"The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for."

~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

Visualize Vocabulary: Culture

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Freebies, vocabulary development | 2 comments

Visualize Vocabulary: Culture

A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.

~ Mahatma Gandhi


I have neglected my blog. I think its neglect is based on my lack of focus. I haven’t or hadn’t found a purpose for my blog. My blog name screams to me that it has a purpose, but I’ve ignored that for a mish mash of items with no purpose.

The purpose of my blog is not:

  • to talk about day to day problems at school
  • to share ideas of others that I’ve loved or learned from
  • simply to sell my products from TpT or TN

Then what is its purpose?

I really want to:

  • build (discover, decode, dissect, develop, discuss, define) vocabulary in ways that will help upper elementary teachers (grades 3 – 5?) work with their students
  • share materials that help build vocabulary
  • and as appropriate, point to products on TpT (mine or others, paid or free) that will provide additional support.

I am thinking that I might make “Visualize Vocabulary” a weekly topic. I will get my word from what I am working on for my classroom or from where I perceive a need. I hope that I can build a good blog from this idea.

My first topic is actually Texas culture. My students are supposed to learn about the culture of their state. I realized that they did not have a good understanding of the word culture to build from. Culture has so many parts.

Culture Defined

culture defined
As we discussed the parts, students began to build a definition of culture. I asked students to explore their family culture.

Culture Bubble Map

This bubble map can be reused anytime a new country or culture is explored.  After a basic understanding of culture was built we looked at the culture of Texas.

Texas Culture


Students used this reading to locate facts about Texas culture. They needed to use the various text features to complete the activity. This page works well as a close reading.


Please let me know if this blog post is of value to you and if you feel others like this might be helpful.



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Washington’s Birthday

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My National Holiday cards feature all of the national holidays for the US. Here are the 2 for “Presidents’ Day”. The official name of the holiday is Washington’s Birthday. Click on the card to find a link to the rest. Click Washington’s Birthday for just these 2 cards.Washington's Birthday



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Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.

- Rose Kennedy

After less than 19 months on Teachers Pay Teachers I am amazed and honored to be one of the milestone teachers in the newsletter this weekend. Others have done it quicker, I know. Yet, I also know my success outstrips some others who have been around longer. I am thrilled with my success. When I posted my first freebie I never actually considered that I might reach this point.

For a while I discovered that success on TpT is kind’ve like using crack. What seemed too good to be true soon becomes not good enough. You always want more, then more, then more. To be really happy things need to be going up. In late Novemebr when things were really not going up, but truthfully slipping a little, I was feeling depressed. I was praying about this one morning when I checked my site. I was at 20.20. I decided that was a signal that I needed to look at things with new eyes. Almost immediately the depressed feelings went away. I knew could be happy with whatever came. The next morning with my new insight cheering my heart I looked at my sales and I was at 20.20! I told God at that moment that the message was received.

During this week of celebration I am featuring my Context Clues Scavenger Hunt. I love my scavenger hunts. Once iIstarted creating them is when my store really took off. This scavenger hunt in particular has been a great seller.



My Map Skills Scavenger Hunt has sold almost as well. With great trepidation I bought clip art for creating this scavenger hunt. I needed to sell more than 3 to break even. It seemed like a gamble at the time. Now less than 10 months laterIi have sold 434 of them!


Map Skills Scavenger Hunt Preview Slide1

Teachers Pay Teachers will feature me on Facebook at some point this week. I have put my Birthdays Around the World Scavenger Hunt up as a flash freebie for the week. I chose this for my flash freebie because I love it, but it hasn’t been selling! When I made it, I was just so very pleased with how it turned out. I don’t know why it doesn’t sell. Iguess maybe there’s not a good time of year to cover birthdays. It is a great product for reading for information. And as I said, I love how it turned out!



Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this adventure! I am so excited to be sharing it with you!



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Posted by on Jan 18, 2014 in scavenger hunt | 0 comments

I don’t want an opportunity to go missing because of my lack of organization.

- Sandra Bullock

I haven’t posted in almost 6 weeks! I cannot believe how quickly something I considered important can be left behind.

Wow, school’s been busy, I’ve been busy, life’s been busy, but I think a lot of it is I have too much of the monkey in me.


I think this article and the one that follows clearly show how I, personally, tend to function! I want to change, but I create things on the computer and the Instant Gratification Monkey has no trouble at all moving on to some other distraction!

I am proud to say that I have been working my way through the Dark Woods most of the day and have even been in “the Flow” for awhile. I have 2 new products that are getting close to being ready to publish! I think that is the reason I am avoiding completion. It is a commitment to publish and it requires some extra thought. That monkey took off again, but I will reign him in and get back to it!  I will have 2 new products in the morning and they will both be offered for free for a short while tomorrow on my Facebook page.


Capacity Scavenger Hunt



Water Cycle Scavenger Hunt


Watch for them!


P.S. Do any of you ever have trouble with this monkey?

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Don’t Miss the Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) Sale

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My store will join the sitewide sale offering a total of 28% off on Monday and Tuesday! I have some really fun new products for December to join my many popular products. I hope to see you at the sale!

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My newest products are my Reindeer Games Scavenger Hunts. I have 2 at this time; one for math review (grades 3- 5) and one for spelling (3-5). I hope to have several more posted by Monday morning. I hope to make a couple for the younger grades too! Reindeer Games Math Review Scavenger Hunt

Reindeer Games Holiday Spelling ChallengeChristmas DivisionChristmas Multiplication

Enjoy your shopping!


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Cool Christmas Countdown

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments





I have created this fun free project for counting down to Christmas. The decorated rings are 7 inches long and the whole project is about 4-5 feet. This will look great on a Christmas tree. Each day one ring is removed creating a visual counting down the days to Christmas. Please check out my TpT store for more great products!1124130805



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Another Flash Freebie Sunday!

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Flash Freebie Sundays

I have at least three products that will be available free at various times throughout the day. (Hint) Sometimes the best deal happens late!

I want to let my loyal followers know that I will not be able to do my fabulous flash freebies next Sunday as I will be on a much needed mini vacation to Vegas!!!


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