Tuesday, July 22, 2014

O is for Organize (ABCs of 2nd grade)

Today's post is O for Organize.


I'm going to level with y'all. I am not organized. I always have grand plans for getting myself organized but it never happens. As my friend Joni says, you can tell that I'm creative by looking at my room. I spend so much time each week trying to find things that I've laid down somewhere and now can't find. I blame it on having a million things going on in my mind at a time.

So since I'm not organized but I'm always looking for inspiration. I'm going to share some ideas that I found on Pinterest and I think are genius. If you pin from this post, please pin from the original source. 

http://www.ashleigh-educationjourney.com/2013/10/early-finisher-task-cards.html

I love this idea for organizing tasks for early finishers from Ashleigh's Education Journey. It doesn't take up much room and the items can be easily changed out.

http://missnelsonsgotthecamera.blogspot.com/2013/07/monday-made-it-braggin-about-behavior.html

Great idea for a portable word wall from Run! Miss Nelson's Got the Camera.

http://seusstastic.blogspot.com/2013/09/loads-of-august-randomness-freebie.html

Great idea for organizing those table supplies from Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations.

http://missnelsonsgotthecamera.blogspot.com/2013/07/monday-made-it-braggin-about-behavior.html

Linda from Around the Kampfire has some great ideas on her post to keep your students organized.

http://2ndgradestuff.blogspot.com/2014/03/avoid-stacks-of-papers-organize.html

I love Jamie's ideas for keeping all those papers organized. This is my goal for the school year. All those papers just get piled up on my reading table and I never deal with them.

Those are just a few of the amazing organization ideas that I love. If you want to see more, you can follow me on Pinterest.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

GeoModel Folding Shapes Winner

And the winner is.....


Congrats Shannon! Check your email.

If you didn't win, you still have a chance to save some money on products from EAI Education. You can use STSFS2014 for free shipping on orders of $30+. (There are a few exceptions to the free shipping that you can read here.) The promo code is good till November 15th.

Have a great Monday!
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Friday, July 18, 2014

GeoModel Folding Shapes Review + Giveaway

I was recently contacted by EAI Education to see if I would be willing to try out one of their new products in my classroom. If you know about EAI Education, you know that they have lots of great math resources. I chose to review the GeoModel Everyday Folding Shapes after I read the description.

http://www.eaieducation.com/default.aspx

Below is the box that arrived in the mail. I was impressed with the box's design and I was even more impressed when I opened it.

http://www.eaieducation.com/default.aspx

Inside, I found heavy plastic shapes that open on one side. I also found a book with some activities that can be copied by the teacher. There are also 25 task cards that you can use as riddles and to pose questions to students.

http://www.eaieducation.com/default.aspx

There was also a bag of colorful cutouts that go inside the plastic shapes and represent common 3D shapes that kids will see. I played around with a few of them. These colorful pieces that go inside the clear plastic shapes are surprisingly sturdy. They are really thick plastic, almost like they are laminated, and seem like they will hold up well in your students' hands. There are at least 3 different colored pieces to go inside the shapes and a few shapes have many more.

http://www.eaieducation.com/default.aspx

The little toaster oven is my favorite!

http://www.eaieducation.com/default.aspx

I know my students will really enjoy using these 3D shapes in geometry. I love when you can bring real life and math together in a way that makes it easier for students to understand.

Best of all, EAI is allowing me to give away one of these sets. You can enter in the Rafflecopter below. 
Also, they are offering free shipping for my followers, you can use STSFS2014 for free shipping on orders of $30+. (There are a few exceptions to the free shipping that you can read here.) The promo code is good till November 15th.

Disclaimer: EAI provided me with a free copy of this set for my review. All opinions are my own in relation to my experience with the product.
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