Sunday, December 13, 2015

Merry & Bright {Tips and Presents from Teach 3-4-5}

This time of year is such a fun and exciting time!! But..... for the elementary teacher it can get a bit chaotic!! I am teaming up with some fantastic 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teacher-bloggers to share some tips for keeping this time of year MERRY & BRIGHT!!!

Each of us has a fun tip to share, plus a bundle of goodies to giveaway!!

The classroom can get a bit crazy during the holidays, and the energy of our students is through the roof!! While {organized} chaos can't always be avoided, there are some ways to make this time of year as exciting for teachers as it is for our kiddos!! Every year, our staff hosts a Secret Santa gift exchange to keep all of us teachers "Merry & Bright". Organizing a gift exchange is a great way to bring your staff together and to share the holiday spirit!! It adds a little excitement, mystery, and the joy of giving to these final, hectic weeks before winter break!! Here is a Secret Santa Survey to help get the party started!!

To keep things Merry & Bright for these final weeks before winter break, we are also giving away a bundle of goodies from the following bloggers...

Enter the giveaway here!!

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Be sure to visit the rest of these amazing blogs for more tips to keep this next week Merry & Bright!!

Monday, October 26, 2015

DIY Text Feature Posters

I have fallen in love with Non-Fiction over the past few years. I used to find it so challenging to incorporate into my reading instruction. Now, it seems that there are endless tools, strategies, and resources for teaching non-fiction. I just couldn't wait to dive-in to some of our favorite non-fiction texts this year!!

I always like to start things off with exploring TEXT FEATURES! Last year, I received this very cool poster with my order of Scholastic News....
My students loved how they blew up a page from one of the magazines in order to label the different text features!!

This year, we decided to have students create their own Text Feature Posters, to provide a more hands-on approach to learning about the different features!!!

To create our DIY posters, we used our latest edition of Science Spin from Scholastic. At the end of the week, when we were done with the magazine, we got to work!! I had my students cut the pages down the middle, and glue them onto a piece of 12x18 construction paper. Then I provided them with a title and a strip of labels with the different features.

Students then colored their titles and labels to make them stand out on their posters...

Finally, they glued on their titles, used their stickers to label the different text features, and used black sharpie to connect the labels to each feature!! They turned out amazing, and my kiddos were so proud!!!

This was such a simple, easy, fun, and interactive way to introduce text features to my students!! Below you can download the labels and titles that I used for this activity....

Click HERE to download!!

I hope that you and your students enjoy this activity as much as we did!!! Looking for more ideas on how to use classroom magazines?!?! Check out the following product in my TpT shop!! Lots of great organizers and activities to explore Non-Fiction Texts!!!
Click HERE to learn more!!!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Halloween Blog Hop!!

It's time to celebrate the Halloween season with TRICKS, TREATS, and a HUGE GIVEAWAY!!!

Welcome to my blog, Create.Teach.Share. I am thrilled that you stopped by my "door" for some fun TRICKS and TREATS!!

Here is my treat for you.... 
Halloween Logic Puzzles, to keep those young minds thinking, even during this crazy Halloween time!!
{Click the Treat Bag below to grab this freebie!!}

And now a little "trick" from my own classroom...

I love to celebrate holidays like Halloween in my classroom. However, I try very hard to keep our celebrations as "educational" {and FUN} as possible. Last year my students worked with "Frightening Figures of Speech". We spent time discussing these different idioms, and writing sentences for each.
Next, students go the chance to write a sentence for, and illustrate their favorite Frightening Figure of Speech!!
I love how we got to explore one of our language standards, while also having some Halloween FUN!!

Want a chance to win more TREATS, OOZING with Halloween fun?! Check out the TREATS (no tricks here) that are EERILY EXCITING in this giveaway! This CAULDRON OF TREATS features fabulous TpT products for grades 3rd-5th, as well as a TEACHER TREAT BAG that is to DIE for!
Knock on the door to see who you will be Trick-or-Treating with next! Get your treat bag ready, I have a feeling you'll need it again!
{Click on the door image below!}

Monday, September 28, 2015

Upper Elementary Tricks & Treats

Over at Upper Elementary Snapshots we have some TRICKS & TREATS up our sleeves!!!

We have put together a FREE eBook full of fabulous tricks and treats to celebrate the Halloween season.

For my contribution, I am sharing a fun Halloween-themed STEM activity. It's a twist on the marshmallow and toothpick tower challenge, using marshmallow candy corns!!

Students use toothpicks and candy corn marshmallows to build the tallest tower they can in 15 minutes. It's so fun to see what they come up with!! This sheet is great for planning and reflecting on this Halloween-themed challenge!!

Click here to grab this fun freebie, along with many other free Halloween goodies from Upper Elementary Snapshots!!

Monday, August 3, 2015

More Back-to-School Fun!!

I am loving all the wonderful Back to School blog posts offering tips, tricks, freebies, and OF COURSE....


Here's another one you don't want to miss!! I am joining the teachers of iTeach Fourth for an amazing giveaway!!

Visit iTeach Fourth for a chance to win a brand new iPad Air 2, an adorable owl-themed case, stylus pen, and a $15 iTunes giftcard!!!

Click HERE to learn more about this fantastic giveaway!!!