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Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Day of Giving Back!

It's the time of year when I think it's important to share with others if you are able.... so this year I'm joining forces with some of the amazing sellers on TeachersPayTeachers.com to donate a percentage of the profits from our sales on Dec. 14th, 2014 to the charity of our choice. Thanks to Erica at Nitty Gritty Science for the fabulous idea!

I'm going to donate 50% of my sales tomorrow to my local Christmas Hamper Society - a wonderful group who bring Christmas cheer to local families who might be struggling during the holiday season.
You can visit my store HERE.

There are many other sellers participating in the Day of Giving Back - check out their stores below!

Monday, December 1, 2014

2014 Holiday Blog Hop for Secondary!

I'm so excited to be hopping on board this Christmas Blog Hop for Secondary Teachers!  Thanks to Faulkner's Fast Five and The Language Arts Classroom for hosting!

Holiday Fast Five

One Thing On My Bucket List for the Holidays  - I am determined to learn how to knit... it seems like everyone around me is knitting up wonderful scarves and hats and I'd love to join in the fun.  I'm hoping my mother in law will show me the basics over the break. However, I think I may have two left thumbs...

One Special Tradition - We cheat and open a present on Christmas Eve... but it's so much fun!

One Gift Idea - I love to give homemade gifts and this year I'm going to make spiced nuts.  So yummy, so easy, and so easy to put into a cellophane bag tied up with a pretty ribbon.

One Activity for the Classroom - I have read "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" aloud to my ELA classes (yes, even my seniors!!) over the last few years and they love it! Some great discussions about memories, the message of Christmas, commercialization and more always follow.

One Freebie - Here's a fun and easy to use writing prompt using Winter themed words.  Use it as a story starter, poetry starter, inspiration to make their own and more!  Just click the image below to grab a FREE copy!


Wishing you all the best this holiday season!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Secondary Smorgasbord - Happy Hour - Writing Freebie

So excited to be linking up with the inaugural Secondary Smorgasbord Linky!!  A great way to connect and see what other Secondary teachers are doing in their classrooms.  Be sure to hop over to the ELA Buffet or Desktop Learning Adventures to see what other great bloggers have linked up and grab some great resources at the same time.

Here's a freebie activity that can be adapted for many different subjects and themes.  Students are asked to write a themed newspaper about a topic of their choice.  A great activity for expository writing OR change the topic to suit your needs.  Students could write about an event in history, a scientific discovery, an invention, a current event... Includes all templates and even a marking rubric!!

Have fun discovering more freebies in the Secondary Smorgasbord Linky!!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Music in My Science Classroom

I teach Earth Science and I love it... it's one of my favorite subjects to teach.  I love the hands on activities we can do, how easy it is to connect to the real world and I love that there soooo many songs that I can play in class.

Music in science class you ask??  How do you combine music with science???

In my room, if we're not doing a lab or activity I allow my students to listen to music.  However, I want us all to be listening to the same music, rather than allow them to plug into their own ipod or phone.  So I need to find music to relate to what we're doing in class.

Here are some examples:

If we're studying ROCKS... we only listen to songs with the word "rock" in the title.  I know, I know... there's no educational value to listening to "We Will Rock You" or "Jailhouse Rock"... but it's fun, the kids love to think of songs that work and it tends to put everyone in a good mood.  Plus... you might even educate them about some classic music!

Here are few more songs with "ROCK" in the title...

 - Like a Rock - Bob Seeger
 - Rock With You - Micheal Jackson
 - R.O.C.K In the USA - John Couger Mellancamp
 - Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and the Comets
 - I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett
 - Rockin' in the Free World - Neil Young

But this works for so many of the topics we can cover in class...

Astronomy - look for songs with the word "STAR" or "SUN" or "MOON" in the title... you'll be amazed at how many songs do!!

Weathering / Erosion - look for songs with the word "RAIN", "WIND", "ICE", or "RIVER" in the title.

Weather - some good key words are "SUN", "WIND", "STORM", "WATER" OR "CLOUD".

Plate Tectonics - look for "FIRE" and "EARTH" in the title.

I'm quite sure that once you start looking you'll be amazed at what is out there that you can tie into your class sometimes.  It doesn't work with every unit and not every class is conducive to listening to music... but when I can play music I find it does wonders for my students' productive and their mood.

You're probably wondering how I have access to 1000s of titles of songs.... I just go to Youtube and play the songs from there.  I don't show the video... just play the music on my speakers.

Best of luck looking for music to play in class... I'm sure that other subjects are just as easy to find music for... you just might have to do a little digging.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hunger Games - Giveaway!!!

The Hunger Games Giveaway | Winner Announced Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 6 PM EST

Before the girl on fire makes her appearance in the next installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, we have a giveaway that’s on fire!
 If your students are anything like our students they love The Hunger Games trilogy and other dystopian novels. The movies have captured their attention, now it’s time for them to read the books behind the films. 
Thirteen educators have teamed together to offer this amazing giveaway worth over $150.  One lucky person will walk away with not only everything you will need to teach The Hunger Games, but also with two adult movie tickets to see the new film Mockingjay.

There are some amazing resources being given away from these participating sellers!

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Go Away Stress! TpT Giveaway!!

If you're like me you're are well into your school year and starting to think about writing report cards! Here's a fun and rejuvenating contest you can enter to HELP YOUR STRESS GO AWAY!   This awesome contest is hosted by Danielle at Study All Knight and Tammy at Juggling ELA.

Twenty different secondary TpT sellers have generously donated education materials that are ready to use and will help reduce your stress. Also as an added bonus we’re throwing in a $10 Starbucks gift card to help you keep going until it’s time for your next break.
 One lucky winner will win this prize that’s worth $150 total. Sit back, relax, sip your coffee and let TpT help relieve that stress. 

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