August 29, 2013

Chatty Chipmunk and Likewise the Owl

While back to school shopping for my own kids yesterday at Walmart, I happened upon these little gems!  Meet Chatty Chipmunk & Likewise the Owl.  

Chatty Chipmunk has two features - "Quirky Questions" and "Amusing Activities".  He asks questions like "Which person in the room would you like to be stranded on an island with and why?" and "If you could travel through time, where would you go and why?".  This would be excellent set up as a writing centre or whole group writing activity.  Press the button, record the question (there is even a repeat button) and start writing!  

Chatty's other feature is "Amusing Activities".  Press this button and you will hear things like "Say the alphabet as fast as you can - backwards!" and "Try to touch your elbow to your nose!".  How fun would this be as a brain break, end of the day activity or partner activity?  How about as a reward for doing something great or for the birthday boy/girl.    

Likewise the Owl speaks english and spanish.  Press the "Play Word" button and you will hear "The word is candy.  If you would like me to say the word again, press the repeat word button".  Other words include car, little, pizza, house, large, quiet, party, ice, cookie just to name a few!  This little guy would be great as an oral partner activity, pop spelling quiz, class team game (split the class into 2 teams - boys vs. girls etc.) and even as a word work centre.  

I'm going to use them as brain breaks, rewards, spelling practice, oral assessment, milling to music, as a literacy centre - the possibilities are endless.  The best $9.95 (each) I ever spent!

 What kind of brain breaks do you use in your classroom?

August 20, 2013

Community Helpers & A FREEbie!!!

I hope you took advantage of the Teachers pay Teachers back to school sale!  I know I spent WAY too much money on the cutest digital images from my favourite artist - Nikki at Melonheadz Illustrating!  My wish list is definitely smaller now.
I worked day and night to get my newest resource done in time for the sale.  I'm really proud of this one y'all.  It's an integrated unit on Community Helpers with the most A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E trading cards and anchor chart posters!  Click on the picture to take a peek!

And now for your FREEBie!!!!

Here is the Doctor Anchor Chart Poster from my Community Helpers Unit.  I'm only offering it here as a huge thank you for following my blog!  I appreciate each and everyone of you!

Happy Teaching!


August 15, 2013

Pinterest for Teachers & A BIG Secret Revealed!

I love Pinterest.  I mean, I LOVE Pinterest as much as I love chocolate.  That's a lot of love.
I am so excited to share that Pinterest now has boards filled with A-M-A-Z-I-N-G ideas specifically for us teachers.  Click on the picture to read about how you can get in on the action!

And now for the big secret.  This is big news.  I mean really big!  After much speculation about when it was going to happen I can finally let you in on the secret...the amazing Teachers pay Teachers back to school sale is about to begin!

Now is the time to stock up on all those wishlisted items you have been stockpiling.  I know I have a TON of resources I have been eyeing.  I am going to participate in the sale by offering 20% off my entire store (except for my "Buy My Store" option - it's already 50% off!).  However, by entering the Promo Code: BTS13 you will receive a discount on that resource courtesy of TpT!
Happy Teaching!
Erin Palleschi
Once Upon A Classroom

August 9, 2013

Buy My Store! and Meet the Puncs Anchor Chart FREEBIE!

It's been a whirlwind summer!  While my US friends have been busy setting up their classrooms in preparation for their new bunch of littles, I've been savouring ever last drop of summer. We don't go back until the beginning of September but the Back to School marketing blitz in definitely on.  Would you believe I saw Halloween stuff at Michael's a couple WEEKS ago?  Geez.

I've been playing with the idea of bundling my entire store and offering every resource for 50% off.  I think I've worked out all the details!  Those who "Buy My Store" will also receive every single resource I add from now until forever for FREE.  I'm offering two versions...US and Canadian.  

Click on the picture for all the details!!!!

I had a request to make Anchor Charts to go with my "Meet the Puncs" Reader Freebie.  I put together some 8.5" x 11" posters you can use to introduce/review basic punctuation with your kiddos.  Click on the picture to download now for free :)

Happy Teaching!