Sunday, November 16, 2014

Operation Underdog


As teachers, we naturally have very giving hearts.  We always want to help, expecting nothing in return.  Well, today, I'm going to invite you to something really special that I am happy to be a part of.  My teaching heart jumped at the chance to contribute to a really wonderful cause, and I hope that your teaching heart jumps at the chance to support it, as well!

During the month of November, TpT is helping to support a fundraiser for Operation Underdog.  Operation Underdog was brought to my attention by Joey Udovich of Creating, Teaching, and Sharing.  Her childhood friend is the co-founder of this amazing animal rescue that is in need of some monetary support.  In an attempt to help, Joey invited 30 top TpT sellers to contribute to some pretty amazing resource bundles that are now being sold at OVER 1/2 off!  The proceeds from this shop go directly to Operation Underdog's medical funds for adequate vetting, transportation services for animals in need, and basic supplies, such as food.

Here is what we are HAPPILY offering you!
To visit these bundles, please click on the pictures below.

THIS BUNDLE IS VALUED AT OVER $70!!
YOU CAN PURCHASE IT FOR $30!!
♥ Deanna Jump - Need for Speed Addition and Subtraction Fluency Practice
♥ Deedee Wills - Fall Roll, Say, Keep-Editable Sight Word and ABC Game
♥ Cara Carrol -  Do You Hear What I Hear? {The Ultimate CVCE Practice Packet!}
♥ Babbling Abby - Spelling for All Seasons {Part One}
Spelling for All Seasons {Part Two}
 Simply Skilled in Second - Writing Templates for Writing Centers and Interactive Notebooks
♥ Erica Bohrer - Classroom Pets
♥ Karen Jones - Word Family Sliders {with 39 short and long vowel word families}
 Susan Jones-TGIF - Phonics Poetry for Grades K-2
♥ Reagan Tunstell - Sight Word Stick Centers

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THIS BUNDLE IS VALUED AT OVER $60!!
YOU CAN PURCHASE IT FOR $25!!
♥ Teaching With A Mountain View - Money Task Cards { Coins & Dollars }
 Shelley Gray - Get Up and Move! {A Basic Operations Gallery Walk COMBO PACK}
♥ Amy Lemons - Workin' On Word Problems
♥ Lory Evans - Math Assessment - Money - How Much Is That Doggy In The Window?
♥ Deb Hanson - Main Idea & Details craftivity for lower grades (matching main idea & details)
♥ Ashleigh - Common Core Informational Writing - A Complete Writing Unit
 Flapjack Educational Resources - QR Code Math Fun Bundle (2nd-3rd Grade)
♥ Third Grade Thoughts - Revised Bloom's Taxonomy Bundle {Posters + Fiction Brochures}
 Tessa Maguire - Open Ended Passages and Questions for 2nd Grade
♥ Common Core and So Much More - 3rd Grade - 30 Reading Fluency and Comprehension Passages - Fiction & Nonfiction

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THIS BUNDLE IS VALUED AT OVER $80!!
YOU CAN PURCHASE IT FOR $35!!
♥ Runde's Room - Writing Revision Activity Bundle
♥ Nicole Shelby - Flippin' Through the CCSS: Flip Flaps for Reading Notebooks-Grades 3-5
♥ Kristine Nannini - Analyzing Characters Pack {Common Core Aligned}
♥ Blair Turner - Independent Reading Resource Pack
♥ Rachel Lynette - Informational Text Task Card Bundle: 3 Task Card Sets CCSS Aligned
♥ Joey Udovich - Fix It! Sentence Rings
♥ Jennifer Findley - Constructed Response Practice and Assessment CCSS Aligned {Paired Passages Set}
 Teaching In Room 6 - Character Traits in 5 Days: Lessons to Teach Character Traits
♥ The Science Penguin - Life Science Informational Text Cards
♥ Christi Fultz - Math Board Games with Task Cards Solve N Slide BUNDLE
♥ Ladybug’s Teacher Files - Editable for Numbering Genre Library Labels (Consistent Colors)
♥ Laura Candler - Math Stations for Grades 3 - 8

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Operation Underdog is a NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION.  That means that 100% of their operating costs are paid through private donations and fundraising efforts.  The women that proudly established this rescue, have also been known to use their own money to save the animals in their care.  

"We help animals that have been dealt a cruel hand in addition to the unfavorable circumstance of already being a stray or a shelter animal. It is our goal to help those most in need. This includes animals with all manners of injuries and illnesses who might not receive help elsewhere. In order to commit to animals experiencing medical emergencies or those in need of surgical procedures, we need to first be sure that we have ample funds to cover the needs of the animals that are already with our organization."



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"By purchasing one or more of these bundles, you will be aiding in our vet bills, the cost of transportation, and supplies that are needed by SO many animals.  You are TRULY making a direct impact on the lives of many animals.  Operation Underdog is a nonprofit organization, so we rely solely on fundraising, events, and the charity of people simply wanting to help."

If you're interesting in adopting one of these cuties, email Operation Underdog at


Please visit Operation Underdog on Facebook by clicking the link below.  "Like" their page to bring more awareness to animals in need.  Remember, WE can make a difference!

To learn even more about this fundraiser, or to read up on the animals above, along with a few more of their friends, visit Joey's blog!

From the absolute bottom of our hearts, we THANK YOU for helping these animals.  The next time you need a furry friend, please consider getting one from your local shelter or rescue.  
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thanksgiving Ideas & Activities



Yep...Halloween is officially over...thank goodness!  Halloween week exhausts me! But even though I am exhausted, I am already thinking about our next holiday!  I always like to get a jumpstart on my planning and printing, so I feel like I am ready to go and I actually accomplished something off of my NEVER ENDING list of "Things to Do!"

 I have a lot of families that travel during the Thanksgiving break and I NEVER have a full class that short week, so I don't like to teach any new concepts.  I like to do a review of some of the topics that we already covered and of course teach about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags. 

I don't know if you have seen this yet, but Scholastic has an INCREDIBLE website filled with videos of Pilgrim Life, Wampanoag Life, and the info about the Mayflower.  It is JAM-PACKED with incredible information.  I am going to show my class all of the videos...that's how good they are!

Click this image below to check out the Scholastic site!  You will not be sorry!


After we watch the various video footage on the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags, we will complete my flip-flap book to do some Expository Writing.  I'm not sure yet if I am only going to do the Flip-Flap Book or add in the Mayflower craftivity to it.  I will prep for both or maybe give the kiddos the chance to choose what they want to do :)


Here are some images of my little ones working on this project last year!








I am really looking forward to completing this one the week of Thanksgiving.  I am also prepping my Place Value Pilgrim Scoot game and my Greater Than or Less Than Turkey Scoot game.  It is sure to be a fun and busy week :)


Here are some images of our Greater Than or Less Than Turkey Scoot game!  My kiddos had a BALL!



At my Work on Writing Center, my students are working on my Thanksgiving Theme-Shaped Writing Booklets.  These activities have REALLY added so much writing and FUN into this station.  My students are reading, writing, and making words all relating to Thanksgiving.





What are you planning to do the week of Thanksgiving??  Why don't we all make a pact to plan ahead and get all of our copies done so we can feel stress-free that week?  LOL

If you are interested in any of my units above, click the images to get to my TPT Shop to pick them up...

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs,
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Blog Hop & a FREEBIE!


Hi Friends... Happy Sunday!  Some of my best blogging buddies have come together once again this month to do our 
"TAKE A CLOSER LOOK"
segment where we share some information and a FREEBIE from one of our newest resources!  So without further ado.....



I wanted to give you a closer look at my
Reading Tab-Its!  I have this resource for Grades 1, 2, & 3!


This past week we worked on my Cause and Effect Tab-It 
and my Plot Tab-It.  Honestly, my kiddos LOVED LOVED LOVED working in them.  I use them during my small group work time and it is a perfect way to address your comprehension skills that you must teach. 

Here are a few pictures of my kiddos working on my Cause and Effect Tab-It this week....




Here are just a few highlights from this resource....

Making Connections Reading Tab-It...


Inferencing Reading Tab-It...


Main Idea and Details Reading Tab-It...



Text Features Reading Tab-It...




Vocabulary Reading Tab-It...



There are 21 different Reading Tab-Its each Resource.

If you want to check out my Grade 2 Reading Tab-Its in my TPT Shop, click the image below...


Click these images below to see the Grade 1 and Grade 3 Version in my TPT Shop!

 

Here is a freebie from my unit that can be
used for Grades 1, 2, & 3!




Like it? Love it?
Gotta have it? 

We are throwing our stores 15% for the next two days to celebrate! 



And now, I'm sending you off to another amazing freebie! 

Hop on over to my blogging buddy's blog
Haley from My Silly Firsties! 


Thanks SOOOOO much for stopping by!

Hugs,

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ditch the Worksheets = F.U.N.


Hi Friends....

I hope this post finds you all well.  A few weeks ago I stayed after school {in my very quiet classroom....ahhh} and I started thinking about how I could add some more PIZZAZZ to my 
Guided Reading Groups. 

As part of our reading series {Pearson Reading Street}, we must teach a comprehension skill and strategy each week, which will also be revisited many times throughout the year.   I find myself sometimes using the same activity or worksheet to practice the comprehension skill because I have to revisit it many times throughout the year.  Which lead me on my QUEST for something a little different and new for my kiddos... I headed on over to Pinterest....of course.  But sometimes when I am on Pinterest, my ADD kicks in and 5 minutes later I am looking at ways to organize my kitchen cabinets...I digress.  

So I decided to sit down and create something myself to ATTACK each Reading Comprehension skill I had to teach my little ones.  Then... the LIGHTBULB lit up in my brain!!!!!!  My kiddos have been LOVING and I mean LOVING my Writing Tab-Its that we use in our Work on Writing Center so I figured, let me create them for reading..... SOOOOOOOOOOO......

Reading Tab-Its was born!


This resource was a LABOR OF LOVE...I tell ya!  It took me weeks to finish it!  But it is DONE!

But I am excited to put them to use and add them to our 
Interactive Notebooks!


This past week we worked on my Cause and Effect Tab-It 
and my Plot Tab-It.  Honestly, my kiddos LOVED LOVED LOVED working in them.  I use them during my small group work time and it is a perfect way to address your comprehension skills that you must teach. 


Here are a few pictures of my kiddos working on my Cause and Effect Tab-It this week....







Here are just a few highlights from this resource....

Making Connections Reading Tab-It...


Inferencing Reading Tab-It...


Main Idea and Details Reading Tab-It...



Text Features Reading Tab-It...




Vocabulary Reading Tab-It...



There are 21 different Reading Tab-Its in my Grade 2 Resource.

I also have Reading Tab-Its for Grades 1 and 3... scroll to the bottom of this post to check them out!


If you want to check this resource out in my TPT Shop, click the image below...


I also have a Third Grade and First Grade
Version too!!!!!

 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Big hugs,

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