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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Dust Bowl of Oklahoma, 1935 & More

I had so much fun researching the Dust Bowl that pounded America in the 1930s and writing a story all about it! In fact, I took this story further with multiple discussion questions and even math word problems. Please check out my work. This packet is currently 1/2 off because that is what I do with my new products.

Follow Stanley as he heads home from school in the middle of a dust storm.

story about American Depression Era

Enjoy Junior's Farm by Paul McCartney

I've been busy writing and have other fairly new stories, that I plan to place in my third story bundle. I just need to finish my FREE Abraham Lincoln story! 

You might like:

My story and questions on 911.

Story about tragedy of 911

This historical fiction story takes the reader through the day in the life 
of Jessica, whose father worked at the top of the Twin Towers on 911.

This horrible day certainly put our country Under Pressure, as did a lot of the events from my historical short stories.

Have a listen to Under Pressure from Queen.

On a lighter note, I wrote a Random Acts of Kindness story 
based upon my daughters' experience selling Girl Scout cookies.

story about random act of kindness

Enjoy this woman dancing to Kill Em With Kindness by Selena Gomez.

I know I'm a little late for the Monday Dance Party, but music always enhances a post, so I've added songs!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

End of Year Madness

As the school year draws to a close, the kids get wilder, and the teachers want to collapse. If that's not enough, the admin takes away your books. What is a teacher to do?

Catch My Products offers multiple fun products to get you through 
to the end of the year.

If it's brainteasers you want, click here. I have pages and pages of logic puzzles.

Here's a good one that's sure to keep the kids out of your hair . . .

activities packet

. . . because I know you're tired. 

blog post on things to do

links to logic puzzles

So grab hold of the circus and keep them in line. You can do it!

bundle of Harry Potter logic puzzles

And have a great end of the year!

what to do at the end of school year.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Dollar Deals on TpT

Hop over to the Teachers Pay Teachers website and find some great products for only one dollar from now until Sunday!

I'm offering two seasonal products at reduced savings . . . only $1!



spring activities

See ya there!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Birthday Wishes

        Happy birthday to Daniel, 
                  my favorite son.

Today, my son turns 31, and I'm afraid I'm becoming a lame blogger. Gone are the days when I posted the embarrassing Favorite Son post looking for a wife for my son. He now has one!

Isn't she beautiful? What's even better is the beauty on the inside! So now, I guess I need to annoy them on his birthday about making beautiful babies.

Now that they've bought a house, they need to fill it up with little boys 


beautiful baby girls.

After all, don't they need the cheerful laughter of a baby in their house? 
Nothing is cuter than baby giggles!

So happy birthday, Daniel!
Go make me some beautiful grandchildren, already.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

April Fools Day Logic Fun

Do you love April Fools Day?

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.

Toy story hat for April Fools Day Fun
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:
APRIL FOOLS! 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!

cover of product that is good for April Fools Day and Christmas
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.

These puzzles are great for 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students in the gifted and talented class or a regular classroom.
I hope you'll stop by Catch My Products to find fun resources for your kids.

Logo of smiling dog

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Music in Our Schools

This week's theme is music in our schools or educational music. With that in mind, I want to post one of my favorite educational songs. It's great for high school kids and has a fun beat!

I also want to tell you about a new product that I recently posted on TpT. 

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.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Here we go, again!

Enter for a chance to win one of two gift cards to TpT that you can spend on our upcoming sale. Woo hoo! Plus, Catch My Products will be 20% off.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Super Bowl Savings

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
delicious snacks

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
•Picture prompt

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.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Shadow or Spring

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
March Winds
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
Earth Day
•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.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Want to Know a Secret?

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:, 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.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

#MMMM Elvis Week

Our challenge this week is to play an Elvis tune and then to play a tune from the same era. Here is an Elvis tune. Enjoy that hunka, hunka, burning love!

For my first error song, here is Elvis, again.

Do you like my error songs? 
Here's another for the king.

Tee hee hee!