Summer Sweepstakes 2014: Week 6

Mornin'!  This weekend was one of those weekends were we needed a weekend to recover from the weekend.  (Ha - say that sentence 10x fast!)

We crammed a LOT into 3 little days and I woke up this morning exhausted.  Anyone else?

Well, we have arrived at week 6 of the Summer Sweepstakes.  That means we only have 2 weeks to go!  I know many of you are in your last few weeks of summer and have already begun to decorate and organize your classrooms.  However, have you begun to put any lessons together yet?  Well, I might have just the thing to help you get started and motivated to begin planning your first week or so.

My fabulous friend (Hi Michele!) encouraged me to make some SMARTBoard and PowerPoint Background templates for teachers who just don't have the time/energy/resources to make the slides look neat and professional on their own.

I decided to go for it, and I've been getting some great feedback on TpT.  I created 20 (more more) template slides for each content area as well as one for holidays.  Take a look at a sample set from each template pack:

{click on any pic to see all slides templates that come with the pack}




Each template is already inserted into the SMARTBoard or PowerPoint presentation (you get both!).  All you have to do is add the text that you need to teach your lesson!


Enter to win ALL 6 TEMPLATE PACKS (Say what?!) - yup - ALL 6!


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Have a great start to the week!


Summer Sweepstakes 2014: Week 5 Winners!

Happy Sunday!

We have had a VERY busy weekend here and we still have a graduation party to go to tonight.  I'm ready to hit the pillow and sleep till next weekend!

I'm excited to announce this week's Summer Sweepstakes: Week 5 Winners.  Are you ready?  

Here they are:

Woot Woot for Debbie P. and Rachel W.!  Hope your students will love the Procedural Narrative Writing Unit!  It was one of my faves!  Be sure to check your inboxes tonight for the goodies!


See ya'll tomorrow!



Tuesday Tip: Dice on the Go!


Hope your day is going great.  I have a real quick and FABULOUS tip for you that I found here on Pinterest:

What do you get when you combine a cookie tray, small containers with magnets on the back and dice inside?



Dice on the Go!


Attach a ribbon on the back and hang on the wall!  That way you'll always have dice ready to go when you divide your students up into partners and small groups to play games!  And bonus:  it looks adorable!

So - if you're feeling crafty today, this just might be the perfect project for your afternoon :)


 More Game Organization:

Storing Seasonal Games

Easy Storage for Card Games

Hanging Game Storage (Saving Space!)

Game Center in a Coffee Can!

Storing Puzzles (Lose the Box!)

File Folder Game Storage

Summer Sweepstakes 2014: Week 5

Hey!!  How was your weekend?

We had lots going on and this week is gearing up to be equally as busy.  I'm hoping to get lots done on the current novel unit that I am working on for George Washington's Socks.


In the mean time - it's time to kick off Summer Sweepstakes: Week 5!

This unit went through quite the face-lift this past spring and I'm really proud of the way it turned out:


{check out all the unit details here}

It's basically a writing unit where students create their own board games and write the step-by-tep directions for how to play the game (a procedural "how-to" writing piece).

Over the course of the unit, students design game pieces, playing cards, and game boards to create a content-themed related game.  In the past, I've had students create math games, social studies themed games and more!  The students get really creative!

This unit was usually our last unit for the year.  It was a great way to finish up the school year in writing!

So, it's time to enter in and win! 

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Good luck!

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