Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Giveaway!!!! 58 products!

Hi everyone!!!  Corinna over at O FISH ally a First Grader  is having a 100 follower giveaway with over 58 products that you can win.  One of my products is included in the giveaway.  Go check her blog out and enter to win a great prize!!! 
The contest ends on Sunday, Oct. 28th.  Click on the picture to check out the prizes.  I hope to reach 100 followers so I can do a giveaway soon!  :) 


Julie
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Halloween craft with Spookley the Square Pumpkin

 I don't know about you but October seems to be the busiest month for me.  Sorry about the delay in posting this week!  It was one of those weeks when anything that had to be done needed to be done this week!!!!  After a busy week I did manage to squeeze in one craft with my kiddos to do for the pumpkin season.  At my school there is a very strict policy on Halloween.  We can do pumpkins and simple crafts like that but we stay away from ghosts and other things.  So with that in mind I went towards the educational approach and shared with my students the story The legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin.  I am sure you have all read it and shared it ...if not it is a CUTE story about a square pumpkin who feels different from the other round pumpkins and is picked on about it.  It is a good story to talk about differences and how to accept them not pick on people because of them.  

So for our craft the children could choose between making a square pumpkin or a round pumpkin.  Each child was given a piece of black construction paper with a drawing of a square pumpkin or round pumpkin drawn with a white crayon.  Super quick-super easy.  Next I had them tear colorful pieces of construction paper into little squares.  Again if you don't have time for them to do that you can do this ahead of time.  I figured a little tearing never hurt anyone so they helped me out!  :)  After they glued all of the pieces down and keeping in the lines they were given triangle eyes, noses, and a choice of a smile or a round circle mouth.  I have two samples of how they turned out.  I love how against the black paper the pumpkins really stand out with all of the colors.  Great decor for the classroom and the kids had a blast doing it! 
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On Friday the kiddos are participating in another pumpkin activity and of course I will blog about it for you.  Stay tuned! 
Julie
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Excited about The Teaching Bug's new look!

Hi everyone,
  If you haven't noticed already I have a new look and logo to my blog.  I wanted to say a BIG thank you to a great new designer over at TpT who offered to do blog redesigns to get started with her new venture.  Go check out her new blog and if you need a new design she is offering 50% off for  a limited time to those who are looking for a new design.  Here are the links to her blog for creating new designs.  Go check Nicole out she is GREAT to work with.




                                                         Delightfully Creative Blog Design 

Or go check out her cute blog for teaching tips! 

                                                                 OneTwoThree:Math


Julie

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Free App for the classroom!

As I was reading through one of my favorite magazines, Family Fun, there was an article this month on a free app (additional images and other options can be purchased)  that you could download to your Ipad to allow children to write stories and have their books published. The app is called Scribble Press.  It is an interactive app where your child/students can create stories and add pictures to make their stories come to life.

 Well I thought how could I use this in my classroom? 
First of all, I did a little research and discovered this turtorial video on how to use the app. If you have about 8 minutes to spare then watch the video and learn how to use this cool app.

Next,  I thought about how I could use it in my own classroom.  One of my favorite books to use for poetry is Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak.

So my thought for using this great app was to engage my students into a writing exercise month by month and record classroom events.  The great thing about the Scribble Press App is that after you create a book then you can send your book off to be printed.  An instant classroom book for your personal library and a great book to share with your new class year to year. 
Of course this year is out because it has already started but it is on my plan for next school year! I so wish I had discovered this at the beginning of the year!   In the mean time I plan on playing around with the app and getting to know it better.  Anyone ever used this app and how did you implement it into your classroom?  I would love to know! 
Happy Teaching,
 Julie
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Science Science Science Giveaway!

Welcome new followers!   So excited to be a part of another giveaway this week.  It must be giveaway week!  I plan on doing one soon so stay tuned!!!  Cassandra over at Adventures in Room 5 is having a giveaway with all kinds of chances to win!   If you need a physical, life, or Earth science packet to win then this is the give away for you!  Go check her cute blog out.  I love teaching science how about you???? 
Stay tuned for this weekend I am going to share a new app I found for the classroom for writing.  I am still playing around with it learning how to use it in my classroom.  I plan on adding a freebie with my post so stay tuned.  :)  Have a good week and good luck!  Click on the picture below to be taken to the contest. 
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