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How many times have you ever said this, "I need more books for my classroom library"?  Well, I found this nice little secret a few years back while teaching kindergarten.  I am going to share it with all of you so that you can get books and more the inexpensive way for your classroom library.  Have you ever heard of "Book Sale Finder"?

Click on the image to take you to their website

When you get to the website you will see the image below along with many other images on their website.  Just click on the state you live in and 

you will see the next image that tells you where all of the book sales that your local library has coming up and the dates and times to visit.  

As you can see I have one to go to in Alpharetta, GA.   At my local library I go and get a box or two of books for about $10.00 to $15.00 per box. (they usually run from .50 to $1.00 each) I also find VHS movies really cheap since nobody has a VHS player anymore except me in my classroom!  If you get there early on the first day they open, or go when they have a "library card holder" preview, you can make out like a bandit in the book territory.  I then can use them to send home with my kids and not worry about them getting lost because they can be replaced at the next book sale.  

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, they have a Facebook page so click on the link below and follow them to get notifications.

Okay, I wanted to keep it short and sweet so you can check out their website and their Facebook pages.  Here's to happy reading and book finding!  

Deb from Fabulously First!

Egg-stra Easter Eggs Lying Around? Use Them In Your Classroom!

Wow! I can't believe that's it's Easter Sunday tomorrow! This year is really flying by. This is a great time of year to start collecting tiny plastic eggs to use in your classroom for Spring Centers. Your students probably have a few lying around at home that you can ask parents for, you may have some from your own children, nephews or nieces, and there's got to be a few co-workers that can snag some for you!
Collecting them is easy, and turning them into fun centers is even easier! Here are some ideas that I found:

Here's how Janaye from Frogs and Cupcakes used her eggs for a great math center!
Little Bins for Little Hands, used their eggs to hide small objects that would make counting fun!

These eggs were used for matching rhyming and matching math facts. The possibilities are endless!

Other Ideas:
Building Compound Words
Reading Word Families
Blending Sounds 
Sorting by Color
Reading Questions Placed Inside of Eggs.
Sight Word Practice
Matching Parts of Speech
Matching Opposites

Check out more ideas that I pinned on the Primary Chalkboard Pinterest Page! 


Happy Easter to you all! Have fun creating new fun and colorful centers!! 

Mrs. O'Brien 

Bringing the World to Your Students with Virtual Field Trips

Oh, I am SO excited to be writing my first ever Primary Chalkboard blog post! I have been looking forward to this day ever since I was fortunate enough to become a Chalkie :) I hope you enjoy it!

We all know how beneficial field trips are. Students are able to experience, first hand, what they have been learning about in the classroom. Students are able to touch, feel, and see things they might not have an opportunity to otherwise. Well-planned field trips with close curriculum tie-ins help students mesh together the concepts they have been learning about with how it relates to the real world. Field trips, though, do take a lot of planning. They can be expensive. And sometimes the perfect place to go just isn't realistic. This is where virtual field trips come into play!

A virtual field trip can take students to a far off place and can be planned just days in advance. Virtual field trips enable students to travel through space or go back in time. And they're perfect for those teachable moments that just happen to spring up. Just visiting a website, though, doesn't constitute a virtual field trip. The same care and planning that goes into planning a real field trip must be done for an authentic virtual field trip. With advancements in technology and technology becoming more mainstream, virtual field trips have really changed over the years. 

You can have students work through a virtual field trip whole group, small group, with a partner, or individually, depending on your purpose and the level of your students. I have also asked parent volunteers to be the "chaperone" so they are there to help students along the way. One of the first virtual field trips I ever used was The First Thanksgiving. I love how this particular virtual field trip has the option for the text to be read aloud to students. There is a teacher's guide to help you plan out the field trip. 

Students can track the path of the Mayflower from England to America. Students can click on the blue dots and read (or listen) to significant events that occurred along the Pilgrims' journey.

Students can also take a virtual tour of the ship and learn about the various parts of the ship.

Students can pretend to be detectives on this virtual field trip where they investigate what really happened in 1621. 

Students can drag and drop the descriptions of myths to the picture it describe.

 There are several interactive pages students can read or listen to to learn more about the Native Americans or Pilgrims.

Here are a few other virtual field trips you might be interested in taking your students on :)

A virtual field trip can also be where your class connects with another class over Skype. Students can even work collaboratively with students in another part of the world on projects using Skype. It will take time and planning, but think of the rich experiences your students will have! I haven't done this yet, but can't wait to give it a try when I get back into the classroom!

Virtual field trips certainly can't replace the real thing, but when the destination isn't realistic, a virtual field trip can further enhance your unit of study and help your students make connections.

I am always looking for additional virtual field trips to add to my list. What is your favorite virtual field trip? Thanks for letting me share one of my favorite classroom activities!

Heather from 2 Brainy Apples

Got Spring Fever?!? We've got you covered!

Hi everyone...Vicky here from Teaching and Much Moore and I'm so giddy over being a part of this amazing group.  Well first off don't be mad...but I'm on spring break and yep I am on my second week of it.  It's been wonderful and PEACEful...and QUIET!!!  Most work days - some days at work aren't quite like that. I'm here to give you some tips and tricks to get you through spring fever in your classroom.  Your kiddos love you and have become comfortable with you and each other...they tend to ignore... forget the rules a bit this time of year.  So ~  I have some ideas up my sleeve to help a sista { or brother } out!
First off a few years back I posted an idea that came to me in the middle of the night... I called it the Fancy Desk.  This is what it looked like in it's early stages...

You can read all about it {here} The quick version is that I would randomly pick a student that was working quietly throughout the day to sit there.  It had fresh new markers/pencils and other goodies + a really cool seat cushion and all that fanciness.  I mean what student wouldn't want to hang out there for an hour?!?  I might change that student out throughout the day every hour or so and they LOVED it.
Maybe you don't have the space in your classroom for that ~  well how about a classroom reward incentive?  I just finished up my Smile Tiles this past week and they have been a hit!  Here's what teachers are doing with them...
They can earn these tiles that easily fit on a necklace that focus on: sitting quietly on the rug,  being quiet in the assembly, or hallway  being helpful, or a good friend  ,working hard in math  ,getting 100% on their spelling test and much 'moore'!  { Did you see what I did there?  LOL }
We are so lucky here at the Primary Chalkboard because we have so many great minds thinking and collaborating so I have some other fun ideas for you to check out as well:
Here are the links for you:
Another fun idea for whole class incentive:  Each month I pick a different foam sticker item to BUILD.  When everyone is working quietly I walk up to the board very quietly and 'add' a piece.  When it's all built we earn a class party, it looks something like this:
This month we will be building an easter egg with lots of fun decorations on it.
I hope these are helpful to you I'm sure this has never happened to you...

Just kidding!!!  But we all have days when it seems like the ENTIRE class is misbehaving.  Can I hear an AMEN?!!?  If that is happening in your classroom right now try one of the above asap..if that doesn't work have a night out and maybe a glass of wine. :o)  Happy Spring my friends!
Hugs, Vicky