Friday, August 1, 2014

Sales and Giveaways Galore!

My 2,000 follower and 2-year blogiversary giveaway ends tonight. Click {here} to enter if you haven't yet!

The Educents {Tricky Math Bundle} goes through tomorrow. Click {here} to read more about that!

It's sale time soon! Everything in my store (except my already discounted bundles) will be 20% off, and TpT will give you 10% off the remaining price when you enter the code above at checkout!

In case you're working on your wish list, here are the top wishlisted items in my store.

My top two wishlisted items are both {close reading texts}. Since you probably don't need {April} or {May} right now, you might be interested in {August}. September is still in the works, so make sure that you follow me on TpT to be alerted when they are uploaded. Don't worry. They will be 25% off when they are newly listed.

I made these centers to do for my formal evaluation this past year. So these are definitely 100% tested ;) To use them, you need to have a copy or two or twenty of the book If You Lived in Colonial Times. I blogged about the centers {here}.

After two years off from math, I'm stocking up on task cards and activities. I think that {this bundle} should do the trick! Twenty-two products included, and that brings everything to less than $3.00 each. Score!

If you need more ideas of what to add to your wish list, check out this linky!

And now that your wish list is really long, here's a quick little giveaway to help with the expense!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Educents Back to School Blowout Sale

I am so excited to announce that is having a HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! From July 30 - August 2 (Wednesday - Saturday), they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF! There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year! Take a peek into what is on sale! Tell your friends, because there is something for everyone who teaches children in PreK-8th grade!

I have two products in this bundle. A little background on the first one. I teach four ways to multiply - the standard algorithm, the box method, clustering, and lattice. I showed each method with the same problem below.

My favorite method is probably the box method. It gives kids a good understanding of what's going on while multiplying, yet retains place value concepts. If students know their basic facts (or can easily look them up) and know how to multiply by powers of ten, then this method is great for them!

I also have another product in this bundle. My Basketball Madness differentiated math practice is also included!

This product was created for use during the March college basketball tournament, although it could be used at any time during the year. These worksheets would work well for math centers or homework.

All students will work on the same page for each round, but the teacher will determine how many points each student must score before advanced to the next round. Students choose from a variety of one-, two-, and three-point problems to reach that assigned score. Each round covers one CCSS area, including Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Number and Operations - Fractions, and Measurement.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Two for Tuesday - July 29

I missed last week's Two for Tuesday, but I have some really great deals today!

They are finally done! And they will be $4 instead of $8 today only! If you are unfamiliar with my close reading texts, you can see them all {here}. There are a few freebies in there so you can see what they are like. If you follow me on TpT, then you will have access to one topic from my September texts when I get them uploaded.

My genre tags are a great way to encourage your students to read across the genres. It's normally $7.00 and on sale today only for $3.50.

I made it super-simple and totally optional. Students read a book of their choice, fill out a book review, and turn in into me. I put up some small posters and gave a handout to help with the genre portion of the review. Then I gave students colored beads based on the genre of the book they read. When they read the second book of that genre, they'll earn a tag.

Here's what my brag tag board looks like:


A preview of the tags they can earn:

To be completely honest, I don't have to talk much about it with the kids. A few kids jumped on board right away and started earning beads. I made their reviews available and issued their beads, and then that grabbed the interest of others. After I put up the preview of the tags they can earn, I heard a few kids talking about checking out science fiction books...

And don't forget to check out my {2,000 follower giveaway} going on this week!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

2,000 Follower and 2-Year Blogiversary Giveaway!!!

I cannot believe that this day is here. Well, let me rephrase that. I knew that I would stick with the blogging. But the 2,000 follower part is kind of overwhelming. I am just so thankful for all of the new friendships and opportunities that have come my way because of this little blog. And all of that is making me a better teacher.

But enough of that sentimental nonsense. Let's get to the giveaway!! Many of you offered to help me out with this giveaway, but this one I wanted to do on my own to show my appreciation. And I think you'll be excited about what I have planned. I know that I am!

Disclaimer - Due to shipping costs, some items will have to be limited to U.S. residents. Sorry :(

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These four Jamberry wraps
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Trashy Crafter Review

Those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that I love upcycling and repurposing things. When Kim, aka the {Trashy Crafter}, contacted me about reviewing her bracelets, I jumped at the chance.

When I went to her {Etsy store}, I couldn't believe all of the colorful bracelets and other jewelry. I love how each of them literally had a story associated with them. Kim takes old discarded books, sheet music, and maps and turns them into awesome jewelry. Since I love social studies, I chose a pair made from maps. Of course, I had to narrow down from about ten that I wanted...

Earlier today, I checked the mailbox to see that they had arrived!!

Love the packaging...


Look how fun they are! And they're nice and light, so I didn't even notice that I was wearing anything. But even though the beads are light, they are sealed well so that they will hold up. I was impressed that they didn't even get smooshed in the mail from their trip from California.

You can totally tell they are made with maps. And even the beading is from an old necklace. This one appears to have circular shell beads. I thought that the map/shell combo was kind of cool.

And they're stretchy so that it fits almost any wrist. I have a fairly slender wrist (I wish everything else was slender, too) and there was plenty of room to spare. They were very loose on my wrist.

I can't wait to wear them out and about and see what kinds of compliments I get! They're so much fun!!

And I just love the story behind Kim's products. You can even custom order jewelry made out of a book that you love!

Here's what Kim has to say about what she does.

"Books are magical, they give you the ability to go on a jungle safari one minute and a deep see dive with mermaids the next, but what happens when books has gotten lots of love from years of use? The pages get creased, dog-eared and ripped, the bend or even start to fall off. That’s where my Mom Helen and I come in, and this is where the story of Trashy Crafter begins.

My name is Kim, and I have pretty much been a crafter since I was old enough to hold scissors in my hand and not eat the Elmer’s glue. As a little girl I would come home from school each day, and as long as my homework was done I could create crafts all afternoon at my Grandma's house until my Mom and Dad came to pick my sister and I up after work. My Grandma made beautiful crafts and sold at lots of holiday craft shows, crafting ran in my blood and it was bound to become a part of my life some way or another.

One day while I was in my senior year of college and my Mom and I went to the local thrift store. While there we noticed they had these auction bins out front of the store full of damaged and outdated books. We found out that when books would not sell at the thrift store because of being damaged or outdated, they auctioned them off, and if the folks sifting through the auction bin thought could not sell the book or it was too damaged it was just thrown away.

Needless to say my Mom and I were heartbroken that all those beautifully illustrated children’s books were just thrown away… so we grabbed about 25 books each in our arms and took them home. I was really busy with school at the time, so the books sat in the corner of my room for about 3 months. I was trying to think of a useful thing to turn the books into when it hit me! I was very lucky to have a 3rd grade teacher that was very crafty, her name was Mrs. Bryant. She had taught us how to roll magazines pages into paper beads (I’m sure many of you have done this in girl scouts or grade school). I made my first few beads and knew from then I was hooked, the most magical part about it to me is that you not only create beautiful, colorful unique beads made from something that was going to be thrown into a landfill, but you know what book or item it was made from!

Everyone has stories, and connects with them so well, the reason we continue to create recycled book beads, map beads and sheet music beads is that when people purchase a set at a local craft show or online they have a story behind what they wear…. Perhaps they went on a road trip across the country, and that map bead bracelet they wear reminds them of the fun they had, or they had a band teacher that taught them to play an instrument, so they give them a sheet music bracelet as a token of appreciation… or even a gift for a mom or teacher that read you a book as a child that connected with you and stayed in your memory to this day. As humans we all connect universally with stories, and it’s a beautiful thing to throw away, so my Mom and I plan on fighting the good fight and continuing to turn old books into beautiful, wearable works of art.

Our Process:

My Mom Helen and I gather the books from a lot of different places, sometimes we find them in cardboard boxes outside of library’s, in thrift stores on the clearance shelf or in the bins, and even get books, maps or sheet music donated from folks that love and support our mission. Once we gather all of the books we measure and hand cut the book pages into long narrow triangle strips and roll them one at a time onto lollipop sticks. Once they are on there we coat each bead 3-5 times depending on the thickness of the paper. Once that is done we spray them with a matte finish and then we start to make them into the finished jewelry. We purchase damaged necklaces and bracelets from the local thrift store and strip them apart to repurpose the beads. We create the jewelry with a mixture of the paper book page beads we made along with the repurposed beads. Once that is finished, we hand cut recycled cardboard bracelet holders and place the book labeling on to each set so folks know what book their bracelets were made from."

If you are interested in taking a look, you can find Kim {here}. I did happen to notice Dr. Seuss books and Twilight books among the jewelry ;) And for the next week, if you use code tc2014, you can get 15% off your item.

Here is where else you can find her:
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