Thursday, May 26, 2011

Countdown to Summer {Winner #5}

Congratulations to our fifth (and final) winner in the Countdown to Summer giveaway.  countdown to summer winner 5

You get to choose ANY item from our TpT store.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered in our little contest and followed us her and on our classroom blogs throughout the school year.  Keep checking back this summer because we will have lots of new units and activities that we will be posting on TpT and tons of  free item, ideas and giveaways.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Countdown to Summer {Winner #4}

Congratulations to our fourth winner . . .countdown to summer winner 4

You get to choose any two items from our TpT store.

Yesterday’s winner choose the following items:

1.  Circle Story Unit

2.  Gumball Math

3.  Learning About Weather Unit


Monday, May 23, 2011

Countdown to Summer {Winner #2}

Congratulations to our second winner . . . countdown to summer winner 2

You get to choose ANY four items from our TpT store!!!signature

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Super Sunday Sale

EVERY item in our TpT store is on sale today . . .  super sunday sale

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see who the next winner in our Countdown to Summer giveaway is. 

Our first winner {Christina} choose the following five items:

1.  Circle Story Unit

2.  Sentence Structure Unit

3.  Lucky Day Mini-Unit

4.  Learning About Weather Unit

5.  Out of this World Vowel Race


Friday, May 20, 2011

Animal Research Projects

Last week as we were learning about the characteristics of amphibians we checked out several books from our school library about different kinds of frogs.  After looking at the books we got the idea to create a little research activity.  We divided our kiddos into groups of four and gave them each one of the frog books.  Within each group the students had to work together to fill out a graphic organizer.  Then they had to make a poster about their frog.  It had to include a picture of the their frog in it’s habitat and have facts they had learned printed on it.  We made sure that each member of the group had a part in every step of the project.  After each group completed this activity they got to get up in front of the class and share what they had learned.  The kids absolutely LOVED it!!! 

They loved it so much that we decided to extend the project and let our students research an animal from each of the other animal groups.  {I’m sure the librarians are just loving us . . . they are trying to get all of the books checked in and shelved and here we are checking out arm loads of books about reptiles, mammals, fish and birds.} These activities have been a BIG success.  Not only have our kids learned how to locate information in a book using the index, but they have learned some fascinating facts about a variety of animals.

If this sounds like an activity you and your kids would enjoy click {here} to download the set of graphic organizers that we created.  Hopefully your school library will have as many books about each animal group as ours did.  animal research signature

Countdown to Summer {Winner #1)

Congratulations to our first winner . . .countdown to summer winner 1


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Countdown to Summer

So if you are like us you are probably counting down the days/hours/minutes . . . and maybe even second until summer break.  Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE our jobs, but we also LOVE our summer break.  This time of year it seems like it is such a challenge to keep our little kiddos engaged all day long. 

We decided we wanted to do something fun to countdown our last few days of school.  Since we have five duty days of teaching left we thought we could do five giveaways to thank all of you for following us this year and checking in our little blog. 

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Here’s how it will work . . .

On day 5 (Friday) we will give one lucky winner ANY 5 items of their choice from our TpT store.

On day 4 (Monday) we will give one lucky winner ANY 4 items of their choice from our TpT store.

On day 3 (Tuesday) we will give one lucky winner ANY 3 items of their choice from our TpT store.

On day 2 (Wednesday) we will give one lucky winner ANY 2 items of their choice from our TpT store.

On day 1 (Thursday) we will give one lucky winner ANY 1 item of their choice from our TpT store.

All you have to do is post a comment.  Each day we will draw a new lucky winner and announce it here.  Then all you have to do is send us an email with the items you would like to have.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Winner, Winner!!!

We are happy to announce the winner of our latest Primary Concepts giveaway . . .

Congratulations to Kelly B.  primary concepts winner 4

(What a crazy coincidence that someone named Kelly B would win!!!)  

Things are kind of slowing down around here as we gear up for our final few days of school.  Please keep checking back with us over the summer because we will have more giveaways from Primary Concepts and posting lots of new stuff in our TpT store.

Have a great weekend!!!signature

Monday, May 9, 2011

Primary Concepts Giveaway

Primary Concepts has so graciously offered to team up with us again for another great giveaway.  This time we will be giving away a copy of a great word building book called Word Chains.  It’s a resource that we use during guided reading on a regular basis.  We absolutely LOVE it and we are sure you will too. 

Here’s how it works . . . students begin with a word and then change one letter at a time to build new words until they reach the final word in the chain.  It can be done by dictating the words, which we do with our emerging readers, or by letting students try to solve the word chain independently.  This is something that will really challenge your higher level learners.

To find out more about this great resource and download a few free samples click {here}.

If this sounds like a resource you would like to have here’s what you need to do . . .

1.  Make sure you are one of our followers AND post a comment about how you could use this great resource in your classroom.

2.  For an additional entry you can blog about this giveaway and then post an additional comment with a link to your blog.

3.  You can become one of our followers on TpT and then post an additional comment.

4.  You can also become a fan of Primary Concepts on Facebook and then post an additional comment.

Good luck to everyone who enters . . . we will announce the winner later this week so cross your fingers and keep checking back in with us.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Animal Activities

What an incredible week . . .hopefully all of you received a few little tokens of appreciation from your kiddos for all of your hard work and dedication to the profession.  We know you deserve it!!!

As we wrap up our school year we wanted to share one last set of activities with you.  We always spend the last days of school doing animal themed activities. 

Here’s a little {sneak} peek of all the new animal themed literacy and math center that we just listed in our little store over on TpT.



Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sale Extended

First of all we would like to say “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU”  to everyone who purchased items from our little TpT store today.  You really made us feel extra special and appreciated!!!  It’s so nice to know that there are other teachers out there who want to use lessons and activities that we have created.  We hope you and your kiddos will enjoy everything you have added to your collection. 

We have just learned that TpT is experiencing some technical difficulties tonight and teachers are having trouble making their purchases.  {Luckily we got on right after lunch and bought a few new things for ourselves from a few of our favorite sellers.}  If you weren’t so lucky . . . don’t worry.  We have decided to extend our sale for one more day . . . and we are pretty sure that lots of our blogging friends will be doing the same thing.  Hopefully TpT will also offer their 20% discount code again . . . if they think they can handle another crazy day like this.TAD sale

Don’t forget to {try} code TAD11 when you check out to save an additional 20%.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bargain Blog Bonanza

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In honor of “YOU” we are taking part in the Bargain Blog Bonanza on TpT

On Tuesday, May 4th everything in our little TpT store will be 20% off. 

If you use code TAD11 at checkout you will save an additional 20% . . . that’s 40% off. . . which is the biggest savings that has EVER been offered on TpT!!!

Some of our blogging friends are also taking part in this event . . . be sure and check out all of their great products too!!!

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