Friday, March 7, 2014

3...2...1 Blast Off! I hit 2,000 followers--and it's time for a giveaway!

I can't believe it!

After 16 months of blogging and product designing, I have reached a milestone goal far faster than I ever dreamed I could!  I can't begin to explain how much fun this journey has been.  What started as a way for me to keep track of my own ideas on my blog (my memory is getting soooooooo bad!) and developed into taking my ideas and turning them into ideas for others to use, I can't imagine my life any other way now!  The dialogue on my blog...the feedback from teachers using my resources...it all just means so much to me.

So...the important stuff.  LET'S CELEBRATE!  To celebrate this milestone, I've decided to do a three part customer appreciation weekend!  Here's how you can benefit!

1.  Today I offer for you a FREEBIE!  Here is a product that is normally a priced item that you get today for FREE!  Grab it now--tomorrow it goes back to paid! (Thought we could subliminally FORCE spring to get here by looking at spring products!)


2.  Tomorrow (Saturday) my entire store will be on sale for 10% off all day

3.  This fun rafflecopter!  Sign up to win 3 things...

3 free product from my store right now
2 free products from my store in the future 
(lots of cool stuff in the works!)
1 Teachers Pay Teachers $25 gift certificate to use anywhere on TpT!


So...hope you enjoy celebrating with me--and I can't thank you enough for your support over the last year or so.  Here's to many more!  Don't forget to read the directions on the rafflecopter to see how leaving a blog post today can get you 3 extra entries!  The raffle ends Sunday night...I'll announce the big winner on Monday!  Thanks again for everything...

92 comments:

  1. Esperanza Rising - love that novel and we will be reading it in a few weeks.

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    1. Lucky you! Hoping to have this one posted by Sunday! :)

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  2. My kids are just finishing up Holes with the librarian. They are loving it! Would love to show the movie, but it's rated PG-13. Anyone want to weigh in on whether it is appropriate for 4th graders?

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    1. Sorry! I haven't seen it. Have you tried going to Commonsensemedia.org for their review?

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    2. Yes, it's appropriate for 4th grade. The book is much better than the movie though :) My daughter's 3rd grade class just read the book & watched the movie too.

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  3. Congrats!! How about making a novel unit for Wonder?! Anything you create will be awesome.

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    1. L-O-V-E Wonder! I was just "wondering" if there are too many units out there already on that...thoughts?

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    2. I was going to say Wonder also. Haven't seen any units on it yet and yours are definitely the BEST. :)

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    3. Yes, WONDER!!!!! I haven't seen any units yet either. My kids LOVED that book & awesome discussions followed!!

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  4. I second the request for a novel unit on Wonder!

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  5. First of all, congratulations on your milestone!!! You must be so proud!! I, for, one would like to see a novel study about "The One and Only Ivan." I did it as a read-aloud in the fall, and it brought the entire class....including myself...to tears! It is a thing of beauty <3. Thank you so much for your generosity and for considering me =).

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    1. Isn't it SUCH a beautiful book? Thanks for the suggestion...my list is growing!

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    2. Yes, The One and Only Ivan is so amazing, too! Sounds like we all read the same wonderful book!!. Would love a novel study on this!!

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    3. Oh, I agree---The Only and Only Ivan would be a great book to do a novel study on! I read it as a read aloud and then so many of my students have been taking it out of the library. I am thinking of doing it as a novel with my whole class or a reading group next year.

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  6. I think a novel study on Holes would be wonderful! I read it when I was in 6th grade, and it is still on of my very favorite books of all time!!!

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    1. It really is a great story...such great character development!

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  7. I think Tuck Everlasting would be a good candidate.

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    1. LOVE Tuck! Such great classroom discussions about living forever and so much more...

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  8. Congratulations on your milestone!!! I think "Where the Red Fern Grows" would make a great novel study- my students loved it...

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    1. Sigh....what a beautiful and gut wrenching book. Do you cry when you read it?

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  9. Wonder would be great! I haven't done it with my class (combined 3rd/4th), but one of my 4th graders is begging!!!

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    1. It is a work of art...no doubt about it. I read it as my last read aloud of the year as I prepare them to move to their new school. Powerful.

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  10. Another maths unit like your fractions one its amazing !

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    1. Thanks, Claire! I am throwing around the idea of a geometry unit...I LOVE teaching geometry.

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  11. Tuck Everlasting would be great!

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    1. Some of those classics are the best, aren't they? As you can see, there is no shortage of amazing books to share with kids!

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    1. It's in my plans...it's just such a HUGE undertaking. The fractions unit nearly put me over the edge. That being said...I know a lot of teachers struggle with it and a lot of math series don't do it justice...

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  13. 2 of my favorite digging deep novels are Sahara Special and Joey Pigza swallowed the key. As a college student in my Literacy Methods class, we had to read a whole ton of books at different levels every week. Out of the hundreds of books that I read that semester, these two have stood out. Congratulations and thank you for the giveaway!!!

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    1. Thanks! I think a lot of intermediate students can really relate to Joey--don't you agree?

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  14. I would suggest Wonder as well! I have gathered many resources already for this book! Congrats on over 2,000 followers! I hope you are keeping warm up by you... I am SO READY for spring and the Brewers!

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    1. Thanks, Samantha! It was nice to be above freezing for a few hours today! That's my concern about Wonder...are there already enough resources? Have you been following Hank, the Brewers' dog?

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  15. Sign of the Beaver or Ella Enchanted or anything more for Place Value! My kids are having a heck of a time with place value.

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    1. Place value is super tough...any suggestions for what kind of place value products you need? I have my sequencing activities and a number line resource. I was wondering if people would like a number line resource with larger numbers...

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  16. You know I am very fond of your sorts! Any sorts for math that you haven't created...I love your ideas, and my students like them too. I have not seen your Digging Deeper Series, but we have read Because of Mr. Terupt, Out of My Mind, and plan on reading them again next year.

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    1. You are in luck! Geometry sorts are in the works! Your book suggestions are fabulous--both AMAZING books. :)

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  17. Don't have a novel suggestion, as I teach second grade, but when I taught sixth grade I loved reading Sounder to the class. Such a powerful book and the language is beautiful. I would read the chapter to them so we could talk about it and later they would re-read at home and work on whatever went with that chapter.

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    1. It is such a beautiful book...I haven't read that in YEARS! Thanks for stopping by with the suggestion!

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  18. I would love to see your fraction lessons put together into some sort of unit. As a new fourth grade teacher, I have been following them closely to get some ideas of how to teach fractions successfully! As for a novel studies, I would love to see one for The Giver, Wonder, or The Westing Game! Thanks for being an inspiration to new teachers like me!

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    1. Good news! The lessons ARE all in a product with even more...all the exit slips, word problems, and the like! Here is the link if you are interested! http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hands-On-Common-Core-Fraction-Unit-Constructing-Meaning-625571

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  19. I just finished "Search for Delicious". It is a wonderful story filled with beautiful language!
    Congrats on your Milestone. I'm a big fan of yours!!

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    1. Awwww...thanks! That means a lot! Search for Delicious is by Babbit, right? I haven't read it in AGES!

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  20. I teach younger kiddos mostly (just a sub) but I've always loved "The Giver" and think it would be an awesome novel study! Congrats on your big milestone!

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    1. Thanks, Allee! First of all, NEVER say "just a sub"...you provide an amazing service. For those of us with "forever' classrooms, the students are like our families and we trust them and their well-being to our subs...it is a big deal to us to have quality people sharing our space and our students! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. I haven't used your Novel Study products so I don't know if the "poetry" format of Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse or Love That Dog by Sharon(?) Creech would work. I love those books. I also have enjoyed reading The Tiger Rising to my class. Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez is an amazing book but it would have to be for a mature intermediate class.

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    1. Robin---I LOVE Tiger Rising and have considered doing that one. I read it every year. I think I could do Love That Dog...my Novel Studies are really meant to guide instruction and to encourage written reflection...and that would be PERFECT for that text!

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  22. I just finished reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin and it was a fantastic read. I will be using it as a read aloud/book discussion for my kids. This novel is rich with culture, fantasy, folklore, and beautifully written imagery. I would love to see one of your creations that highlight this inspiring read.

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    1. Ivett, I have NEVER heard of that book! I am off to Amazon to check it out! Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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  23. Hi Meg! Congrats on your milestone! That is so exciting :) I really love to read Because of Winn Dixie.

    Amy

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    1. Thanks, Amy! I just love Kate DiCamillo's books! WInn Dixie is SUCH a classic...

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  24. What about a possible author study pack.....like Roald Dahl? Or a great classic novel is From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler....

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    1. Great ideas, Kelly! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your two cents!

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  25. Congratulations on your Milestone. Winn Dixie would be a great choice. I have been teaching LD students for so long, and we don't get to read many on-level books, but I do love Winn Dixie. Thanks for a great Giveaway.

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    1. Thanks, Cecile. You know what I have found? I have found that some of my LD students are the BEST thinkers when given the chance to hear great literature. When we take away the stress of having to decode the words and just let them listen and share...they can access texts so far above what they can do on their own. I double dog dare you to steal 10 minutes a day and read them Winn Dixie... ;)

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  26. I would definitely love to see more (mathematical) concept sorts! As for novel study, I would recommend "The Giver" as I absolutely love the story! :)

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    1. Thanks! More sorts are on their way! Geometry is up next!

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  27. So many books so little time in the classroom. We just finished City of Ember. We also will be starting into Lily's Crossing which is fantastic. I have also found the idea of using the book Wonder in the classroom interesting. Quite a bit if awesomeness in each of them for different reasons.

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    1. Did your student love City of Ember? I didn't read it this year because the timing was off...I like to read it during my electricity unit and we were in the middle of something else this year. I love your "Quite a bit of awesomeness" quote...may have to steal that! :)

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  28. I love Sahara Special; it really connects to my students.

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    1. You are not the first person to tell me that, and I have not read it! Going to Amazon now!

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  29. I like Because of Winn Dixie. Thanks for the giveaway. Holes is a great movie by the way!!

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    1. Winn Dixie is SUCH a great read...DiCamillo has a way of knowing how to write for young readers, doesn't she?

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  30. Wonder! I also noticed you pinned one of my products on your math Pinterest board - yes I squealed! Feeling like a rock star! Thank you and Congrats on your milestone!

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    1. Currently visualizing you squealing.... ;) I think Wonder is probably my next book...I read it at the end of the year and it would help me wrap my head around it this year. Last year was the first time I shared it with a class and it won "book of the year" with a 20-3 vote over Flutter.

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  31. I would LOVE more of your perseverance word problems. I could use a full year of them for some of my kiddos!

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    1. Great book--totally changed the way mythology was taught in schools. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion...I've seen it pop up a few times as a suggestion...I haven't read it in AGES. I guess I should pull it back out!

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  34. SO hard to choose...Sign of the Beaver; Pedro's Journal (loads of figurative language and great for point of view); Night of the Twisters; Wood Song; and ...... :)

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    1. I agree Jody...the list could go on and on! It's been fun to read everyone's suggestions!

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  35. First of all, i love that you are taking the time to comment on posts! Secind, i love everything that you do for math...probably because i teach math. I would love to see another hands on unit like you did for fractions. Maybe either for division or measurement...geometry is great too!:-)

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    1. Thanks, Morgan. I really try to comment back when people take the time to comment on my blog. I love the dialogue! I am really hoping to dig in soon to my big geometry unit. It's kind of like eating an elephant though...the fraction unit took me FOREVER! I do plan on a small division resource to be coming out in the near future however.

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  36. This is an older book, but "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" was the first book that came to mind.

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    1. I LOVE this book...my dad is a WWII veteran and I love historical fiction (and historical reality!) about this era. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  37. I teach 3rd, but I like the Mouse and the Motorcycle books by Beverly Cleary. Reading your comments, though, I'll have to look up Wonder to see what that is about. I haven't heard of it.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh you MUST read it Susan...it's probably a little much for 3rd grade, to be honest. I read it at the end of 4th and it's perfect--especially since my students leave elementary school to go to an intermediate school and can relate a little to the main character starting at a new school.

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  38. I really love a lot of the suggestions here. Holes is a great one, and my fifth graders loved it last year in fourth. I also think Tuck Everlasting is a good idea. The Giver is one my all-time favorites, but may not be appropriate for a 4th grade class. I think James and the Giant Peach is going to be my ultimate pick!

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    1. Thanks Aliza! James is a great book...and I LOVE Tuck Everlasting!

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  39. 4th Graders in my class are doing novel study on Long Walk to Water. Everyone loves it. It's the story of one of the Sudanese lost boys. I highly recommend it. They also read a book called Glory Be about segregation. Both good books. Congrats on your success.

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    1. Wow Beth...two new books for me to add to my cart. Thanks a LOT! HA! :)

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  40. A lot of great suggestions. I think Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck, and Bud, not Buddy. Those are all great novels that 4-6th graders like! Math anything would be awesome too!

    Congratulations on the milestone. Good luck on your next 2,000!!!! You're great!

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    1. Thanks for all the suggestions, Melanie!

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  41. This is a great comment thread for book ideas!! I'd love Sahara Special (I'm considering using that next year) The Giver is a favorite of mine and The Girl Who Owned a City is another favorite. And congrats on 2000!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Lynn. Can you believe I've never read "Sahara Special"? I'm off to buy it right now...I must see what it's all about!

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  42. Would love any novel units by Andrew Clements books: The Report Card, Landry News, Frindle, School Story, etc!! All his books are realistic and relevant to upper elementary students!! My kids LOVE them

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  43. How about the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane- amazing for theme, character development and change, and just an amazing story!

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  44. Congratulations on your milestone!! I have so many of your products and they have all been so easy to implement and successful this year! I don't even know where to begin with ideas for a book for a novel study---I love using all of Kate DiCamillo's books with my class, so one of hers would be great!! I also really love your "Scoop" lessons--such great ideas! I hope you will be doing more of those!

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  45. Because of Winn Dixie is awesome. I see others agree :) Congrats to you!

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  46. Congratulations to you! How wonderful! The One and Only Ivan is a great novel. Thank you for the giveaway fun.

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