June 2012 - The Learning Effect

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.


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.


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.

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:


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.


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.


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.
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