Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Giveaway ~ These are a few of my favorite things...

No raindrops on roses for you!  You have a chance to win some of my favorite teaching packs that were donated by some wonderful teachers.  In celebration of over 200 followers at my Teachers Pay Teachers store and nearly 200 on my blog this giveaway is for you!  Read about the awesome prizes you can win and scroll down to the end of this post to enter the giveaway. 

Here's what you can win:
I've used Sarah's monthly literacy menus in my classroom this year and have been so impressed!  The kids really like them and I enjoy how every month is unique in theme and activity and yet the format for these activities is consistent so the kids quickly learn to complete them independently and with confidence.  Some of the writing prompts have inspired some really good writing from my firsties! 

I discovered Jenn's blog before she even had a store at Teachers Pay Teachers.  She creates great teaching products and is so generous with sharing ideas and things she creates.  This Daily Editing Word Problem pack is excellent!  It has a word problem for each day of the year.  The beginning of the year has the students solving math word problems and adding punctuation.  It is such a great exercise for the kids to read the sentences aloud and try to determine where the sentence ends.  About the middle of the year, spelling mistakes are added to the problems.  My kids love these!  Each morning a different student leads us through solving one of these on the whiteboard.  They usually start out with "who can tell me what word is at the end of the 1st sentence?"   I love it when I hear "Only Susie and Johnny know the answer?"  *read this in an extremely inquisitive tone!  "I'm sure there are some others who can also help us out."  They know exactly how to mimic the things you say!
The Primary Techie has the coolest idea with her watch-think-color games!  These are powerpoint "games" that are setup to automatically advance to the next slide.  They start out by telling the students what colors they will need.  Then the students have to carefully watch each slide and color the number on the hundreds (or 120) chart by solving the math problem.  There are lots of games to choose from: identifying numbers, ten more or ten less, expanded notation, addition, coins, etc.  When they are finished they should have a cute picture!  The last slide shows them what their picture should look like.  We just completed a super fun one last week for Teacher Appreciation Week.  The first few slides "tell" the kids (by writing and with audio if you have the sound on) that this is a special surprise for the teacher.  She will work on grading or "teacher stuff" while they do their best work.  Then they get to present their teacher with an apple picture and a sweet note on the back!  Here are a couple of things I love about these: the teacher gets time to work on something and the students have to listen.  Mine totally freaked out the first time because they weren't listening or thought it was going too fast.  I simply told them I couldn't control the speed.  I always remind them of that and model the type of behavior (having an outburst when you miss one!) that will cause you to be slow and not be able to finish your picture. :)  The ocean bundle of games is totally going on my wish list!
We use Dolch words and in 1st grade I like to test them on the pre-primer, primer and first grade words.  I was so happy to find this assessment kit by Lisa.  I love how she includes words from previous weeks to make sure they maintain them and there are also sentences with the sight words.  I emailed Lisa at the beginning of the year and asked her if she could make one for 2nd grade words.  My advanced students can usually fly through these lists and I like to have the 2nd grade lists for a challenge.  So, she added the 2nd grade words to this set!  This is a great investment for your classroom.
I discovered this unit from Jennifer when she participated in another giveaway that I hosted.  I saw this and thought it looked like exactly what I needed for my classroom.  I've never had a substitute without going in and setting everything up for them.  I'm sure there will come a day when I won't be able to make it in and get everything set up ahead of time.  Now, I will have this kit ready!  I liked that it was a well-known book (I already had a few copies) and has a variety of activities. 
Last, but not least, the winner can spend $20 at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  You can choose the items that are best for your classroom.
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  1. Fantastic giveaway! Congratulations on your milestone!

  2. A unique giveaway! I enjoyed reading about the resources you use in your classroom!
    Forever A Teacher, Forever A Learner

  3. Thanks so much for including me in your giveaway! It is an honor.
    Love Teaching Kids

  4. Hi Melissa! I'm just FINALLY getting a chance to check out the give a way! Congrats on your followings!! I'm honored to be included in your favorite things!!
    Lisa Rombach

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! You were so sweet to contribute to my giveaway.

  5. HI Melissa. This is so exciting! Thank you! Julie



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