Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fabulous Finds

One of my projects this summer has been to create a Words with Friends poster. I first found a couple of fonts that look like scrabble tiles, printed them on card stock, and had them laminated. While working on this I came up with a bunch of literacy ideas, so I made several sets of tiles and had them laminated as well.

Here comes the fabulous find part of this entry.  Today I went to Sam's Club looking for classroom books.  What I found was this:

What a fabulous resource for my letter tiles!  I am going to use these activities for everything - there are 130 different ones in the book, and then you figure those 130 generate at least as many new ideas.  Some of the activities are more involved, so I'm thinking I will have them made into file folder games.  What I love is that the book has some great activities for specific skills; such as for bossy r and long 'a' words.  Great find. 

Here are a few other things I bought there for great prices:

They had these Brain Quest games for every grade level - the topics and questions are aligned with the latest common core standards.

I have a similar set like this and my first graders loved it.  This one isn't color coded, but still seems like a good game to develop various different skills.  Last year I made a few different activity sheets that went with the game I already had, and they should work with this one as well. 

I didn't find any books, but I think these items are great finds that will be great fun for my students!

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Ready to Roll - Websites for any Occasion

Like many teachers, I find myself waiting out the summer wondering where I will be come the first day of school.  After the referendum went down in our district, many teachers were let go - starting with those of us who had not yet received tenure.  I have spent the summer applying for positions and visiting schools.  To make sure that I am not to far behind when I do land a position, I have been trying to get going on projects that will help me regardless of where I end up this fall.  My big project has been creating a new website.  I actually have three started - I want to make sure that I have one that fits a particular situation.  Here's a screen shot of one of them:

It's a google site, so not too difficult to figure out for bloggers.  I made the banner by following directions at https://sites.google.com/site/googlioproject/home/quotes-notes/howtomakeyourowngooglesitesheaderbanner .  I wish I could remember which blog I found this on!  I made a color pallet and design for the banner at colourlovers.com, and did my text overlay on picmonkey - a little different than the tutorial did.  All three are pretty similar, just different designs.  I'm ready to jump into any situation!

I'm also working on some literacy and math manipulative activities, and I will post as soon as they are complete.  Message me if you want any help.  Hope you can use this info!

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