Monday, December 15, 2014

Oh, (Rein)deer!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

There are just so many wonderful things that your students want to learn about at this time of year! I love to pull out the elements of seasonal celebrations and use them to create mini thematic studies. You'll find a blend of science, movement, literacy, and math in these activities about reindeer.

For second and third grades, try some non-fiction reading about reindeer with this freebie from A Grace Filled Classroom. Part of a larger set, this free sampler includes the great page you see here (perfect for use with a doc camera!), a graphic organizer/response to reading page, and a comprehension check which will also give you lots of info about your students' mastery of non-fiction text terminology.

Getting the wiggles out is harder than ever at this time of year! Look at this sweet little variation on the Hokey Pokey that I came across on YouTube from Kiboomu. At any other time of year, I might suggest PreK-1 for this, but right now I bet there are some desperate second grade teachers with students who'd love to be doing this fun little dance!
Click here to see it!

Who but primary teachers has not one but many favorite reindeer books? One of my top-of-the-list favorites is Jan Brett's The Wild Christmas Reindeer.  I love this story about how Teeka struggles to prepare the reluctant reindeer for Santa's flight and learns something about herself in the process, but my favorite  thing is the expressions on the faces of the reindeer!  After you read it to your class, take a teaching hint from the blog of my friend Tara at The Math Maniac. Check out her great post about writing math story problems based on literature.

For more math, here's some reindeer math review for second grade, new at my TpT store. When your students play Rudy!, they'll practice addition, subtraction, missing addends, features of geometric shapes, adding and subtracting tens, and more. Here are the twists that keep this review game fun and fast-paced:  Get a card with an answer of eight (you know, like the "eight little reindeer"!) - put all of your cards back in the bag. Get a "Rudy!" card - give one of your cards to any other player. There are two ways to win - get any eight cards, or collect five reindeer, each wearing a different color Santa hat.


Do you have a favorite reindeer book or activity that you've used with your class?

Happy Teaching!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Two Seasoned Freebies Find New Homes!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Have you ever been in a meeting where some of the less-than-young teachers are referred to as "old teachers"? If doesn't much matter whether you're 59 or 29, it's just not the most endearing title in the world. I've heard the term veteran teachers, which kind of makes it sound like we've been in the trenches... well, some days... yes, that's true! I've also heard the title "seasoned teachers", and I kind of like that one!

So, here are some freebies that are "seasoned". I'm a believer in once-free-always-free, but I know that my store also needed some housecleaning.  These freebies have been at TpT for a while. In fact, both were included in earlier editions of the famous TpT Freebie Ebooks.  Now I've shined up these oldies but goodies and moved them to a new home here!

The first freebie is a set of cut-apart puzzles for the 120 chart.

You can now find these six puzzles in two places. They're free in the preview of Rowdy Robots ~ Activities for the 120 Chart. Coincidentally ... no, really, coincidentally! ... this set is half price today (12/11/14) for the My Favorite Things Blog Hop and Giveaway!
Or you can download the puzzles from Google Drive by clicking here.
The second freebie is a fun December activity that will build your students' familiarity with the vocabulary specific to this month's holidays. It will put a little bit of shaking action in your literacy centers, with the hope of channeling some of that extra energy all your little learners have this month!
You'll now find Shake-a-Bottle for December Holidays only here on this blog, downloadable at Google Drive.

Enjoy these seasoned freebies ... with a little extra oregano and thyme, or whatever suits your fancy! ;)

Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Place Value Riddles for 2015 - a Freebie for You!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Do you like to have some fresh new centers ready for your classroom before  you go on a break? Me, too! The first days back are always so exhausting, so doing something ahead of time is a little gift to yourself!

If you teach second through fourth grade, I hope you'll enjoy using this new year freebie in your math centers for January. It's a set of ten riddle task cards for four digit numbers. The twist is that each and every one of the answers uses only the numbers 2, 0, 1, and 5. Happy 2015!

  Click here to download it at my TpT store.
It's not too late to enter the giveaway at the My Favorite Things Blog Hop - 65 teachers have donated some amazing prizes, and they're all also offering their featured resources at 50% off this week! You can find the discounted items easily as TpT - just search #myfavoritethings2014!

Happy Teaching!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Our Favorite Things Blog Hop

Hi, Teaching Friends!

I've been hinting at something REALLY BIG coming ... and here it IS!!!

I'm thrilled to be part of the My Favorite Things Blog Hop! This wait-until-you-see-how-amazing-it-is hop was organized by the wonderful Laura Graham of Where The Magic Happens, with the assistance of her very capable elves, Krista Mahan and Lisa Goodman.

More than 65 teacher/bloggers have joined up for this one! We're all going to follow the lead from "The Sound of Music" and share our "raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens" favorites with you ... just so we can all get to know each other better ... and maybe you'll discover some new and wonderful things that will become your favorites, too!

So, here are a few of mine!

Choosing one favorite restaurant is tough!  My husband really likes to eat out, and although I don't ever mind cooking, all I need is for him to mention eating out and I'm practically in the car and ready to go!  We're not heavy eaters or connoisseurs of fancy stuff.  We like main course salads and lighter healthy meals (with the occasional fall-off-the-healthy-wagon, of course!). We are  I am a big fan of coupons and discounts (why not eat out twice for the same amount of money, right?), so Groupon and the like tend to be one of the ways we find new places to try.

One of our most recent discoveries is a place called Nino's Coal-Fired Pizza, and wow, that's moved quickly to the top of our current Favorites List!

We've been there for both lunch and dinner and always been very happy with our meals. Sample: one day for lunch we shared the special, an individual Margharita pizza (12 inches), then shared an individual chopped salad ($6.95, more than enough for two, and they offered to plate it separately for us), and soft drinks. The bill was well under $20 with the tip included. Did I mention that they serve complimentary bruschetta ... with complimentary refills for the piggies amongst us? If you live near Ocean or Monmouth County, NJ , or maybe you vacation at our beautiful beaches, I definitely recommend trying one of Nino's four locations!

Fav # 2:  Favorite School Supplies

I love things that really work the way they promise (like that now-famous pencil sharpener!), and I also love convenience, as in not having to sprint across the building to make two cuts with the paper cutter. So sometimes I indulge in something that's more of a want than a need. Here's an example of that, my beloved long-arm stapler. Makes me happy! :)  What's your favorite school supply? Leave a comment to help someone else discover a new treat!

Fav #3: Favorite Place to Shop

Another tough choice. As in eating out, I tend to the thrifty side. I'd rather have the variety of three or four purses bought over time,using the magic trifecta of clearance, 30% off coupon, and Kohl's cash, than have one schmancy famous name bag that I'd want to last forever just because of the price. So, Kohl's was a definite possibility (oxymoron!) for this choice. But this one topped even Kohl's.

I love the convenience of one-stop shopping at Target, but I also love the panache ... there a reason we all call it Tar-JHAY! Reasonable, fun shopping, with just enough edgy style for me! Like all of you, I am magnetically sucked right to The Dollar Spot. I like that they have teacher conveniences like sticky notes and crayons, but I really love the "imagination stuff", like, how can I use these cute felt reindeer buckets in my literacy centers? They have the goods to give your classroom extra pizzazz!

I'm thinking you may have noticed that cute little gift card on the picture above. Did you notice that the sweet birdies look a lot like the ones on my logo? No coincidence there! Hmmm... bet you'd like to have an extra $20 to spend at Target.

You CAN!

There are seven gigundo gift packs in this giveaway, and there are 3 Target cards tucked in with all of the other goodies. Check the list below, and enter the Rafflecopter to win.  I'd LOVE to see the names of some of my sweet followers on the Winners List!

In addition to all this let's-get-personal sharing and giveaway fun, all of the bloggers on this hop are going to be sharing some super deals at our Teachers Pay Teachers stores this week!

Here's my plan: Each morning, you'll find four new featured items in my shop {those four pictures that are across the top of TpT store pages} marked down 50%. The sale price will be in effect until the next morning - when I'll put in four different resources for half price!

You can see them at my store by clicking here or going to the category "#myfavoritethings2014" in my Custom Categories List. I'll also be posting the featured specials every day this week on my Facebook page.  In fact, search for #myfavoritethings2014 at TpT to find lots of other items that are half off during this hop!

Here are my featured half-price items for today, 12/7.

Okay, friends, here it is... start hoppin'! Have a great time, and good luck!

Because we value our followers and wanted to treat you to our favorite things Oprah style, we have put together the best giveaway of the season! My bloggy friends and I welcome you to the best, biggest, most cheerful event of the season:

7 winners for 7 prize packs!

Come and enter the giveaway and check out my bloggy friends' favorite things:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, December 5, 2014

News of This'n'That

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Just stopping by with four bits of news for you!

1. It's Friday!! Which means two things ... you've survived the first week of December in school (yay!!), and you can collect some neat freebies at Teaching Blog Addict Freebie Friday! It's the place to find great freebies every Friday!

2.  If you're a Jan Brett fan, visit my post today at Teaching Blog Roundup to find a way to incorporate math with your author study.

3.  Like riddles? All of the themed riddle sets in my Teachers Notebook are on sale this week! $2.45 each through Sunday.

4. Does anybody here love this store?

Check back here again on Sunday for the beginning of the My Favorite Things Blog Hop to find out why in the world I would ask you such a silly question! (and they say there's no such thing as a silly question - hah!)

Happy Weekend!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday Sale Linky Party and Bonus Sale on 120 Chart Activities

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Are you ready for some great deals? Now's the time! The prices on all of my resources are reduced
by 20% at both my Teachers Notebook and Teachers Pay Teachers stores!

Teacher's Notebook: The sale continues through Tuesday, and you can get an extra 10% off with the code TG2014.

Teachers Pay Teachers: The sale begins tomorrow and continues through Tuesday. Get your extra 10% off with the checkout code TPTCYBER.  I'm extending my own sale at TpT (20%) through Wednesday, in my tradition of helping out the other procrastinators like me. ;)

To add some extra fun, I've further reduced the price of one of my newest resources, Rowdy Robots on the 120 Chart. You'll get over 80 more pages of fun activities like these, at less than half of the usual price!

Want to sample before you buy? Download the preview for free six FREE 120 chart puzzles, plus a complete look at what's in this set!

Follow my FB page, Primary Inspiration Teaching Resources by Linda Nelson, to find out about other less-than-half-price Flash Specials throughout Monday and Tuesday!
Some of my blogging friend have gotten together to offer you other super price reductions like this one. Follow these links to discover the great bargains!


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