Sunday, July 24, 2016

TPT Sale, Giveaway, and Freebies

Hello everyone.. it's been so long since I've blogged. How has life been for all of you? I know many of you are in your new classrooms or getting ready to head back to school.  In New York, we go back to school at the beginning of September, so I am right about in the middle of my summer vacation right now.  I wanted to share some freebies with you that I have used for my tutoring this summer -
For my going into 4th grade student, these products have been awesome!-
From Fifth in the Middle, her close reading packs are so enriched with interesting topics.  Here is a sample close reading of Martin Luther King, Jr.
FREE Martin Luther King, Jr. Close Reading
From Math Tech Connections, this great Bookmark Book Report freebie can be used for fiction and nonfiction (two types included) - enjoy!
Bookmark Book Report Fiction and Nonfiction
For my going into second grade tutoring students, these products have been so helpful.
From Read Like a Rock Star, I love this close reading product - perfect for readers that are leaving first grade :)
Take a Closer Look: Close Reading for 2nd Grade FREEBIE
From Brittney Marie, there are Reading Comprehension passages on different levels for you to try with your kiddos.  My students love highlighting in different colors the text evidence that they find. 
Reading Comprehension Passages Sample Pack
I hope you enjoy those freebies!
I have my TPT store on SALE 20% off of EVERYTHING as many of us start thinking about Back to School and heading back into the groove.  The sale will be from 7/24-7/26 :) I also would like to do an appreciation giveaway - if you are a new teacher or would like to add to your teacher binder, I am giving away 3 copies of my Teacher Guide Unit - Please enter the Rafflecopter below!! Giveaway will run until 7/28 :) Thank you so much for your continued love and support!  Happy Shopping and Back to School!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Teacher's Appreciation Sale

Hi everyone!  It has been waaaay too long since I have blogged.  I apologize for being away for so long, but it has been a busy (and wonderful) year.  My goal is to get back into creating fun and engaging products for all of you on TPT and get back into blogging and connecting with my friends again!
Happy Teacher Appreciation Day - I appreciate you.  So do all of your wonderful parents, students, and coworkers.  I hope you had a wonderful day!!

As you may know, there is a Teacher Appreciation SALE going on over at Teachers Pay Teachers.  This site has changed my life with teaching and finding the best resources out there.  MANY, MANY sellers have put their stores on sale May 3rd and 4th with 20% off and with the code CELEBRATE, you can receive 28% off of my resources and bundles!! The code is good through May 4th, BUT.... my store will also be on sale for 20% off the 5th (CInco de Mayo!) in case you didn't have time to shop :)
I am linking up with some fabulous ladies (Miss DeCarbo, Flying into First Grade, Elementary Nest, and ) My Silly Firsties) for the appreciation sale.


Monday, December 7, 2015

Day #7 Christmas Giveaway

It's Day #7 for Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Design's Giveaway!! 
Featuring the wonderful Teaching with a Mountain View, The Price of Teaching, and Molly Maloy!
Enter to win $30 to Amazon and $20 in TPT Store Credits! 
Click HERE and click the "Giveaway" tab on Zippy's Facebook!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Day #6 of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Design's Giveaway!

Sooo excited for you to enter my friend Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Design's Giveaway!  With some wonderful people - Georgia Grown Kiddos, Kindergarten Smorgasboard, and Deedee Wills! It doesn't get much better :)

For more info, enter HERE and click the "GIVEAWAY" tab!!
Happy Holidays!!!

Friday, December 4, 2015

The World of Foxyland

 My first graders and I had the chance to review "Welcome to Foxyland" by Wald Peterson.  My kiddos always get very excited about read alouds, especially about animals :)

"Welcome to Foxyland" is about Foxycat (half fox, half cat) going on adventures through his world, Foxyland.  He encounters many fun animal friends and his world is very magical.  The kids dove right in with loving Foxycat and excited to see what he was going to do next.
Here is a preview below of what the text looks like:
 As you can see, the pages are a little lengthy.  I do not recommend to Kindergarten or below, but definitely first grade and above.  We split this book into chapters and the read aloud took 3 times.  This gave me the opportunity to discuss key factors of text like predictions, main idea, details, characterization, and setting.  

The way Wald Peterson describes the world of Foxyland is that of a dream.  It allowed my firsties to dive into a magical land that is very much unlike earth... It looks like it, but one of my students said it was "magical" and "really cool" :) 

My kiddos loved the book and even though it was lengthier than some of my read alouds, this book held their attention.  During their free time after their work was finished, some of them even drew the lovable and curious Foxycat.

If you would like to check out more information or purchase Foxycat for your students, please click HERE and explore the fun of Foxyland! :) Through this link, there are even chances to WIN your own copy!!!

Have a wonderful and foxy day everyone!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

I am so excited to be kicking off THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS for Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Design's amazing 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!  I am so excited to be doing this again this year and to be teaming up with some wonderful ladies - Creating Teaching Inspiring and Good Enough Teacher.
Who doesn't love  You can get almost anything on Amazon.  We are giving away a $30 Amazon gift card!! It's such a wonderful site full of goodies for you, your kids, your whole family!  Treat yourself to something nice if you win ;)

Also up for grabs is $5 TPT Store Credit to my store (Laura Love to Teach), Creating Teaching Inspiring's store, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Design's Store, and featured is also Good Enough Teacher's awesome writing craftivity - If I were an elf :) So many goodies and awesome things!

Did I mention I love the holidays? Because I really do.  Thank you for following my blog, TPT store, and anywhere in between.  It is truly appreciated and I hope you have a wonderful month!  Best of luck in the giveaway - please enter below using the rafflecopter!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also don't forget!  It's the last day of the Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Monday (AND TUESDAY) Sale!! It's the last day, so don't forget to pick up some great goodies... even my bundles are on sale :)

Don't forget to grab my after holiday freebie as well :) 
Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Common Core Resources

Hello everyone!  Happy Early Thanksgiving.  I hope you all have a wonderful time with your family and friends.  I wanted to share with you a few products that I received and had the chance to review.

The first one is Real World Mats for Grade 1.  These mats, available in multiple grade levels, allow for the teacher to provide students with something extra - authentic experiences. 

 What I liked about these was that these mats contained topics that children recognize in their world's.  I liked how the mats were in color and can be used with dry erase/wet erase.  If one student or a pair were working together for an extension activity, the dry erase markings would answer the questions and it would be enough for assessment.  The boards fold out and are big enough for little hands to write on and have enough room :)
 There are also recording sheets that can be used for any work mat and these were easy to follow as well.  The recording sheets I used when we did a center rotation for related topics and they were unable to write on the mats.  An idea could be that if you wanted your children to still do dry erase they could erase before they go to their next choice center, however, it would be time consuming :)

Do what is best for your students and your classroom.  The positives I take away from Common Core and working at such a wonderful school are student choice and individuality.
 The Real World Mats are great for math and language arts centers and can be also used as extension activities for enrichment or early finishers.  I keep these in a reachable place so when students are finished with an activity, they can quietly choose a real world mat and have fun while working!

I also have the Carson Dellosa Reading Comprehension and Skills book (First Grade) - This was an important resource that really enhanced my curriculum.  What I liked about this book is that each standard appears in the upper right hand corner of each page.  The book is categorized and separated by skill and strategy, and I am able to pull from the book quickly whenever a topic arises.  The students are also getting a lot out of reading paragraphs, underlining and highlighting key details and words, and performing an activity based on main idea, retelling, sequence, opinion, grammar, etc.
Take a look at some of these sample pages.  These two examples are about writing opinions.  The students read a short little paragraph and answer questions about the passage based on what skill we are talking about.  Some of my kiddos are not fluent readers yet and the small readings help keep their stamina and attention.  
Some of the passages are short, but some are also lengthier.  It's a nice variety for different leveled readers.  I did not take more pictures of us doing this activity since they were so engaged and busy working as I was facilitating :)  Please let me know if you have any questions about these 2 products, but I highly recommend them! They have already helped my firsties a lot!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Best Pencil Sharpener
Classroom Friendly Supplies is a company created by an elementary school teacher (Troy Decoff) who understand the importance of a sharpener that will not interrupt students when they are doing their work, and gets the job done - the best.  The best points and the quickest sharpener I have ever had.
So far there are many amazing colors that this sharpener comes in.  
I am so lucky to be one of the first to introduce to you...

This color really will make your classroom POP.  I keep mine near my teacher supplies and my guided reading table.  My firsties were so adorable when I first introduced to them our new Classroom Friendly Supplies Popular Purple - they loved the color and how sharp the points got.  My kiddos could also not believe how QUICK it was compared to our very expensive electric sharpener.  Their smiles and squeals of delight made me so happy - your kids will also be so happy!
 Very easy to use.  After a pinch of the black knobs together and placing the pencil inside ready to turn the handle, voila - you only need a couple cranks of the handle, and your pencil is SHARP and ready to go.

 The picture above shows the before and after of already sharpened pencils (from my electric sharpener) and using the Popular Purple.  Definitely a difference - and some of my first graders might press a little hard when writing, but the sharp point of these pencils stays and is very durable.  That was important to me!

To order yours and check out other reviews and products, please visit Classroom Friendly Supplies.  You will not be sorry with your purchase for a great price that was cut in half from my electric sharpener.  :)  They also sell replacements in case you just need a small part and you don't have to buy another whole sharpener.  Troy and his company really thought of everything - You and your class deserve one. Check it out!