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Saturday, June 11, 2016

$25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway!

A group of fellow bloggers and Teachers Pay Teachers authors have gotten together to give away a $25 TpT gift card! This is an opportunity you won't want to miss!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summer Laziness Points System: Reward Yourself

While I know not all teachers are on summer vacation right now, I am. And believe me, I am enjoying every minute of it. My laziness has definitely been out in full force. Of course, part of me feels guilty for sitting around instead of working. I sometimes have this overwhelming need to start planning for next year already. (That's when I spend an hour or two on Pinterest.) But most of me knows that teachers need to recharge over the summer. After all, we worked very hard over the past 10 months. We've earned this. So this summer, I've decided to start a teacher laziness points system.

Here's how it works:
Every time you complete one of the following relaxing activities, you earn a certain number of points. Feel free to add any of your own relaxing activities to this list.

*5 points for every cup of coffee you drink (Give yourself an extra 20 points if you go out for coffee with a friend.)
*10 points for every t.v. show you watch and 30 points for every movie you finish (After all, who has time to watch whole movies during the school year?)
*10 points for every time you order take out or go out to eat instead of cooking a huge supper
*15 points for every book you read this summer

*15 points for every half hour you spend doing something just for fun (like coloring, knitting, gardening, scrapbooking, or any other hobby)
*15 points for getting a manicure or pedicure or both
*20 points for every morning you sleep in past 8 (You've also earned another 20 points for any night that you manage to stay up past 10:00.) I have a child that likes to wake up at 5:30 every morning so I will never earn the first 20 points, but I may manage to stay up past 10 some nights this summer. 
*50 points for any project that you keep meaning to do but never seem to have time for
*100 points for a family vacation or road trip

Remember, you've earned this lazy, relaxing feeling. So instead of spending all summer planning for next year, let's spend our summer reveling in our laziness instead. 
(For even more fun, you could treat yourself to a reward for every 100 lazy points that you earn. A Starbucks or a new book would be my rewards of choice, but you can come up with your own rewards!)

How many points have you earned so far this summer?

Friday, June 3, 2016

Fun Summer Ideas for Your Students: Pinterest Pick 3

June is here which means it is time for the monthly Pick 3 Pinterest link up hosted by Lisa at Pawsitively Teaching.

Summer is right around the corner (or here for some of us), and this month's Pinterest picks are full of summer fun for you and your students (or children if you are already out of school).

My mom and I used this pin idea as an end of the year gift for our students. She found sidewalk chalk at the Dollar Store, but you can grab it in large packages just about anywhere. We divided the chalk into baggies with 3 pieces of chalk in each bag. Then we simply printed off some cute labels and stapled them to the top of the baggie. It was both easy and inexpensive. And our students LOVED their fun gift!

We all know how important it is for our students to keep reading over the summer. After all reading every day is one of the best ways for our students to retain the progress they have gained in reading throughout the school year. This free reading scavenger hunt is a great way to keep your students reading over the summer in lots of fun ways and places. 

I'm so thankful that my son has finally started loving to read. (The Warriors series has him hooked!)

This article from Buzzfeed gives you so many fun ideas for summer. The best part is the fact that all the items used come from the Dollar Store! Some of these activities would also be perfect for an end of the year game day or class party.

You can find even more fun summer ideas on my Summer Pinterest Board.

I hope these ideas make your end of the year (or start of summer) a little bit easier and less hectic. Make sure you stop by some of the blogs below to find some more great pins for this month.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Winner Wednesday: Addition Properties Sort

Happy Wednesday everyone!! Winner Wednesday is back, and I am excited to be giving away one of my most popular products. 

In our math curriculum, we teach the 3 properties of addition fairly early in the school year. It's not a super difficult concept, but I find that my students often need a little more practice to make the properties stick in their minds. 
One fun way to introduce the addition properties is to use students to act out the properties. 
For the commutative property, have two students stand at the front of the room. Then have the two students trade places. Point out to the class that the students haven't changed. They have just moved places. 
To introduce the associative property, have two students stand inside a large circle such as a hula hoop. Have another student stand outside the circle. Next have one of the students in the hula hoop trade places with the student outside the hula hoop. Again remind your class that while the students may have changed places, the actual students have not changed. 
The identity property only involves one student coming to the front of the room. Ask your class if the student is changed at all if no more students come to the front. 
Using students to act out the properties is a fun way to introduce this concept so that your students will remember it better.

After we have introduced the addition properties and done several examples on the board, I like to use this equation sort as another chance to practice what they have learned. I usually put this out at a math center after we have studied the properties in class together. 

Addition Properties Equation Sort

This is a simple and fun activity for students. They simply read each math equation and sort it under the correct addition property heading card.  You can then have the students write each equation under the correct heading on the recording page.

You can win our own copy of my Addition Properties Equation Sort. Simply enter your name in the rafflecopter below. I will choose a winner on Thursday and email them a copy of the sort.
Good luck!

Remember to stop by Sara J Creations or A Dab of Glue Will Do to enter to win more amazing products!