Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Superhero Product Linky

Hey friends! 

Did you hear? TPT is having a sale this week! "Teachers are superheroes"! We thought we would link up with Fifth in the Middle to each share a "heroic" product that has helped teachers!!

Ashley's Heroic Product:

I love this product! These are simple inferencing task cards. On each card there is a QR code that the student scans afterwards to check if they were correct! My students loved being able to check themselves. It created a whole new level of engagement in my classroom! I set these up as a station so that there was only 3-4 kids at a time using the cards and the tablets. 
I used the inferencing poster to help teach and review what an inference was. I then left it projected for them to refer to! You could even print 4-6 to a sheet and have them glue it in their notebooks. I also included a recording sheet for their answers. You could use this or even have them respond in their notebooks. 

Here is some feedback from other teachers about using this product in their classroom!

I hope you find this product useful!! Click here to add it to your cart! Have fun shopping!! 

Amanda's Heroic Product:

This product has saved me so many hours of finding carry-over activities to send home to parents to encourage generalization of articulation skills practiced during therapy sessions. Home practice is a large part of speech therapy success. This homework packet has over 35 weeks for articulation activities. Students are assigned one page per week to practice their speech sounds with a homework partner. Each page should take 10-15 minutes to complete. There is also a parent newsletter to help guide and encourage parents to use the packet each week. 

Pages without the dates are also included to encourage the use of this packet for many years! 
...But, don't just take my advice, here is some feedback from a few amazing therapists that have found this packet helpful! 

Click here to add this product to your cart! 

Head to the link-up to see more amazing products that saved the day!

Monday, February 23, 2015

{INSTAGRAM} for the Classroom!

Hey guys! Sorry I have been so M.I.A lately. OOPS!! It's so hard to balance it all sometimes! Today is an "ICE" day here in Texas so I am finally getting to link up for a blog post!! I also recently purchased my TPT Conference ticket for VEGAS this summer! ahhhhhh!! I can't believe I am actually going. I can wait to meet and learn from some amazing blogger and Instagram friends!!! 

Speaking of Instagram.. Do you Insta? Well I sure hope so! It is the new way to gain ideas and inspiration for your classroom! If you do make sure you follow me! If you don't...well what are you waiting for?!

I wanted to do a quick post and link up with Tech with Jen for "Don't Worry Be Appy" Monday on how I use Instagram in my classroom! I decided to start a separate Instagram for my classroom this year. It is completely private except to my parents. I would like to think my students go home telling their Mom & Dad all of the exciting and engaging things we do each day in class, but I am sure that isn't quite the case. So NOW, they can FOLLOW us in the classroom!! I post pictures of field trips, experiments, go noodle brain break videos, reader's theatre, and MORE. They eat. it. up. My students love it too. They love the idea that I might be snapping a picture of them for their parents to see!
I had my parents all sign a form in the beginning of the year to allow me to take private photos of them. If a parent didn't sign, then those kids' faces just wouldn't be in any photos. Click here to get a free blank copy of this form! 
I then made the page completely private. They have to request to follow me, and I have to see that it is them before I approve. I don't follow any one from that page. 

At the end of the year I will warn them when I am deleting the photos in case they want to screenshot them/save them. Then I will delete and block the old parents to get ready for the new class that is coming my way! 

There are many ways to use Instagram in the classroom! Here are a few ideas:

-photos of what is happening in the classroom
-field trip reminders
-videos of school activities or performances
-photos of school activities like assemblies/special guests
-homework reminders
-last minute communication

I would love to hear if any of you are using this wonderful app in your classrooms and your great ideas for it! Next year I think I will add my classroom Twitter! :)

Head to the link up to see more "app-y" posts!

 Happy Monday!! 

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Wow! It's been forever since I have blogged, but it feels so good to check in with y'all! Since my last post this happened...

Yep! That's right! We are expecting a baby this May! We are so excited for this amazing gift God has blessed us with and we are so anxious to meet our sweet baby.  Only 14 more weeks! :)

School has been {crazy busy} as it tends to be during the Spring semester, but creating new materials is one of my favorite things to do after a long day! My latest project is a growing set that I am very excited to introduce to y'all! Articulation: Grab-n-Grow will allow you to target a sound at the word, phrase, sentence and reading level. Each set is perfect for "on the go" therapy or as a carryover activity for parents. The set is designed to grow with your students as they master each level. Select pages allow your students to interact using the picture icons at the bottom of each set. The first target sound is "k," but there will be many others coming soon! :) 


At the word level, students are able to practice the target sound using the interactive page with the picture icons as well as the word lists. Word list contain targets in the initial, medial and final positions. 


At the phrase level, students are able to practice the target sound using the interactive pages with the picture icons. Two initial phrase words are included. 


At the sentence level, students are able to practice the target sound using the interactive pages with the picture icons as well as a list of sentences with target sound. 


At the reading level, students are able to practice while reading a short passage filled with the target sound in the initial, medial and final positions. 

Please let me know if y'all have any questions. Also, feel free to comment with your success with using it during your therapy sessions. Hope y'all enjoy this new product! :)