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Enter to Win A New Middle Grades Read: “Elora of Stone”

Elora of Stone, written by Canadian author Jaime Lee Mann, is the first in her Legend of Rhyme Series. Aimed at children in the middle grades, this book is fantasy, magic and fairytale combined into one. Her descriptive language paints a picture for the reader, making it a really enjoyable read! This, together with the twists and turns of the story will have your kids hooked!

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From a teacher’s standpoint this would be a great mentor text to have in your classroom, as it is filled with descriptive language and wonderful word choice to use as models for your students. This novel would also be a great read aloud, and there are discussion questions at the back of Elora of Stone, which is a nice touch.

A bit about the book?

When four-year-old Asher Caine vanishes while playing near the woods with his twin sister Ariana, his family is convinced that he is gone forever. In the Kingdom of Falmoor, twins are cursed. Since the evil sorcerer Larque turned the good witch Elora to stone, all twins in the Kingdom are doomed to separate, either through death or mysterious disappearances.

When Ariana later learns that her brother is alive, she knows that must find him in order to save Falmoor. With their magic blood and powerful bond, the Caine twins must release Elora from her stone imprisonment. Only then will Larque be stopped from spreading darkness throughout the kingdom. Will the twins find each other in time? Can they save Falmoor from evil and remove the curse of the twins forever? You’ll have to read to find out!

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Want to win a copy of Elora of Stone? Three lucky readers will win a signed copy of the book for their classrooms, as well as the option of having a live chat with the author for you and your students! Good luck, and also watch for installment #2 in the Legend of Rhyme series, Into Coraira, which comes out in May. elora of stone2

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An excerpt from the first novel in the Legend of Rhyme series, Elora of Stone

With one grimy green hand, Grimblerod reaches up into the thin white roots of the plants above. His other hand steadies the candle near eye level. The roots are twisted in knots, curling into each other, clinging to the dirt like tiny gnarled fists. Grimblerod pinches two long dirty fingers around a juicy grub.

Bringing his fingers to his face, Grimblerod studies the grub more closely in the candlelight. Satisfied with his prize, he pulls a leather drawstring pouch from the pocket of his tattered trousers and plops the grub inside.

Grimblerod’s stomach twists with hunger, but he has work to do. His candle is close to burning out, and beads of melted wax drip onto his hand leaving bumpy yellow trails along his skin. He has just enough light to get to the opening in the tree.

He grunts as he trudges along, piercing the deafening silence with snorts and other impolite sounds. Once he reaches the opening, Grimblerod blows out his candle and sets it down. He then shimmies his fat little body up a slender brown root into the fresh night air.

After surfacing, Grimblerod shields his eyes against the light of the full moon. Instinctively, he checks his feet, ensuring that he is still in goblin form.

The sound of crickets drowns out his rumbling stomach, and the glow of the moon guides him through the dark.

A thick, white mist creeps along, hiding him from sight. A gentle breeze rustles the leaves on the giant tree making them tremble in the night.

As he waddles along, an owl cries out in the dark. One might say it was a warning to the villagers of Rhyme of the evil acts about to occur.

It is the type of setting the best nightmares start with, and tonight, a mother’s most unspeakable dream will come true.

 

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Have Yourself a Moby Little Christmas

Updated: Congratulations to Meghan L., the winner of the MobyMax tablet!

I know that everyone likes a good giveaway, and this is a pretty sweet one! Have you heard of MobyMax?  MobyMax tablets offer teachers and parents an amazing option to help their kids gain skills in Language Arts and Math. Students can work to close gaps in their learning by working through lessons on the Moby tablet, and continue to challenge themselves to move ahead. Teachers and parents can monitor their child’s results through reports that Moby offers. There are games and other “fun stuff” to motivate kids as well! 

 

MobyMax curriculum is based on the research of professor John Hattie, and it is a great way to differentiate in your classroom.

 

Although these tablets are specifically loaded with MobyMax curriculum so that you can individualize your instruction, they are still tablets and so you can load them with your favorite apps, as well. Want your own Moby? Entering is easy, and one lucky follower is going to a have a “Moby little Christmas”! 

 

Check out these specs!

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MobyMax Curriculum includes all of this? Wow!

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Contest ends December 21st, 2014! Be sure to enter!

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Back to School Giveaway

As I gaze out at this beautiful August afternoon, I can’t help but wonder what kind of a year I will have. I feel like I’m standing in the line-up to ride a really scary roller coaster. I want to ride, even though it’s scary because I know that it’s also going to be exhilarating and I know I’ll love it. I’m sick of waiting and I just want it to be my turn already! 

I’m always excited to begin a new school year, and this year is no different in that way, but very different in many other ways. I am in our new/renovated K-12 school – a huge change what with a new build and combined staffs. And, I’ll be starting my Master’s in just days. I know it’s going to be a year of changes, flexibility and stress, but also one of learning and growth. We go back on Tuesday and the kids come on Thursday, and I’m going to enjoy this last weekend, but I’m very much looking forward to my turn on the roller coaster!

That being said….

I need to start this year on the right foot – with a Back to School Giveaway, of course!  And this is going to be a great one! I have ONE “grand prize” that will be given out to one lucky teacher and it could be you!

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 In total, the prizes are valued at approximately $200, depending on your choices from my TPT Store and your choice of wall decal.

 

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A little more about the prizes…

 

5 TPT Items

Get browsing! I have lots of resources in my TPT store  and the winner will get to choose any FIVE of them. I’ll simply email them the files that they choose!

 

31 Gifts

Lunch Thermal – the perfect lunch bag! You’ll be eating in style this year, for sure! (No monogramming on your lunch bag)

Wall Decal From Wise Decor

You have your choice of 3 wall decals! (I can’t wait to get mine up in my new classroom, and I’ll be sure to post a picture when I do.) You can choose your size and colors to totally personalize your wall decal. And, they go on looking like paint – no see-through film like some of the cheaper versions of wall decals. Your three choices are: a Student Encouragement Wall Decal, Classroom Rules Modern Wall Decal or a Whimsical Classroom Rules Wall Decal. They are pictured below – but keep in mind that you can personalize your colors to match your room!

Student Encouragement – this is the one I went with for this year!

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Classroom Rules Whimsical

 

The Red SunA great read for your classroom this year

 

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The Red Sun is the first book in The Legends of Orkney, the spellbinding series of adventure fantasy novels by Alane Adams. It follows Sam to the realm of Orkney where witches, wraiths, and other menacing creatures cause serious peril to the unsuspecting Sam. Now, it’s up to him to save his friends and all of Orkney from a cursed red sun. Can a young witch girl named Mavery help him?”

The fantasy genre is so hot right now – the kids love it! What grabbed my attention about this book right off the bat was its accessibility to my boys, especially. Within just the first 2 pages, we learn that the main character Sam is a self-professed “non-hero”. He’s not perfect, his family is not perfect, he’s disconnected from his father, he has a temper and sometimes gets into fights. I know that certain students in particular will relate to his imperfections and the fact that he’s “real” just like them. The action starts within the first chapter really, and definitely is underway by chapter two. I feel that this element is super beneficial to my more reluctant readers who find it difficult to “hang in there” and continue to read to get to the “good part” of some texts. There’s conflict essentially from the beginning and that paired with a mysterious new teacher with an attitude, and a dwarf in his garage, you can’t help but be hooked into learning more about Sam and what’s really going on in his life. This would be a great first read, for students new to the fantasy genre! 

I think your students will truly enjoy “The Red Sun” and it’ll be a wonderful addition to your classroom library.

 

I wish you all a wonderful school year with your students! Thanks for entering my Back to School Giveaway, good luck to you all! Feel free to share my post with your teacher friends!

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“It’s No Joke!” Test-Prep Pack Giveaway for Middle and High School

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A great giveaway coming your way, organized by a couple of blogger buds of mine.

There are THREE fantastic bundles of test-prep goodies up for grabs for middle and high school teachers. I have offered up a choice of item to the winner of the prize pack that I’m a part of.

That lucky winner will have his/her choice of ANY item from my TPT Store (along with the rest of the test-prep goodies, of course).

 Make sure to head over to The Language Arts Classroom to enter, and good luck! 

This giveaway is definitely No Joke!

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NextLesson: 21st Century Learning and Real World Projects to Engage Students


NextLesson is a marketplace to discover and manage 21st century projects. It was started by parents, is guided by teachers, and built for students. The folks over at NextLesson are dedicated to the task of building a better tomorrow by working on one simple, driving question, “How can we unleash projects students love?”

I became affiliated with NextLesson just a few months ago, but I could see the potential in the site right away and the passion of those behind the scenes.

The site offers free and priced lessons and projects for all grade levels. Projects on this site offer a unique component as they are very interactive for students and highly engaging.

Math, English Language Arts, History and Science resources are available and are searchable by topic, grade level and the Common Core (which I know is important for those of you who are knee-deep in CCSS).

New resources are constantly being added and are created by teachers, for teachers. Sign up is free and takes just a moment! And guess what?

 

NextLesson has agreed to give one of you a $25 gift card to the site! How awesome is that? 

 

All you have to do to enter this giveaway, is sign up to NextLesson. Then, just enter below for your chance to win! Easy-peasy!

 

You can gain extra entries by following NextLesson through their social media networks, as well. AND, if you share this giveaway through any of your own social networks, you can gain 5 extra entries!

I’m only running this giveaway for 3 days, so enter today! You don’t want to miss out!

 

If you want real life, interactive projects to engage your students, NextLesson may have just what you’re looking for!

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NextLesson has tons of freebies! Make sure you check them out and good luck to you all!

 

Krystal Mills, Lessons From The Mille, Teacher Blog

A Playground For All! We need your help!

So if you didn’t hear, my school is in a competition to win $140 000 for an inclusive playground. I posted about it back in October. Well, you helped us to end the round in first place (thanks again) and catapulted us into the semi-final round. Yay you!

Poof! Semi-finals have begun today and guess what? We are in first place again – out of 92 projects! I’m not surprised – I really do believe that we’re going to win! However, just in case my enthusiasm isn’t enough…I mean, just for safety sake – if you could spare a moment perhaps you could register your email and vote for us? Maybe?

How cool will it be to find out in a month’s time that a $140 000 playground project to help children with disabilities and an entire community, has been made a reality and YOU were a part of it? I’m thinking super-cool! Incredible, even!

So, just so that you don’t feel left out when I post that amazing “WE WON” post, (because again, I really feel like we’re going to win…) how about you hop over to Aviva and register your email and throw your votes our way! You can vote once a day until December 11th. It’ll only take a few seconds of your time and we would VERY MUCH appreciate it!!!! I mean, I can’t even put into words what your votes mean to us. Okay, I’m done – it’s just that this a cause that is close to my heart. Obviously Wink 

Thanks so much and happy voting! Oh, did I mention that we’d love any shares, likes, tweets or pins also? We’ll take it all!

So again, “SOURIS A PLAYGROUND FOR ALL” thanks you!

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Giving Thanks! A Giveaway for Grades 5-8

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We’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada. (Man that turkey was good, too!) Anyhow, with Thanksgiving just around the corner for folks in the US, I decided it was time for a giveaway! And, I’m not doing it alone!

Kate from Kate’s Classroom Café and I have come together to give thanks for a special group of teachers – amazing middle school teachers, of course! This giveaway is subject specific and just for you!

There are lots of fantastic prizes to be won, so be sure to enter now so that you don’t miss out! Wouldn’t it be nice to have a few new goodies before the holiday season? Of course it would! So let’s get to it!

 

 

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So, middle school teachers, thanks for all that you do! You're a special group of people.

You are appreciated! Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

 

We’re Winning And You Could Too! Did Someone Say Giveaway?

Thank you SO much for your support so far with the competition that my school is in to fund an inclusive playground for our students! We appreciate it more than you know! As a thank you, I’m hosting a little giveaway over the next few days!

We are currently in FIRST and we want to stay there! If you can spare a minute or two of your time – please support us through your votes, shares, tweets, likes or pins! Basically just get us out there on your social media networks! You can vote every day and so feel free to enter my little giveaway every day as well! Also, share this blog post with your friends, so that they have a chance to win a little something too!

Probably should mention the prizes! Someone will be winning a $25 Amazon gift card and a $25 shopping spree in my TPT store! Not too shabby for a little random act of kindness!

Thanks so much for your support – let’s work together to get these kids a safe, fun, wheelchair accessible place to play!

 

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A Middle School Blog Hop Just For You!

This post has TWO very important purposes.

 #1 Thank you to everyone who entered (and contributed to) my Back to School Giveaway. The winners have been contacted (and they’re very excited). Check your email/junk mail – I still have one winner who hasn’t gotten back to me yet – maybe it’s you!

#2 Kristy from 2 Peas And A Dog has generously volunteered to organize a Back to School Blog Hop for Middle Years – complete with freebies and a giveaway! I know, another giveaway SPECIFICALLY for Middle Years. How often does THAT happen? You’re welcome!

Alright. Kristy asked us to share a great tip for Back to School survival in our blog hop posts. My best tip would be to take those first few days to really get to know your kids. I know that you’re behind, almost before you start with the curriculum that you’re expected to cover. However, it’s in those first few days that the middle school students before you will decide what sort of a teacher you are, which will in turn impact the kind of year that you’ll have. That whole “Don’t smile until Christmas” advice from eons ago is simply garbage. Smile. Enjoy yourself. Get to know the dynamic, intelligent and funny people in front of you. Tell them about yourself and your family. I don’t mean take five minutes to introduce yourselves – but really talk to them. Don’t pass out the text books first, please. It can wait. What is more important, a promptly distributed text book or learning a bit about the students you’ll be teaching this year? I do realize that we have to pass out the books as well, I’m just saying don’t start with that. 

So, other than starting the first day with a big coffee and always having a stash of Advil in your desk (let’s face it – you’re going to need it) to survive and thrive this year, I’d say make sure to take QUALITY time to get to know your middle school students. They can be a fickle bunch and being treated with respect is huge for them. Rather than simply talking about respect – might as well start showing it to them right off the bat by having a conversation – asking them questions and really listening to their answers.

One way that I like to get to know my kids quickly, is through student surveys. Enjoy the rest of the hop! Oh, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

 

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Oh yes – there’s just one more thing. TeachersPayTeachers has announced that their Back to School sale will be this Sunday and Monday – August 18th-19th. My entire store will be on sale! Now’s the time to stock up for those first few months!
 
 
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It’s Time! $400+ in Goodies to be Won in my Back to School Giveaway

 

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It’s finally here!

We all know that Back to School is just around the corner, and you know what that means…It’s time for a REALLY BIG Giveaway!!!

Before we get going, congratulations to my Early Bird Winner ~ Jessica G.~ who has won a $10 Amazon gift card and 20 bonus entries for this Back to School Giveaway. Way to be on top of things!

I already gave you a sneak peek of the prizes, but just in case you missed it….I’ve got something for everyone!

Whether it’s teacher resources and accessories that you desire, cool wall word decals for your classroom, a hot cuppa java to get you through those first days or some hand made soaps to enjoy in a stress relieving bubble bath after that first week- I’ve got you covered!

 

I have grouped the following prizes into 4 Prize Packages (plus a bonus prize). Make sure to enter to win each prize package – they’re all equally awesome!

 

Prizes to be won:

 

~20 TPT Shopping Sprees in 20 different  stores

 

~$10 Starbucks gift certificate

 

~$75 WiseDecor gift certificate

 

~$25 gift certificate to Black Rafter Soap Works

 

~Five Duo Binders

 

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Of course I need to give a big thank you to all of the people who have donated for this giveaway – your generosity has blown me away as it always does! You all ROCK! Those who have participated are pictured with each prize package, with links to their blogs or sites.

This giveaway is running for a few days – so you have lots of time to follow everyone and get yourself entered to win ALL of the packages!

Also, make sure to take a second and promote this giveaway on your blog, FB page, Twitter feed or Pinterest boards etc. to gain extra entries!

 

Okay folks, this only happens once a year – so get to it and good luck!

 

Prize Package #1

4mulaFun Blog FanAddie Education – Teacher Talk

All Things AlgebraThirty-One Gifts Homeinoventions duo binder

 

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Bonus Prize (An extra little something for those of you who like to share)

 

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 Winners will be contacted on August 15th and announced on the later in the week. Please make sure to check your email (and your junk mail) on those days just in case you’re a BIG winner. If you are a winner and don’t respond within 48 hours of being contacted, another winner will be chosen in your place.

I wish you all the best in the 2013-2014 school year! Work hard, play hard and have a fantastic year!

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