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Life-Saving Labour Day Blog Hop

So happy to be a part of this “life-saving” Labour Day link-up! This link-up is filled with no prep and low prep ideas for you to grab at the last moment before the busy school year begins! You’re welcome!

The item that I am highlighting for this “life-saving link-up” is my This is Who I Am collage project for grades 7-9. It can be used any time, but it’s great for Back-to-School time! It contains 50+ pages, including everything you need to get high quality collages from your students, by clearly communicating the expectations for them. It’s low prep and basically ready to go! Through this engaging project, you’ll get to know your students better and they’ll get to know themselves better, as well! The completed collages also make an awesome display!


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Basically, students are required to use photos, drawings and text to create a visually appealing collage, representing who they are.

I’ve included:
-Assignment sheet for students
-A checklist for students to make sure that they include everything
-3 choices of graphic organizer to plan the collage
-A rubric (in case you decide to formally assess their work)
-A PowerPoint with 3 activities to walk students through how to use symbols on their collages to raise the level of their work (printables included for these as well)
-A PowerPoint to help students come up with their personality characteristics
-A printable list of characteristics as reference (by no means a complete list of every personality trait – but it’s a start)
-A printable to help students find an appropriate quote, poem or song lyrics to add to their collage (again – raises the level of their work)
-Step by step instructions for the teacher for how they may want to conduct the project 


You can choose to do parts of this project, or the whole thing. There are lots of options for you and since I have included the PowerPoints and any printables required – you should be good to go!


If you want a great project that will engage students right off the bat, encourage creativity and enable you to get to know them better – check out my “This Is Who I Am” resource in my TPT Store

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And thanks to Tammy Aiello at Teaching FSL for organizing this awesome blog hop and link-up!

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Flash Giveaway Winners and An Outside the US Link-Up

Just a quick post this evening…two things…

1) Thanks to everyone who entered my flash giveaway! I decided to choose three lucky winners and they were Mary B., Carey W. and Sherie R. Carey and Mary chose to receive:


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and Sherie received one of my newest items:

Fractions Percents and Decimals Package


This weekend it was a little giveaway – next weekend…I have something BIG planned! Stay tuned because you won’t want to miss out!


2) Making It As A Middle School Teacher is hosting an “Outside the US” link up and so of course I had to link up Lessons From The Middle, as I am in Canada! Check out all of the awesome bloggers from around the globe who have linked up! It’s such an amazing time that we are living in and technology allows us to connect with people from all over so easily. It’s really inspiring to see and read about what’s going on in other teachers’ classrooms in other parts of the world. Thanks for hosting another great link-up Michelle!

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I’m Proud to be a Canadian…Teacher Blogger!

Five months ago if you’d asked me what a “Linky Party” was, I probably would have said, “When we throw Lincoln (my son) a birthday party, silly!”

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Ohhhh Caaaanadaaaaa!


Now, I both know what a linky party is AND I have come to love them. I just a found a great linky for Canadian bloggers. It’s hosted by Patti of Madly Learning. It’s so nice to be able to collaborate with teachers on the web. It’s even nicer when some of those teachers are from your own country. This linky is a collection of fantastic Canadian bloggers. It’s about time, eh?






If you have a few minutes, hop over and visit Madly Learning. There are a variety of blogs of different grade levels and subject areas, that are already linked up. I’m sure that you’ll find some great blogs to follow and steal some ideas from, too! I’m having fun making my way through, checking out where everyone is from! Thanks Patti!

FYI, I’m going to link this blog post to my “Blogs” page, so you can find it easily later on down the road!



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The Lesson Cloud: Dollar Days

On an unrelated note, have you been to The Lesson Cloud today? Don’t miss out on Dollar Days, plus the HUGE giveaway that they’re having! Oh, and I’m having a sale in my TPT Store too (July 29th-30th) as many of the Lesson Cloud authors are.



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