Sunday, May 15, 2016

Opinion Writing with "The Day the Crayons Quit"


Hi, friends!  We're in the home stretch!  Just a few more weeks!  Since we just wrapped up our opinion unit, I thought I'd post all about how we used one of our favorite stories to learn all about writing a persuasive letter.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Day-the-Crayons-Quit-Opinion-Writing-2495386

My kiddos are absolutely obsessed with The Day the Crayons Quit!  They love the structure and format of the text, as well as each crayon's unique personality.  Their favorite was the peach crayon.  I won't ruin it if you haven't read the story, but that peach crayon is sure a hoot!


Of course, we had to graph our favorite colors after reading the story.  Then, we each got to work creating a list of things we could draw with our favorite color.  We used this list to help us organize our opinion about whether our favorite crayon should or should not quit.  This little craft was also the perfect opportunity to review the three parts of a letter... heading, body and closing.


Our crayons turned out so cute, and the kiddos did such a nice job stating their opinion, providing reason(s) for their opinion, and then restating their opinion!


If you love this book, guess what?!  It could be yours!  We're giving away four of the following books to one lucky winner, and the best part is... you get to choose the four books!




Plus, you can head over to my "Writing Instruction" board on Pinterest for some great writing activities to complete in your classroom!


If you're looking for more writing tips, head over to this post all about creating independent writers.

http://www.onesharpbunch.com/2016/02/creating-independent-writers.html

Read my other Books Teachers Love posts here!

http://www.onesharpbunch.com/search/label/books%20teachers%20love






Sunday, May 1, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Giveaway

Hello, fellow teachers!  We all know how hard teachers work and the endless number of hours we spend prepping lessons, gathering supplies, working in our classroom, and so much more!  Some of my friends and I would like to make your teacher life a little bit easier with a chance to win our favorite teacher must haves, as well as $100 to TpT!


Jillian from The Starr Spangled Planner and I are giving away a Scotch personal laminator and a Carl rotary paper trimmer!


I've had this paper cutter for far more years than I can remember.  I'd have to guess at least seven or eight years.  It's very light weight, making it super easy to transport to and from school.  I usually just carry it in my teacher bag... along with a bunch of other things that I tell myself I will work on at home. ;)


The reason I like this paper cutter better than my big one at school is because the guide along the right edge ensures that I get a straight cut every time.  This makes my OCD heart happy, especially as I am trying to leave a perfect white border around my CVC Sliders that my kiddos will use during small groups.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CVC-Sliders-Phoneme-Segmentation-1812478

It also worked great to cut apart our color coded CVC Puzzles.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CVC-Puzzles-Phoneme-Segmentation-1961540

When I say this paper cutter has taken a beating, I am not kidding!  It has been my go-to for cutting apart labels, gift tags, bulletin board pieces, posters, vocabulary cards, literacy stations and math centers, like these rekenrek cards.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Rekenreks-Sums-0-20-1278698

I honestly cannot imagine using any other paper cutter.  The rotary blade even cuts through lamination, and it's so easy to change!  Yes, I am seriously attached to this paper cutter... and you can be too!  Just enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win!

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And you know what goes perfectly with a brand new paper cutter.... why, a brand new laminator of course!  Head on over to The Starr Spangled Planner to see how she uses her Scotch laminator in her classroom!  To laminate is not even a question!


Don't forget to enter the GRAND PRIZE giveaway below for a chance to win $100 to Teachers Pay Teachers!

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Now, hop on over to these other blogs to enter the giveaways for their favorite teacher must haves!




Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!


Saturday, April 30, 2016

End of the Year Video Tutorial {Part 1: Movie Maker}


Hi, friends!  Can you believe the end of the year is already upon us?!?  Our last day isn't until the second week in June, but I know many of you will be finishing up the year soon.  Last year, I decided to make an end of the year video that we would watch at our end of the year celebration.  I also made a copy of this video in DVD format for each child.  It was a huge hit!  However, if I am being completely honest, this was the first time I had ever used Windows Live Movie Maker and I had an extremely difficult time figuring out how to convert my movie to a DVD that the kiddos could watch at home.  With that being said, I thought a step-by-step guide for creating an end of the year movie would be helpful for all of you!

Looking for a unique end of the year student gift?!  Follow this step-by-step tutorial for creating an end of the year video for your students!  Simple how-to guide, featuring tips and tricks for Windows Movie Maker!

The images below contain the basic steps for creating a video with Windows Live Movie Maker compatible with Windows 8, 8.1 or 10.  For more detailed instructions, watch the video at the end of this post!

Looking for a unique end of the year student gift?!  Follow this step-by-step tutorial for creating an end of the year video for your students!  Simple how-to guide, featuring tips and tricks for Windows Movie Maker!

Looking for a unique end of the year student gift?!  Follow this step-by-step tutorial for creating an end of the year video for your students!  Simple how-to guide, featuring tips and tricks for Windows Movie Maker!

Looking for a unique end of the year student gift?!  Follow this step-by-step tutorial for creating an end of the year video for your students!  Simple how-to guide, featuring tips and tricks for Windows Movie Maker!

Looking for a unique end of the year student gift?!  Follow this step-by-step tutorial for creating an end of the year video for your students!  Simple how-to guide, featuring tips and tricks for Windows Movie Maker!

Looking for a unique end of the year student gift?!  Follow this step-by-step tutorial for creating an end of the year video for your students!  Simple how-to guide, featuring tips and tricks for Windows Movie Maker!

Looking for a unique end of the year student gift?!  Follow this step-by-step tutorial for creating an end of the year video for your students!  Simple how-to guide, featuring tips and tricks for Windows Movie Maker!

Looking for a unique end of the year student gift?!  Follow this step-by-step tutorial for creating an end of the year video for your students!  Simple how-to guide, featuring tips and tricks for Windows Movie Maker!

Looking for a unique end of the year student gift?!  Follow this step-by-step tutorial for creating an end of the year video for your students!  Simple how-to guide, featuring tips and tricks for Windows Movie Maker!

Looking for a unique end of the year student gift?!  Follow this step-by-step tutorial for creating an end of the year video for your students!  Simple how-to guide, featuring tips and tricks for Windows Movie Maker!

Looking for a unique end of the year student gift?!  Follow this step-by-step tutorial for creating an end of the year video for your students!  Simple how-to guide, featuring tips and tricks for Windows Movie Maker!

Looking for a unique end of the year student gift?!  Follow this step-by-step tutorial for creating an end of the year video for your students!  Simple how-to guide, featuring tips and tricks for Windows Movie Maker!

If you are looking for more in depth directions, please watch this video!


I hope this little tutorial will be helpful as you make your end of the year classroom video!  I'll be back soon with part 2 of this series... a step-by-step guide on how to turn your movie into a DVD.

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Looking for a unique end of the year student gift?!  Follow this step-by-step tutorial for creating an end of the year video for your students!  Simple how-to guide, featuring tips and tricks for Windows Movie Maker!

Don't forget to grab this end of the year student gift FREEBIE!

Looking for a unique end of the year student gift?!  Get yourself some slap bracelets and grab these FREE tags to show your students that you all had a “Slappin’ Great Year!”  They are sure to be a HUGE hit!

For more end of the year ideas, head over to my "End of the Year" board on Pinterest!


Plus, don't forget to check out Proud to be Primary's post about her "End of the Year Goodbye Stars!"

End of the Year Goodbye Stars are a great keepsake that your students!  Read the how-to, as well as a step-by-step guide on how to create an end of the year classroom video!

Here's to the last few weeks of school!  You've got this!