Arctic ideas

Do you ever take a stroll down memory lane?  Do you remember the days before iTunes?

One of the things I hated about those days was buying records but only liking one or two of the songs on the album.  That was why I was so excited when iTunes came along.  I could pay for the songs I wanted.  I didn't have to pay for something I didn't want or need.  I wondered if you as TPT shoppers ever feel the same way?  Do you ever purchase some of the larger packets on TPT because you want one of the centers, but you don't need the other activities?  I thought I would try something new.  I guess you could call it the iActivity approach.  This week I made several different Arctic-themed activities.  I have uploaded them individually to my TPT store in case there is just one of them that you need.  I also have bundled some of them together so you can save money.  

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Cost:  $2.50

Packet includes:  60 word cards for making compound words, center sign, and 2 extension assignments.

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Packet includes:  3 assignments, 9 extension cards, 22 word cards, writing paper, center sign, and 8 group signs.

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Price:  $1.50

Packet includes:  5 pie organizers, 4 charts, center sign, and writing paper.

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Price:  $2.50

Packet includes:  center sign, 2 game boards, and 66 game cards with addition facts.

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Price:  $2.50

Packet includes:  center sign, 2 game boards, and 66 game cards with subtraction facts.

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Math bundle packet - $4.00

Save money by buying the mega pack.
Priced separately $12.50
Mega pack price:  $7.50

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Price:  $4.00
Smartboard packet - graphic organizers & printables

The mini-reader below is free for a short time!
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ADHD book

There are many books on the market about ADHD/ADD.  One of my all time favorite books is The Edison Gene.  This is one of those book you will read with a highlighter and post-it notes handy because there is so much information you will want to remember it all.

The author, Thom Hartmann, uses the metaphor that people with ADHD are "hunters in a farmer's world".   He gives examples of how different traits appear from the hunter's point of view and the farmer's point of view.  (ADHD TRAIT:  Poor attention span) A hunter with a short attention span is always watching for game or prey to enter his field of vision which works positively in his favor.  A farmer's attention is not easily distracted because slow and steady wins the race for a farmer.  (ADHD TRAIT:  impulsivity)  A hunter needs to be flexible (i.e. impulsive) and able to change his strategy at a moment's notice.  He may start out hunting for a rabbit.  But, if a deer comes along he needs to change his focus to hunt a deer because the deer could feed his family longer than a rabbit.  A farmer needs a long term plan and should maintain his focus so his crop will grow.  If he is impulsive and switches to different crops mid-season, his family could starve.

Although we no longer live in a hunter society these same hunter traits can be found in certain occupations such as emergency room physicians, fighter pilots, policemen, entrepreneurial businesses, and salesmen.  So, the next time you begin to feel a little frustrated with your student who is acting like a hunter, think to yourself, this child may end up helping me in the E.R. someday, or he/she may become a police officer and keep my city safer.  All the "hunters" in your class have value!

This is just a glimpse of some of the wisdom Thom Hartmann shares in his book.  After reading his book, I'm sure your view about ADHD will change.  This is a book all teachers should read.

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Freebie Fridays


Winter vs. Christmas FREEBIE

I am wanted to try to make a new type of packet and would love your feedback.  You can leave a comment below, email me ( or leave feedback on TPT.  This new packet has Smartboard lessons and printables.  I included the printables so teachers who don't have a Smartboard can still download it and get the same type of activity.  The Smartboard lesson is the same type of activity as the printable but is different so you can introduce the activity whole group with the Smartboard and then use the printable as an extension activity.

Below is a sneak peek of the printables:

There is not an answer key for this lesson because answers could vary.

Below is a sneak peek of the Smartboard lessons:

If you'd like a copy of this FREEBIE, you may click on the picture below:

Teachers with Smartboard:  Would you like more activities like this?  Do you like extension for your Smartboard lessons?

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Facebook Tips

Did you know that Facebook changed what is in your news feed?  In the past, if you "liked" a page, it would automatically show up in your news feed.  Now you have to interact with the page so you will continue to receive more posts from that page.  You can interact by liking a post, leaving a comment, or sharing the post.

Do you have some favorite Facebook pages?  Leave a link in the comments below so we can discover some new great resources.

You are invited to visit my page:

Here are a few great FB pages that I follow:

National Center for Learning Disabilities:

Dyslexia, A Way of Thinking:

Autism Awareness:

Elementary Librarian:

School Counselor Central:


I am linking up with Fern @ Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.  Click on the picture below to find more tech tips.

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Full of thankful thoughts

I am joining Lyndsey @ A Year of Many Firsts linky party.  This is the time of year when we should all stop and reflect about our blessings.  We all have much to be thankful for in our lives.  

My life is full of many blessings, too.  My family moved to the San Francisco area a couple of years ago. We are blessed that it has been a smooth transition.  The pictures above are ones I took of the countryside near my house.  Isn't it beautiful?  We have beautiful weather almost every day.  

I am thankful that my family is happy and healthy.  My daughter is thankful that she finally got her braces off.  My husband is thankful that we no longer have an orthodontist bill.  She now has a pretty smile!

This would be a great lesson to do with your students.  Here are a few ideas:

This is a book about being thankful:

Have you heard of this book?  Click on the picture to read a review about it.

 I made some worksheets that you can download for free.  

Click HERE to download these.

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Holiday Recipes

DeAnne @ First Grade and Fabulous is having a linky party and I'm joining the fun.

Holidays are around the corner.  It's time to begin sorting through your cookbooks to find your favorite holiday recipes.  I thought I would share a couple with you.  These recipes are perfect for families who celebrate the holidays with a big breakfast.  Instead of standing over a hot stove frying eggs and bacon, you can pop this easy casserole in the oven.  The rolls can be made ahead of time which gives you more time with your family.

Click HERE to download these recipes.

Happy Holidays!


Fun with Phonics

During this season of Thanksgiving, I want to say I am thankful for all of you who stop by my blog each day.  I enjoy being a part of this global teaching community.  Here is a small token of my appreciation.

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Messy Handwriting

Do you have students with messy handwriting?  Sometimes this is due to fine motor skills.  But, it can be a symptom of other problems.  Don't assume this is a case of if-only-he/she-slowed-down syndrome.  Slowing down doesn't always fix illegible handwriting.  If you have a Messy Marvin or Messy Maggie this year, try a few of these tips to see if one of them might help.

Wrap a rubberband around a pencil where you grip the pencil.  This will show your student the correct place to hold the pencil.  Some student hold the pencil too close to the point or too far away.  It also helps them hold onto the pencil if they use a light grasp.  

Do you remember during the last Presidential election we kept hearing about the "Bridge to Nowhere"?  Sometimes when I'm on Pinterest, I feel like I should start a collection of "Pins that Go Nowhere".   This is going to be my first nomination:


The pin says this handy dandy tool can be used to make raised line paper.  This tool is usually used by a seamstress. 

Since this pin goes nowhere, I decided to test it out because I love the idea.  Raised line paper is a great tool to use with students with messy handwriting, but it is very expensive.  I visited my local fabric store and purchased a serrated tracing wheel for $2.49.  You can buy one with a smooth edge and a serrated edge.  I bought the serrated one.

To make raised line paper:

Step #1

You are going to roll the tracing wheel on THE BACK of the paper.  You can either copy your handwriting paper on both sides of your paper or you can draw dots like I did in the picture.  The dots show me where the lines are on the front side of the paper.  This is where I need to place my ruler.

Step #2

Line up your ruler with the dots or the lines of the paper.  Roll your tracing wheel back and forth next to the ruler.

Step #3

If you look closely you can see the bumpy texture that the tracing wheel made on my paper.

I'm sure parent volunteer or students from an older grade would be willing to make these for your students.  One of the nice things about this paper is it is discreet.  You can hang an assignment done on this paper next to an assignment done on regular paper and very few people would notice.

 Here are some articles and handouts that will give you more information and strategies that you can use with your students.

I found a site that many different types of handwriting papers that you can download for FREE!   Click HERE to visit this amazing site.

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