Monday, April 30, 2012

My First Ever Giveaway!


         I started blogging on my Christmas break this year and I have enjoyed every moment. I am up to 48 followers and I am tickled pink. So I am going to do my first ever giveaway. I will be giving away two ten dollar gift cards for the Teachers Pay Teachers website. You can earn an entry for each of the following actions:

    The contest will end on Wednesday, May 2nd at 9:00 p.m. eastern time and I will post the winners soon after. Good luck to all!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

I Have News and A New Design!

           Blog friends, I have a new design for my blog. Barb over at Ruby Slippers Blog Designs has created great new design for my blog. I am looking forward to hearing about what everyone thinks about her great work. I have also joined the Facebook bandwagon for my blog. You can now find Oodles of Teaching fun at our new Facebook page.


         We will begin our TCAP tests on Monday and we will finish up on Friday. We have worked so hard this year. I know my students are ready to show everyone how much they have grown this year. So keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Skype & Donors Choose

       Skype is providing a $25 gift card to the first 7,500 new teachers who join the Skype in the Classroom community. Get started today at When you register for Skype in the Classroom, you'll see your unique gift code on the confirmation screen.Make sure to write down your code. This is a great opportunity to receive funding for a project. Be sure to join soon, before all the gift cards are gone! 


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Group Roles Freebie

            Today, was our first day back after a four day weekend. I really enjoyed the time off with my husband and family, but I was ready to get back to business. We now have 13 school days until our TCAP. TCAP is the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program. We will be taking the reading/language TCAP on April 30th. I have created a Jeopardy game on group roles. My students must understand the five major groups roles: leader, reporter, recorder, information gatherer, and time keeper. They must also understand how to work in groups in a kind and productive manner. To help them review our group roles will be playing the Jeopardy game on Friday. Be sure to download this freebie here.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Free Lesson Plans

                     While on one of my favorite websites, (Scholastic) I found that they have added a database of lesson plans. You can search the database by grade, subject, types, and keywords. The lesson plans include descriptions, directions, resources, and assessments. The same website also has a daily starter for language, math, and a fun fact. The daily starter has two views; a teacher view and a student view. The daily starters can also be printed and are updated each day. The site also has free resources for the Smart board. The sites are separated into categories and then they have the age listed under each resource. 


Friday, April 6, 2012

Free Persuasive Techniques Center


                   As a sixth grade teacher, my students must learn four of the persuasive techniques used in advertisements. They must know bandwagon, name calling, testimonial, and loaded words. There are not that many resources available out there. So, I created a center for my students. Students will have the four header cards and seven persuasive technique cards. Students will work together to place each example under the heading. For more in-depth learning students can identify the words that helped them identify the persuasive technique. I also provided an answer sheet.  Click here for the free center! I hope you enjoy.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Oh, Testing Here We Come!

           I have been a horrible, horrible blogger the past two weeks. The main reason for my being MIA is the upcoming TCAP tests. We have spring break tomorrow through Monday. Then we have 14 school days until the TEST! So, that means I will be working hard on activities to help my students for the big day. I will be posting my new creations on my blog, so come back soon to see. While searching for ideas to create, I came across a center website for upper-grade levels. Spring Branch School System has literacy stations that are perfect for 6th-8th grade reading classrooms. I hope this is helpful!