Saturday, August 20, 2016

Back to School Giveaway!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Whether you're adding the finishing touches to your classroom as the Big Day approaches or your school year is already moving full steam ahead, there are certain little touches that we as teachers always appreciate.

You know the kinds of things I mean ...

... bulletin boards with none of last year's staples still stuck in them, class lists that won't change (as if that ever happens!), finding the just-right folders at the just-right price... and, of course, quality pencils with a pencil sharpener that really works!

Would you like to win this Classroom Friendly Supplies pencil sharpener, along with a set of Ticonderoga pencils?

We all know that Ticonderoga pencils are The.Best. The lead is centered, the point lasts, and there's no cute but annoying glittery stuff on the outside so the pencil is not half eaten up each time you sharpen.

And the Classroom Friendly Sharpener? Oh, my, this is a GOOD one! If you haven't heard about this efficient and QUIET (seriously!) sharpener, check it out here! {This is a referral link. If you choose to buy a sharpener via the Classroom Friendly Supplies site, I'll receive a small commission which will not add to your price.}

And just for the little extra boost you deserve at this time of year, would you also like the resource of your choice from my Teachers Pay Teachers store?

Well, then, let's have a quick Back to School Giveaway!

Entering this one is easy-peasy ... nothing to follow. Just head over to my store and let me know with your entry which resource you'd choose. That's it!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Back to School Math Games ... Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

It's time for another blog hop (and great big giveaway!) with my friends at I Teach K-2! {Pssst! Be sure to read to the end for a freebie!}

You can find so many great activities on Pinterest and at TpT for the first weeks of school, emphasizing community building, establishing and practicing classroom rules, and setting the tone for your learning environment. But chances are you already have a great tool in your arsenal for this - partner math games! Think games like roll and cover, four in a row, and bump - you've already got 'em, right? Have you considered including partner math games as a part of your back to school activities?

Here's a quick rundown on the great value of time spent on partner games at the beginning of school.

You've spent the time with your students creating, discussing, and modeling the rules. Now's the time to practice them. Review your rules briefly before you send your partners off to play partner games. Then, after the games, gather the class together and go through the rules again one by one. Have your students  decide on an overall rating of how they think they did with the rules ( a range of happy faces or not so good/okay/very good work well as ratings for K-1s). You could even chart the results for a few days to look for improvement.

Partner games encourage one-to-one conversation, to get to know new classmates up close and personal. Consider tossing out a quick "getting to know you" question before partners begin their games ... "Ask your partner what their favorite playground game is", "Find out your partner's favorite color", etc.  Build relationships even more by switching partners frequently!

Using polite words, taking turns, knowing how to be a good winner and a good loser - there will be lots of opportunities to reinforce these critical social skills when your students play partner games.

Game time is a great time for informal observation of your students' skills.  At back to school time, choosing games that use skills from the previous grade level will give you a quick overview of who and what needs reviewing. Just jot some quick notes for yourself as you cruise the room!

Game time may also give you a few moments to sneak in some one-on-one assessments. Uninterrupted time for assessment early in the year? Wow, that's a bonus!!

The first few weeks of your math curriculum are likely to be very heavy on review. Choose the topics of your games carefully and your students may well surprise you with how quickly you can move through those early lessons!

Let your students see right from the beginning that your classroom is a place where learning will be fun, but also a place where academics are the number one priority!  Playing games will remind your students that there are many ways to learn, and that learning is fun!

Could you use a few more partner math games to keep the fun in learning and in teaching in your classroom? Here are two free games that are single-page-no-cards-to-print-or-cut. Got to love easy prep, especially when your poor hands are sore from all that laminating and cutting you've been doing late into the night! These games are samples from a brand new kindergarten set of 20 partner math games - that means they'll be perfect to use for your first graders as back to school math (or for K teachers to use all year!).  Click here to see the whole set at my TpT store! Click here or on the picture to get your two free games.

Now, on to the August Giveaway! Oooohhh, the prizes we have for you this month!! 

Thanks for stopping by Primary Inspiration! Don't miss out on these other great freebies and back to school ideas that my I Teach K-2 blogging friends have for you!

Monday, August 1, 2016

TpT Sale Time, Plus a Giveaway to Help Your Shopping!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

It's time to do the Back to School Shuffle ... or maybe it's the Back to School Jitterbug? Whatever it is, it's one fast moving and energetic dance that will definitely have you huffin' and puffin'!  Whether you've already started with your new sweeties or will be very soon, you'll be glad to hear that the great big Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale will be tomorrow and Tuesday, August 1st and 2nd.

Thanks to Whitney Shaddock of The First Grade Roundup  for this cute sale image!

Everything in my store will be 20% off, which means you'll save 28% when you enter the code BestYear at checkout. Way to stretch those classroom dollars!

*** If you're a follower at my TpT store, check your TpT Inbox (you'll have to sign in first) to find a note from me with your exclusive Followers' Thank You, this set of compare and contrast task cards. Not a follower yet? Sign up today so you'll be sure to get the next freebie!

I'll take just a moment of your time to tell you about a few resources that will bring some extra fun into your classroom this year!

Whether you're new to teaching or just changed grade levels, this first grade bundle will give you loads of activities and ideas for a strong start! 

Here's a set that will get your firsties right in gear by reviewing kindergarten skills ... and what's more fun than an everything-on-wheels theme?

Lastly, here are my two newest resources.  If you've been using 100 Riddles for the Hundred Chart (1st-2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th-5th grade), you'll love these fun companion sets of 100 clip away cards for one to 100. Super engaging for your math centers!

So, let's have a little giveaway to help you stretch your spending at the #BestYearEver sale! One winner will receive $20 in resources of their choice from my store plus a $10 gift card to use wherever and whenever you'd like on TpT. {Did you know that many of these gift cards that you're seeing being given away all over social media ... including this one!... were generously donated by TpT? TT is the BEST!!} I'll send your prize out bright and early on Tuesday morning so you'll have plenty of time for shopping!

Thanks to all who entered, and congratulations to Tracy ... check your email! :)

Happy Teaching!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Clip Away Cards: Giveaway Update and a Great Deal!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

I  hope you're having a wonderful summer Sunday! Just a quick update for you today ...

Congratulations to Amy, Kerry, and Gina, who are the winners of the giveaway of 100 Clip Away Cards for Numbers One to 100!  Many thanks to all who entered!!

This set has now been posted, and you can find it here in my TpT store! Bonus: This resource is just $3 today ... well, actually until I get up tomorrow morning, because I know that many of your "todays" go on long after my US Eastern Daylight Savings Time bedtime! ;)

To find out more about what makes Clip Away Cards different from clip cards and why they'd make a great addition to your classroom, take a moment to link back here.  Thanks!

Happy Teaching!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

More Math and Deeper Thinking with Clip Away Cards - A Giveaway!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Recently I shared with you two sets of free clip cards, and some thoughts about why clip cards are a great addition to your classroom.

If your students love clip cards but you're looking for something a bit different ...

Let me introduce you to Clip Away Cards!

If you are already using this set of 100 math riddle cards...

... or the same riddles in poster format ...

... then you'll already know that each card has a multi-step riddle whose answer is a number from one through 100.  They're a fun addition to your calendar time and great for spiraled review all year!  Here's what a few customers said about the riddle cards.

Most of the riddles in these sets are pretty much identical. Here's a card from the first set.

Here's what the same riddle looks like as a Clip Away Card.

As you can see, students will solve the riddles on the clip cards independently, using one clue at a time to eliminate options and then clip (or "clip away") the numbers with a mini-clothespin or a binder clip as they eliminate them. The answer is the number that isn't clipped when all others have been clipped away.

The amount of math and reasoning is the same in both sets, but the Clip Away Cards allow your students more independence through offering the support of answer options being provided. If your students take standardized tests (boo!), you can use these cards to model the importance of reading the question all the way though before deciding on an answer.

These sets are great companion resources. Use the original riddle card set or the poster set to teach the processes of attending to key details, making inferences, and eliminating the answers that don't fit. Then bring out the Clip Away Cards and use them for...

*  Math center activities. Put the all cards in a basket, or join sets of ten on rings.
*  Morning warm-ups or exit cards
*  Parent volunteers or tutors.  Great for filling those extra moments when there's not enough time to  start something new.
*  Math interventionists.  To bring an added level of rigor to your practice of operations and place  value.
*  Family Math Night. Set up a station with a few cards to keep parents actively engaged in solving these with their children.

Would you like to win a set of these Clip Away Cards before they're even posted in my store?

I'd love to choose a few winners! The requirement for entering is super simple - no following anything, just one simple question to answer!  I'd really appreciate it if you'd share this giveaway with your friends.  Thanks!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Christmas in July Hop - Winter Math Freebies and a HUGE Giveaway!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

I'm celebrating a fun summer event with some of my K-2 blogging buddies! Welcome to the I Teach K-2 Christmas in July Blog Hop!

Isn't that sandy snowman the cutest? Many thanks to the gracious and talented Jen Lium of Teaching in the Tongass for creating the images for this blog hop! Please visit her store to see more of her beautiful work!

Since I've been working on updating and packing more learning into some of my resources, I thought I'd give you the inside scoop today on some of the additions ... and share a few with you as freebies!
In keeping with our Christmas theme, both of these are part of winter math sets, one for kindergarten and the other for first and second grade.

Clip cards are always a popular and versatile math practice activity for little learners.

     * As a teacher of struggling students for more than ten years, I value clip cards for their differentiation factor. Supplying three possible answers makes the task just a bit easier than coming up with the answer with no support given.

     * Clip cards are also an easy tool to use in centers, especially since you can make them self-checking by using a sharpie pen to put a dot by the correct answer.

     * A little more work on strengthening the pincer grip is never a bad thing! Try using clothespins or mini-binder clips to have your students show the correct answer.

This set of a dozen clip cards for PreK and kindergarten provides practice with identifying representations of teen numbers, plus some sneak-it-in skills practice with reading teen numbers using ten frames, and counting on from ten. Try them in math tubs or math centers, for independent practice or partner work.

It's just been added to this winter math set for PreK and kindergarten. You'll find a total of 18 cards in the paid resource, in addition to seven other games and hands-on activities. If you already own this set, be sure to get your free upgraded version by logging in to your TpT account and going to your "My Purchases" page.

Here's your second winter math freebie, this time for first and second grade. It's a set of clip cards for practice with place value, specifically with subtracting multiples of ten from two digit numbers.

This set of clip cards has also been added to a larger resource pack, Winter Math Games for First Grade and Second Grade.

If you already own it, please download it again to receive the update.

Don't have these winter math sets yet? No worries! Both of these, along with all of the resources in my store (over 300!), are now 20% off in celebration of the Christmas in July Blog Hop! 

Now for the promised giveaway!! Can you believe these prizes??? Enter below!

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Don't miss out on all the great freebies you can collect at each stop on this hop! Just click below to visit all of the blogs that are participating!

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