Monday, July 27, 2015

Send Your Students HUNTING for GRAMMAR!

Call me a dork, but I LOVE teaching grammar.
I think it's very important that students learn to articulately communicate their thoughts and ideas. I love charting parts of speech, singing songs and chanting chants, identifying the different types of sentences, diagramming sentences, correcting fragments, listing examples, etc. 

My students...not so much.

They have many things hundreds of things they'd rather do than open their English workbook each afternoon. 

So last year I worked diligently to make grammar fun and accessible - to show my kiddos the necessity of mastering the mechanics of the English language and providing them with opportunities to succeed and build confidence.

One thing I've done that has really gotten kids excited about grammar and given them good practice/reinforcement is sending them on scavenger hunts and through books to hunt down the different parts of speech.

*keep reading to the end - there's an opportunity to WIN!*

I created the first packet (Pronoun Scavenger Hunt) because I was tired of answering "what's a pronoun again?" It was a huge hit, so as we progressed through the year, I made hunts for each part of speech that we studied.
I have 5 Scavenger Hunt activities in my TpT store:
Check out my Noun Scavenger Hunt
Check out my Pronoun Scavenger Hunt
Check out my Verb Scavenger Hunt
Check out my Adverb Scavenger Hunt
Check out my Adjective Scavenger Hunt
EACH packet comes with...
*Grammar Posters - print or display

*Student Interactive Notebook Foldables - Answer key included

*Scavenger Hunt Around the Room - includes instructions, 20-24 word cards, 2 or 3 different Scavenger Hunt Recording Sheets, and full Answer Keys

*Word Scavenger Hunt Through a Book 
- includes instructions and Scavenger Hunt Recording Sheet

*Picture Scavenger Hunt Through a Magazine - 
includes instructions and Scavenger Hunt Recording Sheet

*Writing Prompts - each packet includes 3 unique writing prompts with instructions

So put down those boring old worksheets and send your kiddos HUNTING for GRAMMAR!
These scavenger hunts will revolutionize how you review grammar.
Give your students an authentic, tangible way of differentiating between the parts of speech!

I've worked hard this past week to give these products a MAJOR FACE LIFT! 
If you already own any of them (or the bundle!), you'll definitely want to re-download for fresh graphics, ink-friendly pages, and new original activities included in each packet!

*I'd also love to GIVE A PACKET AWAY to one of my faithful blog readers :)
Here's how to enter:
Scroll back to the top of this post and PIN the first picture to a board on Pinterest. Then copy the pin URL and leave it in the comments section. Don't forget to also leave your e-mail address so I can send the MEGA BUNDLE to you! :) The contest will close on Wednesday (7-29-15) at midnight.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fuel Your Faith: Worship Songs to Brighten Your Day

A common catechism reads:
Question: What is the chief end of man?
Answer. Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to
enjoy him forever

Building off of this idea, I seek to instill in my students the idea that we have been created for one purpose: 
to worship our Creator!
Two years ago, I started something in my classroom that proved to be a wonderful addition to our school week: Monday Morning Worship. Each Monday morning, my 5th graders and I would start our school day off with a worship song and a time of concentrated prayer - it invites God into our classroom for the week, it calms the students from the chaos of the weekend, and helps to build a community of Christian friends in our classroom. 
Over and over I repeated my reasoning to the kiddos: we want to dedicate our weeks, our hearts, and our minds to the Lord. We show Him that He is our priority when we worship Him corporately first thing each Monday.

Here are some of our favorite songs we've done recently:

We just listened to this one because it's so creative - and impressive! Sometimes just listening and worshiping is good for the soul :)

Now it's your turn!
Grab this template or type your own blog post:
and link up here:

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Time-Saving Tools for Geography: Great Deals Going On Now!

How to make geography lessons stick - Educents blog 
How do you teach geography? Do you spend hours creating a map, labeling, cutting and pasting? It's so fun imagining all the ways this Mona MELisa reusable US Map can be used in the classroom or at home. All the states, capitols, and geographic information is ready for you to stick on to the map!  
Here are a few geography activities to try:
  1. Playing "Name That State" with family and friends during the holidays. What better way to get the whole family together than a game for kids of all ages. Work in teams or alone to identify states and challenge seasoned family members in lightening fast rounds.
  2. Need a little direction? Use the compass to have children in the class describe where states are in relation to each other. Let your kiddos take turns directing each other around the country by using the directions on the compass. They'll have an awesome time walking their fingers from east from west in search of the correct state-- but be sure to watch out for the oceans!
  3. Guess and reveal state capitals by peeling away the brightly colored shapes. Remembering capitals can be tricky, but the easy to peel states with state capitals hidden underneath offer up a great way to ditch the flashcards and take the learning to the walls!
  4. Keep track of where you've been (or where you're going). I love this one! Use the state names to label the states where all of the students in your class have been.
What a cool tool for your geography lessons! Don't miss out on all this time-saving geography tool, so be sure to check out the discounted Peel, Play & Learn sets on the Educents site. Mona Melissa Peel & Play Geography Set
Looking for more ways to save on geography resources? Check out more geography deals.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Growing Bacteria to Engage Little Scientists

Looking to inspire young minds when it comes to science?
Adopt the Ms. Frizzle frame of mind.
Educents Blog (6)
Learning about bacteria is fun, but has your family ever GROWN bacteria? Let the “professionals” show you how AMAZING it can be! 
In the World of Germs kit, Magic School Bus scientists grow bacteria and fungi, test antibiotics, make a fungus bubble, grow mold, wake up fungi, cultivate bacteria in yogurt, and use yeast to inflate a balloon! Get an exciting new Magic School Bus Science Kit delivered to your doorstep every month for a YEAR! These science experiments for kids include making clouds in a bottle, making rain, the greenhouse effect, making a thermometer, making a tornado, creating your own weather chart, and more! Educents has the award-winning Science Kit subscription for
 50% off (+ free shipping within the US)!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fuel Your Faith:The Battle Against Worry

Happy Friday, friends!
It's time for...
As a new mom, worry is a daily struggle.
I worry about being a good mom, about how my baby is eating, sleeping, and growing, about budgeting, about staying home with him in the fall, about my new identity, about how I am going to juggle it all, etc.
 Quote on anxiety: Worrying is like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain.
But in the quiet hours of the morning, with a snoozing baby in my arms and an open Bible, God draws me near to Himself and tells me not to worry, because He is in control.
And then I started thinking about the things I was giving up by worrying: my rest, my sleep (a precious thing right now!) time spent simply enjoying my new little guy, the peace in my heart.
And those things are too important for me to hand them over for the sake of worrying. So I made a conscious choice to lay down my worries and commit them to the Lord, for He has promised to carry our burdens.
Worrying is never good! Worrying doesn't take away tomorrows troubles. It takes away today's peace.
I was drawn to this promise from the Bible:
What an encouraging and challenging thought!
I pray that you, my dear readers, would cling to the One who generously gives you peace in place of worry.

Now it's your turn! If you would like to share something that's been on your heart that could encourage someone else, please link up! If you do not have a blog, please leave a verse/song lyric/quote in the comments section. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Creating Quick & Easy Preview Pictures for TPT

You've slaved away and created your latest labor of love: 
a new TPT product!
Now, before you can post it to your store and start raking in the cha-chings, you need to create a preview image. Because let's face it: few people will consider a product (much less purchase it!) if they can't get a glimpse of what they're buying.

But previews can be time-consuming to make - especially with all of the re-sizing and adjusting to get all of the images just right - you want to show people what they'll be purchasing without allowing them to copy and paste your work without paying for it.

So, I'm here to help you out, my creative friend.
Here are 10 fast and easy steps to create a preview picture for any product:
Step 1: Finish your masterpiece and save each slide as a picture
Step 2: Open Picasa (or download it here for free!)
 Step 3: Import your photos
Step 4: When prompted, import from a folder
 Step 5: Choose the folder where your slides are saved. Select all and save your images to a Picasa folder
 Step 6: Create a Photo Collage
 Step 7: Choose your collage format
 Step 8: Shuffle and adjust the pictures to your liking
 Step 9: Publish Your Collage

Step 10: Share your preview with the world!
And VOILA! You're done! It's saved as a JPEG so you can upload it directly to TPT or add it to a PPT to save as a PDF (if you're including other pages or information)

I'm linking up this tutorial with these awesome bloggers:
Fourth Grade Flipper

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: COUNTERACT

One of my favorite things about being an educational blogger is the book review opportunities that I get. As a childrens and YA book lover, I am always excited when I receive a new book to read and review! Yesterday, I received the book Counter Act by Tracy Lawson.
I'm settling in for an afternoon of reading while sipping out of my Hawaii mug - and dreaming of sandy beaches and warm breezes :)

I can't wait to jump into this dystopian adventure. Stay tuned for my book review - coming soon!

What's a great book you'v read recently?
I'm always looking for new reads!

Hop on over to Miss DeCarbo's blog to see what other bloggers are up to

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

2 for Tuesday: American Revolution Review Games

Don't you just love a good deal?
I certainly do - my eyes light up when I read a sign that says, "SALE!" or "CLEARANCE." My heart beats a little faster as I zoom towards the discount racks, hunting for treasures to be found.

Speaking of, have I got a deal for YOU!
Today (July 14th) ONLY, you can snag two of my newest products for HALF OFF! That's right folks - two awesome print-and-go review games for the price of one!

If you teach the American Revolution, you won't want to pass up this opportunity!
Here are the two games:
The game plays like Memory or Concentration - you have question cards and answer cards. Each student takes a turn flipping over two cards (one of each kind) and if they have a match, they keep the cards. If they don't, they flip them back over. *Student Center Cover, Directions, and Answer Key are included
 Here are some sample cards:
"I Have...Who Has" is a popular review game that involves the entire class. This engaging game is formatted for a class of up to 28 students and serves as an excellent end of unit reinforcement, test review, or substitute activity.
Here are some sample cards: 
I've also included a B&W version for ink-friendly printing:

Normally $4 each, these games are on sale for $2 TODAY ONLY! Grab 'em while they're hot! :)

Check out other awesome deals here: