Sunday, November 29, 2015

Tis the Season- Holiday Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be linking up with Lauralee from the Language Arts Classroom and Julie Faulkner from Faulkner's Fast Five for their annual holiday blog hop!  This year the theme for the blog hop is "bringing meaning to the season," which is so important to do, even with all of our busy lives.  
So how do I bring meaning to the season for my students?  With the amount of material we're expected to cover in the classroom, it's easy to feel as if there's no time to include any activities related to the holidays.  That being said, why not use holiday related activities that still cover those required standards???  In trying to accomplish this, I begin each class with these figurative language bell ringers from my Christmas Figurative Language Task Cards.  This is a great way to get the kids in the holiday spirit, while also working on skills that the students need to know.  It's also a good conversation starter! 

How do I bring meaning to the season for my family???  We LOVE watching Christmas movies!  My kids love to watch Home Alone, and so do I!  But my personal favorite is Christmas Vacation!  You can't get enough of Clark and Cousin Eddie!

One thing I'm looking forward to this Holiday Season, is spending some quality time with my friends and family!  In my school district, we've had very little time off, w/ the exception of Labor Day and Thanksgiving!  So I'm extremely ready to have more than a couple days off to do things with my family, that you can't do when you have to be back to work w/in a couple of days.

So what do you do to bring meaning to the season???  I would love to hear some fun things you do w/ your children, family, and friends.  I'd like to wish you all Happy Holidays! 


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Middle School Mob Black Friday Giveaway

I'm so excited to be linking up with the other blog that I'm a part of, Middle School Mob (MSM), for an awesome giveaway!  MSM is a collaborative blog of 16 teacher/authors from multiple subject areas.  To learn more about MSM, click here.

We're having a giveaway of our most "Wish Listed" TPT Products!  Make sure to enter to win some amazing activities, lessons, etc. that your students are sure to love!!!   

The product I have donated for the giveaway is my Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex Task Cards.  Teaching students to vary sentence structure is a requirement of the Common Core State Standards; however, it's often not an easy skill for students to master.  In trying to determine what I could do to help my students gain a better understanding of this, I developed these task cards.  I was amazed at the progress I saw and was even more amazed to see how engaged my students were when working on this!

So make sure to enter the Black Friday Giveaway for some amazing products!!!

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