Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Who's That Blogger????

Welcome Everyone!!

         Are you ready to have some fun??
                                              ....Play a game?
                                                              .....Win  prizes and cash?

I have teamed up with 65 AMAZING blogger buddies to put together the ultimate Back to School Linky/Giveaway!!!

Each one of my blogger buddies submitted a cute childhood photo & generously donated something special from their online TpT shops for this occasion!! We have included a fun game for you to play for a chance to win over $300.00 in prizes and a BONUS  CASH-PRIZE raffle you can enter at the end of this post!! 


The game is easy to play....

 Your job will be to try and match each blogger with their childhood photo!!! With over 60 childhood photos and bloggers to match up, this might get tricky!! As I mentioned above, each blogger has generously donated one awesome prize from their TpT store. Successfully match a blogger and childhood photo, and you win the prize offered from that blogger!!! The more you matches you make, the more prizes you win!!! 

Check out some of the prizes you could win!!!

but Wait....
That's not all....

ONE lucky follower will win a $125 Amazon Gift Card!! Scroll to the bottom & follow the directions in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win $$$

The link below will open a form that will allow you to submit your answers for the match up. 

Use the blogger links and numbered images to help you along the way!! Each childhood photo has been assigned a specific number. 

Once you open the form, use the drop-down menu beneath each blog button and select a number that corresponds to a childhood photo. 

The form results will be collected throughout the week. At the end of the week, each submission will be "graded" and you will receive a prize for each blogger and photo you successfully matched up!!

The game closes on Friday, August 23rd at midnight (Arizona Mountain Time). Answers will be announced on Saturday, August 24th. Winners will be notified through email throughout the week. 

Use the blog links below the photos to search for clues!!
Click HERE to Play the Matching Game!!


Follow the directions in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $125 Amazon gift card!! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you so much for participating!!! Good Luck!!!

If you would like to post about this linky/giveaway, grab the special image below to display in your post and link up below!!! Make sure to use the link to the actual post,,,

Monday, 19 August 2013

Life as a Canadian Teacher

Teaching in Canada comes with its own unique experiences, some better (Tim cards) than others (cougars). Head on over to Mrs. Mathis' Homeroom to read a great blog post where you can find 29 interesting things about teaching in Canada!


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Getting Ready

My husband and son are away for the week and it is giving me PLENTY of time to catch up on blogging !!! Is it bad that I love them being gone for a bit? No extra dishes, dirty towels, and I can watch what I want to on TV.

For this post I thought I would share with you 2 things that I always do with my class at the beginning of the year.

The first thing I do when I finally get my class (usually not until day 3 or 4 of school) is to create name tags for their desks. These are super helpful when we have a TTOC (substitute teacher) or guest speaker in the classroom.

I take a 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock and cut it length wise.

I write students' names in the middle and draw the bubble around it. In the past I have let students do all the work but I find that sometimes it is hard to read their names. The only thing that is allowed in the bubble is one solid, light color. Too much design here will make it difficult to read the name.

Students are free to design outside the bubble anyway they like. I then laminate them and they get taped on the front part of students desks. This keeps it off the top of their desk where it may get in the way of their work.

I am always amazed at how much work my students put into their nametag. Two of my students that I taught for the last 2 years said they took theirs home and hung it on their bedroom door :)

The second thing I always do with students is I play Back to School Bingo (click here to get it) with them. Like I mentioned above, we don't get our actually students until the end of the first week. This is a way of not having to shuffle kids from class to class as we figure out who has shown up at the school.

Since this is how things go we have to find activities to fill time with the kids we have. Usually they are a mix of students from Grades 1-7.

Everyone loves winning things and my Back to School Bingo is perfect for this since there are 30 different cards that can be used ! I am not a big promoter of handing out candy (don't get me wrong I will give it out but not all the time) so instead I give out fancy pencils, erasers, rulers, notebooks, staplers, and any other fun school supplies I find for CHEAP.

Sometimes I think the students are more excited to get these novelty items than they are to get a piece of candy.

If you teach French, I also have the Bingo game in French here.

I am super excited about going back to school and meeting my new students but in the meantime I am going to go watch what I want on TV !!!


Friday, 9 August 2013

Back to School With Jenga

I don't have to go back to school until September but I thought that while I was catching up on Days of Our Lives (Don't judge me !) I would be somewhat productive. I have had a Jenga game sitting around since last year and decided to put it to use today. Originally I was going to make a multiplication game with the Jenga pieces but then I cam across Rachel Lynette's Get To Know You Jenga and decided this is what I wanted to make :) The best part is it is FREE !!!

All my supplies are ready to go. Labels are printed, tape and scissors handy, Jenga pieces piled !!! 

2 done.....many more to go....

YAY I am done and the pieces are back in the box waiting for my students. It actually didn't take as long as I thought it was going to.

I will be using these during the first week of school. I also thought they would make GREAT attendance questions for the year.

Click here to Jenga!


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