Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Leprechauns and Luck for St. Patrick's Day

Hi there! I’m Róisín from Little Learner Toolbox, and I am delighted to guest blog here on Rockin’ Teacher Materials, especially at one of my favorite times of the year. Growing up In Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day was always such a big day, and I still get excited every time when the day comes around.

I love thinking of fun ways to celebrate Irish culture for St Patrick’s Day, and one very fun part of Irish culture is our folk tales - especially the stories about Leprechauns! Leprechauns have been part of Irish folklore for over 1,000 years. They are fairy folk that come from Ireland and often look like old men, although they are never bigger than a small child. They aren’t nearly as cute and loveable as the images we often see of them would suggest. They are often grumpy and get up to quite a lot of mischief. Leprechauns are very hard working and like to store the gold that they earn in a giant pot. Some stories even suggest that Leprechauns are misers who like to hoard their money. From what is known, leprechauns often like to store their gold at the end of a rainbow, but we can’t really be sure because people are rarely successful in capturing leprechauns. If you do happen to be lucky enough to catch one, be sure to keep your eyes on him, because as soon as you look away from a leprechaun they can escape!

There are many stories about people who tried to capture a leprechaun to find their gold. One well known story is about a man who managed to capture a leprechaun. He made the leprechaun tell him where his gold was hidden. The leprechaun reluctantly showed him his hiding spot in a forest, underneath a tree. The man then realized that he had no tools to dig for the gold, and that he would not be able to carry both the struggling leprechaun and his tools all the way back to the forest. So he took his scarf and wrapped it around the tree. He made the leprechaun promise not to remove the gold or the scarf, and then he went home to collect his tools. When he returned to the forest he found that the Leprechaun had tied scarves around every tree so it was impossible to know exactly where the gold was buried. The leprechaun laughed as he told the man that he had not removed the gold or the scarf just as he promised. That man never did find the gold he was looking for.

Certainly anyone who manages to trap a leprechaun and find his gold would be very lucky indeed! Students who want to trap leprechauns have to plan carefully! Leprechauns are very tricky! One thing that is fun to do on St Patrick’s Day is to think about some of the ways that we are ‘lucky’. What better way to do this than to fill a Leprechaun’s pot with gold coins full of things that are ‘lucky’ for us. For this activity ask your students to think about things that are important to them. Encourage them to fill their pot with things in their lives that they are lucky to have. 

   Click on the images to download the Freebie pages from my TpT store.

If you liked this St Patrick’s Day post, check out my blog post about Saint Patrick HERE. For more resources for Saint Patrick’s day visit my TpT Store Little Learner’s Toolbox.
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

EdExpo 2015 - Top 10 Educational Products

Last week, I attended Ed Expo 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia as one of 50 teacher bloggers who were asked to rate educational products and come up with a top 10 list. Each of the 50 bloggers came up with their own list. Then, the lists were compiled to come up with an overall Top 10. Here's the list, David Letterman style!

I loved this awesome problem solving activity. Complete the circuit and the board lights up!

There was a tie at number 10. Doesn't this look like an awesome building adventure?!

Another cool circuit activity. This is one I want to try out for myself! Kids can draw a picture, poke holes, and build a circuit with tape! Totally cool!

These pencil grips are seriously comfy!

I don't know about you, but I always feel clothes before I buy them. These will make great fiddlers for your little fiddlers!

I need to get some of these bands for my kiddos. These are a great way to practice skip counting or multiplication facts!

A great number line to teach about fractions, decimals - 
you name it!

I can see letting my kids create inventions like crazy!

And another tie at number 4. Fidgets that you can use to teach. My favorite is the fidget with a marble in it!

This game is a blast! My kids have already played and ask to play again and again! Great way to practice making complete sentences and staying on topic.

This game was created to help kids learn to read sight words a little at a time and then immediately be able to read a book using those words. You can even use Scholastic bonus points to get one.

This was my personal favorite. Just buy the letters or numbers and download the free app. The coolest part is that if you make the word bat, a picture of a bat shows up on the screen. Change the b in bat to a c, and a picture of a cat shows up. Totally COOL!

To find out more about the products, just click the image and it will take you to the product website. If you would like to purchase an item from this amazing list, please visit Edmarket to find a local or online retailer.

What a great experience! It was so neat to see all the innovation in the educational field. Thanks to Sherron Washington I was able to provide input to the vendors and provide you with cutting edge activities for the 21st century. 

Have a Marvelous Monday!


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Win an Osmo for Your Classroom-Enter Now!

Well, you have had a chance to check out the awesomeness of the Osmo Gaming System at its best in my classroom. (If you haven't seen it yet, head on over to check it out!) It is great for word work, math, and creative thinking. 
Well, now is your chance to get this educational tool up and running in your room. Just follow the Rafflecopter directions and cross your fingers and cross your toes for good luck! Some of the entries can be earned if you share every day, so don't miss out!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Making Words and More with Osmo!

 Hi guys! I wanted to show you a new, exciting, educational tool that I am now using in my classroom. It's called OSMO and turns an iPad into a hands-on learning tool that has my kids totally engaged! 

We really love the Words game and the best thing is that I was able to create pictures and sentences that would help my kids practice their very own spelling and vocabulary words. I have a list out for the words they are to choose from. It is an amazing tool that uses cooperation and a little healthy competition to make learning fun!

When the picture pops up, each player (red letters or blue letters) tries to find the correct letters to make that word. For each correct letter, the player scores 2 points.  

Some words don't have a picture to go with it. That's okay. . . I just made a 'fill in the blank' sentence for the kids to us to help them figure out the word.

Making your own words is easy too. All I did to make words for my own kiddos was go to Osmo and set up an account.  I made the pics on my computer and then just loaded them onto the site.

Not only are there word games, but there is also a tangram game and a creative thinking game that is a great way to get kids thinking and working together. 

Have more questions? Check out the Osmo FAQ page for more details. 
I highly recommend you scoop up an Osmo if you can get your hands on one of these awesome gadgets! Your kids will love you for it!  

Oh, and guess what?! I am going to be heading to Atlanta next month for EDExpo. I will be checking out some of the up and coming educational materials and resources you will want to know about. While I'm there, I will be keeping you in the loop about my favorite items! I can't wait! TTYL!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Hoppin' Into the 100th Day of School

Can you believe it is almost the 100th day of school already? I sure can't! I was reading more of the amazing posts from the Who's Who Blog and found several neat ideas you might want to use with your 100th Day Celebrations! There's an app that actually makes the kids look old. Ewww! Creepy. 

Check out some of the fun activities you can do as a class. Get those kiddos counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s and collaborating to boot!

Get more great ideas for snacks for that special day. I know I like to use a pretzel stick and 2 mini donuts to make the number 100 with my munchkins!

Can you think of 100 reasons why you love your school? These kids sure can!

Happy 100th Day to you and your little cuties!


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Close Reading: Oreo Style

Hi guys! I'm not sure if you know this, but I have another blog chocked full of awesome TpT bloggers with awesome ideas to share. The blog is called Who's Who and Who's New. The idea of the blog is to have a great idea every day of the year just for you. I want to share some of the awesomeness from here so you will be sure not to miss it!

Who's Who and Who's New: Close Reading with Oreos: This article helps you explain 'close reading' to your students in a concrete way. I know that many times I read something, then realize I have to read it again because I don't really know what I read. Try this out! The worst thing that could happen is you get to eat an Oreo. Nothing bad about that!

Stay warm!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Snow Days and Dollar Deals

Well, it looks like it might be another one of 'those' winters and I can tell you that I am NOT happy about it!
I decided I should just make the best of it and thought I would share some snowy ideas straight from Canada! My friend Jane Feener has some ideas you will want to check out. 
And if you want to make today even better, be sure to check out this dollar sale I'm having with a few of my Indiana buddies. Did I say that everything here is just a dollar? Can't beat that! Happy Shopping!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Smile for the Freebies! The Winter Holiday E-Books are Here!

As a teacher, you probably know the craziness known as the winter holiday season. This amazing resource is a gift just for YOU and will help you tame your tots the next couple of weeks. There are 5 books to choose from...or why not check them all out? Be sure to tell your friends! This is the season of sharing you know!


Happy Holidays!

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