Monday, December 11, 2017

Winter Resources for you and a Giveaway Too!


Looking for some great winter and holiday activities for your students? We have come together to help offer you some fantastic ideas to use! We have STEM, fun math games, puzzling mysteries, sentence practice, winter reading, and more!





Read a great original story about two children who enter into a snow globe adventure! There is a great writing activity that goes along with the story booklet. Create your own snow globe shaped storybook! Different writing templates available.


Who doesn’t love Chris Van Allsburg’s story, Polar Express? This literature unit includes fun activities and an end of the story craft where students build their own story train!






I love to make math fact practice more fun for my students, because let's face it, the more fun something is, the more likely we are to do it right?  One of my favorite ways to practice math facts during the Christmas season is with this Cookies for Santa game!



I put all of the "cookie" pieces in a leftover Christmas cookie tin upside down.  The students pull the cards out and attempt to answer the fact. If they get it correct, they get to keep the card.  If they get it wrong, it goes back into the tin. If they get the dreaded KABOOM card - they have to put all of their cards back.  The winner is the student with the most cards when time is up.

You can play this game with any type of math facts or vocabulary words written on index cards, or you can check out my pre-made math facts ones here.


From Angie S.:




Forming sentences is very important for young learners. This activity uses real-life pictures for easy recognition of common objects and sight words as sentence starters. It is perfect for early readers. This is also an activity to practice identifying the attributes of what, the number, and the color of a group of items. There are 15 groups of winter and Christmas items. The student will match the corresponding picture to answer the questions - What? How Many? 



From Jewel's School Gems:




It can often be a struggle to keep kids engaged during this holiday season. However, things can be easier for you with the right activities that promote learning and engagement. Jewel's Christmas Around the World STEM ChallengeBundle provides hours of engineering fun while making sure your students learn about the Christmas traditions of various countries in the world. Countries included are Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, and Italy. Students can design and build a surfboard for Santa, a Christmas sock for Papai Noel, a foldable ladder for Baba Nöel, a catapult for throwing presents, and a broomstick for Befana. You and your students will surely enjoy these Christmas STEM challenges. Check it out today!



Math Mystery: Case of the Selfish Elf
Uh oh! Which elf is eating all of the delicious cookies made by Mrs. Claus?
Toy production and elf morale are greatly reduced in Santa’s toy factory this year. Students must help Santa figure out who the selfish elf is by using their math skills to discover important clues. Then, your math detectives will be required to apply critical thinking to eliminate elf suspects and narrow it down to one. This activity is a fun way to incorporate math into your Christmas theme and will engage even some of your most reluctant learners. This math mystery activity is available in versions for grades 1 – 6. Choose a level that suits you, or ‘clue swap’ across grades to differentiate this activity with your class (clue swapping is only available using the 2nd- 6th grade versions).
(Individual grade resource links can be found within the video product description section.)


Once upon a Crime ‘Rescue Rudolph’ (Reading Mystery) 
This Christmas Reading Mystery 'Once Upon a Crime - Rescue Rudolph' is a fun way to incorporate a range of ELA skills in one.
Students will be required to read the story and complete activities to discover clues. Each clue requires students to critically think to decide which suspects they can eliminate as being Rudolph's kidnapper.  Everything that you need for this activity is in the download, including the reading passages. Just print, copy for your students and go! Find it here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christmas-Reading-Mystery-Rescue-Rudolph-Comprehension-Synonyms-Vocabulary--3518895


Now, time for the giveaway! You can win all of these resources AND a $50 Teachers pay Teachers gift card!



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Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway December 11, 2017

We only have two more weeks of school before Christmas Break!  Can you believe how fast this year is going?!  

While you are busy shopping for everyone else, you may want to take some time to treat yourself! Every week one lucky teacher gets to go on a Teachers pay Teachers shopping spree! What would you buy?





GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card 


Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Monthly $75 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway - December 2017

It is time for our monthly giveaway!  You have a chance to win a $75 Teachers pay Teachers gift every single month, and today is the day! 

AND... this time you have 2 chances to win!

First Place



Second Place




GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prizes: 

First Place  - $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card
Second Place  - $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)


Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 12/13/17 and is open worldwide.


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Monday, December 4, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway - December 4, 2017

Happy first week of December!  Almost Christmas Break for those of us in the United States!  And, time for our weekly giveaway no matter where you live!



GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card 


Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)



Co-hosts:   An Apple for the Teacher and KB3Teach.



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Monday, November 27, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway November 27, 2017

Every week one lucky teacher gets to go on a Teachers pay Teachers shopping spree! What would you buy?





GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card 


Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)


Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 12/4/17 and is open worldwide.


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Monday, November 20, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway - November 20, 2017


As we head into the Thanksgiving week, I would like the time to say how thankful I am for all of the teachers who take the time to read my little blog.  I love to share my thankfulness with a giveaway each and every week and today is the day for our weekly giveaway!



GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card 


Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)


Co-hosts:   An Apple for the TeacherMs. KDigging Deep to Soar Beyond the TextTeacher GameroomKathryn WattsJackie CrewsIt's a Teacher Thing, and Little Owl's Teacher Treats.



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Monday, November 13, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway November 13, 2 017

Every week one lucky teacher gets to go on a Teachers pay Teachers shopping spree! What would you buy?





GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card 


Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)





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Monday, November 6, 2017

Monthly $75 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway -November 2017

It is time for our monthly giveaway!  You have a chance to win a $75 Teachers pay Teachers gift every single month, and today is the day! 

AND... today is also the weekly giveaway for a $25 Teachers pay Teachers gift card, so this time you have 2 chances to win!

First Place




Second Place




GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prizes: 

First Place  - $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card
Second Place  - $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)




Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 11/13/17 and is open worldwide.


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Monday, October 30, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway - October 30, 2017


Our students may be looking forward to all of their Halloween goodies, but I have something for some teachers to look forward to!

It is time for our weekly giveaway!



GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card 


Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)



Co-hosts:   An Apple for the TeacherMrs Hansens Helpfuls, Teacher GameroomIt's Kinder TimeLittle Owl's Teacher Treats, and Samson's Shoppe.



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Monday, October 23, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway October 23, 2017


October is just flying by!  Mine has been exceptionally busy with a visit to the Ron Clark Academy, training, and presenting at a math and science conference!

I can't believe it is already time for a new week and a new giveaway!  Every week one lucky teacher gets to go on a Teachers pay Teachers shopping spree!





GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card 


Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)




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Monday, October 16, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway - October 16, 2017


Every week we give away a $25 Teachers pay Teachers gift card to one very lucky teacher! Enter below to treat yourself to a few goodies!



GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card 


Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)



Co-hosts:   An Apple for the TeacherMrs Hansens HelpfulsRight Down the Middle with AndreaThink Grow GiggleTeacher GameroomIt's Kinder TimeJackie Crews, and Brittani Black.



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Monday, October 9, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway October 9, 2017


Every week we give away a $25 Teachers pay Teachers gift card to one very lucky teacher!





GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card 


Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)






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Friday, October 6, 2017

Monthly $75 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway - October 2017


It is time for our monthly giveaway!  You have a chance to win a $75 Teachers pay Teachers gift every single month, and today is the day!

Once you have entered, be sure to click on my Giveaway tab to enter all of the other giveaways this month!




GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)




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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Take a Photo Walk With Your Students To Fire Up Their Writing



Have you ever been on an Apple Photo Walk? It's a free class offered at Apple stores where an Apple employee guides you through a scenic walk while providing tips and tricks for getting the best photos from your iPhone.

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My sons, Luke and Cody are super into photography and making videos, so they wanted to take the class.  As I took the class along with them - I realized a ton of possibilities for using this in the classroom! Here are a few of my ideas for using this practice for writing.



The Apple Creative met us in the store and gave us a quick run-down of how the photo walk would go.  






She really emphasized telling a story with your pictures.  This got me thinking of how this technique could be used to help your students write a story.



I decided my story for my photos would be this blog post with pictures of my boys telling their own stories.  





The boys had a harder time focusing on their own story as they were taking the pictures, but when they went back and looked through them, they were able to group pictures into themes and had several story ideas.





One of the suggestions she gave us was to find things that looked out of place - like these purple flowers with a burst of random orange color.



Another suggestion was to take pictures at different angles.  Cody was able to take a picture of this rock and make it look like a mountain!





I LOVE his dedication to this shot!  The boys were 100% engaged the whole hour and I know students will be as well when I try this out with my class!



The Photo Walk ended with an editing and share session inside the store.  The boys were able to talk about each picture with story ideas - this verbal story telling is great practice for students before they begin writing as well!



I will share how this activity goes with my class in a later post (as well as a few other ideas that were sparked during our Photo Walk for other subjects)! 

You can sign up for your own Photo Walk here.

They also have Teacher Tuesday classes with several different topics you can sign up for.



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