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TpT Sitewide Sale

The Summer Sale is here.  Every participating store is 20% off.  TpT is taking off another chunk for up to 25% off.  Load up your cart and start shopping on the 6th and 7th of August.

Tieks Giveaway!


Happy Back to School Season! It’s that crazy, exciting time of the year again! Getting your classroom ready, organizing a million papers, and preparing for a new group of kiddos to love on for the year is exhilarating, but can exhausting if you don't practice self-care.
As teacher-authors, we are so grateful that you allow us to be a part of your classrooms and lives and want to give you a big virtual hug in the form of a giveaway. We know that teachers can use a little bit of extra love this time of year, and I have teamed up with some amazing teacher-authors to show one lucky teacher LOTS of love with a pair of the brightest and most comfy teacher shoes ever, a pair of Tieks! AND a 2 $175 gift cards (one to Teachers Pay Teachers and one to Amazon!!!!)!!! Whoop! 
You can enter the giveaway up to 66 times!!! I'm not kidding! Enter now in the Rafflecopter below! Best of luck!

Prize: One winner will receive a $200.00 Tieks Gift Card, a $175 TPT Gift Card, and a $175 Amazon Gift Card.

Entry: Use the Rafflecopter below to enter! The giveaway runs August 3rd-August 11th. The winner will be announced and contacted on August 12th.

You may enter the Rafflecopter HERE!

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 Happy Entering!

Salmon Study

A great free indigenous art idea, and a fantastic research activity about salmon too.

This week we went to see a play called "Salmon Girl".  It's a story of an Indigenous girl who becomes transformed into a salmon.  It turns out that she is one of the Salmon People who's job it is to keep the salmon in the river safe.  The entire play was perfect for Grade 2's.  If you get the chance to see a production of this play, I highly recommend it.

How to draw a Leprechaun


wHere's a directed drawing of a leprechaun.  It's easy and so cute and best of all it's free.

This week e did a directed drawing of a Leprechaun.  There was a boy and a girl Leprechaun.  We outlined the drawing with sharpies and used watercolor paint and a few markers to finish it off.

A Unicorn for Mother's Day?

fantastic mother's day card and craft for people who love unicorns.  Great for kids.

If you love unicorns and you are looking for an easy and adorable Mother's Day card and gift, then this is the perfect craft for you to do with your class.

Inquiry Based Learning Step by Step #1

Inquiry Based Learning.  Here is a free step by step guide to teaching with inquiry.

I have been doing Inquiry Based Learning lessons in my classroom for a little while now.  In my district the curriculum changed this year and the focus is now on student-led learning.   Inquiry lessons fit into this style very well.   I have been teaching for 27 years, and I thought that changing up the way I teach was going to be very difficult, but it has been pleasant and easier than expected.  And the kids are very engaged.  It’s so cool to watch them interact and learn.  Nobody tunes out or looks bored.  I am LOVING THIS!

Halloween Descriptive Writing

Get this cute idea for free.  Great descriptive writing activity.

So I found these cute characters at the dollar store and I was totally inspired to create a descriptive writing activity.