Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Main Idea, Similes, and Bird Nests!

Can you believe it is almost the end of the year? Where has the time gone???

Well... things have def not slowed down for this Applicious Teacher! Here's what we've been up to the for the past few weeks!

First up...

Similes!


I'm a huge believer in inspiring students to write using authors' samples. That's why I LOVE this book from Scholastic, "Crazy Like a Fox". What a great way to teach similes!

Before reading, we discussed a simile and worked brainstorm a few common ones that we could recall. Then we read through the story.

The kiddos loved explaining what was meant by each simile in the story with their shoulder partners on the carpet (everyone gets to talk!)

 After reading, we were ready to try our hand at writing our own.

Here's a few of my faves...
 Not that I'm partial or anything... ;)


Sorry... the illustration on this one is just presh!

To keep us inspired to use similes in our writing, I hung our samples on our cabinet door. 


Moving on to main idea...

I feel this is one of those skills you just can't give too much attention too... I thought it was hard to teach in second... It is WAY more intense in third!

I was in search of a good nonfiction text for my students to work with for this skill... but I also wanted to differentiate the text based on my student's ability.

In steps my school's reading series leveled readers. These small books are traditionally used in small group instruction, but I thought this bird builders book was a perfect tie in to our animal unit, so I snatched it up in 4 levels (High, Med, Low, and ESOL) Teacher score!


At the beginning of the week, I split the students out into pairs and three's based on their leveled book. Their mission? To read the first chapter in the book and work to ID the main idea with their group. As students read, I worked my way around to each group, stopping to check comprehension and to discuss the main idea. If students struggled, we went back through as a team to reread the introduction and chapter title. 

Later in the week, I worked the books into my group work center. Since the students were already reading the leveled text (denoted on the book by color) It was easy to assign books for the center activity. 

For the center, students were to read the next chapter in their leveled reader. Then work with their team to id the main idea and find 3 supporting details. 


We used my Main Idea and Details Interactive anchor chart and some dry erase markers to record our answers. 


You can grab this chart for FREE by clicking the pics or here! 

Bird's Nests...


Yeah... I know... Stay with me

As a culminating activity, we incorporated a little persuasive writing into our text adventures.  Since we had been reading and learning all about how all these amazing birds build their shelters, the students selected the nest that they thought was the best. Then, they defended their choice using evidence from the text. 

We couldn't just stop there. I'm a huge advocate for art in the classroom and my kids were rearing to get their creative juices flowing, so after they finished their persuasive piece, the students built a sample of the bird nest using paper and string. 

I filled up my back table with bird supplies. Brown paper for sticks, yellow paper for hay, green paper  for grass, cut out leaves for leaves, and blue for the bits of blue that one bird loves to decorate his little home with.

The kiddos grabbed their supplies and set to work.
Using their books as a guide, they worked to build the best nest. 

Some even took to the I-Pads to research a little bit more!

  Love how this students is using the green yarn to sew her leaves together just like the bird in her paper.


Here's her final product. Perfect if you ask me! Such a fun way and easy way to get kids engaged and learning!

Whew! That's just a few things we've been up to. I've got plenty more to share with you so be sure to stay tuned! We may be on T-minus 6 days, but this teacher is TEACHING!  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

We {HEART} Teachers Winners!


I hope all of you had a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week! I know I was showered with notes, small tokens of appreciation and more hugs then I knew what to do with! 


But, let's get on to the REAL reason you're here! You want to see who won all those AMAZING prize packs! Well... here they are!

Day one... 


Day 2...


Day 3...


Day 4...


Day 5...

Gift card winner... 

Our Digital Prize Pack winners!




Congrats again to all our winners! If you want to get a better look at all the goodies that were up for grabs, be sure to click the pic!

I also want to give out a HUGE thank you to our company and blogger sponsors! This event couldn't have happened without you! <3! <3!



Friday, May 8, 2015

We {HEART} Teachers 5- Organized Teacher, Primary Perfect, and Intermediate Fun


It's Friday guys! We made it! We made it! 

Sadly, this means it's our last day of our We {HEART} Teachers event


Of course we have to end on a high note, so we have not one, not two, not three, but FOUR amazing prize packs for you today! 

First up... are you ready to get organized for the new year? Like for real organized? The you'll love this #OrganizedTeacher prize pack!


So let's take a closer look at what's in this prize pack..

1. Customized Binder Pack from The Applicious Teacher- completely customized Curriculum Binder and Data binder to fit your classroom decor and needs!

2. My Heart Beats "She is Collection"- This beautiful set of cards are perfect for thank you notes or birthdays! They feature a fun chalkboard theme on the front and a story on the back. 

3. A Modern Teacher Printed Planner in "Sunshine"- This is A Modern Teacher's flag ship planner printed, bound, and shipped just for you! 

4. $50 Urban Girl Office Supplies- Need a gold stapler? How about some super cute file folders for your weekly work? Then you will love shopping this fun online office supply store! 

5. ClassroomFriendlySupplies Sharpener- Your choice of color. Now you can have the perfectly sharpened pencils every time. 

AND.... How some online shopping with this little GC?! 


Baskets, books, seat sacks, you name it they have it! 

Ready to enter to win this pack? Check out the rafflecopter below!



In addition to helping you become more organized in the new year, we've also got two AMAZING digital prize packs full of your favorite seller's resources. 
One for the littles...

You have to see what's in this pack:

Whoooooo Can Do Sight Word Math from Growing Firsties

Fry Word Mega Bundle from The Resourceful Apple

Country Close Reads from Laura Love to Teach

Packing Up our Year in Kindergarten from Mrs. Rios Teaches

Read and Writes: The Whole Year from Just Reed

Phonics Interactive Notebook from Second Grade Nest

Close Reading: Nursery Rhymes from Teaching in High Heels

Letter Tile Word Work from A Primary Owl

Fluency for the Whole Year from Teacher to the Core

May Word Work from Buzz into Kinder

May Printables from Flying into First

Writing Station Activities fro Young Learners from Teaching with Love and Laughter


and a pack for the bigger kids! One for the bigs!


Here's a peak at what's in this pack!

"Good Readers' Story Elements Mini Books from Mrs. Beatties Classroom

Popping into Place Value from Saddle Up for Second Grade

Teacher Planner from A Modern Teacher

Aloha from Surfin' Through Second

Your Choice Decor pack from The Learning Tree

Just the Basic Facts: Multiplication and Division from The Applicious Teacher

Folktales Mega Unit from Primary Punch

Any Item from Science for Kids

Nonfiction Bundle from Second Grade Stories

Enter for the packs below!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

We {HEART} Teachers Day 4- Teacher Fashion and AMAZING Resources

We're on our 4th day of the We {HEART} Teachers event and can I just say... it's only getting better with time!


Today we have TWO Amazing prize packs up for grabs! 

The first is for all those teacher fashionistas out there!

This prize pack is stuffed with all my faves! Here's what in this pack!

Kendra Scott Elle Earrings- Perfect for every occasion, you'll want to wear these babies with every outfit! Your choice of color! 

Thirty One Zip Top Organizing Utility Tote- Get your stuff to and from school in style with this convenient and stylist tote! It even has side pockets!

TeacherShirt.com T-Shirt- Choose one design to sport your teacher fashion with a $30 credit towards any shirt of your choice! Be sure to visit their website and see their selection! 

Alex and Ani Apple Bracelet- Add this classic teacher charm to your arm candy collection!

$50 Tieks Gift Card- Now you can get a pair of the most comfortable teaching shoes! 

Keep Collective Leather Band Bracelet- If you're addicted to charms, you'll love this bracelet! Comes with your initial and a cute apple charm! 

Ready to win this pack? Enter below!



Now... we know you're a busy teacher and that means you need resources to pull duty ALL year! Enter this AMAZING digital prize pack of resources designed to take you from the beginning to the end! 


Need a closer look? Check out the links below! You won't believe what this pack contains!

1. Phonics Interactive Bundle from Hippo Hooray in 2nd grade. 

2. Social Studies Tab-Its  from Simply Skilled in Second

3. Math Strategies Posters from Flip Flops and First Grade

4. Editable Substitute Binder from Mrs. Richard's Class

5. It's Time to Work on Writing from Caitlin Clabby at Kindergarten Smiles

6. Comprehension Posters from the Tattooed Teacher

7. Fluency for 2nds Progressive Bundle from Tamara Russell

8. Reading Interactive Anchor Charts from The Applicious Teacher

9. School Year Bundle from Sunny Days in Second Grade

10. Prove It! Growing Bundle from Sticky Notes and Glitter

11. Custom Classroom Collection- from Learning is Something to Treasure

12. Student Brag Bracelets from Hands on Teacher in First

Yup... you need it all! PINKY PROMISE! Enter below! 
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Did you see the prices on those products... that's some BIG LOVE! 

and don't forget all our other prize packs are still up for grabs! Click the pics below to check them out!




Happy Friday EVE! 




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

We {HEART} Teachers Day 3- Healthy Teachers


Happy Wednesday! You're half way through your week and we're half way through our giveaway!



Today is all about helping you find your inner #healthyteacher...

A healthy teacher is a happy teacher, and don't we all want to just be happy? ;) 




So, we've filled this awesome prize pack to the brim to help you reach any fitness goal (even if it is just to walk from the couch to the kitchen and back! ;))

Here's a closer look at what we've got in store for you!

1. Fitbit Zip- Easiest way to get active? Increase your steps! As teachers we seem to be up on our feet all day. Might as well let those steps between desks and walking students to lunch add up to something big!

2. Customized Water Bottle- How cute are these? Like seriously! Get that water in with your own personalized one! Now you'll want to go to the gym! ;) 

3. IPod Shuffle-  We're giving you a shuffle to help you get your groove thing on! Pick your color to match your favorite workout shoes! 

4. $10 ITunes Gift Card- Fill your new IPod Shuffle with your favorite work out jams! 

5. Hot Chic Sports Skirt- Perfect for walks, runs, or training sessions at the gym. Hot Chic Sports wants to you feel beautiful anywhere you go with these perfect sport skits. No ride bike shorts built in make it ideal for running errands or your first 5k! Be sure to check out their website to find your favorite pattern! 

So much to win in this pack! Enter for your chance to win below! 

Now, just in case you are just now joining us... be sure to head through the beginning of this event! All the prize packs are staying open until Midnight Monday! Click the pics below to check it out!

Day One...


Day Two...
Yeah, that's an Ipad mini! 

AND Don't forget! Today's the LAST day you can save upto 28% in all of our stores! 


Don't forget to use the code THANKYOU to take off that extra 10%! 








Tuesday, May 5, 2015

We {HEART} Teachers Day 2- Techie Teachers

It's time for day two of our We {HEART} Teachers Event 


and that means more fun stuff for you to win! 
But first, I am sure you are anxious to see if you won one of those 2 TpT Gift Certificates!


and the winners are...


CONGRATULATIONS! And thank you to all those that entered!

Today's prize is one for the #techieteachers... AND the not so techie teachers ;)


Yeah... you're reading that right! Here's an official run down of this totally awesome prize pack!

IPad Mini 2- Now you can bring technology to your classroom (or just keep it for yourself, we won't tell! ;)) with your own tablet. The miniature size makes it ideal for smaller hands or stowing away in a purse!

Chevron Stand Case- How cute is this case? Protect your newest accessory with this easy to find cover! The built in stand makes it ideal for video viewing while you're jet setting to Vegas this summer! (You are coming to Vegas, right? Can't wait to see you there!)

$10 Itunes Gift Card- Buy some educational apps, download a few books, whatever you want! You've got $10 to spend to help fill up your new toy, I mean educational resource, with new apps! 

Planbook Subscription for you and a friend- Ok, I shared yesterday that I LOVE Planbook because of how user friendly it is AND you can share lesson plans with your teammates. Now you and a teammate can enjoy easy planning for the year! You can check out more on Planbook.com   

Ready to get your #techieteacher on? Enter the Rafflecopter below! 


I am also excited to share with you that TeachersPayTeachers decided to join in on the Teacher Appreciation week fun!  They are having a site wide sale today and tomorrow as a way to say thank you for all your hard work this year!

Thank you Deana from Primary Punch for creating this cute graphic! 

So, from May 5th through the 6th ALL our stores will be on sale! Combine that with the coupon code THANKYOU and you can save up to 28% off your must have resources! Grab up some products to get your through the rest of this year or stock up for next year! It's all good when there's a sale! 

...And because we know your feet are tired at the end of a long day (and your brain!), we made it easy to shop! All your favorite stores all in one location! 

Don't forget to use the coupon code: THANKYOU!





Monday, May 4, 2015

We {HEART} Teachers- Day 1

Happy Monday! 

We are on our first official day of our We {HEART} Teachers event! 


I know as teachers, we don't usually look forward to Mondays... but this Monday is special! It's the first day of Teacher Appreciation week! That means you'll be showered with notes of thanks, tokens of affection and LOTS OF HUGS! <3! 

It also means it's time to giveaway some AMAZING prizes!

Today, we have this amazing #TeacherEssentials prize pack for you!

This is a small collection of items to help you get through your weeks! 


Here's a peek at what YOU can win..

1. Blair Turner Paper Notepads- How cute are these? Perfect for all those last minute lists! And the Fun colors are SURE to brighten up any paper piled desk! ;) 

2. Spring Bling Coffee Cozy from Miss Squirrels Shop- Now that the end of the year is starting, coffee is a must! keep it warm with this adorable bejeweled cozy! <3

3. 12 Pack of Flair Pens- So you can write beautiful "to do" lists on those notepads! ;)

4. Custom Designed Pencil Door Hanger from Tallahassee Sunday- They made the CUTEST apple door hanger for me! Now you'll get one too! 

5. Custom Water Color Print from The Teacher Print Shop- Rachel from The Tattooed Teacher has an eye for desgin and she'll make you a CUSTOM Water color type print and MAIL it you! YES PLEASE!   

6. Pampered Teacher Box- Every teacher deserves a little pampering! Pampered Teacher is a monthly subscription service that sends you special hand picked teacher items based on your likes and wants! They've graciously donated one box for you! 

7. $10 Starbucks Gift Card- So you can have a cup to wrap that ADORABLE coffee cozy around! Oh and help fuel you for a few more days! 

8. Planbook Subscription for a year- I switched from a word document style lesson plan book to using this online service and I LOVE it! User friendly, easy, and soooo convenient. I can even send my lesson plans to my teammates! 

That's an AMAZING prize pack! What to enter? Enter below using the Rafflecopter!


AND don't forget today's the last day for you to enter the chance to win one of three $40 GC for 


TeachersPayTeachers, just in time for their Teacher Appreciation Sale!


Click here to go enter that giveaway! We'll be announcing the winners tomorrow AND We'll have another AMAZING prize pack up for grabs... let's just say teachers love their apple... products... ;) 

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