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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Favorite Things Holiday Blog Hop

Today I welcome you to an amazing blog event and share with you a few of my favorite things for this holiday season!  I have joined many of my bloggy friends to bring you a HUGE blog hop and giveaway centered around our favorite things!


These are a few of my favorite things:


My Favorite Restaurant - Starbucks
Although it is probably not considered an actual restaurant, I could absolutely survive if Starbucks was the last standing "restaurant" on the face of this Earth.  I visit my local Starbucks at 8:15 every morning during the week and order my coffee (hazelnut latte) and a pastry.  My current favorite pastry is the blueberry scone.  The baristas know me by name because I also make a second stop after work "almost" every day!


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My Favorite Beauty Item - Mega Plush Mascara
In my 34 years on this Earth, I have tried many, many, many different mascaras!  This Mega Plush Volum' Express mascara by Maybelline NY is exactly what I've always wanted in a mascara!  It glides on smooth without clumping and best of all, it's affordable!  I'm not huge on makeup, but mascara is a must!  Due to the luxury of having a dark complexion, I have found that I don't need to spend hours in the mirror getting ready for my day.  I simply put one or two coats of this mascara and I'm ready to start my day.   

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My Favorite Holiday Activity - Chocolate Covered Pretzels
My mom has always baked around the holidays and shared her delicious goodies with friends and family as gifts.  Over the years I've learned that don't really enjoy baking, but I do love sharing homemade goodies during the holidays.  A few years ago I found a simple way to make white chocolate covered pretzels and have made them every Christmas for friends and family.  Check out my recipe below (click on any picture to download a pdf copy) if you would like to try making these.

Because we value our followers and wanted to treat you to our favorite things Oprah style, we have put together the best giveaway of the season! My bloggy friends and I welcome you to the best, biggest, most cheerful event of the season:


For this HUGE giveaway, 
I've donated a $20 Walmart Gift Card!!!!
Although Walmart did not make my Favorite Things list above, it is still one of my favorite things!  Whether I need teaching items, toilet paper or food; Walmart has got me covered and usually has the cheapest prices around!

***Keep reading to see what others have donated and how to enter the giveaway!


7 winners for 7 prize packs!








Before you leave to enter the giveaway, I want to let you know that each of the bloggers participating in this blog hop have discounted a few of their TpT products to 50% off during this event!  These discounts will only last from December 7th - December 14th, so act fast!  The easiest way to find these discounted products is to type #myfavoritethings2014 in the TpT search toolbar.  To hop on over to TeachersPayTeachers to see what I've discounted, click on my button below.


Come and enter the giveaway and check out my bloggy friends' favorite things:

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday Linky


Is your TpT  wish list bursting at the seams? I can tell you that mine absolutely is! The good news is that TpT is giving us a chance to purchase those items on our wish list at a discounted price!!

If you haven't heard the great news, Teachers Pay Teachers is hosting a site wide Cyber Monday sale on Monday and Tuesday, December 1st and 2nd!  I've discounted my entire store 20% off!  If you use the TpT code {TPTCYBER} at checkout, you will save a total of 28%!!!  Click on my button below to shop my TpT store.  I will be adding 5 new products Monday morning plus a FREEBIE!!!  You won't want to miss this!
Click the picture above to visit my TpT store!

Are you wondering what other sellers are having a sale as well?  Click on the button below to visit the Teacher Approved Blog.  They have posted a Cyber Monday Sales Directory of sellers who are participating in the sale.


Happy Shopping!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Stop, SWAP and Roll Product Swap and Giveaway

Happy Saturday!  Today I'm joining many bloggers over at Jungle Learners for a fun product swap!

For the product swap, I was paired up with the very talented teacher/blogger Amanda from The Take Home Teacher!  

Just like everyone else participating in this product swap, I got to choose one product of my choice from the Take Home Teacher to test out in my classroom.  It was very hard to choose just one, because she has got some great resources!  Be sure to check out her TpT store!

I decided on her product, The Day the Crayons Quit RTL and Comprehension Game!

I love reading this book to my students every year!  It is perfect for teaching many different skills.  If you don't have this book in your classroom library, I highly suggest that you grab it!  Click on the picture below to scoop it up from Amazon.

Now, back to Amanda's amazing resource...

Amanda's resource is packed with 42 pages of activities.  We did not finish everything (we had a short week) but I'm going to share with you the activities we did get to.

On the first day, I simply did a read aloud with my students.  They thought the crayon characters were hilarious!  We talked about how the author used personification.  I find personification to be a hard concept for my little learners to grasp, but this book helped me introduce this skill very effectively.

The next day, we read the story again and had lots of discussion to aid their comprehension.  Later in the day we played the comprehension game from Amanda's resource.  Her game consists of 52 game cards, crayon cards, and a "Duncan's crayon box" for students to collect their crayon cards.  It was very easy to prepare this game.  Here are some pictures of my students playing the game.


 



Students had to pick a card, read the comprehension question and answer it within 30 seconds.  If they were successful, they get to put one of their "crayons" in their "Duncan's Crayon Box."  If they did not answer correctly, they lost their turn.  Play continued until one student has collected all of their crayons.

Things I LOVE about the game:
  • 52 question cards allow the game to be played many times without students getting tired of answering the same questions over and over again.
  • The game includes an easy to read answer key.  This allows students to be able to play independently without my help!!
  • The questions are great for comprehension!
On the third day, we discussed the book again and prepared to do a writing activity and craftivity.  Due to the short week, I had students do the craftivity on Thursday and we will work on the writing part next week.  The craftiviy included in this resource is absolutely adorable.  My students had so much fun creating their crayons.

      




The crayons were super simple to make and came out absolutely adorable!

Next week we will be working on the writing activity.  Students will be doing a persuasive writing to convince one color to stay in their crayon box instead of quitting.




As you can see in the pictures above,  Amanda's resource includes a directions page, story starter ideas for persuasive writing, a graphic organizer and writing paper.  I think my students will come up with some great papers because of these helpful resources.

How would you like to win this amazing resource?  Amanda has agreed to give away her product to one lucky winner.  You can enter the giveaway by using the rafflecopter below.
Now you can hop over to Amanda's blog to see my products in action.  Amanda is using my sight word products below.  She is also doing a giveaway for one of them.  Scroll back up and click on The Take Home Teacher's Blog button above to check it out!

   

As a treat for you, I have put the two products shown here on sale at 20% off for today and tomorrow!

Be sure to also stop by Jungle Learners to check out many more bloggers that are doing the product swap as well as hosting a giveaway!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Write Your Name....FREEBIE

Hello Friends!

Just wanted to pop in real quick tonight and share a tip with you.  It has always been a pet peeve of mine to receive a paper from a student without a name!  How about you?

A few years ago, a friend shared a cute little phrase to repeat over and over all day long for the first few weeks of school and it absolutely worked for me.  In addition to the phrase being spoken, I also have a poster in my room that has the same phrase.  As the year goes on, I find myself not even reciting the phrase when one or two students forget our rule.  All I have to do is point to the poster and they know what it means.

Anywho...  my old poster needed a little sprucing up, so I created a new one and I want to share it with you as well.  Simply click on the picture below to download your own printable poster.

The adorable graphics are from the amazing Krista Wallden over at The Creative Chalkboard!

Thanks for stopping by!  I've got some great things to post on my blog tomorrow, so be sure to come back over and check it out!  You won't be sorry you did.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Election Day Reading Activities

With Election Day right around the corner, have you thought about how to teach your students about this important day that happens each year?  I've created something that I will be using this week and thought I'd let you know about it in case it could help you as well.

Check out my newest product:

 This product is filled with reading activities to help little ones understand elections and Election Day.  This resource is 31 pages and includes:
- Teacher Directions/Suggestions for Success
- Vocabulary Activities - including word strips, word/definition cards in color and black/white, plus a vocabulary quiz
- Graphic Organizers - to use before, during and/or after reading -includes a general web organizer plus a KWL chart
- Full Size Teacher Book - full page, full color teacher book that matches the student mini-reader
- Student mini-readers -8 page books that you can simply copy, cut down the middle and staple to the left.  Each page creates 2 books.
-  Comprehension Printables - two of the printables have students use their books to fill in missing words and one printable includes questions about the book (works great as an assessment)

This product is discounted for the first 48 hours!!

 If you want to check it out, click on the picture below.



Thanks for stopping by today!