200 TpT Follower Giveaway

Let's celebrate!

My TpT store has reached 200 209 followers.  Thanks to everyone who is a follower, made a purchase or left feedback.  I'm truly grateful to all of you.  To celebrate, I'm hosting a fabulous giveaway with 50 products up for grabs.  There will be 4 prize bundles split into two categories.  There are two K-2 bundles with 13 products in each and two 3-5 bundles with 12 products in each.  I will also be giving away a $10 TpT gift voucher and 3 winner's choice products from my store.

To enter, follow the steps in the rafflecopters below. Check out each bundle and what great prizes each one contains. Good luck and once again, thanks for all of your support.
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Bundle 1
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Carla Hoff - SPRING - Add! Subtract! Color! Printables for Addition & Subtraction Within 20
Nancy Strout - Informational Text: Non-Fiction Text Features
Mrs Roltgen - Word Family Fun!
Scissor and Crayons - Ladybug Math and Science Fun Pack
Luck's Little Learners - Perceptual Motor Program Activity Cards for Gross Motor Skills
My Kinder Garden - Sight Word Story Comprehension Fry List 1 from 1st 100 Words
Teachers R US - Winner's Choice
Erin Holleran -  Letter Sound books - Phonics practice
Primary World - Critter Comparing -Suffixes "-er", "-est"
Teacher Gems - Sequencing Sort Skill Center
Micelle Dupuis - Inferences - Set A (inference task cards and inference poster)
ABC123is4me - Contractions Game: Tic-tac-toe (am, are, have, is, not, us, will, would)
Thrills and Frills in First - Close Reading with Nursery Rhymes

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Bundle 2
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KinderMyWay - Nothing But Fun and Games - Literacy Activities
PAWSitively Teaching - Baseball Math and Literacy Fun for the Primary Grades
Mrs Plemons Kindergarten - Math Centers for Geometry
Stephanie McConnell - Kindergarten Literacy Centers
Little Schoolhouse on the Prairie - Magic E - CVCE Activities
Antoinette Wright - Count, Tally, Graph! - A first grade math station activity
My Heart Belongs in Kindergarten - Opinion Writing {Introduction for Beginning Writers}
The Learning Center - Sound Mats
K's Kreations - Winner's Choice
KB3Teach - Winner's Choice
Christine Maxwell -  Create Number Sense Anchor Charts, Pocket Chart Pieces, Centers, or Posters
Teaching With a Touch of Honey - The Insect Report: Tiered Report Writing Templates
Creative Teaching Supplies - Becoming a Butterfly - A Trading/Making Tens Place Value Game

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Bundle 3
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Brain Waves Instruction - Finding the Main Idea - Reading Comprehension Skills - Mini-Unit
Two Nuts Teachin' from the Same Tree - Fractions and Line Plots: A Spring Themed Collection
Mrs Schlachter - Tangram Teasers - A Partner Activity
Janet Rainey - Winner's Choice
Learn for the Long Haul -  Teaching Guide Based on The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse
Learning in Two Languages - Winner's Choice
MrElementary - Measurement Vocabulary Card Pack
Performing in Fifth - Interactive Math Notebook 5th Grade: Focus on Fractions! Common Core
Christina L - Cause and Effect Matching Game (48 Cards)
Julie Faulkner - Compare/Contrast Venn Diagram Holiday-Themed Graphic Organizer Pack
Deborah Waugh -  Socks Novel Study
Teacher's Craft - Haiku Package

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Bundle 4
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Mrs Seegmiller - Prefixes and Suffixes
Positively Passionate About Teaching - Context Clues Task Cards (32 Vocabulary Cards): Common Core Aligned
Purple Palmetto - Winner's Choice
AmyLynn2443 - Spring Revising and Editing 28 Task Cards- Scoot Game
Strawberry Shake - Winner's Choice
Eltigger -  Pirate Themed Literature Circle-3rd grade
It's a Teacher Thing - Figurative or Literal Sort Cards and Mini-Unit
The2teachers - Adjectives in Bloom - Grammar Review
Getting Nerdy with Mel and Gerdy - Ecology Project: Scienstructable Energy Pyramid and Food Chain Paper Model
The Purple Teacher - 75+ Reading Strategy Questions - Fiction
Lopez Land Leaners - Winner's Choice
Mindful Rambles - Winner's Choice

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Be sure to come back and enter daily, for more chances to win!

Products Needed for a Giveaway!

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it!  My lil' old TpT store is sitting on 196 followers and fingers crossed soon to be 200.  I truly can't believe it.  To celebrate I'm going to host a giveaway here on my blog.  I'm currently after products, if you would like to donate.  I'm hoping to have a K-2, 3-5 and Clipart bundle. 

If you would like to donate fill in the Google doc here.
Submissions are now closed.

Thanks for all of your support and stay tuned for more details about the giveaway!

I'm currently also apart of a fantastic giveaway going on at Techie Turtle Teacher.  Cheryl is celebrating the big 3 0!  Head over now as her giveaway closes tomorrow.

I'm heading off to my local op shops to see if I can find any great deals for my class library.

Holiday Professional Development

Happy holidays everyone (Australia - sorry USA friends)!  My holidays officially started today as I have been at professional development for the past two days.  I'm very lucky as the region that I work in has great PD opportunities consistently for us to learn, develop and reinforce our skills. 
Two weeks ago I was very fortunate to attend Explicit Instruction which was presented by Dr Anita Archer.  I'm sure most of my American friends would of heard about her work.  I hadn't heard of DR Archer until our new principal gave us all a copy of her book.  This has some amazing ideas.  It was very easy to implement as our region's major lesson format focus at the moment is I do, We do, You do. Click on Anita's book to take you to her website.  She has numerous videos for lower and upper primary demonstrating explicit instruction.
There is also a sample chapter on the home page.  Truly, this is a must read.
Here is where I have been for the past two days.

If you haven't heard of the First Steps program you MUST find out now!  First Steps was first written in WA but is now used mainly Australia wide.  It is a developmental program written for literacy and mathematics.  The literacy program materials are made up of four interwoven strands of literacy: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Viewing, which symbolise the interrelatedness of literacy learning. All strands are threaded with practical, accessible, classroom-tested teaching procedures and activities. 
The mathematics program is a series of teacher resource books that is organised around sets of mathematics outcomes for Number, Measurement, Space, and Chance and Data. The series will help teachers to diagnose, plan, implement and judge the effectiveness of the learning experiences they provide for students.  I was lucky enough to be included in the two day measurement program.
Here is some of what we covered -
Understand Units

Decide what needs to be measured by selecting what attributes to measure and what units to use.
Direct Measure
Carry out measurements of length, capacity/volume, mass, area, time and angle to needed levels of accuracy.
Indirect Measure
Select, interpret and combine measurements, measurement relationships and formulae to determine other measures indirectly.
Make sensible direct and indirect estimates of quantities and be alert to the reasonableness of measurements and results.
The great part about these two days was that the course was very hands on with lots of interactive and engaging activities.
Here we had to organise clocks form the easiest to the most difficult to interpret.

In this activity, we had to estimate which cup would have the great capacity. This was quite interesting as we found most younger children believe that the tallest will hold the most.
This was a very valuable PD as I gained a lot of new knowledge about measurement.  When you attend these workshops you get the measurement books and the course book to keep.  For those of you who are wanting to find out more or to get a copy of these very valuable books fear not.  The First Steps program could only be attained if you went to a PD or bought the books online.  The good news is that you can now get all of the literacy and mathematics books for FREE

Click on the First Steps picture to take you to the link for all of the text.
Now off to enjoy my holidays, I think I hear the nail salon calling my name.

April Currently

A special currently tonight for me. 

Today is my birthday and I just got back from an amazing dinner with my family.

Listening - My partner is watching the telly, so I'm listening to it in the computer room.  We both really can't move right now from eating too much amazing Chinese food.

Loving - Today is my birthday and I am now officially a quarter of a century old!  I received so many wonderful gifts today and feel truly loved!

Thinking - 3 more days to Easter.  Enough said.

Wanting - My partner ordered some Celine sunglasses for my birthday.  They were suppose to arrive yesterday and he called them to check their status.  They said thee ran out of stock and they will hopefully be in next week.  Fingers crossed.

Needing - NO MORE CAKE.  I was so spoilt today and got 3 birthday cakes.  I am in a serious sugar coma.

Hours and Last Day - I arrive to school between 7:15 - 7:30 daily.  I try to leave around 4 but stay most days until 5.  The school's  official hours are 8:30 - 2:30.  This Friday is our last day before our 2 week break.

Thanks for stopping by now head over to Farley's blog and link up!
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