12 Books of Christmas

I'm joining up with eleven other bloggers for the 12 Books of Christmas Blog Hop! You get a freebie that coincides with each book (from all of us), plus we are each giving away a copy of each book--which you could win!  Read the entirety of this post to find out how to WIN! Book list below...  
Maybe you want to try and win the books, maybe you just want to grab a bunch of freebies, or maybe you just need a new selection for your home or classroom.  It doesn't matter your motivation--just enjoy these blogs, like sharing a fine egg nog on Christmas Eve with your uncle. 
My family loves Rudolf.  We love the old stop-motion animation movie, so anything reindeer related is something my girls love and will always listen to and/or watch. I'm picking Olive, the Other Reindeer as my go-to book.  It's the classic case of an underdog (no pun intended), stopping at nothing to reach their goal.  Plus, it's a dog that wants to be a flying reindeer--so we can all relate. 
Don't forget to grab my freebie poster set, reminding students and teachers how important our actions  are.  This is themed around the term reindeer, and aims to remind students to be mindful of themselves, their actions, and awareness of others.  And honestly, there is no better time to practice. GRAB IT HERE or CLICK on the IMAGE.
Before you leave don't forget to grab my number below! Each blogger has a number at the end of their post--you NEED to collect all the numbers along the way, add 'em all up, and enter the total number (use those addition skills) in the Rafflecopter for your chance to win all twelve books!
1. Read all the blogs.
2. Collect all the numbers.
3. Add all the numbers up and find the total.
4. Enter the Rafflecopter (include the total number) between November 22-28.

Jump over to Saddle Up for 2nd Grade for another lucky number (if you need it).


Turkey Trot Blog Hop: Ideas, Freebies, and Food Favorites!

Welcome to “The Chalkies” Turkey Trot! We hope you enjoy a jog through our blogs gobbling up freebies, ideas, and recipes for some holiday joy!

We have a new blog name!  We switched out the word "Primary" for "Elementary". We want to meet the needs of any teacher K-6. Our blog has been thoughtfully designed to help you find what YOU need for YOUR classroom level!

I love those grade level tabs {seen above} that help me grab what I need. This trot will also take you through the grade level blogs of your choice.

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Pick up this free poster set for your classroom.
There's never not a time to remember and give thanks for all those around us.

As you approach Thanksgiving break these next two weeks, take time for your own self (and maybe even your class) by sitting silently in your classroom with no sounds or interruptions. Just quiet.  Maybe it's a minute, maybe it's five.  Just stop, sit, relax, and don't do a single. Clear your mind. Seriously--You'd be surprised at how difficult this is.

I've begun doing this almost daily--and it's tougher than it sounds.  But when I find time, I find really makes a difference for me. It's not mediation, it is just a chance for me to focus on nothing and unwind. Silence really can be golden.  There's a lot of things going on this time of the year, so you have to take care of yourself.  Try it.  Be mindful--take time for yourself.

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Pumpkin Cookies
These are a staple of our family during any holiday season, or whenever we're in the mood.  They are so good--and I don't even like pumpkin flavored things.  So good, they're basically calorie free.


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Need a project based learning activity? 
Check out Plan Thanksgiving Dinner.

Now, jump over to Alyssha at Teaching and Tapas 
for more great ideas, food, and free things!



One Hundred Ways to Multiply (Interactive Classroom Poster)

What do the numbers represent? That's what we're trying to teach students to understand. 

I was thrilled to see the third grade team at my school build class posters featuring a multiplication chart from 1-100 AND how to solve each problem! These things are huge, super-visual, and highly effective in showcasing the many different ways multiplication problems can be solved. 

Each class created a hundred multiplication chart/poster with the answers to every problem using five different methods to solve the problems.  The students could choose the method they felt was most appropriate and/or the most comfortable with.

Methods included:
-Fact Families
-Equal Groups
-Repeated Addition
-Skip Counting

Each kid does it solves the problems differently, but they still get the correct answer.  This is total madness!

This activity does a nice job of allowing students to utilize strategies and apply them, while showing how numbers fit together.  In speaking with one of the teachers, she was also able to differentiate this lesson between some of her students who were low or high pertaining to which math facts students completed. We all know 6, 7,and 8's can be tricky.

This chart is the perfect representation of how students learn and apply skills in school today. 


Build A Bat Cave

Turn your classroom into a bat cave with this simple little activity.

1. Have your students draw bats hanging upside down.
Some bat are huge (flying fox) and some are tiny--so let them pick.

2. Or Google: Hanging Bat Printables, or Bat Printables, or Bat Printable Page, or Realistic Bat Coloring Pages. Print out an acceptable bat.

3. Or purchase a clip art set.  I got mine from Educlips (and I love them).

4. Cut them out...neatly.

5. Hang them upside down from your classroom ceiling, door entrance, or specific area in the room. A tiny bit of tape will do a little work while gravity does the rest.

6. Add some spider webs.  I purchased cave-brown from Target.  
This was a great three dollars spent.

7. Watch out for bat guano.

It seems simple...and it is. 

Need more things bat-related? Check out my PBL unit all about BATS. Find it here.


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