Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sale on Clipart at Digi Scap Kits through May 2

Trina Clark at Digi Scrap Kits is having a great sale through May 2.  It is 30% off on a purchase over $5.00.  I think her work is beautiful. The code word for the sale is APRILSHOWERS

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Punctuation and Capitalization Baseball PowerPoint Game

While playing this game, your students will be demonstrating their skills showing the use of  punctuation and capitalization.  The questions are designed to mimic the way punctuation and capitalization are sometimes questioned on state mandated tests using a multiple choice format.  Students are asked to select the needed change for the underlined section or to determine if the selection is correct as it is.

This is a fun way for you to review with your class basic punctuation and capitalization rules.  The addition of an electronic tic-tac-toe option adds the skill of logic into this game as well. 
Punctuation and Capitalization Baseball is a great game for the whole class using a whiteboard, but is just as effective installed on a computer for students to play one to one. 
The answer selections change colors to show if the answer chosen is correct or incorrect.  When the correct answer is selected, the crowd will applaud and an umpire will appear declaring the player safe.  If the answer chosen is incorrect, the answer will turn color as well, but a strike whooshing sound will happen.
Thanks for looking and have a great day.
Vintage Teacher

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

50 Free Resources!!!!!!!!!

50 Free Resources!

In order to celebrate 500 fans for her site, TpT seller Charity Preston of The Organized Classroom has collected 50 great TpT resources from different sellers, all for free!

Check out the list of links here. You are sure to find something great!

Whimsy Doodle Graphics $20 Gift Certificate Contest

Erica Bohrer First Grade Blog is having a contest to win a $20 gift certificate from Whimsy Doodle Graphics!!!

Click on her icon below to learn how to enter the contest.  Good luck!

Erica Bohrers First Grade

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mother's Day Writing Packet

Mother's Day is a day to celebrate those that influence our lives no matter what age.  This 34-page pdf  is filled with pages to print that will allow each student to write to the "mother" figure in their life.  The pages have students writing telling about the first memory they have with their "mom",  their favorite memory they made together, and an acrostic poem outline for them to make about this person.

Many children do not have mothers taking part in their life due to death, divorce, being in foster care, or are being raised by a step parent or a grandparent.  They often feel a sense of betrayal if they acknowledge this person on Mother's Day.  Therefore, they feel uncomfortable in completing things for the traditional idea of Mother's Day.  For this reason,  this packet includes the same activities but with different headings.  There is one set for Mom, one set for Grandma, and one set labeled Happy Mother's Day for Someone Special to Me.

There are 5 different pages for My Earliest Memory in each section.  Each of the pages has a different picture.  They all have a mom. but the children are different.  There are different ethnic groups, genders, and even a set of twins, so this writing activity can be made personalized to match the student. 

There are 6 coupons with ideas that students can include if you make a booklet for a present and one blank coupon that can be made if a student wants to "gift" a different thing.

Included in the download:
6 different cover pages
3 Acrostic poem outlines (Mother, Grandmother, Special)
15 Different Earliest Memory Pages
3 My Favorite Memory Pages
7 Pages of Coupons (6 with items-1blank)

This is a great activity for a writing project or in a writing center.

Thanks for looking.

Have a great day!

Seek the Treasure of Multiplication Instructional PowerPoint

This 13 page PowerPoint walks students through the steps of solving a multiplication problem with the second factor being a two digit number.
Each step is color coordinated so students can visually see where to write the answer. Students are reminded to check to see if the correct number of "rows" exist prior to adding. The zero place holder is in a different color with the reminder to show that you are actually multiplying with a multiple of 10 rather than a single number.
In the initial problem, boxes are grouped around the digits being multiplied with a hint given on what to do to arrive at the correct product.

Have a great day!
Vintage Teacher

Seek the Treasure of Multiplication Instructional PowerPoint

Monday, April 18, 2011


As a child, family time with part of our extended family was very important.  At Easter, my mother would boil a dozen eggs for each child that would be at our house that weekend and we would all color eggs together.  If you were old enough to hold an egg and dip it into a cup held by someone else, you got a dozen eggs.  She would cover the table with newspaper, put the coffee cups filled with color in the middle of the table, make sure we all had play clothes on with sleeves pushed up, clip a towel to the front of our clothes, and give us each a dozen of eggs to color. 

As kids we thought, we were master artists.  We would use light colored crayons draw our designs and dip our eggs.  Some would dip different ends in different colors to make multi-colored eggs. (One site I looked at today said to use stickers to block the dye.  Have never done that.)  My one cousin would dip his entire dozen in every color and would swear that he had the most beautiful eggs.  They were kind of a black purplish icky color.  But we all laughed, spilled things, and colored our eggs again.  We made great memories and great messes. 

At school we would take string and balloons and make egg shaped covered string baskets.  Maybe we didn't learn things while making those that are on the state objectives, but we did learn to share, listen to others, work together, to admire others work, and to dream.  Those are life objectives.

My mother didn't buy the colored tablets to make our dye. We used too much dye for that!   Instead, I remember her most often using food coloring, vinegar, and water.  She may have used other things and I was just too excited about getting my dozen of eggs to pay attention. 

I found a website today for coloring Easter Eggs Naturally.  (It reminds me of the times I have boiled red cabbage for science experiments in my classroom.)  The eggs she has displayed are eye-catching.  The link is at the bottom of this page.

I wonder if our students are learning those life lessons in our schools today.  Those things should be on the mandated testing for life.  With the climate that teachers are having to work under today, I doubt if any future generations will have the opportunity to learn those life objectives at school.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, Passover, Easter, or any other holiday, I hope it is one that brings you peace and good memories.

Coloring Eggs Naturally

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Measurement Bingo: Reading a Ruler in Inches

This bingo game gives students practice determining the measurement designated by the arrow pointing at the ruler.

There are 26 individual game boards included in this file along with calling cards. Each board is labeled with a letter in the upper left corner. An answer key telling the measurement in each location on each individual board is included.

Measurements include whole inches, halves, fourths, eighths, and sixteenths.

This is a great whole class activity or small group activity.

If you like to have fun while practicing reading a ruler, this is a great activity to use in your classroom.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Vintage Teacher

Measurement Bingo: Reading a Ruler in Inches

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Figurative Language PowerPoint Activity for Spring or Easter

Figurative language is the topic being practiced while playing this game.

There are 18 questions for practice and it only takes three-in-a-row to win, so every time you play it is different. Trying to get a three of your bunnies in a row adds a sense of excitement to this PowerPoint activity.

Students will choose between metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, personification, hyperboles and idioms. This game is a good way to review these types of figurative in preparation for mandated testing. There is also a choice of answer not chosen so students have to determine if there really is any figurative language at all.

A great activity for the whole class or for just a few students. The winner is determined by which team gets three of their bunnies in a row. Directions are included in the game preview and in the file with the game.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New Product: Estimating Fractions and Mixed Numbers Worksheets

Estimating fractions and mixed numbers is an important skill for students to learn for life as well as for mandated testing.  This file consists of a reference sheet to help learn how to round a fraction to the benchmark locations of 0, 1/2, or 1.  The reference sheet also tells them how to deal with mixed numbers.

Another lesson in the file requires students to round fractions to the benchmarks.  They then take the letter associated with the answer to each problem to get an answer to a question posed at the top of the page.

The third lesson requires students to round factors of fractions and/or mixed numbers to come up with a reasonable product for the problem. 

Answer sheets are provided for each of the practice lesson.
Thanks for looking and have a great day.
Vintage Teacher

       Estimating Fractions and Mixed Numbers Worksheets

Monday, April 4, 2011

April 12 D.E.A.R. Day

D.E.A.R. Day is April 12  (Drop Everything And Read)

April 12 is also Beverly Cleary's birthday.

D.E.A.R. Day resources

The link above will take you to a site that has Ramona inviting everyone to participate and resources for teachers.

Years ago I taught in a district that allowed us to do things that we thought were beneficial for our students, and I had D.E.A.R. every day for thirty minutes following lunch recess. 

I had a young man in the fifth grade's mom call me.  She was shocked that her son, Carlton, was voluntarily reading at home.  She said that he had never done that in all the years he had been in school.  She asked him what had changed, and he got mad, took his book and stomped off to his room.  I told her I didn't know why, but don't look a gift horse in the mouth. This was a good thing.

A couple of weeks later,Carlton came up to me and asked me if I knew that he had read his whole book.  I looked at him kind of strangely and said good.  He told me that I didn't understand, I made him read every day during D.E.A.R. time and this was the first time in his whole life that he had actually read a whole book.  He had always lied and had quit reading.  I was shocked.  He told me he did so, because he knew I would make him start another one for D.E.A.R. time and what was the use.  Everyone had to read.  Then he went on to tell me that the book got really good, and he had even taken it home and read in it. 

I had Carlton as a student for two years, as I looped with my students.  I am happy to say that as our time together grew, so did Carlton's love of reading a whole book.  I often had to take his book away from him, because he would tuck it inside something else and he would read rather than do his lesson.  So in my humble opinion, D.E.A.R. is a wonderful, possibly life-changing time.

Vintage Teacher

The name of the student has been changed to protect the "reader".  :0)

Live Eagle Web Cam

Live Eagle Web Cam

This is a link to a live eagle web cam.  This is the best streaming video I could find.  The nest is located in Decorah, Iowa.  The only drawback is the steam begins with a cereal commercial.  This link also has sound so you get the real sense of what is going on around this nest.  There is also videos showing each of the three eggs hatching at this site.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Teachers Pay Teachers Entire Site on Sale

Teachers Pay Teachers Site is having a sale  to celebrate the best quarter ever!  Make your selection and enter the code to get your 10% off.  This is also an additional 10% off sale prices.  Don't miss out on this offer.

10% OFF through this Saturday April 9th.
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