Friday, July 31, 2015

Texas Size Linky

I am so happy to be a part of this fabulous link up today! Thank you, Jacqueline, at the Little Ladybug Shop for hosting this TEXAS sized event! 

I don’t live in Texas, and I have actually never been to Texas, but I feel like I am a country girl at heart! Thank you for letting me be a part of this! 

Country girl in a California world! LOL

For this Texas Size Linky, I am raffling off a fun prize: 
Common Core Math Centers

These math centers are SO MUCH FUN! 

You get SIX centers to use with your kiddos throughout the year. They’re Common Core aligned and very interactive. Use them in rotations, save them for rainy days, or keep them open for early finishers. The options are limitless!

Here’s a glimpse at what you’ll WIN:

Odd or Even?
CCSS.Math.Content.2.OA.C.3 Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends. Use this center to help your students practice their understanding of odd and even numbers. This is a fun sorting activity that will keep your kiddos engaged and learning!

Elephant in the Room (Addition and Subtraction)
CCSS.Math.Content.2.OA.B.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.2 By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.
This is a fun memory game to help your students practice their addition and subtraction facts through 20! But...they have to watch out for the elephant in the room!

Three Digit Dance
CCSS.Math.Content.2.NBT.A.1 Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones; e.g., 706 equals 7 hundreds, 0 tens, and 6 ones.
CCSS.Math.Content.2.NBT.A.3 Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.
Students can practice their understanding of 3 digit numbers written in a variety of ways by using the fabulous sorting activity.

Roll and Compare
CCSS.Math.Content.2.NBT.A.4 Compare two three-digit numbers based on meanings of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
Students can use dice and their knowledge to compare two three-digit numbers, while practicing their base ten number skills.

Draw the Shape
CCSS.Math.Content.2.G.A.1 Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces.1 Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.

Students can practice their drawing skills and listening skills to see if they have what it takes to draw the shape.

Enter below for your chance to win your very own copy! 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Unity Poem {Back to School}

Gearing up for Back to School means getting ready for Back to School Night, Meet the Teacher Night, and other getting to know you events.

Something I always included in my Back to School Night packet was an inspirational poem, meant to unite parents and teachers. 

It is titled UNITY.

It is a poem explaining the importance of both of our jobs: making students' lives brighter and better!

The author of this poem is unknown, but they convey the message through eloquent rhyming and motivational phrases.

I decided to put this lovely poem onto bookmarks. 

You can give these out at your Back to School Night to convey the message of unity to your students' parents. 

You can also have a full size page to offer as a part of your Back to School Night materials!

They come in black and white and with color graphics from Creative Clips! 

Grab your copy for FREE!

Happy Back to School Season!
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Assess Me! {getting to know you linky!}

Good evening everyone!

I was reading From the Pond's blog and saw that she was linking up with The Tattooed Teacher for a fun Assess Me (getting to know you) linky!

I thought to myself, "well this looks like fun!"

Here's a little snippet of me:

  1. I talk to myself a lot. Especially since I am home most days with my two boys under two!
  2. I am superstitious at times. I have rituals I need to do, but that may be more OCD than superstitious! LOL
  3. I crack my knuckles. It feels so good!
  4. When am I not hungry?
  5. I am currently watching The Bachelorette!
  6. I had my wisdom teeth removed when I was 16!
  7. I showered when my husband got home so he could watch the babies! YAY!
  8. I live in SoCal, so Disneyland is one of my favorite places!
  9. I do not wear glasses, but I have always thought they were so stylish. :D
  10. I live in the same state, good ol' California!

Hop on over and link up too!

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Brain Breaks {for the elementary classroom}

Have you ever planned the most perfect lesson? A lesson that you thought would excite your kiddos and keep them engaged? Only to realize when you actually teach the lesson, your students aren't really reacting the way you had hoped? 

I remember these instances. It was exasperating and disappointing. Standing there, trying to figure out what went wrong. Maybe my students were too tired after coming in from lunch recess. Maybe it was a rainy day and our emotions were just shot. Maybe my excitement for the subject matter wasn't conveyed thoroughly. So many maybes!

Something that helped me during these most aggravating moments were BRAIN BREAKS

Short activities for your students that change the monotony of a failed lesson and help you regroup to move forward.  

Brain breaks have been scientifically proven to improve concentration and relieve stress.  The most effective brain breaks involved a bit of physical activity and last about 1 to 3 minutes. Ideally, brain breaks should occur often in your classroom...every 25-30 minutes. It's a great stimulant for both student and teacher!

To start off the new school year, I have created 30 brain breaks for you to use with your kiddos. 

Here's how you can implement these in your classroom:

  • Print these bad boys on card stock and laminate for durability. 
  • Paste the circles on Popsicle sticks and place your thirty brain breaks in a container. 
  • Keep these handy during your lessons!
  • You can grab a stick when you feel your kiddos need a break. Use the information sheet and song lyrics to help you complete the task with your students. 
  • You can also pick a well-behaved student to come pick a stick as well. This option totally helps with behavior management as well!

These brain breaks can help get your lessons back on track. They'll boost your students' brain power and help both you and them to finish the day STRONG!

Here are my 30 brain breaks:

Grab your brain breaks here

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Back to School Ice Breaker {Watermelon Name Tag}

Ready for a fun Back to School ice breaker?!

Well, here YOU go!


This icebreaker is super easy, fun, and simple!

You start by giving your students a watermelon name tag. 

You’ll have to print them on full page labels and cut them out so they’re ready to go!

You have the option of typing their names,

handwriting their names, or having your students handwrite their names.

The directions are simple…have your students add seeds to their name tags and color them!

Now here's the fun not tell your students this until they've completed their tags. Their job, once their name tags are complete, is to tell their buddy something about themselves.  

Here's the catch: they have to tell their buddy as many things about them as they have watermelon seeds on their tag. 

For example, if I drew 10 watermelon seeds, I'd have to tell my partner 10 things about me! It can be things that happened over summer, hobbies, favorite books, etc. Students can use this opportunity to find out more about their classmates and enjoy a little conversation.

Now,  how do my students find their buddies? I’m glad you asked! 

You can use a handy dandy watermelon buddy match up.

Just print out the cards, laminate, and cut. Pass out the cards to your students and have them match up! They need to match up the number sentence with the correct sum.

Now, once they’ve found their partners and shared their details, they can complete a little informational sheet about their partner. You have three choices to give your students…

They can write three sentences about their partner.

They can draw a picture about their partner’s details.

They can write and draw a picture!

Make sure they write their partner’s name in the big watermelon!!

Finally, your kiddos can complete a short vowel memory game and sorting activity as buddies. 

You can grab this memory game for FREE by liking my Facebook page. Just click here!

So, it’s a super simple, fun way to BREAK the ICE!

You can grab this fun activity for your class by visiting my shop. It will be half off the rest of this week! {through July 25th}
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Periscope Tips and Tricks {for the classroom}

Good afternoon everyone!

There's so much Periscoping going on around here! I LOVE IT!

I have only done two Periscopes myself, but I have been enjoying watching everyone with their tips and tricks of the trade!

It got me thinking! Why not coin #periscopetipsandtricks and share tips and tricks with each other! They can be tips and tricks on periscoping or tips and tricks on how to incorporate periscope in the classroom. 

I've got a few of my own to share!

Here's one for blogging:
I found this out today by playing around with my phone and Facebook: embedding your Periscope broadcasts into your blog (or other websites).

It's SO simple!

1. Save your Periscope to your phone.
2. Upload it to your Facebook. I uploaded mine onto a public setting.
3. Go to your Facebook and click on the video once it's uploaded.
4. Under the video, click the options tab.
5. Click "Get Link" and copy the code!

If you don't want the video to be public on your Facebook, then upload it as private and follow these steps:
1. Under the video, click the options tab.
2. Click "Download SD"
3. Go you YouTube and upload your video.
4. Make sure your video is public and grab the link.

Now you can embed the code into your blog post!

Here's my first Periscope!

Now, let's talk about using your embedded codes and Periscope in the classroom. I have come up with a few ideas on how you can implement this new social media in your classroom. 

1. After School Tutoring
Why not hold after school tutoring from your phone? You can hold a private broadcast from the comfort of your home and reinforce lessons you taught that day! You would definitely need to get permission from your students' parents/guardians. Your students would need Twitter/Periscope accounts. You would just need to click the little lock icon and invite your students to the private broadcast. You could use this opportunity to reteach, answer questions about homework or an upcoming test, or you can make an assignment out of your broadcast! Be creative and have fun!

2. Have your students use Periscope in the classroom! Your students can visit educational broadcasts and learn through virtual field trips. Here's a list of some companies who have already launched periscope accounts:

3. Use Periscope as a virtual pen-pal device. Connect with students from around the globe! Make friends with some teachers and have your students connect with his/her students! Hold conversations about educational topics such as...
  • Writing ideas 
  • Math fact practice 
  • Quizzing each other on topics both classes have learned 

A few tips to make sure your students can enjoy an appropriately aged broadcast:
  • Make sure broadcasts are private 
  • Monitor the use of technology and watch your students broadcasts 
  • Hold students accountable for their behavior 

I'm not in the classroom this year, so I also thought of some other ways you could use periscope if you're a TpT seller working from home. 

1. Hold broadcasts on different lessons to show your viewers how you would teach the lesson you're selling or writing about on your blog. 
2. Broadcast yourself assembling one of your products. Embed the broadcast link into your product PDF or product description so buyers can access it later. 
3. Broadcast yourself! Just be open and introduce yourself to the teacher community. Hold conversions with fellow educators and connect!

If you have any tips or tricks, use #periscopetipsandtricks and copy and paste this image to share on all of your social media outlets!

Thanks for stopping by and happy scopin'!

Be sure to follow me on insta to see my periscope broadcast announcements and cute classroom creations! 
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Monday, July 13, 2015

Spruce Up Your TpT Store! {Banner Tutorial}

I didn’t get to go to Vegas this year, but I felt like I was there through all of the #periscoping! There were tons of takeaways that teachers shared, but one big takeaway that I am working on this week is revamping my store! I decided it needed some sprucing up and revitalizing.

I have been getting more confident with my editing in PPT skills and thought I would share with you how to spruce up your banner on TpT!

1. Open PPT and click FILE, then PAGE SETUP.
Set up your page to these dimensions:
Width: 9.81 in
Height: 1.25 in
Click here for the template you can download for your computer.

This is what your banner will look like:

2. Use the text boxes to create your wording. Add graphics, play around with the shadowing and glow styles, and be creative.

3. Once you’re done creating, use your cursor to highlight all of your boxes. When you’re highlighting everything, make sure to notice if the text boxes go above the white space. If your text boxes go off the white space, your picture will be too big. Make sure all of the boxes fit within the white space. If it doesn’t, use the line spacing options to make the text boxes more compact.

After highlighting, right click the boxes (making sure that all the boxes are still highlighted) and click “save as picture.”

4. Title your image in the box and be sure to use the PNG format. PNG will make the background transparent.

Now you’re ready for uploading to your store!

1. Click your “dashboard.”

2. Click “customize your store.”

3. Upload your image and enter a link to connect your image. Pick a link to one of your products or one of your customizable categories.

Now your store is spruced up! If you're having problems, shoot me an email and I'll be happy to help you out!

To take it one step further, I am thinking about #periscoping this tutorial. Follow my Twitter or Instagram to find out when I'll #periscope! @mrsfreibrun

Now, go spruce up your store!
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