Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tech-Tip Tuesday ~ Sidebar Gadgets

Tuesday's here....and I hope all of you in Sandy's path are hanging tight!

I had a reader ask about how to add a button to the sidebar of her blog last week.  I thought this would make a good Tech-Tip Tuesday because there may be others who want to know the same thing.

So thanks for the inspiration, Pat!  :)

{Overlook my Chihuahua, Spencer, who decided he wanted you to hear his 'voice' near the end of the tutorial.}

Hope this is useful to some of you!

Enjoy :)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Math Game Monday ~ Absolute Value Matching Game

Happy Monday of Halloween Week!  Woo-hoo!!!

Hold steady, friends, we'll make it through.

Today's Math Game Monday spotlights a game from several months ago.  It's been one of my best sellers!  You can use if for picking partners, a matching game, an early finisher activity, as a math center....you get the idea.

Review absolute value skills all year long!

I've made 35 cards in case you have an odd number of students {there are 3 cards for 20} and to allow you some flexibility about which cards to use if you have a smaller class or want to use just a few cards in a tutoring setting.

As always, I recommend printing on card stock and laminating for longer-lasting durability!

Leave me a comment, with your e-mail address, and I'll send the first 3 people a free set to their inboxes!

Enjoy :)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Barbara's Sunday Visit for October ~ Boo Who?

Happy Sunday ladies and gentlemen!

It the last Sunday of the month which means it's time for...

This one will definitely make you go, "hmmmm," and think about how we as adults behave!

Boo Who? by Barbara Gruener

Today's sportsmanship reflections are inspired by a recent Friday Night Lights experience. Here's what happened: A sophomore defensive player on the Varsity team lost his helmet during a block on the 50 yard line. He got himself up and kept on running to keep the opposing team from scoring a touchdown. He finally caught up and tackled the player with the ball around the 20 yard line. While the crowd was applauding the defensive prowess and perseverance of this young athlete, the official threw a flag and charged him with a personal foul. The fans' cheers quickly erupted into a loud, shrill booooooooo. Turns out that once an athlete has lost a helmet, he's supposed to be done on that play; safety first, after all. I'm not really sure whether they were booing the ref, the rule, or the player, but I suspect it was the former.

So today I'm wondering when, if at all, we're justified in booing at a sporting event. Do we boo when we disagree with a call? Do we boo when the other team makes a good play? Or when our team does something we don't like? Is it acceptable to boo for penalties? If so, are we booing the ref and his call or the players and their choices?

Here's something to think about: What are we teaching our children about sporting-event etiquette these days? I was taught by my parents, for example, not to boo. Ever. Period. Under any circumstances. In fact, I was told at a very young age that booing shows poor sportsmanship. It's just not something we did. Maybe times and expectations are changing because I was also taught to clean up after myself and throw my trash away, yet it seems a fairly common practice to leave one's trash in the stands. What about the School Song? Do we stand up and remove our hats out of respect for our School Song? What about for the other team's School Song? 

Is there an honorable way to pursue victory? If so, what is it? And who gets to decide that? How might it look if not only did we not boo, but if we cheered for the other team? Check out what happened when this Coach suggested his fans cheer for their opponent under their Friday Night Lights: 

If citizenship is about making wherever we go better because we're there, is it time for us to rethink the way we act at sporting events?

Didn't I tell you!  I forget to mention you might need a tissue or two.

Time to think twice about the influence our behaviors have on everyone around us and our future leaders.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Fun Friday ~ All My Crafty Friends: Part 2

This Friday is a little bittersweet for me.

My oldest son turns 22 today!  Wow!  So hard to believe he is already 22....where has the time gone?

My youngest son has Senior Night at the football game tonight!  This is where parents escort their child across the field as the announcer calls out names, awards, and plans after high school.

This will be our 3rd trip across the field with a son celebrating 4 years of Marching Band.  Not only will be this our last trip across the field and end a 9-year tour with the Marching Knights between all 3 boys, but it signals another milestone in the last year of high school for my baby!  Another wow!

I vow to stay positive and tear-free {I hope}!

Alright, enough mushy.  Let's get back to Fun Friday with a mini-feature I started several weeks back.

If you missed Part 1, click here to see the adorable sign made for me by my bloggy pal, Hadar.

Today's crafty friend is actually a co-worker of mine, Stephanie.  Her media of choice is metal and this is what she does at her shop called Stamped Expressions.

She has so many great designs and can personalize your item to match you to a T!  Her prices are more than reasonable and you won't be disappointed with what you get.

Here's what Stephanie made for me {but I don't think I'm done ordering yet ;-) }.

Please check out her Facebook page, Stamped Expressions, for even more samples of Stephanie's work!  When you stop by, tell her I sent you!  She's a great teacher and a talented designer.

Enjoy :)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall-Themed Freebie!

Hey again!

I promised you a freebie today and here it is!

Since I hadn't made a free product in a while, I wanted it to be something that would work for almost any content at almost any grade level in order to be useful to as many of you as possible!!  Just 'cause I adore you so.

I decided on a vocabulary product and I couldn't resist using some of the adorable fall-themed clipart that I've found lately.

Students will brainstorm vocabulary words or concepts they have learned up to this point in the school year that begin with the given letters.

{I’ve included 10 different words, ranging from 5 – 7 letters each. Some words are more holiday-specific, while others are more generic. This should allow you to choose words that are appropriate for your students and acceptable at your school. I also included 2 complete sets, each with a different font.}

Words included:

Then they will write the word or concept, define or describe it, and draw a representation of it {picture, diagram, example, etc.}.

Click on the image above and head to my TPT Store to download your copy.

I hope you find this product very useful in your classroom.  I can see it as a center, early-finisher task, or just a good old review for the entire class.

Enjoy :)

I'm linking up this week with Manic Monday over at Classroom Freebies!  You'll find tons a great things there!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Math Game Monday ~ Fraction Fiesta!

Hey guys!

I'm back at school today so wish me luck on a good day back after Fall Break.  I'm hoping my students are ready to get back to work!

I've got 2 versions of the same game to share with you for this week's Math Game Monday.

It's called Fraction Fiesta and it's designed to be a board game.

Doesn't it look fun!  I had fun creating this one and I hope your students will have a great time practicing fractions while playing Fraction Fiesta.

Here are a few more images from the game...

As I mentioned, I created 2 versions of this game.  Both are Common Core Aligned.

The Grades 4 - 6 version does not include negative fractions.

The Grades 7 & 8 version does include negative fractions.

You can click on either image above to be directed to the appropriate page in my TPT Store.

I'm considering doing a combined version with all cards included for those of us who have a wide range of abilities in our classrooms, after-school programs, and tutoring programs.  The price would be lower than buying both games separately.  

I'm just wondering if there would be enough interest in a BIG, combo set for me to put it together???  Let me know if you think you would be interested in such a creature. ;-)

Now, you know how this works on Math Game Monday.  The first 3 people to leave a comment, with your e-mail and which set you would like, will get my new product in your inbox for FREE!!!

Enjoy :)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday Samplings is Loaded This Week!


That means Fall Break is just about over for me and I must return to school tomorrow!  Oh well.  Somebody's gotta do it, right?  ;-)

I wanted to fill you in on a few things this week.


I've decided to bring back a weekly feature from a while back, Share-A-Blog Sunday!  I really enjoyed doing this feature, but it was a little too time consuming to do every week.  So...I made an executive decision.  

On the first Sunday of each month, we'll have Share-A-Blog Sunday.  

If you look over there to the right, you'll see that I added the link for the Spotlight Request back to the sidebar.  I'd love for you to click on it, fill out the Google Doc about you and your blog, then relax until it's time for you to be in the Spotlight!

Barbara from The Corner on Character will still be sharing her wonderful knowledge with us on the last Sunday of each month.  {Don't you just love her???  She always has such great ideas to pass along!}  I hope you are enjoying her guest posts as much as I am.

I'll still have some Sunday Samplings for the rest of the month as it seems a good time to catch up on loose ends.


Thank you to those who took advantage of last week's Thrifty Thursday and got 2 of my math games for a discounted price of $2!  You guys are awesome!


Be on the lookout for the Spooktacular Halloween Pin Party from Endless Pinabilities that starts - TODAY!

There will be multiple posts each day with all sorts of great Halloween ideas for your classroom, your home, your bellies....  You don't want to miss the fun {especially on Wednesday when my post goes live}.


I've got a new FREEBIE to share with you tomorrow so be sure to check back on Monday.  It has to do with vocabulary....and looks something like this...


My sweet blog buddy, Michelle, from The 3AM Teacher is celebrating her 1st Bloggiversary this week and she's having a sale and some free stuff, too!

Check it out and see what you think.  She has adorable clipart {that I'm slightly addicted to!}.

That's all, folks!  I hope you have a splendid week and stop back by to visit with me.

Enjoy :)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fun Friday: Review, Math Nerd & New Blog!

Hey guys!

I've got 3 things for you on this fabulous, fun Friday.

First ~

I was very excited about being selected to review products for Shoplet.com.

I was even more excited when my first products came in the mail!  Granted, it took longer than I anticipated to get this review posted, but here it is...finally!!!

So my first products are Office Supplies {which I LU-OVE!} from House of Doolittle.

Let's start with the House of Doolittle Two-Color Monthly Desk Pad Calendar with Large Notes Section.

What I noticed first was the size.  While there is plenty of room to write all of your appointments, it's not as big as some desk calendars I've seen.  I really like that!  I like to see some of my desk when I get a chance to sit at it....not just paper starting at me.  This House of Doolittle Calendar is about 18" x 13", so I can still see my desk!

I like the Notes Section on the side for keeping a running To-Do List throughout the month.  I also love that the entire year is printed across the bottom of the calendar in small, little monthly calendars.  How many times have you needed to see another month when you're looking at your calendar?  Lots, right?  Well, this handy feature takes care of that!

This may sound a bit kooky, but I was happy that the pages tear off easily.  The perforations are well-done and the paper is good quality, so you won't have a tattered-looking mess on your hands by about April.

However, what I might like most is the fact that the House of Doolittle desk calendars are made with 100% recycled products, 100% post-consumer paper, 100% soy ink, AND 100% made in the USA!

This makes me feel better about taking care of the environment and supporting American businesses.

Here are a few close-ups for you...

Now, on to the House of Doolittle Wirebound Weekly/Monthly Planner.

This product has all the same recycled qualities at the desk calendar, but also offers 50% recycled cover material and 90% recycled wire!

The planner has a very good feel to it.  It's smooth and flexible, but also seems durable enough to make it through the entire year.

Each month is tabbed allowing for a full monthly view.  In addition, there are also pages for each week of the year.  The days are broken down in to hourly segments from 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.

There are also numerous Memo pages at the back of the Planner where you can write all the notes you want.

Granted, this is not a cutesy, personalized planner, but it seems well-worth the cost.  And I know that everyone is not into cutesy, personalized planners like I am.

Here are some pictures of the Planner...

So if you're in the market for either a desk calendar or a planner for next year, these definitely won't let you down!

Second ~

For all my fellow math nerds out there, I posted some fun Pins over at Endless Pinabilities yesterday.  Be sure to check them out.  Also, if you haven't followed that blog yet, you're missing out some great ideas and Pin Parties!  We've got 2 Pin Parties already planned for Halloween and Veteran's Day!

Third ~

I am over the moon happy to be part of a new blog called Tips for Top Teachers:  A Smorgasboard of Teaching Resources.  How's that for name, huh?  You know the blog has to awesome with a name like that!
Tips for Top Teachers: A Smorgasboard of Teaching Resources

I hope you'll consider checking it out as well.

Enjoy :)

{Background image for review slides courtesy of The 3AM Teacher.}