March is really buzzing by fast and before we know it, it will be April Fools Day. I love the fun spirited pranks that go along with the day. Kids always think they are so clever pulling the same old pranks we did when young. They really haven't changed all that much. It's the parents who have changed, but that's another blog post.
Anyway, April Fools Day means trickery. My favorite school prank involved a principal coming to a teachers class to pull him out in the hall and whisper the "bad news." Ha! Ha! Apparently, the state had lost the kids achievement test scores, and the kids were going to have to take the tests all over, again. There never were so many pale faced kids in one room since the blizzard of 1888. There really was a blizzard, then. You can look it up.
Next, came everyone's favorite phrase: APRILFOOLS! Gotta love it!
Here are two resources to add to your April Fools Day fun.
If you want some April Fools Day fun with your class, check out my logic puzzles. Each one sells for $1.12. Why the .12¢? Why not?
This first one is fun because the teachers play the jokes on the kids. Isn't that how it's supposed to be? There is definitely something karma-like about teaching. I must have destroyed a village in a past life and now these kids are getting back at me!
Check this out! Santa and The April Fools Day Prankster is a great seasonal product because it can be used twice a year. Don't think those naughty pranksters are going to fool ole Santa! And if you don't have time to get it done, pull it out for Christmas.
I love to write, and more importantly, I love to share my writing. This story was especially fun to write because of its strong "ick factor." I shared it with my class, and most of them loved hearing the details of yellow fever (those that didn't were grossed out). It was quite a disease when it wiped out one-third of the Memphis population by claiming 200 people a day. That's pretty awful considering another third of the population skipped out of town. Memphis lost so many people that she was no longer considered a city but rather a taxing district to Nashville. Do you want to read all about it? If so, I'll drop a link for you to follow my TpT store. Send me an email, and I will GIVE it to my followers. Afterall, I LOVE my followers!
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Here is a students' presentation on the black death and yellow fever. Kids get so creative in projects these days.
I woke up to a wonderful Super Bowl tradition. A lox box with a poem was waiting outside my door. This is a local synagogue's fundraiser that has been going on for years. My mother-in-law used to send these out, but she died in September. My husband sent boxes to several in her memory.
Once again the big game is here
Wake up the family and have a cheer
Go to the door, pick up your box
Full of bagels, black-and-white cookies,
cream cheese and lox
Or instead of lox, you might find a pack
Filled with popcorn, pretzels and other
Patriots vs. Rams, we can't wait
Super Bowl LIII is sure to be great
Even if you team doesn't win
You'll still enjoy the
yummy treats within
After devouring my delicious bagel and lox, this morning, I started work on another Super Bowl tradition. I posted for our sale. I've joined with several Teachers Pay Teachers authors in TWO game day sales.
First, we have the #halfpriceuntilhalftime hashtag sale. I'm featuring my Black History product at 50% off. To be honest, I wanted to make it half off of it's normal 30% off, but TpT does not allow us to give away products, so it's on sale for $5.40, which is half off what it would be if you were to buy all of the products inside of the bundle, individually.
I'm also participating in the #sbdollardeal hashtag sale. I'm featuring Multiplying Decimals and Writing Dialogue, each for just a dollar, today only.
So go to TpT and search the hashtags for some great bargains!
Here's a closer look at what I have for sale:
Inside this standards aligned lesson you'll find:
•Review of multiplying whole numbers by whole numbers
•Models on how to multiply decimals by other decimals
•Student practice of their skill
•Likert scale to assess students' feelings about mastery of skill
Inside you'll find:
•Rules for writing dialogue
•Examples and practice sentences to punctuate
•Examples of dialogue from novels and
•Questions about passages
Inside you'll find:
Underground Railroad Close Reading Passage
Take your students on a reading adventure about runaway slaves with this original story from Catch My Products. Through this close reading passage, students will learn what it was like to be a runaway slave from around 1860s, America. Students will remain engaged with the story and intrigued with higher level, critical thinking questions.
History of Slavery
Although slavery was an embarrassing mark on American history, students need to learn about this chapter of history. This packet will engage and challenge your students with standards based lessons from multiple subject areas.
Black History Research
Eight individuals are highlighted in this research page. Once students match the individual to his or her description, they must unscramble letters to reveal the occupation of the famous person.
Black History Logic Puzzle
It’s February, which means time for the boys––Randy and Tylis, and the girls––Aundrea and Jasmin––to complete their black history reports. Each kid had someone special to write about, so they visited to the library to learn about their famous Americans. Students will read about four trendsetters from Black History and determine who researched which person.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Crossword Puzzle
January marks the birthday of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. To celebrate, answer the questions below, using the word box to complete the crossword puzzle.Students will enjoy researching the answers to this fun and engaging puzzle.
Groundhog Day is right around the corner and legend asks, "Will he see his shadow?" If the groundhog sees his shadow, he gets scared and runs back into his hole in the ground, giving us six more weeks of winter. I don't believe in groundhog forecasts, but it's a fun media stunt. . . well maybe not so fun for the poor scared creature that is surrounded by the camera crews.
This week's musical challenge is to find songs with "shadow" in them. An obvious one, from my childhood, comes to my mind. I'm sure others in our group will think of this one, too, but here goes Cat Stevens with "Moon Shadow."
In looking for "Moon Shadow," I had a choice on what to post. I could post a blurry tape, words on a moon, Spanish subtitles blocking the picture, or the whole dang concert with Moon Shadow being the first song. I chose the whole dang concert but only listened to the first song. Hopefully Cat Stevens doesn't do anything horrific later on, but I wouldn't know.
Whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, spring will still get here, so I'd like to show you my newest spring product. Spring Primary Activities is now available for sale at Catch My Products!
When spring is right around the corner, and you have nothing fun and challenging for your class, here is just what you need. Your kids will have a lot of fun with this Spring Activity Pack! This resources is especially good for your gifted and talented primary students or early finishers.
Inside you'll find:
•FIVE spring themed logic puzzles
Four Leaf Clover Hunt
The Rainy Season
Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Bunny's Helpers
•THREE spring Sudoku puzzles
•ONE spring letter jumble
•TWO spring writing prompts
April Fools Day Joke
•COMPLETE answer key
Logic puzzles involve higher level, critical thinking skills, and are great for early finishers, for use in centers, or even to reward students with a fun and engaging activity. Students may complete these problems independently or in cooperative groups.
I've been selling products on Teachers Pay Teachers since 2013. I have to admit, some of my early products are not too good, and I've been working on updating these. In fact, I'm so unhappy with some of these early products that I cringe when they sell. I have found two similar dollar products that are in the works to be something new and wonderful! While one of these will be deleted from my store, the other will gobble up the deleted product along with many more pages added on. So here's the deal. This new twenty page product will sell for $4.95. Anyone who bought the bad product for $1 will have access to the newly revised copy once I download it.
Do you trust me? If you trust my work, go on and buy the horrible product for $1. Although, you must promise not to leave a rating until the new, more expensive product is downloaded! Here is a link to the "crappy" product. It doesn't even have a cover.
I am in the process of printing out my revised product and looking for mistakes. After that, it will be posted on this link and available to you . . . after only paying $1. Not a bad deal! But, PLEASE, do not leave a rating of the old product!! That's the promise. If you trust me to post the revision, I'll trust you not to destroy the product with a low rating of what exists now.
Here is a preview of what is coming:
I hope you'll save money by taking advantage of my secret!
Please note, a poor rating will force me to post the new product on the page about to be deleted. That would be totally unfair to the buyers. However, if that happens, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll make things right, as I always do.
Guess what? In proofing this product, I caught and fixed my misspelled word, "flexibility." Did you catch it? That's why this product is not yet listed, but I believe it's ready, now, so get it for a dollar, quickly. By the end of today (Friday), the offer will probably be gone.