Saturday, April 25, 2015

EDexpo Bloggers Top Ten Products

I was recently given the opportunity to visit the 2015 EDexpo in Atlanta, GA with 50 other bloggers! I am here today to share with you the amazing products that we found!

The mission we were given was to nominate our TOP 10 favorite products.  Here are the AMAZING products that were selected by the 50 bloggers who visited the entire vendor floor looking for the best products for the classroom:

*There are a total of 12 products due to ties!
*Click on the picture to learn more about each product!

KAPLA is an ideal toy for schools. KAPLA enhances a child’s creativity, develops spatial awareness and encourages concentration, perserverence and patience. Played within a group, KAPLA develops social skills by stimulating children to interact with each other. 

Created by Harry L. Nelson and Hiroshi Yamamoto, this puzzle emphasizes spatial reasoning and abstract thinking.  Lay down a puzzle card, solve the challenge by making a loop, and watch the board light up! Cool Circuits™ has 40 different challenges ranging from student to expert. Can you solve them all?

The inventor took her love of paper crafting and combined it with her science and engineering passions, and came up with THIS. Using LED stickers (yes, STICKERS!)  and copper tape, kids can create nearly flat circuits. It was so unlike anything I’d ever seen, and so perfect for learning about electricity!

The Pencil Grip increases comfort, teaches proper hand positioning, and improves control. Its ergonomic design also provides relief of hand fatigue and pain. Righties and Lefties simply place their thumb on the "R" or "L" on the grip and their fingers naturally fall into place.

If you’ve ever had a student who needs to fidget or has any kind of sensory needs, this is a thin foam block covered in four fabrics of different textures- perfect for velcro-ing under a student’s desk for a quiet, satisfying way to get the sensory wiggles out.

Math bands are designed to help students of all levels learn in a fun way.  "Math Bands for Multiplication" help students understand the relationship between multiplication and division, apply properties to multiplication, as well as practice fluency in multiplication - skills needed before moving to more advanced math concepts.  

The F.U.N.™ Empty Number Line explores the extensive versatility of the number line, while incorporating a motivational manipulative aspect. It represents the number system while, at the same time, is a manipulative where numbers can be moved, matched and plotted, up and down the entire number line. The possibilities for using the number line to identify equivalent numbers are endless, including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and negative numbers. Grade level cards sets are sold separately.”

At GoldieBlox, our goal is to get girls building. We’re here to help level the playing field in every sense of the phrase. By tapping into girls' strong verbal skills, our story + construction set bolsters confidence in spatial skills while giving young inventors the tools they need to build and create amazing things.

Boinks can be used in a variety of ways during occupational and play therapy.   Parents and therapists alike use boinks for those with Autism, Parkinson’s, brain injuries, strokes as well as cerebral palsy.

SayIt! is the vocabulary learning game loved by teachers, students and parents. Utilizing laughter as reinforcement, SayIt! is played in small groups of kids who help each other out and learn vocabulary, teamwork, critical thinking and theme building, to name just the overt benefits.

**This was my absolute FAVORITE product**
The creator of Wordly Wise and his daughter created a reading game that helps with reading fluency. Kids start with playing a memory game played with common words and sight words. Once all the words are mastered, kids are able to read a word card that uses the exact same words learned in the memory game. Once the levels are mastered, kids moved on to readers covering those same words. 

Touchtronic Letters are a new innovation from Junior Learning. The first classroom resource to work on an iPad. Touchtronic Letters combine the physical and digital worlds of learning. 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to read about these great products!   I am currently using a few of these and many others I found at EdExpo in my classroom.  I will be posting about each one in the coming weeks and months.

Be sure to stop by my blog tomorrow (Sunday, April 26th) for your chance to win one of these amazing products!!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mentor Sentences Product Review and Giveaway

Today I'm here to share with you an amazing resource that every 2nd grade teacher needs!!  My friend Jessica over at Ideas by Jivey has created her famous Mentor Sentences for 2nd grade and I'm here to show you how they have worked in my classroom!


These mentor sentences go along with some of the most popular read-alouds and are a perfect way to work with grammar and author's craft.  Each of the lessons include lessons for four days plus an assessment for the end of the four days!

Before I show you how I used these mentor sentences in my classroom, I want to let you know that Jessica has a great blog post that will show you how to implement this resource in your classroom!
You can click {here} to check it out.

The first time we used mentor sentences was with "Three Snow Bears" by Jan Brett.

I love how the lesson guide is a one page format!!!


Set up is super easy!!  I had each student glue our mentor sentence into their notebook and I put a piece of chart paper on the wall next to the mentor sentence.  That's all!


As the week progressed, this is how our classroom display and student notebooks filled up.

Since this was our first time using mentor sentences, we completed the end of the week assessment together.

I was very impressed with the variety of skills I was able to cover during this one week with one simple sentence from our read aloud!!!  I am officially in love with mentor sentences!!!

The next book we used Jivey's mentor sentences with was "Olive, My Love" by Vivian Walsh.

I absolutely recommend this product to any 2nd (or 1st) grade teacher!!!  Jessica currently has 3 mentor sentence products available:
or you can now purchase all 4 units as as a bundle

Click on each picture to find out more about these great products in her TpT store! 

As a thank you for reading this post today, Jessica has agreed to let me give away her 2nd Grade Mentor Sentence Unit 1!!!!  Be sure to enter the rafflecopter below and tell all of your friends to come by and enter!!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

New Phonics Units and Bundle

Today I want to share a quick post with you about my newest products.  Yesterday I posted my newest Phonics Units dealing with Long Vowels with Silent E.  


These units follow the same format as my best selling Vowel Teams Units!  Each unit includes everything you need to introduce, practice, and assess long vowel words that contain silent E.  Each unit (with the exception of u_e) contains 60+ pages of resources, activities and printables.  The image below shows everything included in one unit.

In order to save you money, I have also bundled all 4 of these units. You can save $5 by purchasing the bundle.  For a LIMITED TIME I have discounted the bundle an additional $5 which saves you a total of $10!!!  To check out the bundle, click on the picture below.  If you want to see each individual unit, click on the cover photos above.  

Thanks for stopping by today! Come back tomorrow for a product review and giveaway!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Superhero Product Linky

With the upcoming TpT sale, we want to help you find "heroic" products that have helped others in their classrooms!  I am linking up with some other great TpT sellers to show you some amazing products that you will absolutely want to scoop up during the sale.

My Mega Bundle of Vowel Team Phonics Units have been a HUGE asset to my classroom and many others as well!  Check out some of the feedback I've gotten on this product:

 (I have since added a product preview)

There is no better time than during the TpT sale to grab this bundle!  These units are available to purchase seperately, but you save $10 on a regular day by purchasing the bundle.  If you purchase this bundle during the TpT sale you will save an additional $11, which means a total of $21 off this one product!  What a DEAL!!  If you want to check out this product, click on the picture below:

Now you can hop over to Diane's blog, Fifth in the Middle to see what other products have saved the day!  Click on the image below:

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 16, 2015

EDexpo 2015

Happy Monday Friends!  I'm off of work today for Mardi Gras break and I wanted to share some exciting information with you!

A few weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to join 49 other bloggers to visit this years EDExpo in Atlanta, GA!!!  With it being less than a week away, I wanted to let you guys know more about it!

In just one week, Superintendents, Curriculum Coordinators, and retailers of educational brick & mortar and online stores will converge in Atlanta, Georgia for EDExpo!  What is EDexpo?  EDexpo is the premier showcase for the latest innovations covering every facet of learning, from instructional materials, teaching aids, and technology products to educational games, toys, and supplies.  EDexpo connects buyers and sellers in the educational products marketplace and provides education and training to help dealers increase sales through exposure to best practices and thought leaders.

I am one of 50 bloggers who have been invited to tour the exhibit floor and look for the latest and greatest products you're going to want to have in your classroom!   I've already been contacted by a few exhibitors about offering giveaways for some of their products to my followers!

Be sure to stay tuned as I will be sharing these great finds with you all here on my blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!  Be sure to link up with me on those social networking sites so you don't miss anything.  (You can find me at the various social networking sites by clicking the buttons at the top right of my blog home page)

Thanks for stopping by today!