Saturday, October 25, 2014

Monster Menu! Halloween writing project with a freebie!



Things didn't quite work out the way I planned on Friday, so we decided to make Monster Menus!
Each year about this time we read a poem called If a Giant Monster.  I am not sure who wrote the poem, but it is about inviting monsters in to have something to eat.  Of course, this lead to a discussion about what Monsters eat.  It got a little grisly, but we had some good giggles.

We also talked about what monsters might pay with if they had "monster money".  Here is a picture of our brainstorming session:

I was love doing this activity because the kiddos get a big kick out of it!  I even had a few of my boys ask if they could stay in from recess to finish theirs!

They loved sharing and trying to outdo each other!

The girls enjoyed this activity as well:

So, are you looking for a fun writing activity to do right before Halloween?  Get your poem and Monster Menu here for free (just click on the picture below):


Halloween Poem/Writing Activity/Monster Menu

Friday, October 24, 2014

Do you tsu? New concept in Social Media!

New Social Media that pays its users a percentage of ad revenue. Awesome! Click the link to sign up!

Yup, you read that right.  It pays you for your content.  Here is a break down of how it works:

"Tsū’s algorithm automatically tracks, measures, and distributes revenue to the appropriate user and their family tree. At a high level, 90% of revenues are distributed to users. To maintain the platform, tsū receives 10%. To see how this breaks down, let’s take a look at 4 users, all with varying start dates on tsū.
User A invites user B, who invites user C, who invites user D
Part 1
– $100 of earned revenue is generated based on the content user D shared (photos, videos, status updates, etc.)
Part 2
– 90% of earned revenue go to the users. In this case, $90 of the $100 is shared with all the users.
– tsū takes 10% of the $100 for platform fees. In this case $10.
Part 3
– User D, the original content creator takes 50% of the $90. In this case, $45.
– User C gets 33.3% (1/3) of the original $90 generated. In this case, $29.70
– User B gets 11.1% (1/3 of 1/3 = 1/9) of the original $90 generated. In this case $9.99
– User A gets 3.70% (1/3 of 1/3 of 1/3 = 1/27) of the original $90 generated. In this case $3.33
– This is what we call the rule of infinite thirds"

It is sort of like pinterest, in you have to be invited to join, so naturally friends I am inviting you! Here is my shortcode if you would like to come and join me in this new Social Media adventure!

It has a very Facebookish feel to it.  It is really easy to navigate, and they don't limit who sees your posts.  If someone is following you, they see your posts.  If you are friends with someone, they can see your posts and you can see theirs.  You can read more about it HERE!

It is free to sign up and is all the rage!  Come join me...you know  you want to!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Writing Workshop Wednesday: Mini-lesson 1: Where do you get ideas?

Thank you to Educasong, Kimberley Geswein, and Creative Clips!
I used their wonderful products to make my button!

Okay!  Onto Writer's Workshop stuff!
I LOVE teaching writing.  Am I really that good at it?
I don't think that I really am, but I enjoy it, so it makes it seem like I am good at writing.  :)

I have been working really hard this year to try to do my mini-lessons in a sequence that makes sense.  It makes sense to me at least!

Of course I started with building stamina for Writer's Workshop.  If you are interested is seeing our daily routine check out the post HERE.

Now that we are into the routine, we get down to the nitty gritty!

The first lessons that I do are to introduce our classroom writing goals for the year.  You can read more about my classroom goals and our Writing Notebooks HERE.

I start every W.W. with a mini-lesson.  Sometimes I model writing.  Sometimes it is a grammar lesson, sometimes I share what a classmate has written.  It just depends on what we are working on. 
Our lessons always fits into our two goals:
My audience CAN read what I write.
My audience WANTS to read what I write.

 I try to vary my lessons so that I cover what I need to cover and we don't get hung up on one topic.

Monday: What do Writer's Write?
Tuesday: Grammar (sometimes Mentor Sentences)
Wednesday: How to make our writing so that other want to read it.
Thursday: How to write so others can read what we write (conventions).

We don't always have W.W. on Friday's because we switch for "Non-fiction" Fridays (science, social studies, and health).  So if we do have W.W. that day it is usually something fun.  Do I stick to this schedule all of the time?  No.  I am a pretty go with the flow kind of teacher.

I was at a workshop one time where the presenter mentioned that if you don't want the kiddos to copy off of what you write about, write about things that they can't or don't do.  Funny, I am infamous among my students for writing about doing laundry.  They find it interesting that I can find so many ways to write about doing laundry, and I have so many laundry adventures!  
We decided as a class that having a good Idea is important to help us meet our goal of "My audience wants to read what I write".

So, 
 we start working on Ideas.  Where do ideas come from?  What kinds of things do writer's write about?  
Then, we work on making some lists.
Here are the pages that we used to do our brainstorming.

First, we talk about things that we like.  This list usually is where you get "Video Games", "Ice Cream", "My Family".  We talk about what kinds of things make good topics for stories.  
We write one idea in each heart. 



But, we also talk about how sometimes good stories come from those things that we don't like.  So we also make a list ideas of things to write about that we don't like.  This is usually a lot of fun.  It is generally good for some grossness and some giggles. We right one thing we don't like in each "Stop Sign".


Click on the picture above to get your own "Things I don't like" freebie!

Of course, then we share with our partners what we are thinking about writing about during writing time and go off to write.  We usually have a lot of good ideas after this lesson.


What would be on your "Things I don't like list?"  Bugs are always on mine!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bright Ideas! Volunteer Spot


Howdy y'all!  I am so excited to share with you a new website (okay, so it is new to me) that a colleague of mine shared!  It is called:
Volunteer Spot Logo

This is a free online sign up sheet!  Oh my goodness!
You can create sign up sheets for volunteers or classroom donations.  Parents go on-line and sign up for a spot using their e-mail address (they don't have to create an account), and then, Volunteer Spot will even send them a reminder
 e-mail!  
So, I am trying it for our upcoming pumpkin math.
It only took about 5 min. to set it up.
I have it set it up for parents to sign up to send in pumpkins and or come in to volunteer that day.
When someone signs up, it takes off a slot so that only the allotted number of people can sign up.
Once I have it all set up, I can share it with my parents in a number of ways.  I can e-mail them right through Volunteer Spot, I can send them the link, or through social media avenues.  I chose to e-mail the link to the sign up to my parents. 

I also plan to use this to schedule my upcoming Parent Conferences.  It will e-mail you (or not depending on how you set it up) when someone signs up.  You can also print out your schedule once Parents have signed up.  
When I set up my parent conferences, I put in a time range and increment (our conferences are 15 min.) and it set up all the spots that I needed.  Only one parent per slot can sign up.  It is super easy to add or delete slots as well.  It also gives parents the option to swap spots with someone if needed! 

 I am so excited about this site!
It says on their homepage you can even collect money! 
I hope you will find this site useful too!
Volunteer Spot Logo
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While you are at it, check out these other amazing bright ideas!



Friday, October 10, 2014

Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!! Scare and Share! Freebies and $1 sale!





Hello everyone!  I am sooooooo excited to be linking up with some amazing Indiana Teacher Bloggers to bring you Scare and Share!  You will find some incredible freebies and some great deals on some great products!  Have a great time!  Thanks so much for stopping by.

So, first up my FREEBIE!
Doubles Zombie!  A frightening math game.

This is my students favorite math game!  It's so much fun, they forget that they are practicing their doubles facts!

And...here are my items that are on sale for just $1

October Pick a Prompt! My first item is one of my Pick a Prompt products.  These are fun writing prompts that help the kiddos to get writing.  They have a choice of a character, a setting and a plot, then they write the story to go with it!  Check out the preview for a freebie prompt!

     Zombie!  Addition Game! Next, is the addition facts version of my Zombie game!  This game has all of the addition facts from 0+0 to 12+12!  

Word Collector for Reading and Writing Last, but not least is my newly revised and updated Word Collector!  My kiddos use their to collect fun and interesting words while they are reading to use when they are writing!

I hope that you are enjoying your freebies and your shopping today!  The next stop on the hop are my friends at Primary Possibilities! 
Primary Possibilities

Don't forget to check out these amazing one dollar deals while you are hoppin about!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Charlie and the Curious Club: Candy or Medicine? and a giveaway!

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Hello!  Today I am reviewing a book by my friend Erainna Winnett from Counseling with Heart.

This story is a perfect one to read during Red Ribbon Week!
It is about a little boy and his friend who are curious about EVERYTHING!
When a new neighbor and her parrot moves in, of course they have to investigate.
While they are visiting they find some "candy" in a funny box.
They quickly learn that it is not candy!  Their neighbor kindly explains about her medications and gives them a book about what could happen if they take medication that isn't for them.  She lets the Curious Club borrow the book if they promise to tell their friends about what they have learned!

This story is very appropriate for second grade students!  The illustrations are bright and vibrant, and the message is easy for the kiddos to grasp.

I will be using it as a starting point during Red Ribbon Week to talk about the difference between medication and "bad" drugs.

In class this week I used this book to start a discussion on curiosity.  We discussed things that we were curious about and decided some of our ideas would make great writing topics!  We added using our curiosity to find writing ideas to our writing board!  The kiddos came up with some wonderful ideas!
If you are interested in this book, or other similar books you can find them here along with activity sheets and other goodies:
Or, you can click on the picture of the book at the top and it will take you directly to Charlie and the Curious Club!

Erainna has also generously donated 3 copies of her book for me to giveaway to my dear followers!  Just enter to win in the Rafflecopter below!  Good luck!
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