Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Amazing Educents Back to School Blow Out Sale!!


BTS_Newsletter 

 I am so excited to announce that Educents.com 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 peek 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

Preschool

Kindergarten Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 75% OFF

Kindergarten

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

GradesK-2(writestuff)

First Grade Literacy Bundle - 74% OFF

1stGrade

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

Grades2-3

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

Peotry

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

  Grades3-5(trickymath)

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


Management, Decor & Organization Bundle - 76% OFF

Management(allgrades)

Don't Miss It!


Sunday, 27 July 2014

A Catch Up, a Giveaway and a Freebie!

Hi everyone!  I have been missing in action for just a few days (:D) because life got in the way - lol!
Since I finished school for summer I have been ill (typical!) and my Mum was taken into hospital (all is now well).  She has taken up residence with us for the time being (for as long as we can put up with one another - lol!)

My room move came to nothing - when the custodian was available, I was sick and now that I am available he has gone on holiday!  Sod's Law - lol!  To my knowledge - all my 'stuff' is in the hallway and I will have the unenviable task of moving rooms whilst juggling 27 second graders.  And of course - I have been crazily buying up as many resources on TpT as possible, as I have taught first grade for the last 10 years!!

I would love it if you could leave links (in the comments) to any amazing 2nd grade teaching resources that you have come across!

We have been experiencing a heatwave (without A/C), so it has been hot and sticky, but totally amazing!  Here are some pics for you:


This was taken at 9pm - it stays light until 11pm and then gets light again around 3.30am - so the days seem endless and black-out blinds are a must!!


This was taken by a friend a couple of days ago - it's my dog walking beach and where I recently met Kimberly Geswein (KG Fonts) and her lovely family!  I finally met an online friend!!

So despite the last few weeks of craziness, I did actually manage to get 2 new products finished.  Not a huge amount for nearly 4 weeks summer break, but better than nothing!!  I want to give both of them away to one lucky winner!!



This product is primarily aimed towards 2nd grade - I actually made it for my own class.  
You can read more about the content {here - What's The Weather?}.

Product number two was lots of fun to make - an idea grabbed me and I ran with it!!  I adore the little girl on the cover!!  
You can read more about this product (here - Discussion Wheels - A Talking and Listening Pack}


I have added a sample (2 discussion wheels with sample questions) to google docs - just click on the pic above and grab a copy - I hope you have fun with it!!

So last, but not least!  I would like to give both of these new products away to 3 lucky winners!!  The giveaway will run until the end of July.  I would love it if you would take some time to enter!  Good luck!
Also you may want to keep an eye on my facebook page - more giveaways and amazing blog hops coming up over the next few days!!


Friday, 4 July 2014

Fourth of July Blog Hop


I am joining some bloggy friends for a fun blog hop to celebrate July 4th!

Not being American, it's quite hard for me to talk about July 4th and what it means to me!  So, I am asking you today what it means to you?  Is it just another fun-filled holiday, a great excuse to bust out the BBQ, watch a parade or some light some fireworks or do you truly reflect, on America's historic birthday, what a great nation you have?

Have you been following World Cup Soccer?  I know it's not America's favorite sport (hehe!), but it is catching on, especially if you have been following the fortunes of the American soccer team!  Sadly they are out, but oh my word, was the world cheering them on!  I was gutted they didn't win, because although they may have lacked a little bit of quality, they soooo made up for it in sheer determination and grit - what team spirit and fight through to the end!  It was a thrilling match to watch and they so deserved to go through for that fighting spirit alone!  When I was thinking about the 4th of July, I was reminded of this performance.

In countries like Ireland, most people share a common culture or ethnicity. But the United States is different. What people share is a common idea — that people should have the freedom to live the way they want, and to work and earn money the best way they can. These freedoms have inspired people from all over the world to come to go to America and become "Americans." 

So this 4th of July, reflect on what it means to be an American and think of the sacrifices made by those to secure the freedoms you have today.  One day, I will fulfil my dream to visit your amazing country and perhaps have an opportunity to see the Liberty Bell - a symbol of freedom for people all over the world!

Happy July 4th, my American friends!

To celebrate this special birthday, I want to share a 'birthday' freebie with you!  Just click on the image below to grab a copy!


Scroll down to the link up below to find other blogs and great freebies!

And as an added bonus, all of the participating bloggers have 'pooled their cash' to purchase 4 $25 TpT gift certificates and 1 $10 Target gift card!

The first four selected will receive the TpT gift certificates and the 5th winner will receive the Target gift card!




Enter here, or on any of the participating blogs:



Thursday, 3 July 2014

Throwback Thursday {Teaching Tribune Summer Blogging Series Week 5}



Despite my age and many years in teaching, it's important to me not to become complacent. I thrive on the next challenge and love to explore everything new in teaching. A wonderful network of bloggers has kept me right up to date with what's new and interesting and Pinterest has become a valuable resource! Some examples: from whole brain teaching - oral writing - something I have recently introduced in my classroom and hope to blog about very soon.

When QR codes were trending, I made a fun resource to welcome my firsties back to school. Usually, if I don't know something I google it, especially in the area of technology. I try not to be scared of it because, although I remember my first internet experience vividly and was overwhelmed, it is, for our little ones, a completely natural and commonplace experience.

Recently I have become interested in Augmented Reality, courtesy of {Tools for Teachers by Laurah J}. Laurah had made a resource using the Aurasma app and had written about it - it piqued my interest and I just had to explore further!
What is Augmented Reality? This video explains it better than I can!


So, the question is - how do we use this technology in our classrooms? 

From {edutopia}:

Classroom Applications

Another app, Aurasma, allows users to engage in and create Augmented Reality experiences of their own. Educators and (more importantly) students can use this open source tool to essentially bring their learning to life. We've seen Aurasma used several different ways in the classroom.

  • Homework Mini-Lessons: When students scan a page of their homework, the page reveals a video of their teacher helping them solve a problem.
  • Faculty Photo Wall: Set up a display of faculty photos near the school entrance. Visitors can scan the image of any instructor and see that figure come to life, telling more about him- or herself.
  • Book Reviews: Students record themselves giving a brief review of a novel that they just finished, and then attach that "aura" (assigned digital information) to a book. Afterward, anyone can scan the cover of the book and instantly access the review.
  • Parent Involvement: Record parents giving brief words of encouragement to their child, and attach a trigger image to every child's desk. Anytime students need to hear encouraging words from their parent, they can scan the image on their desk for virtual inspiration.
  • Yearbooks: From tributes to video profiles, from sports highlights to skits and concert footage, the ways that AR can enhance a school yearbook are limitless.
  • Word Walls: Students can record themselves providing the definitions to different vocabulary words on a word wall. Afterward, anyone can use the Aurasma app to make a peer pop up on screen, telling them the definition and using the word in a sentence.
  • Lab Safety: Put triggers (images that activate media when scanned by an AR-enabled device) all around a science laboratory so that when students scan them, they can quickly learn the different safety procedures and protocols for the lab equipment.
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Sign Language Flashcards: With AR, flashcards of vocabulary words can contain a video overlay that shows how to sign a word or phrase.
{Aurasma} is a free app which can be downloaded to your ipad, iphone, android device or iphone. Once you have it installed, you can scan any image that has an aura embedded in it. Laurah has a fabulous resource, 'The Life Cycle of a Butterfly' which can be downloaded {here}. 

Scanning and enjoying a near real experience is the easy part, but I also wanted to try making a quick aura myself.
I used this video to help me:



To get the full experience, you should really download Laurah's fabulous resource!

I made a quick aura for the purpose of this blog post, it is by no means perfect, but I wanted to provide you with a quick demonstration, so you could see it working. To view this aura, you must have the app installed on your mobile device. For the auras to appear, you must first follow this channel - this can only be done on your mobile device:


Once this step is completed, all you have to do is open the app and scan the image below! A video will appear for you to enjoy in 'real-life'.



Please excuse the quality of video and the lack of sound - I have yet to perfect that bit! Of course, many of us just don't have the time to create these resources, but you can find auras that have already been created by others who use the app. You just have to follow their channel to access the auras. Hopefully, some pioneers (like Laurah!) will begin to create resources which will be available in TpT stores!

So, give it a go and let me know what you think! Thanks so much to Laurah J from Tools for Teachers for bringing this amazing app to my attention!


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Two For Tuesday!

I have just realised it is a week since I last posted!  Welcome to July and my first day of summer break!  Last week was horrendously busy, but school is finally finished and I am trying my best to catch up on everything.  I had a very long lie in today, hence my lateness in posting my Two For Tuesday!

Two For Tuesday is part of The Teaching Tribune's Summer Blogging Series - you are more than welcome to join in the link up or just browse all the 50% off products!  The link to The Teaching Tribune is in the button below where you can find the link up.


So, on to my two 50% off products this week:

My first item:

Click on the pic above to find this item in my TpT store

A fun way for children to practice Dolch Sight Words!

I have written 30 sentences using all the Dolch First Grade Sight Vocabulary. The sentences have been completed using Pre-Primer, Primer and some Second Grade Sight Vocabulary, plus Dolch Nouns.

Each sentence contains 6 words and is split into 1 word per flashcard with an illustration.

Just print, cut and laminate for durability.

The cards should be scrambled for students to read and place in the correct order. The sentences can then be recorded in the accompanying booklet. Each page is numbered to match the flashcards, has writing lines and a space for an illustration.

I have also included an assessment sheet, color-coded to show progress throughout the school year.

This PDF contains 64 pages in total.
My second item:

Click on the pic above to find this item in my TpT store

I created this pack to encourage struggling readers from second to fourth grades to practice their comprehension skills, using non-fiction text with age-appropriate content.

The texts vary in length, but I have tried to keep the sentence structure and vocabulary simple. The passages are mostly written within the third to fifth grade Lexile bands. A word of caution however - the levels should only be used as a guideline - some of the more challenging topic vocabulary increases the Lexile level. (This type of vocabulary is topic specific and students would not be expected to know it).

The pack contains 2 pages per topic, which can be printed back to back. The first page introduces the text and questions. On the second page, students can highlight the piece of text which contains the answer. Some questions may require the students to look beyond the text to infer the answer.

I have used this pack with my advanced first graders, although the basic premise is for intervention with older grades.

• The texts help students develop skills in retrieving information from text.
• The check boxes allow those students, who struggle with handwriting and writing skills, to demonstrate their understanding and achieve success.
• These texts are suitable for independent work and ideal for shared and guided reading. They are also suitable for small group work where reading skills can be modelled, practiced and developed. 

These texts are suitable for independent work and ideal for shared and guided reading. They are also suitable for small group work where reading skills can be modelled, practiced and developed.

Please check the free preview – you will find a freebie text to download to help you decide if this pack is right for you and your students.

TEXTS:

Frogs
Penguins
Polar Bears
Bats
Owls
Spiders
Ants
The King of the Jungle
Jellyfish
Dinosaurs
Hibernation
Pirates
Ancient Egyptians
Pilgrims
Community Helpers
Dentists
Planet Facts
Earth Day
The Water Cycle
The Four Seasons
Weather Forecasting
The Journey of the Banana
Teddy Bears

I hope you find something you can use, as you plan for your classes next year!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Two For Tuesday!

The bloggers over at The Teaching Tribune have put together a little flash sale for you today. On offer are two products which have been reduced by 50% for the day - woohoo!

This is part of our fun summer blogging series and we are in Week 4 already!

So, on to Tuesday - lined up for today are two half price items in my store. At the bottom of this post, you can hop over to The Teaching Tribune, as many other bloggers have linked up, so there's a ton of digital products on sale for you to browse.

My first item:


NB: Detailed 'Teacher Notes' are included. I have also included an editable probe grid for teachers to add their own content.

These probe grids are intended to be used as intervention for students who are making very little progress with basic skills in literacy.

The grids are highly structured, to be used little and often, with the aim of boosting fluency, accuracy and confidence.

Use them as part of a 5/10 minute daily program for basic skills learning. (They should be used on a one-to-one basis with a suitable adult). The daily activity aims to help the student develop fluency by over-learning.

The grids are intended to challenge the student to read as many items as possible in 1 minute – a sand timer or stopwatch can be used.

CONTENTS:

Cover
Flash Cards - these are color-coded for ease of use
Probe Grids (5 words per grid)
Teacher Recording Graph
Award Certificate
Editable Probe Grid
TOU

Content Covered: First Grade Dolch Sight Words (plus some 2nd Grade for formatting purposes)

Also included:

10 x Color Words - 2 versions of the probe grids are available for differentiation;
Number Words to ten;
Numerals to 20.

This ZIP file contains 44 pages.

My second item:


Included are 12 elements - 232 images in total.

Perhaps you are a new TpT seller just starting out and looking for some basic elements? A quick way to have just what you need at your fingertips, as you begin to create those first few products.

Maybe you are a seasoned seller who would love to have everything you might need in one folder, as a 'go to' pack?

Whichever you are, hopefully you will find just what you need in this mega bundle.

I have tried to include elements which would work with any product, e.g. polka dot and chevron papers.

Here's what you get:

Paper Pack 1: Polka Dot; Chevron; Check/Plaid (3 packs)
Paper Pack 2: Cover Pages - Sticks; More Scribbles ( 2 packs)
Frames: 3 styles - Glitter; Black; Color (3 packs)
Headers: Doodle (includes JPG, PNG and filled centers) (1 pack)
Labels: Chalkboard Circles (1 pack)
Tags: Colored Tags (1 pack)
Fonts: 12 Toolkits Fonts. (1 pack)

All papers are in 'letter' size to better suit your projects.

I have included a detailed preview of everything you would receive in this pack - the image thumbs reflect this also. Please check these carefully to decide if the elements suit your needs.

The total cost of the individual products is $37.50.

If you wish to check out the elements in more detail, the following links will take you to the individual products.

Bright Chevrons Digital Papers {8.5 x 11} Clip Art CU OK

Dotty For You! Simple Polka Dot Digital Papers Clip Art {8.5 x 11} CU OK

Checkers/Plaid Digital Background Papers {8.5 x 11} Commercial Use OK

More Scribbles Digital Background Papers {8.5 x 11} CU OK

'Sticks' Digital Background Papers {8.5 x 11} Commercial Use OK

Glitter Frames Clip Art {8.5 x 11} Commercial Use OK

Mixed Bundle of Black Frames {8.5 x 11} Clip Art CU OK

Simply Simple! Skinny and Colorful Frames Clip Art CU OK

Chalkboard Circles Tags Labels Clip Art CU OK

Doodle Headers/Labels/Tags Clip Art CU OK

Colored Tags/Labels Frames Clip Art CU OK

Teacher's Toolkit Fonts Clip Art CU OK

Hope you find something useful!




Sunday, 22 June 2014

Fun and Games Scavenger Hunt!

It’s time for more Fun and Games and this one has a prize attached to it! 
This week’s game is a Scavenger Hunt!


In order to play, find the picture below somewhere in another post on my blog. 
 After you find the picture, record the title of the blog post and enter it in the Rafflecopter at:


This is the picture that you’re looking for:



One lucky person will win a $20 TPT gift card.

You can earn extra entries for pinning this post. Copy your pin and enter it into the Rafflecopter.

Be sure to visit all of our blogs for the most chances to win!

Have fun!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Exclusive July Membership: Summer Steals, Fall Deals!!

Hey friends - hope everyone is enjoying their summer break - is there anybody left out there who is still in school like me?  The weather is beautiful - school should be out!  13 days left to go - I am hanging in there - just about!  I have half my reports written and I am slowly crossing off all the events in my diary.  Add to that a room move in the first week of July and you can imagine I am BUSY!!

Having said all that, I am still trying to keep up with everything that's going on in the virtual world.  Our collaborative blog, The Teaching Tribune,  is already in its third week of our fun summer blogging series and every weekend, we try to bring you a fun game on facebook, so it's all happening!

On top of that, some of us have got together with a new venture for July - we are all very excited about it!  

Summer Steals, Fall Deals!

Basically this is a 4-week membership (for first and second grade teachers) which will run the month of July.  The first week is already available for download, as we wanted to offer you an early bird discount.

Every week, you will receive 20 themed products from 9 TpT sellers, plus some surprise extra goodies!  By week 4, you will have 80 resources, plus those little extras!  

The cost?  Only $50 for the whole membership!  Early bird discount before July 5th is $40 only.  I have added some images below to give you an idea of how the membership works.  I hope you will consider taking advantage of this fabulous offer - you will have resources stacked up to last you until December!!




TpT Sellers:



Week 1 Products:



To check out this great deal, just click on the link below.  Each product title is listed with a link to that product for you to look over the details/previews etc.

{Exclusive July Membership}

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Throwback Thursday!

Hey everyone!  I am taking part in The Teaching Tribune's Summer Blogging Series.  We are currently in Week 2 and it's Throwback Thursday!

I currently teach 1st grade and my teaching year doesn't end until June 30th, so I am still officially a 1st grade teacher.  When the new school year starts I will be moving to 2nd.

What can I say - I adored 1st grade and I adored my 1st grade teacher.  Of all my school memories, Miss Boyd is the teacher who will forever have my heart!  She taught in the same school throughout her teaching career and many years later, I had the opportunity of teaching in my old school on a temporary contract - I taught there for 3 years.  You can imagine just how nervous I felt entering the staff room on that first morning and being instructed to call her Liz.  My heart was pounding and all I could think about was that she was my hero!  Of course she had no idea how I felt!  Through time, as we became friends, we were able to laugh about it!  My head still struggles to get around the fact that I receive a Christmas card from her every year and count her as a friend.  When I was 6 years old - she was everything I aspired to be - I was in awe.

Funnily enough, when I think back on my dreams, my first thought was to be a police officer - I believe I was influenced by my Dad who thought it would be a great career for me.  However, I didn't have the required courage, especially growing up in the midst of terrorism.  I really can't pinpoint when I decided to become a teacher, but no other career has ever crossed my mind.

I was in a composite class in 1st grade, alongside my brother who was in 2nd.  My poor mother - there was  only 14 months between us!  (Sadly my brother died when he was 20 years old and the pain of that separation never goes away, but lessens a bit with time).

Below is a photo of us together in our composite class - you can't fail to miss the uniform!  It was our winter uniform.  The second pic is the beret with the school crest.  I was required to wear this whilst going to and from school.  It still has my name label inside, in my Dad's handwriting.  I am so happy I saved this - as it brings back such wonderful memories of my primary school days!



Hop over to read other Throwback Thursdays or join in the linky!  Just click on the pic below.


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Worksheet Wednesday!

Short and sweet today - I hope you can use this in the fall.  It was a lot of fun to make!
Review your students' understanding of odd and even numbers by challenging them to apply their knowledge to find a solution to the problems posed.
Pumpkin Patch Challenge reviews odd and even numbers to 20. Students have to create a path through the pumpkin patch following a given odd and even pattern. 

Pumpkin Patch Board Game reviews odd and even numbers to 100. Students accumulate points as they make their way around the edge of the pumpkin patch.


It is a little larger than just one page, but I have included color and blackline versions, as well as some bonus posters - all you need to do is print out what suits you best.
  
Click on the pic below to find this freebie in my store.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Two For Tuesday!


The bloggers over at The Teaching Tribune have put together a little flash sale for you today.  On offer are two products which have been reduced by 50% for the day - woohoo!

This is part of our fun summer blogging series. Yesterday we meet bloggers from all over, who kindly answered some questions to give you a little insight into the person behind the logo. I enjoyed reading the little snippets of info on everybody - I hope you did too! 

So, on to Tuesday - lined up for today are two half price items in my store. At the bottom of this post, you can hop over to The Teaching Tribune, as many other bloggers have linked up, so there's a ton of digital products on sale for you to browse.

My first item:

Click on the pic for this product in my store.

I created this pack to encourage struggling readers from second to fourth grades to practice their comprehension skills, using non-fiction text with age-appropriate content.

The texts vary in length, but I have tried to keep the sentence structure and vocabulary simple. The passages are mostly written within the third to fifth grade Lexile bands. A word of caution however - the levels should only be used as a guideline - some of the more challenging topic vocabulary increases the Lexile level. (This type of vocabulary is topic specific and students would not be expected to know it).

The pack contains 2 pages per topic, which can be printed back to back. The first page introduces the text and questions. On the second page, students can highlight the piece of text which contains the answer. Some questions may require the students to look beyond the text to infer the answer.

I have used this pack with my advanced first graders, although the basic premise is for intervention with older grades.

• The texts help students develop skills in retrieving information from text.
• The check boxes allow those students, who struggle with handwriting and writing skills, to demonstrate their understanding and achieve success.
• These texts are suitable for independent work and ideal for shared and guided reading. They are also suitable for small group work where reading skills can be modelled, practiced and developed. 

These texts are suitable for independent work and ideal for shared and guided reading. They are also suitable for small group work where reading skills can be modelled, practiced and developed.

Please check the free preview – you will find a freebie text to download to help you decide if this pack is right for you and your students.

TEXTS:

Frogs
Penguins
Polar Bears
Bats
Owls
Spiders
Ants
The King of the Jungle
Jellyfish
Dinosaurs
Hibernation
Pirates
Ancient Egyptians
Pilgrims
Community Helpers
Dentists
Planet Facts
Earth Day
The Water Cycle
The Four Seasons
Weather Forecasting
The Journey of the Banana
Teddy Bears

This (57 page) PDF contains the following:
Cover
TOU
Credits
25 non-fiction texts

My second item:

Click on the pic to find this product in my store.

This handwriting practice pack was created for first graders, but I believe it would also be beneficial for advanced Kindergarten students. I hope it proves to be both challenging and fun for your students as they practice reading, tracing, writing and drawing.

The first page helps practice handwriting formation and includes a word beginning with the focus letter, along with a picture cue. Students can also color, as well as identify words beginning with the focus letter and illustrate these. 

The second page allows students to read, trace and write a phrase containing a word beginning with the focus letter and identifies additional words for the students to trace and illustrate.
The pages may be copied back to back and stapled as a booklet. 

A front cover can be added from a choice of 3. For less advanced readers, you may wish to copy only the first page.

This handwriting pack can be used for morning work, independent work or may be used in a whole group setting.

I have added in extra review/practice with sight words: Pre-Primer; Primer; First; Second, plus some nouns for formatting purposes. (Read, trace and write)

CONTENTS:

Pg 1: Cover
Pg 2: Teacher Notes
Pg 3-5: Workbook Front Covers
Pg 6-57: Handwriting Workbook
Pg 58-95: Sight Words
Pg 96: TOU

This is a PDF file containing 96 pages.

I hope you find something that will be of use to you! Have fun and don't forget to check out the linky for more awesome sale products!


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