Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Day of the Giveaway and a Sale!

Have you entered my giveaway yet! You can win 13 products of your choice from my store (or future products if you already have almost everything.)

http://www.swimmingintosecond.com/2013/12/13-for-13-giveaway.html

Click on the image to go the the giveaway page.

I'm also having a 20% off sale in my store to get you ready for 2014. 

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Swimming-Into-Second

I just posted the second half of my Fundamental Phonics pack and it is majorly on sale right now. Be sure to check it out.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fundamental-Phonics-Part-2-1036053

Happy New Year friends!
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Saturday, December 28, 2013

13 for 13 Giveaway

Hi friends! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying your break from school. I know that I am. I haven't really thought about school at all. Besides all the Christmas gatherings, I am trying to get my house cleaned up so I can put it on the market.

I was thinking that I hadn't hosted a giveaway in a while so I thought I would wrap up the year with a giveaway for my awesome followers.



One person will win 13 items of his or her choice from my TPT store. You can also choose to receive future products. The giveaway will end on January 1st so be sure to enter quickly.

Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

 
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Last Minute Holiday Ideas

This week, instead of using my usual visual plans template, I am sharing some great resources you can use this week if you are looking for some last minute, fun holiday ideas.

This week, I will be using my new Starring Santa pack and reviewing comprehension skills with the three books I featured.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Starring-Santa-1002218

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Starring-Santa-1002218

I am using these three books that have activities in my unit.

   


We will be doing the write the room activities from Teacher's Clubhouse.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Teachers-Clubhouse/Category/December/Order:Most-Recently-Posted

We will be using Kathy Law's Making Words pack for Christmas.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Making-CHRISTMAS-Words-1010449

For literacy centers, we are finishing our December centers with my Full of Cheer centers.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Full-of-Cheer-literacy-centers-420957


We are also finishing our Christmas Around the World unit from Lyndsey. My kiddos are loving this!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Holidays-Around-The-World-Its-a-Holiday-Globe-Trot-with-Scott-1003689

Good news for you! I've decided to mark down my Christmas packs for today only.  Grab them today and make your planning much easier for the week. Click on the image below to head over to my store.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Swimming-Into-Second/Category/Holidays

So how many more days do you have of school? We have a half day on Friday and then we are on break for 2 weeks.  My kiddos are absolutely crazy right now so the break can't get here soon enough.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Visual Plans (Dec. 9-13)

I'm back with my visual plans for this week. While I was doing my visual plans, I just realized that Friday will be Friday the 13th. Eeek! I had to go look up when it was the next full moon. It isn't until the 17th so maybe the day won't be as crazy.

This week, my grade level is testing on Monday and Tuesday. Anyone else feel like they are constantly giving tests? This is not the best time of year to give a serious test because the kids are crazy. Just 2 more weeks, right?

In this week's plans, I have an inferencing freebie for the book, "Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear!"

 

This is a great book for inferencing because the text is kinda sparse and the kids have to use picture clues and what they know to make inferences about the Little Mouse's actions.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6u8Oi4cDc3GYTMzSEpIUUw5Tzg/edit?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6u8Oi4cDc3GYTMzSEpIUUw5Tzg/edit?usp=sharing
As always, click on the visual plans above to download. (Be sure to just click "Download" because they have already been shared.) After you download, the links will be active.

For reading groups, I am using these wonderful comprehension pages by Halle and 24/7 Teacher.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-Comprehension-Passages-Christmas-Holiday-Themed-Common-Core-1003319             http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/December-Close-Reading-Passages-w-Common-Core-Aligned-Text-Dependent-Questions-974894

For unit this week and next week, I am using Lyndsey's amazing Holidays Around the World unit. It is so well laid out and the kiddos will love it. There are so many countries included that I am going to double up on them next week and still not get all of them done.


Sometime we also have to finish our bird research and bird flip-flap book from Anna.  I have to admit that birds freak me out but I love the learning that we have been doing on birds.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Animal-Flip-Flap-Books-Animal-Classification-Expository-Writing-Resources-984897


Some books we have used to learn about birds are below. My kids love "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That" series of books and the rhyming books by Brian Cleary.


       

I'm linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten to share my visual plans.

http://www.mrswillskindergarten.com/2013/12/peek-at-my-week-snow-day.html


I hope you are having a good weekend! It is raining nonstop here and will be until Tuesday. We finally had a break from the rain yesterday and I ran errands all day before seeing the musical "Memphis" last night. Oh my word! It was amazing! It was one of the best musicals that I have seen.

What are you up to this weekend?


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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Deck the Halls with TPT linky party

Happy Sunday! I hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. It's been nice to lay around the house in my PJs and put up some of my Christmas decorations. One of my favorite things about Christmas is shopping. Did you know TPT is having a Cyber Monday sale on Monday and Tuesday?

Today I am joining Christina's linky party to show off some great resources to the tune of some favorite Christmas carols.

http://bainbridgeclass.blogspot.com/2013/12/deck-halls-with-tpt-linky-party.html

Check out my playlist below.

http://bainbridgeclass.blogspot.com/2013/12/deck-halls-with-tpt-linky-party.html

Up first,  my favorite holiday product.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Starring-Santa-1002218
Starring Santa is my newest holiday product and I am really proud of it. I have so many Santa books in my classroom and this pack goes along with three of them and can also be used with so many other books. Your students will love the games included in the unit and you will love how easy these ideas are to implement in your classroom.

Up next, reading resources.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Swimming-Into-Second/Order:Most-Recently-Posted
 I'm showing off two of my newer reading resources. Fundamental Phonics is a huge unit with games and activities to help you make phonics more interactive in your classroom. My Smart About Text Features unit is a perfect way to introduce those text features in your classroom and meet those Common Core standards.

Last up, Science and Social Studies.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Swimming-Into-Second/Order:Most-Recently-Posted
My Rock On unit is one of the best selling units in my store. As for Social Studies, my Winter games centers kind of qualify as a Social Studies resource. These literacy centers will be a great addition to including the Winter Olympics in your classroom.

I hope you enjoyed my playlist. If any of these resources caught your eye, my entire store will be 20% off on Monday and Tuesday. You can use the promo code CYBER at checkout for a discount from TPT. Happy shopping!
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