Rip the Page!

Hello friends!  It is good to see you!
Today I want to write about a book that I recently found.
It is called Rip the Page by Karen Benke!
This book is so much fun.  It has all kinds of fun and engaging (for lack of a better word) prompts to help get your creative writing juices flowing!
It also has quotes and words of encouragement from famous writers such as Lemony Snicket and Patricia Polacco.

I don't know about you, but when I teach Writer's Workshop I like to spend the first few minutes of our quiet writing time, well, writing.  It sets a good example for the kiddos and then I have some writing already done for author's chair, or for our next day's minilesson.  This book is going to be perfect for me to write in during this time.  I am hoping that it will also help spark my student's imagination as they use the prompts with me!
Karen Benke is also the author of Leap Write In!

This book also looks like a lot of fun!  

Karen also has a new book coming out in September.  This one is called Write Back Soon!

This one is all about the lost art of letter writing!  They are postcard sized prompts that encourage you to send real "snail mail".  You can even tear out pages to send to friend.  In this day and age getting real mail is a lot of fun.  I can see using this in my classroom to get my students excited about using "snail mail".

If you are interested in getting any of these wonderful books for yourself you can find them on Amazon or click on the pictures.

You can find Karen Benke HERE
 or on FACEBOOK.

Hurrah! $1 Christmas in July Sale!

Hurrah!  I needed a $1 sale!

I have 4 items up for only $1!
Back to School : Getting to Know You

This is my newest product and it is perfect for back to school.

Zombie!  Addition Game!

This is one of my kiddos favorite games ALL year!  It is especially popular with by boys!

Word Collector for Reading and Writing

This word collector is perfect for reading and writing workshop!

Morning Work Board

This is the headings for my morning work board! 

Shop till you drop!

Vegas Baby!

Oh my goodness!
I am still recovering from the awesomeness that was the TpT conference in Vegas #tptvegas15 !
I went with my friend Hilary from Rockin Teacher Materials.
We are now "The Hilarys!"

We didn't fly out until Thursday morning, so it was a whirlwind 2 days in Vegas!  We stayed at the beautiful Palazzo hotel!  This this is HUGE!
TpT conference, Vegas TPT conference, #tptvegas15

Sign out front (darn palm trees photobombed!)

Tpt conference, Vegas TPT, #tptvegas15

Inside the hotel lobby! 

We learned a ton!  I brought all of my favorite pens to take notes!

We ATE.  The food was WONDERFUL!
My favorite meal was breakfast at the Grand Lux cafe.
I had red velvet pancakes. They were stuffed with chocolate chips and had a cream cheese garnish.
Oh. my. goodness. They were soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good!


and!  on top of all that wonderfulness I got to meet some of the most amazing people.  


This is Katie (Teacher to the Core) and I.  She was super sweet!  I was so excited to meet her!

I could go on and on for days and still not convey all the Teacher wonderfulness.  
If you want to read about other's experiences, you can check them out at the Primary Entourage's Vegas linky here:

The Elementary Entourage

Shark Week Blog Hop!

All teachers know that kids learn more when they’re excited and engaged. Today a team of bloggers come together to help your students take a BITE out of learning with a theme your students are sure to love!

My Shark Week freebie is a few shark-themed writing prompts from my Pick a Prompt series!

If you haven’t tried these out before, they are a fun way to get kiddos writing.  There are three sections with pictures: Character, Setting, and Plot!  The kiddos pick one (or more) from each section and write a story.  There are also other types of prompts as well!  If you are interested try my little freebie by clicking on the picture.
fintastic freebie

Be sure to go for a swim and visit Brenda at Primary Inspired.
Every blog in the Shark Week Blog Hop features a jawesome freebie for you and your students- but hurry! Shark Week only lasts until Sunday, July 12  : )

Enjoy!  :)

My newest masterpiece! #TPTSELLERCHALLENGE

Hello again!  I am participating in this week's TpT Seller Challenge!  If you are interested in joining us, you can find that info HERE!

So, the product that I created is one that I have been thinking about for ages.  I bought the clipart, borders, and backgrounds a while ago, and just couldn't get started.  Well, thanks to the challenge it is now a reality!  Hurrah!  Without further ado, introducing: Verb Villains!
Verb worksheets, verb games, verb posters, verb printables

This Verb unit has everything that you need to teach your kiddos all about verbs!
It includes:
Posters for the Verb Types:
· Action Verbs
· Linking Verbs
· Past and Present Tense Verbs
· Irregular Verbs
· Practice page (to be copied double sided) for each of the above skills.
Three Verb Games!
 · Action Verb Act-it Out
· Verb sort with a recording sheet
· Verb Villain  matching game.
· Each game:
· Front cover page (could easily be glued onto the front of a clasp envelope)
· Student direction page
· Teacher direction page.
· Also includes: answer keys,  an Action and Linking classroom search, and an end of unit

To celebrate this bad boy being completed, it is a steal at 50% right now!  It would be criminal not to snatch it up! Click on the picture  to get yours! :)

Verb Unit, teaching verbs, verb posters, verb activities, verb worksheets

Summer Stock up!

Hello all!  Thank you so much for stopping by!  
Today I want to share with youyou my best selling product: Pick a Prompt!
Super Silly Pick a Prompt
This is just one example of my Pick a Prompts I have many, many, more in my Tpt store.
These are fun, silly, writing prompts that give the kiddos choice over what elements they want to write about.  These are perfect for substitute teachers, fast finishers, or the "I don't know what to write about " gang.
Super Silly Pick a Prompt 

When I use them in my classroom we have a discussion before we write.  We read all of the choices and if there is something that they don't understand we clarify.  
I make a list of "key words" on my whiteboard easel, then let the kiddos turn and talk to  a partner about their plans for writing.

Then, the kiddos go back to their spots, circle their choices and write, write, write!
Sometime the kiddos make some modifications to help the prompt better fit their needs:
Super Silly Pick a Prompt
I also often challenge the students to use all of the elements!  My kiddos LOVE these and often ask for them.
I always keep a stack in my writing center. 
Here is a blog post from PAWSitively Teaching, we swapped with products.  She uses them a little differently:
Super Hero Pick a Prompt, Summer Stock up!

I have recently updated many of the prompts to include not only the grey and white lines, primary lines, and drawing space, but now they also have a plain lines option!
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
You can get your own freebie Pick a Prompt and find some other amazing freebies here:


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