Friday, June 29, 2012

Now on TPT: Apple Mummification Science Experiment

I just uploaded a new file to my Teachers Pay Teachers store: Apple Mummification Science Experiment.

This lesson is something I did with my 2nd graders last year on "Science Friday". Each Friday we would do a science experiment after lunch. They absolutely loved it. We were studying Africa at the time that we conducted this experiment, so it was the perfect tie between science and social studies.

Here are a few pictures from the 14-page lesson, which includes scientific method posters.

This file is priced at $2.50 in my TpT store. The file will be on sale for $1 until Sunday, July 1st at 9 p.m. (MT). {click here to purchase}

The first THREE people to comment & tell me about a science experiment that you enjoy doing with your class will receive this lesson for free! {Be sure to leave your email in the comment so I can email the file to you!}

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Classroom Reward Cards

I have been receiving a lot of emails lately asking how I created the rewards cards I posted about on The Nest Effect back in March. {See the original post with all of the details of how I use the cards, here.} Instead of responding to each incoming email, I'll just post about it and give you the links you need to create your own.

I've created the reward cards through VistaPrint. Under the Business menu there's a link for Loyalty Cards. These are not business cards. Creating the cards through the Loyalty Card option is how you get the boxes printed on the card.

For punching the cards, I have a star shaped handheld hole punch.

All of my templates are available below. You can click on them and be taken to VistaPrint where you can have them made as is, or change the text.

Now this card is a business card. No punching needed. This one just gets handed out to students when I feel necessary.

If you're new to VistaPrint, here are some things to know.
  • There are always free products available. Often business cards, pens, stamps, and car door magnets are free.
  • If you sign up for VistaPrint and select to receive their email newsletter, you'll get offers weekly for even more free products. At the time that I created my rewards cards, they were free through an email. I noticed that the email offers are better if you sign up for an account and not just for their newsletter. Once you complete your first order, the offers come a few times a week. {Click here to view the most recent offer email I received. The pricing of deals for this email expires on July 2.}
  • While products are free, you do have to pay shipping.
  • The most recent email I received (which was actually yesterday) has a deal to get 50% off loyalty cards. You can get 250 of one design for $9.99. {Click here to use the deal.}
  • Your VistaPrint creations are kept in a portfolio in your account. This makes it so easy to reorder or change wording later on. This is also how you can share your creations with others.
  • If you click through multiple emails with different deals, it can change the pricing for the items in your cart. Same goes with clicking through links on affiliate websites such as Shop At Home, Retail Me Not, etc. 
  • Sometimes changing "advanced options" on items will increase the price.
I'll be uploading my other VistaPrint creations soon. For more ideas, join the VistaPrint Ideas for Teachers Facebook group. {I have no affiliation, just have joined myself and love the ideas other teachers have posted. They often post links to deals, too!}

Monday, June 25, 2012

Quick Reminder: Thirty-One Giveaway Ends Tonight!

Just a quick reminder!

My Thirty-One giveaway for a Large Utility Tote ends tonight at 12:01 a.m. (ET). The winner will be announced on the giveaway post on the Rafflecopter widget.
Thirty-One Large Utility Tote {$35 value}

If you'd like to purchase from my online Thirty-One party, you'll need to do so before Wednesday. My party ends tomorrow night! And remember, for every $35 you spend, you can purchase a Large Utility Tote for $10.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Free Printable: Student Rewards

I have updated a free printable that I had previously uploaded to Teachers Pay Teachers. The Student Rewards freebie has been added to and changed a little bit.

Here's a preview of what comes in the file:

This file can be downloaded for free from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Now on TPT: Monthly Reading Logs

Today I uploaded two new files to Teachers Pay Teachers. They're both monthly reading logs, but one is for grades 1 & 2 and the other is for grade 3 & up. I used the lower grades logs for my 2nd graders last year. Parents and students liked the monthly reading logs much better than weekly. And because of the large range of reading levels I had, I required them to track if they were read to by their parents or if they read themselves. I had quite a few students who read a lot in school and at their after-care program, but when they were home, their parents read higher-level books with them. I was okay with this, and just wanted to know that they were reading or being read to at home.

The monthly reading logs for grades 1 & 2 have different column headings than the one for grade 3 & up. See the pictures below.

These files are priced at $2.00 each. All 12 months are included in both sets. The files will be on sale for $1 until Sunday, June 24 at 9 p.m. (MT).

The first FIVE people to comment & tell me what book you're currently reading will receive both sets for free! {Be sure to leave your email in the comment so I can email the files to you!}

Monday, June 18, 2012

Opening Giveaway & Party: Thirty-One

To celebrate the "opening" of The Learning Effect I'm having an online Thirty-One party and giveaway. Thirty-One products are awesome for teachers. I own quite a few of their products and love using them in my classroom.

My favorite product is the Organizing Utility Tote. I use this tote to bring school work home on weekends for grading and planning. It's also a great portable bag for taking to meetings, other teachers' rooms for planning, and more. It's like a mini-portable office.

Other products that I own, but sadly don't have pictures of when in use, are:

Little Carry-All Caddy :: I own 4 & use mine to hold materials for centers, small-group materials, art supplies for special projects, treats & prizes, etc. So many possibilites.

Mini Zipper Pouch :: I own 2 & use mine to hold personal products that I keep at school in case I or a co-worker is ever in need.
Square Utility Tote :: This tote is such a good buy. I seriously used it on a weekly basis to tote around students' materials, to carry borrowed materials from other teachers back and forth, to hold snacks for kids to pass out, etc. The bag is very sturdy and easy for adults and kids to use.
Large Utility Tote :: This tote is awesome. It's big enough to hold recess equipment (basketballs, kickballs, soccer balls, etc.). It's a great size for bring materials to and from school. It's a great bag for carrying groceries into the house from the car. In my classroom I used it for so many things. It was such a big help when I was moving in and out this year. It's so easy to carry, even when full.
Thermal Tote :: Eating healthy is hard when you don't have a place to keep a lunch cold. I bought the Thermal Tote last year and haven't regretted it. This bag is amazing when it comes to keeping food and drinks cold. It's big enough to hold a sandwich container, drink, and snacks. Totally recommended for teachers!
Want to purchase from my party? Click here to shop directly through my online Thirty-One party.

Through the month of June the customer special is for every $35 you spend, you can purchase a Large Utility Tote for $10 (a $35 value)! And new this month, Thirty-One has introduced the Top-a-Tote accessory for the Large Utility Tote. This accessory easily attaches to the top of the tote to keep everything in place while traveling.
Prize: Thirty-One Large Utility Tote ($35 value!) - You will get to choose the print you want.

Number of Winners: one

To Enter: You must use the Rafflecopter widget below. It's really easy to use and makes giveaways a lot easier for me to manage. The widget will tell you what your commenting topic is! (mandatory) Please leave your email in your comment!

Giveaway Ends: Tuesday, June 26 @ 12:01 a.m. (Eastern Time) for this post entry. The winner will be chosen using the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will be announced on this post on the widget and will be emailed to claim their prize. The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email to claim their prize.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To join Jessica's Thirty-One Facebook group, click here. {Jessica is my Thirty-One consultant. I am not an independent consultant, myself.}

Giveaway Rules & Disclosure:
  • You must be a follower (through FB, GFC, or RSS/email) of The Learning Effect to win.
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  • This giveaway is open to readers living in the U.S.
  • Please make sure your email is either linked in your profile or on your blog OR that you include it in your comment. If I can't find your email address, I can't contact you as the winner.
  • You must comment as your first, mandatory entry. All entries will be verified when the winner is chosen.
  • One entry per method per person (6 total).
  • This giveaway is not sponsored. The prize, information, and giveaway have been provided by me. Any opinions about products stated in this post are completely honest and purely my own.

The Learning Effect

I am so excited to start this blog, The Learning Effect. Since I began teaching full-time at the end of November 2011, I have just had an itch to start a blog specifically for things related to education and teaching.

For a little over a year now, I've been blogging at The Nest Effect. I am not going to stop blogging at The Nest Effect, but instead hope to juggle both at once.

My awesome readers on The Nest Effect's Facebook page helped me pick the name The Learning Effect. So fitting - I love it.

In case you're completely new to me, let me tell you about myself.

I grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania near Scranton. I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in August 2005 to attend the University of Utah. I earned my degree in Elementary Education in May 2011. I completed my student teaching in a 3rd grade classroom and my first full-time teaching position was in 2nd grade.

For the 2012 - 2013 school year I will be teaching at a brand new charter school just North of Salt Lake City. The charter school has a business emphasis and lots of awesome technology, so I'm really excited to start this new teaching journey. I will be teaching 4th grade.

I plan to start creating files for my Teacher's Pay Teachers store during my time off this summer. I have some things already in the works and they should be done this week! Be sure to subscribe so that you're getting daily updates because when I add something new to my TpT store, I may just put it on here for free for 24 hours or less.

There's also a page (linked at the top of the blog) called "Free Printables" where you'll soon be able to find freebies to download!

I would love for you to connect with me and subscribe/follow/like/etc. to keep up with everything I'm posting. After all, you won't want to miss out on the freebies and giveaways! Connect through the links on the right sidebar.