Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weird Al Yankovic is Still Doing His Thing!

Okay, I receive A LOT of notifications from Facebook because I follow A LOT of fabulous educators. The English Teacher's Pet posted this particular video yesterday, so I decided to go and check it out. Boy am I glad I did! 

I grew up with Weird Al Yankovic and his creative talents.  Well, he's still doing "his thing." This is the funniest video I've seen in a long time. Weird Al is a genius! Thanks to The English Teacher's Pet for posting this and bringing it to my attention! Definitely a must see! Get ready to roll with laughter!

Enjoy and happy teaching!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I'm a TED TALKS Addict!

My name is Angie, and I'm a TED TALKS ADDICT. There, I admitted it!

Do you find yourself searching for new, meaningful and impacting TED TALKS videos? I do, constantly. Click here to search for incredible videos.

I just came across a great, FREE resource (yes, free) from Laura Randazzo. This resource accompanies any TED TALK and gets students truly thinking about what they just heard/saw. Be kind and leave feedback for Laura if you download this product.

To end, I have to share one of my favorite TED TALKS. This has been shown at several of my school trainings, but it never gets old. Enjoy!

Blessings and happy teaching,

Sunday, July 27, 2014

200 TpT Followers- It's Time for a Storewide Sale!

For those of you that are on TpT, you KNOW how challenging it is to get people to follow you. I'm thrilled that I just reached a new milestone -200 Followers on TpT - yes! I'm celebrating this new milestone by throwing a storewide sale. Save 15% on all items in my TpT store on July 28-July 30. Thanks to everyone who follows me - you are greatly appreciated!

Click here to view my TpT Store

Blessings to all and thanks again for your continued support!
Angie @ Positively Passionate About Teaching

FREE Zebra Birthday Labels

YES! FREEBIE ALERT! Just what I needed and was looking for. I'm using these cute zebra labels as pencil toppers for birthdays. This will match my "zoo/jungle" class theme perfectly. On the back, I'm going to write "Rolling Chair Coupon." Birthday boys and girls will get the privilege of sitting in my comfy rolling chair on their special day!

**If you download this product, be kind and leave feedback for Ms. Ducko Wood.

FREE Zebra Happy Birthday Labels


Blessings and happy teaching,

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Treasures of the Day

I absolutely love garage sales and finding treasures dirt cheap. Well, today was a HUGE win. I found two books for FREE! Love it! Not sure if these books are good, but if I can find one "golden nugget" to bring to my classroom, it was worth the read.#canyousayfree

Off to read!

Friday, July 25, 2014

How Do You Integrate Vocabulary Into Your Classroom?

We all know how pertinent it is to teach vocabulary in our classrooms. It's ALL OVER the state tests, ACT, SAT tests and is important for all other subjects in school, especially reading comprehension.  I almost feel like I can't teach it enough.

So, how do you teach vocabulary in your classroom?

For me, I integrate it EVERY DAY.  I include it during "bell work," "direct teach," "partner work," and "centers."  For example, when students walk into my classroom, they are introduced to a new vocabulary word of the day: they write this word in their journals and answer specific questions regarding that particular word.  They might use it in a sentence, draw out the word, write a synonym or antonym with this new word, or discuss it with their "shoulder" or "face partner."

During "direct teach," we're constantly reviewing prefixes, suffixes, root words, antonyms, synonyms, homophones, homonyms, and using context clues to figure out unfamiliar words. In addition, we create anchor charts, play games, sing and act out songs, and watch memorable videos to learn challenging words. One set of videos that my students absolutely LOVE is Flocabulary. I do too. Flocabulary highlights the new words and their meanings, so it's all visual and memorable. These videos are GENIUS! My students beg for more when I play them (and you might actually even catch me playing a video twice and dancing to them).  They're that addictive! One of my third graders' favorite videos was:

Check out all their videos. You'll be amazed at how catchy they are!

For centers, we complete various activities such as look up particular words and give synonyms/antonyms using and on iPods and use the word in context. Students might also draw out the words or create their own posters with word webs or word trees. I found this FREEBIE on Gay Miller's blog site: FREE Root Words Tree Printable

During "technology time," I've created a folder on all my iPods and iPad called Word Work. They love the games in this folder. Some of my favorites are: Popwords, WordCollapse, Word Warp, Chictionary, Opposites, and Word Ball. Some of these cost and some are FREE. I also have a Symbaloo page set up with vocabulary games and videos. If you haven't checked out Symbaloo, you MUST! It safely houses your favorite websites in one webmix. Click here to register for FREE: Symbaloo

Furthermore, students love challenging themselves with task cards. They can either complete these independently or with a partner. Some of the task cards I've created and use during my centers are:
Context Clues Task Cards
UPPER LEVEL Context Clues Task Cards
Context Clues with QR Codes

I'd love to hear how you integrate this very important skill into your classroom.

Blessings and happy teaching!

Monday, July 21, 2014

One Year Anniversary with TpT - Celebrating with a SALE

I can't believe that just one year ago today, I ignored the little voice telling me, "you can't do this," "no one will want your products," and nervously posted my very first FREE product on TpT.  I'm so glad I ignored all those negative voices and just went for it. I can still hear the loud sound of that first "cha ching" on my phone (I had no idea what it even was - almost scared me to death).

In my first year, I've accomplished more than I ever thought I could: enough money to pay for a family vacation, I created a business Facebook page, a Twitter page, and a new blog. I've met hundreds of other educators through those social media pages, and I've learned A LOT when it comes to designing and creating products.

Thank you, TpT, for the opportunity and thanks to everyone who follows me and supports me. I CAN DO THIS!

To celebrate, I'm throwing a sale -everything in my TpT store is 15% off.

I'm looking forward to great things in my 2nd year with this fabulous "family!"


Angie Lobue @ Positively Passionate About Teaching

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Today's FREEBIE...

Today's FREEBIE is brought to you by Ann Sielaff. I just found these on TpT. Check them out. If you snag this product, be kind and leave her feedback. You might also choose to follow her like I did.


Product Created by Ann Sielaff & Graphics by Krista Wallden

Happy teaching!

Friday, July 18, 2014

New Product Alert- Interactive Noun Jobs Flip Flap Template and Noun Jobs Cheat Sheet

So happy to have this new product created. I'm implementing interactive reading notebooks in my fifth grade classroom this year. Therefore, I'm planning on creating quite a few interactive activities throughout the year that my students will enjoy. 

When teaching nouns, introduce this interactive flip flap template and handy resource for cementing the concept. Students will glue the template into notebooks, journals, or paper in binders and then find (or write) examples of each noun job. Have students use the "cheat sheet" to guide them and then place in binders, folders, or notebooks.

This download includes the following:
**Ideas for the flip flap noun jobs organizer (color and black and white)
**Easy-to-follow directions
**Flip flap book template (editable so you can type your own or students can write their own noun jobs)
**Noun Jobs Cheat Sheet (perfect for placing in notebooks, binders, or journals as an additional resource) **The noun jobs covered include: subject nouns, objects of the prepositions, direct objects, indirect objects, and predicate nouns

This would be perfect for partner work, whole group discussion, completing one noun job at a time, or including this at a center. Use it to review before a test, quiz, exam, or before your state's BIG end of the year test. You could also use this as the ACTUAL assessment at the end or your unit.

As always, my new products are 10% off the first 48 hours. To check out this product, click HERE

Happy Teaching,

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

Wishing you all a very safe and fun-filled fourth of July.  We are so blessed to live in America and experience the freedoms other countries don't have.  Thanks to all the brave men and women who have served, and sacrificed, for our country.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

FREE Back to School Student Interest Inventory

Today's FREEBIE brought to you by Wise Guys. Get to know your students better with this FREE Back to School Interest Inventory.

Back to School Interest Inventory