Monday, October 5, 2015

Carson-Dellosa's Learning Targets and More

Happy October! So glad that it's finally October. Fall Break (or 2 days off as it is around here) is next Monday and Tuesday. I'm really looking forward to that.

I'm here today to share some great products that I received from Carson-Dellosa to review. I've been a huge fan of Carson-Dellosa since I started teaching so I was excited to be asked to review some their products as a Brand Ambassador.

Let's start with the Learning Targets and Essential Questions pack. These are strips of the common core statements in an "I Can" format. I really liked that these strips fit perfectly in a pocket chart.

This is what the box looks like when you open it. I love that you can organize the strips with the easy to see dividers.

The "I Can" statement has the corresponding Essential Question on the back. I can see how this makes it easier to organize but I would also like to display both sometimes. These would probably be easy to copy so I could do that for those that I wanted both posted.

Check out this video to show why you should incorporate learning targets and essential questions in your classroom.

I have to admit that teaching writing is not my strong suit. I crave any writing resource that I can get my hands on because I need all the help I can get. This writing resource is great.

One of my favorite things about this workbook is the that it is laid out in lessons that build on one another. There are multiple days for each concept. However, this isn't really laid out in the writing genres that we need to teach - informational, opinion, and narrative. This workbook is laid out more to teach students how to build sentences and there are some great things for proofreading. Click on the image above to get some free downloads from the Spectrum book series.

Check out more information in the  video below.

Up next, here are some great resources for review. I love these books for easy peasy homework or morning work. Best of all, you know you are hitting all the necessary skills you need for the Common Core standards.

I really like how the skills are laid out in a Monday through Friday format with a couple of focused skills each day. (Click on the images above to head over to the site. While there, you can download a free preview to get a closer look at the layout.) These pages could get really time consuming if they weren't broken down by day and the kids won't feel overwhelmed with having to do too much. I plan on introducing these into my homework packs after Fall Break. 

Find more information in the video below.

Review Disclaimer: I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received these products for free to review.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

BIC Fight for Your Write 2015

Hello all! I'm dropping by today to share an exciting promotion and some new products from BIC. Through Fight for Your Write, BIC is raising awareness about the importance of writing by hand, and providing parents and educators with information and activities that encourage and inspire writing.

You can even take a pledge to save handwriting on their site. Click on the image above to head there and be entered to win a $1,200 prize pack from BIC. 
The kind people at BIC sent me some of their new  writing supplies to try out.

Check out these colorful and amazing new mechanical pencils. What student wouldn't love to write with one of these??

These #2 pencils are XTRA-Fun because of their two-toned lead but they write just as well as normal pencils.

My favorite product in the pack was these new erasable highlighters. How often do students make mistakes with their highlighting and need to erase? These will really come in handy.

The BIC Tech pens are pens and a stylus in one. How convenient for a busy teacher!!

The last product in the box was the BIC Atlantis pen. I love these pens because they write so well.

Best of all, BIC has donated a prize pack to one of my lucky readers. Enter in the Rafflecopter below.


Monday, August 31, 2015

Teacher Week 2015: 5 Fun Facts

I'm linking up with Bloghoppin today to share 5 fun facts about myself.

(1) I love white chocolate. There was a room mom when I was in elementary school that made us homemade suckers from white chocolate and that got me obsessed.

(2) I went to France and Germany in high school and the only thing I can really remember is what I ate. Most of my pictures did not survive. I really wish I had a digital camera back then.

(3) I have a new puppy named Toby. If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen a few photos of him. He's a 5 month-old Beagle mix. I got him for a shelter so they aren't sure what he's mixed with. I'm thinking lab or golden retriever.  

(4) I love sports but I never wanted to play them myself. I am not coordinated enough! I'm so excited for football season.

(5) I just started back to school to get my ED.S. I'm not sure what I was thinking because I had no time anyway. So here's hoping that I can get through the next two years. I finished my Masters a while ago and I'm trying to get back in the habit of writing papers again.

While you're here, head over to my post from Saturday and win some earrings from "The Little Mermaid."  Click here.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Visual Plans (Aug. 31)

Okay, friends, I'm back sharing my visual plans for this week. I just took last year's visual plans for the week of September 1st and added an extra day of activities. Labor Day was earlier last year. I'm really looking forward to that three day weekend next week.

This week, we are working on story elements, subjects and predicates, blends, and subtraction strategies.  As always, you can click on these plans to download them and access the links for books and activities.
 We will also be singing my story elements and subject/predicate songs from my Singing through the Year pack. I forgot to add that into the plans.

If you download these, please be kind and leave a comment. This helps me track if these are actually helpful to post each week.

I'm linking up my post with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten. Check out some other awesome weekly plans at her linky party.

Have a great week!