Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Oh, Snap! It's almost August!

These are some great products that you need to grab up to prepare for August when most of us are getting ready to head back to school!

I created this back to school packet this summer because I needed some new ideas and getting to know you activities.  

It has tons of great printables that are easy to prep and great to have on hand those first couple of crazy weeks!  There are also games, getting to know you topic cards, and a cute little hat for the younger kids.

Another product to grab up and get prepped for the year are these Whole Class Writing Journal Covers.  I just gave them a MAJOR overhaul so if you have already purchased them, go back and re-download them!  They are so cute!

Another new product are these mini-math books.  Currently there are 11 books in the bundle!  Each book is easy to prep and use.  You just copy, staple, and cut.  These are great for supplementing your curriculum!

If you want to get ahead of the game and prep math stations for the entire year then you are in luck!  You can grab up these math stations which have a station for every first grade standard!  They can be used any time of the year!

Head on over to Teacher Deals and Dollar Steals to check out all of the other link-ups and find amazing new products for August!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Makeover Monday (July 6)

 One of my best selling products is the The Alphabet Pack.  It was long overdue for a cover makeover.  The product is all the same; however, your binder cover will look much better with this new look.

Not only did I change the cover look, but I also added our new blog logo.  I am still incredibly overjoyed that our blog looks this great!!

This packet includes an uppercase and lowercase sort for every letter of the alphabet.  This packet includes black and white images and fonts to save on ink.  The Alphabet Pack is helpful for preschool and kindergarten teachers to help with letter identification with their students.  The Common Core Correlation is K.RF.1.- Identify orally uppercase and lowercase letters in random order.
Here is some of the feedback that I have received over the years from The Alphabet Pack. 
 The Alphabet Pack will be on sale for Makeover Monday.  Link up your makeover product at the linky below.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Bright World's New App: Ocean Forests

I am so excited to be able to review a BRAND NEW app from Bright Worlds eBooks!  They are launching their eBooks with "Ocean Forests"  which is a non-fiction story-like book for kids 5-8. This app has so many great features for students!

I used this a app on my friend's kids who are often my "test subjects."   We were on a long drive to an amusement park and the kids were actually fighting over who got to use my iPad and this new app.  As one of the kids was yelling Harbor Seal facts from the back of the vehicle my friend commented "I think the app is a success."  Here they are using the app the next day to explore the 3D world... you can see there are 3 hands...they literally loved this app so much they couldn't wait their turn!

The main feature of the app is of course the story.  Students can choose to listen to the story, read it silently to themselves, or practice their fluency by reading aloud and recording themselves.  Students will especially LOVE that part because they can change the sound of their voice and then listen to it read the story back to them.

Another great feature is the vocabulary! Vocabulary has been a huge focus when it comes to instruction and test scores lately.  Exposure to vocabulary is a huge benefit and this app has it covered.  Students can click on the dictionary and then on certain words which gives them a detailed description and also uses the word in a sentence.

My favorite part is the 3D animation.  Students can actually explore the ocean floor environment moving their view with a swipe of the finger.  They can touch the many ocean creatures and elements of the ocean floor.  When they click on the object, it highlights it as it moves and gives the student more information about the object.  

Finally there is the game aspect of the app.  These games are fun, BUT they are also educational. They test the students' reading comprehension skills with a fun games.

You can purchase this Bright World Ocean Forests app for just $2.99 by clicking HERE

Make sure to follow Bright World eBooks for updates on their latest releases!   They will have even more great topics in the future!  I can't wait to see what they release next!

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