We are the Featured Freebie on Teaching Blog Addict!

highlightOne of my all time favourite aspects of blogging is connecting with other bloggers and professionals across the globe. In all my years working in education I have actually never set foot in a teacher store, nor have I bought a published curriculum book like a black line master (crazy I know!). I draw all my inspiration from the wealth of resources fellow educators and instructional designers share in their own small corners of the web.  The way I see it teacher blog reading, Pinteresting and teachers pay teachers perusing should count at professional development credits.

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So needless to say I was super excited to see one of my favourite teacher blogs, Teaching Blog Addict, showcase my Free Halloween Bingo resource! Teaching Blog Addict is an excellent resource to find great education bloggers and a plethora of rich resources. Head over and check out the new resources being shared today, as there are constantly new materials being showcased.

Home Reading Program and Log

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Another resource is up on The Jordan Project Teachers pay Teachers Store this week.  Today’s resource are the series of handouts I used to organize my home reading program.  At the start of our home reading program I would send home the Reading Log Handout, which outlines the expectations of our reading program as well as tips for reading with a child in the home.  The log would be packaged with an appropriate reading level book in a large zip lock freezer bag.  When the time came, for my extra avid readers I would simply print off and add extra reading log pages to their home reading package.  Below you can read the handout I sent home to parents which outlines the simple but effective structure of my home reading program.  From there, head over to the store to download the entire Home Reading Package.   Continue reading “Home Reading Program and Log”

Freebie Friday: Find Five Quadrilateral Math Game (+ other geometry activities)

PNG Picture of gameThe Yellin Center Blog showcased another one of my resources this week.  You can head over to my article on the game for the full lesson plan and game play rules, as well as an in depth detailing of how I have used the game in my own classrooms.   An augmented version of the game is also available free for download on the Yellin Center Blog, or the full version is up on my Teachers pay Teachers store.  Continue reading “Freebie Friday: Find Five Quadrilateral Math Game (+ other geometry activities)”

Freebie Friday: Noggle

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Another activity I designed is up on the Yellin Center Blog. Noggle is a math game that I developed when I first started substitute teaching since it is flexible across grades and required little material prep. Noggle follows the same rules as Boggle but with numbers instead of letters.  For more information on the game rules, how I have used this activity, its alignment to the educational standards and an example of the Noggle game board I designed head over the the Yellin Center blog.  As always, I hope you enjoy it and can make great use out of it. I know my students have loved it.

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Freebie Friday: Classroom Supply Labels

In light of The Jordan Project Teachers pay Teachers Store being up and running I figured I should start a recurring theme to highlight some of the free resources available. As you remember our store is still a work in progress but I have played around with some of the pricing resulting in even more free materials.  My main motivation behind the store is to help ease my colleges planning, so please go explore.  I am loving watching all my resources be downloaded.   You have no idea how much my heart leaps knowing that exceptional educators all over the place are downloading and using MY curricular design. I seriously am so over the top excited about it all.

CaptureAs for this week, the free resource is a simple classroom management tool to help organize the learning environment. It is a series of beautiful and minimal supply labels for teachers to use to decorate and label the supplies in their classroom.  Each label is 4 inches by four inches and can be cut out by hand or with a 4 inch die cut.  It is up to the educator but I always laminate my labels to help them withstand the wear and tear of little hands.  Outside the classroom, these labels could also be used by the extra organized mama who wants to keep an orderly, curated home learning space. Enjoy, share and don’t hesitate to send pictures of how you use the materials. I love seeing my work in real time.

As always, giving credit where credit is due, the awesome wreath graphic from the exceptionally talented people behind Angie Makes

Teacher Resource: Sight Word Recognition Game

As you may know educational writing and resource development are two aspects of my new role as Learning Specialist.  I for one could not be more excited about this opportunity (being paid to blog AND create?! What could possibly be better?).  Since tech is a huge professional focus for me (and my graduate minor) I will be doing a lot of tech and resource reviews.  As well, I will be using my training in instructional design to share some of the curricular resources that I have designed for my previous classrooms or students I work with currently.  Creating and sharing resources isn’t new for me;  if you like what you see make sure you also check out the Teaching Category of this blog for some other freebies I have designed.

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This latest resource is a game I designed called, On a Roll, which is a fun way to bolster your student’s sight word recognition.  For background on why sight words are important to young learners, the rules on how to play the game, insights into how I used this resource in my own classroom and links to the standards head over to my post on the Yellin Center Blog.

If you are like me and want to keep personalizing the words as your students learn I have attached below the word version of this game so you can fully differentiate this activity to meet your students’ needs.  My personal preference is to print the word doc version since sometimes the formatting of the google doc (like the sample offered on the Yellin Center Blog) can be cumbersome to navigate.

Please use, share, adapt and give me feedback. I am always looking to improve my materials and also love hearing the innovative ways my peers use my resources in the classroom. I especially love pictures, and sharing them here with your permission! Happy learning.

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