Saturday, August 1, 2015

Light a Fire With a Good Book - and a HUGE Giveaway!

Hello hello!!!  Can you believe that we are already into August???  I don't know when you go back to school, but I am headed back on Monday!!  Well, to be truthful, I've been in meetings and staff development since July 22nd, so, I feel like I'm already "back!"

Since the end of summer is here, several of us bloggers have come together to give you some awesome ideas for Back to School Books! These books can be used to set up your classroom community, begin a good lesson, or just as a fun read-aloud.
The book I'd like to share with you is...Enemy Pie!

It's a great book for building community within the classroom!  We use it each year, and it's always a class favorite!  We love this book so much, we even made a unit to go with it!!  AND, it's JUST been updated!!!

Check out the adorable "friendship pie" that we made with our classes last year!

We have a freebie that goes along with Enemy Pie that you may want to check out!
We also just uploaded a new product that can go with ANY back to school book!!!  These interactive notebook activities would be a great way to do a quick assessment of skills your students have or haven't mastered and there would be no stress for students because they are such fun activities!

And have you heard? Teachers Pay Teachers is having a site-wide Back to School Sale August 3rd and 4th, so you will be able to get our Enemy Pie Unit and our Back To School Interactive Notebook Activities for 28% off using the promo code BTS15!
We know what else really "lights a fire" in you, and that is fabulous technology! We are giving away a brand new Kindle Fire HD6 to one lucky winner! 
Enter the rafflecopter below by hopping through each of our blogs and entering the secret word that can be found on the tablet in each of our posts. Also make sure to follow our TPT stores because the winner will be announced through a message in your TPT inbox! 

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We are also giving away a $25 gift certificate to Creative Teaching Press!

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Good luck! We hope you have a successful start to your school year! Click below to continue on the hop with my good friend Christy from Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Teachers Prepping Teachers Giveaway

In less than 10 days, Mandy from Mandy's Tips for Teachers, Jessica from Ideas by Jivey, and I will be joining forces to bring you an awesome day of professional development! We decided in celebration, we wanted to feel like Oprah for a minute and give away some fabulous prizes!
Feel free to enter all three Rafflecopters. Not sure what the Teachers Prepping Teachers Workshop is?? Here are the details:
It is located in Marietta, Georgia at the Chattahoochee Technical College. Is that within driving distance from you? Here is how you can register...

...or better yet, you could win your ticket! Enter into the rafflecopter below!
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Maybe Marietta is too far, or maybe you have plans for next Friday already... well, we will be giving our participants some AWESOME swag at the session (think Blair Turner notepad, fun math dice, coupons, Expo Markers... and the list goes on!), and you could win one of those swag bags PLUS a $10 TPT gift certificate if you enter the next Rafflecopter below!
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And finally, who doesn't love extra sharp pencils? I know I do! Add this awesome sharpener to your classroom from Classroom Friendly Supplies in our last giveaway!

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If you attend our session, you will also be eligible to enter several more giveaways exclusive to our attendees! Here are just a few:
Planner from A Modern Teacher
Geomodels from EAI and Number Line Floor Mat from Smile Makers
Rigorous Reading by Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher
$25 Amazon Gift Card well as a few SETS of mentor texts for your classroom, too! Who couldn't use more books?

We hope to see you next Friday! :o)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Back to School Units are Half Off for 2 For Tuesday!


We are linking up with Cyndie from Chalk One Up for the Teacher for her 2 for Tuesday Deals!

That means that TODAY ONLY we have selected 2 of our favorite products to put on sale for half off! Yep, 2 products are 50% off today only! Yay!!!

So which products are half off?!?  We chose two of our Back to School Units we use every year- Enemy Pie and First Day Jitters. If you haven't read these books, I highly recommend them! They are PERFECT for back to school and the kids love them!  :)

Enemy Pie is one of my personal favorites- it's teaches such an important lesson about friendship in a fun and silly way. This mentor text printable pack contains reading, writing, and grammar lessons. There is a vocabulary chart, comprehension questions, literary elements graphic organizer, a grammar hunt, and more! 

First Day Jitters shares the worries of going back to school- both for teachers and students. The pack we created has tons of activities to accompany this book: pre-reading "jitters" activities, vocabulary chart, writing activities, grammar printables and flip book, get to know you games, an all about me poster, jitter-free jellybeans activity and much more!

Okay, so these products are 50% off today only! Please check them out if you are interested!
Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Please head over and see all the other great products on sale today for 2 for Tuesday- just click the image below!

Have a great day!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Teachers Prepping Teachers Workshop

Hi there! I am so excited to share my next adventure with you!! Two of my favorite blogger-teachers and I are teaming up to prepare you for the best school year ever! Jessica from Ideas by Jivey, Mandy from Mandy's Tips for Teachers, and I have collaborated to bring you a day filled with three awesome sessions to enhance the core subjects in your classroom!

This session will take place at Chattahoochee Tech in Marietta, Georgia. It will be a fun-filled, full-day session (9:00 AM-4:30 PM) with a lunch break. When you register, you can order a Firehouse boxed lunch for a few extra dollars, or you can bring your own lunch. It's your choice! Please buy your box lunch ticket by July 21 if you want the Firehouse lunch!
We will have some awesome swag for everyone who attends, fun giveaways, and of course, super-informative sessions that will get you in the perfect mind-set to get your school year started off on the right foot! There will also be discounts offered on our products the day of the workshop!

Ready to register?
Prices will go up July 5th,
so make sure to sign up to get the early bird discount!

We are so excited to get you prepared for your new school year! We hope to see you there!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Makeover Madness- We COMPLETELY revamped our Subjects and Predicates Pack!!

Hey there!!  We haven't been the best bloggers lately.  I'm so sorry about that!!  In order to try to get involved, you'll see that we'll be joining some linkies and recently, we found one to get the ball rolling so that we might be better bloggers and creators FOR YOU!

We are joining up with several lovely bloggers (you can find out more by heading to Emily's blog at Third in Hollywood) to do a product makeover.  I thought some of you may be really THRILLED about this because maybe you OWN the product, and now you can just redownload it and I think you will agree it looks A LOT better!

I chose to redo our Subject and Predicate Pack because, well, it was one of the products we FIRST made and we did it based on what we had made years before and still used in our class.  We did try to make it look better, but now that we have a few years under our belt on TpT, we just didn't feel comfortable leaving it like it was because people often buy several of our grammar units because they like how they are set up, and, well...this one just wasn't up to par with the new units we had made.

So, we thought CLEARLY it needed a makeover, we just needed to DO IT.  So I did!!  Here's what it looked like before:

Originally, it was a "Monkeys at the Beach" kind of theme.  Which was cute.  There was a lot of white space and there were pages where when I had originally made the practice sheets, I put two sheets on a page because I was *illegally* printing them from my printer and so I was trying to save paper.  Well, we now know there are other ways we can save paper and so I needed to fix that.  Plus, I changed the clipart and made it a little meatier (in my opinion), now that I sort of know what I'm doing.  Oh, and I tried to format it like our other grammar units.

Here's what it looks like now!
In case you need to see it side by side:

Here are more pictures of what it looks like now:

Looks a wee bit different, right?  So, if you own this product hurry!  Go!!  Redownload it!!  You can click HERE to see if you already own it.

ANNNNNND, if you don't own it, but think you could use it, I'll have it on sale for HALF OFF until Saturday.  Click HERE if you'd like to buy it half off!

So, what do you think?  (It's okay for you to be honest...truly!)

Doesn't everyone love a makeover?  ;O)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Math Manipulatives- Organizational Tips and Tools Linky

Happy June!!! I can't believe the SUMMER is FINALLY here! :)
I'm sorry I have been away so long....finishing the school year and prepping for baby has been crazy busy! Exciting and fun, but so much to do!
I am enjoying the warm weather and preparing for the arrival of our sweet baby boy- could be any day now! Until then, I'm linking up with The Primary Peach (a collaborative blog with teachers from Georgia) to share some great classroom organization tips.

I'm excited to share some organizational tips and tools with you- this will be a weekly Sunday Linky through The Primary Peach.

This Week's Tip: Organizing Math Manipulatives 

My Math Manipulative Organization is nothing fancy or cute, but it works for me and my students. I've found the best way to organize these materials is to sort them into plastic containers and label them. I keep them all on a metal shelf behind my desk. This way I can grab the bins I need easily and distribute the materials to the students. And if I realize I need something else in the middle of a lesson, I can have one of my students go grab it. :)

For games and centers that require manipulatives, I pull out however many I need and place them in a smaller labeled container or plastic baggy. Then I can keep it with the game or center for the kids to use as needed. That way, I still have the bin of remaining manipulatives if I need them for a mini lesson or small groups.

My favorite place to find containers for manipulatives is Dollar Tree- they're cheap AND cute! Take a look below- I really want some of those pink and blue clip top lid ones- so cheery and bright!

I hope this gives you some ideas for organizing your manipulatives!

Please check out other Organizational Tips and Tools on the Primary Peach Blog- just click the image below.

Happy Sunday! Thanks for stopping by!  :)

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