Year: 2014

“Snow” Sale Like a TpT Sale!

Just in time to ring in the new year…

there are sales on TpT to bring you good cheer!

So in celebration, my store will be 20% off through January 1st. Stop by to see if there is something you can use.

(As a matter of fact, there are lots of sales going on in different TpT stores over the next few days.)

In case you missed this snow creativity freebie below, here is a quick link

This is a sample of the 3 sets of “Pile on the Winter Fun!”snowy writing resources. These three sets also come in a BUNDLE. If you are in need of a craft that includes grammar and writing activities, then you may want to check out one or more of these resources.

For a few more details of these sets, click HERE to see a blog post about them. Also, the descriptions and previews of each on TpT will give you a closer look as well.

Happy New Year to all of you!
Carrie
i Heart Second

Christmas and Snow Sale & 2 Freebies!

Christmas is around the corner! 

  

Time is tight and funds are even tighter for the average teacher. 
So…I want to remind you of a few FREEBIES that I have available 
AND
to offer a sale on some Christmas resources that won’t break the bank. 

Sale Items ~ 50% off!
The first one is to the tune of “Jingle Bells”… one.of.the.best.songs.ever! It is called “ThePlural Noun Song,” which incorporates various spelling rules along with some examples of each rule. The kids LOVE it and sing it WITH GUSTO as if they are at a holiday sing-along {year-round}. 
The stand-alone version of the flap book

One of the interactive notebook versions
If you would like to check out The Plural Noun Song Pack on TPT, please click here. Also, if you would like to read more about the activities included, please click HERE
The second song is on sale is to the tune of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas!” It is called, “I Wish I Had a Thesaurus!” If you are interested in that song as well, you can find it here.
Color version
Other items on sale:

And the FREEBIES…
Have a great last week with your buddies! They will probably miss being in class more than we know.
Carrie

Sunday Circular {Cyber Sale Version}

It’s time to link up with  Nicole at All Things Apple in Second Grade! Here is my Sunday Circular for this week. Check out the BIG Teachers Pay Teachers sale that will start tomorrow and last through Tuesday, then check out the other circulars to find some awesome deals!

My store will be 20% off starting today, if you need to go ahead and get some shopping and planning done. 

It will continue to be on sale through Tuesday plus TPT will take an extra 10% when you use the code: TPTCYBER

{Don’t forget the special code like I did one time.} Oh well, I still got the things that I wanted at almost as good of a deal. 

Here are a few things that may interest you…

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New Math Task Cards with a December theme. 

These are great for some fun holiday-ish practice… 3 Ways in 3 Days!
They say that practice makes permanent. 
So, here goes!! 

Click here to see it in my store. 
If you haven’t tried this version of scoot and would like to see if it is a good fit for your class, please download the trial set HERE

{This set only includes 2-digit numbers for now.} 
You can check out how I use the place value scoot {HERE}

(I am working on a year’s worth of these sets with seasonal themes as well as year-round sets.)

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Here is a Winter craftivity that may be useful now or in the other Winter months. 

Click here to see set 1 in my store. 

Click here to see set 2 in my store.  

 Click here to see set 3 in my store. 

Click here to see the FREEBIE sample in my store. 

These are part of a money-saving bundle as well.
Make sure to visit All Things Apple in Second Grade to see the other Sale Flyers!
Thanks for stopping by!

Carrie

What If Teachers Were Treated Like Football Stars?

Have you seen that video yet? 

While the video is funny, you may find yourself thinking, “Wow, too bad that’s not true!”

Well, good news! I know of a real-life example of teachers being “cheered on” in a BIG way. 

(Brought to you in a Five for Friday style.)

There is a “Teacher of the Year” Pep Rally that is hosted by the Business Leaders of our county. They invite all of the TOTYs from the schools in our district, the city schools, as well as the private schools and colleges that are located in the county. 

It is BIG! It is LOUD! It is FUN!! And…a little bit CRAZY!

Imagine this:
Loud, sports-jam music, 
a sea of pom poms,
cowbells “making some noise”,
groups of happy students and administrators filling the place,
chants and cheers for each of the teachers,
students displaying handmade signs,
a REAL marching band,
and lots of cheerleaders. 

It is a REAL pep rally…for REAL teachers…for REAL! 

It is quite a sight to see. Quite an amazing sight.

How do I know all of this? 

My cute husband was voted the TOTY at his high school! 

Accepting his award

I am so very proud of him! He knows his math and science stuff AND he builds a good rapport with the students. For years, students and their parents have been telling me how much they like him as a teacher. He has a hard time believing that they think that highly of him. Maybe now he has an idea that it is true!

While I am also a teacher, I was there as a wife and a cheerleader for Dr. Jones. He was absolutely deserving of that award. I’m glad that I got to sit amongst his students and our family members to cheer for him.

As I took in the whole experience, I couldn’t help but feel that the cheering, excitement, and fanfare was in honor of me and other teachers as well. As a matter of fact, I represent all of the other teachers out there who may or may not be voted as TOTY, but who teach with enthusiasm daily, have hearts of gold, and realize that teaching truly is a labor of love. 

So, my hat is off to every one of you teachers. I am including a short video (13 seconds) for you to see what it was like. I believe that you will think it is great! 

The small print…
(Disclaimer: This video is by no means professional. It was taken with my phone on the spur of the moment…like most of my photos. I am SO GLAD that we have cameras at our fingertips these days!)

I challenge you to pretend like you were there too and that the pep rally was for you too. (It really was…in a way. The businesses have been hosting this pep rally for 26 years now!)

If you would like a better feel for it, watch the second video (30 seconds).

Then, as you return to school after the Thanksgiving Break, let the video play in your head as you walk into the classroom on Monday morning, knowing that the students appreciate and love you even if they don’t know how to show you or tell you. You are valued WAY more than any district could afford to pay you. 

As a matter of fact, maybe we should replay that video in our minds everyday. How would that impact our days? Weeks? Months? 

I am going to try it this week and I will let you know how it goes. 

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The TOTY for my school is the wonderful Mrs. Wood. She is an unbelievable teacher with seemingly unending energy and kindness. I want to be like Mrs. Wood when I grow up. (Maybe I should tell Santa.)
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A HUGE thank you to the businesses that put on this event. WOW! and thank you on behalf of all of the teachers who have had the privilege to be a part of the Pep Rally AND the breakfast. (There was also a spectacular breakfast before the Pep Rally for the teachers, their families, their administrators, and the business leaders. They even gave away lots of prizes.) I continue to be amazed as I recount the events of the day.
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Another thing that may put a pep in your step is a sale on TPT! That always energizes me!

Here are the details:

The 20% off sale in my store will be starting Sunday in case you don’t want to wait until Monday or Tuesday. Make sure to use the special code (TPTCYBER) at the checkout on Monday and Tuesday to get an extra 10% off of your order. That comes to a total of 28%!

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Meanwhile, I posted a free Polar Express writing activity sample that may help you out this season. Feel free to check it out here. 

Now for some more Five for Friday posts. Click on this link to go to Doodle Bugs Teaching blog to see what other bloggers have to say this week. 

Thank you for stopping by!
Carrie

Black Friday Sale & Freebie!

Black Friday Sale!

Since Black Friday sales have been in full-force today and even some earlier this week, I thought that I would join the fun! Click here to see the resources in my store.

If you are planning for next week and need a sale, this may be for you! 

However, if you can wait until Monday and Tuesday for the site-wide sale, you can save an extra 10% from TpT. How exciting!

Until then, I have a new FREEBIE posted that can be used with The Polar Express. 

It is a sample of a bigger pack that is in the works. So…please stay tuned!
Have a great Friday!!
Carrie

Sunday Circular Deals {Nov. 16th}

There is a new-ish linky by Nicole at All Things Apple in Second Grade that is in a Sunday Circular style. Check out my sales that are valid for today and tomorrow, then check out the other circulars to find some awesome deals!

{ 1 }
New Math Task Cards… 
…are posted! 

These are great for some fun holiday-ish practice… 3 Ways in 3 Days!
They say that practice makes permanent. 
So, here goes!! 

Discounted to $1.50 for Sunday and Monday

(My plan is to have a year’s worth of these sets with seasonal themes.)

{ 2 }

Recently Posted…
Thanksgiving writing paper that is UNPLUGGED!

Discounted to $1.50 for Sunday and Monday
Several choices of designs on two different paper options.

Click here to see these in my store. 
  
{ 3 }

In honor of all of the snow and cold weather that has been sweeping our nation, I have put a winter set on sale. It is part of a money-saving bundle as well.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, here is the 3-digit version of the November set that I completed two weekends ago. 

** This 3-digit version that will also be on sale for $1.50 through Monday night.
The Write It! 3 Ways in 3 Days math task cards are now available in a Fall money-saving bundle. If you are interested in getting the bundle, click here
The bundle includes five 3-digit sets:
August
September
October
Fall {2-digit Freebie} ~ full set
November ~ 3-digit set

If you haven’t tried this version of scoot and would like to see if it is a good fit for your class, please download the trial set HERE

{This set only includes 2-digit numbers for now.} 
You can check out how I use the place value scoot {HERE}
Make sure to visit All Things Apple in Second Grade in Second Grade to see the other Sale Flyers!
Thanks for stopping by!

Carrie

You Oughta Know About using a Desk Calendar on the Wall

Today I am linking up with Jasmine at Buzzing with Mrs. McClain for her 
You Oughta Know Blog Hop

The tip that I would like to share with you is using a desk calendar on the classroom wall as a teaching tool. 

Yes, indeed. Using a desk calendar on the wall at our calendar area has been handy dandy for me. The last two years I got one during the Back-to-School “season” at Target.

It all started as, “Oooh, I like that calendar! 

It would look great in my classroom, so I got some strong magnetic hooks. 

Voila! I had a handy, large-sized calendar that could substitute my oldie-but-goodie calendar from days of old. From then on I was hooked!

3 Things that I like about it:

{1}

I don’t have to change the title of the month and all 30 … or 31 … or 28 cards at the end of each month. 

{2}

The students can see how to use a real calendar like we have used on the walls in our homes and offices for decades. These days, I try to use my phone calendar for most personal things, but somehow seeing things written out on a paper calendar helps me keep the big picture in mind. 

{3}

I can add the students’ birthdays, events at school and upcoming breaks from school. Not that we teachers are super excited about breaks or anything. (We do need a mental and emotional break from the daily thoughts and concerns that we have for our students and their well-being.)

As a matter of fact, last Spring, I also added the countdown or “count up” to the Berry College eaglet leaving the nest. Approximately. 

We were there. Front and center. Via webcam. 

Well, it FELT like we were there! We were able to watch the excitement of the eaglet’s growth during its first 12 weeks. It was very cool! Since we could watch the eagle family on the smart board, many times we left it on as we worked during the day. The kids LOVED it! 

Ok. I didn’t mean to blog about all of that, but the memories came flooding back and I had to tell you about it. If you want to read more about that experience please click here. (There is also an Eagle research organizer freebie if you need something like that.) 

If you would like to see the booklet that we used to record our observations, then please click here to check it out in my store. 

Make sure to visit the other bloggers during Buzzing with Mrs. McClain’s 

Have a great weekend!
Carrie

Sunday Circular: Dollar Deals


Today I am linking up with
Nicole at All Things Apple in Second Grade for her Sunday Circular Linky Party. See below for my Dollar Deals for today and tomorrow. 

Just Posted…
Thanksgiving writing paper that is UNPLUGGED!

Several choices of designs on two different paper options.

Click here to see these in my store. 

In other news…
New Math Task Cards… 
…are on the horizon! Look for them next weekend for some fun holiday-ish practice… 3 Ways in 3 Days!
They say that practice makes permanent. 
I believe it!! 
(Therefore, I will continue to make these math task cards for practice, practice, practice that the kids actually enjoy! Wait…what?!)

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, here is the 3-digit version of the Fall set that I completed last weekend. 

** This 3-digit version that will be on sale through Monday night.
The Write It! 3 Ways in 3 Days math task cards are now available in a bundle. If you are interested in getting the bundle, it is posted now. 
The bundle includes the following 3-digit sets:
August
September
October
Fall {2-digit Freebie} ~ full set

The New 3-Digit Set will be added to the bundle on Tuesday, therefore the regular price will go up. If you want to snag it for only $5.00 during this sale, then now is your chance! The price will go up on Tuesday.

If you haven’t tried this version of scoot and would like to see if it is a good fit for your class, please download the trial set HERE. It only includes two digit numbers for now. 
There is a new-ish linky by All Things Apple in Second Grade that is in a Sunday Circular style. Check out my sales that are valid for today and tomorrow, then check out the other circulars to find some awesome deals!

You can check out these 3 products in my store by clicking {HERE}.
$1.00 today and tomorrow only!
$1.00 today and tomorrow only!
$1.00 today and tomorrow only!
You can check out how I use the place value scoot {HERE}
Make sure to visit All Things Apple in Second Grade in Second Grade to see the other Sale Flyers!
Thanks for stopping by!

Carrie

{Fall clipart credits ~ Krista Wallden}

Halloween Candy is Like a Freebie on TpT {& a Freebie}

Today I am linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five For Friday weekly link party.


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First of all, I decided that Halloween candy is like a freebie on TpT because…
 …we try something new. 
Love it! 
Then, we HAVE to go buy more just like it! My new candy bar discovery is Nutrageous as of last Friday. It is a good thing we had our Desk-or-Treat event!!
{2}

Desk-or-Treat

Do you do a Desk-or-Treat activity on Halloween? My kids love this each year. 

Some of my students’ versions. they decided to mix the spider WITH the candy corn even they were calling the candy corn “eggs” at first. Oh me, oh my!
My example. I added my niece’s name even though she is almost old enough to have her own trick-or-treaters.
I put together a set of patterns with teacher directions as well as a letter to send home to parents. 
If you would like to check it out for next year, then please click {here}.
{3}
My awesome second grade team!
They are a really great group of ladies! They make it fun to go to work 
and 
fun to have a costume party. 
See exhibit A, B, and C. 

A little bit cray!
{4}
New Scoot

New Math Task Cards
** This is the 3-digit version that will be on sale through Monday night.

Note: The full 2-Digit version is a part of the BUNDLE of Fall Math Task Cards. I will be adding the 3-digit version to the Bundle. If you are thinking about getting the BUNDLE, now is the time. The price will go up on Tuesday.
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Sunday Circular Linky
Look for a circular like the one below this Sunday! 
There is a new linky by All Things Apple that is in a Sunday Circular style. On Sunday, you will be able to check out my sales that are valid for Sunday and Monday. You will also be able to check out the other circulars to find some awesome deals!

Now find out what other bloggers have to say about this week over at Doodlebugs Teaching.

Have a great weekend!
Carrie

Dollar Deals, a Giveaway, & a FREEBIE

Happy Sunday! That’s right…

3 Dollar Deals on my Sunday Circular, 

1 Giveaway that ends today, and…

1 Freebie! 
Read on for more details on how to participate in all of the fun!

3 Dollar Deals ~

It is time to link up with All Things Apple for her Sunday Circular-style linky. Check out my sales that are valid for today and tomorrow only and then check out the other circulars to find some awesome deals!

You can check out these 3 products in my store by clicking {HERE}.
$1.00 today and tomorrow only!
$1.00 today and tomorrow only!
$1.00 today and tomorrow only!
You can check out our Silly Bear Hunt writing activities {HERE}
Make sure to visit All Things Apple to see the other Sale Flyers!
1 Giveaway ~
A fabulous giveaway is happening right now at Everything Just So!
There are 40 prizes that Jennifer has bundled into groups by grade level or topic. She has even blogged about each of the products that are being given away. 
My product that is featured on Day Two is actually a money-saving bundle itself. It is the Fall Bundle of “Write It! 3 Ways in 3 Days” Math scoot games. You can check out my blog post about it {HERE} or my description of the product directly in my TpT store {HERE}
Her blog looks really awesome! You MUST check it out! (I want my blog to look like hers when I grow up.)
1 Freebie ~ 
Do you Desk-or-Treat? 
Letter to parents

Spider pattern

Spider bag shortcut

Autumn patterns
 A fun activity for the week ahead. Freebie download includes directions for the activity, a letter to the parents, and patterns for cute bags. Click {HERE} to download it directly from my TpT store.
Get your name in the hat before midnight tonight for this giveaway
However, my Dollar Deals will last through Monday. 
Thanks for stopping by!
Carrie