A Way To Help Children in Uganda



By Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers
Grades K - 2



Do you know about Fields of Dreams Uganda? They do wonderful work for orphaned and vulnerable children of Uganda. 

 I have a dear friend who works with this organization.  She has been to Uganda and seen all the great things that are happening.

The Dresses For Dreams 5k is coming up on November 4, 2017.  All proceeds will go towards the Fields Of Dreams Uganda’s Girl Empowerment Projects.  The proceeds will be used to provide washable and reusable feminine hygiene kits for girls at nine partner schools.  More girls will be able to attend school and absenteeism for girls will be reduced. Dresses For Dreams 5K is held in many cities across the US.  What a wonderful project.

I know this will be near and dear to the hearts of all teachers.

If you would like to know more about Fields of Dreams Uganda, check out this link.
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Color Sorting for use with Google Slides™ and Google Classroom™


by Greg Litton
Pre-K - 2nd Grade


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Do you want a way to effectively use computer technology with Pre-K and Kindergarten Students? Would you like students to develop computer or device skills while simultaneously developing the sorting skills that are so important to math and science? Here is a free lesson to help you teach technology skills and sorting skills at the same time. Before using this FREE lesson, start with sorting different colored objects such as blocks or counters. After your students have hands on practice with these, you can move on to this Google Classroom™ activity.

There are ten slides in this activity. Each slide asks the students to drag and drop all of one particular color into a marked space on the slide. There is a slide for each of these colors: blue, black, brown, white, green, orange, pink, purple, red and yellow. There are nine movable pieces of the requested color, some with different colored pieces mixed in. Students will sort the colors in the paperless activity and practice dragging and dropping objects on a computer or device.This computer activity can also be used as Response to Intervention or as an authentic assessment.
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Sorting Shapes with Moveable Pieces for use with Google Classroom™



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Are you looking for a way to effectively use computer technology with Pre-K and Kindergarten students?  Would you like students to develop computer or device skills while simultaneously developing technology skills?  Here is a freebie to help you do just that! Let’s start with sorting basic shapes. Of course you would introduce basic shapes with attribute blocks and perhaps cut outs of 2d shapes.  After the students have hands on practice with these, you could move on to a Google Classroom™ activity.

There are four slides in this activity.  Each slide asks the students to drag and drop all of one particular shape in a marked space on the slide.  There is a slide for each of the following shapes, circle, square, rectangle and square. There are nine of the requested shape and a few of the other shapes on each slide.  Students sort the shapes in this paperless activity.   

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Just In Time Back to School Sale


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Yes, it's back to school time and Learning Harbor for Teachers is having a sale. Visit our store and use code BTS2017 to receive a discount of 25% of all products. Including the products for Google Slides and Google Classroom™. Don't miss out. Sale begins tonight August 1, 2017 at midnight and ends August 2, 2017 at midnight!
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Sailing into The Future with Digital Activities



Don’t Throw the Teacher Overboard




Digital activities, paperless classrooms, Google Classroom, 1:1 classrooms.  Everywhere teachers are being encouraged to use more digital activities with their students. I think that used properly these devices can be very useful to teachers and students. Teachers should be supported in using digital activities.  Teachers know their students’ needs better than anyone. There are things to remember when planning to use digital activities.
1. There must be a balance.  Students need to write with and without devices. Students need to learn to think, communicate, and use social skills. Students also need to use digital devices.
2. Digital activities help teachers to differentiate instruction. For example, some students may be ready for a math activity in October and others or not ready for the same activity until December.  With a library of digital activities from which to choose, it is easier for teachers to meet the needs of students.
3. Having a variety of activities in different themes allows teachers to assign activities that match their students’ interests.
4. Digital activities help students in intervention groups and special education.
5. Digital activities promote engagement with learning.
6. Digital activities are interactive.
7. Digital activities will work best when teachers have the ability to choose the activities that will best meet the needs of their students.
Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers is proud to share that we are currently working on increasing lines of digital activities including interactive Google Slides, and Google Slides with moveable pieces, for use with Google Classroom as well as interactive PowerPoint games, and Boom Learning Activities.  
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FREE Interactive Google Classroom Activity

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Ahoy Friends! Welcome to Learning Harbor Resource for Teachers Preview of the Addition Doubles and Adding to One.  And thanks for visiting Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers.



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A Little Help setting your goals.



Have you ever thought about selling teaching resources on Teachers Pay Teachers or Teachers Notebook but don’t know where to start? Let’s talk about Business Goals. That's right, a business goal. What is a business goal you may ask? The goal plan is a detailed outline of how you are going to get your business going and making a profit as quickly as possible.  If you were asked to describe a goal, could you do that in less than 10 words? Let me help you. A goal is a dream that is written down. To make it even more to the point, the goal must be SMART. If you were to say your goal is to earn $20,000 in a year selling online digital products, that is a dream and to make it a goal you should write it down and how you are going to achieve that goal. The following is a guide to help you realize your goals. 

I said your goals must be SMART. What that means is that each goal should be:
Specific.   What will the goal accomplish? Why and how will it be accomplished?
Measurable.    How will you measure if your goal has been reached? 
Achievable.     Is it possible? Do I have the necessary knowledge and resource to accomplish the                 goal? Can I meet the goal without defeating myself?
Results.      What is the result of the goal? (Not the activities leading up to the result.)
Time sensitive. What is the established completion date? Does this date create a reasonable 
             sense of urgency?

Using the above goal of earning $20,000 in a year of digital online sales is a fantastic goal. Here is an example of what the SMART goal would look like.

Specific  
By September 1st of 2018 I will have earned $20,000 in sales. These earning will allow me to pay off my mortgage. I will work use social media marketing to achieve these sales.
This is the What, Why and How part. 
Example is "By September 1st of 2018 I will have earned $20,000 in sales" = what
"These earning will allow me to pay off my mortgage" = why
 "I will use social medial marketing strategies to achieve these sales." = how

Measurable
The goal should be measurable so that you have tangible proof of your accomplished goal. The entire goal statement is a measure for the project. In our goal example a monthly measurement can be used to ensure the goal is on track to be met.
This is the measurable part of the goal
Example is “I will have earned $20,000 by September 1st 2018

Achievable
Your goal should be achievable; they should stretch you slightly so you feel challenged and still defined enough so that it can be reached. To achieve your goal, you must have the necessary knowledge and resources to achieve the goal. Most any goal can be met when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that will allow you to carry out those steps. As you go through the plan and carry out the steps you can achieve the goal that may have seemed impossible when you begin.  Note that if a goal is impossible to achieve you may not even want to try. Achievable goals can motivate you. Impossible goals can frustrate and demoralize. 
This is the possible part of the goal. Here you will need the knowledge and skills to achieve the goal.
Example is “I will have earned $20,000 by September 1st 2018”
For you to achieve this goal you should have the basic knowledge of creating digital products and a good working knowledge of social media marketing. You should also have a strong discipline of time management.

Results – focused
Goals should measure outcomes, not activities. The result of our goal is to earn $20,000 by September 1st 2018.  Remember that doing busy work is different than doing productive work. The individual activities and actions that occur in order to make the goal a reality is important but keep in mind that your goal is result focused not a busy work activity focused.  
This is the results part of the goal. 
Example is  “I will have earned $20,000 by September 1st 2018”
This part of the goal results can be seen monthly in your earnings statements.

Time Sensitive
Your goal should be linked to a reasonable time frame that will create a practical sense of urgency or results in tension between the current reality and the completion of your goal. Without the tension or urgency your goal is unlikely to produce the outcome you want.
This is the urgency or when part of the goal.
Example is  “I will have earned $20,000 by September 1st 2018”
The date of September 1st 2018 is the Time Sensitive part of your goal.

The writing of S.M.A.R.T. goals is very important for accomplishing individual goals. Your goal is what you want it to be. There is no reason to compare or measure your goal with someone else’s goal. Remember you only should be better today than you were yesterday.  I hope this helps you with growing and succeeding in your business.
 
Attached is a S.M.A.R.T. Goal Questionnaire. Please use it to help with setting your goals and making those dreams come to profit for yourself.

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Do you have a goal?





Have you ever thought about selling teaching resources on Teachers Pay Teachers or Teachers Notebook but don’t know where to start? Let’s talk about Business Goals. That's right, a business goal. What is a business goal you may ask? The goal plan is a detailed outline of how you are going to get your business going and making a profit as quickly as possible.  If you were asked to describe a goal, could you do that in less than 10 words? Let me help you. A goal is a dream that is written down. To make it even more to the point, the goal must be SMART. If you were to say your goal is to earn $20,000 in a year selling online digital products, that is a dream and to make it a goal you should write it down and how you are going to achieve that goal. The following is a guide to help you realize your goals. 

I said your goals must be SMART. What that means is that each goal should be:
Specific.            What will the goal accomplish? Why and how will it be accomplished?
Measurable.       How will you measure if your goal has been reached? 
Achievable.        Is it possible? Do I have the necessary knowledge and resource to accomplish
               the goal? Can I meet the goal without defeating myself?
Results.              What is the result of the goal? (Not the activities leading up to the result.)
Time sensitive.   What is the established completion date? Does this date create a reasonable
                            sense of urgency?


The writing of S.M.A.R.T. goals is very important for accomplishing individual goals. Your goal is what you want it to be. There is no reason to compare or measure your goal with someone else’s goal. Remember you only should be better today than you were yesterday.  I hope this helps you with growing and succeeding in your business. 

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Summer!




"Summertime and the living is easy."  I love those lyrics from the song, "Summertime," by George Gershwin.  The living can be easier for teachers during summer break.  However it is important to remember that summer is not one long paid holiday.  Teachers who get checks during the summer have already earning that money during the previous school year.  

Many teachers take part time jobs during the summer to earn extra money.  Some teachers work in retail.  Cheryl enjoyed working at a Disney Store when we lived in TX.  For her, the perks were fantastic.  As a life long Disney fan, she loved earning discounts on tickets to Disney parks and at Disney resort hotels.

Many teachers work at clothing stores to earn discounts on fashion for themselves or their children, or at gyms to help pay for memberships for their families.  One of Cheryl's teacher friends worked at a movie theater because she loved earning a little extra money and being able to see the summer blockbusters.  If you would like to work during the summer, try to find something you truly enjoy.

 Many teachers like to devote extra time and attention to their families during the summer. This does not have to be expensive.  Look for local attractions that offer discounts for teachers.  Zoos and museums often offer educator discounts.  Sea World is known for offering teacher discounts.
Discount movies are a great place to spend a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon.

Do the things that you loved as a kid with your kids.  Play putt putt.  Go to a water park.  Go to a local beach. Go on a picnic.  Read good books together.  See an outdoor play.  Attend an outdoor concert,

Most importantly of all take time to enjoy some unstructured time.  Decompress and relax.  Recharge your batteries so you can go back to the new school year with renewed energy.  Don't forget to treat your self to a massage or a manicure.  Do the things that make you feel special.

Have a great summer!

What is your favorite summertime fun?
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June FREEBIE Classroom Resource



OH Yes We Did!  It was the first boo boo of the summer. Did you notice, when you received your newsletter a little something not right? We did and just to make everything better we are sending you a FREE classroom resource. 
In the future, we will try not to make those boo boo's but know that if we do, you win with another  bonus free classroom resource. Click the link below to get your resource.

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Six Positive Classroom Management Strategies







“Students don’t care how much you know, until they know
 how much you care!”  John C. Maxwell.

Take time to get to know your students.  Give each student the opportunity to talk, write, or draw about themselves each day for the first two weeks of school.    Do they participate in a sport?  Do they have a pet or pets?  What do they love to do when they have free time?  What do they like to do with friends?  Would they rather spend time working alone or with a friend?  Who are the members of their families?  Keep these drawings, writings, and notes that you take when a child is sharing orally in a file for each child.  These will be valuable when you need to give a student assignments that fit his or her interests.

Grab the students’ attention before transitions.  I would often break into song.  The songs were usually made up on the spur of the moment, but some were favorites that I used year after year.  During the crazy holiday season, I would sing, “Deck the halls with boughs of holly.”  The children would sing, “Fa, la, la, la, la.”  Then we would all but our fingers over our lips and say “shhhh”, very quietly. This was very calming to the students and to me.  Clapping hands, turning off the lights, playing a chime, are just a few of the strategies for getting the students’ attention.

Establish routines, and model, model, model!  Once in the middle of the school year, a new student joined our class.  He did not speak or understand English.  This is when I learned the awesome power of modeling behavior expectations.  I would pull out a card with a situation such as walk quietly to the carpet.  I would demonstrate an incorrect way to follow the direction, and then call on two or three students to act out the correct way.  The whole class loved this.  Anytime the class needed some reminders of routines or expectations, we would act out the incorrect and correct way to follow the directions on our behavior choice cards.

Correct students privately.  No one likes to be criticized in front of his or her friends.  If it is a small correction, quietly whisper to the child.  If a serious talk is needed ask the child to meet you at the door, step out into the hall and talk quietly with the child.  Remember to keep the door open, so you can hear what is going on in the class, and stay very close to door.  Don’t scold, use a quiet voice and discuss the situation. 

Keep your composure.  School can be overwhelming for both students and teachers.  If you feel stress building, take a deep breath and center yourself.

Let your students know that you love them.  Establish routines and remind students of the routines whenever needed.  Model the routines.  Remind students of classroom expectations in supportive ways.  Be firm and kind.  Sometimes your tone of voice can make all the difference.  

What are your favorite tips for classroom management?  We would love to read your comments.


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Our Newest Self Correcting Interactive PowerPoint Activity




Which Fact Does NOT Belong?

Do you struggle with adding rigor to math activities?  Are you limited in making copies?   Do you want an interactive, self correcting game that requires no copying of the game in expensive color ink, no cutting, and no laminating?  Do you want to easily differentiate instruction without using or using fewer worksheets?
This activity can be used with PowerPoint 2010 and newer.  It may be just what you are looking for.

Students love the self correcting feature of this game. When a student clicks on, or touches a correct answer he hears applause and sees a slide that says "Way to Go!".   If a student clicks on or touches an incorrect answer he hears a breaking glass sound and sees a slide with "Oops Better Luck Next Time!".

Once your students have had practice with constructing fact families, take the instruction one step further and have the students find the fact that does not belong.  Learning fact families is often challenging for students.  With this interactive, self correcting PowerPoint Slide Show game, Fact Families Which Fact Does Not Belong, you can easily differentiate instruction for students who have a strong understanding of fact families.

The apple theme is perfect for fall, but this activity could be used any time of year.  There is No Prep needed for this game.  Just download onto your computers and play.  There is a response sheet and an answer key provided. If you choose to use those you will make one copy of the answer sheet, and a class set of  response sheets. There is no copying of the game in expensive color ink, no cutting, and no laminating!  




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Glorious Spring.. Allergies Everywhere!! What can help.


Achoo!!  Gesundheit!



March 20 was the first day of spring this year. And for many it was the first day of allergy season. Oh yes, the sun crosses the equator, day and night are the same length. Achoo!!
It is the beginning of 2017 allergy season. For years I lived in the Texas Hill County where there are some of the most beautiful natural sights to be seen anywhere. There are trees of every size and shape, and flowers of every color, and there is pollen. There are lots and lots of cedar trees in that part of the country. Every day the news would put up the Daily Pollen Count and at the top is cedar and soon to follow oak. The weather guesser would tell how hot it would be and then tell how many parts per cubic meter of pollen could be found in the air. The allergy became known as Cedar Fever. It is the worst of the worst for allergy sufferers. Many new comers to the area would chuckle and say there is no such thing. Oh, but give it a year and you too would enjoy the Cedar Fever.

What to do??? As for helping yourself, some basic advice is to use a HEPA air purifier. You may need more than one. Try to keep the humidity in your home constant. Once you come indoors change your clothes, the pollen is in the fabric of your clothes and will come in with you. Wash your face and hands. Use a damp cloth and run it over your hair to help remove the pollen. 

In the classroom always wash your hands and face. Use a damp paper towel to wipe your face and pat dry with a clean paper towel. 

See your doctor. The doctor may be able to write a prescription to bring a little relief. In the mean time keep a box of tissues near by. Go outside and enjoy the sights, sounds, and beautiful days of spring. AAAACHOOoooo!  
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Subtraction Within 20 Interactive Digital Activity



Do you need a fun and engaging way for your students to practice subtraction within 20? This self correcting, interactive PowerPoint slide show with sound effects might be just what you need.


Students will click on a random symbol on the home page and be taken to a subtraction problem. Students work the problem, record their answer, and check their work by clicking the picture next to their answer choice on the slide. If the student clicks on a correct answer, a slide with “Way to Go!” will pop up and the student will hear applause. If the student clicks on an incorrect answer a slide with “Oops Better Luck Next Time” will pop up and the student will hear a breaking glass sound effect.
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REFLEX - WHAT??

Reflexology has been around for thousands of years. The idea is that there are small and specific areas of innervation in the feet that correspond to specific muscle groups or organs. Through the application of pressure or massage on specific areas, reflexology is said to promote relaxation, improve circulation and help support the normalization of the related area in the body.
Reflexology it is intended to reduce stress and help the body reals and help with optimal balance of the body’s biochemical and other systems.  Having the feet rubbed is an enjoyable and relaxing experience for most people, there is little doubt that reflexology can help reduce stress and promote a sense of wellbeing much the same as any other form of massage.
Most reflexology session run from thirty to sixty minutes. Shoes and sock are removed and the client is made comfortable. Some reflexologists offer a foot bath at the beginning. Pressure is applied using the thumb and finger in a rolling or walking pattern. This give a gentle stretching and massaging of specific zones.
Chinese Reflexology Massage is considered acupressure, sharing the same principles as acupuncture but utilizing them without the needles. Reflexology massage is believed to have been practiced as far back as 2450 B. C. in China and Egypt.

Does it work?  I don’t know. But I like it.


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Some Answers to the WHY Question


WHY?
Why are many coin collection jar banks shaped like pigs?
BECAUSE
Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of dense orange clay called 'pygg'. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as 'pygg banks.' When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig. And it caught on.


WHY?
Why is someone who is feeling great 'on cloud nine'?
BECAUSE
Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.

WHY?
Why are people in the public eye said to be 'in the limelight'?
BECAUSE
Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theaters by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theater, a performer 'in the limelight' was the Center of attention.

WHY?
Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called passing the buck'?
BECAUSE
In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would             "pass the buck" to the next player. 

WHY?
Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses?
BECAUSE
In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.


WHY
Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons on the left?

BECAUSE
When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right! And that's where women's buttons have remained since.
And now you know.
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Smooth Sailing Sunday Linky Party






Thanks again the our Local Fire Department and the brave men and women who work there.


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Today's AHA Moment



Wow, I'm having a wonderful Aha Moment day. Maybe you have heard of IFTTT to help with scheduling your social media post. I found out about it in a class I'm taking with Charity Preston. If you are using the program, way to go. If not, check out Charity Preston and what she can do to help you.

This program is going to free up so much time, I may be able to take a short nap after watching Jerry Springer. HaHaha, I wish.

I am learning the program and becoming more familiar with what it can do to help with my time management.  I will keep everyone posted on what I have learned and how it has helped me provide you with even more quality products, tips and money saving ideas.

Thanks again to Charity.
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Smooth Sailing Sunday Linky Party April 9, 2017

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Conference anyone?



Oh Wow. It's time to start planning for the conference season. Whether you are attending a conference or presenting at a conference, it's always exciting. There are three important things that you may want to know if you are presenting or will have a booth at a conference. Prepare, prepare, and  prepare. 

First prepare your materials.  Make sure your materials are current and up to date. Review your data and compare with current data.  If you are showing or selling a product make sure the product works and take more than one for demonstration. Lots of hands on a product can break that item and then what will you demonstrate? You don't want to explain how the product broke after only a few hours. 

Second, have a second set of eyes look over your information. A friend or family member can do this for you. If you write it and you read it, then you will read over the mistake and never know it. 

Third prepare yourself. A great way to become comfortable with demonstration or presentation is set up a camera and video yourself. Have a friend or family member operate the camera so that you will have an audience. One rehearsal isn't enough, do it a minimum of three times. This is important, view the video on a TV. If you see it on TV, it will give you a better idea of what you are doing. Once you have done that, make any changes and do it again 3 more times. By then you should be a little more comfortable and have most of the bugs worked out. 

If you are attending a conference have fun and expand your network, push your comfort zone farther then you ever thought you would. Meet people and ask lots of questions. Most people are a little nervous at a conference. It is OK to be nervous and it is even better to be nervous and have a great network of nervous new friends.



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Earth Day and Spring Time



It is finally spring and here in Florida it feels like summer already. Hopefully, everyone has adjusted to the time change, are enjoying more time outside in the evenings. Some of our favorite outside activities include gardening, camping fishing and boating. Even if you are just out on your front porch and watching the neighbors pass by, that is a great way to spend some quality time outside.

In many classrooms, students are learning about plants and plant life cycles in the spring. This ties in well with Earth Day. Students enjoy writing about what they would do to save the earth. We talk about recycling and re-purposing items, and we plant flowers.

Some of my favorite children's books about Earth Day are I Am Earth: An Earth Day Book for Kids by James McDonald and Rebecca McDonald. The Adventures of an Aluminum Can: A Story About Recycling by Allison Inches and Mark Chambers, and This Is Our World: A Story About Taking Care of the Earth by Emily Sollinger and Jo Brown.

Are you looking for some Earth Day crafts and activities. Check out our Earth Day Pinterest Board for lots of ideas.

Happy Earth Day!!
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Smooth Sailing Sunday Sunday LInky Party April 2 , 2017

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Best Friends Day and 
Other Special One Day Themes





Teachers need some very engaging special themes to use in those days between spring break and the last day of school.  Celebrating wacky holidays can bring lots of fun and learning to your students.

April 16 is Wear Pajamas to Work Day.    Who doesn’t love pajama days at school?  Have your students wear pajamas and have a read-in on that day.  Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney is a great read  aloud. Students can bring favorite bedtime story books to school and write a different ending to them.

April 24 is Poem in Your Pocket Day.  What a great day to read Shel Silverstein poems to the class!  Have the students write and illustrate poems of their own.

May 4 is Star Wars Day. May The Fourth Be With You.  Read a child friendly Star Wars book to the children and then have them write Star Wars themed stories with prompts such as It isn’t easy being a Jedi or Why you should stay away from the dark side.

May 10 is Clean Up your Room Day. Read The Toy Troll by Joshua Hawkins. Students can write procedural stories about how to clean up their rooms.

June 1st is Say Something Nice Day. Talk about complements. Have the students write compliments to each other.

June 8th is Best Friends Day. Read any of the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel. Have students work in groups to create posters about the characteristics of best friends.


Share your fun special day ideas with us in the comments.
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March Math for Basketball Fans



Great teachers make a point of getting to know every student. Great teachers know what their students like and dislike.  Teachers can do this by talking with student and by having students write about what their interests.  This valuable knowledge can be used for choosing guided reading books or read-a-louds.  I know a teacher who used "I Want You to Know" journals. Each morning the journals would be on tables ready for students to use.  Students could draw or write about anything that they wanted their teacher to know.  Students would often write or draw about activities that they loved.  Sports that the students participated in were often a big source of interest.

Do you have young basketball players or fans in your class?  March is a great time to use basketball themed activities.  One of my favorite basketball themed books is Salt in His Shoes:Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan.

How would you like to get your students engaged in any subject and up and moving at the same time?  Students will need whiteboards, wipe of markers, and a sock to use as an eraser.  Divide the students into  two teams.  Have the teams sit in two straight lines.  Put a trash can between the two teams.  Ask any question and have the students respond by writing on their white board.  Pick a student with a correct answer and have him come to a line of tape on the floor and try to throw the basketball into the trash can.  Award the team 2 points for every basket.  Students love this game.

Would you like some math station activities with basketball themes?  Check out this activity in our store. And for kindergarten check out this activity.
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Smooth Sailing Sunday Linky Party March 19, 2017




Come and join our Smooth Sailing Sunday Link up Party. Link up to 3 products, free and paid products are always welcome. Visit Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers for more great Teacher Resources. Thank you for stopping by. Comments and Suggestions are always welcome.
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DON'T SAY IT, SING IT! YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH A SONG



Burst into song!  Kids don’t care if you can’t sing.  Go ahead and sing like no one is listening.  Actually sing WHEN no one is listening!  Teach your students calls to attention that are based on songs.  For example, in December you might sing Fa La La La La and the kids would sing La La La La , then everyone would put one finger on their finger on their lips and very softly.  This works even during the last week before Winter Break.

Singing during transition times works wonders. Sing directions to a familiar tune.  I know a teacher who sang “Chair helper, chair helper, put up the chairs” to the tune of a song from Fiddler on the Roof.  Use a small part of the melody from a song that you love and substitute your own directions for the lyrics.

Sing to start your day.  There is time to work a song or two into your morning routine.

Sing to teach concepts. Kids retain more when they sing, whether they are singing about math, literacy, science or social studies concepts.

Sing to celebrate the little achievements.  If your goal is for a student to read 50 sight words, and the student meets the goal. Sing – Who can read 50 words?  Liam can read 50 words.   50 Words! 50 Words!  Hurray for Liam! You don’t have to disrupt instruction do this.  Do it at the end of the day or just before recess.

If you really don’t want to sing, chant.  Kids love to chant and chanting also improves learning and retention.

Along with singing a capella style, you may want to use music from a cd or from a computer. My favorite cd and digital downloads are by Dr. Jean Feldman.  She has songs for language, math, science, and social studies concepts, and for brain breaks.  You and your kids can sing along.

Singing improves your breathing and lifts your mood. Sing, chant, or sing along.  You can’t go wrong when your teach with a song.
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Would You LIke Some Free Exclusive Full Size Products?






Just follow are blog or sign up for our newsletter and you will receive a full size product for free every month.

We know how much of their own money teachers spend on classroom materials.  Even economical items can add up quickly.  We are going to give our followers and newsletter subscribers a free full size product every month!  These freebies are not currently available in our TpT store.   When we do add them to our store, they will be not be free. Would you like to have 12 free products by this time next year? All you need to do is Follow our blog and/ or subscribe to our once monthly newsletter. After this month, the newsletter will come out on the second of each month.  These will be timely materials.  The March freebie has a springtime theme with baby birds in nests.  The skill is practice with doubles and near doubles, with a response sheet and an answer key provided.

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The Teddy Bear Project


Helping students cope when their teacher becomes seriously ill.

When a teacher becomes seriously ill and must go on medical leave without having time to say goodbye to her kids, it can be traumatic for the children.  This happened to my wife a few years ago. The following is a project she used to help her kids understand that she was ok and she loved them.

In April of 2013, Cheryl was teaching kindergarten and everything seemed normal, except that she was having a great deal of back pain.  She had an MRI done to see if she had a slipped disc, and learned that she had a tumor the size of her little finger inside her spine.  Upon hearing this news, she and I were both in shock.  She was terrified about the surgery, but she was also worried about her kids. She couldn’t go back to school, but she didn’t want to just disappear and have them wondering what happened to her.  Then she remembered the special teddy bear that had been her class mascot that year.  The teddy bear had left notes and little treats for the children throughout the school year. I took the teddy bear with me when I took Cheryl to the hospital for pre-surgery tests and paperwork. I took pictures of the teddy bear with nurses and doctors.

Prior to her surgery, Cheryl wrote a short note for each day that was left in the school year.  The notes were in the teddy bear’s voice and would tell the students something like, “I saw Mrs. Litton yesterday and she is doing very well.  She misses you and wants you to remember to practice your sight words.”  I typed the notes into emails and added a picture of the teddy bear at the hospital to each email and then I sent them to a dear friend, who would make sure that the substitute read a letter from teddy each day.

 Her kindergarten kids loved the Teddy Bear Project.  They thought that the teddy bear went to see Cheryl at the hospital after school each day, so they began writing letters and drawing pictures for the teddy bear to deliver to her.  Concentrating on getting the teddy bear project ready helped Cheryl by giving her something positive to think about during those stressful days before surgery and helped her kindergarten kids deal with the trauma of their teacher suddenly disappearing.

I highly recommend having a stuffed animal as a class mascot.  Cheryl’s kindergarten kids already had a connection with the teddy bear because she used him in class.  He sat at the table were everyone was on task.  Her kids read to him.  He reminded her kids that he had tiny little ears and they hurt when they were too loud.  She never dreamed that she would use the teddy bear to stay connected to her kids when she was having emergency surgery. Now she is now so grateful that using him bridged the distance from her hospital room to her classroom.
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Smooth Sailing Sunday Linky Party March 12, 2017


Come and join our Smooth Sailing Sunday Link up Party. Link up to 3 products, free and paid products are always welcome. Visit Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers for more great Teacher Resources. Thank you for stopping by. Comments and Suggestions are always welcome.

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YaaaHooo,!! It's Spring Break.



 Shake off the cold and look for the flip flops. Spring break is here and now we can enjoy the beautiful weather. One whole week of no worries. Sleep late, stay up late and by all means catch up on the favorite shows. 
Are you traveling to the fun destination to lay in the sun or maybe hit the snowy slope? How about a bit of shopping, or maybe visit family?
We want to know your what you  have planned and or what you did on your Spring Break. Post a pic or tell us about your adventure.

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Sorting Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives St Patrick's Day Theme



Do you need a literacy center for March? This St. Patrick's Day themed, parts of speech sorting activity will have your students engaged as they sort nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Sorting mats, as well as, noun, verb, and adjective cards are included in both color and black and white. A recording sheet and an answer key are also included.

If you are looking to increase your teaching resources without increasing your expenses this and other Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers Lifesaver Activities. All the Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers Lifesaver Activities are designed to provide affordable educational activities. Click here to see more of this activity. Many other Learning Harbor Resources Lifesaver Activities can be found at Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers on Teachers Pay Teachers.
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Turn Around Facts Commutative Property


This is a Learning Harbor Resources Lifesaver Activity. It is super quick and easy prep. All cutting is on a straight line. If you laminate the cards they can be used for years.  An answer key, recording sheet, and directions sign are included.  Signs and cards are included in both color and black & white.

The student choose a card and looks at the equation. He finds the matching box on the recording sheet and writes the equation that is the turn around fact. A turn around fact demonstrates the commutative property of addition.

If you are looking to increase your teaching resources without increasing your expenses this and other Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers Lifesaver Activities. All the Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers Lifesaver Activities are designed to provide affordable educational activites. Click here to see more of this activity. Many other Learning Harbor Resources Lifesaver Activities can be found at Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers on Teachers Pay Teachers.


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Math Center Telling Time to the Hour and Half Hour Spring Rainy Day




Telling Time to the Hour and Half Hour With a Rainy Day Theme.This is a great resource to use after students have been introduced to telling time by the hour and half hour.

This resource includes:
24 clip cards for telling time practice
The same 24 clip cards in black & white.
Bonus 1 – Free game board, Free Zap cards and directions for playing both games. 
Bonus 2 - My list of 20 ways to use task cards.

Students will clip the correct answer on each card with a clothespin, leading to interaction and fine motor development.
A recording sheet and an answer key are included if you would like to use them.
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Time to Spring Forward Daylight Savings Time is here





We are just in time for the time change. Are you just now getting used to Standard Time? Too bad, it is that time of year again. That's right, it's time to "spring forward" to Daylight Savings Time.. You know what that means. The time of year that everyone feels good about going home with daylight left to enjoy and is grumpy because its still dark when they have to get up or leave for work.

The idea of Daylight Savings Time came from Benjamin Franklin. A London builder named William Willett wrote in the pamphlet "Waste of Daylight" "Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings. Everyone laments their shortage as Autumn approaches; and everyone has given utterance to regret that the clear, bright light of an early morning during Spring and Summer months is so seldom seen or used."

For the United States the time change was used during both World War I and World War II. But it wasn't standardized in peace time until 1966 and went effective in 1967. Both Arizona and Michigan chose to exempt themselves from Daylight Savings Time. Then in 1972 Michigan became the 48th state to accept the change in time.  Most of Arizona still doesn't observe the DST except for the Navajo on their tribal lands. Hawaii still doesn't make the time change either.

The only way to look at the clock on Sunday evening is to know that Monday comes just a bit sooner. On the bright side,time to go home from work or school seems to come a bit sooner too.  When it comes to Daylight Savings Time, would you rather love it or leave it?  If you love it, how do you use the extra hour of daylight each day?

Do you need a math activity for practicing telling time?  Here is a spring themed, set of clip style task cards that help students practice time to the hour and half hour.

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