Sunday, February 24, 2013

Come Join the Fun!! Ginormous GIVEAWAY!

You read it right!  I will be participating in the "Our Sweet Success" giveaway! 

Phase 1 - Link Up! (Our Sweet Success)
If you would like to join this giveaway by offering one of your products, then join us in the biggest linky party EVER!!!  The deadline to enter will be Saturday, March 2.  We have several of your FAVORITES that will be joining us!!        
Phase 2 - Enter to WIN!  (Mackey's Classroom)
Starting on Sunday, March 3...Sarah will begin the raffle for the winner!  ONE lucky winner will win:
ALL of the products offered by the most amazing teacher/bloggers on TPT.  

Phase 3 - Prizes Sent!
All teacher/bloggers who linked up will email their product to winner!!
(We are anticipating over $100 worth of products
I will be giving away an ITEM OF YOUR CHOICE from
Mrs. B's Best TpT Store!
Get in on the fun!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Freebie - Generic Early Bird Recording Sheet

Sometimes things hit me in the middle of the night...this was one of those things! 
I'm always trying to think of ways to make my life as a teacher easier.  Over the past few months, I have created quite a number of task card sets.  I wrote about how I use these task cards in a earlier post.  With each of these sets I have a color/design coordinated recording sheet.  Now don't get me wrong, I like things all nice and color coordinated, but wouldn't it make more sense to have a generic black and white copy?

Now if you only have one set of Early Bird Task Cards, then I suppose there really isn't much need. But, if you have multiple sets, wouldn't it be nice to just have one recording sheet that will work with any of them? here is your free black and white generic recording 200 copies at the beginning of the year...and you are good to go no matter which Early Bird Task Card set you are currently using.

And...if you haven't purchased any of my Early Bird really should :) I'll even give you the first one for free! Check it's my featured free item on both my TpT Store and my Teacher's Notebook Shop.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

How I Use Task Cards...A Rambling of Ideas

If you are a follower of my TpT store (and, if you aren't, you should be, lol) you know that I have created a number of task card sets.  My task cards are lovingly titled "The Early Bird..."  The Early Bird is what I like to call those students who always get finished long before the rest of the class.

So, these task cards are available for those students to work on independently while the rest of the class finishes whatever has been assigned.  That was my purpose for designing and creating so many sets.

Over the past few months, however, my uses for these cards have evolved.  Really the uses are endless, but here are just a few ways I've used them with my kids.

As I already stated they are great for those students who finish early.  I've also used them as a center activity.  We've also used the cards to play 'Tweet-Tweet'.  For this activity, a card is placed on each student desk.  Students then rotate around the classroom with recording sheet in hand.  While at a desk, they answer the question on that task card and record it on their recording sheet.  When I say "Tweet-Tweet" they move to the next desk.

Just recently, I decided rather than moving around the room, I'd have them stay at their desk and I'd project the task card onto my screen using my Elmo.  Students record their answer.  After a short time (usually 40 seconds) I put a new card up.  This method, opens up some additional working with a partner or in a small group.

You could also us the cards in a 'quiz bowl' format...project a card on a screen and have two students compete against each other.  The first student to answer correctly scores a point for their team.

I have also sent sets of task cards home with a student for homework.  I think next year, I will create a formal parent note as well as a folder to hold the materials.  My hope is that it will make it more of a family activity as well as a 'treat' to get to take a set home.

Those are just a few ideas I've tried in my own classroom.  I'd love to hear more ideas from you!  Please share.  Also, if you are interested in checking out my Early Bird Task Card Sets be sure to visit either my TpT Store or my Teachers Notebook Shop!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ecosystem Value Pack Fold-Ups

Below are pictures of all 5 fold-ups which are included in my Ecosystem Value Pack.  If you'd like to purchase a pack of your very own, please visit either my TpT Store or my Teacher's Notebook Shop.

First up...Water Cycle Fold-Up.  Cover, Inside and Assembled and Folded.

Next is the Symbiotic Relationships Fold-Up...Cover, Inside and Assembled, Cut and Folded.

Third, the Living Things in an Ecosystem Fold-Up ...Cover, Inside, Assembled, Cut and Folded.

Fourth is The Transfer of Energy in a Food Chain...Cover, Inside, Cut and Folded.

 And fifth, Abiotic and Biotic Factors Fold-Up...Cover, Inside and Cut and Folded.