Thursday, June 30, 2011

I learned how to make a signature!

Who loves the cute signatures that are on some blogs?  I do!  I have always wanted to learn how and have googled it several times, but wasn't ever able to find anything about how to do it until now.  It is super easy and takes less than 5 minutes!  Check out this blog for the full details!  Happy blogging!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Smartboard Linky Party

Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher is hosting a smartboard linky party.  I love my smartboard and use it everyday.  My projector broke at the end of the school year and I thought I was going to lose my mind!  I am praying that it will be fixed before school starts in August.  If it isn't, I don't know what I will do.  I use it from for everything!  From taking attendance to calendar to randomly selecting students for jobs. My students and I love  the smartboard.  It is an excellent tool to keep students motivated and maintain attention during lessons.  They will do almost anything to touch the board.  They never seem to get tired of it either! I will show some of my favorite smartboard lessons.
 I posted my Main Idea with Norman Rockwell lesson below.  Scroll down to check it out.  It is a FREE lesson that you can download and use in your classroom
Electronic Pocket Chart is just what it sounds like.  It is an electronic version of your traditional pocket chart.  Page 1 is all 26 letters of the alphabet with vowels in red and consonants in black. Page 2 is the alphabet plus vowel pairs such as ai and r controlled vowels. Page 3 is the alphabet plus consonant digraphs. Page 4 is alphabet, vowel pairs, r controlled vowels, and the consonant digraphs. It is also free so download away!





Action Verbs with Keith Haring is one of my favorite lessons.  It is an arts integrated lesson. Students will learn about verbs and Keith Haring's art. There are several interactive pages for the class to complete. The lesson concludes with the students using a paper man with brads in the joints to enable it to move to create their own art in the style of Keith Haring with a verb as a title. I have also included a template to make the paper guy for the art project.

Daily Essential Vocabulary This is an interactive file to help students master vocabulary words. The file is set up so that students are given a new vocabulary word each day with the part of speech, definition, and sentence. There is a question with multiple correct answers for the students to select. The correct answer will have some type of movement such as spinning. Then the students will sort 4 words as synonyms or antonyms of the vocabulary word. There is also a writing prompt for each word. This can be used as an extensive writing exercise or a quick sentence using the word in context. On Friday, there are 3 different review exercises to help students master the words. After the first week, previous words are included in the review. This set has a total of 48 words plus review to last 12 full weeks of teaching.  I also have a sample version that contains the first 2 weeks worth of words and practice.




Compare and ContrastUsing Georgia O'Keefe and Henri Rousseau This is an arts integrated lesson that teaches the concepts compare and contrast. It begins with basic objects and moves the students to use higher order thinking to compare and contrast both the lives and then the art work of Rousseau and O'Keeffe. This lesson also teaches students to use a venn diagram to organize their information. Everything you nee to teach this lesson is included. There is also a step by step lesson plan on the last page of the file. (All background knowledge of the artists are included in the file.)

Dr.Seuss Attendance  This is a smartboard attendance file for 9 months. Each month is has a different Dr. Seuss theme. For a limited time, I am offering it for free so download it quickly.


Long Division for Kids who Can't Multiply  This is a smartboard lesson that teaches both the teacher and students how to complete long division problems with and without remainders. It is a step by step lesson that teaches how to divide even if the kids don't have their facts memorized. I use this method in my special education class and have taught my 5th graders how to complete long division problems without a calculator.



Teaching Quotes Using Dr. Seuss  This is a smartboard arts integrated lesson. Students learn how to identify the words being said before moving on to adding correct punctuation to sentences and finally creating their own sentences using correct punctuation for quotes. Student also learn about the artwork of Dr. Seuss and a few tips on how to become a cartoonist. The lesson ends with students creating their own cartoon character (step by step instructions-fool proof) and writing a quote using correct punctuation.




Earth Art:Earth's Natural Resources This is an arts integrated smartboard lesson. Students will learn about the Earth's natural rresources and about the art of Andy Goldsworthy. There are several interactive pages for the class to complete. The lesson concludes with the students going on a nature walk around the school to collect materials to create their own Earth art. This is a great lesson for Earth Day.


I hope you find a lesson that you like!  I have other smartboard lessons at Teachers Pay Teachers so check them out too!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Roll, Dice, Roll: Free Math Workstation

This is a quick and easy math workstation that can be adapted to help students with numbers 0-999.  This workstation includes directions, a tub label, student response sheet, and tips on modifying the difficulty so all students can practice at their instructional level.  Download and enjoy! Roll, Dice, Roll

Friday, June 24, 2011

Arts Integrated Lesson- Free File

I love integrating the arts in my classroom.  I have been blown away by the results I've seen with my special education students.  I am offering my smartboard lesson FREE to anyone who wants to download it.  My students loved this lesson.  They learned how to use the details in a painting to find the main idea.  They also learned about the life of Norman Rockwell.  I have the title of each painting hidden on the screen.  Use the magnifying glass to reveal the title.  I hope you all enjoy this lesson as much as my students and I do!  If you download this lesson, I would appreciate it if you left me some positive feedback!
Main Idea with Norman Rockwell

Friday, June 17, 2011

Behavior Managment- Free File

I have posted my behavior management system that I use every year in my classroom.  It has been very successful with dealing with some very difficult behaviors.  I have all of the directions included along with all of the forms needed to implement the program.  I have also included helpful hints to make the program run more smoothly.  Please check it out!  I hope it offers others  some help in their classrooms.  If you download this file, I would appreciate it if you left me some positive feedback!
Behavior Management System 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mega Contest

THIRTY-THREE teacher-sellers at Teachers Pay Teachers donated top notch classroom products for our T2T MEGA CONTEST! There are 3 major contest categories: K-2, 3-6 (1 winner each), and Middle School / High School (5 winners -1 per subject area: English, math, science, social studies / history, and fine arts).

Contest Dates: Starts Thursday, 6/16/11. Ends Sunday, 6/19/11 at 12:00 p.m. Midnight / Central time.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Interested in earning extra money?

What to do now that it's summer? How about making extra money for very little work. I know it sounds like a scam right from the start doesn't it? But, it's true. I found a great site called Teachers Pay Teachers. You can list all the wonderful materials that you have made for your classroom for sale for other teachers. The materials that you have slaved over, and can now work for you. It is super easy (very little technical knowledge is needed.) You get paid quarterly via paypal unless you earn more than $500. Then you can receive a paper check in the mail.  Check out my store for an idea of what it looks like. 

A few bits of helpful info:
1.  You set your own prices.  If you are a basic seller (pay no yearly membership) you earn 60% of your sells.  If you are a premium seller, ($60 annual membership fee) you earn 85% of your sells.
2.  You can list as many products as you want. 
3.  You must have at least one product that is free to anyone who wants to download it.
4.  The site has a sellers forum which is full of useful info and is constantly updated. It is also a place where you can communicate with teachers around the world.  They are very helpful and offer lots of advice.
5.  A fabulous blog has also been designed to answer all of your questions with complete step by step instructions for almost anything you will need to become a master seller on TpT.

If you decide to sign up as a seller, I would love it if you used my referral code:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Signup?ref=kmw0130

If you don't want to sell, check out the site anyway.  There are thousands of free products that you can download and use in your classroom daily. 
Enjoy your summer and happy selling!
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