Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Teacher Author Appreciation & Autumn Solstice TagDay Sale and Giveaway

I hope everyone has had the best back to school year ever. In honor of the fall equinox and Teacher Author Appreciation Day,  I'm teaming up with some 15 other TpT sellers and collaborators to bring you an amazing weekend of steals, and #tagday deals and giveaways for grades 3-6 and SPED. You don’t want to miss out on this SALE, so be sure to mark your calendars. It begins Friday Sept. 23, 2016 @12 am EST and ends Monday Sept. 25, 2016 @ 12 am.

Fall Writing Activities
First up a set of Fall Writing Activities with everything you need for the season. 32 Writing task cards consisting of Expository, Persuasive and Narrative writing ideas and story starters. Themes include Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Sandwich Day, Election Day, Candy Day and Cake Day. As an added extra, a humorous poster of a thinking turkey with the quote,"If this Turkey Could Talk, What Would He Say?" Great for discussion and or written assignment.
Halloween Spooks
Next is an excerpt from my BOOtober Creative Writing Resource. The teacher will read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving. You may choose a different story if you like. Discuss what makes a scary story. Be sure to let them know that suspense and surprise endings are important elements in this genre. For a collaborative activity, they will write a scary Halloween tale with their partners and each person will contribute. To spark their natural competitiveness, let them know that they will read their piece to the class who will choose which tale is the scariest. You could give the winning group something special for Halloween. When the appointed day arrives, have them sit in a circle and pretend they are around the
campfire, they can use flashlights for the effect.  Turn off the lights, play some scary music and set the stage.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and my final  resource being offered , is called, What am I Thankful For, and includes a values lesson that will help your students  think about this.
What am I Thankful For?

FINALLY, we’re holding a RAFFLECOPTER for a chance to win a product of your choice, from one of these awesome stores. So be sure to enter by FOLLOWING my store and /or  others. The more stores or Facebook pages you like, the more chances you have to win. Type #tagday at Tpt to find all the shops that are in this FALLWONDERFUL SALE!

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Remembering 9/11

I remember September 11 as if it were yesterday. I woke up to a spectacular morning, not a cloud in the deep blue sky. The day was simply perfect.  I went through my usual morning routine, got in my car and drove to work thinking about my class and the kind of day it would be. I arrived at school, went to my room to gather my thoughts and prepare for what was ahead. Soon my students began to trickle into homeroom, announcements over and Channel One, our news channel had ended. We had our morning meeting, switched classes and World History began.

At 9:20 we escorted our 6th graders to the gym for their P.E class, it was now our planning period. As is our usual custom, my partner and I went to the office to check our mailboxes. Unfortunately, this was not to be an ordinary day, I turned when I heard a loud noise coming from the TV set that the secretaries were watching and was horrified at what I saw, it was the 2nd plane crashing into the World Trade Center. I felt as if I were in a nightmare, disbelief and terror filling my head. We both stood there speechless, unable to comprehend what our eyes were showing us. I called my husband and told him what had happened, he spent the day glued to the tv. Being a New Yorker for a good many years, he was affected deeply. To this day, he is unable to watch videos of that fateful day.

Back to reality, I knew that somehow I'd had to get through this day. The principal told us not to tell our students, he didn't want them to panic. He planned to break the news to them at an assembly later that afternoon. With my heart in my stomach, I picked up my class and had to continue teaching as if everything was fine.

The time just dragged on, I felt like a robot going through the motions, though the children had no idea that anything was wrong. During lunch the teachers were glued to the television set that was in our lounge. I couldn't eat a thing, my stomach just kept turning over.

Lunch finished, we picked up our charges and brought them to the auditorium where the principal broke the news. There was an eerie silence, you could hear 
a pin drop. He really didn't go into much detail, but answered any questions that the kids had. I remember that one of our students an Afghani went home early, he was picked up by his parents, they were afraid That there would be repercussions.

Back at homeroom, a few kids broke down and cried, others were worried about aunts, uncles, friends of the family who worked at the towers. I tried my best to alleviate their fears, and keep them calm. Needless to say we had a few group hugs. The day finally ended, buses were called and when the last person left, I put my head on my desk and wept.
Remembering the Vigiano Brothers

My cousin's wife lost two of her relatives. They were first responders, one was a fireman, the other a policeman. Wonderful courageous people who gave their lives to help others. Though I never met them, they will always be in my heart as will all of those who lost their lives during this horrible tragedy.


This post is part of our September Teacher Talk Blog link up. Please check out what these  dedicated teachers have to say.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

RESTORING HOPE: to Louisiana

On August 11th, 2016, a stationary weather system resulted in torrential downpours with upwards of two feet of rain that devastated several parishes across South Louisiana. The extreme amount of rainwater, close to 7.1 trillion gallons of water, caused rivers, lake, and other bodies of water to reach and exceed flood stages in the following days. In the blink of an eye, the water began rising and encroaching upon not just areas that typically flood, but the flooding waters found their way to places that had never even had the threat of flooding before. The widespread devastation of the rising water quickly destroyed countless homes, businesses, and schools.

As the water began to recede and people were allowed into the areas that were flooded, the full extent of the damage was visible. For many people, they lost an entire lifetime of memories and personal treasures. While the loss of personal property and people's livelihood were tragic, an equally tragic loss was the impact that the flood waters had on area schools. There are over 30 schools, both public and private, across several parishes that suffered significant water damage to their campuses. Livingston Parish alone had 15 public schools that suffered water damage with at least 8 schools that experienced extensive damage that will take months to repair. While the school buildings will have to be repaired to be safe for students and staff to return, this work will be done and funded through the individual school systems, but what can be done to help the individual teachers replace their classroom materials, personal items, and everything else that made their classrooms whole?

I'm pleased to announce that I have joined forces with an amazing group of Teacher Authors from Teachers Pay Teachers to create a fundraiser, Restoring Hope: Love for Louisiana Teachers. The core team behind Restoring Hope is comprised of Kristen fromTeacher Playground, Andrea from This Literacy Life, Shannon from OCD in First, and Stephanie from The Creative Classroom. We came together and created the fundraiser as a way to help our fellow Louisiana teachers rise up and rebuild their classrooms. Our fundraiser has been made possible by the generous donations that we have received from 90+ TPT sellers that include high-quality products ranging from Kindergarten to High School. In total, there are six product bundles available and four donation options. The TPT store will go live on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 and will remain open for at least 30 days. You can click the banner below to visit our store and support Louisiana teachers by buying product bundles or simply donating money to the fundraiser.

Where will we be donating the proceeds raised from the fundraiser?

One of the biggest pieces of this fundraiser was trying to decide where we would donate the money we raised for Louisiana teachers to ensure that it would be fairly and equally distributed to those in need.100% of the proceeds that are made through our TPT store will be donated to the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana's Disaster Relief Fund. This organization is donating 100% of all money that they receive to public and private schools teachers who lost some or all of their classroom materials due to the flooding.

Our team knew that we wanted to say THANK YOU to all of the amazing teachers who have supported our fundraiser by purchasing a bundle or donating money. Shannon from Blogs Fit For A Queen has graciously donated a FREE BLOG DESIGN. When you purchase one of the bundles from the Restoring Hope: Love for Louisiana Teachers TPT Store, you can enter for a chance to win! All you have to do is complete the form that is attached in the product bundle or donation page by October 15th, 2016.

We would like to take this opportunity to send out a huge THANK YOU to our sponsors who have donated resources to the fundraiser bundles. Without your help and generosity, none of this would have been possible. 
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