Posts made in June, 2013

Time Again for Flash Freebie Sunday

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Once again I will be doing several fabulous flash freebies throughout the day on my Facebook page! Come on over and join the fun!

For visiting my blog, you get a bit of a heads up. Look for the freebies sometime within the hours of 9, 12, 3, 6, and 9 CT. Each freebie will last at least 15 minutes.

Flash Freebie Sundays

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Task Card Organization Binder

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

I have had a great response to my scavenger hunt binder. I realize that not all task cards are scavenger hunts, so I have created a task card binder cover with dividers and product recording pages that includes a generic task card section plus Scoot, I Have … Who Has, and Scavenger Hunt sections. Each section has a page to record activities for language arts, math, science, social studies, and other.  There are a total of 27 pages. This product will also be free with a purchase of 5 scavenger hunts.

Task Card Organizational Binder cover, dividers, and product recording pages





Scoot Task Cards Scoot language arts products recording sheet  I hope this product will be helpful to you!


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Scavenger Hunt Organization

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in scavenger hunt, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Scavenger hunts are a fun way to teach, practice, or review information. I have been using a few scavenger hunts from Super Teacher for several years. This spring we wanted a fun way to review science terms and grasslands, so I made a Grasslands scavenger hunt. All the third graders at our school used it and enjoyed doing it. That was a couple of weeks before Earth Day and I thought I’d try an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt, it might be popular. What I really enjoyed was learning new things about Earth Day myself. I sold 88 copies before Earth Day. I was so excited. Next, unit was plants. That scavenger hunt has sold over 100!

Finding the answers

Before I knew it I had scavenger hunts sitting all over the room. And even I, who made them, was having difficulty remembering which set was which. So I spent a weekend making reduced covers for each of my over 20 (at the time) products.

Solar Systen Scavenger Hunt with new cover


Another issue was students who were absent on the day we did the scavenger hunt. I usually gave them the set in order to keep at their seat until done, but this caused several problems. They would spread them all over their desk and no longer have them in order, they would lose them on the floor, etc. So I tried this:

Solar System Scavenger Hunt on book ring


I am not sure if I will continue putting them onto rings. I do like it, but the rings are hard to open and close. I am also worried the holes could get torn. It remains to be seem.

Well, I now am approaching 40 scavenger hunts. I need a way to organize them. So I have created a set of subject dividers, recording sheets, and a binder cover for my products. It will make things much easier to keep track of next year.

Scavenger Hunt binder with subject dividers and recording sheets


I have several ideas for storing cards inside the binder.

Rubber band and binder clip


Book ring in binder


Really, though, I don’t think keeping them all in the binder will work. So I have them in a box.

Storing scavenger hunts


Today I invested in a larger box at Office Depot!

Storing scavenger hunts


This box will probably hold about 50 sets. I have them in ABC order, which just happens to be the first one you see.

I am currently working on a Penguin Scavenger Hunt in honor of my new blog design! I am excited, once again, to be learning cool new information myself. Did you know 1 in every 100 penguins is born with brown feathers?

I will be offering my Scavenger Hunt Organizational Binder Set for free to anyone who purchases 5 scavenger hunts! Watch for it!


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4th of July Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Freebies, scavenger hunt | 13 comments

4th of July Giveaway

Where liberty dwells, there is my country.  ~Benjamin Franklin



My 4th of July scavenger hunt is a freebie on TpT. It has 16 cards providing information about Independence Day and symbols of our country.  A question sheet asks students about the information. Please download it and review it, add some feedback if you’d like.

For my giveaway, I am asking you to post a way you could use this activity this summer or during the school year. Everyone who posts a message with an idea can choose a product ($3.00 or less) from my story for free. When you post, let me know what you would like and provide me with your email address and I will send it to you. This giveaway will go through July 4, 2013. One free product per email address.

Here is something else I’d like you to have for celebrating our freedom!

Pledge bookmarks


Pledge bookmarks new

I am looking forward to hearing from you!


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Texas Bluebonnet Book Nominees

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Each summer I read the 20 books that Texas librarians pick for the coming school year. Students in grades 3 – 6 who read at least 5 of the books may vote for their favorite sometime around the end of January. Last summer I created several vocabulary units to go with a few of the shortest books. This turned out to be a difficult plan, because the novels/chapter books had too much vocabulary for preteaching – the book would never get read!

This year I am writing a reading comprehension test to go with each book as I finish it. I completed my first one this morning. I plan to add all 20 throughout this next month. I will offer the set for a discounted price, although each test is currently only $1.00.

Each year I spend the first 20 days of school introducing the books during read aloud. For the younger books I do a book walk. We look through the illustrations and maybe read a page or two here and there. With poetry books I read aloud a couple of my favorite poems. For the chapter books I read aloud the first chapter or enough to completely capture their interest. After 20 days we vote on one for reading together as a class. I limit the voting to the more difficult books.

It is difficult at times that our books in Texas go from grades 3 – 6. Books that stretch sixth graders are, of course, too difficult and the content is at times too mature, for third graders. And, obviously, books for struggling third graders would be much too young for sixth graders.

Many of the students have a hard time waiting the whole 20 days to get their hands on the book of their choice. Luckily for them, I buy a complete set and our librarian buys several sets for the school.

Do other states do this? I know that Ohio has the Buckeye Book Award, but my class never participated in that when I taught in Ohio. Apparently in Ohio it is open to kids in grades K-12 with different books for several levels.

Sunday I read the book Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood. It is about a young girl’s struggles through a summer of adjustments, changes, and growth. It is set in Mississippi in 1964 and much of the struggles revolve around racial issues and the community’s pool. This was a good book. The ending is appropriate as all the issue are not resolved in one summer.


See you soon,


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