Friday, April 18, 2014

Giveaway of Smartboard/Promethean Board Games for CVCe Words!

My Kindergarten students are obsessed with the song "Super E" from YouTube!  I can't wait to start a unit on CVCe words with them!  In the midst of making homemade spinach ravioli, I made 5 games that focus on a Super E/Magic E ending for the Smartboard and the Promethean board. 

Super E / CVCe Find the Picture Game for Smartboard or Promethean Board!

Super E / CVCe Sentence Arranging Game for Smartboard or Promethean Board

Super E / CVCe Middle Vowel Sounds Game for Smartboard or Promethean Board

Super E / CVCe Word Shapes Game for Smartboard or Promethean Board

Super E / CVCe Word Value Game for Smartboard or Promethean Board


Super E / CVCe BUNDLE of 5 Smartboard or Promethean Board Games


Now for the giveaway... I've been hard at work making homemade spinach ravioli.  I made four trays like the one below (and less than last year!)  Guess how many I made this year!  Whoever has the closest guess to how many I made by 10:00 tomorrow morning wins!




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

More Spring Smartboard Games & a Quick Giveaway!

In my classroom, I teach the core part of phonics in the morning, then review our new topic (and previous topics) at the end of the day after snack.  It's nice to have Smartboard games that the students can manage independently... and of course, it helps if they're cute!

I've been hard at work making phonics and phonemic awareness games for my students and I have SIX new games to share with you!


Spring Beginning Blends: "bl" and "br" Game for Smartboard or Promethean Board!

Spring Closed Syllables Game for Smartboard or Promethean Board!

Spring Ending Blends: Spelling CVCC Words for Smartboard or Promethean Board

Editing Spring Themed Sentences for Smartboard or Promethean Board

Spring Themed Ending Blends Game for Smartboard or Promethean Board

Spring Themed Middle Vowel Sounds Game for Smartboard or Promethean Board


I also added these games to my Spring Smartboard/Promethean bundle if you want to save 40% on all 12 Spring themed games I currently have up for sale.

Bundle of Spring Themed Smartboard and Promethean Board Games - 14 Games - Save 40%


Now of course, for a quick giveaway.  I'm making my grandma's famous spinach ravioli again this Easter.  Yesterday, I made the stuffing and dough, and today I'll start making a million tiny ravioli (okay, not a million, but last year we made 723 ravioli... yikes!)

Anyway... how long did it take me to make the spinach stuffing?  I rounded the time to the nearest 15 minutes.  Whoever guesses correctly first will win all FOURTEEN games!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How to Easily Resize Pictures in Microsoft PowerPoint or Word

This is one of my most used tricks... and I'm sure it will quickly become one of your favorites!



Here is the poll:
And, of course, here is the tutorial!


For next week's poll, I'll add a Blogger option: how to put pictures side by side on blog post. 

 You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
 Download this tutorial here! 
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Smartboard Games & Milestone Sale!

Happy spring!  (Well.. not so happy spring if you're inside battling an infection like I am.  Ugh!)  Anyway, I have an exciting announcement... I finally hit a major milestone on Teachers Pay Teachers!  Check out this blog post to see me... I'm number 7!

Teachers Pay Teachers had a few recommendations on how to celebrate the milestone, including throwing a sale!  Check out my store tomorrow through Wednesday to get 20% off all of my interactive e-books and smartboard games!

Here are some of the items that will be included in the sale!

Butterfly Themed CVC Words Game for Smartboard or Promethean Board!

Earth Day CVC Words for Smartboard or Promethean Board!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Easter-Sight-Words-Smartboard-or-Promethean-Board-Game-Frys-First-100-Words-1180458

Ladybug Themed CVCe Words Game for Smartboard or Promethean Board!

Spring Themed CCVC Words for Smartboard or Promethean Board!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spring-Themed-CVC-Words-Game-for-Smartboard-or-Promethean-Board-1179211



You can save 40% (plus the addition 20% of the sale!)  by grabbing all of these games as part of a bundle.  I will add new games to this bundle as I complete them so this is the best deal this will ever be!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Bundle-of-Spring-Themed-Smartboard-and-Promethean-Board-Games-1194248

For ONE lucky follower... I will give all of these games to you for free if you can guess which children's movie I just watched! Be sure to leave your email address... the first person to guess correctly will get all eight games!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How to Organize Your Professional Development Documents Digitally

Over summer break, I attempted to clean off my bookshelves and found that I had accumulated an ENTIRE BOOKSHELF full of paperwork from PDs.  I had all intentions of digitizing it but wasn't really sure how.  Over the next few months I played around with a few options and really love the one I ended up with.  Come Christmas break, I cleared off that entire shelf and now every piece of paperwork is digital!

Are you ready to clear off your bookshelf and organize your PD notes in a much more effective manner?  Let's do this!





First things first, download Evernote so you can follow along.
organize your paperwork and notes from professional developments



organize your paperwork and notes from professional developments

organize your paperwork and notes from professional developments

organize your paperwork and notes from professional developments

Not too bad, right?

 You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
 Download this tutorial here! 
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

For next week's tutorial, I'll be adding the option for how to easily resize pictures in PowerPoint or Word.

Monday, March 24, 2014

April Fool's Day Silly CVC Sentences (A No-Prep Game for the Smartboard!)

Typically, the whole concept of April Fool's Day goes right over my Kindergarten students' heads!  People playing tricks on each other basically goes against all of the rules we've been working on.  Anyway... I finally thought of a way to celebrate April Fool's Day with my Kinder kids... with a fun smartboard game!

My students love working on CVC sentences and I figured the addition of pictures to one of their favorite games couldn't hurt!  I'm so excited that this game will work on their decoding and comprehension skills all at once... and I can't wait to see their faces when they read these crazy sentences on April Fool's Day!

 April Fool's Day Silly CVC Sentences (A No-Prep Game for the Smartboard!)

What silly things do you do to celebrate April Fool's Day in the classroom?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Smartboard Games Galore

As I was creating a new smartboard game for my students on Easter Blends, I began filtering through the other Smart Notebook items I have posted on Teachers Pay Teachers and I realized that I haven't blogged about quite a few of them.  I figured that I needed to do them so that I could give them away for free to some of my lovely followers!

First things first, my new game: an Easter Beginning Blends game that focuses on CCVC words.  I can't wait to use this with my students!

Easter Beginning Blends CCVC Words Smartboard Game

Next, I have a few coin recognition games that I made for my kiddos... and of course a bundle with all four games together.  For those of you familiar with my interactive e-books, each Smart Notebook file has an interactive e-book at the beginning to teach your students about the symbols on the coin, then the file has two games to help your children recognize the coins and their values.

Here is the book on pennies:

Pennis Interactive E-Book and Games for Smart Notebook

Nickels:

Nickels Interactive E-Book and Games for Smart Notebook

Dimes:

Dimes Interactive E-Book and Games for Smart Notebook

Quarters:

Quarters Interactive E-Book and Games for Smart Notebook


 And of course, the bundle for all four coins:

Coin Recognition Bundle for Smart Notebook: Save 20%

Next, I have a game I use at the beginning of the year.  I use as an informal way to see who can identify their name, a well as a fun way to introduce graphing!

Smartboard Activity for Graphing the First Letter of Your Name

And now for two more interactive e-books for the smartboard.  I use these as part of my Core Knowledge unit on sculptures.  The first on is on the Statue of Liberty (which is also perfect for a unit on US Symbols):

Statue of Liberty Interactive E-book for Smartboard

The next one is on totem poles:

Totem Poles Interactive E-book for Smartboard

I'm sure I have more Smart Notebook items I could bog about, but I'll have to save that for another day!  I'll email these to the first two people to comment for free... but don't forget to leave me your email address!