Today's Unconference in New York City was awesome! What a great day! Members of Team TpT were on hand to join in the fun!
Our Director of Seller Happiness, Amy, greeted everyone with a big smile and a positive attitude. Behind Amy the schedule of sessions is projected onto the white wall.
The new office on 18th Street is huge. Love the modern decor that is so interesting! Colorful artwork and seating encourages energy and enthusiasm. In the second picture you can look through the window of the 11th floor office and see the tall building across the street. Topics discussed during the session are written on the chart paper near the window.
The sessions in an Unconference are very relaxed as there is no presenter. A facilitator asks questions and participants join in conversation to discuss topics important to TpT teacher-authors. There were lots of conversations all day long, conversations during sessions and everywhere else. It was a great opportunity to meet other TpTers and exchange ideas!
I had some fun with Nicole at the photo booth.
Team TpT sent everyone home with a treat from the Big Apple.
It was a fun day to share with other like-minded people, see old blogging friends and meet new ones.
Angela Watson gets a special thanks for all of her hard work organizing the event.
As the school year is winding down, it might be a nice idea to plan something special for the moms and dads of your students. What could be better than having your class host a fancy tea party to honor their parents and/or grandparents? The kids will love the planning, the parents will love attending and you will be earning some of the best PR any teacher could ever hope to get!
I am going to share with you some of the festivities my granddaughter Mia planned to celebrate her 7th birthday. She had a great time planning her "fancy" tea party. When she was brainstorming possible ideas to make her party an awesome event, I remember thinking what a great idea a fancy tea party would be to celebrate Mother's Day in the classroom--or an awesome event to invite moms in near the end of the year. I want to share some of the decorations Mia used and offer a few suggestions for creating an elegant tea party on a budget.
To set just the right tone for the tea, you will need some colorful decorations. Grab some brightly colored tissue paper, pipe cleaners and a pair of scissors. You are ready to begin creating beautiful flowers to decorate your room and to serve as a gift for moms to take home. In the picture below (on the right) you can see a flower hanging from the ceiling! I have outlined the steps to create the flowers in an earlier post. Click here to read it. Your kids can absolutely make them!
Another powerful element for setting the right mood is the table setting. Mia used table cloths and a runner from the thrift store. A less expensive version would be to use a long sheet of white paper from a large roll to serve as your "linen" tablecloth. Cut a table runner from a large roll of lightly colored paper. Have the kids write little messages to parents and grandparents and enhance the messages with drawings. Irresistibly cute! You might chose not have the moms sit at the table. It could be used as a decorative table with trays of goodies and a pretty tea pot--or coffee. The children attending Mia's party actually had a choice of different juices and chocolate milk.
The roses and tulle decorating these chairs were purchased at a Michael's sale. A less expensive version would be to decorate chairs with kid-made flowers to match the table setting.
Mia's mom used cookie cutters to make these adorable sandwiches. Butterfly sandwiches are on the right. You could serve chocolate chips--homemade or packaged--or any other cookie, brownie or cake you can get.
Here's one happy kid celebrating her special day. I have tried to give you some cost effective ideas so you too can host a special day for your students and guests. Have the kids design special invitations! Don't forget some materials, such as a pretty tea pot, can be borrowed too. Mia got hers at a thrift shop for a very reasonable price. There are so many things you can do for the kids and their guests to have an unforgettable day to celebrate the end of a year in your class. If you do decide to host a fancy tea party, let me know how it turns out. Have fun!
It's time to celebrate all the hard-working teachers out there! We all appreciate everything you do each and everyday! A group of blogger friends have gotten together to co-host a fabulous giveaway with tons of "must have" supplies for your classroom and a $50 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card for a fabulous shopping spree! One lucky winner will take home all of these goodies! I especially love that laminator and the Astrobrights! What are your favorites?
Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the contest. Good luck!
What an honor! I am so excited to say that my story about a Special Education student was posted on Rachel Lynette's blog, Minds in Bloom, this morning. Click on an image to visit Rachel's blog and read about one 3rd grader who begins to like learning for the first time. How many kids like Molly have been in your class?
Clip art courtesy of Laughing Deer Studio
Hi everyone! Every year we have lots of fun with our grandchildren at our annual Easter Egg hunt held on our back lawn. The kids enjoy it and look forward to it. Two years ago I realized that the kids were getting too big to truly enjoy opening little plastic eggs with little candies and trinkets inside. I decided to create something new. At first there were complaints because it was change and my oldest grandson is not a math fan, but the kids had a great time and when it was over I had three happy kids! Then I thought an adapted version of my new math egg hunt could be used for classroom fun.
I created a new Easter Egg hunt based on luck but engaging and lots of fun. The eggs were stuffed with numbers. Just for fun, the numbers over 10 were printed in yellow to be recognized as having a higher point value. Here are the sheets of numbers waiting to be cut and stuffed into the eggs.
The Challenge for Selecting Numbers
Each kid got a sheet with 16 numbers. The kids had to choose just 12 numbers and write them in the bunny ears. These are the only numbers they would get credit for finding.
When deciding which numbers to choose, kids needed to think that lower numbers were worth less, but there were more of them in the eggs, so the chance of finding lower numbers was greater. Kids need to make a choice. Their chosen numbers were written in the bunny ears.
The eggs were hidden and the kids ran around the yard looking in the garden, on benches, in flower pots, in window boxes, etc. until they were sure they had found all of the eggs.
Each child was given an empty egg carton with the 12 numbers they chose--one number in each section.
When they opened each egg there was a number inside from 5-20. Then they sorted the numbers from the eggs into the egg cartons. If they had chosen the number in the beginning they were awarded that number of points. If the number in their egg was not on their list, it was discarded. We computed one number at a time, starting with 20 and working our way down to 5. "How many 20s do you have? How many points is that?" Then the next child was asked, "How many 20s do you have? How many points is that?"
Next the numbers had to be tallied. It was interesting to see the math non-fan 9-year-old, who wasn't happy with the new Easter Egg Hunt format in the beginning, adding those points and all of a sudden interested. "I found five 9s. That's 45 points." The 1st grade twins had no problem concluding "I found three 10s. That's 30 points." Finally, the 9-year-old used a calculator to add the total number of points for each of them.
Slightly larger eggs were stuffed with a few $$$$ to create 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.
And, of course, they each received an Easter gift from their grandparents. Here they are with their gifts and holding the prize eggs.
That was my hunt for my grandchildren. It was lots of fun because they enjoyed the steps of the process and there was suspense to see who would win. Surprisingly, the older one liked doing the computing. Here's an idea to adapt the hunt for a classroom activity:
- Stuff enough plastic eggs for each kid in your class to find at least 3 eggs. (You decide the number). To be safe be sure to make a few extra eggs. Sometimes 1 or 2 eggs cannot be found.
- Stuff the eggs with numbers your kids can add, for example, single-digit, two-digit or three-digit numbers.
- Enlist someone (maybe a student or two from another class) to help you "hide" the eggs on the playground just before your hunt.
- Arrange kids in groups of 5 or 6 and send in a general direction so as not to have them run over each other. There is no need to rush or push or fight. Everyone gets to collect just 3 eggs and there are plenty for everyone. It is a game of luck! No one know which eggs have the biggest numbers.
- Tell kids when they have found 3 eggs, they should return to you.
- When you return to the classroom, the kids add their numbers. The kids with the top 3 highest totals win 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes presented in larger eggs or envelopes--or whatever you create. Prizes can be dollar store finds or homework certificates.
If you need a fun activity for your kids, try the math Easter Egg hunt, Be creative and adapt it to the needs of your students! Let me know how it works for you. Have fun! Happy Easter! Happy Spring!
Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher),
Teachers Pay Teachers surprised me today by posting my resource, Harriet Beecher Stowe, as the "freebie of the day." It is so exciting to have my reading comprehension resource get so much attention! I plan to keep Harriet Beecher Stowe as a forever freebie because it is an example of how my comprehension resources are designed to bring all of the kids in your class together to engage and experience success. I want you to have this free resource to use with your students.
I'm very proud of this resource because it reflects the differentiated scaffolding I like to include in all of my reading-in-the-content-area resources (social studies, science and math too). Unfortunately, compared to my other biographies and non-fiction resources, Harriet Beecher Stowe has abbreviated scaffolding activities due to the 10 page limit TpT requires of freebies. My other resources actually have more in-depth reinforcement with a variety of activities. Yet Harriet Beecher Stowe will serve you well to teach and reinforce comprehension skills with your kids. Once your kids understand how various strategies can help them digest more difficult information, they will be able to use those strategies independently. Then, of course, their comprehension will increase and that will be a great asset during state testing time.
Click on one of the images above to visit my store and get your free Harriet Beecher Stow resource. It's great to use any time, but is especially appropriate for Women's History Month! Let me know how you like it!
Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher),
I was so happy to be able to attend the meet-up Belmar, New Jersey last weekend. Over 50 TpTers gathered for a great social event hosted by Danielle from Study All Knight and Amie from Glitter Meets Glue Designs. It was great fun!
The food was delicious and there was great chatter in our beautiful room!
Danielle, Kim from English Oh My, Me and Shaeera from TpT
The board Amie made to display the prizes. Just drop your ticket into the cup numbered with the prize you would like to win!
Amie and Danielle pick the winners!
I can't believe I won the $50 gift certificate Amie donated from her store. That's $50 of brand new glittery clip art! I can't wait to go on a great shopping spree! It's going to be awesome!
A special thanks to Kim Crouch and her husband Clay, who were kind enough to let me tag along on the 2-3 hours long journey each way. I could not have made it without them. They have a generous spirit! Thank you Kim and Clay!