Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Learning Resources Giveaway & Daily 5 News!

I received the Easi-Speak Digital Microphone from Learning Resources to review. The first thing I fell in love with is the USB capability with NO BATTERIES REQUIRED....yay! It's very lightweight, easy to use, & portable. 

The first thing I did was pretend I was a Channel 7 Chicago news weather forecaster during calendar. The kids L.O.V.E.D this & made the usual boring lively calendar so much more fun. This has helped my shy little nuggets speak up in more ways than one. 
I always do a HUGE Dr. Seuss unit and group my students with their "Seuss Partners". After they practice reading it a few times I let them record each other with the Easi-Speak Microphone & then they listened to themselves. This handy little microphone is basically a wireless recorder. After demonstrating one time my students were able to independently record & listen. Three groups would "record" a day & then listen to themselves & make suggestions. This worked out great with my reluctant & most advanced readers. 

For my summer project, I plan to record myself reading various popular children's books & download the MP3 files onto an ipod for my Daily 5 listening center. Audio books can be very costly & the kids LOVE when I read to them! I have more ideas below! 

Suggested Uses: 
1. Speech therapy
2. Fluency 
3. Phonics
4. Math facts
5. Interventions
6. Podcasts
7. Post readings on classroom website or blog
8. Dramatic play
9. Read to Someone or Read to Self during Daily 5
10. Assessment

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If you have been a follower for a while you know how much I love Daily 5! Have a seat for the next part.................................
I am teaming up with Nicole from Teaching with Style & we will be hosting a Daily 5 book study for grades 1-3 starting in June! More info to come! I can't wait to share all my Daily 5 ideas with all of you! I have been taking pictures ALL.YEAR.LONG! If you don't have the book click the link below so you can join us....you won't be sorry! 









If you are a Kindergarten teacher you should check out Tammy's blog, Live  Love Laugh Everyday in Kindergarten!




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She is hosting a Kindergarten Daily 5 book study starting in June as well! Stay tuned...........

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Top Teachers' Memorial Day SALEabration!




If honor of Memorial Day, several bloggers are participating in a Top Teacher Memorial Day SALEabration @ our TPT stores on Sunday & Monday. No code needed. Everything in my store will be 20% off for 2 days only! Happy Shopping & have a great end of your school year! 3 days for me!!! YEE HAW!




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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy 1st Blogiversary Giveaway!

I can't even type as I am already sobbing about this blog journey you have taken with me. Thank you for following me through my 1st year with this crazy teaching blog. To visit my very first blog post click here!
I have made so many virtual friendships & gained so many ideas on this journey. Being a blog author has helped me be a better person & a better teacher....it's a win-win situation. 
This blog has made teaching exciting again. It keeps me from becoming bitter with all the changes. This blog reminds me of why I am a teacher. This blog keeps things exciting for my students as I "kid-test" all my ideas & products on them first before I blog about them. I don't know what I would do without all of you & this little teaching blog :o) 
To celebrate, a TON of those ever so popular blog authors out there have offered to donate products for my celebration. One lucky winner will win ALL the following fabulous products! BTW, it's over 45 paid products! Can I get a YEE HAW!

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