Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Fun Blog Hopping Weekend

Here's a shout out to all of the teachers who participated in the Teacher Appreciation Jackpot Event & Blog Hop.  It took me about 3 hours to visit all of the blogs featured and download their TpT FREEBIES.  All I can say is WOW!!!! There are some really talented teachers out there with some great products for my classroom.  Check out Erica Bohrer's Linky Party to see what everyone is buying.  And while your on her blog, look at all of the amazing products she has on her blog.

I'm heading to Special Olympics with my daughter for the next 3 days and wanted my students to do an author study on Kevin Henkes.  I love his books! I didn't have time to run to our "teacher store," so I found some great ones on Teachers Pay Teachers.  

Check out Ashley Reed's Kevin Henkes Author Study.  Isn't it wonderful to be able to search for what we need and download it instantly.  Think of all the gas we save by not driving to the "teacher store."  Maybe I can spend some more? - Yes, I can use that as a great excuse.

Here are some other items that I purchased during the sale:

 My students have been during an ocean unit and "Ocean Friends" by Lohren Nolan was a perfect addition to my unit.  There are both literacy and math activities and they are easy to implement into my teaching day.  Click HERE to go check out this packet.
I blog hopped all day Sunday through the Teacher Appreciation Jackpot Event.  JD's Rockin Reader's has some great word sorts that are just what I have been looking for and quite the bargain price too. Click HERE to see this packet.
And thanks to Kim Adsit for putting this packet together on Reading Comprehension Strategies.  I will add many of these to my Readers' Response Journal.   Click HERE to see her packet.

Thanks Erica for starting the Linky Party. 

Stop by my Teachers Pay Teachers store and check out my songs, multimedia files, guided reading books, and literacy centers.  Get a jump start on getting organized for next year and let your current students finish out the year with singing!

Saturday, May 5, 2012


Five Word Families will be my "FREE for the Day" Teacher Appreciation Gift.  You can download it on Sunday, May 6, 2012.  After Sunday, it will return to its regular price. It is a Quick Time file to use on a computer, Interactive Whiteboard, Smart Board, or with a digital projector.

Here is a small clip or sneak peek of the file:
Click HERE to Download this ONE DAY SPECIAL on May 6, 2012.
Here is a YouTube video of how I use it in my classroom.
If you are looking for a fun literacy centers, check out the "Five Word Families Activity Pack" on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  My students love the "MUD" game and the Go Fish Game.  The word sorts are great to use in a pocket chart, on a table, or during guiding reading.  The students love to sing the "ack, eck, ick, ock, uck" part and my students sing that part to help them with the sort.  Watch out!  That phrase can get stuck in your head:)
Here is a picture of the activity names.

MUD Game!  
I also have a book set that goes with it too.  I use the 8 1/2 X 11 book for whole group and the listening center, the 1/2 size book for the students' book boxes to support "Just Right Reading."  Do you have students who have a hard time staying on task during "Read to Self" or independent reading.  Here is a strategy that I have used for over 15 years.  Find books that go with songs.  It will help your struggling readers stay on task and work on building sight word recognition and fluency. There is also a one page sheet at the end that I put in a homework reading folder for my students.  I place all of my song sheets into a reading folder, so my parents know and learn the songs too.  Then they know what we are working on in class.  Many of my parents have commented on loving this part of their child's homework because they know what we are working on in class.
8 1/2 x 11 Book for Whole Group or for the Listening Center
1/2 Size Book for Book Boxes and Guided Reading.   There are 2 copies on each page.  If you need 24 copies of the book, you only copy 12 copies of each page.  Save paper and ink too!  I also print them in gray scale to save money when I need to.
Don't forget to add the PROMO CODE when you check out on TpT.
And don't forget - I am also participating in the Teachers Pay Teachers Annual Teacher Appreciation Sale.  All of my items will be 20% off May 6-8, 2012.  Then enter the code below to get 10% off of my sale price for a total of 28% off all of my products.

While you are there, check out  my multimedia files and let your students SING, have FUN, and LEARN while you are getting those last minute details such as assessing your students completed.   And what's nice about my songs, books, and literacy centers is that you can sing, read, and play them ALL YEAR LONG!

Thanks for stopping by!  I would love for you to follow my blog and my Teachers Pay Teachers Store to get updates on the new products I have planned for this summer.  Have a great end to your school year! And Happy Downloading on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Check out these other blogs for their FREE Downloads too.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Jackpot!

May 6-12 is Teacher Appreciation Week.  Many teachers from all over the United States want you to know that we appreciate YOU!  More than 130 bloggers from Teachers Pay Teachers are participating in the first every "Teacher Appreciation Jackpot!"

During this event, you will have the opportunity to download many free teaching resources.  But it is only for this one day!  On May 6, 2012, each participating blogger in the jackpot will be giving away one FREE item from their store on Teachers Pay Teachers (between $3-$8).  This event will be divided into 3 grade level groups because of the number participating.  Thank you to the follow teachers for putting this event together.  You can click on their links below for more specific information on each group. 

PK-Grade 2   April McNair on A Modern Teacher
Grades 3-6 Laura Candler on Corkboard Connections
Grades 7-12 Adrianne Meldrum on The Tutor House

On Sunday, you will be able to go from blog to blog, to see the free products being offered by clicking on the grade specific levels above.  You can view my FREE product HERE, but don't forget to click on the links above and below to view all of the other products being offered.  These free items will go back to their regular price after Sunday's special event.

So remember to check back here on Sunday, May 6, 2012 to see my free item.  You can look over the other PK-2nd Grade blogs that are participating by viewing the links below: