Sunday, January 1, 2017

Children's Books to Fuel the Imagination

Happy New Year! I want to share with you a list of picture books & elementary chapter books to fuel the imagination. My post today on is a post about imagination. It's something that can be all too easy for us to stifle in the classroom. So, hop on over to the post to read more and keep on scrolling to see a list of some books to inspire the imagination of young readers.
Click on the book cover to go to the link on Amazon. Don't forget to read the post on Classroom Tested Resources to hear more about bringing imagination into your lessons!

1. Journey by Aaron Becker
2. It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee
3. Tuesday by David Weisner


4. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
5. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
6. Stella, Fairy of the Forest by Marie-Louise Gay

7. The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble
8. The Night I Followed the Dog by Nina Laden
9. The Secret Shortcut by Mark Teague

Click on the book cover to go to the link on Amazon. Don't forget to read the post on Classroom Tested Resources to hear more about bringing imagination into your lessons!

1. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
2. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
3. No Flying in the House by Betty Brock

4. Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
5. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
6. The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

7. Wings of Fire by Tui Sutherland
8. Secret Agent Jack Stalwart by Elizabeth Singer Hunt
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Affiliate links: These book titles link to Amazon and I could potentially (hasn't happened yet!) get a small return from Amazon for sending a customer their way! :)

Have a fantastic week!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Classroom Planning A-Z ~ Helping teachers prepare for Back-to-School

Classroom Planning A-Z
It's back-to-school season! There are SO many things for teachers to do during this time and SO much to remember. Last year, I made a Classroom Planning list with detailed notes about each item and links to some freebies and resources to help you accomplish the things on your to-do list. It's a free resource on Teachers Pay Teachers. My listing there has it for new teachers, but I've heard from many veteran teachers who have found it helpful. I'm using it right now to make sure I don't forget anything!
Birthday Bags for Students
One very easy tip is to prepare NOW for the birthdays that you will celebrate throughout the year. What will you do about summer birthdays? Are you giving each student a little gift? I've seen cute, simple ideas of just a giant pixie stick with a birthday note attached or a book (use Scholastic points!) is always a great idea. I put together little gift bags. I've made a video of what's inside. Click here or on the picture above to watch the video on YouTube.

Click here to download the free A-Z Planning Guide for Teachers!

What do you do to prepare for back-to-school? What should I add to my checklist? Thanks for reading. Have a great week!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

$75 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card giveaway!

Win a $75 TPT gift card
Do you still have things to buy for back-to-school? I sure do! We have a great giveaway that could help you out. One lucky winner will get a TPT gift card for $75. It could be you!

Prize: $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: An Apple for the Teacher
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Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 8/13/16 and is open worldwide.
P.S. ~ There are 2 of these giveaways going on right now! When you are finished entering this one, visit An Apple for the Teacher to enter another giveaway. :) 

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Thanks for entering! Good luck!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Win a TPT giftcard! Teachers it's time to shop!

It's back-to-school time and TeachersPayTeachers is ready with new resources, 2 sales days and giveaways! Many bloggers were given giftcards to help spread the word about the sale. I'm happy to be able to give 1 lucky winner a $10 giftcard code. I'll make it a quick giveaway so that the winner can spend the money right away!

The Teachers Pay Teachers sale is August 1st -2nd. I will have my entire Teacher Treasure Hunter store on sale. Combine that with the TPT discount (use code BESTYEAR) and you'll save 28%. It's time to fill those shopping carts!

 Classroom Tested Resources

The bloggers at Classroom Tested Resources have put together a BIG giveaway! It's 3 days AND 3 different TPT giftcards. Be sure to stop by and enter each day of the giveaway. 

 QR Code Bundle
One of my best-selling resources is featured on the Classroom Tested Blog page and it's on sale for today! It has nearly 300 stories. Kids scan the QR code and the page automatically loads so they can watch someone reading the book. They are perfect for listening centers. If you miss today's sale then you can still get it on Monday & Tuesday through the #bestyearever sale at Teachers Pay Teachers!

Have a wonderful week!

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