Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Maps and Globes, Oh My!

Hi, and Happy Wednesday!  How's it going for you in "Back to School" land?  We are rocking along pretty well!  2 weeks in and counting...we are officially on our way!  (And praise be, my feet didn't even hurt when I got home today LOL)
Our Social Studies year always starts with an introductory unit on "Understanding Maps and Globes."  This prepares students for what is to come in Social Studies throughout the rest of the year, as well as gives us an opportunity to dig right in to some fun and meaningful hands-on learning!

Many of you have messaged to ask me questions about my Maps and Globes unit, so I thought I would share some helpful info and insights into how you might make this work in your classroom.  Here are a few pictures and captions just to help tie it all together...

 This unit is broken into sections such as Assessments and Literature Connections, however it is not necessary to move through the unit in any exact order.  You may pick and choose what works best for your own learners.  For example, we always begin with making our "Passports for Travel" and reading from "Around the World in 80 Tales."  
You don't have to start here--it is just a great attention-grabbing starting point!  We visited "Canada" together by way of our SMARTboard, read the story of "The White Bear," and made bookmarks complete with strands of polar bear fur, AKA white yarn. 

In case you would like to see some of my other Social Studies materials, simply click the picture below to link to related items in my TPT store.  
I have discovered that there's nothing like world-wide travel to awaken the imaginations and dreams of our students!

As Jeanne Bendick says, "Questions are more important than answers...if I were a fairy godmother, my gift to every child would be curiosity!"

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Give your Monday a BOOST!

Hey, friends!  Just a reminder that TPT is giving us one last chance to save for Back to School with their one day BOOST sale!  Be sure to use the promo code OneDay to save an additional 10% off of the many stores that will be 20% off already.  Have a wonderful week, y'all!  

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Back to School Room Reveal!

Hi, friends!  Hope you are having a great back to school season!  

Of course, I'm sure it's as busy and exhausting as ever, but I wanted to take a second to share some pictures of my classroom with you.  Our classrooms truly are like a "home away from home" for us and for our students, and this one holds a little piece of my heart for sure!  Hope you enjoy the tour...

Thanks for stopping by the Brain Train for a sneak peek!!!  

Sunday, August 7, 2016

I'm guest blogging over on the Primary Peach today.  Click HERE to read my post and find some INSPIRATION for your ORGANIZATION this school year!  

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Set the Stage to Engage with the Olympics!

Many of us are back at school already, and the Rio games offer us a unique opportunity to ENGAGE our students with some Olympic-themed fun!  I'm sharing a few of my fav ideas with you today in order to help you and your students BE INSPIRED as you GO FOR THE GOLD this school year!

Like any silly family, we love fun and games, so we've even gotten into the spirit at home.  And thankfully, the people I live with are really good sports! 
A few photos of our Olympic-mania...our medal ceremony followed a strenuous evening competition of straw javelin, cotton ball shot put, Gatorade lid discuss, and Nerf target shooting. Good times and only 2 disqualifications--LOL! 
Once dinner and our family events were done, I got busy updating my Olympic/7 Wonders of the Ancient World TPT resource while tuned in to the Opening Ceremonies! Interested in seeing more of this resource...just click the images above.

There are also a couple of Olympic-themed FREEBIES in my TpT store.  These pics are hyperlinked and will take you straight to them for download.
Lastly, I found few Pinterest pins that looked like they would also be fun to incorporate into the classroom as we set the stage to engage for the rest of our school year.

My friend, Susan, loves making these pipe cleaner athletes with her little ones.  They are easily adapted for the summer or winter games!
Or how about this for an adorable photo opp?
Coloring seems to be all the latest rage, so the Imagination Box offers this Rio-inspired gem...
Hope your weekend is amazing!  Want to spend it tuned in to the Olympic games while you write lesson plans or enjoy your last few lazy days of summer?  Click HERE to see the schedule!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Best Year Ever!

The classroom is almost done, the first day is a little more than a week away, and it's time for us to have the BEST YEAR EVER!!!

I hope you are getting excited about all of the awesome things to come in the year ahead!  

As a way to help you get ready for the year to come, TPT is throwing its annual Back to School SALE!  As a result, you get to take advantage of some pretty awesome savings...including 28% off of everything in my teacher store when you enter the promo code BESTYEAR.

Click the pic below to head over and start shopping and saving! 

One more bit of good news, head over to my FB page to enter a giveaway for $10 gift card to TPT!  Want to enter? 
Click HERE or click the image above to head over to FB and tell me what you're looking forward to most in the year to come... 

Lastly, how about a couple of Back to School FREEBIES just for fun...click below to grab them...
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Calendar-Set-142434  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Back-to-School-Writing-FREEBIE-279438

Wishing you all the BEST in the YEAR ahead!  Time to go fill up my own cart...I have a feeling that new clip art and organization resources will be some of my favorite purchases!