Monday, May 18, 2015

Ocean Web Cams & a Memorial Day Freebie

Hey bloggy friends and followers, it's Nicki from Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten!

It's that time of year for the beach, the ocean, and everything under the sea! I wanted to share a few techy things we use in our classroom each year to explore the deep parts of the ocean.

I always love to bring in virtual field trips and other videos for my students to enjoy because many of them are unable to go to these places. We use the San Diego Zoo webcams to learn about the animals (Houston Zoo also), and we find various aquariums to visit to watch the penguins, or sea turtles!!( Check out Sea World :), along with so many other places. One of our favorite places is Monterey Bay.

If you aren't familiar with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, then you should head over and check it out! It has awesome Live Web cams as well as being able to watch live feedings throughout the day. 

Here's a picture I took of us watching one of the live feedings (excuse the nasty whiteboard...I have a new one now!!):


This is the Kelp Cam and you are able to hear the scuba diver and the presenter talk about what they are doing and what they are feeding the fish with. It's pretty neat!

**UPDATE*** For some reason the Open Sea Cam isn't working with the embedded code---so just click on the'll take you there!!!

Here's a video of the Open Sea Cam:

And here's the Web Cam for the Sting Rays at Sea World!!

I hope you can find use for these in your classroom! 

Here's a freebie for Memorial Day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

News to Use for *Teacher Appreciation Week*!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

The teacher blogging world is buzzing with celebrations for Teacher Appreciation Week! Today I'd like to share with you a few of the special treats I've come across - great giveaways and freebies! Click on any of the pictures to see more!

Here's a fun writing activity from from Nicole and Eliceo.


Just for fun, take a look at this clever poem in praise of teachers that Nicole wrote for the iTeach blogs!

FREE Teacher Appreciation Poem for Followers

Teacher Tam is going all out on her blog and Facebook page this week. Follow her so you won't miss out on more! This great giveaway on her blog ends very soon!

Stop by the Educlips store for a new freebie every day this week. Her clip art is fabulous! Click on "Most Recent" to get your daily goodies!

Teacher Appreciation Week Clip Art Freebie #1

Is your head spinning trying to keep the dates and discount codes straight? We all have favorite places to shop, but when there are big sales going on, you just might like to explore some different stores! Here's a little chart to help you out.

You can link to these sites via my stores here:

Teacher's Notebook



Please also follow my FB page for Teacher Appreciation specials and giveaways all week long!

Thanks for stopping by TBR. Have a wonderful week ... bask in the admiration, because you deserve it!

Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Shop 'Til You Drop!

It's Time:

Sale runs from May 5-6.
Click the image above to see all of the sale items!
See you all next month.
Palma :)