Sunday, December 16, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

VideoScribing the Classroom

If you haven't heard of video scribing then you are missing out! It is sooo fun and admittedly a bit addictive! I wanted to introduce a new line that I will be placing in my TPT store soon. I have tons of ideas that I want to go with this but I am starting out with weekly idioms. You could easily show more than one if you would like to cover more than one each week. These could be placed on classroom computers for students to review and use in centers. There are tons of ways to use these!

Enjoy and let me know what you think! I'm always looking to improve and inspire. I'm hoping to get my first set of idioms in my store in the next couple of days!

What idioms would you be interested in seeing? :)

Idiom of the Week: Skeleton in My Closet

Friday, November 23, 2012

Cyber Monday Sale!

Don't miss out on one of the very few HUGE sales that TPT has during the year!

Most sellers will have their shops marked down 20%! Then before you finish check out - Type in the code CMT12 for an additional 10% off!

Fill your baskets now and be prepared for an awesome Monday (and Tuesday!)

Click the pic above to start shopping now!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Fun Way to Practice Text Features!

So I downloaded a new program and having been playing around with it. I think I like it! I'm going to try this out in my classroom this week since we are learning about text features and see how it goes!

What do you think? Would you like the see more? Should I put music in the background or leave it mute so you can talk over it with it in the background? I made a few tiny errors here or there and fixed them as it ran lol. Can't alter it in this program without starting all over. Hey, it can be a quick lesson that even teachers make mistakes and have to fix them sometimes lol Maybe you won't even notice them lol

tell me what you think!
If you would like to see more, what topics would you be interested in??

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Body System Fun!

So, I was thinking back to my first year teaching and remembered a fun activity that I did and wanted to share!

I had drawn each of the body systems and then we copied them onto transparencies ( man that was a long time ago huh? Now I'm dating myself :)

As the kiddos learned about the body systems they received their clear transparency version. We had them use sharpie markers (already a winner when they get to use sharpies) to color the different parts.

Then they would layer the body systems onto one another so they could see how they fit together. Leave a small place on top of the head to staple so they will stay together. Maybe shape it like a hat? lol :)

The kids had a lot of fun and it made for a really cool parent open house showing!

Feel free to free hand the different systems to make a copy but it you are not in the mood you can always download my body systems clip art which has the blackline (which is perfect for letting students color in) and the colored version if you don't feel like tackling markers in class. Click here!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

You're Invited to a Poetry Party!

Okay, so I opened this product up and my eyes were delighted by bright colors and adorable graphics. At that point I didn't care what the content was... I was sold! But, there is also some amazing content to be found... BONUS!

Poetry Party! A poetry unit for kids by Christina De Carbo

Take a look at this Table of Contents! Are you kidding me! That is awesome! It covers all you could ever need to teach poetry and then more!

My kids loved these activities. I heard oohs and ahhs over the graphics and several times I heard, "This is fun!"

The activities are well planned out, easy to follow and understand, and fun for the kids to look at. It keeps their interest while focusing on a difficult skill for students to comprehend and eventually master.

When it is all said and done, students will have a poetry book that they will remember and can always refer to as a useful resource.

Here is what happy customers are saying!



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Friday, September 28, 2012

Bob the Builder would love this Powerpoint!

It is so nice to run across a product that is focused toward the upper grades and teaching something as basic as the sentence. So many times, teachers seem to just assume that students come to them with this basic knowledge and don't provide their students with an opportunity to refresh and grow in their knowledge of sentence structure.

This quality PowerPoint contains four great lessons for teaching the structure of the sentence. The lessons are clear and well put together so that even struggling students will be able to easily understand and learn this basic and so badly needed concept!

The four lessons are:

 This seller has also created a FREEBIE to go along with this product. We all know that students hate to write notes and half the time we lose our teaching time waiting for them to copy all of the information we wish for them to have access to! She has created notes to go along with the PowerPoint so that students spend more time listening and less time copying! Students simply fill in the important parts as the lesson keeps moving!

You can find the freebie here.

Read what buyers are saying about this sentence product!

This is perfect to teach my squirrelly 8th graders about sentence structure. They love that handout that is available to free with this ppt
 This goes right along with what we are doing in 4th grade!
This ppt will incorporate my construction theme AND our 5th grade work with compound and complex sentences. Thank you for your hard work!
 Seems from 4th grade all the way to 8th grade you can't go wrong with this product!

Click here to download this 4 star product!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Thank you to you and a new feature!

Teachers are amazing aren't they? They put their students before themselves despite the hardships that government or your district may place before you. They are always striving to find new and meaningful ways to show their students that education is a good and positive thing.

Thank You for all that you do!

If you scroll all the way to the bottom of this blog, you will find a new feature set up just for you!

It is the Thank You Product of the Week. Each week I will be choosing one product from my TPT store and marking it down to $1 for the entire week! Just another way to help out those awesome teachers out there and a way to say thank you for following me!

Check each Sunday for a new product!

Monday, September 17, 2012

A fun and super easy photo editor online!

Okay so I ran across this photo editor and I love it! It is so easy to use!

Go to
The site looks extremely simple... and it is! For this, I am going to click on collage to show you how to make a collage of pictures. See the box on the far right that says collage? Click it!

 It will then pull up the default for four pictures but there are a ton of different layouts to choose from! See where I have clicked the box "layout" below and all the options come up? Click the up and down arrows on the bottom right of the box for more!

So I chose a three picture to make it look like a photo booth print out... wouldn't that be fun for your students??? When you put your mouse over a box, a + will appear. Click on the plus sign.

By clicking on the + it will send you to your computer files to choose a picture! I have chosen three down below! See the check mark with the word Finished in the bottom right corner? Click on that when you are done!

It will pull up some new boxes for you to play with! 

The effects box gives you play with the color. When you are click on a box, more options show up for that category.

The overlay box... well... overlays an image over your pictures. Again, these are categories so clicking on a box will bring up several options.

The border box again gives you tons of fun options

Stickers are by category as well. If you click on Halloween... it will give you a bunch of Halloween stickers you could add.
 You can even add text!

When you are done, click save in the top left of the screen and you will be given the chance to name and save! The files are not huge, but big enough to play with. Especially, if you have your students working with blogs and things of that sort. Wouldn't it be fun to let them make a collage of their work to display to parents?? So many ideas! Post a comment below about how you could use this in the classroom!

Freebie Candy Witch Activities

Have you ever read the story The Candy Witch by Steven Kroll? It is a fun picture book that lends to some great thought-provoking activities! If you don't own this book, try to get your hands on it!

I have created a fun freebie to use with this book! Check out the activities below and then click on the link at the bottom to download your free copy as a thank you for following this blog!

Click on the add to cart button to download your freebie now!

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Jack-o-Lantern Halloween Synonym Activity

So I was browsing the Target dollar bin (something I love to do) and came across these foam pumpkin cutouts and decided to do a little activity with the for my class (and you good ppl as well!)

So here is a picture of the foam cutouts.
 I drew a simple Jack-O-Lantern face onto the pumpkin. There are tons of options here! You can do them or if you teach an older class they can do the work!
 Then I cut them out using my scissors (an exacto knife would work to), and then glued a sheet of paper behind them. Yellow paper would be super cute too... but alas... didn't have any and didn't have the time to make some! Then, I colored in the mouth and tadaa!
 Have the students choose (or assign them) an overused word and then let them fill in the paper shapes with synonyms! Enjoy!

Looking for more Halloween fun?

Don't forget to grab this Math Freebie! Click here!

Check out this math Halloween activity for Factors and Multiples!

Friday, September 14, 2012

It's as "Easy As Pie" to love this!

Reading Teachers! You must download this FREEBIE!

We all know author's purpose is one of those really hard concepts for students to learn and there is always a need to find interesting and attention-catching ways to solidify the concept in our student's minds... well... here you go!!

This TPT seller has provided a colorful and way fun way to teach this hard concept!

Easy as Pie Author's Purpose lays out the concept in a simple and quite colorful way!

Check out the beautiful pictures below from this awesome product... did I mention it's FREE??

From warm and colorful posters to remind students of the needed vocabulary to a wide variety of activities to practice the skill... you will find what you are looking for!

This product spans a multitude of reading skills from cause and effect to compare and contrast!

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Growing Pains Giveaway!

Growing Pains Giveaway!  

We have all felt the pains of growing a brand new... well anything! 

So to help promote my new Facebook, I'm planning the Growing Pains Giveaway!

 Here is how you can win!

Step One: "Like" my Facebook page! 

Step Two: Have a friend "Like" this page! 

Step Three: Comment on the Growing Pains Giveaway post with the name of the person you recruited or the name of who recruited you! 

That's it! The more you recruit the more times your name is in for the drawing!

 Once I reach 250 "likes" I will do a random number drawing and both get a free item of their choice from my TPT store! 

Once I reach 500 "likes" I will do a second random number drawing and both will get 2 items of their choice for free from my TPT store PLUS a $10 gift card from TPT to spend in the store of their choice! Yay! 

Have a great day and happy recruiting!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Craftastic Challenge #1

Welcome to your first Craftastic Challenge.

What is a Craftastic Challenge?
It is where you take a random commonplace item and try to find a creative way to transform it into something useful to use in the classroom. As teachers, we are have to dig deep sometimes and use our crafty selves to make our classroom fun and functional at the same time!

How do I participate?
You will need to create a fun and creative yet functional item for use in the classroom using the random item set for the challenge. (Think Craft Wars). Then blog about it. At the bottom of your blog, you will need to add a link to the linky party so your readers can hop to see all the creative and wonderful ideas they can use with simple items around them in their own classrooms!

Are you ready?

Craftastic Challenge Number One:

Egg Carton!

Let your imaginations run and let's see what you can make for the classroom! Most creative wins! (Who knows maybe there could be a prize awarded at the end of the month!)

Friday, August 31, 2012

Get to know you - Math Style!

(Coming to you every other Friday!)

 I had the great pleasure of checking out this amazing math back to school activity set! There is some awesome stuff in here! Already I have several of these items I'm planning on using and I don't even teach math! LOL

The following activities can be found in this packet:
* What's my number
* Make a Me Cube
* Numbers About Me Poster Puzzle
* The Long, Long Me
* We are Similar and Different
* How Many Do I Have?
* Name Values
* A Timeline About
* Give Me a Minute
* When's My Birthday?
* Eliminate Number Game

Below are a few photos of the above games!

 These activities are colorful, engaging, and super fun! You will find colorful and exciting borders, fonts and pictures that your students will fall in love with!

Each activity lends to hands on fun while catering to the many different learning styles within your classroom. They will also get great practice in graphic organizers, create manipulatives, and use every day objects to enhance their learning.

Here is what the seller had to say about the product:
"They are all activities about numbers and math concepts related to the student! They are fun math activities ideal for the start of the school year."

This product is boasting a 4.0 out of 4.0 and it is no surprise!

Here are what buyers are saying about this amazing math packet!
"My kids are so excited about these!" ~ akellett32

"These ideas are great! Interactive, engaging and fun! "What's My Number" and "Eliminate a Number" are especially intriguing!" 
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"LOVE this!! Some fun and fabulous activities to build lessons about numeracy and how math is always around us!" ~ DaZo

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