May 31, 2015

Winner of Blog Hop Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who entered to win my product "Lazy Days of Summer-Activities, Games and Puzzle Packet." Congratulations to Laura of Teach, Inspire and Prepare Students. She is the big winner!
Don't worry if you did not win, you can still find this packet in my TPT store.  Just click on the Product cover below:
Thanks for Stopping by. 
Until Next Time...


May 25, 2015

End of School Activities

I can't wait for the summer.  This year, in our school district, the students' last day is June 4.  We work until June 5.  Are you counting down the days? We are ready for some R and R.  This summer my family and I are taking a road trip across the country. We plan to head from Texas to Florida by way of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.  Any suggestions on great things to see and do along the way?  Our final destination is Universal Studios, Orlando and The Harry Potter World.  Whenever we go to Florida it seems like our destination is Disney World, and that takes our entire vacation.  So this time, we are making it a point to see this other spectacular park!  I can't wait!

The Last Day of School Activity Packet is a great way to spend the last day of school before summer vacation.  That day is usually filled with awards ceremonies, end of year parties and excited youngsters.

On that last day, it is important to have something that will keep kids engaged and that they will enjoy doing.  This product has several activities from which you can pick and choose:

Tips and Advice Booklets for your students to work on and leave for the upcoming students next year. 
Covers are included for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.

Booklets are easily assembled in a quarter sheet size and blackline so students can color.

My Summer Plans Sheet is a fun color sheet for students to plan their activities for the summer.  We want them to think of   fun ways to keep busy so they don't sit around the TV or video games for the entire break!

There are several Puzzle Pages: a Word Search, a Crossword Puzzle and a Maze.  Answer Keys are included.
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Lazy Days of Summer Activities, Games and Puzzle Packet

As teachers, we notice that students experience skill losses over the summer break if they do not continue to be involved in learning opportunities. This packet can help students engage their brains during the summer as they spend time with their family and friends.  The packet has easy and engaging activities, games, puzzles and ideas that parents can use to help their child continue to learn and grow throughout the summer.

Packet Includes:

Cover Page with Parent Letter
Math Interactive Activities and Games
Hundreds Chart
Language Arts Interactive Activities and Games
Summer Reading Suggestions and Ideas
Reading Logs for June, July, August
Travel Games for Riding in the Car/Plane/Train/etc.
Summer Writing Journal Ideas
My Summer Vacation Writing Prompt Page
Vacation Maze (two versions-easy and more difficult)
Fun in the Sun Crossword (two versions-easy and more difficult)
Summer Word Search (two versions-easy and more difficult)

Until Next Time...

May 13, 2015

Punctuation Scoot Game
How do you keep students engaged, motivated and excited about learning?  This is something that all teachers spend countless hours trying to figure out.  We write lessons, create activities and develop strategies that will help us reach our students and help them to learn.  I find that games are an important part of instruction.  They are interactive, engaging tools for enhancing learning.  All ages of students like games. So, why use games in the classroom?

Games Help Students Learn Content:  Students play games to practice and develop a better understanding of skills, concepts and vocabulary.  The games they play must be meaningful and have an educational purpose so we must choose them wisely.

Games Keep Students Engaged:  In order for students to remember content, they must be focused and engaged.  Worksheets and textbooks do not hold student's attention like a game does.  So, the same content found in those resources will be better retained if read and practiced in a game format.

Games Incorporate a Multitude of Skills: In addition to the actual content you want students to learn from a game, they are using and practicing other skills as well.  Students must use reading skills to read directions, cards and prompts in games.  Math skills are necessary in counting, managing points and keeping track of scores.  Critical thinking and social skills are very important as they spend time  playing games with others.  Games also help teach and reinforce teamwork and sportsmanship as well.

Because I feel that games play such an important part in the classroom, my TPT store is full of products that include games for students to play.  Including this set of generic Game Boards.

This packet has 12 different Game boards with matching spinners and editable game cards. These boards can be played as a whole class if you project on your Elmo or Overhead Projector.  You would lead the game by moving the game markers for the students. This is a great to practice or review skills.  Divide your class into teams and have a coin or game marker that represents each team. You can use a worksheet, practice page from a book or task card. To play, read a question or problem out loud.  All students answer on their own paper.  Call on one group or student to give the answer.  If they answer correctly, they get to roll the dice and you move their team's game marker.  Continue play until one team reaches the end.

The game can also be used in small groups or stations by making a folder game.  To make a folder game, print the game board on cardstock.  Use any task cards you already have and a pair of dice. There you go.  Instant game to keep students engaged.  

The packet also has editable game cards.  You can add your own questions, vocabulary, math problems, etc to the game cards, print them and put with the game.  Add the spinner and you have a themed game that  will be great fun for students.

To download your own generic Gameboards, click the picture below:

I also have a Freebie game you can download.   Punctuation Pigs SCOOT is a game you play with the whole class. It is a fun whole group game that allows students to practice, review, or assess their knowledge of punctuation skills. My students have always loved SCOOT Games. 

SCOOT games are very easy to play.  Here is what you do:

Place a SCOOT card on each desk.

Students will start at their own desks.

They  read the question or prompt on the card and write their answer in the correct space on their recording sheet.

At timed intervals have students SCOOT to the next desk and work that problem.

Students will continue until they have completed all answers on their recording sheet.

In this product, there are 24 cards which include 12 task cards for End Punctuation: Periods, Question Marks and Exclamation Points. There are also 12 task cards for Commas, Apostrophes and Quotation Marks. To play the game, students read the sentence on the card and decide what punctuation is needed in that sentence.  Then they write it on the recording sheet. An answer key is provided at the end of the packet.

Sample Punctuation Pig SCOOT Cards

Recording Sheet

You can click on the product cover below to get a FREE copy of the 
Punctuation Pigs SCOOT Game.

Check out a few of the other games at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store:

Have a GREAT Week!

Until Next Time...