Monday, March 26, 2012

Program sparks interest in reading - Omaha.com

I read an interesting article in the Omaha World Herald this morning. 
Program sparks interest in reading - Omaha.com

Teaching at the elementary level we never used the Accelerated Reading program so as a teacher I do not have experience with it.  My son entered middle school this year and began using the AR program so I am experiencing it from a parent's perspective. Overall I have not been impressed. My son is a reluctant reader and he has a difficult time finding books that will spark his interest. Unfortunately all I hear in regards to his AR reading is the point value of the books. He will try and choose the highest point value possible just to meet the goal, not paying attention to the content or reading level. Sadly he often chooses books he has no interest in, therefore earning himself a lower score on the AR test. As a parent I really wish there was less focus on points and more on reading for pleasure. I would be interested to see a program such as the pilot program mentioned in the article for my son's school. I want him to find the books that will spark an interest. I want him to WANT to read for reading's sake, not for a point value.

Any AR teachers out there that have any advice on how to use the AR program in a way that sparks interest with less emphasis on points? I'd love to hear your advice and comments!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spectacular Spring Giveaway

I am so excited to be involved in the Spectacular Spring Giveaway hosted by Lessons From The Middle!

Some fantastic offering have been made to this contest. I received copies for participating and I am overwhelmed with the outstanding products being offered by all these talented teachers!

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Here's the deal:

Follow Lesson's From the Middle's blog and fill out the Lessons From The Middle Spectacular Spring Giveaway Form to enter. To "follow me" just click on "Follow My Blog" on the Networked Blogs icon, and then click on the green "Follow" button. You can also choose to follow me via email - your choice. You can do both if you wish;) That's it!

If you already follow - THANK YOU! Please just fill out a form to enter.

For more chances to win, Follow in my TeacherPayTeachers Store, Tweet about my contest (my handle - @LessonsBlog), share the link and Like Me on Facebook, Pin this blog post or follow me on Pinterest, blog about this giveaway on your own blog - I'd appreciate any exposure you'd be willing to send my way!!! Every follow, tweet, share, pin etc...gives you another chance to win - so feel free to fill out a ballot each time you follow me or spread the word.

Also, please follow the blogs and stores of the generous teachers who've offered their resources for this giveaway. You may also enter for every follow of these fine folks.


The best thing about this giveaway: Everyone wins!

Let's face it, we all love to enter contests. However, it's disappointing when you never, ever EVER win anything! I was one of those people who treasured the "participation" ribbon that everyone who ran the race received. So now, Lesson's From the Middle is giving you, your very own. Everyone who follows the blog and fills out an entry form will be rewarded with a virtual goodie bag of resources from Lesson's From the Middle and  fellow TPT friends. You'll each be emailed a package of amazing freebies: Lessons, activities, games and more, for your classroom as a THANK YOU for following Lesson's From the Middle blog! How can you argue with that? You can't! Oh, but it gets better...

Five lucky winners will receive a bundle of resources, valued at over $40.00, that have been generously donated by some amazing teachers. (Thanks again folks!)

These resources include:

A Piece of Pi: Math Challenges (Grades 6-8) Contributed by: Krystal Mills

Irregular Verb Magic Square (Grades 4-6) Contributed by: Hojo

Alien Text Talk QTR 1 Daily Language Practice~ Grammar, Spelling (Grades 4-12) Contributed by: The Teaching Bank

Verb Tenses: Graphic Organizers and Student Review Handouts (Grades 6-8) Contributed by: Ann Marie Smith

Writing A Fictional Narrative - A Writing Workshop Unit (Grades 4 - 8) Contributed by: Runde's Room

Novel Study/Chapter Graphic Organizers for Any Novel (Grades 4-10) Contributed by: Addie Williams

Complete Poetry Unit (Grades 4-8) Contributed by: tchrBrowne

Solving Simple Math Formulas Using a Triangular Graphic Organizer (Grades 6- 10) Contributed by: Scipi

Tiling - 3 and 4 digit x 1 digit Multiplication Puzzles (Grades 3 -6) Contributed by: Heidi Raki

Making Numbers - A Warm-up Math Activity (Grades 5 -8) Contributed by: Teaching By Hart

Class Helpers Sign for French, Spanish or other rotary teachers (Grades 5- 12) Contributed by: Madame Aiello

Aztec, Inca, Maya, Mississippian Civilization Game (Grades 5-8) Contributed by: The Teaching Couple

Not only that, one of these five winners will also be awarded a $25 Amazon gift card to spend at their leisure!


Oh, but I'm not done yet - not even close.

In addition to these five winners, 7 lucky teachers will win a shopping spree in one of the TPT stores listed below! It's the luck of the draw. If you win a spree from Science Stuff but you don't teach Science - buy some items and donate them to your school or pass the winnings along to a colleague who teaches that subject matter. Think of it as a random act of kindness!

Shopping Sprees Have Generously Been Offered By:

1) Krystal Mills (ME): http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Krystal-Mills

$25.00

2)Valerie Young: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Valerie-Young

$25.00

3) Terri Browne: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Tchrbrowne

$25.00

4) Laura Jurca: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Tools-For-Teachers-By-Laurah-J

$20.00

5) Stacy Mickelson: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Stacy-Mickelson

$20.00

6) Katie Hoss: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Katie-Hoss

$50.00

7) Amy Brown: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Science-Stuff

$25.00

Finally, one lucky winner will receive a $10.00 TPT gift card (donated by TeachersPayTeachers) to spend in ANY TPT store. What's on your wish list?

So many ways to win - 13 WINNERS in ALL!

Whether you teach middle school or not, every teacher can benefit from this giveaway!

Thanks to the generous teachers who've made this giveaway possible. Please visit their blogs and become followers (if you're not already) as a great big thank you!

Innovative Connections

Runde's Room

Addie Education-Teacher Talk

HoJo's Teaching Adventures

The Teaching Bank

Science Stuff

All Students Can Shine

Terri's Teaching Treasures

The ESOL Odyssey

Go Figure!

Raki's Rad Resources

Madame Aiello FSL Teacher's Resources

What are you waiting for??? Follow Lesson's From the Middle and then Click Here to Enter

Lesson's From the Middle will be randomly choosing winners with "random.org" and the giveaway closes at 10:00pm EST on March 31st. The winners will be notified by email and then posted to Lesson's From the Middle blog.

Well, that's it! It's Go Time.

Thanks again to all who've made this giveaway possible -all you wonderful teachers and of course, TeachersPayTeachers.com!

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Good luck and let the winning begin! So...who wants their goodie bag?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Great Giveaway for Elementary Teachers!

Karla Banks from The Life in Education Blog has set up a wonderful giveaway and has been gracious enough to allow The Teaching Bank to participate!

She has several AMAZING ladies who have offered up some AMAZING teaching resources for one lucky winner. (If we have a super-amazing turn out, she will offer additional prizes for a 2nd and 3rd place winner!

Head over to Karla's blog for all the details on how you can be a winner!


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Thanks Karla for allowing me to participate! Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Adventures of Flat Sam!

Another fun adventure using Flat Stanley in the classroom. Check out the "Adventures of Flat Sam"!



Looking to use Flat Stanley in your classroom? Check out my Flat Stanley unit available at Teachers Pay Teachers, Teacher's Notebook, and on CD at Amazon!