Saturday, May 24, 2014

Who do I admire? (and a giveaway!!)

                             


I love linking up with Amanda from The Primary Gal! She has so many fun ideas and gets so much done...I don't know how she does it! I love this secret admirer idea! Get ready to hear all about the blogger that I admire and enter a giveaway!

So...did you figure out who I admire?!

                                             




It's Elyse over at Proud to be Primary!

Proud to be Primary

Every time I see a post from Elyse, I have to do a double take because I always think it's me! I rarely ever meet anyone with my name, especially the same exact spelling...and the same initials! So cool!!

Elyse was gracious enough to contribute her amazing All About Frogs pack for me to use and review! My students had already used her All About Chickens activities so we were ready for the frogs! I am OBSESSED with these packs! They are chock full of resources for weeks of learning! Sadly, I had lots of testing to finish up the last couple weeks but I managed to squeeze in as much of this frog pack as I could! I'll be finishing up the rest next week!



We started off by creating a K-W-L chart as a class on what we already knew about frogs and what we wondered. Then my students started their own 
K-W-L. I love how this page allows for differentiation without needing separate papers! Students can write in complete sentences, make a list, or draw pictures.

 

Next came the frog life cycle. This pack has everything you need to teach the life cycle - mini poster, fact sheet, and printables! There's also picture cards, life cycle books, and a life cycle craft.
After we read the fact sheet and reviewed the poster, I hung them on the board for students to reference. Then I set them off to recreate the life cycle on their own. Again, this page allows for easy differentiation! Students can cut apart the parts of the life cycle and the word labels to create the cycle OR they can keep them together to make it a little bit easier to create the cycle.


This student saw me taking pictures and decided to make hers extremely colorful! She worked really hard instead of going to her "social center" (our 20 minutes of "social/play time" at the end of the day). I just had to share hers!





Next up was a graphic organizer to sort all the information we had learned so far about frogs! The headings are a part of the pack plus it includes the words "tadpoles" too! (I didn't want to start a brand new pad of paper with only a few short days left so I used the back cardboard piece, ha!)



 My students had to write at least 2 facts and then they could draw pictures to show the rest. They always seem to take me up on the drawing offer!

I love all the arrows on this one!




Did I mention how many amazing activities are in this one pack?! I even printed off a page to use for homework! This "Read and Answer" about the frog's life cycle was perfect to send home to help students work on comprehension. I printed the follow up questions on the back and sent it off in their folders. Many actually brought theirs back the next day...shocking!!












There's still more from Elyse's All About Frogs pack that we haven't even gotten to yet! I love this fact sheet. I have this one copied and ready to go at the end of our unit. I'll have my students complete this page along with filling in the "L" on the KWL page.




Another amazing poster from the pack!


There are seriously SO many awesome pages and resources in this pack that I could be here all day telling you about it! Check out the giveaway below to enter to win a copy of this amazing pack or head on over to Proud to be Primary to check it out for yourself! I'm telling you, you will not be sorry with this purchase! You'll be hooked and want all of Elyse's packs like this one (trust me...I'm now an "All About..." pack addict and have them all on my wish list for future purchases!)




















21 comments :

  1. Awesome post, awesome product, awesome ladies!! Good work! Jayne
    Smart Kids

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    1. Thank you Jayne!! Your kind words always make me smile! :)

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  2. OMG, I would LOVE to win this!!!! I have the bundle in my wishlist, in addition to other products from her store. Your Write the Room bundle is in my wishlist, too! I admire Miss DeCarbo. jecklund@live.com

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    1. Thanks Jen!! My whole store is on sale this weekend! :) Thanks for following and commenting!!

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  3. Would LOVE to won this fantastic resource!!! I also admire Sunny Days in 2nd Grade and Amy Lemons! I do not know how they do it all! hsease99@hotmail.com

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    1. Ha, me either! Thanks for commenting! :)

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  4. This bundle looks amazing!!! There are too many blogs that I admire to name them. All of you give me great ideas and inspiration!
    Julie

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  5. Mrs. T's First Grade class is an awesome blog

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  6. Thanks for the amazing post about my Frog pack Elyse...I feel so honored! I will have to repay you the favor soon!! Looks like your kiddos are loving the activities and working hard too!!
    Have a wonderful weekend ER ;)
    Elyse :)
    Proud to be Primary

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    1. It's easy to have fun while learning with this awesomeness you've created!! Thanks for letting me share and review it! :)

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  7. What a great find! Thanks for showing off her products! I love them.

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    1. Thanks!! Love her stuff too, obviously! ;)

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  8. I own sooo much of Elyse's store...I might as well have stock ownership in it =D. All of her "All About" packets are awesome, so I would absolutely LOVE to be the LUCKY recipient of this one <3. leafsgirl@rogers.com. P.S. You are pretty wonderful yourself <3.

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    1. Oh, and one of the bloggers that I most admire is Ashley Schroeder =). She is AMAZING!!!

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    2. You just have a thing for Elyses :)

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  9. I was excited to learn about her products. I will be adding many of them to my wish list.

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  10. I love so many different blogs for so many different reasons that I'm not sure I can choose one. I'm kind of new at going through them so, honestly, I couldn't choose yet. I am finding so much great info on them that I never knew existed so I'm really happy to have this to renew my teaching. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. I know what you mean...there are so many wonderful blogs out there! Thanks for stopping by mine and commenting! :)

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