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Click this image to link to today's sale

Today is Day #1 of this tremendous month long sale! There will be different resources on sale everyday, but each offer lasts only one day! There are over 140 resources posted right now that are priced at only $1, again just for today! So hurry on over to grab a few  great bargains!

While you are there check out my two resources perfect for getting back into the swing of things when school opens. They are both $1 today1


Resource #1 has brag tags to celebrate  student achievement in various content areas.  The best thing about brag tags is your kids will be motivated to receive them, they are always on hand and you don't have to run out to buy little prizes and spend $$. Brag tags are a great tool for behavior management!


Resource #2 is a multiplication game, based on the popular game Uno, with a back to school theme. Kids love to play while reinforcing the times tables. Of course, the object of the game is to get rid of all the cards in your hand. To do that you must match either the answer to the problem on your card or the image on your card to the answer or image  for the last card played.  A few wild cards are in the deck to add to the fun. For differentiation: The game can be played at a higher level by removing the cards for the easier times tables. The game can be played for kids just learning their times tables by removing the more difficult times tables. If more cards are needed to play, just print a few extra sheets of the problems you want to reinforce. You kids will love to play this game!

Have fun at the sale! Check back tomorrow for the link to more great buys!

Summer is finally here and the weather has been beautiful! I'm hoping all of my teacher friends have had an opportunity to wind down a bit are beginning to really enjoy themselves. Speaking of fun, I am so excited to share some news with you! Something absolutely incredible, and lots of fun, is going to happen In July!
75 Teachers Pay Teachers are participating in an incredible sales event. It's time for the Sun, Sand & Savings Summer Sale!! ! There will be tons of sales, drastically slashed prices and weekly giveaways with lots of gift cards for lucky winners! So check back here daily to learn about the event of the day! You're going to love it!

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!

Prize: 10 Teacher "Must Haves" prize pack including: Mr. Sketch Markers, Flair Markers, Personal Laminator, Dry Erase Pockets, Dry Erase Markers, Astrobrights Paper, Sharpies, Ticonderoga Pencils, a Wall Calendar, and a $50 Teachers pay Teachers gift card.
Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 5/8/17 and is open worldwide.
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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.   

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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.



Winner's Prizes

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Stuff the eggs with numbers your kids can add, for example, single-digit, two-digit or three-digit numbers.
  3. Enlist someone (maybe a student or two from another class) to help you "hide" the eggs on the playground just before your hunt.
  4. 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.
  5. Tell kids when they have found 3 eggs, they should return to you.
  6. 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!


Kathleen in 8 Apples


Spring into a great giveaway! The April Teachers Pay Teachers $75 gift card giveaway has just begun!
I have joined a group of teacher-bloggers to co-host an awesome giveaway with a $75 Teachers Pay Teacher gift card as a prize. Wouldn't it be great to win a $75 gift card and pick up some fabulous resources for some fresh spring adventures for your class? Or get creative with some great clip art?
Enter below for your chance to win the contest and get some of the hot items on your wish list.
The organizer, Kelly Malloy, invites you to join more giveaways too.  See the link at the bottom of this post if you would like to co-host too.
Prize: $75 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher), 
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 4/13/17 and is open worldwide.

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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!

Happy reading!

Feeling Lucky?
It's that time again! The March Teachers Pay Teachers gift card giveaway has just begun! Let the leprechauns be with you! Maybe it's your turn for a little luck!
I have joined a group of teacher-bloggers to co-host an awesome giveaway with a $75 Teachers Pay Teacher gift card as a prize. Wouldn't it be great to win that gift card and empty out your wish list? Enter below for your chance to win.
The organizer, Kelly Malloy, invites you to join more giveaways too.  See the link at the bottom of this post if you would like to co-host too.
Prize: $75 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher), 
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 3/13/17 and is open worldwide.

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