Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leap Day Sale!

Have you heard of TPT's Leap Day Sale?  Tomorrow (2/29/12) you can get up to 28% off on TPT!  Since Leap Day only comes once eery 4 years, I'm throwing in an extra 10% off of ALL of the items in my store!  (And don't worry . . . 10% off of my free items is still FREE!  Haha!)

Click on the link below to get to my store.  Don't forget to write down the TPT promo code!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Main Idea Anytime!

Some of you may be familiar with the Main Idea Mix Up literacy centers I made for Valentine's Day and Presidents Day.  If you liked them, you may be interested in this new literacy center I've been working on.  I've created a set of 4 Main Idea ix Ups that are not specific to any holidays.  The 4 sets include:
  1. Penguins
  2. Cupcakes
  3. Monsters
  4. Forest Friends
Just like the holiday mix ups, these graphic organizer boards and detail cards can be differentiated for different grade levels and levels of learners.  Once the main ideas and details have been matched up on their graphic organizer boards, students will use the information to write a narrative or informational piece.  They can be differentiated by changing assignment expectations.   Early learners can start with basic information found in the cards.  Higher level learners can add research to informational pieces or text-to-self connections to narrative pieces.

Click the preview below to get your copy.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sight Word Game Board Follow Up!

One of my more popular products has been my Sight Word Game Board (owl themed).  I originally created the board with the 1st 100 Fry Sight Words entered into the game spaces because this is a popular list that overlaps with the Rebecca Sitton sight word list.  Both lists are commonly used.  It was brought to my attention, however, that other school systems may use other words so a request was made for a blank board.  If this is something you're interested, I've made 1 blank board for you to write your own words in.  This gives you the ability to tailor the game boards to suit your purposes in any subject area.  You can use sight words or vocabulary words!

Although I would love to offer you an editable file, I am only offering a PDF file in order to honor the graphic copyright from PeachPops.  Thanks for understanding!

I feel like I keep posting my seasonal items at the last minute.  SORRY!

If you're still looking for some Presidents Day activities, here's one for you:

If you saw the Valentine's Day Main Idea literacy center I posted last week, this is the same idea but with a Presidents Day theme!  If you like these, stay tuned . . . I've got an "anytime" packet of main idea literacy centers in the works.  I'm hoping to get it out and available to you this week.

Click the preview below to grab your FREE Presidents Day Main Idea Mix Up literacy center!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Grow yourself!

As teachers we're in the business of growing young minds.  The question is: are we growing our own?

It's true that there are some tried and true styles and techniques for teaching, but the education world is ever changing.  One thing we can do to be the best teachers we can be for our kids and keep up with the changing face of education is to read.  While you may not have tons of spare time (and would really like some time to relax with that little spare time that you do have), it's a great goal to try to pick up some professional reading from time to time.

Hop on over to the Teacher2Teacher blog to check out my book review on "No More I'm Done" to see if this professional read is right for you.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentines at the last minute . . .

Looking for some festive activities for Valentine's Day?  Kids Cog Works has a great linky page going on!  Go grab some FREEBIES for tomorrow (or store some away for your jump start on next year's Valentine's Day activities)!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's Day Main Idea Mix-up

Do you need a fun way to get your kids to practice main idea and details?  Here's a cute new Valentine's Day themed center that will get your kids thinking!  Your students will need to use their thinking caps to sort through the details and match them up to the main idea.  This FREE center includes 2 graphic organizer boards, main idea and supporting detail cards, and a cute writing paper template for your students to use once they are done sorting the main idea and detail cards onto the graphic organizer boards.  Challenge your higher thinkers to use text-to-self connections to add personal experience or opinions to their writing using one of the completed graphic organizer boards.

Enjoy your Valentine freebie!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Slow…but in the works

Things are a little slow going here (timing and sharing a computer with the hubs) but I promise I've got things int works.

In the meanwhile, I just want to send out a big thank you. Lately I've gotten a slew if feedback comments on TPT that have been so encouraging! I am just so glad that something I have made has helped another teacher and his/her students.

So thank you…your comments have made me very happy!
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