Make this the Best Year EVER!

The community at Teachers Pay Teachers wants to help you make this school year the best year ever! For a thrifty shopper like me the best way to start off the year is to save money! Now is your chance to save as well with the big TpT Back to School Sale, August 1-2, 2016.





Everything in my store, The Teaching Bank, will be marked 20% off. In addition to that use code: BESTYEAR at checkout to take an additional 10% off everything in your cart!



This is a fantastic way to stock up for the upcoming year at a significant discount!  Complete novel studies and bundles in my store are already marked down 20% or more everyday so add the additional 20% and the 10% coupon code and you can get some substantial products at a deeply discounted price!

Another great way to save is to earn TpT credits for leaving feedback! Head to your "My Purchases" page and leave feedback for all products that you've purchased. Use the credits that you earn to help pay for your cart full of goodies during the sale!

Special thanks to Thrifty in Third Grade for allowing me to share her great video!

So get your credits all earned and your wishlist stocked and get ready to save big bucks at the sale starting tomorrow, August 1st and Tuesday, August 2nd! Don't forget to use code: BESTYEAR at checkout to receive that extra 10% off of everything in your cart!




Bud, Not Buddy in the Classroom

Bud, Not Buddy written by Christopher Paul Curtis, is a wonderful book to use for a novel study or literature circles in the classroom. Bud, Not Buddy, was published in 1999 and received the Newberry Medal for children's literature in 2000. Author, Christopher Paul Curtis, was also recognized with the 2000 Coretta Scott King Award, an award given to outstanding African American authors.



Summary of Bud, Not Buddy:
(from the book jacket)

It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud's got a few things going for him:
  1. He has his own suitcase full of special things.
  2. He's the author of Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.
  3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue; flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!
Bud's got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find his mystery man, nothing can stop him - not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.

This is a great Depression Era novel to use in the classroom to help students understand the struggles of the era, especially as an African-American youth, and to see how perseverance will overcome adversity.

This is a great novel to accompany a study of:
  • The Depression Era
  • The foster care system during the Depression versus today
  • The role of unions on the American economy
  • Race relations and discrimination during the Depression Era.
I offer a complete novel study to accompany Bud, Not Buddy for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.



Here's a preview sample of my Bud, Not Buddy Novel Study:





Please go to my TpT store to see this free preview as well as the complete CCSS alignment checklist for grades 4-6 in its entirety. Please email with any questions you may have!