Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to School Rally Giveaway Starts on Friday!

The Back to School Rally Giveaway starts on Friday!!

Here are all the prize packs you can win:

On Friday, I will post how you can enter.

Which prize pack is your favorite?
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tech Tip Tuesday - Story Cube Creator

If you want to join the linky, grab the Tech Tip Tuesday button.  Post about a technology tip.  Then link up below!

Before I get to today's tech tip, like always, I'm looking for your help.  I really want to make sure I'm giving you what you need in terms of weekly tips.  If there's something you are dying to learn, please let me know.  Or maybe you're interested in sharing your technology expertise with my readers.  Either way, I'm open to suggestions.  Click here to fill out my form if you are interested in helping me improve my tech tips.

I came across a fun, interactive website that students can use during reading and writing.  There are so many things you can do with the Cube Creator.  Students can fill out a story cube after reading a story or they can use the story cube to plan out a piece of writing.

I am so excited about this resource but I don't know how I can make it work in my classroom.  Unfortunately, I don't have a computer to use in my room anymore (at least I didn't last school year).  The one I had died and it was not able to be replaced.  I could take my whole class to the computer lab to use this resource at the same time, but I'd really love to be able to use it during center time.

So here's how it works...

You start off by entering your name.  Then you choose which cube you'd like to create.  I used the story cube and filled out information about a story I want to write.

After typing in all my information, I clicked on finish.  It gave me options to print my story, save a draft, save the final copy, and share the final copy.  From this screen you can also create a new cube.

I saved my cube as a pdf and here is my final product.  Students can print it out and use it to write their stories.  Think of it as an interactive story map in a different format.

What are your favorite websites to use with reading and writing?

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Coming Soon... Back to School Rally Giveaway

Get ready for our Back to School Rally!  I am so excited to participate in this wonderful giveaway.  There are so many prizes to win including my High Flying Facts - Addition and Subtraction Fact Quizzes!

These facts are used to help your students improve their basic facts.  My students loved coloring their kites and adding strings each week they improved their scores.

Included in the product:
  • We’re flying high with our addition facts poster 
  • We’re flying high with our subtraction facts poster 
  • How I use High Flying Facts 
  • Pictures of High Flying Facts in use 
  • Blank kites for students to color 
  • Kites in color to print 
  • Addition Facts Graph 
  • Subtraction Facts Graph 
  • Addition Fact Quizzes 
    • Near Doubles 
    • Doubles 
    • Plus 10 
    • Plus 1 
    • Plus 2 
    • Making Ten 
    • Make Ten to add 
    • Mixed Review 
  • Subtraction Fact Quizzes 
    • Near Doubles 
    • Doubles 
    • Minus 10 
    • Minus 1 
    • Minus 2 
    • Making Ten 
    • Make Ten to subtract 
    • Mixed Review

Check back between August 1 and August 9 to learn how to enter this giveaway.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Coming Soon - Freebie Fridays - Need Your Help!

I tried this a few months ago but didn't have a big response.   I'm hoping for a better response now, but if not, I have a plan to be able to still bring you a least one freebie every Friday!

If you have a freebie that you'd like me to feature, please fill out the form below.

Thanks!  Check back in two weeks for the first Freebie Friday!  I have some good back to school freebies ready to share with you!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tech Tip Tuesdays are Back!!

If you want to join the linky, grab the Tech Tip Tuesday button.  Post about a technology tip.  Then link up below!


Hey all!  Thanks for sticking with me during my hiatus from posting Tech Tips.  I'm back just in time for the new school year to start.  I hope you find something interesting you can use in your classrooms this fall.

Today's tip is a request from a fellow blogger.  How do you add a link to your blog when you leave a comment on another blog?

Just watch this video I made to find out!

I hope this helped you out. Please let me know if there are other technology tips I can help you with.

Please leave me a comment with a link to your blog.  Feel free to test it out here!
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Input from my readers

I am getting ready to re-introduce Tech Tip Tuesdays but I want your input.  I would love to make my Tech Tips more beneficial to my readers, but I need your help in order to do so!  I have ideas to share with you, but I want to know what you want!

Please let me know if there is something you are interested in learning how to do using technology.  It could be as a seller on TpT or as a teacher in your classroom.  It could be something you want to learn how to do or it could be something you want your students to learn.

Thanks for being loyal readers!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Top Summer Treasures

It has been awhile since I've been here.  Life really took over and I needed a break.  But I'm back.

My summer is about halfway over, but I'm treasuring every moment.  Despite spraining my ankle and scraping my knee in a fall 2.5 weeks ago, I am doing everything I can to enjoy this summer.  Since I have 8 weeks of summer, I thought I'd share my top 8 treasures from the summer.  These are in no particular order.

1 - Catching up with friends.  My friends seem to be neglected during the school year.  I'm usually so exhausted that most of the time, I only see them on the weekends.  So it's difficult for schedules to match up.  Many of my friends are teachers, so we've been able to catch up during the day.

2 - Running errands during the day.  This one is pretty self-explanatory but I love being able to go to the grocery store during the week day and not fight crowds.

3 - Going out to lunch with my fiance during the week.  I don't get to go out to lunch during the school year.  I love being able to pick my fiance up from work to go to lunch in the middle of the day.

4 - Being able to watch my tv shows at night without falling asleep.  During the school year, I can't sit on the couch and watch tv.  I either fall asleep immediately or I get involved in a project and don't really pay attention to what I'm watching.  During the summer, I've been able to focus on my shows and stay awake.

5 - Reading books for fun.  During the school year, the only books I pick up to read are ones I'm going to use in reading group.  I've enjoyed being able to read books for me.  In less than 4 weeks, I've been able to finish 2 books.  That's a record for me lately.  It's so relaxing to get lost in a book.  I'd love to be able to incorporate reading for pleasure in my school year life.

6 - Working at my own pace.  There are so many deadlines to meet during the school year.  I've really enjoyed working when I've felt like it and not been stressed about getting things done on time.  I've been making things for my classroom and my TpT store, but only when I feel like it.  I definitely don't feel any pressure to get things done.

7 - Organizing my house.  My house has still been disorganized since our basement flooded last fall.  I never really had time to clean through things and organize it.  I've been able to clean out our hall closet and our spare bedroom this summer.  Definitely makes things easier to have an organized house.

8 - Rolling over and going back to sleep when my fiance's alarm goes off.  Another treasure that is self-explanatory!  During the school year, my alarm goes off first.  This summer, I've enjoyed being able to say goodbye to my fiance and then rolling over to go back to sleep.

What are your top treasures of the summer?  Feel free to link up below.

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