want you to know that I peacefully coexist with many little critters, like the occasional centipede or the Daddy Long Legs that I see in the corners of the garage.  I’m okay with that.  But not the stink bugs.  They must go.  Would you  want this crawling across, under, and in your desk while you were working on it.  Next thing you know, it will be up your pant leg.  No, thank you!

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Now, on with the big news about Mrs. Payton’s 100 Follower Giveaway!

Mrs. Payton has reached 100 Followers on her blog!  Isn’t that great.  And after this giveaway she is hosting, I expect she’ll have even more!  She has 8 high-quality resources in her giveaway, plus $15 in free resources from her store.  $15 goes a  l–o–n–g way in TPT land!

Be sure to scoot on over to her blog, Payton’s Precious Kindergarteners, and sign up for her rafflecopter giveaway.  Just click the button below.

Good luck!

Great Give Away!

Lori, over at the Reinspired Teacher, is celebrating 100 followers with a huge giveaway! She’s starting with K-2, so head on over now to sign up! Also, check back to her site because she will follow up with two more giveaways after this one for older grades. Just click on the picture below to visit Lori’s blog. Good luck!