Seeing that is almost Thanksgiving, I wanted to take a minute to thank all of my fellow teachers for everything that they do for their students. Our job is often thankless, and we rarely get to see the long-term results of our efforts. However, we do it because we love our kids and we know we are making a difference in their lives!
So in honor of all you do, I am offering a Thanksgiving Give-Away!
For every 25 comments here on my blog, "Likes" on my Facebook page, and shares of the Give-Away post I will draw a name to win $10 from my TpT store. The more you share, the more winners there will be! Drawing will take place on Sunday evening, November 30, around 8pm (Pacific Standard Time).
Since this is my first time linking up with Five for Friday, I am going to "cheat" a little and include things from the last couple of weeks!
My sweet daughter decided she wanted to make cupcakes on her own last night. Since she is now almost 12 years old, I figured it was time to let her try! It certainly started out with a "Bang!"
Thankfully, she wasn't hurt. It just scared the wits out of her!!!! However, she quickly recovered and made some beautiful cupcakes for us:
(I am an Oregon Duck, and Dad is a Washington Husky, can you tell???)
I just joined the ranks of Jamberry Independent Consultants, and am loving it. I have not had any official parties yet, but already have had enough sales to earn LOTS of free product. If you haven't tried them yet, you really should. I love that they are easy to apply, inexpensive, and don't chip!
Here are my first two "Jamicures"!
I would be happy to send you a sample, if you would like give them a try. Just click here.
If you would like to browse the over 300 different wraps that are available, visit my website here. And if you would like to keep up with special offers on Jamberry (or my TpT store), please visit my Facebook page, The Inspired Soul with Shannon Murdock, and click the "Like" button!
Costco pomegranates are here!!!! I've already been through 2 boxes. Need I say more?
I have Parent Teacher conferences next week and always like my Fourth Graders to do a self-reflection to talk about with their parents. The format I use is this one, by Second Grade Survivor, and just tailor it to my class needs.
We have Student-Led conferences, so I make a checklist of the things they are to share with their parents for the first 15 minutes. Then they come talk to me for the second 15 minutes and we go over report cards.
What do you do for conferences? I am always interested in hearing other ideas!!!
My last blog post chronicles our time investigating turbines. We had a blast!!! You can read about it here.
If you are in the Portland, Oregon area, contact the BPA to have someone come out to your school and do this great activity with your class!
To begin, we learned a little bit about the BPA and what they do. We found out that most of the electricity we use is generated by giant turbines at the dams. This lead to rur activity: build turbines and test to see which designs recorded the most power.
The kids worked in teams of 3 or 4 to design a turbine, all using the same materials: paper cups, index cards, masking tape, and a pencil.
It was interesting to watch their thought processes and listen to their conversations!
Some groups were a little more productive, and some more creative, but they were all VERY engaged!
Once they had their turbine built, they brought it over to the table to test it on this contraption:
We kept track of their results on the board, and after testing they went back to their groups to see if they could make improvements to increase their turbine's output.
Most teams ended up building more than one turbine, and they all tested & modified their designs multiple times. It was an AWESOME experience and I didn't have to prepare materials ahead of time or clean up anything afterwards!!!
Whether you are a regular follower of my blog or a first time visitor, please consider heading over and liking my new Facebook page that combines my love of teaching (Teachers Pay Teachers) and my love of pretty nails (Jamberry Nails)!
Okay, I have to admit to a new addiction! Have you tried Jamberry Nail Wraps yet??? They are amazing! They are basically heat-activated vinyl stickers that you put on your nails instead of (or on top of) polish.
Why do I love them, you ask? For many reasons:
1. They are faster and easier to use than painting my nails
(I can do my nails in about 20 minutes with no mess)
2. I can choose from over 300 colors, designs, and finishes
(solids, florals, metallics, matte, tints, french tips, etc.)
3. It is considerably cheaper than going to the salon for a manicure
(each $15 sheet will do 2 manicures and 2 pedicures for most people)
4. There is no drying time and no worries about smudges or chipping
(when applied correctly, the wraps are even waterproof)
5. They easily last for up to 2 weeks on my fingers and up to 4 weeks on my toes
(I am lucky if nail polish lasts 3 days on my fingernails)
I love my Jamberry Nails so much, I dived right in and became a Jamberry Consultant. I am still in my first month and decided to offer a great deal to anyone who would like to get started wearing Jamberry Nail Wraps (see the flyer below). Browse my website to choose your favorite wraps, then just email me at email@example.com take advantage of this great offer!!
I am so excited to be participating in my first TpT Back-to-School sale!!! Not only do I have a long wish list that I can now pare down by purchasing some things on sale, I also have my own store with some great products!! My store is called The Inspired Soul and I would LOVE it if you came and took a look at the things I have for sale.
Here are a few of my favorite things that I am excited to be buying:
I am sooooo excited to be teaching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to my class this year!! It has been 5 or 6 years since I last taught it due to a reading adoption, but I have a little more freedom in what I teach this year, and when I found this resource I couldn't resist!
Do you find yourself using the same strategies over and over to get your students' attention? Need a way to mix it up a bit and keep your kiddoes on their toes? Then this set of 20 colorful "call and response" cards is for you!
On each card, the top section is what the teacher says and the bottom section is how the students should respond. You can even choose to add movements to them to make them that much more powerful!
Using different colors while editing and revising is a good way for students to see what they have and have not worked on. It also allows teachers to more easily see what their students have done.
I buy "skinny" crayola markers and put a set into a pencil pouch along with a half-page laminated copy of this document. Kids can grab a pouch when they are ready to revise and edit by themselves or with a partner. I have also included a full page version if you prefer for each student to have their own copy and/or to make into a large poster.
There are many versions of this idea out there, but this one is geared more towards the intermediate grades. It also includes BOTH editing and revising, which I found hard to find.
Hello out there! It has been over 2 years since I last posted to this blog as a crafter, so I decided it was time to turn it into a teacher blog since that is where most of my energy is focused. Plus, my first anniversary on TeachersPayTeachers is coming up soon! Starting fresh feels so good, with a new blog template from Blogaholic Designs and a new focus on my classroom & teaching (with some family and crafting thrown in here and there, just to mix it up a bit!).
Here is what I have been up to so far this summer:
1. The weddings of 2 our God daughters:
The bridesmaid on the far right in the picture above is the bride in the picture below
2. Buying and making things for my classroom:
Classroom supplies are starting to overtake the house!