Monday, February 23, 2015

Have you Heard? TpT Sale is Coming!

If you haven't heard by now, then the cat's out of the bag. TpT is having a HUGE sale this Wednesday on February 25. I'm offering 20% off on everything in my store. When you check out, use the code HEROES and earn an addition percentage off (total 28% off).

Start working on those wish lists. I've already got mine ready (so many great products out there). Yippie!

I'd be honored if you checked out my store by clicking HERE or on the picture below. You can find task cards, printables, vocabulary resources, QR code task cards, bundles, interactive activities, and more.

Happy shopping!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Victorious Vocabulary in the Classroom

Do you notice that it always seems to be the challenging vocabulary words that stumps our students when reading? For this reason, I fit in vocabulary games and activities into my lessons on a daily basis. For example, we discuss a new word, prefix/suffix, or Latin/Greek root each day.  In addition, I include vocabulary into their centers/choice boards (whether it's Context Clues Task Cards, finding synonyms or antonyms for particular words, watching vocabulary videos, or playing a vocabulary game). As far as videos, Flocabulary is my favorite. Our school purchased Flocabulary (well worth the $$, in my opinion). You can check out their site at  They have really catchy songs for multiple subjects (see below).   There are also some free ones on youtube.

The video below is one of our favorites from Flocabulary.

This past week, students played a fun game called "Context Clues Dominoes." This is a FREE download in MrsCurts TpT Store. Click HERE to download: They had to use the context clues to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words. Dictionaries and thesauruses were set by each group in case they needed to utilize either.  Students went around and read the cards - that way EVERY student was engaged. Words such as flabbergasted, acquire, conjure, perturb, antagonize, and figment were used. I loved watching each group work together to discuss, and figure out, the words' meanings.

Check out my students in action!

One of the activities on this week's Choice Board was to scan a QR code I'd created and watch a Prefix Suffix Song. Students then had to write down three suffixes and prefixes they heard and words that contain those particular prefixes and suffixes.

Use a device (phone, ipod or ipad) and scan our QR Code with a FREE QR Code app to watch the video. My favorite QR Code reader is i-nigma (FREE in the APP Store).
Scan this QR Code to watch the Prefix Kix Song By Grammarheads

If you're looking for ready-made vocabulary task cards, I have created several. They can be purchased in my TpT store:
Also, check out these FREE Vocabulary Resources in my TpT Store:
It's been a jam-packed week full of vocabulary. What activities do you use in your classroom to teach vocabulary?

Happy teaching,

Monday, February 2, 2015

Media Literacy Galore!

For the past two weeks, we've been involved in Media Literacy. We have discussed the different techniques used to persuade us, the point of view used in particular commercials, and how images, sound effects and graphics work together to change the meaning and impact advertising has on us.

Three of the main techniques we studied were Emotional Appeal, Snob Appeal, and Bandwagon. I made each student 3 index cards labeled: Emotional Appeal, Snob Appeal, and Bandwagon. Each day, we watched three commercials (each commercial being one of the above techniques). At the end of showing all three commercials, I'd backtrack and show a snippet of each. Students had to hold up the appropriate technique for each commercial. We had a great time, and I could quickly see who was getting it and who wasn't. Some of the commercials I showed are below:

Grey Poupon - Snob Appeal


Emotional Appeal - Chevy (Better Grab A Kleenex)

Coca Cola - Bandwagon Technique

 My students loved teaching one another these 3 Main Techniques. I'm very proud of them! Check them out (Credit to Whole Brain Teaching for the Idea of Teaching Face Partners)! While teaching face partners, students could refer to the Anchor Chart at the front of the room (nothing fancy but very helpful).

One of our favorite parts of the unit was creating, and performing, our very own commercials. Students in groups (advertising teams) had to come up with their own new product, slogan, logo, visual(s), jingle, and script for the commercial. They could also include testimonials or celebrity endorsements in their commercials. This was challenging and forced some kiddos to get out of their "comfort zone." However, it was well worth it! See one of our final products - commercial for the all new, revolutionary Beltlet (the most practical and versatile phone accessory out there)!

Pictures of my superstars working to create their commercials...
Teenagram - the new social media app
Lots of technology utilized to create commercials! :)

Looking at Familiar Logos

Flash Energy Drink - Puts the Good Stuff In and Keeps the Bad Stuff Out
Visual for Beauty Booster - Amazing Hair in Seconds

Creating Visual for Cocoa Paste - Chocolate -Flavored Toothpaste

Teaching media literacy is a blast! Happy Teaching!

Until next time,

Sunday, February 1, 2015

How About a Superbowl Sale?

Let's celebrate! EVERYTHING in my TpT store is 20% off on 2/1 and 2/2. Check out my task cards, QR Code task cards, printables, activities, interactive templates, centers, and more.

Go team! Click HERE to check out my products!