Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Teacher Mail

Do you have problems with your students tattling, or just interrupting you constantly to tell you various stories?  Do your students need practice with writing?  If you are having these problems, Teacher Mail may be the solution to both of them!


I found this freebie from Upper Elementary Adventures, and it has saved my sanity!


T-Mail (Teacher Mail) **FREEBIE**

I printed them out on colored paper to make them a bit more festive and special, but you could just as easily print them on plain white paper if cost is an issue (or your students start writing on them like crazy like mine did).




They are a great way to develop both relationships and writing skills!



Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway


My blogging friends and I LOVE to spoil our teacher readers!  It is time again for our weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway!  Just our little way of saying, "Thank you!"



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 3/27/17 and is open worldwide.

Are you a Teacher Blogger or Teachers pay Teachers seller who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your store and social media?  Click here to find out how you can join our totally awesome group of bloggers!




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Chalk Drawing Writing Prompts

Sometimes my students have a hard time thinking about what to write about during Writer's Workshop - especially my reluctant writers.  I have found that picture prompts can be helpful to get their writing juices going!  When I found these adorable chalk drawings on Facebook, I knew they would love them too!



I linked up the video to our SeeSaw account so that all of my students could see them.  You could also show them on a Smart Board, or screenshot them to print them out.





My students picked a picture and then started writing!







Can you say engagement to the maximum?  ALL 23 of my students wrote the WHOLE time!  That rarely happens!  They were so proud of their work too!



Would you believe this kid HATES to write?!



I had to share this lesson with you, because I KNOW your students will LOVE it too!


If you are looking for more picture writing prompts, check out my Writing Prompt Pinterest Board here.


And... don't forget to visit our giveaway page to enter our current giveaways!



Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway



Do you have a wish-list on Teachers pay Teachers that is bursting at the seams?  If you are lucky, you might win a $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card!




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 3/20/17 and is open worldwide.

Are you a Teacher Blogger or Teachers pay Teachers seller who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your store and social media?  Click here to find out how you can join our totally awesome group of bloggers!

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Shamrock Shout-Outs


For Valentine's Day, I created a door display, Reasons Why I Love My Class.  My students absolutely ate it up!  




I wanted to do a similar idea for March.  Here is what I came up with:



I made a sign that said "Shamrock Shout Outs".  Then I printed a shamrock template on several pieces of card stock and cut them out.  I wrote various shout-outs for my class including:


Our reading stamina is improving.
Our behavior is improving.
We are so engaged in our Number the Stars Unit.


On March 1st, I hung up the Shamrock Shout Out sign and the first shamrock.  Each day I add a new Shamrock.







My students were racing to the door to read what the new heart said.  


I printed out all of my shamrocks ahead of time on colored card stock and will be hanging up a new one each day until St.Patrick's Day as a sort of countdown.  I am even letting my students add shout-outs to our door as well.




I have made a freebie for you just in case you wanted to try this project out with your own students. You can download it here.




You can start a few days late and add shamrocks as you go, or put up the whole display on St. Patrick's Day instead.

If you do decide to do this project, I would love to see pictures!  Please email me at kellys3ps@sbcglobal.net or tag me on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter!


And... before you go, make sure to visit my Giveaways page to enter our weekly giveaway to win a $25 Teachers pay Teachers gift card!



Friday, March 10, 2017

$25 Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway




If you are anything like me, you like a little Starbucks as a pick me up after a hard day, or a treat to reward yourself for a great day!  Well, we wanted to chip in towards that cause with a $25 Starbucks gift card!




GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Starbucks Gift Card

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



Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 3/17/17 and is open worldwide.

Are you a Teacher Blogger or Teachers pay Teachers seller who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your store and social media?  Click here to find out how you can join our totally awesome group of bloggers!

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Teaching Theme With Sorts


My students were REALLY struggling with theme.  No matter how I taught it, when I asked them to name a theme of the story, they would either rattle off the plot or give me a general theme with no evidence from the text.  Frustrating!  Here is how I finally got them to understand.



I made a list of books we had read this year as a class, along with a list of common themes in literature.



I gave groups of 4 students these lists and had them cut them out.



I asked them to sort the themes with each of the titles we had read.



At first, they tried to place certain themes under certain titles, but they quickly realized that some themes fit multiple texts.  They decided to talk about one title at a time.



Here is one group's sort for Harry Potter.



And another sort for Number the Stars.



They posted their finished sorts to SeeSaw and were able to check out work from other groups and to comment as well.

And... just because I am so proud of my kiddos and their hard work... here is a little video of them in action.  (They love seeing their work on YouTube)!






Monday, March 6, 2017

Teachers' Pot of Gold Giveaway





They say March is lucky, and it must be, because I am participating in TONS of giveaways this month, so many of you are bound to be lucky!  This one has LOTS of BIG prizes, but your time-frame to enter is short, so don't delay!  Enter Now!

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





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




Every month we give away a $75 Teachers pay Teachers gift card, and today is the day!  Extra special because it is also my birthday! :)

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), 




Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog?  Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers! 


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Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway



Every week we give away a $25 Teachers pay Teachers gift card and this week is even more exciting for me because today is my birthday!

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




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 3/13/17 and is open worldwide.

Are you a Teacher Blogger or Teachers pay Teachers seller who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your store and social media?  Click here to find out how you can join our totally awesome group of bloggers!





Saturday, March 4, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Math Facts Treasure Hunt FREEBIE



Educators and cognitive scientists agree that the ability to recall basic math facts fluently is necessary for students to attain higher-order math skills.  Because of this, I am always looking for fun ways to get my students practicing their math facts.


My students have been having fun with this St. Patrick's Day themed Treasure Hunt Game! I hide a "treasure" picture underneath one of these cups.





The students pick one of the cups. Then they answer the math fact on the cup, and if they get it correct, they get to lift it up and see if they won the treasure.  If not, they put the cup down and the next student tries.





Here is a video of the game in play:




St. Patrick’s Day Math Facts Treasure Hunt  Freebie - Addi


You can download this FREEBIE at my Teachers pay Teachers Store here.  

I also have an addition version for younger grades here.





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