Monday, March 31, 2014

'Tis The Season For Test Prep!

Yes, it is test prep time for most teachers. 
 To help you out here is a fun product to review literary terms with your students. 
My Test Prep Literary Terms I Have, Who Has...? Game contains over sixty game cards to brush up on those lovely literary terms. 
You can pick it up in my TpT store and have a little fun!

Also, there are some lovely ladies with some great giveaways going on at...
Deb Hanson's {Crafting Connections}! 
Stop on by and good luck!

* Blogger is still not being nice...uploading pictures is just not what it wants to do!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

And Another Great Giveaway!

Here is another great giveaway to check out!  The girls of Second Grade Nest, Party in Primary, Darlin' in First, and Webster's Little Dictionary are throwing a giveaway!
(Eeek!  Blogger is still misbehaving!  Can't get the pictures to upload!)
Good Luck!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Check Out A New Blog!

Laura at A Grace-Filled Classroom has a new blog.  Head over to check it out.  She has an awesome giveaway to celebrate as well!
I had a great picture to go along with this, but Blogger is not cooperating tonight! :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


I've got something exciting to share with you today-you could say it's a RED LETTER DAY!  I am teaming up with Deb Hanson from Crafting Connections for her Classroom Tested/Teacher and Student Approved Series.  I offered to test out her Idioms and Hyperbole Craftivity because it just looked so cute.  I also knew that my students needed an idiom review about now.  I love the fact that crafting could be incorporated into this topic.  I enjoy crafting myself and crafting is something my students just don't get to do too often enough with all of the technology out there. 

We began our week by reviewing the definitions of idioms and hyperbole.  And it was good that we did that!  Most students had a pretty good idea of what hyperbole is and could give examples.  Idioms, well, not as easy.  Idioms especially are tough for students to "get"- certainly not a PIECE OF CAKE for them.  As adults we use idioms all the time and they go right over our students heads at times!  
My students entered the classroom saying, "I heard we are doing a fun project today!" and "Wow! Those look great!" as they admired the work hanging up from their peers in earlier classes.  It didn't take long for them to get down to the NITTY GRITTY!

Students had packets of the pages necessary to create this craftivity.  They worked in pairs to decipher whether or not the beverage glass was an idiom or hyperbole.  Many came up with the strategy of acting out the prompts written in each glass.  Pretty much they were able to better determine the idiom of the group when they did the acting.  For example, one student would literally "hit the books" and ask the other if that is really what is being said.  The other answered that that wasn't what was really happening and from there they determined that the saying was an idiom.  After they decided on which glasses held idioms and which ones held examples of hyperbole, they labeled the glasses with an I or an H and colored them.  I have some OUTSIDE THE BOX thinkers, so we had pink and yellow lemonade!  Once I told them they were going to have their work showcased in a blog they PUT THEIR BEST FEET FORWARD.  The idea of other teachers checking out their work really inspired them!  They also pulled out all of the BELLS AND WHISTLES for this craftivity - Sharpies, crayons, colored pencils, and GLITTER!

Here are some pictures of their works in progress:

(Set up and cut outs.)


(All done-This group decided on pink lemonade!)

(A bulletin board created by students.  Yes, they hung up everything and added the extra lemons too.)
You can't see them here, but there are tea leaves as well!)
(The rectangular spot isn't on the board-I had to blank out names on their work.)

All in all, we spent about four class periods reviewing, acting, creating, cutting, coloring and putting up bulletin boards!

Well, if one craftivity wasn't enough..... students realized idioms were HARD NUTS TO CRACK, so they went ahead and completed another one of Deb's Craftivities!  Talk about eager beavers!

So... here are pictures of Deb's Idiom Craftivity for St. Patrick's Day as well!
I picked this up from her TPT store and figured it was a perfect idiom review for this time of year.

 (Some little leprechauns hung these up too!)

 (This one is the CAT'S MEOW!  Check out the pot of gold BLING!)

Be sure to check out Deb Hanson's blog {Crafting Connections} for even more information on these fun products.  You will want to visit her blog because she is generously giving away her Idioms and Hyperbole Craftivity to a LUCKY winner!

 Thanks Deb!  My students and I sure had fun completing these craftivities.
Idioms are no longer the ACHILLES' HEEL of this group!  :)

Hope this blog post TICKLED YOUR FANCY!

Ha! - My students and I challenged ourselves to include ten idioms in this post and we've done just that and some more!!

~If you need another fun St. Patrick's Day activity see my previous blog post.  There's a rafflecopter there for a chance to win my St. Patrick's Day Would You Rather...? Questions.~

Monday, March 10, 2014


I am excited about one of my newest products in my {TpT store}
St. Patrick's Day "Would You Rather...? Questions.

This product was mentioned in an earlier post of mine.  These are 38 fun questions to get your students thinking.  It's loads of fun to hear their choices!  To celebrate I am giving away this product to one lucky winner.  Just enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win it! 
Thanks for swinging by my porch. 
 "Swing" by again on Tuesday or Wednesday for a great post on Idioms and Hyperbole.

There are also two other giveaways you might like to try-  Deb at {Crafting Connections} has a fun Spring giveaway going on right now and {Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason} has a little fun for you too! :)

Monday, March 3, 2014


Happy Monday Friends! 
 Test Prep is just around the corner, so here is a fun new product to help students brush up on figurative language.  My Onomatopoeia - I Have, Who Has...? Game is loads of fun! 
 It is currently on sale in my TPT store since it's a new item. 
I am also part of a fabulous giveaway that Angela from Teacher's Desk 6 put together to celebrate some of her milestones!  Check out her blog, Teacher's Desk 6, and enter to win some fabulous prizes from fellow bloggers. 
Have a wonderful week!