Sunday, July 5, 2015

Celebrate Shark Week with a Math Freebie!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Ah, summer! Relaxing on the beach, gathering pretty shells, eating sandwiches with real sand in them, ...doesn't get much better than this, right?  Wait, what's that I hear?  Duh-dum. Duh-dum. What, already?  Yes!!! It's time for Shark Week on the Discovery Channel!

Whether you're in it for the facts or the drama, here's an article in the National Post with a slant that will make you think twice about what you'll see if you tune in this week.

It's hard to ignore the fascination kids have with sharks, so here's one way to take advantage of that!

This Forever Free download is really just a simple set of shark-themed number cards. The bonus is that a list of directions for eight shark-themed math games is also included!

Now, I had some fun going a bit overboard with the shark puns when I was naming these games. Get ready to roll your eyes ... 

* Shark Sighting
* One, Two, Three, Flip!
* Treasures of the Sea
* Sharks Alive, It's All About Five!
* Fin It to Win It!
* Belly Up
* A Shark's Place
* Everybody Out of the Water!

Can't say I didn't warn you about the puns!

Click here or on the cover to download!
But don't go away just yet!

Hop on over to my Primary Inspiration blog, where you can get on the trail of the Shark Week Blog Hop, the source of enough jawesome shark freebies to sink a ship! 'Twould be deadly to miss it. (Last Shark Week pun. Really.)

Happy Teaching!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Where Will Clifford Spend The 4th of July? I Can Teach About "Settings" With This FREEBIE!

I'm The CA Ambassador For Clifford In California!

We are in Gold Country where the Gold Rush was in full swing back in 1849!

Clifford turns 50 this year and Scholastic is running a contest through Instagram.

First, they chose an ambassador for each state. I was chosen for CA so I get to take Clifford through our amazing state. 
Should we go to San Francisco?

So far we traveled up through Northern CA where he actually stood on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Please "like" the following photo on Instagram.
Look for #CliffordInCA and like this one so my photo will win.
Thank you!

Please "like" this photo on Instagram!
It's the one we want to have the most "likes".

Getting his feet dirty on the Pacific Crest Trail!

You can follow his travels through CA via Instagram. Just find #CliffordInCA

4th of July:

Now we are getting ready to visit Big Bear for The 4th of July.

You can see where all the other Clifford Ambassadors are taking their Clifford for 
The 4th of July via Instagram.
Just find # CliffordTakesATripContest

Soon, Clifford Will Be Off To Vegas!

He will join me when I present at the "I Teach K" conference and at the Teachers Pay Teachers Conference.  
Will you be there? Come and see my sessions on 
"Keeping Play in Your Busy Day"
"From Re-telling Stories to Writing - Instant Success!"
"Shop Your Way To Great Math"

I'll also be give four mini talks at ESGI's booth.
Stop by and see me.
If you have your photo taken with Clifford and me at I Teach K, you will be entered in my huge contest which is coming soon.
You can read all about it after July 10 on my blog:
Click my logo to see my blog.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram!
My Instagram name is

Then He Goes To Texas!

I'll be taking Clifford to the Splash Conference in Texas on July 30! So he will get to see way more than just CA. I'll be presenting there too, so be sure to check out my session. It's a Make & Take, so you will get to leave with something special!

Your Setting Freebie:

So I was thinking about how Clifford is being spotted in all different types of settings and we have to teach "story settings" at school so....
You can find my Class Book Cover for a class book about the Gingerbread man who is spotted in different settings. 

You have each student create a setting for their gingerbread man. 
Then, you give them a gingerbread man to decorate and glue on the page. 
Last, use this Class Book Cover and bind the pages into a class book for students to enjoy in your library center.  Click the image for the FREEBIE:
Click the image for the FREEBIE.

Happy 4th of July to Everyone!

I'll see you all next month on the 4th!