Monday, May 8, 2017

$100 Gift Card Giveaway and Site Wide Sale!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN A $100 TPT GIFTCARD? Enter the giveaway at

The giveaway closes Wednesday, May 10th at 12 am.

Oh, and there's this.....

TPT is throwing a huge Teacher Appreciation Sale May 9-10. Head on over to my store to save up to 28% on your favorite resources!

As always, thank you for your continued support of my small business.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Helping out with a fellow TpT Seller's milestone!! You seriously want to check this out!!!

Lots of other TpT sellers are helping ZippadeeZazz celebrate reaching 1000 TpT followers!!

Enter here for the chance to win a  $150 TpT gift card :

Best of luck!!!!

Don't forget to stop by my store to check out all the great science and math resources I have available!

Monday, February 6, 2017

TPT Valentine's Sale #TpTBeMine

Are there any resources you've had your eye on recently? Starting at midnight, my entire store will be 20% off! Also starting at midnight is TpT's awesome site wide sale. Using the code LoveTpT at checkout will get you an additional 10% off my store!! Come take advantage of this awesome sale!! But hurry! The sale ends February 8th!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Flow of Energy in an Ecosystem Color by Number

Newest Color by Number resource available in my store!
Great for middle school sciences or high school biology!
50% off for the first 24 hours!
*Use this activity to engage your students in a fun activity while reviewing or assessing different concepts about how energy flows in an ecosystem!
*This is a great activity to complete anytime of the year to review or assess the flow of energy in an ecosystem!
Included in this product:
*Student worksheet with 12 questions over the flow of energy in an ecosystem

*Answer key to questions
*Student copy of coloring page
*Answer Key to coloring page

Blog launch GIVEAWAY!!! $100 TpT gift card could be yours!!

I am happy to announce a new blog launch for a fellow TpT seller and teacherpreneur, Zippadee Zazz!  In honor of her new blog, several of us are offering a giveaway for a $100 TpT gift card!! All you have to do is complete the entry form below. 

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Thank you for your continued support and the best of luck in the giveaway!!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Science and Literacy---Building Bridges

During the 2016-2017 school year, my school has begun an initiative to try to increase our students' literacy skills as much as possible. One of the ways we are doing this is by creating a Literacy Block/class that every student attends. It is immediately after homeroom and lasts for 35 minutes. During that time, we do different reading strategies each day that is to be completed before, during, and after our readings. Since I teach science, my literacy block reads all things science (Earth, Life, and Physical).

This week, our topic was on Bridges. Tuesday we read about a local historical bridge and its significance. From there, they were given a research "project" about the bridge for them to complete. There was no way, as you can imagine, for us to finish all of that in one day. Students finished up their research on Wednesday and we shared it with each other. We then watched a BrainPop video about the different types of bridge designs. Students discussed with each other which design they thought would be the strongest and why. I then gave the students the task to design/sketch a bridge they would like to construct out of paper and staples that could hold up a science textbook, and allow things to pass underneath it. They instantly spouted off their doubts in paper being strong enough to complete such a task. However, being the competitive and strong-willed middle schoolers they are, they began the task. Thursday they read an article about the specific bridge design they chose to sketch. Some students were reading about arches, some about beams, and some about suspensions. At no point, however, were there any students not actively reading. Once they were finished reading their article, they were to add any last minute designs to their sketch so Friday they would only be focusing on construction. Friday came and they were like kids in a candy factory. I provided them with only recycled paper and staplers/staples. With no parameter on the amount of paper or staples they could use or parameters on dimensions requirements, they quickly began their constructions. By the end of class, most of the designs could hold at least one or two science textbooks. Then, there was this design.....

After clearly being able to withstand the weight of two textbooks, the group wanted to see just how much their bridge could hold. They began emptying their book bags of all their binders, composition notebooks, and spiral notebooks. One by one they piled them on top of the textbooks. This picture was taken shortly before it fell after adding another 6 inches tall worth of notebooks.

This simple activity got my students to enjoy reading about bridges, be able to complete comprehension from reading activities and build a bridge of their own design. A happy merger or reading and science.

This is one of many reasons why I love teaching science.
This is one of many reasons why I love my school.
This is one of many reasons why I love teaching middle school.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Free resource alert for all subject areas!!

***Free resource alert!!!***

Go to Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings to check out the free resources available for you from several teacher authors!

Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings: Freebie Fridays - January 6th, 2017: Happy first Friday of the new year!!! Wishing each of you a restful weekend as I know the rest of you likely head back on the 9th or very shortly after.