Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tinker Crate

Have you heard of Tinker Crates?  It was the best find of our summer.  My daughter who is 7 loves it.   The site says the Tinker Crate is geared for 9-12 year olds, but my daughter is very curious and loves science.  There are also other crates for younger kids and a Doodle Crate for kids who like art.

This month, she got to make a trebuchet.  The kit comes with everything that you need to complete the project.  This is my daughter reading the instructions and putting the base together.


The instructions are extremely easy to read.  Each step is clearly labeled with lots of pictures.  Here's a close up of the second step.


My daughter is putting the finishing touches on the trebuchet.


Here is the finished trebuchet.  It is locked and loaded.


She couldn't wait to pull the firing pin and send the ping-pong ball sailing through the air.  


She was actually able to put the entire thing together by herself.  She only needed a little help with pushing the pieces completely together.  She just wasn't strong enough.

If you want to look into the Tinker Crate, you can get $10 off your first kit.  Use this link {HERE}  (I will also receive a credit if you order a kit with my link.)



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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Geography Lessons

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.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Special Ed E-Book and Giveaway

Here in the south, summer is almost over.  I head back to school in less than 2 weeks.  I can't believe how quickly summer flew by!  Some of my special ed friends got together to help you all get ready for the new school year.  We put together an awesome e-book.  It's full of tips and freebies.  You can download it here.



I am giving away a room theme from my store to a lucky winner.  (The more entries, the more winners I will choose!)  You can see my room themes here.  


Here are some of my favorite room themes.  Good luck!









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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Magic School Bus Science Club

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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)!


 

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Grand Opening and $50 Giveaway


Wow!  This school year is flying by.  Things have been super busy for me, but I have some great news for you!  How about $50 to help you stock up on materials to get you through the end of the year? Educents has opened an online marketplace for teacher resources.  I know you already know about the amazing deals they have.  Now, you can find some teacher resources made by REAL teachers who are in REAL classrooms.  You can check out my store {HERE}  While you're there, follow me by clicking on the little heart.


You can download this sample of my Famous People Biographies Unit for FREE!



Don't forget to enter the giveaway by clicking on the link below.  You just may win $50 in Edubucks!


Educents Marketplace $50 in Edubucks Giveaway #3 - Second Grade Stores

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Superhero Product Linky

I'm linking up with Diane from Fifth in the Middle. Head over to see all of the other amazing products that have saved the day.



I am sharing my Famous People Biographies Close Reading Passages.




This is a set of 15 close reading passages. Each passage is about a famous person in history. People include:

Martin Luther King Jr.
Clara Barton
Sally Ride
Leonardo da Vinci
Jane Goodall
Stephen Hawking
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Thomas Jefferson
Alexander Graham Bell
George Washington Carver
Marie Curie
Thomas Edison
Henry Ford
Benjamin Franklin



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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

MobyMax Tablet Giveaway

Who wants a free tablet?  Of course you do!  MobyMax contacted me and asked if I wanted to try a MobyMax tablet since I've been using the web version so of course I said yes.  I was so excited to try it.   MobyMax has a complete k-8 curriculum in ELA and math.  MobyMax looks exactly the same on the tablet as it does on the web so there is no confusion for the kids.  They are able to easily login on the tablet or the computer. 

This is the MobyMax tablet.  As you can see from all of the fingerprints, my kids love playing with it.


Here it is next to an iPad mini.  Its a bit smaller, but the screen is large enough to easily see and operate.



 The MobyMax tablet is an Android device so you can also add all of your favorite apps for the kids to use.  They can also access the internet and anything else a typical tablet can do.


Here's a screenshot of the different parts of the MobyMax curriculum.


My favorite part of MobyMax is there is a section you can assign particular standards to each student that reflect their IEP goals/objectives.  This program will take the data for you for your goals/objectives!!  If you're like me, taking official data is the most burdensome part of the job.  Don't get me wrong, I take data all day long.  I can tell you where each of my students are working, but I hate the official data collection.  Anyway, this program will do it for you!  Also, the program is super fun so the kids LOVE using the program.  Each subject begins with a placement test and automatically assigns lessons to the kids based on their placement test.  EVERYTHING can be read aloud to your kiddos!  EVERYTHING!!  That thrills me.  This program is very easy for our special friends to use and they learn from it.  Also, when the kids are working and on task, they are earning time to play in the game room.  They earn 1 minute of play time for every 5 minutes they are on task.  If the students are "on task" and clicking lots of buttons (wrong answers) they do not earn game time for that.  When my students realized that, I had several mad kiddos.  I explained to them, they had to have at least 80% correct to earn game time and then I showed them the percentage they were at and they understood that hard work = game time.  That put a stop to random clicking right away.  Here's the exciting part, MobyMax is offering a tablet for one of my readers!!  Use the Rafflecopter to sign up for a chance to win. You will not be disappointed!!

You can also find more info on the MobyMax Tablet {HERE}


a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Friday, February 6, 2015

MobyMax Tablet

Have you tried the MobyMax tablet?  It's pretty amazing, especially since you can get one for $69!!  Not only does it come preloaded with the MobyMax curriculum, but it is also a fully functioning tablet.  It is an Android device.  You can access the internet and download apps.


Here it is next to an iPad mini.  Its a bit smaller, but the screen is large enough to easily see and operate.


You don't need a device for each child.  You set up individual accounts for each student online.  Students use their login information to access their account.  Several students can share a device.  It would be perfect for centers or small group intervention.  Students can also access their accounts online without the MobyMax device.

Did you know that MobyMax give away a device everyday?  You can head over here for more information and to enter to win your own MobyMax device.


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Valentine's Day Blog Hop Freebie



Day 5!  I have a great freebie just for you! For today only, you can download my Number Bonds file absolutely free!


HTML Map This is a great way for students to practice making numbers through 20.  Simply print, laminate, and you are ready to go!

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Valentine's Day Blog Hop All Month Long




Happy Valentine's Day to you!  As a thank you for being a follower, we have a month of freebies just for you.  Make sure you check back each day to see where to go for the next freebie.  Just click on the envelope with the corresponding date to find the freebie.  Each freebie will only be offered for 1 day only.  Here's a sneak peek of the bloggers who are participating.  Check back here on the 5th for my freebie!

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Jump into January Blog Hop (and Giveaway)

Blog Hop Button

Hop around to grab the no/low prep freebies, and then enter to win an Amazon gift card at the end of the hop!


Here's my NO prep freebie to use your first week back!


This freebie will be perfect for whole group or small group instruction.  It includes 3 different passages.  You can use one passage for teaching, one for practice, and one for independent practice or assessment.  


If you love this freebie, you can check out the whole pack by clicking {HERE}. It's on sale from now until the end of the blog hop!


Now hop on over to the next stop by clicking the button below!  

Next Stop


Make sure you complete the hop so you can win some Amazon $$. 


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas To Do List

I'm so excited that I am officially on Christmas break!  Time to play with the kids and rest.

I am linking up with Teaching with Grace and sharing my Christmas Break To Do list.



Here's my list.




Even if I only accomplish 2-3 things on my list, I'm guaranteed to have a great break.  What's on your list?  Head over and link up!



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Friday, November 28, 2014

We are Thankful for Special Ed Teachers! and a Giveaway



As a thank you to all of the teachers, some friends and I have gotten together to offer you some amazing freebies.  This blog hop is geared for our special ed friends, but ALL teachers have those special kids in class that may benefit from some of these amazing freebies.  Many of the freebies can be used in any class.  I created this flip book and anchor chart set to be used with your sentence types unit.  The flip book comes in both color and black and white for easy printing.  (Click on the images to grab the freebie.)






In addition to the freebies, I am having 2 sales.  Make sure you fill up your cart now, so you'll be ready when the sales start!



GIVEAWAY ALERT!!

And now for the giveaway!  MobyMax contacted me and asked if I wanted to try MobyMax in my classroom, so of course I said yes.  I was so excited to try it.  It is a web based program that can be used on a regular computer or an iPad.  Since I teach in a tech 1:1 school with iPads, I was especially thrilled.  MobyMax has a complete k-8 curriculum in ELA and math.  


My favorite part of MobyMax is there is a section you can assign particular standards to each student that reflect their IEP goals/objectives.  This program will take the data for you for your goals/objectives!!  If you're like me, taking official data is the most burdensome part of the job.  Don't get me wrong, I take data all day long.  I can tell you where each of my students are working, but I hate the official data collection.  Anyway, this program will do it for you!  Also, the program is super fun so the kids LOVE using the program.  Each subject begins with a placement test and automatically assigns lessons to the kids based on their placement test.  EVERYTHING can be read aloud to your kiddos!  EVERYTHING!!  That thrills me.  This program is very easy for our special friends to use and they learn from it.  Also, when the kids are working and on task, they are earning time to play in the game room.  They earn 1 minute of play time for every 5 minutes they are on task.  If the students are "on task" and clicking lots of buttons (wrong answers) they do not earn game time for that.  When my students realized that, I had several mad kiddos.  I explained to them, they had to have at least 80% correct to earn game time and then I showed them the percentage they were at and they understood that hard work = game time.  That put a stop to random clicking right away.  Here's the exciting part, MobyMax is offering a 1 year subscription to another teacher for FREE!  Use the Rafflecopter to sign up for a chance to win. You will not be disappointed!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Make sure you check each blog for more freebies!

Thanks for checking in.  For more freebies and tips, continue the trip through the blog hop by checking out Learning Ahoy...just click the button below.
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