Saturday, February 16, 2013

Teaching Resources Giveaway from Mrs. B's Nook!

I am happy to get to join with mrsbsnook as she celebrates a milestone in the blogging world.  She has been blogging for less than a year and already has over 100 blog followers.  Mrs. B's Nook's is having a "100 Follower Giveaway" to celebrate this milestone.   Enter the giveaway for a chance to win some fabulous teaching resources from TeacherspayTeachers stores.  She's organized her giveaway by grade levels.  Select the grade levels that fit your classroom needs.  I've donated my Sight Word Flash Cards with Beatrix Bee High Frequency Words 1-96 packet.  It's a great feeling to get to share, especially when sharing with other teachers.  Hurry over to Mrs. B's Nook!  It ends on Sunday, February 16, 2013 or at the stroke of midnight, (EST) TONIGHT.  Click on the picture below to go to the giveaway. 

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentine's Day Word Play

Generally speaking, word play is a concept that develops at the upper elementary level rather than the lower elementary age. Additionally, children's vocabulary range needs to be a gradation high enough to make sense of word play.   When the understanding of word play begins, their brains light up and they love it!  Valentine's Day cards for children certainly provide a wealth of material for having fun with corny, catchy, and cute phrases which were created by having fun with words.
It's just a few days away from Valentine's Day.  I am looking forward to the celebration with the children!  After my TpT shopping excursion last Sunday, I decided to do a little additional shopping.  This time it was a bricks and mortar store.  I got in the car and headed toward the nearby super store.  While I was there, I found some cute Valentine themed favors for the children.  I think I went a little overboard with the toys, but I made an exception and allowed the indulgence.  I made my other purchases and went home.  Normally, I use the pre-made cards you can find in stores but this year I made my own Valentine cards.  Being in a jovial mood, I started to engage in some word play and cooked up a few phrases to go with the goodies I bought. I spent most of Saturday morning assembling the Valentine's Day cards.  This involved cutting out the hearts and shapes with a shape cutter, writing the phrases and greetings, and taping the toys to the cards.  I could have sparkled up the hearts with some glitter glue but I needed to save the glitter glue for a sensory activity with the children instead.
First, I'll mention the little heart shaped mazes. Mazes can be found almost anywhere and any shaped maze will do for this. Originally I wrote, "I think you're aMAZEing!" Since I knew this was a spelling violation, I changed it.  I thought the misspelling of the word, might invite a teachable moment in class to review the spelling rule.  (Drop the "e" when adding "ing".)  But alas, a teacher must spell correctly so "You aMAZE me!" would have to do.

I used toy magnifying glasses in the second picture shown.  I placed a penny on the small heart cut-out and taped the magnifying glass on top.  It's important to put the tape all the way around the magnifying glass.  Otherwise, the penny will slip out.  I could have taped the pennies in place but I liked the movement when I wiggled the hearts and thought the children would like this as well.  For the magnifying glass hearts the phrase used is,  "I think you're MAGnifiCENT!"
"I think you're MAGnifi-CENT!"
There are so many things to do with words to make a fun and silly Valentine card.  How about a pretty seashell glittered up with the words, "SHELL we be friends?"  A small plastic fish could be taped in on a heart with the words, "You're the catch of the day, Valentine!"

What about you?  Have you created any catchy, corny, or cute Valentine phrases?  Please share them and . . . Happy Valentine's Day!
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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Teachers Pay Teachers is Having a Super Sale!

The big day has finally come!  And, no, I'm not talking about football.  It's SALE day!  I'm looking forward to getting big discounts today.  Last night I was dreaming of new clip art sets and planning my budget for the sale.  I was running through the wishlist in my head.  Then I thought to myself, "I better do my shopping early while supplies last."  Wait a minute!  These are primarily digital downloads.  The supplies won't run out!  Hurray!  I was having brain-glitch because I'm still not used to the idea of purchasing online.  Does that make me a techno-dinosaur?  Still, I'm going shopping early before the computers explode from data overload.  

Are you going shopping?  I plan to "Shop Until I Drop!"  Oh, that's right!  I'll be sitting down sipping on hot tea while I'm shopping.  The most important thing to remember is to use the promo code:  "Super" when going through check-out.  And don't miss the step that says, "Apply".  Press that before you enter "Submit".  Without it, you don't get the extra discount.

I have to go shopping now!

Don't forget the promo code!  "Super"

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Valentine's Day Cards for the Classroom: Fun Phrases They'll Love

February is here!  Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I am looking forward to the celebration with the children.  How many years have children been exchanging Valentine's Day cards in the classroom?  It certainly is a nice opportunity for kids to experience reading with a real-to-life situation as they try to decipher the silly phrases on the Valentine's cards they've received from their classmates.  For the preschoolers and kindergartners, it's enough of a challenge for them to read their classmates' names when they pass out the cards.  Later on, the teacher is busy reading a zillion phrases to satisfy the answer to the question, "What does it say?"  Before any cards are passed out, the strategic teacher will say, "Pick two for me to read and enjoy the pictures on the cards.  The homework assignment is fun tonight.  Read the other cards with an adult." I was fortunate enough to come across the website called,  Laura Strickland has created tons of adorable graphics.  At the present time, she is offering her graphics free of charge for teachers to use.  Her only condition is that her terms of use are followed.  I like using the animal graphics because they tend to be gender neutral.  Additionally, children all over the planet enjoy animals and creatures.  It was too much fun creating new Valentine's Day cards this year using her graphics.  I thought up a few silly puns to go with the images.  For the text, I used a font from Fonts4Teachers.  I made the cards with both the color and black and white graphics.  Since I don't always have access to a color printer, I wanted to have the black and white set as a back-up.
 I would like to share some of my cards with you!  Click the picture of the heart at the end of this post to pick up four from my set.  Here are a few directions about assembling the cards.  It's super easy!  After printing, fold in half as shown in the second picture below. 

This is what one of the four freebies looks like minus the red frame.

This is how it should look after the first fold.

Then fold again so the picture is on the front.

Here's the card after the second and final fold.
  No scissors needed!  Oh so easy!

Write the address on the backs of the cards.

Address the cards on the backs before you tape the treats inside.

    Tape a treat on the inside of the cards.

They'll love to find a treat inside the card!

 Click the heart below to download the free samples.
Click the heart above to download the free samples

Touch the picture displayed below to find out more about this product at my Teachers pay Teachers store.  I created 16 different colored graphic cards and 15 cards that will print with black ink.  The picture below shows some of the cards that require color ink. 

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