Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Sale Continues for 1 More Day

You still have 1 more day to take advantage of the TpT Teachers Are Heroes Store-Wide Sale. Everything in my TpT Store is 20% off but don't forget to use the Promo Code: HEROES to get 28 % off all your items. Don't forget to leave feedback on all your purchases so you can also use your TpT credits at check-out too.

Yesterday we had huge thunderstorms and a tornado watch and I lost power 3 times for several hours each time. I'm so glad that I can shop today now that the storms have passed.

Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students. You are truly Heroes to me.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Teachers Pay Teachers 1st Sale of the Year!

Guess what day it is? Although today is not Hump Day I'm letting you know that TpT is having it's first big sale of 2015.
 TpT is honoring teachers with their Teachers are Heroes Sale starting this Wednesday, February 25th. Everything in my store will be 20%  both Wednesday and Thursday but don't forget to use the PROMO CODE: HEROES at check out to get an additional 8% and save a total of 28%!! Don't forget to leave feedback on your purchases to earn TpT credits that you can also use at checkout. 

Although I am retired, I began volunteering in January in my grandson's 4th grade class. He came home one day and told me that there were two new Korean girls in his class that didn't speak English. I immediately offered my help and have been working with them plus another 4th grader. It's the first time that I have been back in the classroom in quite awhile. I see first hand how hard teachers work and how many hats they juggle all day. You are truly HEROES, dedicating your lives to make a difference for your students. In this new era of accountability and high stakes testing you need to hear administrators, parents, and community members say how much you are appreciated. You are all truly my heroes and thank you so much for all you do each and every day.

I also want to say "Thank you" to all of you who follow me, purchased my products, and left such wonderful feedback. I have spent most of 2014 revising so many of my products and I can't begin to tell you how much your feedback has meant to me. Hopefully this year I will be able to create more quality units as well as some Freebies for your classrooms.

Here are 2 freebies from my store that you might like for your March activities.
If you are looking for some materials to teach about the Iditarod you may want to check out these.
Here are more March units: March Poems and St. Patrick's Day
Just in case your are thinking ahead to Spring here are a few you may want to check out.
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Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students. I truly appreciate each and every one of you.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ireland and St. Patrick's Day: Free Resources, Crafts, Books, and Free Activities

March is not only the month when we celebrate St. Patrick's Day but it's also Irish-American Heritage Month. Since 1991 Presidents have recognized March as the month to recognize the contributions of Irish Americans and their descendants who have played key roles in the foundation of our history. Did you know that there were 9 Irish Americans that signed the Declaration of Independence. I hope you will take some time to celebrate their contributions, too. To see some famous Irish Americans just click HERE.

I've put together some great resources for St. Patrick's Day and always like to start with great books. I have to say that my favorite book is "Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato". If you click on the picture below you will see a great list to chose from.
Of course there is always Scholastic that has all your st. Patrick's Day need that you can access by clicking on the picture below. There are lots of materials for all elementary grades to be found.

For those of you looking for some great crafts to make with your students, games and history about St. Patrick's Day and fun facts, you should visit Kid Connect by clicking on the picture below.
For those just looking for fun crafts to make then click on the one below to get complete instructions.
I revised my St. Patrick's Day Unit to include reading and writing activities about Ireland and it's national symbols. I've included my own Shared Reading Book, Picture/Fact Reading Cards about Irish-Americans and Ireland's National Symbols, 2 Reading Texts and Comprehension Questions about Ireland and St. Patrick's Day at the 2nd and 3rd Grade levels and Map Activities and a Subject Poem about Leprechauns. Students will write a Country Report about Ireland, A Persuasive letter to a Leprechaun and a Subject poem about Ireland. There are also 4 writing prompts to include Informative text and Opinion Pieces. If you download the Preview File you will get a free activity.
Just click on the picture below to see all the materials in the unit and get a free activity.
I also have a freebie for all my wonderful followers and viewers. I had a lot of great feedback from my Presidents Day Noun Sort so I made one to go with my Celebrating Ireland and St. Patrick's Day. You can download your freebie by clicking on the picture below.
Hope you all have the luck of the Irish and find some fun free resources for you to use with your students.
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Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

All About the Iditarod: Free Resources and Free Activities

I can't believe that it has been almost 8 years since I left Alaska. It was the most wonderful experience and I was lucky to have been able to spend 10 years there. I still miss it but was able to go back to visit two summers ago. During my 10 years I was so fortunate to actually have experienced the start of the Iditarod several times. The "ceremonial" start is in Anchorage on the 1st Saturday in March each year and we would bundle up to see the mushers begin the race. Sometimes they had to truck in snow to make a trail. Then they would restart the race the next day in Willow.

There are so many great reasons to teach students about the Iditarod, it's history, and the Great Serum run. It is a grueling 10 to 30 day race over some of the most desolate and dangerous trail. Mushers will experience some of the coldest temperatures and harrowing weather one can ever imagine. A few years ago I wrote a blog post about how to bring this amazing race into your classrooms and give your students the most up close and personal experience. Since then I've had lots of new followers and viewers so I decided to update it and hope you will find some great ideas and resources.

The best place to start is the Iditarod headquarter which you can access by clicking on the image below. You will find all the mushers in this year's race, and view live videos of the race. There is a wonderful Education Portal where students can follow the Teacher on the Trail and get great lesson ideas. A former teacher friend of mine will actually be working at the headquarters in Anchorage.
There are some wonderful books about the Iditarod that are great for Read Alouds or independent reading. You can read summaries of the best ones by clicking on the image below.
You can find some great lesson ideas at for all grade levels by clicking on the image below.
Scholastic has a wealth of activities for all grade levels. You will find information about Alaska, writing activities, it's history, the junior Iditarod and more by clicking on the image below.

Last year I completely updated and revised my Iditarod Reading and Writing Unit adding many new activities. It includes a Word Wall, Picture/Fact Cards, 2 Reading Texts and Comprehension Questions at the 2nd and 3rd grade levels, A Biography of Lance Mackey, Character Traits Activity, Follow a Musher on the Trail Log, Biography writing about a Musher in the race, Map the Trail Activity, Graph the Temperatures Compare and Contrast Activity, Writing a Triangle Poem, 4 Writing prompts and Graphic Organizers for Informational Texts and Opinion Pieces. You can put all the writing into a class book by copying the Class Writing Book Cover. You can see all the activities by downloading  the Preview File.  Just click on the image below.
For all my new followers and viewers I have a free activity which you can download by clicking the on the picture below. Your students can follow 2 mushers on the trail by filling in a log for each musher and then compare and contrast the 2 mushers using a Venn Diagram. Then each student uses their Venn diagram to write a text. How fun it would be to put them in a class book so everyone can read about other mushers as well. Afterwards you can see how many finished and how many dogs they had left when they crossed the finish line. For your freebie just click on the image below. I hope that you will leave me your feedback after looking at it.
I had several teachers ask me if I was going to write a packet about the Iditarod for K-1 and I finally did. It has a word wall, picture/word cards for matching, a Shared Reading Book, 3 leveled readers at the Early Emergent and Emergent Levels, Comprehension Activities, a Poem and Play, and a variety of writing activities. I really had fun creating it. You can check it out, read the description, and download the Preview file by clicking on the image below.
For my K-1 followers and viewers I have a free Writing Activities Packet. There is a Label the Picture and Write Sentences Activity:
There are also 2 Photos with Word Banks for students to write a short story. You can download the complete packet by clicking on the image below.
Wow, that's a lot of great resources. I hope you will check them out and find some wonderful materials to download for your students.

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Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.

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