Thursday, July 25, 2013

Back to School Blogger Exchange Update!

Hello, friends!
Quick update today! 

Everyone who is participating in the Back to School Blogger Exchange should have received an email from the wonderful Jessica with all the information needed to shop for/send a package to their buddy. If for some reason you didn't receive an email, shoot one of us an email or leave me a comment here!

A few reminders!!
Don't forget to get your package in the mail no later than August 4th! 
When you do get your package... snaps some pictures! We will have an exchange linky party sometime  around August 10th or later so everyone can share the fabulous goodies they received!

I hope everyone is as excited about getting some goodies as I am!
Happy Thursday!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Back 2 School Blogger Exchange... Join the FUN!

So when I saw Jessica from Covered in Glitter in Glue post an Instagram picture about the thought of having a Back to School Blogger Exchange I knew we had to make it happen! With all of the back to school shopping I know EVERY teacher is doing, I knew this would be a super fun idea. Simply sign up, and you will be in charge of sending one blogger a fun back to school themed package ($15 limit) and you will get a fun package as well! Keep reading for the rest of the dates/details and don't forget to sign up!

We will start pairing you guys up once registration closes next Sunday!Check your email around July 24th to see your your exchange buddy will be! 
Until then... GET EXCITED!

Want to help us get the word out? 
Post either of the pictures above on your blog or Instagram! =)

Oh, and one more super fun part about this exchange....
Once everyone receives their packages we will have a fun linky to see what fabulous surprises we all receive! When you are opening your packages... don't forget to take some pictures! =)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Throwing it Back: Edible Rocks... & Giveaway Winner!

So this week I decided to throw it WAY back... so far back this was one of my first posts. It is still one of my most popular posts thanks to Pinterest. Hah! I made this item for TPT a loooong time ago, but recently renovated it and it looks so much better. I also added some fabulous vocabulary posters.

Anyways... on to the original post.
(I deleted pictures of the original documents and added the new and improved ones! Hah!)

Original Post on  February 8, 2012:
I LOVE science because it gives the students a chance to do hands-on activities. 
We just finished up our Rock mini-unit and I wanted to share what we did with you guys. 

We began a mini-unit by defining the different types of rocks. 
Then, for the next three days we made edible rocks.
My kids LOVED it. 
The best part? I really think they learned and know the differences between the rocks now.
I gave them a short assessment to test what they knew yesterday and they all did a great job.

Day 1: 
Metamorphic Rocks:
form when rock from inside the earth is heated and squeezed.
Edible Version: To make the edible version we used Starbursts and a plastic bag. 

Day 2: 
Igneous Rocks: 
form when rock from inside the earth cools and hardens
  Edible Version: To make the edible version we used two types of chocolate chips (different colors) and a crockpot (representing deep inside the Earth). Once the rocks were melted students scooped some out with a spoon and watched the rock cool and harden.

Day 3: 
Sedimentary Rocks: 
form when bits of sand and stone are cemented together
Edible Version: To make the edible version we used sugar cookie dough (representing sand), chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc. (representing small pieces of rocks and fossils. Bake the cookie/topping mixture to represent the “rock” being cemented together.

On the final day we munched on our edible sedimentary rocks I baked the night before, and I gave them a short little assessment on rocks. They seemed to understand and I really think my students loved making edible rocks. 

Below you will find a link to my TPT store where I posted how to make edible rocks AND the chart I had my kids fill out each day as we learned about each new rock. As we were making each rock I wanted my students to be able to write down the things they were learning. 

Find this unit on TPT HERE.
Did you make it to the end? Hah!
Leave a blog post comment telling me your favorite science activity to teach.
I will pick one person to receive this product for free. 

Here is an example of the vocabulary posters I have recently added to this product:
In the download you will find one for each of the three types of rocks. 
Last but not least, we have a giveaway winner!
Melissa from Fashion Craze Learning Days was the lucky winner.
I will be emailing you shortly Melissa!

I hope everyone has a FABULOUS Thursday!

Also, thanks to First Grade Parade for this FUN linky!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Time for a SALE (& Giveaway Continued...)

Happy 4th of July.
This is one of my favorite holidays!
Fireworks, sun, red, white & blue... Love it!
And, I love what it stands for... our freedom.

First off,  only a short amount of time left to enter my giveaway!
To make it easy on you, I've added the Rafflecopter to this post. 
Enter now!

Now on to the SALE!
In case SOMEONE happens to be shopping for school items over the next few days, my store (along with tons of others) is 20% off! Woot! Get a head start on planning for next school year!

Here are products from my store that you might find useful!

It is a complete two week matter unit... everything you need!
My students LOVED this unit. 

I just did a whole blog post on this pack HERE.
This is a pack FULL of character and setting resources for your classroom.

Do you teach the three types of rocks to your kiddos?
This is a fun and editable way students will LOVE.

These task cards are for 3rd and 4th grade teachers. Each pack targets standards that your students should come to you knowing. I plan on using the pack covering 2nd grade standards during the first week of school to assess my students math skills.

This has also been one of my best sellers since I got started a couple years ago. Use this during the back to school season, or save it for New Years or even the end of the year. Templates are included for all three!

Those are just a few of the many different resources I  have available at my TPT store. I have several different task cards, science units, and other literacy block centers. Check them out! 

OHH, and better late than never... Amanda from Rock Stars at Work won my Text Features pack.
Sending it her way now! =)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Characters and Setting Fun!

First... have you entered my Target Gift Card GIVEAWAY yet?

Now on to the post...
Do you guys ever look back on some of the very first TPT products you created and wonder why in the world people buy them? Hah! One of my first products has turned into a great seller for me, but man, I kept looking at it and knew it needed a facelift.

So, today I decided I would post my Monday Re-Made It!

Right when I started TPT, I was afraid to buy clipart/borders/etc. out of fear that I would just keep losing money (I know.. I am CRAZY). So everything I created was with a free border or graphic. Don't get me wrong, there are some pretty great freebies out there, but my stuff really started looking better and improving when I stopped being afraid to purchase things for my products. 

So, this summer I went back and gave my character and setting pack some new spark and life with some new clip art, borders, and fonts. I really like the updated version! And, I even added a few fun new resources to the pack. 
Basically in this pack you will find everything you need to supplement your character and setting unit. You will find easy to use centers, graphic organizers, and posters.

What is included:
- 4 centers (with materials, direction sheets, recording/response sheets
-Character and setting graphic organizers
-Character and setting posters

Center Break Down:

Center 1:
Students will match characters to the correct setting. Then, they will record their answers on their answer sheet. Finally, they will come up with two more possible characters for each setting.

Center 2:
Students will select a simple picture book and read it with a partner. Once they have read the story, they will discuss the characters and setting and record their findings on an answer sheet.
Center 3:

Students will randomly draw a setting and three characters from a bag. After selecting a setting and the characters, each student will create a silly story using the setting/characters they have chosen.
Center 4:
In this memory matching game, students will match the character to the setting you would most likely find him/her. At the end of the game, the student with the most cards is the winner.

Other resources you will find:

I use everything in this pack to teach Characters and Setting with my kiddos. We also introduce graphic organizers in this unit which is why I have included several different options. Please check out this unit at my TPT store. =)

Well there you have my Monday Re-made it! 
Now go link up with Tara so I can see what fabulous things you all created this week!