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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Labor Day Raffle for $275 & Dollar Deals

Dollar Deals are here!

In honor of Labor Day a group of teacher authors have come together to bring you $1.00 deals! Click HERE to see all deals. 

I have three dollar deals!

story about 9/11,  noworkonlaborday, #TpT #dollardeals

This story that normally sells for $4.25 has been reduced for $1.00. If you want to teach your students about the horrors of 911 but are relying on a textbook, here is a historical fiction story just for you. Follow Jessica as she lives through the terror of not knowing her father's whereabouts on September 11, 2001.

Inside you'll find:
  • Four page Historical Fiction Story
  • One page Epilogue and Author's Note at End of Story.
  • Fifteen Vocabulary Words
  • Enrichment Vocabulary Word Sentence Prompt
  • Vocabulary Sentence Matching
  • Seven Discussion Questions
  • One Research Question
  • Complete Answer Key

Also on sale . . .

Math lesson on place value, PowerPoint,  #math #teachers

This math resource normally sells for $3.25 but is also available for $1.00 from September 1st - 3rd. If your students are having trouble understanding place value, and you need a new teaching strategy, you are in the right place! Make sure your kids know this common core aligned skill of place value with this colorful and engaging PowerPoint.

Inside you'll find:
  • "I can" Statement & Listed Standards
  • Teacher Instruction
  • Read and Write numbers to the Hundred-Billions Place.
  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Problems Identifying Digit's Value
  • Check for Understanding
  • State Common Core Standard
  • Students apply their knowledge through word problems.

worksheets to repair run on sentences, #TpT #iteach

Do your students continually write with run on sentences. Teach kids how to fix run on sentences with this teacher ready printable. This series of four handouts contains examples of the same run on sentence written four times. Students are asked to fix the sentences in four different ways. This may be used with a teacher modeling or as practice. A quiz is located at the end of the packet. Answer keys included. The format allows for students to demonstrate their skills without taking a lot of class time.

Want to win $275?

A group of amazing teacher-authors have come together to help one lucky teacher win a $225 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card. Wouldn’t this be great to help with your school year needs?

Enter the raffle here:
👉 Raffle Ends at 12:00 AM Central Time, Tuesday, September 3rd (9/3/19). The lucky winner will be announced by 9/5/19.
👉 You must be an educator to win and provide proof by providing your school name and grade level within 48 hours after contacted or a new random winner will be selected. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, or Teachers Pay Teachers. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this page and not to Facebook , Instagram, or Teachers Pay Teachers. No Purchase Required.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Wordless Wednesday Russian Immigration 1904

It's been ages since I participated in a Wordless Wednesday. I've decided to post a photo of my newest product, which is now 50% off for 24 hours. This one is special to me because it shares my family history.

#TpT story on Romanov Jews

I was inspired to write this after seeing Anastacia on stage. The story, like others I've seen or read tends to romanticize the Romanov family, while portraying Nicholas Romanov as an endearing father who was unjustly murdered. Well, I'm here to tell you, this "nice" guy murdered my great grandparents along with several of their children. So I decided to tell the true story of the Tzar.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Being a Writer

Being a Writer

I love to write. Reading is fun, too, but there's something special about being your own author. After all, writers get to play God in their own little fictional
world. For example, have you ever read a story and thought, I wish the character would do such and such? The beauty of writing is that you can make these poor imaginary people do whatever you want!

#story #writing #reading

Being a writer also means that you are not defined by real world standards. Although I've never seen a bathroom hand dryer that can be adjusted to fit different size hands, is it not reasonable that one could exist? Exist or not, I had a blast causing a kid to get his head caught in a hand dryer while his spittle caught on the air and flew across the bathroom floor. When he finally escaped, his Mohawk tilted sideways over his red little cheeks. Don't worry. I didn't really hurt this baby.  

Civil War #story #fun #writing
Another favorite moment as an author was abusing a Confederate War captain. The stinker boozed too much in his tent, so I gave him a memorable moment where I personally intervened. I know, experts tell authors to be invisible, but I treated myself as another character and had a blast!

Here's an example from that story. The main character is absolutely plastered, so little is spelled correctly.

I hears a voice that just ain’t makin’ sense to me. “You’ve had enough to
#reading #writing
drink. You can’t fight the war, now.” That voice is high pitch. Female voice in this dun here battle feeld? I know we not bring wimen along. 
   “Not that I want your side to win, anyway,” she continued. “Slavery is wrong, and the south is going to lose.”
“Who is you?” I says. I try to stomp me feet, but they ain’t workin’ rite. “How dare ya insult my troop.”
The lady chuckled. “My name is Joyce, and I’m going to make you stop drinking.”
Now, I normallee don’t go cursen at wimen, but this one really gots me mad. “&^%$*#, Joyce. Give me mah whiskey back or ah blow you thru!”
“You kill your author, and you’re history.”

“Ah already is histry, dum old woumin!”

Yep. He's history. LOL!

Teaching Writing

Being a writer has been invaluable when it comes to teaching writing. I've often wondered how the teacher who doesn't like to write, and has not worked on her own craft, can help kids. After all, if you don't write, how do you know how to help a child improve?
This is my first blog post on a series on tips for how to teach writing. I will take a different area with various posts and implant my writing wisdom for you. Please join me! To get notification about these posts, please follow my blog.

Would you like a free resource? This resource being offered contains a historical story and much more!

#Free #Teacher #lessons

Clip art by:

#clip art  #TpT

#clip art  #TpT

#TpT, #Writing, #Teaching, #iteach, #education

Monday, August 19, 2019


Tomorrow (Tuesday, August 20th until 11:59pm ET), we’re giving you one more chance to stock up on all your classroom needs. Just use promo code BTSBONUS19 to save 25% at Catch My Products!


My entire store will be 25% off,
with the exclusion of my NEW product,

which is 50% off!

teaching resource, #TpT

Use the code: BTSBONUS19

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Want a FREE Resource?

I've just figured out my mailing list and have it set to deliver a free product to you with a click of a button! Here's the free resource being offered. It's a little of everything, just like my store!

Please go to my landing  page at:  
and get a 
FREE Catch my Products Sampler Pack!

Inside you'll find:
  • Primary Logic Puzzle
  • Upper Elementary Logic Puzzle
  • Accountable Talk Story with Open Ended Questions
  • Math Word Problems
  • Short Reading Passages to Draw Conclusions or Inferences
  • Historical Fiction Story
  • Questions with Research Prompt
  • Complete Answer Key
All in one FREEBIE!

Monday, August 5, 2019

TpT Sale for Back To School

August 6 & 7,
my store will be set at 20% off!

Add code BTS19 and save an extra 5% for total of 25% off.

TpT Site-Wide Sales are the BEST TIME to buy BUNDLES 
at a bargain price!

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Here are a few of my most popular bundles.

Wondering how to get your bright students involved with critical thinking skills? 
Here is a bundle of brain teasers and logic puzzles to meet your students' needs year round!

a year long bundle of brain teases

Are you tired of searching for fun activities throughout the year? 
Here's a way to have it all in one purchase.

#TpT, 3rd, 4th, 5th grades

You have bright, young students in your class who finish everything early and need a brain teaser challenge, but nothing in the textbooks gives you what you need. Through this challenging Mega-Bundle you'll find SIX complete booklets with two solo samples for a total of thirty-four logic puzzles from the very beginner to the advanced beginner puzzle solver.

#tpt booklet of beginner challenges for school

Do you have trouble getting your kids to use accountable talk or to respond to open ended questions during class discussions? If so, this bundle is made for you! With easy to use printable pages that will have your students excited about learning this resource will make accountable talk super easy.

eleven stories to get kids to add to class discussions

Also, take a look at this new product!

Are you on the lookout for fun reading passages because your social studies book is not grabbing your students' interest? Find this bundle complete with everything you need to engage and challenge you kids. Your students will love these easy to print and go stories with questions and activities that will teach history in an exciting way.

Six reading passages that are historical

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Gifted and Talented lessons, #TpT FREE

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Win a pair of Tieks + $175 TpT Card + Amazon Gift Card

a photo of shoes and gift cards for the Back to School Giveaway.

Happy Back to School, 

Teachers ! It's that crazy, fun, hectic time of year again and our group of teacher-authors want to give one lucky teacher a chance to win some of the most colorful, comfy shoes around - a pair of Tieks! 
💰 BONUS: The winner will also receive a $175 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card 
$175 Amazon gift card to use in their classroom!
Click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter up to 66 times! The contest runs ‪from August 3rd-August 11th, 2019‬! The winner will be announced ‪on August 12th.‬ Best of luck!