First Sale!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I forgot to mention that I made my first sale on Teachers Pay Teachers!!  I walked away with 60 cents.  I wonder what I'll spend it on :)

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Teachers Convention 2013

Thursday and Friday were spent at our Teachers Convention.  There were lots of great sessions to choose from.  Here were my picks: Engaging the Brain, Manipulative Madness, Newsday Tuesday, Science Inquiry Not Through Worksheets, and SmartBoard Tricks of the Trade.  They were all very well done.  Engaging the Brain had lots of helpful information that I can put to use tomorrow when I start Whole Brain Teaching with my grade 4 math class.  Manipulative Madness introduced many math games.  Here's the Black Out board I made with an idea I got from that session:

It's a simple partner game.  First, students need to randomly place all the numbers on the grid.  Then, they roll 2 dice.  They multiply the 2 numbers and cover the product on their board.  You could have them write the multiplication statement over top of the number instead of just crossing if off.  Players can play against the clock to see if they can get all of the numbers covered in a certain amount of time.  I decided to focus on the 4-9 times tables, so I bought some wooden craft cubes from the $ Store and wrote the digits 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 on each side.  Since I printed the boards in colour, I'll laminate them so I can reuse them.  I can't wait to try this out with my kids.

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My TpT Store Is Open!

Monday, February 18, 2013

It took w-a-y longer than I expected to get my Teachers Pay Teachers store open, but it's finally done.  I had major issues when I tried saving my files as PDF, but thanks to many Google searches and help from the TpT tech guy, I was able to figure it out.

Here's a sneak peak of the 3 products I have posted for sale on TpT:

 Robot Love Division Word Problems with QR codes - It's a Freebie!

Switch Ya! is a great activity for any grade level/subject. 
It gets the kids thinking and moving!

Will It Light? is another QR code activity.
It's a great opener to the Electricity & Magnetism Unit in Science 5.

Until I can figure out how to add a badge, here's the link to my store:

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A Valentine's Day Tweet

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I must admit I didn't get too creative this year with Valentine's Day.  My school planned an afternoon of Multiple Intelligence activities for the students instead of classroom parties, so I felt that I was covered.  I did have my 4/5s complete a quick Valentine's Day Tweet activity at the start of Language Arts class.  I found the idea on a Journey of a Substitute Teacher's TpT page.  The students were only allowed 140 characters (including spaces and punctuation).  I asked them to write a love message to an inanimate object (XBox, iPad, hairbrush, hockey skates ...).

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