Saturday, August 29, 2009

Literary Terms Poster

This booklet includes five posters: simile, metaphor, alliteration, hyperbole, and personification. Check it out.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

ABC Autobiography

ABC Autobiography

This is a great project to do in the first few weeks of the school year. It really helps you to get to know your students.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

How much money do you spend for your teacher/classroom supplies?

As I was buying things for my classroom this year, I began to wonder, how much are others spending?

Please take a moment to fill out this QUICK survey.

Teacher Spending Survey

Friday, August 14, 2009

1 cent School Supplies at Staples

Staples Back to School Deals

This week (8/9-8/15) a penny will get you: Highlighters, Notebooks, and Copier Paper (the copier paper is a penny after rembate.

Also, while you are at the Staples site, make sure that you sign up to recieve week ads by email, so you'll be in the the know.

Monday, August 10, 2009

First Day of School Worksheets

First Day of School Worksheets

I just uploaded these first day of school activities to enotes. There are two worksheets. The first worksheet requires students to write a poem about their summer vacation using the five senses (imagery).

The second worksheet is a get-to-know-you questionnaire.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Free Advice: Focus on what you have, not what you don't

If you constantly focus on what you don’t have,
you will never fully appreciate what you do have.
-Sharron Scott (yours truly)

(Click here to download quote)

It's true, if you constantly focus on what you don't have, you'll never see what you do have. Think about it:

If someone gave you 3/4 of a wonderfully delicious chocolate cake, and all you could focus on was the fact that you were missing a slice, you would never get to enjoy the rest of the cake.

In this time of recession and cut backs, it's easy to focus on what we don't have. As teachers, our schools are understaffed, we may have to buy a lot of our own school supplies, and in some cases our salaries may have been cut (This happened in my state last school year.)

However, if you look a the big picture, we still have jobs, when unfortunately others do not. And most importantly, we work in a profession where we actually have a purpose, and we have the opportunity to influence young lives every single day.

---I am going to post this quote up in my room, and I am also going do an activity in which I have my students come up with their own quotes. (And I will then post their quotes up in the room as well.)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Teacher Apprecian Day at Staples

Staples loves teachers, almost as much as we looooove staples. Check this out.

Monday, August 3, 2009

7 Great Literary Quotes Posters

Here's an inexpensive way to decorate your classroom.

I just uploaded this booklet of the following seven literary quotes to my posters page. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.) There are seven pages in all ( a quote on each page.) I suggest you print the quotes out and paste/staple them onto to colorful posterboard. Or, you could also, print them out on colorful paper.

Literary Quotes Quotes:

Friendship, I fancy means one heart between two.
George Meridith

Parting is such sweet sorrow

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly may alight upon you.
Nathanial Hawthorne

Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not.
Flannery O’Connor

All great achievements require time
Maya Angelou

Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day
Charles Dickens

Today is your day.
You’re off to great places!
You’re off and away!

Dr. Suess