Friday, June 28, 2013

Skill Ring Assessment for Common Core 1st Grade "freebie"

Just finished a total makeover for my Common Core Assessment Skill Ring packet for mathematics.  If you have already purchased it please go and download it again.  I am also including for you a "freebie" that gives you a really good feeling for one section of the packet.  DON'T FORGET THE SALE THIS WEEK!  Hope you are all enjoying summer!  Michele

Monday, June 24, 2013

Independence Day Sale!

Make your wish list and do a little shopping with a 20% discount off all items in my stores.  Michele

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

4th of July Celebration and freebie!

I love the 4th of July.  What a special time for family and friends!  Each year it reminds me that helping children to remember why we celebrate the nation's birthday is so important.  For that reason I created this.  I hope you will enjoy the freebie that goes with it!! Michele

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Making Your Lessons "POP"!

Using an interactive white board (Promethean, SMART) and a product you have purchased on Teacher's Notebook you can bring your lessons to life and in full color! Whether it is science, math, reading or writing your class will now have the perfect visual for presenting materials. Let's look at this example of a lesson on "blowing bubbles" where I have taken pages from the Bubble Packet and embedded video and images to enhance the lesson.
First, you will PRINT the packet or pages from the packet into SMART or other interactive white board you are using. (Open PDF and then print to your interactive board.)
Next, you pages or packet will now be on your white board for easy access and viewing.
In the lesson today the student will be blowing bubbles, creating observations and then writing about their experience.  Notice I added the bubbles to the insert to begin discussion on who has blown bubbles before.
Next I easily added a slide to the presentation so we can see what the class already knows about bubbles.  Student ideas can be put right here so after the lesson we can go back, correct misconceptions and add new facts.
Also embedded on this slide are two quick videos for the class to watch before we blow bubbles.  One is on how to blow bubbles and the other is on giant bubbles.  Short, informative and builds interest and ideas.
After we have blown our bubbles and even taken a few pictures we will as a class brainsotrm what we learned. 
Students will then return to their areas to create their own pre write page.  They can use the ideas we created as a class or use some of their own.  I always correct these before they prepare their final write.
While the students are writing I will upload pictures of us blowing bubbles for the class to view after writing and while they are preparing to create their illustration.  If it is not something we did I will often upload real images of the topic.  If it is an animal some children may never have seen this animal so real images are better than clip art.  You can also use SMILEBOX or ONE TRUE MEDIA to put all the pictures together and create a video.  Easy and quick.  If you go here on the website you will see a sample video using One True Media.
See how using your product purchased can "pop" just by embedding a few simple items into your presentation and lesson plans!  Enjoy!  Michele

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Father's Day is on the way..."freebie"

It seems impossible that a week has passed since my last day of school.
I attended a class today to begin a website on My Big Campus.  In the past we have used Teachers Web which I love.  Here is the link to see it.  Teacher's Web
Now I will try this. my Big Campus
It was so simple to transfer everything over.  I will let you know as I keep working on it.
So Father's Day is Sunday.  If you are interested here is a freebie.  Click on the packet to the left and you can download it.  Enjoy!  Michele

Thursday, June 6, 2013

It's Over!! and a freebie!

Another year has passed.  I am sad but excited for a little free time to create some new things for the upcoming year.  Please follow me through the summer as I will be sure to post what I am working on and put up freebies you can use.
My favorite today...
The class was working on things they will miss.
One little guy said...My bright orange highlighter.  I had to laugh.  Who knew a highlighter could mean so much.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Apples galore...and so much more!

So file this with your "fall" materials.
It is filled with apple activities, Johnny Appleseed and two simple but cute crafts.
The freebie is all about ABC Order with an apple theme.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

September Interactive Math and Calendar Journal...freebie

hello...Is anybody out there?
I am laughing as it has been so quiet in the "blogger's" world.
Guess it is that time of the year.
Just prepared a great September Interactive math and calendar journal.
It is filled with Anchor Charts and Vocabulary Cards for posting.
I am sharing with you the September Vocabulary for the September writing center.  Enjoy!  Michele