Monday, 13 October 2014

Christmas Is Coming Early This Year!

Did you know that there are only 73 days left until Christmas? I need to start my shopping soon! Please don't tell me you are already done your shopping. I am one of those middle of December shopping people. Although being on maternity leave, I can take baby Zoe shopping in the middle of the day while people are at work! Woo hoo! ;)

Anywho, the reason I talk about Christmas is I am sooooooooooo excited about my newest pack! I have been working hard on it for months now and it is finally ready! Christmas Around the World is one of my favourite units to teach. It gets students excited about Christmas and incorporates many Social Studies standards into it! I loved my scrapbook & craft pack, but I wanted a solid way to teach about the countries that we studied. I had a file folder full of video links and pictures and websites, but wanted a way to tie it all together. Insert my new pack.... It is called "Christmas Around the World Interactive Slideshow or Informational Text".

It is a companion pack to my best-selling item "Christmas Around the World Scrapbook & Craft Pack". It is a non-fiction text/slideshow that teaches about various countries and their Christmas traditions. It is listed separately from the scrapbook & craft pack. {Or you can purchase the two as a bundle.}

Inside the zipped file you will find three PDF files. The first is just an introduction that shows you how to use the other two files and lists the credits and other information. The second file is an interactive slideshow that is designed to be used with a projector or interactive whiteboard. There is an interactive menu and links to various YouTube videos that correspond with each country. The third file is exactly same as the slideshow, but without the interactive features and links. It is meant to be printed out and bound as a book that you can read to your students while studying the various countries.

In the slideshow/text, there is a title page, introduction page, all aboard the Polar Express page (with a link to the theme song), and a menu of all the countries.

Then there is the starting/home country to begin your trip around the world. There is a U.S.A. or Canada option. Students discuss (or write about in their scrapbook) their own family Christmas traditions.

Each of the other countries has four pages. The first page is a welcome page that has a real-life picture, a map that shows which continent the country is located in, and a coloured version of the country's flag. The second page has some basic information about the country, such as the capital city, languages spoken, traditional food, and other cultural facts (with real-life pictures!). The third page shows how to say "Merry Christmas" in the language of that country. On this page is a link to a YouTube video that corresponds with the country (some are Christmas songs or short videos about a tradition). The fourth page describes some of the various Christmas traditions of that country. If you are using the scrapbook from my other pack, the answers to the fill-in-the-blank sections are in red font, so students can easily fill in the answers!

The slideshow/text has pages for all the countries that are included in the scrapbook: U.S.A./Canada, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, France, Italy, England, Australia, The Philippines, China, and The North Pole. You can still pick and choose which countries you want to study.

The slideshow ends with arriving at The North Pole! Students can imagine what they think happens at The North Pole during Christmas time!

This companion pack is SEPARATE from the scrapbook & craft pack. If you have already bought the scrapbook & craft pack, it is not necessary to purchase my new slideshow/text pack, but it is an excellent way to go a bit more in depth into the country studies. It definitely makes teaching this unit a bit easier because all the resources are there for you in one neat little package! And there are fun extras, such as links to Christmas songs and videos on YouTube! If you haven't seen my scrapbook & craft pack, you can check it out by clicking the picture below. It includes a scrapbook for all the countries listed, 12 craft instructions, a suitcase to keep students' crafts in, and country stickers to decorate the suitcase with! It also includes Polar Express train tickets to make your trip around the world even more enjoyable!

These two packs are meant to complement each other. I designed the slideshow/text so it would correspond with the scrapbook. It shows which continent to colour on the world map, how to colour the country's flag, how to say "Merry Christmas", and the answers to the fill-in-the-blank section. It does all this PLUS gives more information about the country and more about the Christmas traditions.

You can purchase these two packs separately, or I have listed them as one big bundle {in which you save $1!}. Check it out here on TpT!

Now, for being such awesome blog followers I have two early Christmas/Canadian Thanksgiving presents for you! First up, seeing as it is Canadian Thanksgiving today, I am having a short two-day sale! Everything in my TpT store is 20% off for today and tomorrow! Go check it out HERE!

And now I have a little Christmas freebie for you. This is a little Polar Express Sight Word Game. Students take turns reading sight word cards (Pre-Primer, Primer, and First Grade words included). If they get the word correct, they roll a die and move that many spaces. The first player to move their marker from Santa to the Polar Express is the winner! Click any of the pictures below to download it for free on TpT!

Merry Christmas, Happy Thanksgiving, and see you soon! :)

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

October Currently

How is it October 1st already? I can't believe it. I also can't believe this little cutie just turned 6 months yesterday. It's ridiculous how big she is getting already! She is almost starting to crawl. She gets up on all fours and wiggles her butt. As soon as she figures out her hands, she'll be gone! :) We also started testing out some yummy foods, like banana and apple! Yum Yum!

Well, it is the first of the month, so that means it's time to link up with Farley for her monthly Currently! Go link up here.

So excited for Halloween this year! I've got baby girl's costume and it's a cute one! I have been so bad with Internet shopping lately... I blame Etsy, Zulily, and Zazzle! I already have Zoe's Thanksgiving, Christmas, and 1st birthday outfits already picked out... some even bought... lol

Now for the treat... I'm always a sucker for sweets ;) From now until Sunday night, these five fall products will be on sale for 50% off. Go check them out!



Friday, 19 September 2014

Ahoy Mateys!

That's about the extent of my pirate talk knowledge. Maybe throw in a couple of "Arrrrs!" and "Where's me treasure?" :) Next year on this day, my sister-in-law is getting married. We joke that all the speeches will be in pirate talk. lol

These are a few of my favourite pirate books. David Shannon's "How I Became a Pirate" and "Pirates Don't Change Diapers" are always a big hit with the kids. "Twenty-Six Pirates" and "Shiver Me Letters" are two fun pirate ABC books.

I wanted to create a fun pirate freebie for you, so I came up with three math games for you. Pirate Cover Up is a game where you roll two dice, add them together, and cover up the same tally mark gold coin. Then there is Pirate Bump (addition and subtraction versions). {If you don't know how to play BUMP, read my post here.} Each game comes in a colour and black & white version.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Pigeon Party! Author Study Pack

This pack has been a work in progress for months! I am so happy it is finally finished! Each month in my classroom I focus on a different author. Here are some of the authors we have done in the past:


Now, obviously these weren't all done in one year. I have so many favourite authors that I rotate through different ones each year. There are some favourites that I try to do every year though. Like this particular one:

Mo Willems is always a class favourite! His books are so simple and so funny and always a hit with the kiddos! I have complied a bunch of my favourite activities for a Mo Willems author study into my new pack: Pigeon Party!

This pack includes 84 pages of activities to go with the Pigeon books, Naked Mole Rat, Elephant & Piggie books, Knuffle Bunny books, and more!

For the Pigeon books there are favourite book graph, favourite book response, persuasive letter writing, making ten math centre, labeling, venn diagram, bubble maps, tree maps, hot dog list writing, don't let the pigeon... writing, pigeon craft & writing, and an emergent reader!

For Naked Mole Rat there are a craft & t-shirt design, tree map, and emergent reader. For the Elephant & Piggie books there are tree maps, bubble maps, favourite book response, venn diagram, and an emergent reader.

For the Knuffle Bunny books there are a setting writing activity, labeling, bubble map, tree map, and text-to-self connection writing. Then there is a Cat the Cat rhyming activity, a favourite book response, and a movie/book compare & contrast.

There are so many activities to keep your little ones excited and engaged in a Mo Willems author study! Tons of reading and writing activities, with a little math thrown in too! Check it out at TpT by licking on the picture below.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Monday Made It - September

I'm totally a few days behind, but I really wanted to get this post up. It's been a while since I have linked up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for her fun Monday Made It linky party and I finally have some fun creations to share with you! :)

I found this adorable fold-up container with a chalkboard label at Dollarama. I loved how big it is and knew it would be great for storage. Do you know how much stuff a tiny little baby has?? Toys, books, and clothes galore! I bought one to store Zoe's book collection in. I think I need another one for her toys! I just used a white chalkboard marker and some inspiration from my favourite KG fonts and voila! A cute book bin!

My husband thinks it's silly when he sees me making things for school... I'm not going back to the classroom until next September, so why am I making things already?? I just can't help it! I see all these awesome ideas on my favourite blogs and I just have to do it! Case in point = tidy tubs! I've seen these floating around the web and think it is a genius idea! Each table gets a small bin to act as a little recycling bin. So when we do art projects/crafts/cutting & pasting work, the extra paper gets put into the bin. This should help eliminate the wandering students and the tiny scraps on the floor! I love this idea! Well, I found these neon tubs at Dollarama and they fit my table colours perfectly! Just made up some cute chevron label and ta-da!

I love the way these turned out. If you would like to use thee labels, I have added them as a "Fan Freebie" on my Facebook page. Go to my page {here}, make sure you like it, click on the tab that says "Fan Freebies!", and then click the picture. That will take you to a Google Docs folder where all my Fan Freebies are. There are eight different colours included in the freebie, to suit any class colours or theme! :)

During the big back to school TpT sale, I scored some awesome new products that I can't wait to try! I have already been printing and cutting and laminating some of these goodies! And yes, the hubby continues to give me strange looks... One of my favourite purchases were these "Back to School Clip Cards" by Doodle Bugs! So easy to prep and makes a fun center!

Now I needed some cute clothespins to go with the cards! I've done the painting thing before. Not bad. Just messy. This time I went with something more fun--washi tape! I bought a bunch of different rolls of the narrow tape from Michaels and just stuck it on both sides of the clothespin. Easy and cute!

My fourth made it is not school related. Hubby decided this year to start a vegetable garden. We live on 5 acres, so we definitely have the space for a large garden. For a first time gardener, he did an awesome job! We have been eating various veggies out of the garden so far, but the weather is starting to get cool at night and before long it will be below freezing! We decided today would be the day to go through the garden and harvest everything we can. Take a look at what we pulled out of the garden today:

We have a huge box of carrots, a box of potatoes, a box of beets, and a HUGE tub full of cucumbers and zucchinis. Seriously. It is insane! That's not to mention the tons of beans and peas we have already harvested and put in the freezer. And there are a number of peppers and tomatoes still hanging out in the garden too. Today was spent peeling, chopping, and blanching carrots. Tomorrow will start my first adventure in canning... making pickled beets, dill pickles, and sweet pickles. Wish me luck!!

Now, you may or may not have noticed.... but someone got a little makeover!!! Kassie over at Designs by Kassie redesigned my blog and I am OVER THE MOON about how it turned out! It looks so fresh and new and I am so excited!! :) Well, I have to give all my other spots a little makeover too now! I have started matching up my Pinterest boards. I saw this idea over at Ladybug's Teacher Files and loved how it looked. This is definitely a work in progress, as I'm not sure if I like the covers the way they are. I will probably play with those a bit in the next few weeks!

Well, that's it for now! I promise I will be back with a new Author Study soon.... starring my favourite little pigeon! ;) Have a great night!