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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Updated Freebie

Hey everyone!  I have just a quick blogpost about a freebie I've updated.  

It's the Aurasma How To Guide.  Aurasma updated both Aurasma Studio and the Aurasma app in August and there were some significant enough changes that I thought an updated how to guide would be useful.

To download the updated version, just click HERE.

I am presenting about Aurasma today with a friend of mine.  You can view our LiveBinder of our presentation HERE. Wish us luck!  =)

Friday, October 30, 2015

Monster-ously Fun Bookmarks

It's almost Halloween and it's the perfect time to pass out these fun "monster" bookmarks.

You can download this set of four bookmarks HERE for free.

Or purchase this set of 16 bookmarks which includes 8 color and 8 black and white bookmarks for students to color their own.  You can purchase this pack HERE.

And if you'd like a little freebie for yourself, you can download THIS free monster calendar.

Happy Boo Day!...a day early.  =)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Spooky Book Care Fun

$14.08 on Amazon

I love using the book Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Library Book by Karen Casale to teach about book care. This week I have been using this book with kindergarten classes and they are loving it, too. (They especially like when I make kissing sounds for the part about loving your book soooo much.  ha! ha! ha!)

After we read the book, I have them complete a little sheet to review what things are harmful and not harmful to library books.  You can download a free copy of this review sheet HERE.

What are your favorite books to use to review book care?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Creepy Fun

Creepy Carrots!
$12.58 on Amazon

I have been using the book Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds with my kindergarten and fourth grade classes for a little Halloween fun.

I am trying to get over a little cold and don't have much of a voice, so I found this YouTube video of someone reading the book and showed it to both my kindergarten and fourth grade classes.

For my kindergarten classes, we discussed what type of book this was...fiction...and what made it fiction.  Then I let them draw their own creepy carrot.  You can download the coloring sheet for free HERE.

Here are some of the finished products.  

You may remember from THIS post that one of my requirements, er, um, goals this year is to get STEM certified.  To do that, I have to teach 5 STEM lessons. I decided to do a STEM lesson based on this book.

I found THIS fun Creepy Carrots! STEM lesson  from Smart Chick Teaching Resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Students had to create a fence that would contain a carrot using the fewest number of craft sticks, but the fence had to be as high as the carrot was tall.

Here are a few of their project designs.  Some were more successful than others, but they all seemed to have a good time with it.

Overall, it was a pretty fun, if not creepy week.  What fun things do you do for Halloween?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Story Elements with a Spooky Twist

$13.80 on Amazon

One of my favorite stories to read leading up to Halloween is The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams.

I use the book to teach about the story element of character, setting and plot.  A couple of years ago I made a worksheet to go with the story.  You can snag this freebie HERE.

This year I came across a video that has a song that goes with the book. I played it for my PreK, K, and 1 classes. They loved patting their legs to the beat of the song and doing motions for all of the clothing items.  It's such a fun song!

What books do you like to use this time of year?

Monday, September 14, 2015

Monster Book Fair

We just finished with our fall book fair. Scholastic's theme for this book fair was a monster theme.

Lucky for me, I had made some products with a monster theme over the summer, so making signs to advertise the book fair was pretty easy.

My five year old also helped me advertise after he discovered the Clifford costume in all of the book fair stuff.

Setting up, on the other hand, wasn't as quick or easy.  It took about 8 hours.  Here's some quick peeks at the process.

The decorations on the table and the decorations hanging from the ceiling came from the Scholastic decorating kit which I was able to get for free from the Scholastic Dollars catalog by attending a book fair workshop and using my special code I received from my book fair rep.  Although it's valued at $69.99, I value it at a much higher price because it saves me from having to create a bunch of decor or from having to run around town to find items to match the theme.  

Before I moved out the bookcases and boxes, I went ahead and put the tablecloths on the table.  It saves me some time when unpacking to go ahead and have those on the table.

It took me about an hour to get to this point.  Keep in mind I was setting up on my own.  I did have a parent volunteer sign up to help set up,  but she was unable due to an unforeseen circumstance.

After about an hour and a half, all the boxes were in the sections where they were ready to be unpacked and the books inside of them put on display.

After about six hours, this is what the fair looked like.  It's the details that get me every time.  I do like to label as many books as I can with AR labels since we use AR at my school.  I also label each shelf with letters so when teachers are creating their wish lists, it is easy for them to put what shelf that book can be found on.  All of this takes time, but it is worth it for the fair to run smoothly the next week.

A good part of the set up time involves creating "doodad" board and organizing the "doodads." I forgot to snap a picture of our "doodad" board from this fair, but here's a picture of one from a previous fair.  I use a trifold board and tape one of each item to the board. I number each item.  Students can let the cashier know which item they want when they get up to the cashier.  It helps to prevent the little items from disappearing and since I began using the "doodad" board, more books are purchased than the junky stuff.  So it's worth the extra time.

I always dress up the front doors of the media center.  The students get very excited when they see these decorations go up because they know the book fair is just about to start.  This time around, I left these doors until the end. You can tell by my sad little monster over the door that I was a little tired by then.  But the kiddos still liked it, so I am good with it.

And now that the fair is over, I can smile about it all.  
It really was a "monster"ously good time.

Monday, August 3, 2015

#TpTBTS15 Reminder

Don't forget the TpT BIG Back to School Sale starts today.  

You can get 28% off my paid products during the sale with the promo code BTS15 at checkout.  Happy shopping!