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Teacher Appreciation Giveaway Day 3

Welcome, welcome, welcome to Primary Chalkboard's WEEK of giveaways.
Today is DAY 3 of our giveaways. 

You can win...
A Primary Resources Pack, a 'Happy Love to Read Day' T-shirt from Tea and Coffee,
and a $25 Gift Card to spend at Starbucks. 

In the Primary Resouces TPT Pack, you will receive: 
Short Vowel Move-It from Autumn
Sentence Builder Bundle from Susanna 
Reading Comprehension from Valerie
Math Printables from Latoya
Flip Flap Phonics from Cyndie
Word Problems for the Year from Haley

Enter here! 

Teacher Appreciation Giveaway Day 2

Welcome, welcome, welcome to Primary Chalkboard's WEEK of giveaways.
Today is DAY 2 of our giveaways. 

You can win...
An End of the Year TPT Pack
and a $50 Gift Card to spend at TPT. 

Go ahead. Start shopping around with ideas on what you'd buy with $50! 

In the End of the Year TPT Pack, you will receive: 
Packing Up the Year (Your Grade Choice) from Nicole
May Bundle from Lisa

Enter here! 

Teacher Appreciation Giveaway 1

Welcome, welcome, welcome to Primary Chalkboard's WEEK of giveaways.
Today is DAY 1 of our giveaways. 

You can win...
A Teacher Essentials TPT Pack
and a $50 Gift Card to spend at GoNoodle

Go ahead. Start shopping around with ideas on what you'd buy with $50! 

In the Teacher Essentials TPT Pack, you will receive: 
Word Wall Bundle from Karen
Math Manipulative Labels from Christina
School Gift Tags from Cyndie
Alphabet Posters from Emma
OWL Binder Forms from Jessica

Enter here!

Teacher Appreciation Week is Coming!

Teachers FAVORITE time of the year. 
You've worked so hard all year.
You've worked over 8 hours a day. 
You've worked on the weekends.
You've dreamed about lesson plans for the next day.
The things you've done for your students is limitless.
And now it's time for you to be appreciated!! 

Primary Chalkboard wants to help you feel appreciated. Each day during Teacher Appreciation Week, one lucky teacher can win a gift card and a huge packet of amazing teacher packets to help with this year or next year. 

You could win: 
TPT Gift Card
GoNoodle Gift Card
Blair Turner Gift Card
Starbucks Gift Card
A "Happy Love to Read" t-shirt from Tea and Coffee
A SpaFinder gift card
'Teacher Essentials' TPT Pack
End of the Year' TPT Pack
'Primary Resources' TPT Pack
'Intermediate Resources' TPT Pack
'Classroom Management' Giveaway

Click each image below, so you can get a closer look at each thing you have a chance to win!  


Integrating Art and Writing

Hello Everyone! 
It's Susanna here from Whimsy Workshop Teaching, and I have some fun drawing ideas to share with you today. 

I teach a multi-age class, so I'm used to finding ways to differentiate for students whose ability ranges from Kindergarten to Grade 3. 

When possible, this is accomplished by open-ended projects. Other times, I simply make different versions of the same activity so that all students are well supported. (Sometimes I will put those different versions out and let them choose, which is an interesting study in student confidence and attitude!)

I also try to integrate subject areas whenever possible, mixing writing and math together, or even social studies and Physical Education! 

The two that most naturally seem to go together for me are writing and art. Since my students love directed drawing, I've mixed some with writing prompts to go along with them - everything is right there on the page.

If you'd like to try this yourself, there's a FREE set of printables over on my blog! {click HERE}

You can also grab the whole BUNDLE - perfect for literacy centers, Home Writing, sub tubs, or just fun art lessons!

You might enjoy drawing these along with your students!



An Oil Spill Science & Writing Activity!

Hello Friends! This is Christina, from Miss DeCarbo's Sugar and Spice. Today on my blog, I shared a super fun science experiment and writing activity that I did with my first graders last week for Earth Day! :)

I used water, vegetable oil, and feathers to create a horrible OIL SPILL that took place in my classroom!
My little scientists had to work in small groups to discuss, devise, and write a plan of action for this terrible, environmental disaster! 

They worked together to try to remove the oil, clean up the water, and save the wildlife. They soon discovered this was a DIFFICULT task!

Afterwards, my students summarized what they learned and wrote about what they wanted others to know and learn after their own experience with an unclean planet.

Read ALL of the details, check out even MORE pictures of this experiment, and learn the steps I took for this activity on my blog today by clicking HERE.

*Disclosure* No wildlife was injured or harmed in the making of this experiment. ;)

It's Planting Time

Hi Friends.... Anna here from Simply Skilled in Second.  It's HERE... It's HERE... SPRING has arrived!  I don't know about you guys...but our winter here in the northeast was B.R.U.T.A.L.!  Truly! Brutal.  It felt like spring would never arrive.  But it has...and what better way to celebrate then to talk about Planting!

Every year in my classroom as part of our Science curriculum, we plant sunflowers.  I love sunflowers! But the only problem is that we never get to see our sunflowers actually bloom because school is over by that time :(  However, year after year, I have students coming back to class showing me pictures of their sunflowers and how they replanted them at their homes and they grew taller than them!  I love when they come back and tell me that :)

Here is an adorable video that I have shown my kiddos called Sid the Seed.. They love it!

I also read a few big books to my class on seeds and planting.   Then we usually get to work.

The last few years, we have completed my Plants Flip Flap Book which they really loved!

They write about plants and complete the Life Cycle of the Sunflower.

If you want to check it out in my TPT Shop, just click the image below...

This year, I have decided to do something a little different and change it up a bit... I always change things up from year to year so that I don't get bored with the same projects year after year.

This year we are going to complete my Plants Tab-Its Booklet for our Science Interactive Notebooks!
Click the image below to check it out in my TPT Shop.

We will complete a graphic organizer on what Plants Have, Are, and Need.  They will focus on some Vocabulary development, label a diagram of a plant and write what each part of the plant does, they will label the life cycle of a flower, and the last few pages of my Tab-It booklet is their plant journal where they will write a plant observation looking at their newly planted sunflower.  They will draw a picture, describe the plant and the stage the plant is in, measure the plant's height, and draw a picture of it.  This Tab-It booklet has EVERYTHING my kiddos need to learn and complete for our plant unit.  I literally can't wait to start!!!!  

Anywhooo...I hope you are all warming up for those of you that live where cold winters are brutal and for those of you that live in warm weather climates year round... I am coming to live with you!  :)

Happy Spring!!