Thursday, February 28, 2013

All Canadian Teacher Blog Linky

While searching for teachers to join the blog hop I'm hosting tonight, I stumbled across a linky for Canadian teachers. I of course, added my little ol blog to the list. Check it out!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Booking across Canada

Do any of you follow Growing Book by Book? If you don't you should. She has tons of great ideas for lots of different age appropriate books. This week she hosted a huge project with the assistance of 50 bloggers across the US. Each blogger shared a book that represented their state, and shared a project or activity students (either school or home school) could do to connect with the book on a deeper level. Complete list of bloggers.

I'm hoping to find Canadian Bloggers from each province, and at least one territory (fingers crossed for all 3!) to duplicate her project. Who would be interested?

Newfoundland and Labrador (Can do one for each if enough interest)
Nova Scotia (Can do a separate Cape Breton post)
Prince Edward Island
New Brunswick
Quebec (maybe one English, one French?)
Ontario: HUGE province, I'd be willing to chunk it up into smaller bits if multiple interest
British Columbia
Northwest Territories
Native Canadian Perspective (Ideally from a person from this heritage)

Like I've indicated, I'm willing to subdivide the provinces if there is multiple interest from any, we're a HUGE country.

I call mainland Nova Scotia for myself.

A date will be chosen after there is at least one blogger in place for each province.

If you're interested in participating, please leave a comment below indicating your province.

Also, could some of you please share this project on your blogs, Facebook page, etc to help me find enough participants? I'll be eternally grateful!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Share a Smile Day

Did you know that March first is Share a Smile Day?

I wish I knew this when I had a classroom, because then I still used my maiden name: Smiley. And loved using Smilies in my classroom. This would have fit PERFECTLY.

Did you see my Smile Freebies yesterday? But first, some cute ideas from the internet:

Images Link to the pages I found them, unless it is a Pinterest Link.

Finger Prints of everyone in the class:

Smile Measurement:

Smile Greeting Cards:

Smile Snack:

What makes me Smile:

Guess My Smile:

The Smile Epidemic:

Smile Envelopes:

Smile Stones:

Smile Pass On cards:

Smile Maze:

Monday, February 25, 2013

Freebie: Smile!

I'm designing and planning a detailed unit on Smiling as a part of Character Education. Until that is finished, I'm sharing a few of the worksheets I've designed for the unit to share and see if there's any interest in a longer unit and activities, songs and poems I may share.

These freebies are part of my 100 Followers celebration.

Here is one image which links to the freebie in the my teachers pay teachers account.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Also, for those of you here for the first time, I'm looking for Canadian bloggers to join a blog hop featuring Canadian kids books.

And, it's been a long time since anyone asked to be a feature on my blog. I look through your old posts, share why I love your ideas, and link back to your original posts, if you're interested, leave a comment!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Freebie: Bible Reading Response Cube

I'm still here!

It's been awhile since I posted anything of substance here in my blog, so today I'm sharing one of the Freebies I've been hoarding. I was saving this until I'd shared my favourite ideas from ten other bloggers, but I guess I was hoping for too much. I didn't get enough interest in my 100 followers celebration :(

But don't worry, over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to share the freebies I made just for you.

Tonight: Bible Reading Response Cube.

In my Sunday School class, I find my kids get bored sometimes when I ask a series of review questions to see what lesson they got out of the story, and other relevant questions.

I decided to make a cube to toss and each student gets to answer one of the six questions. This is the first of these cubes. With your suggestions, and those of fellow Sunday School teachers, I hope to design a follow up cube with higher order relevant questions, and harder questions for slightly older kids. My students are in grades 2-5.

What review questions would you like to see me add?
What pre-reading questions would you like on a cube?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pinterest Linky: Diving into learning

Diving into learning is hosting a Pinterest linky Party right now, CHECK IT OUT!

Here is the deal:
Find a few pins that you have pinned recently that you want to share with everyone (preferable education related).
Make a blog post and include your pinterest username/url.
Link up!
After linking up please be sure to visit a few others and leave a comment.
If there is alot of interest, I would love to do this once a month!

My pinterest:

I love the idea of having a stage set into the corner of the front of your classroom for presentations and other projetcs.

For an art project, how about having kids take a picture, cut it out carefully, lay it on your poster board  and then paint over it to leave a silhouette behind? 

For the first day of school, how about these custom DIY painted shoes?

For an at a glance reference for yourself and for substitutes, this would be great to ensure students with exceptional needs receive the help they need.

To show some of the styles of art you're going to study in the course of a year, display this in your classroom for discussion and reminder.

I just recently learned about this style of teaching multiplication, and it's awesome!

That's my few pins, add yours to the linky too!

Also, I'm still looking to feature a few more fellow bloggers as part of my 100 followers celebration. If you'd like me to feature you and 5 or more of your awesome ideas on my blog, please leave a comment below.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

100 Fingers

I absolutely LOVE the idea of celebrating 100th day in school and the obvious number theory skills your class will learn as you count forwards to the day you will celebrate.

I love the idea of making a number train around the classroom, adding a number each day. How about on every fifth day using a hand to represent that five days have passed? This will also help the students learn about the number 5!

For this idea, I have prepared a number of hands each with a multiple of five printed on it up to number 100.

Here is an example. Go to Teachers pay teachers for the entire file. It's only $2.

Print either as full page for student colouring, or as half pages to use as part of your number line.

Let me know what you use it for and how you use it, thanks!

Also, I'm still looking for teacher bloggers who want to be featured on my blog, if that's you, leave a comment!

Friday, February 8, 2013

That's dedication...

How literally do you students take you and/or their parents?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Finish this sentence

What would your kids do if you gave them the first half a a well known proverb and aske dthem to come up with the rest of the sentence. I need to remember this!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Geeky teacher: Class Rules

Are you a geeky teacher?

Here's a cute idea I found online this week that I'd use the first day of classes if I were teaching a highschool or university/college level class.

Powerpoint presentation.

What do you think?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


What are the best excuses you've heard for why homework was forgotten?

Monday, February 4, 2013


Do you have an official apology form?

I saw this one as a joke today:

But I wonder if there are teachers out there who use some form of an apology as part of their classroom management/discipline plan.

I know I've seen forms students have to fill out when they are caught breaking big rules.

A few others I found a quick internet search (not all appropriate for the classroom, lol):

Share with me yours!

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