Thursday, July 31, 2014

Starting the School Year Off -- With an iPad Mini Giveaway!!

As I was browsing my newsfeed on Twitter, I came acorss a blog post someone did about this app called "The Too Noisy App".  Whaaaaat?  Too Noisy App?  Oh, please, please, please have an android version!
So I did a little research, and oh, happy day!  There is an Android App! You can find it on {Google Play}

Now, I must admit that I haven't used it yet, but it intrigues me, and I'm anxious to try it out this school year.

Another bit of technology that I could not live without is my SMARTBoard.  Did you know that I sell many SMARTBoard resources in my store?  Here's a sample of one of the math games I have in my store.

hang ten smartboard 1

It's called Hang Ten, and it's a great way to practice adding or subtracting to make 10.
If you have a Smartboard and would like this game, you can download it by clicking on the picture below.  Enjoy!
Hang Ten PDF File_1
click here for free Smartboard Notebook file of this game.

rules for playing Hang Ten.

Have you heard about the incredible iPad Giveaway that is going to be going on from August 1 to August 9?

This giveaway is only open to teachers (classroom and homeschool) who are living in the contiguous United States. The winning entry will be verified and proof of eligibility may be required. Please see the complete terms and conditions at the bottom of the giveaway for more information.

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Please visit all these other great bloggers to see what tech tips and tricks they have for you.

Goodbye July, Hello August!

Can it be possible???  July is nearly over???
I have teamed up with 40 fabulous stores for...
This is a FABULOUS 4 day event that is full of sweet deals, savings and 4 amazing giveaways!
Here's a peak at what you are being treated to...
Each day a new 'deal' will be posted by the 40 participating stores! 
Be sure to visit their Facebook, Instagram and/or Pinterest accounts to find the daily deals and codes you will use in the TPT search engine to find the sweet deals!
(you can also find the codes on the pictures at the bottom of this post)

In addition, you can find the links to all the participating stores well as 4 rafflecopters!
That is right...4 rafflecopters!
Each rafflecopter is for a $50 TPT gift certificate!
Think of all the wonderful resources you could score with that...and just in time for Back To School!

Please visit each rafflecopter and enter! 
Each one will generate a winner- and yes- you can win more than 1!
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Here is a clickable list of all the participating stores!

So today is $3.00 Thursday.

Be sure to type in code threedollarthurs to see all the great resources we are offering you today!  You will find this
Look for these and many other outstanding resources by typing threedollarthur into the search bar on Teachers Pay Teachers. 

Check back tomorrow to see what other outstanding deals we will have to help you get ready for back-to-school!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

HOLY COW! Educents Back-to-School Blowout Sale!


 I am so excited to announce that is having a HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! From July 30 - August 2 (Wednesday - Saturday), they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF! There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year! Take a peak into what is on sale! Tell your friends, because there is something for everyone who teaches children in PreK-8th grade!

Preschool Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 72% OFF


Kindergarten Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 75% OFF


K-2 The Write Stuff ELA Bundle - 68% OFF


First Grade Literacy Bundle - 74% OFF


School Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 2-3) - 74% OFF


Poetry Curriculum & Activities Bundle (Grades 2-6) - 75% OFF


Tricky Math Curriculum Bundle (Grades 3-5) - 69% OFF


Complete Full-Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 6-8) - 77% OFF


Management, Decor & Organization Bundle - 76% OFF


Don't Miss It!

My product, included in "The Write Stuff" bundle, will surely be loved by your students!  

When you are immersed in the day-to-day instruction, it can really be hard to see the tree for the forest, so to speak.  Sometimes, you need to step back and take a look at the whole picture to actually see the progress each individual child has made.  That's why I created the monthly writing journal.  Once a month, my kiddos write on a topic I give them.  I collect and save the writing in a journal.  By the end of the year, I have 10 samples of their writing, and it is easy to see the progress they made throughout the year. 

You can see how the drawing space gets smaller and the writing space gets larger on each themed page,  putting less emphasis on drawing and more on writing as the year progresses.

I also use the writing samples for assessment.  In my packet, I have included the following assessments:

As an added bonus, I've also included my popular progressive writing rubrics in this packet.  It clearly states the growing expectations in writing for each quarter, and it is a great aide in communicating those expectations to parents.

Be sure to check out this and the other great bundles as well.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How Do You Use That and Two for Tuesday Linky

Updated to add if you would like to "Try before you buy" Grammar Goofs and Spelling Spoofs, March is completely and forever free!!
Click the picture to try before you buy March Grammar Goofs and Spelling Spoofs.

I'm linking up once again for Two for Tuesday with the Teaching Tribune.

Today, I'm going to highlight my Homes featuring The Three Little Pigs Resource.
 I just created it this summer, so I haven't had a chance to use it with my kiddos yet, but I'm very excited to use it.  It is resource that incorporates using both fiction and nonfiction stories to learn about different types of homes.

I start with the story of The Three Little Pigs.  After reading the story, we will take time to practice summarizing the story using the S/W/B/W model, somebody/wanted/but/so.  Using that framework, I will provide an example summarizing of the story, then let the children have a chance to summarize the story, using the S/W/B/S stepping stones. 

Next, we will  focus on comparing the three types of houses that the pigs built and brainstorm the pros and cons of each kind of house writing our ideas on a chart that is included in the pack.  Finally, I will ask the children to write about which type of house they would like to live in and why.  

In the next lesson, I will introduce the nonfiction book I have about different kinds of houses. First, we will discuss the different parts of a nonfiction book, looking for examples of those features in our book.  After reading the story, we will look at 8 different types of houses from around the world.  I have included a map of the world, and children will cut and paste the pictures of the houses to the map.

They will use Venn diagrams to compare two or three different types of houses.  Finally, they will work collaboratively to complete a class book entitled, Where Would You Like to Live?  
In the format of the story, they are asked to think about where they would like to live, tell something that would be fun about living there, and then think of something that might be a problem with living there.  I intend to ask my children to really think out of the box on this one!

So that's how I use that!  This resource is on sale for 50% off today.  In addition, in keeping with the fairy tale theme, my newly revamped Retelling and Sequencing with Goldilocks and the Three Bear is also on sale for 50% off today.  I've included a tabbed booklet to retell the story by telling what happens at the beginning, middle, and the end, and a fun game of opposites!

Click on the pictures of the covers of the resources to see the resources in my TpT store.
Be sure to visit the Teaching Tribune by clicking the button above and see what other great resources other sellers are offering at 50% today!
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