Wednesday, July 30, 2014

5 Favorite Freebies on TPT & a Giveaway


      My cart is getting pretty full of items that I'm planning to buy before school starts. While I was filling my cart I found some awesome freebies I wanted to share with all my readers.

Non-Fiction Text Features Posters
The first freebie comes from Primary Punch. Click the picture to head to TPT to download it. 

I have.. Who has? Prefixes (pre, re, un, im)
This freebie is from The Center Based Classroom. Click the picture to head to TPT to download it.

Figurative Language Puzzles {FREEBIE}
This freebie is from The Brown Bag Teacher. Click the picture to head to TPT to download it.

Three Fact and Opinion Games with Recording Sheets
This freebie is from The Classroom Game Nook.  Click the picture to head to TPT to download it.

Close Reading Freebie
The last freebie is from Rachel LynetteClick the picture to head to TPT to download it.

    Be sure to enter to win a 10.00 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Show & Tell Linky with a Freebie & Giveaway!

            I am joining Ruby Slippers for Show & Tell Tuesday. I just returned home from working in my classroom all day long. I am really getting close to getting done. I will be posting a classroom tour this time next week! 

        I have created a fact and opinion sort that I will be using in centers. I will laminate the t-chart and then cute and laminate each fact & opinion slip. All the statements are based on George Washington, so this could also be used as a President's Day activity. 

Click the picture to grab the freebie! 

If you have not entered my Teachers Pay Teacher Gift Card Giveaway, be sure to enter below!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Made It Monday and a Giveaway!


 I report to in-service one week from today. After I finish with the post I'm heading to school to work on my room. I usually have it done by now, but I have had a very busy summer. I'm joining 4th Grade Frolics for Made it Monday!

       This past weekend I worked on a few of the handouts that I will have in my students ELA Folders when they come to class on the first day. I purchase each student a paper folder, usually when I can get them for .10 and under. (I have over 90 kiddos) Each class has its on color. There are two sides in the folder, one is return to teacher and the other side is notebook. The items in the notebook side will stay in the folder until as a class we set up our class binders. The first handout I have is the student Reading Notebook Requirements.

         This handout tells them what materials they need and what order everything goes in. They keep this handout under memos in their notebooks in case something happens and they need to reorganize. Click on the picture to grab an editable download. 

   Each year I provide a syllabus for my students with an overview of class expectation, policies, rules, and curriculum. You can download an editable version of mine by click on the picture!

Lastly, I'm going to share my Reading Class Important Information handout. This sheet contains their log-ins, passwords, and web addresses for classes.Click on the picture to download an editable version. 


 Please enter my giveaway for a 10.00 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card below! I am celebrating a 100 followers on Facebook!  Please share with your friends!

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Let's Celebrate 100 Followers On Facebook with a Giveaway!

        To celebrate the milestone of reaching 100 followers on my Oodles of Teaching Fun page, I am having a giveaway. You can enter to win a 10.00 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers just in time for the start of the school year. Please share with your friends!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Back to School Freebies: Point of View Pronoun Sort

I am joining Teacher's Take Out for a Back to School Linky Party! I've created a Point of View Pronoun sort. I laminate the sorting mat and cut and laminate all the pronouns. I use these in small group. I time the students and then they try to beat their time. They really enjoy it.  Click on the image to download your freebie. Then head over to the linky to grab some more freebies! 

I have reached 100 followers on my Facebook page. To celebrate I'm giving away a 10.00 Teachers Pay Teacher Gift Card to enter click here

Friday, July 25, 2014

Freebie Friday....Contraction I Have...Who Has Cards

 Freebie FridayTeaching blogs share freebies all the time and at Teaching Blog Addict, we give you the place to find them all in one spot! Be sure to come back each week to see what's new! Find free downloads and teacher resources for kindergarten, first grade ,second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade and sixth grade.

      I am joining Teaching Blog Addict for Freebie Friday. After you finish grabbing my freebie from my blog be sure to head over and check out some other great blogs. Also, I'm always looking for new freebies to create. If there is something you need, feel free to comment below! 

My freebie is a contraction I have...Who has set! Click the picture to download!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Technology Tuesday

        I am joining Teaching Trio for Technology Thursday. I am going to share my go to sites and apps that I use in my classroom on a regular basis. 


     Remind (aka Remind 101) is a awesome site/app that I use in my classroom and for the extra-curricula activities I sponsor. I love Remind for the following reasons: 

  1. It is completely Free! 
  2. I can text parents without giving out my personal phone number. 
  3. I can schedule texts ahead of time. 
  4. I can send messages from my computer or my smart phone.

Teaching Channel
The Teaching Channel is a great site to go for new ideas to use in your classroom. I love The Teaching Channel for the following reasons: 

  1. It is completely Free! 
  2. I can watch other teachers in action doing actually lessons. 
  3. I can download teacher's lessons and handouts that they used in the videos 


        The last site I am going to share is Kahoot! This site is a game-based response system. Using any device in your classroom that can access the Internet your students can answer questions. I love Kahoot for the following reasons: 

    1. It is completely Free! 
    2. It is Internet based, therefor I do not have to have a specific device. 
    3. It provides instant feedback and you can download files for data. 
    4. Students love it! ( I use it for group review games) 

         I'd love to know what are some of your favorite sites/apps. Please share them below! 


    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Student Data Tracking with a Freebie!

          I am a data nut and I try to share that love with my students. My students track data for various activities in our classroom.

    Students take a weekly 10 question ELA quiz. The quiz covers various skills from that week and previous weeks. After we discuss the quiz, students then record their data. Click on the picture to download an editable data tracking sheet. This is a great visual for students! 

    After students have colored their graph to get a visual of their growth, they then record their score on this sheet. Then students compare their score to their previous score and then set a goal for the next quiz. We talk about setting smart goals at the start of the year. Students understand they need to set attainable and reasonable goals. Click on the picture to download an editable ELA Data & Goals sheet. 

        I would love to hear and see how your students track their data and set goals in your classroom. Please feel free to share links below. 

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Sunday Smorgashbord

              I am joining Fabulous in First for Smorgasbord Sunday! I love this linky, because you never know what great ideas or resources you'll find. 

            I love how-to posts from bloggers who are old pros at blogging. I always learn something new. Miss Kindergarten has a great post on how to add a watermark to your blog photos. You should click head over there and check out the great post. 

             I also have been following all the Close Reading Book studies that are going on right now in the blogging world. I was really lucky and won a copy of "Fall in Love with Close Reading from Elementary Antics. I can't wait to read it. You can enter to win a copy here


    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Show & Tell Linky: Literacy Design Collaborative

          I am joining Rubby Slippers for her weekly Show and Tell linky. I've had a lot of great opportunities to grow as an educator this summer. Today, I started my journey as a curator for the TN Gates Curator project. A great resource I was introduced to today was Literacy Design Collaborative. The site has modules, tasks, courses, and mini-tasks and they are all free. These lessons are created by teachers for teachers. 

    The site is user friendly. You must sign up for an account, but it is free. You can search  based on grade level, activity duration, discipline, skill, and type. There is something here for ELA, Science, and Social Studies teachers. If you haven't checked it are missing out. 

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    Monday Made It!

            I am joining 4th Grade Frolics for my favorite Monday Made It! These week I worked on a better system for the laptops in my classroom. For my project I needed: 

    Rolodex Nestable Mesh Stacking Side Load Letter Tray ROL62555
    Five mesh stacking letter trays

    Five different washi tape designs. I bought my from Pick Your Plum 

    This is my charging station for my laptops I created. Each laptop, power cord, and tray have matching washi tape. Now student won't struggle to find the correct cord for the correct device. Also, it looks so much better than a pile of laptops and cords! 

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    Sorry for the bad phone pictures, but it does look so much better! I now off to check out all the other Monday Made Its to get inspired for next week! 

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    Friday Freebie!

        Freebie Friday

            I had a blast today presenting for great teachers from East Tennessee. They were all so eager to find resources to help their students. Thank you if you came to my sessions. I loved having you all there.

             Today I'm joining Teaching Blog Addict for Freebie Friday. I've created a set of Figurative Language Posters in zebra theme! You can grab a copy by clicking the picture.

    After you grab my freebie head over and check out all the other great freebies! 

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Technology Thursday: Awesome Apps for Teachers

        I am joining Teaching Trio for Technology Thursday. I have had a wonderful time at TETA.  I've learned so much this week and I still have one more day.  I wanted to share a few apps that I was introduced to today! 

    The first app is called AR Flashcards. They have a couple different  paid versions, but the Alphabet version is free! I found this awesome video that shows what this awesome app does! 


    This new kind of technology is called augmented reality.  If you search the App Store you find various types of augmented reality apps. 

    Another awesome augmented reality app works with the 2013 and 2014 Guinness World Record Books!  The Guinness World Record App is free, so you only need to pay for the book. 

            Lastly, I want to share Grade Cam with you. Using bubble sheets you can print yourself, Gradecam allows you to grade multiple choice assignments  By logging in on your desktop 
    computer you can then transfer the scores to your grade book with the touch of a button! The app is free for up to ten question quizzes. You can upgrade for up to 100 question quizzes. I really love the reports that are available. I love data and this provides lots of data. 

    iPad Screenshot 1
    A view of the grading widow

     iPad Screenshot 2

    The view of the awesome data that is provided. All kinds of reports are available. Check out the awesome resource here

    I hope you find something you could use here today. Be sure to stop over at Teaching Trio to check out other technology ideas.