March 31, 2016


  There's just something about April in a classroom that is the 
official kickoff to the "Mondays" countdown to summer break!  
Can you even relate though? Ha! 
This week, my district has been on Spring Break, and like most TPT Teacher Authors, I have been working like a soldier every day to update some of my current resources!            
 I've also been creating some new FOLLOWER FREEBIES!  
With Teacher Appreciation Week  just around the corner, chances are, you will need some Thank You cards.  Or maybe you might want to jot a note to your homeroom parent(s) and let them know how much you have appreciated them during the school year.  Or... maybe even you are that teacher that is already thinking of great end of the year gifts for your students and maybe you want to attach a personal note with it.  Whatever the case, I feel certain that you are going to LOVE my
    (So... if you do, PLEASE leave me a little comment or two and let me     
          know what you think.  Honestly, feedback is what fuels teacher authors, so keep them coming!
This free resource will allow you to create your own personalized stationery regardless of gender, grade, or subject you teach! There are a variety of ways you can use this resource if you find yourself in dire straits and need a Hallmark or American Greetings card, but discover that teachers are like glue...stuck at school and unable to leave the campus!

Some ideas might include:
  • Teacher Appreciation Week Thank You Cards
  • Birthday Cards
  • Boss' Day
  • Secretary's Day
  • Get Well Card
  • Invitations for Classroom Events (Class Parties, Field Day, Muffins with Mom, Donuts with Dad, Honor Roll Assemblies, etc.)
  • Generic Cards
  • Homeroom Mom Thank You Cards
  • Faculty Meeting Notepads
Seriously....the list is endless!  A simple set of DIY instructions is also included in the download, along with some ideas to expand your creativity! Take a look to see what other teachers have to say!  So please enjoy this "Thank You" from me!

If you have coincidentally stumbled across my blog, I invite you to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.  I LOVE giving special treats to my teacher supporters, so please just click my little green star and become a follower too! the saying goes, "It's better to give than to receive", so I  want to share two FREE literacy graphic organizers with you!

If you have not browsed through some of my newer literacy, math, or writing resources, I encourage you to take a look at them.  They require little to no prep and make wonderful additions to your Daily 5 centers, 

or to use with your favorite Kagan Structures.  

             I also wanted to take minute to introduce a colleague of mine, Jamie Knefley, from Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie!  Jamie and I have partnered together to create Simply Southern Science!  

We are so excited that we have finally launched our first resource,
Density:  A Unit on Sinking and Floating

We both agreed that science curriculum resources in elementary schools were scarce; therefore, we decided to collaborate and create some science units that include STEM Challenges and other engaging activities.  We are currently working on our second resource, The Human Body Systems!  Be on the lookout as we will be offering some giveaways once it is available!  To make sure you do not miss out on this opportunity to participate, we encourage you to follow us on our other social media sites!
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So, that's pretty much how I have spent my Spring Break, 
what exciting things did you do on your Spring Break?

Also, if you are planning on going to the TPT Conference in Orlando
please reply and let me know!  I would LOVE meet you in person! 

March 6, 2016

Pin It To Win It Giveaway: A Unit on Density and STEM Challenge

I am hosting my first ever "A Pin It to Win It" giveaway to showcase our new science resource, Density:  A Unit on Sinking and Floating and STEM Challenge.  

Jamie Knefely from Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie and I decided to collaborate and start creating science units.  We both teach 2nd grade at different schools in Bossier City, Louisiana.  We both agreed that the curriculum and resources available for elementary teachers was scarce.  Therefore, since two heads are better than one, we said, "Why not get together and design some differentiated science units that could be used in a variety of different grade levels, as well as for homeschooled students.

Sooooo...... as we sit here together on this Sunday after church {and lunch} with stomachs as full as ticks, we are getting ready to launch Simply Southern Science's first resource, Density:  A Unit on Sinking and Floating.

We felt that this resource would be a perfect addition to any 2nd - 6th grade science teacher's density lesson plans.  You may be thinking, "Wow...that's a broad range of grades!"  However, we know that all great teachers have the natural ability to adjust their lessons to best fit the needs of their students. 

This density resource has a multitude of activities to choose from if you are seeking a complete unit, or if you would like to pick and choose and add activities to your existing units.  Included are the following hands-on science experiments...  1.  The Density Tower  2. STEM Challenge:  Build a Floating Raft, and  3. Coke/Diet Coke:  Which will Float?  (Also...a great compare/contrast activity is included to cross the curriculum in ELA!)

We have also included suggestions and a weekly lesson plan layout for teaching the components in this unit.  These activities provide great opportunities for whole group instruction, small group activities, and independent learning.

Besides the experiments, this product is packed with vocabulary task cards that can be incorporated with your favorite Kagan Structures, a vocabulary foldable, links for a differentiated activity to meet your technology standards, lesson extension ideas for fast finishers, Scoot game, assessment, Exit Ticket, links to educational videos, literacy links, and much more!

We are positive that you will be FLOATING on Cloud 9 as your students SINK their minds into this Density Unit...No pun intended!  ;)  

If you would like a chance to win Simply Southern Science's first science unit, follow these SIMPLE directions:  1.  {SIMPLY} pin the cover page to a relevant Pinterest Board.  2. {SIMPLY} leave a comment to this blog post and include your email address (especially if you are a no-reply blogger) 3.  {SIMPLY} copy and paste the pin's URL from your Pinterest board.

I will select two winners and email you this Density Unit on Monday, March 21st.  Please share with your colleagues and fellow bloggers so that they can have a chance to win too!  :)

For ADDITIONAL chances to win this product, hop on over to Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie for the directions on entering our Rafflecopter Giveaway!

Good luck, and we look forward to hearing from you!!

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