Friday, November 23, 2012

You Might Be a Shop-a-holic Teacher When....(And More Sales)

I don't do Black Friday but I am still guilty of being a Shop-A-Holic when it comes to teaching materials!  I know I'm not the only one who is a "Shop-a-Holic Teacher"!  I've heard teachers tell me the things they do and it is so funny because I do it too!  Here are a few I am guilty of.

5 Reasons You Might Be a Shop-a-holic Teacher....
1.  The first place you flock to at Target is the $1 section and say, OH that would be great to have in my classroom!  Oh, so guilty of this one!!
2.  You buy at least one (sometimes more) item(s) a week for your classroom.  Mine are from TpT..HA!
3.  90% of the catalogs you receive in the mail are teacher related.
4.  Most of the things Amazon suggests you might like in addition to your non-teaching order are teaching items.
5.  If you have young ones at home then you know you have to share if you teach Kinder or First Grade...You find yourself buying 2 of the same book or craft materials so one can stay at home.....I'M GUILTY during the holidays!
I would love to hear what makes you a Shop-a-holic Teacher because I know there is one in every teacher...Ha Ha!
Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) is having their annual CYBER SALE Monday, November 26th and Tuesday November 27th.  You can get savings up to 28% on thousands of teacher stores.  I have already started filling my wish list so checkout is so much easier!

I am offering an early bird sale on Sunday since so many of you like to shop before the "Back to School" grind Monday.  All products are 20% off Sunday, then TpT will add extra savings (up to 28%) Monday and Tuesday with promo code: cmt12 at checkout!!
Here are a few of the holiday items that will be on sale at my TpT store!
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Holiday Math Centers 
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HOP OVER To Blog Hoppin and join us in a TpT LINKY PARTY and find more savings!

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!!!!!!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fun with Owl Pellets

I know it is almost Thanksgiving and turkeys are on the brain but I couldn't resist doing Owl Pellets with my first graders this year!  Our story of the week in our Reading Street unit was "Life in the Forest".  I wanted to make it entertaining when learning about the animal life around us, so I got online and bought the pellets!  I did it with my daughter and her friend just to see how it might go with Kindergartners before doing it with my First Graders.  They had a blast! 

I purchased Deanna Jump's Owl Unit and LOVED some of her ideas.  I also added a few of my own so it would go great with what we are currently learning.

I found this poem that I used when I first introduced our project.  We currently use poems to work on our "Phonics Chunk" identification.   I couldn't find who the author was so if anyone knows, please share:)  You can download a student copy by clicking HERE.  Deanna also has a cute poem in her unit.

We read "Owls" by Gail Gibbons which is a great informational book!  We used the information from the book to complete a tree map using "have, can, and are" and then made these super cute owl books which is also in Deanna's unit.

The students did some center activities with "ow".  They had to read sentences around the room and write the words with "ow".  Then they went back to the table and made a new sentence with the words.
They also made "ow" sentence books by unscrambling sentences and  adding them to the pages.
You can download these center activities by clicking the picture link below.
Then it was time for the pellets!  The kit came with posters of the Owl Food Chain, and the kinds of bones found in the pellets.  The students used the posters and matched the bones so they would know what it was they found.  It was a blast!!!


I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

Gobble Gobble Giveaway!!

Hey blogging friends!  Just giving you a heads up for another giveaway!  This time it is happening over at Blog Hoppin! The authors of Blog Hoppin, including myself, are giving away some awesome units just in time for Thanksgiving!  To enter, just click the picture link below!

There will be 2 lucky winners to receive a MEGA prize consisting of 15 Thanksgiving Themed Units and 5 graphic bundles including my Thanksgiving Math Center Unit!  All you need to do is stop by our Blog Hoppin Blog and enter to win.  It's that simple! Contest ends November 13th!!