Saturday, June 28, 2014

Oh Canada Day Blog Hop!

I have gotten together with a group of very wonderful Canadian TPTers and Bloggers to give you the Oh Canada Day blog hop!  Thanks to Reading with Mrs D for getting everything started and organized!  Make sure to hop on over to all the other wonderful bloggers for some great classroom ideas and potential FREEBIES!  Now who doesn't want a good ol' fashioned Canadian Freebie! :)

To celebrate Canada Day, ALL of my products will be discounted by 15% from June 28th to July 1st.  They all contain Canadian spelling (ie. favourite instead of favorite) and use metric system (ie. cm instead of inches).  I have products in French and English (most of them are translated but if you see something that's not, please let me know and I'll make sure to translate it asap!)

I have also included a very special Canadian Freebie just for you guys!  I love I Have Who Has games, because not only do they allow students to consolidate certain concepts, but it's so much fun to play and it teaches active listening skills!  To celebrate Canada Day, I made a I Have Who Has game all about our provinces, territories and their capitals.  I have included links at the bottom of the post for the English version as well as the French version, so make sure to grab whichever one you need!  Please make sure to give feedback and to share my TPT Store with others!  That's the true Canadian way :)

For the French version :

For the English version :

I hope everyone has a very special Canada Day, filled with good times and great fireworks!

Oh Canada!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Five for Friday {June 27th}

Linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching again!

Here in Ontario, Canada, today is the last day of school!  I know some of you have been off for a bit, but my Five for Friday for this week will share some wonderful songs, images and video clips to honour this wonderful time!

A classic.  Enough said.

(Clicking will bring you to a wonderful song!)

They sure have it right :)

Ready for a vacation? A teacher vacation?  

What teachers do "In Summer" (careful - might want to turn your speakers down - he sings, umm, very, very well! lol)

Now we don't really do anything like this when students are gone... or do we? 

And one last one - cause I just find them so funny!


Ok, so there you have it!  My 6 for Friday, I guess! lol

Have a great summer break!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Let's Talk About Books : The Oak Inside the Acorn {June 24th}

Another edition of Let's Talk About Books brought to you by Mrsjumpsclass.  Today, I'll talk about a wonderful book called The Oak Inside the Acorn by Max Lucado.  I bought this book a couple of years ago and always read it aloud to my students, no matter how old they are.  The message is powerful.

What's it about?

The story begins with Little Acorn, wanting to stay by his mother.  His mother always told him to "Just be the tree God made you to be".  As time went on, Little Acorn was still struggling.  He wasn't producing beautiful oranges like his friends the orange trees or lovely brilliant flowers like his friends Pink Petunia or Rosie.  He didn't know what his purpose was, even as he was growing from a Little Acorn to a large Oak tree.

As he grows into the tree God made him to be, a little girl grows up with him, and with her, he finds his purpose in life. She also does some soul searching and realizes who she is meant to be.

Why I love it

Yes, there is mention of God in the book, but that's not why I love it.  I love it because no matter what you believe it, believing that you are perfect just the way you are is so important.  Students need to realize that it doesn't matter whether they are weak in math, or strong in athletics, they are perfect just the way they are, and they just need to be who they were intended to be.

It's a perfect story to read aloud to your students in a literacy activity.  It can also be related to a religion class (if there is one) or just to talk about values.  My students always discuss afterwards, in small groups and then as a class, about how they feel towards this book and how they feel towards themselves.

I am so glad I have a copy of this book to read to my students.  I will also love reading this story to my son, and hope that one day, he becomes the man he is suppose to be.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Five for Friday {June 20th}

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Happy Friday everyone!  Glad to be linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for yet another edition of Five for Friday!  This week, I saw some really awesome classroom organization tips that I am going to share with you!

Don't you hate your marker or pen stash drawer?  I mean, how tough is it to find that ONE marker that you're looking for, you always have to take them all out of the drawer, and they become a big mess!  I found these two great ideas on Pinterest and was amazed!  These are quick and easy ideas that'll organize your stash in a jiffy!

I am always looking at ways to organize my classroom, and I love this binder clip idea! You can use binder clips instead of sticky labels on your shelves and paperwork.  This way, you can easily switch them up year after year and help you stay on top of things!

Now onto bulletin boards. I love this idea on how to store your bulletin borders!  I always have them in a stash in one of my closets and they are so hard to find and keep organized!   Binder clips to the rescue again (and come command hooks!)  Easy peasy!

And this is such a neat idea to quickly and easily change your students' work on your bulletin boards.  You can easily paint the clothespins or even use washi tape.  One year, I had my students decorate their own and that turned out quite interesting!

I am always looking for different ways to organize my classroom paperwork.  I hate having a pile of paperwork on my desk, and so far, I have been using baskets but not super happy with the results.  These two ideas, using file folders, sounds like something I might try next year!

And lastly - how can we not talk about the classroom library!  I love the idea of using rain gutters as book holders (even enough to do it at home in a child's bedroom!)  And I always lose a book (or two or ten) a year, so developing a library book check out system is probably not a bad idea! 

So there you have it, my Five for Friday!  I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Let's Talk About Books - Holes {June 17th}

Here we go! Another edition of Let's Talk About Books! Want to read more blogs?  Head on over to Mrs Jumps Class and read on!

This week, I'll talk to you about the novel Holes by Louis Sachar.  I have read it with my grade 6 class once and love it. I definitely want to read it again one day.

What's it about?

Holes intertwines three stories into one.  It follows Stanley Yelnats, a kid who was mistakenly accused of stealing and sent to Camp Green Lake (instead of prison).  At Camp Green Lake, the Warden forces all the boys (aka delinquents) to dig large holes, and no one knows why. 

In the end, Stanley breaks his family's curse by carrying a friend up a mountain and finds the buried treasure, the reason why the Warden made them dig all those holes.  

I know, quite the short summary, but I found that if I went into it more, then it became a novel! If you want to read more about the plot, you can follow this link here, it'll tell you everything you need to know.

Why I like it

Whenever a child develops the love of reading through one of the novels we are reading it class, it immediately becomes one of my favourites.  This happened with this one.  A grade 6 student, who struggled to read (was reading at about a grade 2-3 level), found that this book was the first one that he wanted to read at home, that grabbed him, and for once, he actually read ahead!  No matter what else comes along, this will always be my #1 reason why Holes is one of my favourite books to read to my students.  

I also love it because it's an easy read, that all level of readers can enjoy in your classroom.  It's a story that boys and girls alike will love.  Getting to know an author, Louis Sachar, might also incite students to grab another of his books at the library, which is also a bonus.

Oh, and did I mention there's also a movie?

This week, I've included a freebie from my TPT store : a pre-reading activity to get your students excited about reading the novel!  

Want to purchase the novel?  Click on the amazon link below.

Hope you enjoyed your little preview of the novel Holes!  I'd love to hear about your experience with it in your classroom.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

You Oughta Know About : Whole Brain Teaching {June 14th}

Have you ever made a classroom discovery that you're so excited about you just have to shout out from the roof tops?  Well, let me tell you - I am SHOUTING from the roof tops!  You might have heard about it before, you might even use it in your classroom already, but if you haven't, you MUST look into Whole Brain Teaching for your classroom.  

Last summer, I was doing a lot of online research for my classroom, visiting different teacher blogs, finding ideas on Teachers Pay Teachers and I came across an idea : Whole Brain Teaching.  It intrigued me.  I watched a few videos.  They were neat, but I didn't get how the teacher got his students to act that way - was it all staged?  Then I went on their website and read.  And read.  And read.  I watched more videos and then I knew, I just had to implement this system in my classroom.

Whole Brain teaching focuses on short directions from the teacher and having students repeat to each other what the instructions were.  Hand gestures are used (you make them up usually), certain cues are used, and a whole lot of fun is used.  I'm not going to explain everything - the website has it all - but I will explain why you need to implement this in your classroom!


Students LOVE it!  Seriously, they do!  They're allowed to be LOUD and creative and get up to make hand gestures to talk to their partner.  They're allowed to scream OH YEAH when they get a point and groan and moan when I get a point (so much fun - even though we're not playing for anything besides bragging rights).  They love giving ideas on how I could say Class and having them answer Yes in the same manner.  It made my classroom fun.  And you know what?  They learned and retained like never before!


It helps those in need.  You know that kid in your classroom, the one that can't follow, gets distracted too easily? This is perfect for him.  When I teach, I never talked for more than a couple of minutes before getting them to teach to one another. So this kid is getting 2 minutes of instruction from the teacher, then another 30 seconds from a student and then he has to repeat it!  Strategic placement might be required for him to follow along in the first place, but he can, I promise!  


It combines classroom management in with teaching.  There are rules, but they are fun and with gestures.  This Whole Brain teaching really makes your job so much easier!

It might take some getting used to, and you might forget sometimes (I know I did), but I know my students absolutely adored working with me this year.  They loved teaching to one another (frankly, it's because they loved talking more than anything, and this allowed them to!)  So please, head on over to Whole Brain teaching and find out how you can make this work for you!

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Have a great weekend!

Sell It Saturday {June 14th}

A weekly linky hosted by Teaching in a Nutshell

Ok, so technically my first product for my very first Sell it Saturday doesn't need to be sold.  It just needs to be downloaded.  That's right, it's my FREEBIE

I Have, Who Has is a game that I discovered last year and fell in love with it.  My students love it, I love it and we all learn and have fun with it.  If you have never heard of this game, you NEED to head on over to this link here - it'll explain how the game works.  It's fairly easy, straightforward and can be used for a multitude of subjects.

What I love about the game is that it does reinforce the subject matter, but it also promotes cooperation and active listening skills.  Active listening is sometimes a little hard for students, but this game promotes it in a very fun way.  

There are a few variations of play.  You can have each student standing up first and then they must sit down when they have said their card.  You can time how long it takes them to go through the whole game and then, after reshuffling and dealing the cards, trying to beat that time (this is my preferred way of playing).  I've also seen some teachers make a type of Bingo card with the answers.  When a student gives an answer (I have...), they must cross it off on their card.  This way, even if a student has the first card, he must still listen for the rest of the game for a chance to win Bingo.  

My FREE game for you is available in French and English (as most of my products are).  The concept in this particular game is converting percentages to fractions (without any decimal points).  

You can use this game at the beginning of your unit to see how your students do and then again at the end as a test prep.  This is when timing is fun, as your students will notice how much they've learned and improved!

So head on over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store right now to download your own copy of my FREE I Have Who Has math game : Converting percentages to Fractions.  

Helpful hints :

* Print on cardstock and laminate.  This will increase the durability of your product
* Product is in colour, but can also be printed in black & white without affecting the integrity of the product
* Store in a ziploc bag that you label with the corresponding math unit.  
* You can also store using a binder ring
* You might want to number the back of the cards with a pencil for a quick and easy reference guide if a student is stuck

If you do download this product, please be nice and provide feedback!  :)

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Have a great weekend!