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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

TpT Sitewide Sale

Did someone say, "Sale?" 

The TpT sitewide sale has started. Use the promotion THANKYOU21 to receive 5% off of all TpT purchases. Every resource at Catch My Products is on sale for 20% off, with the exception of my TWO new resources that are currently 50% off–Only $1.68, plus an extra 5% off with the code, THANKYOU21.

Teach logic puzzles in May at the end of the school year for critical thinking skills for gifted and talented students on Teachers Pay Teachers. #TpT #TeachersPayTeachers #iteachtoo #iteach345 #educationKeep kids engaged and challenged at the end of the school year with fun logic puzzles on Teachers Pay Teachers. #teachersofthegram #teachersofinstagram #teachersoffacebook #teach

Teach summer logic puzzle fun, word search, and writing prompts that the kids will love! #fun #summerfun #kids #elementarykids #middleschoolkids Camp fun with logic puzzles for kids in June, July, or August fun. Critical thinking skills are awesome! #edu #teacher #teacherresources #parents #summeractivities

Also, if you are looking for a good read for the end of the school year or over the summer, check out my EBook Novel, Mrs. Zimmerman's Donuts. This delightful novel takes a look at a problem plaguing our classrooms, bullying. Plus, you can now buy it for 25% off!

​     Every Friday after school, Harrison Zimmerman invited popular boys over for a stupid end-of-the-week celebration. His mom would fry up homemade donuts dipped in thick chocolate sauce. My mouth watered as we passed his house and I breathed in the scent of those gooey pieces of dough. ​

     Mom usually fell into a tantrum at the thought of me swallowing anything slightly junky. She fussed over eating healthy as if my gut would explode if the tiniest bit of sugar or grease tickled my insides. But the real reason I’d never eaten the donuts: Harrison had never invited me. Actually, no one had ever asked me to go anywhere.

     Things were about to change.

Please stop by my store, where you'll find over 800 resources for ages K - 12!


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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

FREE Anti-Bullying Resource

 When I needed a resource to handle bullying behaviors, I found two categories of products: 

  • Babyish resources for primary grades
  • Bullying in which someone commits suicide

Free social story about bullying in upper elementary school. #TEACHers #antibullying #teachersfollowteachers

This is NOT what I wanted, but all I could find; so, I wrote my own reading passage. My resource is about gateway behaviors to bullying. These are the common behaviors that lead to bullying but are questionable as to whether or not someone is actually being bullied. The purpose of my product is to nip bullying before it starts. Miriam's Story is organized so that the teacher discusses behaviors as they happen in the reading. 

Download this story for free at: 

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Monday, April 19, 2021

A Great Giveaway and Sale for Teachers!

Read Below to Find an Amazing Giveaway and Sales!

Teachers… Do you need a vacation or know a teacher who does? Well, a group of dedicated teacher-authors have teamed up and want to “shower” a teacher with $500 toward a flight or Airbnb to a destination of your choice. This year and a half has been the craziest, hardest time teachers have ever had to deal with!  You DESERVE a vacation! 

๐Ÿงก Tell us if you were to win, where you would want to go and why you need a vacation! ๐Ÿงก Enter the raffle here: 


๐Ÿงก Raffle Ends at 12:00 AM Central Time, Sat. 4/24/21. The lucky winner will be announced by 5/2/21. 

๐Ÿ‘‰ 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. No Purchase Required. 

๐Ÿ‘‰ You have one year from the ending date of this giveaway to claim your prize!


This week we are, “Showering Teachers with Dollar Deals!”  Find awesome resources to choose from to get you to the finish line. Go HERE on Mon. & Tues.๐Ÿ‘‰
Please note that most of the sellers in this group are elementary sellers, so I chose elementary resources to place on sale.

Be sure to take a look at my resources:

Go HERE on Wed. & Thurs.๐Ÿ‘‰ 

Our sale resources are digital resources, so I'm offering the following for only a $1:

Friday is our 1/2 price on bundles sale!
Go HERE on Friday. ๐Ÿ‘‰ Bundle Deals

I will be offering these bundles for 1/2 off the original price!

Thanks for tuning in and good luck in the contest and in finding the perfect resources during our sale!

Here is a tune to go along with our sale! 
Happy Monday Music Moves Me!

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Friday, March 26, 2021

High School Reading Passages and Questions The History of Pandemics & COVID

As these difficult times surround us, many wonder how our pandemic compares to those that our ancestors suffered with throughout history. Being a curious sort, I researched and wrote this reading passage with higher level thinking questions about COVID and other pandemics. 

My thoughts of the past pandemics actually surfaced when I was a Historical Haunts tour guide. I told stories of Yellow Fever and how Spanish Flu killed Elliot Fountaine, a local spirit who has been seen and heard from during multiple investigations. Little did I know, Spanish Flu did not originate in Spain but rather in Kansas! 

If you'd like to learn and teach your high schoolers about pandemics, check out this popular reading passage.

Teens will love reading about diseases throughout history with these reading stories on Teachers Pay Teachers for schools first. #education #teachers #iteachtoo
Also, read what a buyer had to say.

"I used this as an activity when our school suddenly went to distance learning during quarantine. It was phenomenal. In fact it was so well done that I bridged a research paper from this activity as well. It was such a relief to have a relevant and well-made activity readily available at such a critical time. The author did a great job at compiling information and making thought-provoking and worthwhile questions. Seriously, thank you!!!"

Teach about yellow fever with history fiction passage about yellow fever. #TpT #teachersfollowteachers #iteach
I also have a historical fiction story on Yellow Fever for younger students in middle school or upper elementary.

Kids will love reading about George as he tries not to interact with the world around him during the fatal yellow fever epidemic of 1878. This passage also includes questions and a puzzle.

Teaching teens reading passage with questions lesson on Teacher Pay Teachers. #history #COVID #lessons

Thanks for reading about these resources! I have also written a high school passage about the Smallpox pandemic. I hope you'll have a closer look at my products.

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Teach reading, language arts to 5th grade through 12th with reading passages and questions on Teacher Pay Teachers. #teachersofig #teachersofthegram #teachers

Thursday, March 18, 2021

My Love of Writing!

I love to write, especially historical fiction pieces because I have fun learning about the past. I've recently gotten hooked on "Outlander," a Netflix show that features scenes from the 18th century. It's so much fun to get a look into the past, plus, before watching the show, I never knew anything about Scotland.

As a writer, I not only have created resources with writing tips but also have written a lot of fiction, historical fiction, and nonfiction stories. These stories each contain challenging questions which make for a great buy on Teachers Pay Teachers. All of my stories are my original writing, no purchasing of a story from someone else. I'd often wondered where these resources with writing came from only to learn that a lot of sellers hire someone to write. Not me! 

Here is a peek of some of my reading passages for upper elementary or middle school students.

Since it's March, this might be a good time to look at my Irish stories.

4th grade, 5th grade reading comprehension passage with questions on Teachers Pay Teachers. Core standards based curriculum instruction for schools first. #tpt #teachersofig #iteachtoo
Take a look at young Frank, an Irish potato farmer, from around 1850, as he struggles with his new life in the Bronx of New York City. 

Although Frank is fictional, a lot of his troubles were real for the Irish immigrant of his time. Frank faces, disease and ridicule as he searches for an honest days work.

St. Patrick's Day article about Irish Castles on Teacher Pay Teachers. #education #teachersfollowteachers #teacherslife

My other story with Irish roots, "A Bloody Bad Life," comes from my experiences visiting a 15th century castle in Ireland. My husband and I took a tour, which inspired me to write this second person story that has been improved by my online teacher/author April Lurie when I took a writing class. 

Teach reading comprehension passages and questions to schools first on Teacher Pay Teachers. #education #iteach345 #iteach456

Each of these resources, as well as all of my reading passages, may be printed or used virtually for distance learning or center work.

If you like unusual reading passages and questions for your kids, please check out my reading passages bundle, which sells for 30% off the price of individual resources. Am I nuts to give such a steep discount? Maybe.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Win a FREE Resource Through My Brief Survey

Please take a minute or two to fill out this survey and enter to win a free resource!

If you don't mind, I would love for you to fill out a brief (seven questions), multiple choice survey. On March 31st, I'll choose twelve participants to win a FREE printable or PowerPoint or your choice valued under $5.

Click here for the survey.

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P.S. Please take a look at my new high school language arts bundle which is 1/2 off for 24 hours.

Language arts lessons for teens in print or digital worksheets or PowerPoint on Teacher Pay Teachers. #iteachla #teachersfollowteachers #iteachhighschool #iteachhs

P.S.S. I also posted a middle school reading passage on the Salem Witch Trials earlier in the week.

Teach with historical fiction story about Salem Witch Trials for your middle school students. #iteach567 #teacherspayteachers #iteachla

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Six Sentence Theory Through Choplogic

 I am here to use choplogic to prove the theory that Hell is on Earth.

  1. Hell is on Earth.
  2. Earth is a planet.
  3. Planets revolve around the sun.
  4. The son came out of me through birth.
  5. Giving birth was hell.
Therefore, Hell is on Earth. 

This six sentence story is a part of Girlie on the Edge's blog challenge with the word prompt of, Theory. You may link up your six sentence story on the Thursday Link up.

Do you like Choplogic? You can improve critical thinking for kids by challenging them to complete a choplogic story. Plus, it's fun for 4th, 5th grade, or 6th!

If you want to save 30% off the price of individual resources, you may do so by purchasing the Brain Teasers Variety Pack Bundle.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Fun Logic for Kids

When I taught gifted and talented kids, a favorite was always logic puzzles, especially on fun topics like magic. Kids love solving puzzles whether working by themselves or with a partner. These puzzles worked well in centers for early finishers, too. Somehow the bright kids in the class tend to finish early and are always looking for something to do. Of course, many of those bookworms will pull out a novel and read, but the math kids want to solve logic puzzles. Let's face it. They all love to solve logic puzzles.

A favorite are the grid puzzles, where students answer questions and place X's and O's in a grid. No these aren't hugs and kisses. The X's eliminate possibilities while the O's match what goes together. Would you like to try them out?

I have a lot of FREE puzzles on different grade levels. Try these:

Lunch Boxes (for your primary students)

Teach logic puzzle to gifted and talented primary students or for kids on Teacher Pay Teachers. #freelessons #free #teachers

Stuck in a Chair will give upper elementary kids a chuckle.

Solve logic puzzles for #FREE on Teacher Pay Teachers for schools first. #education #teachersofthegram #TEACHers

After trying these, check out Wizard Logic Puzzles, which just happens to be my best seller! Your kids will love them!

Harry Potter puzzles about wizards on Teacher Pay Teachers for 4th grade or 5th grade students. #iteachgt Teacher Pay Teacher #teacherslife schools first #logicHarry Potter related logic puzzles for kids on Teacher Pay Teachers. Teaching gifted and talented problem solving and critical thinking with brain based activities on Teacher Pay Teachers for schools first. #harrypotterfans #iteach #teachers

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Six Sentence Stories A Bit Off From the Rodeo

My Beautiful Daughter

After my last week's gruesome six for Girlie on the Edge's Blog's Six Sentence Stories, I'm here to redeem myself with a short comedy sketch mirrored after one of my favorite comedians, Gilda Radner. If you're old, like me, you'll remember how, as Roseanne Roseannadana, she never got her commentaries just right! I hope this makes you laugh out loud and brings back fond memories of the old Saturday Night Live. 

Here is my original comedy sketch that I wrote in her memory.

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A Bit Off From the Rodeo!

"Dear Roseanne Roseannadanna, 
     S. Mack Bangdrum writes in today wanting to know where the rodeo will be, if he is allowed to wear a bikini to it, pass gas in the stands, burp, smoke, and if smoking leads to a fire, will clowns be available to put it out?"

"Dear S. Mack Bangdrum, sounds like a fun guy,
     I, Roseanne Roseannadanna, once saw a clown trying to get stuck smoked jerky out of his teeth while listening to country music coming out of a radio near a fireplace. Sticky food scraps get in their so tight that a rock song would have been better to get the energy to pick, pick, pick at old gunk for a good cleaning. Way back when, Franklin Delano Roosevelt used the radio to give his fireside chats to the nation, but I could never listen to the president with my finger picking my teeth, making drool slide out of my mouth, in front of a president, no less!"

     "Roseanne, Roseanne Roseannadanna, since Mr. Bangdrum wrote in wanting to know about the rodeo, why are you rambling on about picking your teeth in front of a radio broadcast from a president who died in 1945?"


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Find humor in my Novel or eBook social story on TpT. 

Are you wondering if I have funny stories in my store? The one that stands out the most is my middle grade novel, Mrs. Zimmerman's Donuts. This 203 page manuscript takes readers on an adventure with Knob and Slater as they work to stop the bullies.

Although it’s been four years since Will lost his brother, he still finds himself smothered in the arms of his overprotective mom. To make matters worse, fifth grade means day after day of taunting by a group of boys who share weekly donuts without him. Life changes when a Mohawk wearing cool kid enters the class, assigns Will a new name, and is determined to give him a hand up the social ladder. But social success has its problems as Will soon finds out by following his angel with mismatched wings.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Move Over Ed Guin

This week's six sentence writing prompt is Kaleidoscope and I'm linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories. I decided to break away from my usual comedy writing for a horror story that showcases my literary composition skills. As I suspect you know, I own a store that sells products to teach writing to kids, as well as many other resources, such as reading passages with questions. A favorite teen reading passage of mine is about horror movies and Ed Gein. But first, check out this week's gruesome six!

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Move Over Ed Gein

He’d read about Ed Gein, the horrific murderer whose crimes became

known from horror, slasher films such as Psycho, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Silence of the Lambs. Wearing women as clothing delighted Guin but was not enough for this psychopath whose dreams stirred him into an erotic state with the hopes of outdoing his cold, killer idol. So, with gloves on hand, he smothered the girl with a Strychnine soaked cloth and dragged her limp body into the silent barnyard. A cool breeze brought him shivers as he teetered the ax above his victim’s bare corpse then chopped her into multiple pieces. He’d dry out the remnants, that had once been human, with cups of rice under a heat lamp before sliding her remains between two gigantic glass circles connected to a long tube. His gruesome kaleidoscope would then be complete. 

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Did this bring you to a WTF moment? Afterall, Don’t I write lighthearted comedy? If you teach elementary age students, have I got the bundle for you! I promise it is age appropriate.

These twenty-two bundled lesson, that means 30% off the price of individual resources, will give you plenty of great instruction with your kids!

If you are a high school teacher and want a thrilling lesson, check out this reading passage with questions about Ed Guin.

Just like my previous post about Alice and Freda, this too is a part of my first High School Reading Passages Bundle.

You will save 30% off the price of individual resources by purchasing this bundle. Note this resource is 30% off as of February, 2021.

This products contains SEVEN resources at one low price. It's hard to find reading passages and questions this interesting for high school. Please read buyer comments.

Extremely satisfied
This was a great opportunity to bring in the SLP and have a discussion about the subject area and branch out to what has recently happened with the correct terminology. The students were very interested in the material and asked many questions. Thank you.

Extremely satisfied
This is a very effective resource. So far we worked on the Impeachment articles. They were engaging and sparked deeper looks into further information. I had many opportunities to model active reading. I recommend this resource.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

High School Reading Passage Alice & Freda

Back before the pandemic, I was a ghost tour guide who loved telling the story of Alice and Freda. These teenage girls had fallen in love with one another; however, lesbian lovers were not accepted in the 1890s. Heartbroken, Alice did not take kindly to her family forcing Freda to end the love affair. After all, Alice had already planned to cut her hair, dress as a man, change her name to Alvin, and live happily ever after in marriage to her beloved. If she couldn't have Freda, no one could.

 Your high school students will love reading about this gruesome murder on the crowded streets of Memphis and the court trial that followed. In fact, the trial of Alice Mitchell became known as the trial of the century, so don't miss it! Check this out!

Teachers Pay Teachers resource for teens about murder in Memphis from the 18th century. #TpT #teachers #highschool

It doesn't have to be Halloween to read something scary! This reading passage for teens will give your kids the shocking story they've been waiting for. Plus, there is more.

Inside this easy to use and engaging resource, you'll find:

  • Three Page Reading Passage
  • Five Discussion Questions
  • Research/Writing Prompt
  • Answer Key to Discussion Questions

You may also save 30% off the price of individual resources by purchasing the bundle at 30% off. Note this resource is 30% off as of February, 2021.

This products contains SEVEN resources at one low price. It's hard to find reading passages and questions this interesting for high school. Please read buyer comments.

Extremely satisfied
This was a great opportunity to bring in the SLP and have a discussion about the subject area and branch out to what has recently happened with the correct terminology. The students were very interested in the material and asked many questions. Thank you.

Extremely satisfied
This is a very effective resource. So far we worked on the Impeachment articles. They were engaging and sparked deeper looks into further information. I had many opportunities to model active reading. I recommend this resource.