Monday, February 29, 2016

Feature Seller - Elsie's Corner

Elsie's Corner - Where Creativity and Intelligence Meet 

Tell us about yourself.
Hello everyone! We are two public school teachers (and cousins), working in New York City.  
My name is Lori; I started my teaching career in 1995 as a middle school English teacher.  In 2005, I transitioned to elementary school and taught all subject areas in both a general and special education setting.  In 2014, I embarked on my career as a Reading Intervention teacher in order to assist and instruct struggling readers.  My part in Elsie’s Corner is primarily creating the academic content of each product.
My name is Anthony; I started my teaching career in 2012 as a High School Social Studies teacher. In my first year of teaching, I proved to many of the administrators that I was very good in the technology field. By 2013 I had already been given a full schedule of Video Production and Graphic Design classes. My part in Elsie’s Corner is to take what cousin Lori creates and design the product so that it comes to life. In addition, I create marketing content for social media promotion.

What do you like best about teaching?
We love being intellectual entertainers!  Taking rigorous academic content, twisting, turning, and molding it into something that is relatable and engaging for youngsters is very rewarding.  

Describe your favorite TpT product.
Although it is difficult to choose; we’d have to say our Book Report LapBook.  This little worm has wriggled his way into countless classrooms and judging by the feedback we’ve received, students and teachers just love him!            Our Bookworm Lapbook gives students an opportunity to show off their comprehension and analysis of any book.  The many interactive foldables included are a fun way for students to display their knowledge and present their book using their individual creativity.

What advice would you give to someone who may want to become a seller at Teachers Pay Teachers?
Slow and steady wins the race.  It’s easy to get caught up with the mind-blowing statistics of the teachers who have become millionaires.  But for us, it’s all about taking the time (and it does take TIME!) to create products that we love and are proud off.  Each of our products are our “babies”.  We take the time to nurture and develop them before we put them on the TpT shelf. Sometimes it takes months before a product is ready to go, and that’s okay with us. In the end, we’re far more concerned with quality over quantity.  

What have you done or hope to do with your TpT earnings?
Lori: For now, I am using the money to assist in the renovations to my home.  One day, I’d like to say that TpT allowed me to live in my dream home!
Anthony: I’ve been putting my TpT savings away into investments for the future. So far, I haven’t spent a dollar of the earnings.

What do you like best about being a member of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative?
We are looking forward to having the opportunity to collaborate with the other members of TBOTEMC. Although going onto the site as a newbie can be a bit overwhelming, after only a few days we are starting to understand what we have to do to get the most out of being a member!

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FREE MATH LESSON - “Place Value Stop, Think, Click (SmartBoard Lesson)”

by Christi Squires
1st - 3rd Grade

This is a fun game for students to review their understanding of place value.

Student will touch the box with the revolving pictures of possible questions. She will then touch the answer she thinks is correct. If correct she will get a check. If incorrect she will get a X.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Snaky Sentences - Sentence Practice”

by Jasmine McClain
1st - 2nd Grade

A fun activity to help students practice putting sentences together. Over 20 pages of simple sentences students can engage in as a center activity or independent practice.

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Sight Word of the Day Reading and Writing Fluency

My very first product was Sight Word of the Day Reading and Writing Fluency.
These sight word practice pages is simple and fun. There are 2 pages of every sight words.

1. Your students can color it, rainbow write or my kids prefer just simply trace the inside.

2. Find and circle the sight word of the day.

3. Trace, Box, Write sight word of the day

4. Read and Find the specified sight word and color the box.

5. Cut the letters at the last page of the packet, Build it and Paste the letters correctly.

6. Read the sight words phrases and highlight the sight word of the day.

On the second page really focus on writing. I'm a believer that writing practice makes your kids a better reader and makes them think!!

1. Read and write the sight word of the day in the box.

2. Simply Read and Re-Write (copy) the short sight word stories / phrases.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON - “FREE Current Event Articles: Foreign Language, Social Studies *recently updated!”

by LaProfesoraFrida
5th - 12th Grade

Help your students become responsible world citizens by allowing an opportunity to study current events in other countries on a regular basis.

This could be a weekly, monthly, semester or year long project for any classroom! This activity is perfectly suited for a government class, world history, social studies or foreign language class. But I can see this research being done in so many different classes. It would be a wonderful activity for a speech/public speaking class too.

I wrote this document for use in my Spanish classes, but as you can see, it can easily be changed for any foreign language classroom, social studies, or government class. And being the creative teacher that YOU are, I'm sure you can think of many more applications!

My students are having a blast this semester with this activity. They know that every Thursday their Current Event Article is due, and they get to share the articles they found for the week with their classmates. I also offer a few points of extra credit for students who share their articles in front of the class-- You wouldn't believe how many students clamber to share their articles! And they find the most interesting news!! They're not only keeping themselves and their classmates up to date on worldnews, they're helping to keep ME up to date! My only regret is that I didn't start using this at the beginning of the school year!

I hope this document works for you! If you have a wonderful experience or anecdote about using this product in your class, please share it here! And please visit my other products. Thank you!

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Friday, February 26, 2016


by Kindergarten Krysta
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

This is a sight word activity. Students read and trace the sight word, stamp or build the word with letter tiles, and write the word. This activity includes 20 sight words that are part of Dolch List #1. If you find this activity useful, Lists # 2 - 11 are posted for ONLY $2.75!!

I use the activity during literacy centers and students complete it independently. I hope you can use it!

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Free CVC Pages - No Prep!

Teach your students the short "e" sound with 

these free sheets and poster.

Welcome! I'm Rose from Rosie's Resources. Are your students busy practicing for state tests? Want to keep them motivated? Here’s a solution.

1.  Photocopy stacks of awards on colored paper. Keep them handy, wherever you’re working with kids—at your desk, at your guided instruction table, etc. Every time kids score 100% on their practice, give them an award.
2.  Let kids know about the awards before they start their practice. They will work hard to earn the certificate!
3.  Keep giving the certificates out. Kids like to collect these. Sometimes they get little competitions going to see who can earn the most.
4.  Differentiate when necessary. For example, you can give an award for improvement.
5.  Assign an early finisher as a helper. He/she can fill in student names while you’re remediating with other kids.

6.  This is a very simple way to communicate with parents. They are so proud when their child comes home with an award!
You may download a free set of awards by clicking here.  Enjoy!

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Call of the Wild - Vocabulary Words with Sentences from Novel”

by Mark Welch
7th - 9th Grade

This is a list of 351 vocabulary words from Jack London's novel, The Call of the Wild. Each vocabulary word is shown together with the sentence from the novel in which the word is first used. 

The list is intended as a "starting point" for teachers seeking to extract a meaningful collection of vocabulary words. Obviously, you won't assign all 351 of these words, but instead you'll select words to fit a particular strategy or theme. For example, you might choose words that are related to a theme such as "transformation" or "animal" or "hostility/combat," or you might choose words that illustrate how words can be modified with affixes, or you might choose words which have "an unusual meaning" or "multiple meanings." Theme-related tags appear in brown. (When I taught the novel, I started by calling students' attention to the word "booming," near the start of the first chapter, and elicited their participation to identify multiple relevant meanings.)

This is an HTML document (web page, viewable using any web browser). You can also "cut and paste" the data or import it into Excel or another software program to sort, manipulate, and edit.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Dr. Seuss Phonics Hat

Dr. Seuss loved to rhyme...and now you can too!  Stop on by my blog for somem free Dr Seuss Word Family Hats - rhyme time!  Hope you enjoy1

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Lollipop Compound Words”

by Yvonne Dixon
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

Your kiddos will love this fun and adorable lollipop compound word matching game. As they move the lollipops to make compound words they record the words on an answer sheet. You will receive 10 pages of print and cut center pieces along with a ready to use recording form. Use this at Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter or whenever you incorporate candy into your lessons. Sassy in Second

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016


By Teaching Biilfizzcend

FREE Reading Fluency and Comprehension

Here is my FREE Sample of my Reading Fluency Comprehension packs!

Every page focus on one sight word. Students read the text and highlight the sight word focused on.

Students re- write the sentence two times for extra practice writing their sight words.

Each page has two comprehension question.

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by Nyla's Crafty Teaching
1st - 3rd Grade

Word Wheels: This is a free sample of my 13 CVC WHIRLY WORD WHEELS which help students to merge the beginning consonant sound to the VC ending in these one-syllable words for beginners who can identify letter sounds but need practice to merge the sounds together to form words. Each word wheel has colorful illustrations of words in the wheel and each wheel uses each of the vowels a,e,i,o and u as the middle sounds. The illustrations and colors chosen are varied to appeal to both boys and girls. Instructions for assembly are included.

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Shapes with Feelings - Apples

By Sparking Children's Thinkibility

Grades Kindergarten - 2nd Geometry

Put some feelings into helping your students identify 2D and their properties with this classroom display.

Shifting focus is an important skill. To be able to shift the attention from one aspect to another helps to improve learning, thinking and creative efforts. Deliberately noticing different aspects of a rather simple task may help a child to stay focused and to engage in the learning.

The links between thinking and feelings/emotions are often ignored in school as well as in life. And shifting the focus from a happy face and body language to picking out concepts such as roundness is one way to combine both. The idea is to engage children in exploring shapes and hopefully the learning experience will be richer.

The child does not have to link their own feelings to the shapes rather they look at a picture of a sad girl or boy and then they have to look at the shape and describe the 2D shape.

You will find two display options in this packet.
2D shapes in color and in black-line (you may have students colour in)

Laminate for durability. Display on the bulletin board or on the classroom wall.

The 2D shapes included are:
square,circle, triangle, rectangle, oval, octagon, hexagon, rhombus, pentagon, trapezoid/trapezium

There are also two pages in colour and two in black-line where the students can look for similar shapes - apples as well as "normal" shapes are used. 

Happy Exploring!

Link to Shapes with Feelings - Apple

There is a similar package with Pumpkin shapes
Link to Shapes with Feelings - Pumpkin

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Teach Your Students Gerunds With This Trick!

Gerunds, infinitives, and participles, OH MY! Yeah. . .they are not the most titillating thing in the world to teach. In fact, when I had to teach the unit, I had to relearn all the terminology all over again (honestly, I don’t even recall any of my teachers specifically teaching the “gerund.” Hmmmm). Thus, why I think the most confusing aspect of the Verbals is the gerund: firstly, it’s hard to pronounce, and, secondly, what the HECK is its function?! (Even though I pronounced it correctly several times a day, half the students still insisted on calling it a “Grrrr-uh-nd.” Um. Nope, but as long as you know what it does, you could call it “Sally” for all I care! :) )
Anywho, I came up with a “trick” that works almost every time when trying to detect a gerund in a sentence. I call it the “IT” rule. “IT” definitely helped my students become much more clear on if the -ing word was a gerund or just a participle. So here is my simple  “IT” trick:
Because a gerund functions as a noun, I taught my students to replace the -ing word with a noun in the sentence: “IT.” If the sentence still makes sense, it’s probably (stress the probably) a gerund. For example:
Example 1: She loves dancing.
Change to: She loves IT.
YEP! We have a gerund!
Example 2: She is dancing in the rain.
Change to: She is IT in the rain.
Hmmm, NOPE. Not a gerund.
You may not like this trick or it may work really well for you. Either way, I am just glad I can share!
Happy gerund-ing!

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FREE SCIENCE LESSON - “Blank Moon Phases Calendar Freebie”

by Dribble Monkey
Pre-Kindergarten - 4th Grade

Revised and made a whole lot cuter! Because, hey, that is important!

Watch the moon change each night and color in the shape!

This calendar offers up to 35 days to record the moon phases. Draw in the shape of the current moon and shade the rest. Enjoy watching and recording the patterning of the moon!

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