Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A New Year... A New Journey

I can't believe the school year has been in full swing for over a month and I haven't had the opportunity to blog yet.  Life has been CRAZY!

First, I have an awesome and amazing student teacher that started the year with me and will end his internship in the late fall.  It has been a wonderful experience mentoring a new teacher and helping him find his style.  What I love most is that he loooooooves to ENGAGE the kids.  It's a win!

So? What cools things have I been doing in my classroom!  I'm still on a roll when it comes to flattening my classroom.  This means that I am trying to push down the walls and connect my amazing kiddos with the big wide world.  On of the things that has been helping me with this is Learn Around the World!
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This website and service is amazing! It is run by Brandon Hall and he does all the work for you!  He makes connections with people all throughout the world and then hosts talks with people and shows us footage from their trips.  He does a couple of different types of shows:

The Geo Show Junior for grades K-4

The Geo Show for grades 5-8

Meet a Local for grades K-8

My kiddos and I did a Meet a Local and got to learn all about South Africa from an amazing young woman named Michelle!

Michelle told us all about South African lifestyle, food, animals, and family life.  She spent some time teaching them South African slang and Afrikaans!  My kiddos joined with two second grade classes across the country to ask Michelle questions about South Africa.  At the end of the experience (which was the quickest hour ever!!!) Brandon had the kids play a Kahoot! based on the information given in the talk.
This experience was sooooo easy!  I had to download some webinar software, click on it at the given time, and for the next hour I got to sit back and watch my kids learn, interact, communicate, and think critically!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Long Time, No Post!

It has been soooooo long so I've talked to you all and I have so much to share.  Right now, though, this Mama is preparing for a school week so the lunches and laundry are calling.  I was able to carve out some creation time and made this super fun Salem Witch Trials Game and Simulation! Head on over to my store and check it out!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

It's the most wonderful time every four years!!! ~ Election Resources Video 1

It is Christmas for social studies teachers..... the presidential election!  This is my absolute favorite topic to teach and my favorite time to teach it!  This year's election is interesting, to say the least but I have found a ton of great resources to use in my classroom.  I'm going to be making a couple of videos to find some of the resources I will be using and I'll also provide some free products to use in conjunction.
My first video is on the website  I help you navigate the website and see how it would be useful in a classroom.

If you are interested in some paid resources, head on over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store and check out these two resources:


Stay tuned for some free resources to use with the 538 website!!!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

2016 General Election Bulletin Board

This bulletin board is a companion to my Race to the White House Station Activity.  It is 50% off till midnight Sunday the 31st. Click here and enjoy!

Back to School Giveaway!!!

Back to School is coming!!!! Because I have amazing customers and followers, I'm running a contest to receive a $10 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers and your choice of one of my products (priced under $10). Fill out the Google Form below and I'll be picking a winner tomorrow night at 10!!!! Good luck!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Race for the White House: 2106 Election Station Activity

Yeah! I've finally finished this super fun station activity to help kids learn about the presidential election, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Tim Kaine, Mike Pence and Presidential Ads.  For the first 24 hours the activity is 50% off.  Head on over here to get it and launch your school year off right!!!