Thursday, May 26, 2016

Celebrate with me! I'm featured on Rachel Lynette's Mind in Bloom Today!!! Giveaway!!

Have you ever met someone and wondered how in the mix of the universe did your paths cross?  During last summer's Teachers Pay Teachers conference, I attended a session hosted by Rachel Lynette of Minds in Bloom Blog.  She spoke from the heart and shared her story with us.  I didn't know it at the time, but the theme of My Story was one I was going to hear quite a bit of this year through California Teachers Association as awaited the decision of the Supreme Court on the Friedrichs Case.  

If you don't know who Rachel is, check out her blog! She literally took task cards to the highest level and she offers about a gazillion of them with every topic known to man, and probably some unknown ones also!!! 

I met up with Rachel again this past February at the Teachers Take Sacramento Meet Up.  She was her ever chipper, enthusiastic, energetic self.  I enjoyed chatting with her and am thrilled to say that today I am featured on her blog. Swing by and check out my post on Integrating Art into All Curricular Areas.  

I recently hit a social media milestone of 1.000 followers on Instagram! Come celebrate what a month I have had by entering my Rafflecopter!! 3 PRIZES!! $25 TPT and Target gift cards along with a Container Store brag tag container filled with my AR Reading Tags!!! 

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Monday, May 2, 2016

The Classroom Clique's Teacher Appreciation Giveaway and FREEBIES!

Hey you! Yes, YOU!! You have to be an educator if you found your way to my blog today!!! Welcome!!!! I am so excited to have you join me for some fun tips, a teacher freebie, and a chance to meet some of my Clique Friends as we celebrate Teachers.  If you are a paraprofessional or work with students, you are welcome to join in the fun!!!

Do you use collaborative groups?  My school is a GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) school and we use a wonderful grouping and job mechanism known as Numbered Spoons.  Whenever you need to assign jobs, or have partners created in a jiffy or want one person from each table to hold a special assignment, then this classroom tip is for you.   Have students number off in 4's, mine are seated this way so that makes it easy! Then pull a spoon and all students that represent that number for their table, do the task.  Perfect for table games against each other! I use numbered spoons all day long, every day.  For science, I post the number with the job: 1. iPad recorder 2. Supply Gatherer 3. Director, make sure instructions are being followed and everyone is participating 4. Scientist!   These are perfect for language arts! 1. Directions Reader and Director  2.  Read the passage aloud  3. Hunt for Evidence as well as explain to your teammates how you found the evidence  4. Reporter: report out to whole class!

Really the ideas are endless and the best part?!  The tools are easy and inexpensive to get!! 4 Plastic Spoons, use a Sharpy and write one number on each spoon.  Put them in a cup, bucket, etc. and off you go!!!! Simple way to get classroom participation and have jobs so everyone is held accountable.

 Happy Week of the Teacher!!! During this week, I have students write to the teachers they had in past years.  Sometimes we use this writing QR Cube to give us ideas.  Other days I have them use the cube and write about me!! This 6 sided cube has 6 prompts for students to write about their teacher.  Great memories for those days you want to pull your hair out!! 

To honor Teachers everywhere, TPT is throwing a sale and WE here at The Classroom Clique are showing our appreciation with freebies and giveaways!! Collect the word at each blog's stop and enter it in the Rafflecopter below!! Great prizes!!!  Make sure you scroll through the Rafflecopter to see the goodies! TPT gift card, Starbucks gift card and Target gift card!!! Winner, Winner all the way around!!

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Wish Lists Aren't Just for Kids!!! TPT CELEBRATE SALE

Wish lists!! Growing up I always seemed to have a wish list for things I would like to have, places to visit, things I wanted to do, etc.  As an adult I have one, too. Just now it's more specific listing places I still want to visit, activities I want to try, books I want to read, and places I want to take my granddaughter. 

But what is sooooo exciting for me is that many teachers have found some items in my TPT store things they want enough to put on their Wish List!!!  I am honored!   Jen over at Teaching in the Tongass created this Linky Party for you to see some amazing wish listed items!! I know you will be like me and find some treasures I stuck right in the cart, especially since TPT is having its annual Teacher Appreciation sale, May 3rd & 4th!! 28% off quickly had me adding items to my CART!! Check out my top 3 wish listed items, are they yours? Don't forget to use CODE:CELEBRATE for your 28% savings!

VERBS QR CODE WRITING ACTIVITY CUBES: My students love using technology1! I am sure most do! It is new, hands-on, engaging, and part of the 21st century! Let's face it, VERBS can be a bit boring!! I created these QR Cubes as a way for my students to practice action, linking, and helping verbs in a fun and meaningful way: by writing!! My students love these and don't mind when I throw them in my centers all year long for easy, engaging review.

POWERS OF TEN/BASE TEN EXPONENTS BUNDLE: Fifth grade is where students learn about exponents and powers of ten.  It is a difficult concept for them to understand.  I couldn't find material that was engaging for my students so I created these 2 card sets.  One is perfect for Matching Game, Go Fish, or find your partners move around activity, while the other set are task cards that are great for Scoot, exit slips, or a center.


WOULD YOU RATHER? 44 GETTING TO KNOW YOU QUESTIONS & WRITING PROMPTS:  I love getting to know my students.  I use writing and oral activities to get to know them and for opportunities for them to know their classmates.  These 44 cards give students questions to share which they would rather have, eat, do, or visit.  These are a hit all year long.  I use them in the beginning of the year for oral get to know "you's" where students stand in two circles facing each other.  The outer circle has the cards.  They tell the inner circle their choice of what they would rather do and then the inner shares.  I call out "Inner circle rotate one step to your right." And we start all over again.  Throughout the year, I place these in my writing center where they write detailed paragraphs.  They look forward to the variety and the chance to write something THEY enjoy!! These have been so popular, the second set will be out in a few weeks!! Leave your email below in the comments and I will let you know first!

To find more amazing products for your cart, head over to Teaching in the Tongass and follow the loop!