Show & Tell Tuesday - Heading Back to School

I can't believe it's halfway through August already!  I need to get my mind in back to school mode.  I know many of you have already started school, so seeing your Show & Tell pics will help motivate me!

I finally got one of the things marked off my summer wish list!  It's been a while since I took the time to walk along the shores of Lake Michigan, and I won't let that much time go by again.  We were up north this past weekend with my parents and my brother's family.  We had to eat one last lunch at Scovie's in Charlevoix which apparently has the best burgers ever served on pretzel buns.  Since they aren't gluten free, I've never had one myself, but they do make an outstanding Northern Michigan chicken salad with cherries!  After lunch, my dad wanted to check out Mount McSauba park to look for some driftwood along the shoreline.  It was a little drizzly and we had to walk over a small sand dune, but it was worth it!  

We only found one good piece of driftwood, but it was a doozy!  I can't believe they got it back to the car and into the car which also had to drive all seven of us back to the cottage!

Wish I had more time to just hang out and listen to this...

I stopped by school yesterday just to get my before pics.  I'm heading in to work tomorrow.

Timm helped me out last week with my first back to school project!  I have never had an easel that has worked for me.  I have had three easels that my school has purchased for several hundred dollars each.  Two of them broke within the first few months, and one of them actually fell over and cut one of my student's head open!  So, I was very interested to come across this pin...

Tammy gives step-by-step instructions and a detailed materials list on how to create your own easel out of pvc pipe.  So, Timm and I headed to Menards.  It was cheaper to buy the pvc pipe in 10 foot sections, and we still managed to make them fit in my tiny Prius!

The materials cost only $35 all together!

It took "us" (I did pretty much nothing) a total of 90 minutes from start to finish!

The only thing that we did differently than what Tammy did is make the shelf between the two boards 22 inches instead of 28.  It just seemed a little wide to me.  I'm so excited to find a spot for it in my room!

One of the projects I wanted to finish this summer was my Historian's Club game that I have done for the past couple of years.  This is a game that the students play to learn the unit vocabulary.  I knew that many of my students were not spending the time studying at home, but we didn't really have much class time to devote to it either.  We discuss vocabulary words in the course of each lesson, but there isn't much extra time for just studying the vocab or playing games with them.  So, I created Historian's Club.  Historian's Club meets during lunch.  The kids bring in their lunches and play a game involving the vocabulary words for that unit.  

The kids seem to really enjoy it, and I have seen it make quite an impact on some of their vocabulary quiz scores!  Historian's Club became so popular, in fact, that I had to sometimes draw names to see who would be able to come, since I teach two sections of social studies.  

I finished putting together the materials for all of the fifth grade units.  You can use the same game board throughout the year, so it doesn't take much prep.  You can check it out at my TPT Store.

Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!

Linky Information:

1. This is a monthly linky.  The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them.  Created the most amazing bulletin board ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench?  Show & Tell us about it!  Play the best game at a party with your class?  Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Only have one thing to Show & Tell about?  Not a problem! 

2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom.  The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell. 

3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture. 

4.  Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post.  Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.

5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours.  It’s always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies! 

Two for Tuesday!

It's Two for Tuesday once again!  Search TPT for #Two4Tuesday to find all kinds of half price bargains!  My deals today are my Editable Name Tags and My 'Ol Man Common Core Lesson & Activities!

Hope you are able to find lots of back to school bargains today!  Also, be sure to enter the rafflecopter below to win one of 16 gift cards!

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Monday Madness!

It's Monday Madness, where you can find all kinds of dollar deals for back to school!  My $1 deals today are my Point of View Handout and Worksheets and Rose Blanche:  Making Inferences with Historical Fiction.

Both of these products are just $1 in my TPT Store today!  Find all the other deals by searching #MondayMadness!

August Pick 3 - Heading Back to School

It's the beginning of August which means it's time to start thinking and planning for the new school year, and it's time for Pick 3!

My first pin is from BuzzFeed.  There are some fabulous ideas here for decorating your classroom, which is the first thing I start thinking about when it's time to head back to my classroom in August.  

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My second pin is an adorable idea for Welcome Back goody bags for your students!

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This third pin is a great back to school activity that would be such a cool bulletin board or hallway display!  It's from Art Projects for Kids.

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Hope you are able to find lots of pins in this month's Pick 3 that will inspire you for the new school year!

Back to School Egg Hunt!

Anybody else out there have a full day on the first day of school?  I remember back in the good old days when the first day of school was a half day.  It was so much nicer to ease back into the school routine that way, like just dipping your foot into the freezing cold waters of Lake Superior.  But somewhere along the line we decided to run and jump right in!  Probably had something to do with state required hours and minutes...

I do more talking on the first day of school than on any other day for the rest of the year!  And forget about sitting down for even a minute!  So much for cute shoes for even the first day.  The kids are in their own kind of agony.  Those hard school chairs are no friend to your backside.  I can hardly tolerate them for a meeting before school let along a whole day.  And if I feel like I'm talking too much, I can only imagine what they are thinking, having to sit there for so long listening!

So, I'm always on the lookout for a fun little activity to break up the monotony.  A few years back I came up with the idea of having an egg hunt.  Who doesn't love a little egg hunt in September?

Here's what you do:

1. Write questions on strips of paper that will get your kids talking about themselves, their summer, being back to school, your classroom, etc.

2. Put each question inside a plastic egg.

3. Hide the eggs around the room (obviously when the kids aren't there)

4. Students work in groups, having one person at a time look for an egg to bring back to the group

5. Groups discuss the question together, then return the egg to its hiding spot

The great thing about the egg hunt is you can spend as much or as little time as you want on it.  It can be a 10 minute thing or a 30 minute thing.  You can even come back to it later in the day.  It will get your kids up and moving around and talking with each other.  My kids loved it so much, that I began incorporating it into Social Studies reviews.  I put review questions in the eggs instead.

This is an activity you can pretty easily whip up on your own, but if you would like it to be that much easier, check out my Back to School Egg Hunt product in my TPT Store!

It wouldn't be back to school time without a sitewide sale at TPT!  Everything in my store is on sale, including the Back to School Egg Hunt which is an absolute bargain!

I hope you have the best year ever!