Saturday, December 20, 2014

All I Want for Christmas is a..... TPT Gift Certificate!

What is the very best Christmas present that you could receive (or give)? A TPT gift certificate of

This is the perfect thing for your friends near and far who teach. Teachers Pay Teachers recently gave all of their gift certificates a facelift-- from $10-$200! They look wonderful!

I am teaming up with some of the most amazing bloggers (like the lovely Laura Candler) and we are EACH offering the chance to win a $10 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers. You can enter to win on each page that is featured in the link up below. I really hope that you will take a minute to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest. Good luck!

Friday, December 19, 2014

It's Here! It's Here!

Can I just say how EXCITED I am that it's finally break?!!? If you still have to work on Monday and Tuesday, you are in my thoughts!!

The crazy thing about break is the to-do list for school that I have going. I'd love to see what's on your list! Here's mine:

If you'd like to join in, grab my image, create your own, and then link up below!


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Friday, December 12, 2014

MAJOR Giveaway with Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

My good friend Beth of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah has been hosting an AH-mazing giveaway lately! All those lucky people have been celebrating the first 12 Days of Christmas with some MAJOR goodies!

I am so, so very excited to join in on the last day with a major blow out of a day. Check out these awesome goods:

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To win these fabulous prizes, just enter below!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Technology Projects: Common Craft Video

At my old school (don't I sound like Phoebe?), we all had to do a Technology project that was showcased on Technology night in the Spring. Since moving to my new school, I've been tackling all the new curriculum and doing a hands-on technology project has seemed somewhat overwhelming.

Enter- my amazing Media Specialist. She offered to have 2 of my 3 groups come in this week and work on using research to create a common craft video. Here is a quick intro to what they are:

These videos look simple and yet amazing! We are taking this entire week to work our way through it:
-script writing
-creation of props

They are doing fabulous with their research and combining of facts as groups. They are REALLY excited about it so far!

Has anyone ever done this before in elementary? Here is a sample of an 8th grade project that we looked at first.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

There's an App for That: Social Studies Apps 101

Check out my newest article over at The Educator's Room!

Having access to technology in a classroom is one of the best 'next generation' resources you can have. Teachers all over want to be able to give students exactly the information that they need in engaging ways. The answer? Apps.
Now, we know that not all apps are created equal. I've put together a list of my favorites -- the apps I use all the time. I promise I'm not getting any type of reimbursement from these companies. They are just really great resources to use!
1- Brain Pop: I love, love Tim and Moby. Annie and Moby of Brain Pop Jr. are fabulous as well! Each of these is available via website or as an app for quick and easy app. This is one that requires a subscription fee to use but it has hundreds of videos on all content areas, technology, and arts. This is simply wonderful!
2- Scholastic Classroom Ideas To Go!: This one is specifically for teachers. Scholastic is a fabulous resources, as we all know. Now they have an app ($0.99) that contains hundreds of wonderful teaching ideas for all subjects, holidays, and grade levels. It's wonderful to get the juices flowing while you are planning!
3- Pass the Past: Are you searching for a quick and easy way to assess your students? This FREE app is perfect! Because it's free, it is limited in it's abilities but it is sorted into 9 different sections of history beginning with topics covered in 3rd grade stretching through colonies, present day, and world history. In 25 quick questions (written standardized test-like with graphic sources) you can preassess your students or assess your student's learning for the year.
4- Third Grade- Fourth Grade Social Studies: This FREE app is a great beginning resource for practicing reading an article and answering questions based on the article. The free version gives you 4 articles with 9 questions per article. If you upgrade, it opens up 20 other articles with questions PLUS you can create your own to be included as well.
5- Early Jamestown: Are you studying the colonies? Do your students need a refresher? This FREE app is an interactive book that contains information, graphic sources, and even video footage. It's perfect for all level of readers as the wording isn't too difficult.
Do you have a favorite app? Leave a comment with their name. I'd LOVE to check them out too!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Exciting Electromagnets

Wow! My science classes had a BALL today! I broke out all the goodies to create electromagnets. It was so much fun! I was really, really proud of them all too!

This electromagnet was definitely the BEST of them all. They coiled the wire 68 times... and it held up 9 paperclips! They were amazed by it. Loved their expressions and excitement.

The entire activity was made even better by The Science Penguin's great freebie: 

It was fabulous and perfect! 

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Don't forget- Newbies!!

Don't forget about the ongoing TPT sale! My store is 28% off right now! Just use the code: TPTCYBER.

You could grab this great little deal:

Your very own personalized desktop! You get to pick you, your accessories, and your background. It's so much fun to pick and to make! Grab it on sale today and tomorrow!

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday: 15% off EVERYTHING!

Don't forget after all your shopping yesterday- Today is Small Business Saturday! Everything in the Teaching with Grace store is on sale 15% off! That means even my bundles are marked off! Don't miss out!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Fabulous Foldable Friday Finish

3 years ago, I participated in a Foldable Mania Week and it was the BEST! Since Interactive Notebooks are so in the 'now' I want to revive these posts to show as options. Here's the schedule for this week:

Tuesday- Language Arts
Thursday- Social Studies
Friday- Free for all!

I thought that the best way to end such an awesome week of foldables would be to show you two AH-MAZING sites that I have found for folables, lap books, shape books, etc. These two are the best resources for teacher of all grade levels. 

There is a humongous section of templates for any possible one that you could want!

A site that I have shared in the past is my friend Katie's Real Classroom Ideas. She has an entire section form Foldable books. I figure that's just futher proof of how awesome these things are! Katie has included two great sites that I have used over and over:

Portfolders are a lot like lapbooks only bigger. Bigger is better right?
Parkview Middle School's amazing PDF has many, many detailed instructions for various foldables.

I love sharing great ideas with everyone. I hope that they are as useful to you as they are to me!!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Spectacular Social Studies!!

3 years ago, I participated in a Foldable Mania Week and it was the BEST! Since Interactive Notebooks are so in the 'now' I want to revive these posts to show as options. Here's the schedule for this week:

Tuesday- Language Arts
Thursday- Social Studies
Friday- Free for all!

Happy Thursday everyone! I can't believe that there is only one more day of school until a FULL WEEK OFF!!! That means 9 blissful days of relaxing at home and with family. But... until then, I thought I'd share some of my Social Studies foldables. I love, love, love these! I think I use foldables in Social Studies and Science more than anywhere else because of  all the vocabulary that students have to learn. Below are some of the great ones that I have made before:

 One of my favorites! I love the three flap foldables!! Some years I also put the different branches on the outside. But I felt that this ups the level of thinking required because it's not right in front of them.
 I always use the inside of the flaps- top and bottom!

In third grade we have 9 American Heroes that we have to learn throughout the year. My students made these at the beginning of the year and as we learned throughout the year we added the important dates and information on each flap.

This is a cruddy picture because I wrote in pencil but you can get the drift. We stuck to where they lived, why they were important, important dates, important events, and character traits.
Enjoy! But don't forget to go check out the awesome ideas over at Thinking of Teaching. Simply amazing!

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