Sunday, 5 May 2013

Teacher Appreciation Sale and a Freebie!

 Yay it is sale time again!!! Now I can get the rest of the stuff on my wishlist :) Here is a quick shout out the Zip-a-dee-doo-dah Designs for their great sale graphics. Trust me when I say if you haven't discovered her clip art you are missing out. Click on the picture to discover her awesome work !

Everything in my store will be on sale with deals up to 20% off. Please be one of the smart shoppers and use the TpT code of TAD13 to get an additional savings of 10% off. OK, time for some math.... That means with my 20% off and TpT's 10% off you can get 28% off!!!!What a great way to approach the end of the school year.
The 10% off from TpT during check out is only good until midnight May 8th, Hawaii time. Aww sandy beaches of Hawaii......sorry I digress.  Anyways, I am keeping my store on sale for the 9th as well, but you will only be able to get the 20% off this day. I know I want the whole deal so Sunday will be my shopping day and do I ever have a lot in my cart waiting.

If you are looking for some great deals for your cart here are a couple of my products:
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Math made fun
Click here to check out all my 141 products on TpT !

 Ok, Ok... I know I said there would be a freebie. Well here it is. I use this story and worksheet for introducing the importance of government. My students always love it and the trolls make their way into many of our conversations. Click on the picture to download the file.
Have fun shopping and don't forget to check below for other great TpT sellers putting their stores on sale.


Saturday, 4 May 2013

Kandinsky Trees

I thought I would share with you all one of the art projects my students had a ton of fun doing. They were super excited that they got to rip up old book pages and even one of the novels we did this year, Maniac Magee. Don't worry the novel was already ripped and missing pages (unreadable) ! 

I got the inspiration from Jennifer, from Runde's Room. She has so many wonderful art ideas and is the blog I pin the most to my Pinterest boards :) 

Materials Needed:
*Old book pages
*8.5 x 11 card stock
*Water colour paints
 *Black acrylic paint
*glue sticks

To inspire my students, I first showed my students different pictures of Kandinsky's work and we talked about all the concentric circles. They were surprised that someone could be famous for painting circles. 

 We then started to work on the Kandinsky Trees. First of all they had to rip old book pages and glue them randomly on the 8.5 x 11 card stock paper. Once the glue dried it was time to paint the ground. They could use any colour of water colour paint they wanted to. More drying time...... Now for the acrylic paint. After a chat about how acrylic paint cannot be washed off their clothes and that they would need to be careful we began with the drawing/painting of the trees. I first had students sketch LIGHTLY with a pencil the shape of their tree and then paint them with black acrylic paint. You guessed it... more drying time....

While the paint was drying in each part, students worked on colouring their circles. I printed them a page with a bunch of different sized circles and they decorated them with markers or pencil crayons. Since it was Spring time the criteria was brightly coloured circles.

Once all the paint was dried and the circles were coloured it was time to cut them out and glue them on the branches.

Here are some of the final paintings. I may be biased but I think they turned out pretty great :)

After your students have had time to admire their work, display them on a bulletin board for everyone else to see. Your students will be so proud of their work. Watch them shine! 


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