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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

It's About Time, Teachers, for the Election!

Have you gathered your resources for teaching about the election?  You may be interested in these:

Election Hink Pinks, et al. task cards are perfect for working on vocabulary associated with elections, presidents, and civics.  The terms can be sophisitcated, suggesting that upper elementary and middle school students are the prime audience.  

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Encourage research with these Presidential Trivia Task Cards.  Your upper elementary students will uncover interesting and fun facts about presidents and the presidency.

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Patriotic Squares are differentiated, critical thinking activities that can be employed in any elementary classroom.  While not specifically related to elections, they are patriotic.  Oh, and they are such a fun way to build up to Sudoku!

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SCRATTLE is a FREE differentiated, math & literacy, learning center activity. As in Scrabble™, students use a set of letters to create words. They then calculate each word’s score using the letter values. Finally, they engage a friend in a battle wherein they compare their scores using >, <, and =.  Like Patriotic Squares, this fun product is patriotic; not specifically related to the election.  Math skills required range from simple addition  to mixed operations. Thus, SCRATTLE can be used in 1st to 6th grades.

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RED, WHITE, & BLUE COMPOUND WORDS literacy center is not election related.  It is patriotic in nature and thus, may be appropriate to primary classrooms during the election season.

All of these resources, except the Election Hink Pinks, et al., are appropriate for any patriotic holiday (Veterans Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Indepence Day) and thus can be used throughout the year(s).

Enjoy the resources and remember to vote!

Monday, October 12, 2020


It's that pumpkin time of year...

Like so many of you, I'm relishing this special time.  So armed with my pumpkin spice latte, I'd like to share some pumpkin ideas for your classroom.
First up is a FREEBIE! Create a pumpkin bulletin board with How Many Ways? Math Challenge - Fall EditionThis is a fun, open ended, critical thinking math challenge that covers a bulletin board for a month or more. Use it as an anchor activity, math center, sponge activity, or a challenge for fast finishers.  Similar to Boggle(TM), your learners seek to arrive at a target number in many different ways.  It may be easily adapted to any elementary grade level and provides differentiation within a single classroom.

Another pumpkin activity is Pumpkinoes, a math center that is differentiated to use in any elementary classroom.  This domino style activity exercises counting & cardinality, composing & decomposing numbers, even & odd numbers, greater than & less than, basic operations, and Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS).

Pumpkin Squares is another differentiated, critical thinking activity that can be used in any elementary classroom.  The tasks progress in difficulty while honing the deductive reasoning necessary to eventually solve a Sudoku puzzle. 

Jazzy Jack-o'-Lanterns is another FREEBIE.  It challenges your students' creativity and is intended to be used as an enrichment activity that is completed at home.

I hope you enjoy your pumpkin time.

Monday, August 3, 2020


It's about time, teachers, for TPT's BACK TO SCHOOL sale.

When you use the code BTS20, you will get 25% off everything in my store on 8/4 & 8/5.  My store will continue to be on sale on 8/6.  Everything will be 20% off on that day.

Happy shopping!

Saturday, July 25, 2020



If you follow my blog, you know that I'm passionate about poetry.  I love writing instructional poetry and I love teaching WITH poetry.  Teaching WITH poetry does not mean specifically teaching "poetry," as in figurative language, iambic pentameter, sonnets, etc.  While I do teach those things when appropriate, I use poetry to teach reading skills, science, math, social studies, and a whole lot more.  To that end, I have a line of products called POETRY POSSIBILITIES.

I find it rewarding to take a poem and parse it for all the lessons hiding inside it.  Here's a sample to illustrate what POETRY POSSIBILITIES are all about --

Are you skeptical about teaching math with poems?  Check out this poem from Back to School Poetry Possibilities and its potential math lessons:

Many of the possibilities are completely adaptable to distance learning.

POETRY POSSIBILITIES are well received by teachers.  
I'm confident you'll like them, too!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020


Help me celebrate my birthday!
I'm throwing a BIRTHDAY BASH in which a set of products will be 1/2 price for 1 day. Come back each day to see what has been featured.
Today's special is CLASSROOM DECOR. More than 100 products are 50% off today. Check it out!

Friday, June 19, 2020


It's about time, teachers, for 

This bundle contains 7 phonics sorts literacy centers.  
  • Two centers focus on consonant sounds
  • 4 concentrate on vowel and vowel digraph sounds 
  • One offers practice with initial consonant blends
  • Two centers are seasonal; the others are not. 
  • Four of the centers provide word/picture cards for sorting while one supplies pictures only. These centers provide more support for early readers. 
  • Two centers supply word cards only, making them more challenging. 
  • Three centers are ideal for book extensions: Owl and Crow Phonics Sort pairs with Barn Dance by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault and is included in my thematic unit, Hoedown!Bat Blends Phonics Sort and Bats and Bridges Phonics Sort work well with Jannelle Cannon's, Stellaluna. Both bat phonics sorts are included in my thematic unit, Hanging Out with Stellaluna.

By purchasing the bundle, you will save 20%.    

Wednesday, June 17, 2020


It's about time, teachers, to create

This amazing bundle saves you 20% on a dozen products that will transform your classroom into a panda paradise.  You will love it as much as your students do.  

It's about time to start thinking about your new classroom decor!

BTW, this collection is also available in red and black.  Same products; different color theme.