Is Your Cart Ready for Cyber Monday?

It's the most wonderful time of the year.....
time for SALES and DEALS!

Is your cart ready for the BIG TpT Sale? Cyber Monday won't end until Tuesday night in the TpT world! I've been loading my cart up...moving things from my wishlist to my cart...& it's ready to tip over!
Here are a few of my top wishlisted items that you might want to move over to your cart...

This one is also MY personal favorite! It is probably the thing that has made THE biggest difference in my kiddos' math achievement! Like the buyer above says, it has so many skills in it. I created it with the skills my class usually needed to work on the most: counting money, telling time, place value, & more. I knew that giving them a quick practice daily would make it so much easier for them to master skills when we got to them. And it works beautifully! My firsties begin telling time to the minute (on their own....without any instruction) by the end of the first semester! 

There's something about pairing a strategy with a character that just makes it more accessible for children. My kiddos are just like this buyer's....they refer to the strategies by name & reference the character: "I visualized that ________, just like Rocky Raccoon!" LOVE when kiddos are making those connections! It's a little thing we like to call metacognition!
And I agree....they are a darn cute addition to any classroom!

My district is big on Universal Design for Learning....which in a nutshell means that you're designing instruction from the floor up with all of the scaffolding, differentiating and instructional options already in it. When I build material for my kiddos, I keep that in mind. And that translates into comprehensive products. This pack includes everything you'd need & more to get your kiddos writing research....from collecting and recording the information to writing and presenting it!

One of my kiddos' favorite activities is creating 'pocket people' as part of their presentations. I love FDR's wheelchair....& check out Pocahontas' baby peeking over her shoulder! This is always a hit in the classroom!

Make sure you check out what everyone else has on their wishlist...there are lots of great products!
Happy shopping!!

Create More Wall Space!

Welcome to the Bright Ideas Round-Up! If you're looking for a way to maximize wall space in your classroom....I've got a Bright Idea for you!

Wall space is a hot commodity in my room. One wall is half window (yay!), the second is one-fourth SmartBoard (yay, again!), the third is all coat rack...and I completely opened the fourth so what could have been usable wall space is all gone! I desperately needed some additional space to post anchor charts, schedules, and the like.

I had seen this image on Pinterest, & was inspired to give it a try in my room. A quick trip to WalMart to buy the oil drip pan from the automotive department, & Command Strips from the hardware section, & I was in business.

I LOVE the added space that it gives me to post rotation charts, as well as the I Cans and the learning posters and charts that we're working on. If I decide to move it to another space (or heaven forbid...move to a different room! Gasp!)'s as simple as removing the command strips! Voila!
BONUS!! It's also a dry erase surface!! How cool is that?!

What would you use this extra surface for in YOUR room?

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Halloween Math FREEBIE

"Halloween is Saturday this year!" And the teachers all shouted, "Yay!"
I'm not gonna lie...Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year...but it does make for a high-energy day in the classroom! Why not join in the holiday madness with a little academics? We made our Fact Family Haunted Houses. LoVeD it!! My kiddos had so much fun & it was a fabulous activity for them academically since we've just been sort of dabbling in multiplication.  Of course, you can also do them with addition!

They turned out super cute! I do have one little pumpkin who does not celebrate Halloween. Easy adjustment...different color for the house, and people instead of ghosts.

Looking for a super fun Halloween activity that's also academic? You can grab the FREEBIE-- just click the cover!

Happy Halloween & don't forget to check out these frightfully fantastic $1 Deals:

Go Noodle! Giveaway, too!

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Kiddos need to move...they need that physical activity to help them refocus & get those brains ready to take in new information. Not only that, but it really increases engagement, too! That's a big benefit! I love that you can find clips that are just two or three minutes....just enough time to slip in a quick brain break & regroup for the next lesson/activity.

And it fits in perfectly with Daily 5! At the Daily 5 Conference I went to last spring, The Sisters were very clear about providing kiddos with some sort of movement between each rotation: ring the chimes, bring the kiddos up for some kind physical movement, then go into your mini-lesson. My first thought? GoNoodle! 

GoNoodle fits in with D5 so nicely! After the brain break, kiddos are ready to sit down & participate in the mini-lesson. Works perfectly every time! Pop See Ko is an all-time favorite, but we also like Roller Coaster, Maximo (my personal favorite -- calming activities!) and like to be challenged by Cat Man, too! Do you Go Noodle? I'd love hear some of your class favorites!                                                                I actually got to meet Freckles Sinclair & got my very own Go Noodle shirt over the summer! Boy, were my kiddos jealous when they saw the pic! (It's pretty awesome to get to meet celebrities your kiddos love!) 
Do you Go Noodle? I'd love to hear some of your kiddos' favorites! 
And-- good news! GoNoodle is giving away some swag! Check out this awesome tumbler! And there's lots more Go Noodle swag in their shop, too! How impressed will your kiddos be when you show up to school with a Go Noodle Champ shirt?! Use the code BTSwithGoNoodle for 15% off of everything! 
Just enter your info in the rafflecopter widget down below & cross your fingers! 

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