Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday Reflections.. and my FIRST GIVEAWAY!!

It's so sad that we're getting to the point in education where teachers are mandated to use a teacher's manual and made to read every word out of it to teach.  I went to college for 4 years for you to tell me how to teach?  No!  Where's the creativity?  Where's the engagement?  It's not there..  We are required at our school to use the basal every week for our students' stories and I try so hard to supplement as much as possible.  This week and next week we are doing a two week Chocolate Unit as a class because we received a RIF grant and this unit was one of the activities we wrote about doing.  Anyways - long story short - I about cried today when I saw my kids faces loving all of the chocolate activities we did all through reading.  THIS is what teaching and education is all about.  The learning and engagement that took place today was incredible.  Knowing that we were going to have these two weeks to have fun - I planned my chocolate unit to include as much fun as possible.  I've made a chocolate chit-chat unit and I love it!  Everything is based from the book Chocolatina by Erik Kraft.  So as my first GIVEAWAY 
I would like to give two lucky winners a copy of my Chocolate Chit Chat Unit (25 pages of centers, games, word work activities, etc.).. as WELL as my fraction unit which includes 5 fun fraction activities!  They are both on TPT here.

Here's what to do for the giveaway:

1.  Follow my blog
2.  Follow me on TPT here.  
3. Blog about this on your blog.
4.  Leave a comment about your favorite fraction activity and leave your e-mail in case you win!  

The Giveaway ends Thursday at midnight and a winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Friday.  
I really don't want to seem like a copy cat - there are so many awesome giveaways out there these days.  I'm just really excited about these two units and just want to share them!!  Happy Tuesday!  

25 comments:

  1. I follow your blog!

    SShepherd2011@gmail.com

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  2. I follow your blog and you on TPT....

    heather.wilhite@knoxschools.org

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  3. I actually don't have any favorite fraction activities...yet! This is my first year teaching 3rd and I really need to find some. I have recently found your blog and LOVE IT!!! =)

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  4. I now follow your TpT store and I am more than impressed.

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  5. I reblogged about your giveaway over at my blog
    http://faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com

    Janine

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  6. Since I teach first grade, my fraction activities are a little limited. I find it easier when I use storybooks to get the point across and storybooks partnered with food, who could ask for more? I use Jerry Palotta's "Apple Fractions" and "Hershey's Fraction Problems". We cut and eat the apples and chocolate, it is the "right there" moment that they need to understand part-part-whole.

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  7. I am now a follower of your blog!
    rodandshelly@hotmail.com

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  8. I am following you on TpT!
    rodandshelly@hotmail.com

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  9. I teach kindergarten and love to use "Eating With Fractions". We spend time eating 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4!
    rodandshelly@hotmail.com

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  10. I'm a follower! I usually teach fractions using a Hershey's chocolate...bar...Love using food to teach!

    -Gladys
    http://teachinginhighheels.blogspot.com
    teachinginhighheels@gmail.com

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  11. I have been following your blog & love using your activities in my classroom. This is my first year in first and we haven't done much with fractions yet!

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  12. I blogged about your contest here!
    http://mrsuggensclass.blogspot.com/2011/02/another-contest.html

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  13. My favorite fraction activity is having the kids make a pizza and then cutting it up to make a fraction of what they would eat and what is left. It makes for a fun hallway display!

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  14. My favorite fraction activity is: We sit down with each child before we start fractions and we ask them what size of a pizza they would like. They always choose a 1/16 because they think it is the biggest then at the end of fractions we have a big pizza party.We give them their slice of pizza they asked for at the beginning of the party. It is funny because they learn that actually a 1/16th of a slice is really small. :)

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  15. I don't teach fractions at all- never have- but I think I am making a grade level switch next year, so this could be helpful!!! :) I follow you on here and TPT... and check out my blog!

    http://teachinggracefully.blogspot.com/2011/02/adventures-of-room-129-giveaway.html

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  16. Thanks so much. I followed you on each. My favorite fraction activity in having the kids use two different color of unifix cubes and then telling what fraction is a certain color. They seem to really get that. I love your chocolate unit. Well, I love chocolate in just about everything. LOL And your fraction unit looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing.
    Donna
    http://kinderglynn.blogspot.com/
    kinderglynnclass@gmail.com

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  17. I follow your blog and TPT store! I also left a shout out for your giveaway and blog on my page. One of my favorite fraction activities is to use apples to help my students visually see that one half plus one half equals one whole. Along with other fractions they really enjoy it! I completely agree with you about having to follow the curriculum books. Especially saxon math!

    wardswayofteaching.blogspot.com

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  18. I am following your blog!

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  19. I am following your TPT store!

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  20. One of the best fraction lessons I have done is to use food items! I know the students love to eat, so this way they are focused and on task. In the past I've used Milky Ways little bars, starburst, etc.
    kellybbrown@gaston.k12.nc.us

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