Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Awesome Pencil Sharpener Giveaway!!!

I first came across these pencil sharpeners last summer through the rave reviews by teachers everywhere!  I was so excited when I was able to receive a pencil sharpener and review it!  It surpassed by expectations.  Now its my chance to share my joy with you!  Please check out these awesome sharpeners at reasonable price at Classroom Friendly Supplies!  They come in four basic colors: Midnight Black, Cool Blue, Groovy Green, and Firehouse Red.  I loved mine so much, I ordered three more.  I can't wait until I have a class of my own, and I will order the midnight black.  It is now my favorite color choice! 

These pencils are:
Really awesome

So check out the best sharpener in the world! When I found that pencil were always sharp, and the sharpeners themselves were quiet.  I bought and gave away three more.  One to the teacher I work under, and two to my sons' teachers.  Why make the teachers inferior sharpeners, when they could have the best!  Now you could have the best, for free!

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Let's Get Acquainted and a Classroom Freebie!

Flying into First Grade Acquainted! 
 I love these let's get acquainted Linky Parties!  They are fun.  I hope Latoya doesn't mind that I'm joining--because although I am a teacher, I am without my own classroom.  Meaning--I have my degree, but I only work as an assistant in a kindergarten, volunteer in my children's classrooms, and of course try to help my kids at home as much as possible.  So I'm going to share my favorite three things about my house!  I did get all these great ideas from teachers and their classrooms!  

I've wanted my husband to do something like this for a long time, but alas he is never home.  He is always in the air.  So I decided to do it the teacher way!  I bought this red hanging file folder, and have the kids put their folders in it.  It has helped them stay organized!!!  We still have lost papers, misplaced notes, but it has helped tremendously.  So thank you awesome teachers, and classrooms that give me these great ideas!  

I also made a lunch box bin.  The kids come home and put their lunch boxes in here.  This, however, only worked for mmmmm a couple of months.  Now, it is filled with junk.  We will try again next year!!! 

Oh, I love my penguin chart.  It is so fun to see it hanging on my wall.  

So those are my three favorite things at home--that are school related.  When I have my own classroom, I can share even more!  

Now for the freebie!  

I have been fascinated by fractured fairy tales.  I just think it is so fun.  So I made this graphic organizer.  It can either be used to compare two books, or as a organizer to write your new tale.  Change one thing about the fairy tale--and voila it is fractured!!  This is a writing assignment I hope to use in my classroom. 

You can grab this from my google drive.  

So go ahead and link up with Flying in First Grade, 

and Classroom Freebies.  There are a lot of cute classrooms, and a lot of great ideas!  

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Skittles Linky Party!

TOPIC - Skittles Game
Here is the code:
Red- Favorite Ice Cream Flavor
Orange- Favorite Memory from College
Yellow- Favorite Sports Team
Green- Favorite Fast Food Place
Purple- Wild Card(Tell anything about yourself)

Red: Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip

Orange: Favorite Memory from College:  Love this picture. I had the best roomates--well that is until my final year, but then I had the best boyfriend!

Food Fight

I also spend six months in London on a Study Abroad!  It was an amazing learning experience.  I also backpacked through Europe--BYU style.  It was so fun, and I even remember everything!

Yellow: Favorite Sports Team: San Francisco 49 ers

Green: Favorite Fast Food Place: Panera Bread for the food McDonalds for the Diet Coke!

Purple: Wild Card: I am also do a linky--and would love to have you link up with me!

A Teacher without a Class

And I used to teach here!   

I also have a great linky:  I would love to have everyone join!  It's all about the dollar.  Anything you buy, sell, find, make, or love that is just a dollar!  Like those diet cokes--I love them and they are just a dollar!  So after you are done linking up with skittles, come on over and link up with me!  

Monday, April 15, 2013

Dollar Days: A Linky

A Teacher without a Class

I love all the freebie link-ups.  But there are so many, and I wanted to do something a little different, and help other teachers find great deals, and maybe even earn a little money.

So I thought of Dollar Days.  What better way to promote your items, for only a dollar! Better yet, share the great deals you find for a dollar.  Either on the web, the dollar section of Target, or your favorite dollar store.    You can even share your favorite things you buy for a dollar! I know I have benefited from the awesome ideas and money saving tips other bloggers have found! So every month, on the 15th of the month, I will host Teacher Dollar Days!  It's all about one dollar!

This month--I created rainy math games!  Here is a peek at some of them.

Division Math Games
To see more go to me TPT store

Now onto the rules of the linky:

  1. Please link up to your personal blog, no stores please!
  2. Again, it can be your own work, some great find for a dollar, either digital or physical!
  3. Please include my button--just grab the code!

A Teacher without a Class
As a footnote--I will also host a linky at the beginning of every month.  However, this will be a book recommendation linky!  It should be fun!  

Rain Bump: A Freebie

Multiplication Bump

I hope you enjoy this game!  So go ahead and get it from my google drive.

You can find other great freebies:  
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Suzuki Saturday: Musical Picture Books

Musical Picture Books

Part of having your child play and enjoy music, is saturate the home with music.  This, of course, should be enjoyable: both for you and the child.  I love picture books, and these are some wonderful picture books about music.  I will continue to share as I find and post more!!!  So enjoy this weeks Suzuki Saturday.  

Ah, Music, by Aliki

"Music is rhythm.
Music is melody.
Music is feeling . . . "

Aliki, as usual, brings her deep knowledge and wonderful pros into this delightful nonfiction book about music.  I plan to read this to Emily right before her big recital!!! 

M is for Melody: A Music Alphabet, by Kathy-jo Wargin
"From the oom pah pah of the brass section to the tickle and tease of the keyboard ivories, "M is for Melody" gives a music lesson in alphabet form."  
These ABC books are not for two year olds: they are nonfiction books written in poetry and expository.  There is a depth of information on every page.  A wonderful resource of many different instruments and musical styles.

The Story of the Orchestra, by Robert Levine
This book contains information on each instrument of the orchestra.  Included with a 70-minute disk of music from different instruments and their composers.  A fun way to introduce an orchestra and its form of music to children.

The Carnival of the Animals, by Jack Prelutsky
Welcome to our carnival, 
Where birds and beasts and such
Behave a lot like people do,
At times a bit too much.
-Jack Prelutsky

I love anything by Jack Prelutsky, and his poems set to this music is a great way to introduce children to classical music.  Children learn through play, and the book and its CD gives great ideas of how to us is the way children learn, and this book and accompanied CD bring both fun and play into the equation!  

Meet the Orchestra, by Ann Hayes

This lyrical romp through the orchestra begins with animal musicians slowly gathering for the evening performance. Poetic descriptions suggest the sounds of the instruments, and lively watercolor illustrations capture the playful essence of each musician and musical instrument. “It’s a smashing introduction to classical music, and a must prior to a first visit to the symphony.”--Publishers Weekly

I love the use of animals for playing different instruments.  Fun, fun, fun!

The Philharmonic Gets Dressed, by Karla Kuskin

I love this book as it connects the musicians to everyday people who get dressed and ready for work.  But you don't have to take my word for it:  just watch the YouTube video.  Enjoy the illustrations and the music!  

I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello, by Barbara S. Garriel

I love this musical take on I Know an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly.   And this is a book you can judge by its cover!

Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin, by Lloyd Moss

If I missed any of your favorites, please leave a comment--and I will add them on my next musical book tour.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tomie dePaola and Ben Shahn

When Tomie was a young boy, he wanted to dance and sing on stage, and write and illustrate books.  He has honestly done all those things.  Along his path, he studied under Ben Shahn.  As I look at Shahn's work, I can see his influence: lines, colors, simplicity, and telling a story in the work of art.

Ben Shahn

I love Shahn's work, and love dePaola's work even more after seeing the similarities and understanding the craftsmanship behind his illustrations.  

Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato

The black priest stands out against the other images, just as in Ben Shahn's art. I feel as if Tomie, took Ben's work and translated into an illustration that connected to children.  It still tells a story, used the same lines, the colors and shading are incredible, and it has the same minimalist quality of Shahn.  A true master at work!  

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Book Spine Poetry: National Poetry Month

Poetry Stations for National Poetry Month
Poetry Station

With that inspiration, we made a ton of fun poems.  

Book Spine Poetry

Book Spine Poetry

Book Spine Poetry
Now, I think it would be cool to have a camera at the literary station and have the students take a picture.  But if you are looking for a printable: here are two examples.  It was so easy to make--that you will be able to find it free at my TPT Store!
Book Spine Poetry Printable

Book Spine Poetry Worksheet

Find these at my TPT store! 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Story Maps: Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato

I have started working on a unit about Tomie dePaola.  I decided to start with his Jamie O'Rourke books, and then move onto Stella Luna.  Folktales are a great tool to teach students about different story elements.  Retelling is a powerful way to help students comprehend.

Jamie O'Rourke

Emily retelling the story Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato

After she had retold the story with pictures--we got out a potato and some little people, and we acted out the story.  

I also made a story map incorporated these pictures.  A great way to help first graders and even kindergartners begin to understand story elements and story structure.  
Story Map

Story Map of Jamie O'Rourke

Or if you rather, students can draw the images for a story map.  

Story Map: Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato

You can get them from my google drive!  Hopefully I will be able to finish my Jamie package soon--with lots of fun activities.

You can find other great ideas and freebies at Manic Monday and 4th Grade Frolics!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
4th Grade Frolics