Picture your Selfie in Vegas

Sunday, March 29, 2015
 Can you picture it now?  YOU in LAS VEGAS? 

How about YOU in LAS VEGAS attending a one day session of the SDE conference?

Primary Chalkboard is giving away YOUR CHOICE of a 1 day session at SDE!

So, will it be Singapore Math, Differentiated Instruction, I Teach K, I Teach 1st, or the newly added I Teach 2nd? 

How fun is that?

BUT, that's not all, we're also including a $25 gift card to the SDE bookstore, CRYSTAL SPRINGS.

So, NOW can you picture YOURSELF in VEGAS?

Oh, you say you need money for airfare, hotel accommodations, or just some spending money while you are here?  Well, we've got that covered, too.  How about  
to help you out with that?!?!?

NOW, can you picture YOURSELF in VEGAS?

Here's how to enter for a chance to win.

Hop through our Facebook pages and collect a tip for your (possible) visit to Vegas.
Be sure to "like" each page as you hop through so that you can collect the tip.
Each tip will have a number on a playing card.
Add the numbers together and enter the sum  on the Rafflecopter on the Primary Chalkboard blog for a chance to win.
Be sure to add a comment and include #primarychalkboardsendmetovegas.

For an extra chance to win this, take a selfie, post it on IG with #primarychalkboardsendmetovegas 
Don't forget to tag us in your picture! @primarychalkboard

The winner will be picked on the evening of April 5th.

A HUGE thank you to SDE (Staff Development for Educators) for their kind and generous donation!


Farm Unit - crafts and ideas

Friday, March 27, 2015
Well hello~ ~
I'm so excited to be on Spring break!!!! I've been waking up every morning swimming laps and loving life!  
I'm here to let you know it's that time of year again!  I' m hosting a feedback frenzy party !  I usually do this twice a year and it's always fun!  If you have never experienced one of my feedback frenzy parties let me tell you all about it.  I send out a note to my followers on TPT, share it here and on fb too.  All you have to do is look back at your MY PURCHASES page and if you have anything that you have purchased from me just leave feedback:  so easy!  I am giving away $20 to my store for anyone that participates.  In your feedback just mention feedback frenzy at the end.  If you are listed as 'buyer' - just send me an email that you did this @ vickypmoore40@gmail.com and what product it was and I will enter you.  I will pick a winner the weekend of April 4-5 so you have plenty of time to participate.

So swing on over to TPT ~ what are you waiting for?!?  See if you have any you forgot to leave for me.  

Also on a side note if you teach on FARMS I have a huge new unit I just posted.  That $20 can come in handy if you win this feedback frenzy!

farm unit and crafts  

farm unit and crafts 

farm unit and crafts  

farm unit and crafts

farm unit and crafts

farm unit and crafts

farm unit and crafts

farm unit and crafts

 Hope you are on or looking forward to your spring break!  



Sunday, March 15, 2015
So you have to teach on biographies?  Don't worry I've got you covered.  My partner teacher and I have been teaching on biographies for a few weeks now.  We even had the big wigs from the D.O. come out to observe a lesson on Helen Keller.  We had such fun working together to create these adorable biographies! 
We had a blast creating these projects!  We made sure that they:
*researched using a variety of resources and CITED those resources on their craftivity
*completed an outline for their biography after having seeing it modeled several times
*did a rough draft first
*Wrote in their best cursive for their finished product
I'm so proud of my third graders for doing such an amazing job!  Take a peek at their great work!
biography craftivity - research project

biographies third grade

Biography report and craft

Biography unit, craft and report

Biography unit, craft and report

If you have fallen in love with these:  Don't worry!  I have a biography pack that you might love  and you can do these with your sweet kiddos too!  Be sure to follow me on facebook so you can see when the pack is ready and in my store!


No Worksheet Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I'm so excited to be linking up with my friends over at the Primary Chalkboard to bring you No Worksheet Wednesdays.  First of all I am always thinking about how I'm using my class time...is it useful, am I reaching every student?  etc....worksheets are easy for the teacher yes, but are they what's best for kids?  That is something for all of us to think about that's why I'm so glad that we have decided to get you thinking about it too.  So link on up each Wednesday in March and we can all share our ideas.  Every Wednesday for the month of March, I am promising trying really hard not to use a SINGLE PRINTABLE or WORKSHEET in my classroom.  I actually don't use them very much anyways because of the way I run my morning rotations but this is a win win.  Less paper....less killing trees, saving the district money on copies and having kids do more hands on activities.

Here are some things I did today instead:

Around the World has been around for years I'm sure.  I used addition and subtraction facts in first grade and now I use multiplication and division facts.  They love trying to beat out their friend.  Trash Can Spelling is a big hit too - you can read more about it in a previous post { here }

I have several power points that I make interactive.  We might read a passage and pull out the main idea and details...throughout there are questions A, B, C, D and they will answer on their white boards...then one lucky kid each time gets to come  up and click on the answer.  Of course a fun display/cartoon comes up if it's correct.  Another thing I'm able to do is have a computer center rotation during reading groups.

It may seem like cheating a little but white boards still AREN'T pencil and paper right?!!?!  It still counts...kids love to write on their white boards and it makes math more motivating!
I do reading groups faithfully every day except Friday, that counts too.  See how easy it is? 

This is an OLD picture from when I taught first grade but you can have them interact with the text during reading groups - which makes learning engaging and fun as well.

My reading rotation wheel looks like this although I have made it smaller this year....as you can see we write in our journals, have quiet reading in the library, Grab a spot read a lot which is DEAR time any comfy place they find in the room, a skill ( sometimes a worksheet ) , reading groups and computers. 
 Link up and share you no worksheet ideas with us over at The Primary Chalkboard by clicking { HERE }.  Each week's linky party is open all week. We hope you join us !!  I can't wait to see what you have going on in your classroom!