Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Sale and a Freebie!

We all knew it was coming...and thank goodness! It's here! The annual TPT Back to School Sale!!! Stock up now on all of your favorites. Check out my store to get my products 20% off and be sure to use the TPT code BTS14 to save an extra 10%!!! Click on the picture to take you to my store!

Here's a little freebie for you and an idea...

Do you use in your classroom? Do your students practice typing? I am a technology teacher at the school where I teach, and my intermediate and middle school students spend at least 25% of their time in my class each week practicing typing. One game I use is SkyChase. Click here to go directly to the game. If you go to the game, you can still access games – there’s a lot on that website, and it is very student-friendly.

Anyway, SkyChase (or Keyboarding Chase – it’s called both on the website), according to, “is an educational multi-player racing game that allows students from anywhere in the world to race one another while practicing typing and keyboard skills!”

Sometimes, I allow my students to play just for fun. Other times, I want some formative assessment as to how my students are doing with a quick typing “assessment”. I give them typing tests at the beginning of each term, but if I need a quick score to update where they are in the semester, this is a good one to give me as estimate.

The key to “winning” the race is to type the words that pop up the fastest. The faster you type, the more your airplane moves ahead of the group. The words that pop up above the keyboard are not too hard – the one in the picture is “far”. They do get a little harder as you progress. Even if you don’t win, you still get a accuracy and rate score. That is what I have the kids record. Where do they record this, you ask? On my SkyChase Recording Sheet! What I do is tape it up on my whiteboard and once my students finish their game, they write their names on the sheet along with the accuracy and rate. I take down the sheet, hole punch it, and put it in my grades binder so I can check their WPM (words per minute) score and average them out by the end of the semester. This also shows me the students who need to spend some extra time practicing typing rather than playing other “sponge” games when they’re through with other tasks.

(I couldn't get the picture to turn upright. I'm so sorry!)

Click on the picture below to download my SkyChase recording sheet! If you have any questions, email me at  or message me in the comments below. J

Now, go stock up on TPT! :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Do you love LEGO?

Again, I feel like a giddy little school girl. I published my second TPT product today: my LEGO Movie Fast Fact Reading Comprehension Task Cards! I absolutely love TPT and I thought for sure that I would be able to find some things that interest my students, like the "LEGO Movie" and "Frozen", and I did find a few things, but not everything I wanted. So I decided to make them myself and share them with anyone who wants to use them with their students. 
If you have ideas of movies or books you would like for me to create task card sets for, please let me know. Email me at or message me in the comment section below. By the way, if you would like to purchase the LEGO Movie task cards, you can get them here.

While my mind is on LEGO, I thought I would share a blog that I've been following lately, and she has some GREAT LEGO stuff to share. She is Allison Waken from All for the Boys. You can get to her blog here. She recently posted about LEGO art and LEGO parties with TONS of pictures and ideas. Is it too early to plan my 18 month old son's LEGO birthday party (in January)?

So does anyone have any unique uses for LEGOs in their classrooms? Do you use them as rewards? Do you have any cool lessons using LEGOs?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Organizing Digital Files

Ok, this blog entry is going to be more of a discussion post than informational. I want to know how you all organize your digital files. I mean, I don't know how many of you download files from TPT on a DAILY basis like me, but I have a difficult time filing things in an organized way where I can easily find them later. Instinctively, I try to organize things into as few folders as possible, but when I try to find things later, I end up looking through a thousand files in one folder and I end up giving up looking for a file because it takes too long! I mean, you can only spend so long looking for one file!

This is a visual representation of what my digital files look like:

I was inspired by a pin from Cara at Kindergarten Boom Boom about how she organized her file folders and color-coded them! However, I don't have a Mac, so I don't have the ability to color-code. I WISH I did - that would be amazing. I would color-code my whole life if I could! :)

Therefore, I just want to hear from all of you (any of you??? Is anyone out there reading this?) about how you organize your files. Do you organize them by TPT seller? How do you organize fonts? By seasons? Type? What about fonts? Commercial use vs. personal use? By TPT seller?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below! Happy Tuesday!

Friday, July 18, 2014

FROZEN Movie Fast Facts Reading Comprehension Cards

Well, I finally did it. I posted a new product on TPT (!!! I am so excited! It's a task card set about the movie, "Frozen". I actually looked for something related to the movie on TPT earlier this summer (I promise I'm taking time to enjoy my summer and not spending all of my time getting ready for fall ;), and there was nothing out there! I had wanted to sell some things on TPT for a while, but everything I wanted to put on there was already there and I didn't feel the need for redundancy. So, it was the perfect time to start selling!

Hopefully, if you're reading this, you'll go check out my product posting here. While you're there, please click the star by my name to "follow me" so you'll get updates on any new products I post. 
Here's a teaser....coming soon! (Lego Movie task cards)
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