Effective Teaching Articles: WARNING: Copyrights & Trademarks

The Effective Teaching Articles Blog has a great post today regarding copyrights and trademarks. What they mean for a seller, and even more importantly, what they mean for a teacher and/or school! Check it out for some really useful information!

 



2012 Winter Holidays Teaching Tips & Freebies!



The Teaching Bank is very proud to be included in the 2012 edition of Winter Holidays Teaching Tips & Freebies for 3rd-6th grade.

Rachel Lynette has organized 50 TpT sellers who have come together to bring you this amazing holiday gift. On each page a different seller shares a holiday teaching tip and links to one or two holiday freebies!

There are also 3 more books for different grade levels. Please check:

Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business for the PreK-K and Grade 1-2 editions. 



Addie Williams for the grades 7-12 editions. 

Don't Miss Out on Bonus Tuesday!


Don't Miss Out on Bonus Tuesday!
The Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Monday and Bonus Tuesday Sale is still on!  The Teaching Bank is offering a storewide sale of 20% off every product!  Use the TpT Code: CMT12 at checkout to take an additional 10% off your cart total. This code can be used sitewide! The TpT code and The Teaching Bank sale means you can earn a combined 28% off your The Teaching Bank purchases! Sale runs through midnight tonight Hawaiian time!




Cyber Monday is here!


Cyber Monday has arrived!
At Teachers Pay Teachers The Teaching Bank will be having a storewide sale of 20% off every product!  Use the TpT Code: CMT12 at checkout to take an additional 10% off your cart total. This code can be used sitewide! The TpT code and The Teaching Bank sale means you can earn a combined 28% off your The Teaching Bank purchases!


Last day to save at The Teaching Bank's Teachers' Notebook Store! The Teaching Bank is offering 25% off all the products in my Teacher's Notebook Store 11/24-11/26. Teacher's Notebook will take an additional 10% off that! No code needed!

If you prefer to shop The Teaching Bank's Amazon store you can received a 30% discount at checkout when using code: CYMT2012.



Cyber Monday is almost here!





Don't forget tomorrow is Cyber Monday!

The Teaching Bank will be having a storewide sale of 20% off every product!  Use the TpT Code: CMT12 at checkout to take an additional 10% off your cart total. This code can be used sitewide! The TpT code and The Teaching Bank sale means you can earn a combined 28% off your The Teaching Bank purchases!


Head over to The Teaching Bank's store and start your wishlist now so you are ready to save this Cyber Monday and Bonus Tuesday, November 26-27!


3-Day Super Sale!



The Teaching Bank will be joining in with the big 3-Day Sale at Teacher's Notebook. The Teaching Bank Store is offering 25% off everything!  The Teacher's Notebook site is adding an additional 10% to that for 3 BIG days, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 11/24-11/26! No code needed!






Cyber Monday and Bonus Tuesday Sale!




It's that time of year again! Cyber Monday, 11/26/12, is fast approaching. This year Teachers Pay Teachers is not just having a Cyber Monday sale, but we're adding a bonus Tuesday as well!

48 hours of savings!

The Teaching Bank will be having a storewide sale of 20% off every product!  Use the TpT Code: CMT12 at checkout to take an additional 10% off your cart total. This code can be used sitewide! The TpT code and The Teaching Bank sale means you can earn a combined 28% off your The Teaching Bank purchases!



Head over to The Teaching Bank's store and start your wishlist now so you are ready to save this Cyber Monday and Bonus Tuesday, November 26-27!

If you prefer to shop The Teaching Bank's Amazon store you can received a 30% discount at checkout when using code: CYMT2012, 11/26-11/27.




Teachers Help Teachers

I am very fortunate not to be directly affected by Hurricane Sandy. My heart goes out to everyone in the affected areas. I cannot imagine living in the areas that I am seeing on the news.

I am also fortunate to be a part of a wonderful group of collaborating teachers at Teachers Pay Teachers. Laurah Jurca is one of those fantastic teachers and she, and I am sure many more, have been affected by Sandy. Even though she has some damage to her classroom Laurah has taken the time to organize "Teachers help Teachers".  She is giving us a chance to help those teachers in need by asking us to donate a product. I am so happy to donate and hopefully the small gesture will be helpful to those teachers and students that have been affected.

Please if you can also add to the donation I am sure it would mean so much to all the teachers and students that are suffering right now. Head over to Laurah's ESOL Odyddey Blog for details on how you can help!


If you are a teacher affected by Hurricane Sandy, please click the button below to fill out the form requesting help. 

Some Great Thanksgiving Activities Available!

I've joined in with a couple great Thanksgiving/Turkey themed Linky Parties. Please check them out for some fantastic Thanksgiving/Turkey resources!

First Thanksgiving Linky party is over at A Day in the Life of a Kindergartener's Blog:


Primary Inspiration is having a Turkey Time Linky Party!


Primary Inspiration

Between the two blogs there are over 80 links to some fantastic Thanksgiving/Turkey products and blog posts! Check them out to make your November more colorful and easier so you have time for all the real Thanksgiving festivities with your family!


Here's another great Holiday Linky Party over at Mrs. Bushnell's 4th Grade Blog.  This includes holidays through the end of the year so you can get a head start on that December planning too!

Great Science Linky Party!

I am joining in for a great Linky Party for Science resources and ideas over at Diving into Learning's Blog. 
 


Please check out all the great Science resources and ideas that are available from some fabulous teachers!

Super Science Giveaway!

It is the week for giveaways! The Teaching Bank has joined in for another great giveaway. This time is is the Super Science Giveaway over at Adventures in Room 5's Blog!


Adventures in Room 5 has broken the giveaway down into the following packages: General Science, Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science for grades K-6.

The Teaching Bank has donated the Gr. 1-3 Interactive Science Notebook.

The 4 lucky winners will be announced on Sunday, October 7th so head over now to Adventures in Room 5 and enter for your chance to win one of these fantastic prize packages from some really great science teachers!


Celebrating Literacy Giveaway!

Head over to Creation Castle's blog for a Celebrating Literacy Giveaway in honor of Banned Books Week!



The Teaching Bank has added  Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Comprehension Packet to the 4-5th grade giveaway!


To win this great comprehension packet and $23.75 worth of other 4-5th grade items from several wonderful teachers enter now!


The giveaway has been broken up by grade level so not only will you find great items from 4-5th grade teachers but you can find items from all grade levels. Feel free to enter more than one! All of these great resources celebrate our freedom to read any book - a few have even been banned before!

The giveaway is ends at 11:59 pm on October 6th, be sure to get your entries in by then. Good luck! All seven winners on October 7th!

Fall Fun Link up!

Looking for some fun, creative ideas for Fall? Head over the the Teacher 2 Teacher Blog for a great Fall Fun Link-up! There are tons of great Fall themed products from some wonderfully creative teachers!

Little Friendly Ghosts

Halloween is fast approaching! Who doesn't love a good fright and lots of candy!

Mel from Graphics From the Pond has put together a giant Linky Party  to share the great products that have been created using her ghostly clip art.


I have worked with Mel several times and she is absolutely fantastic! So friendly and so very talented. Please check out Graphics From the Pond's TpT store if you are looking for some great clip art that is reasonably priced!

Since I love working with Mel I couldn't pass up the opportunity to join in! I have submitted:

Happy Haunting Noun & Verb Sorting Center



The Happy Haunting Noun and Verb Sorting Center is a great seasonal addition to a 1st-3rd grade language learning center. Students can work together or on their own to sort the Noun and Verb ghosts onto the proper spooky tree!





Be sure to head over to the Linky Party to find Happy Haunting Noun & Verb Sorting Center plus many, many more Halloween themed items from some really wonderful teachers all thanks to Mel at Graphics From the Pond!





 

My Favorite Freebie

Joining in for a fun Linky Party on 2nd Grade Pad's Blog to celebrate favorite FREE products!

The product I chose as my favorite freebie is actually one I just created yesterday!


I created this item not for my classroom or for my customers, but for my 2nd grade son. Sam has struggled with handwriting issues since preschool and has been receiving some awesome OT services since Kindergarten. Sam has started off second grade at a brand new school with a great teacher. One of the ongoing activities throughout the year is to read chapter books at home and complete a "Book Report" form to return. Once he has turned in 10 reports he gets a prize.

Last week Sam completed his first book and we sat down to complete his report form. The form he received at school was designed with small boxes and very thin lines to write in. His teacher had found it on the internet. Sam became very frustrated and didn't want to complete his project. He said he didn't care if he got a prize. I know he loves reading and the activity itself was great, the problem was the design of the sheet. Yesterday, with permission from his teacher, I sat down and designed a new sheet that is more visually appealing and open, hence Book Report Fun!

Since this item is so very close to my heart I have chosen Book Report Fun! as my favorite freebie! Please download it for free from The Teaching Bank store.

It is great to use as Sam does, at home, or in the classroom to monitor student's independent reading comprehension. It helps those with OT issues like Sam but is regular enough for any student to use in the primary grades. I hope it will become as useful in your classroom as much as it has for us!

Interactive Science Notebook

If you have been a reader of my blog for awhile you'll know I am a bit of a NASA fan. I was very saddened to hear the news last weekend of the death of Neil Armstrong. Neil Armstrong was a true American hero and an inspiration for everyone. When reading the various stories about Mr. Armstrong over the past few days I came across this quote from him that I love:

"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand."

This quote embodies what we do in the education world. We hope to create wonder in our students so that they will desire to understand and learn.

I had been working on putting together an interactive science notebook to help teachers and students organize their science resources when I came across this quote. It prompted me to add a section to my notebook that I call the Why/How Does... section. This section integrates writing into the science curriculum.  Everyday (or however often you want) students will write a Why/How does... statement. Why/How does... is a statement that asks the student to pick something that they wonder about and ask why it works the way it does, or how does it work? By creating these Why/How does... statements on a regular basis students will start looking at the world with more wonder and be on the lookout for new things to write about that interest them.

Writing these daily Why/How does... statements do not take much time. It can be used as a sponge activity or bellringer activity as the student comes into the classroom. 

My Interactive Science Notebook is now complete and I have it listed in my store. I have created three versions: 1-3rd grade, 4-5th grade, and 6-8th grade versions. The main difference in the versions is the size of the writing lines, clipart used, and some of the scientific vocabulary. The 6-8th grade version also contains a Periodic Table reference chart that the others do not.

All of the versions contain the following:
•Cover for the notebook
•Teacher Directions
•Teacher plans for the WHY/HOW DOES writing activities
•Why/How Does... writing page









•Experiment pages for note taking and reflecting




•Unfamiliar vocabulary page



•Scientific Method reference chart
•Metric Measurement reference chart
•Standard Measurement reference chart
•Neil Armstrong quote 8.5"x22" bulletin board decor

•Labels for organizing the binder including blank labels that you can customize.


This Interactive Science Notebook is a great way to keep your students organized and encourage them to write daily to increase their wonder and desire to understand! Check them all out in my Teachers Pay Teachers or Teacher's Notebook stores!