Sunday, 28 December 2014

Some of my top resource selections for the Half Way There Sale - 20% off!

So excited to be teaming up with other amazing secondary teacher-authors for a Half Way There Sale Dec. 31-Jan. 1!  I'll be offering 20% off my store.  Check it out!

There are some really cool resources in this bunch.  Here are a few of my favorites!

Oh, Jon... still so yum.

Use this link to be able to click on all the participating stores: Half Way There Sale

Mad Science Lessons
Space Interactive Notebook Pages
Not enough people appreciate space, in my opinion.  I've seen it being glossed over soooo many times.  Mad Science Lessons has some awesome space stuff so you won't have to spend hours prepping it.  Oh, Buy A Fine General Knowledge Material!  Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

The Morehouse Magic
Dragon Genetics - Fun Review Activity
This is such a rad resource.  Use it for your little ones, or tie it in with Game of Thrones for your big kids to identify which dragon is not a legitimate heir to the dragon throne.  Black of scales, black of scales... golden scales?!

Addie Williams
Latitude & Longitude Task Cards
This is way too cute not to snatch up if you're teaching about latitude and longitude.  Gnomes!!! 
How fun!

Science Stuff
Metric Measurement Task Cards, Grades 6-12, Set of 90 cards
If I could be President of Earth for a day, I'd have everyone convert to metric (I'm talking to you, USA, Burma and Liberia).  Science Stuff can help with my first decree.  Also, McDonalds breakfast should be served all day.  

Getting Nerdy with Mel & Gerdy
Frog Dissection Interactive Science Notebook Frog Anatomy
So the last time I did frog dissections I was pregnant.  This is way better than the real thing if only for the lack of nausea.  Plus it's cool and the kiddos can color.  Also: way cheaper than buying a frog!


All Things Algebra
All Things Algebra - My Entire Algebra I Curriculum!
If I had to start fresh teaching an Algebra course, I think I'd just buy All Things Algebra's entire curriculum and save hundreds of hours.  Then I'd have time to read the entire Game of Thrones series... and not just read spoilers and theories on reddit.

21st Century Math
Person Puzzle: eBook - 32 Topics, 32 Worksheets
Do you ever want your kids to learn more than just your subject.  Like one time I wanted to teach space, but also had to teach kids to tie their shoes.  This is so cool.  You teach your topics and then the kids learn about awesome people as they practice.  Worth every penny.

Danielle Knight - Study All Knight
Is That Sarcasm? Including Irony, Satire, and Parody
I think I need this lesson... for myself.

*SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT*
Mrs. Brosseau's Binder














You want these Academic Conversations posters, placemats and flipbook.  They are awesome for every course.  Trust me.  I mean, you scrolled down this far, so you must trust me, right?  

I've got more awesome stuff to grab before you head back to school.  Some real time-savers and growing bundles that'll save you time and money in the long run.

Come and get it!




Thursday, 11 December 2014

My Favorite Traditions


Past

This is going to seem weird, but about the time that I started high school I asked my family if we could STOP exchanging presents.  I have 3 older siblings and they would come home from college, get some money from my parents and go shopping on Christmas Eve.  I think the last straw was when my brother and sister agreed to give each other the $50 my parents gave them to buy a present for each other.  
Since we stopped giving presents Christmas has been much more about time together.  On Christmas Eve, we'd have a lovely Polish dinner, go into a pierogi coma on the couch, and wake up in time for Midnight Mass in Polish with the BEST music!   

Present
Now that I've married Mr. Brosseau I have gone from one Christmas party to seven one year!  That is wayyy too much for me to handle!  It has calmed down this year, thankfully, now that Brosseau Sprout is here.
My favorite teaching tradition is both present and past.  You see, I work at the high school that I went to as a teen.  It's awesome!  When I was a student the teachers would run Science Winter Olympics, and now I run them!  Each teacher sends their students from class to class competing in cool games like
-Holiday Minute to Win it
-Candy Cane Test Tubes
-Mystery Molecule
-To the Moon and Back
-Santa's Egg Drop
I've put a bunch of these together in this freebie along with tips on how to run this event. It is so. much. FUN!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-Winter-Olympics-Fun-Science-Based-Games-FREE-967641
Find it at my TpT Store!

Future
Now that Brosseau Sprout is here (he's now four month old!) my husband and I discuss what our new traditions will be.  I love that all the grandparents are within a 20 minutes drive, so we'll definitely be visiting all of them at Christmas time.  I love the present idea from Pinterest: 
But other than that, I'm not too sure what our future traditions will be.  What are your favorite traditions with your family?  I'd love to read about them in the comments below!
Thanks to ELA Buffet and Desktop Learning Adventures for the opportunity to share my favorite traditions.  Check them out!


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Giving back

Last year at this time my school was secretly preparing this surprise Christmas present for a student diagnosed with cancer.  
Here is the video:
I can't help but tear up every single time the camera pans through the entry way to the gym.

Sadly, we lost Sophia earlier this year.  Sophia's message of courage, love and strength shines on in so many of these young people.  I remember the beautiful visitation that honored Sophia's life - the room was full of her family, friends and teachers.  There were smiles in between the tears and support for all.  I was so sad for her loss and also for those young friends of hers who should not have had to lose such a light in their lives.

I knew her through running the hair and make-up crew for the annual musical - I always put on her fake eyelashes and glitter for her role in Jesus Christ Superstar.  She was also so happy, so grateful and soooo much fun!
She has been and will continue to be dearly missed, but never forgotten.  We smile when we see 11:11 AM on the clock, the time that she passed away.


On Sunday, December 14th I will be donating 100% of my earnings to the Ronald McDonald House that helped Sophia's family so much during her treatment. I hope that you will help yourself to some great resources from myself and my friends. You'll be helping so many families this holiday season.

Please visit my TpT store and those of my friends involved in giving back this Sunday.
Thank you for your support and to Erica Colon of Nitty Gritty Science for organizing this,
Michelle



Sunday, 7 December 2014

My Favourite Things Blog Hop


I'm so excited to be teaming up with some incredible teachers as we hop along and share our favorite things.  I was thinking about my favorite things as my husband and I were being asked what we want for Christmas. I thought of a few things, and looked around and noticed that the majority of my favorite things are next to me here in my office.  Let's take a look, shall we?


Mr. Sketch Markers
Seriously, these are my favorite!  If you ask me what I want for Christmas, it's these and number 2.  Great for anchor charts but I also mark my quizzes and tests with these.  The kiddos love being able to smell a great test - even if they didn't do so well!

FriXion Pens
These pens are phenomenal!  I've probably gone through 7 packs this year - and always purple first!  These are great for writing comments on assessments and writing solutions underneath the document camera, but most of all these are INCREDIBLE if you teach ray diagrams in Optics.  I cannot get enough of these.. hint, hint!

Silhouette Cameo
This piece of machinery is worth its weight in gold when it comes to decorating a classroom.  Many bulletin boards have been made with this.  I have some coworkers who will trade me a hot chocolate for letters for their bulletin boards - totally worth it!  Even better, use some vinyl to cut letters for your chalkboard or classroom door's window.

Epson Workforce Printer
I just recently got this printer for my birthday because my 10+ year old printer just couldn't seem to print more than one color on a page.  This printer is unreal.  It's fast, it's wireless and it's smart.  It'll print on pretty much anything that I need it to - cardstock, envelopes, colored paper, magnet paper, sticker paper and TABLOID paper!  Yes!  I now have the power to print on 11x17" in color!  Nothing can stop me now!

Paper Peonies
Oh, how I wanted peonies at my wedding.  That's just not really feasible in July!  I recently found this Etsy seller who makes incredible paper flowers.  Ever Blooms Flowers made those perfect pink peonies.  Here is the link to her Etsy shop.  I love Etsy!  I can always count on it for great gifts for my husband, neat nerdy stuff for me and creative clip art.  So without further ado I want to tell you that
I will be giving away a $25 gift certificate to Etsy as part of the "My Favorite Things" Blog Hop!  

If you win Prize Pack 6 you'll get this Etsy gift certificate and so much more!

Because we value our followers and wanted to treat you to our favorite things Oprah style, we have put together the best giveaway of the season! My bloggy friends and I welcome you to the best, biggest, most cheerful event of the season:








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Here is my prize pack:





Come and enter the giveaway and check out my bloggy friends' favorite things:


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There are also awesome goodies and freebies at my TpT store!


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Holiday Giveaway!

There has been a lot of talk in our house lately about Christmas. Impending Black Friday Sales will do that to a family.  My birthday is coming up soon too (I share it with Bill Nye!) so presents have been mentioned but I always want the same thing every year - more time with my family.

Being on Maternity Leave has been great for that! My parents and Mr. Brosseau's Mom and Stepdad are over a lot, my sister visits often and extended family visits when they can.  It all really fantastic.  But if I were not of mat leave I wouldn't have all that time to visit - with planning, marking, report cards, etc.  That's why I am so grateful for TeachersPayTeachers.  I am a buyer and a seller and I love the inspiration it gives me, an outlet while I am not currently in the classroom and the time-savings when I need it.



I'm teaming up with my blogging buddies to offer this gift of time to you fellow teachers.  My hope is that the winners of these gift cards will be able to purchase resources that save them time so they can spend it with their families as I have really enjoyed doing since Brosseau Sprout's birth.

Please make our stores your first stop for time-saving, amazing resources!


Good luck!
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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Happy Mole Day!

In honor of Mole Day myself a some other great teacher-authors are throwing a sale on TeachersPayTeachers.  Come check out some goodies!
Mole Day Sale on TeachersPayTeachers!  Check out these stores who are working together to make your mole day a great one!
I am almost done my big Naming Compounds lesson bundle.  It will have 24 pages of notes, a reference guide, 3 quizzes and a PowerPoint that I am really proud of!  If you pick up the Chemistry Bundle now you'll receive the Naming Compounds lesson bundle for free when it is updated (definitely before Halloween 2014).  Go get it!

And now for some Mole puns: 
chemistry humor | Chemistry humor... - The Meta Picture 
Google Image Result for http://0.tqn.com/d/chemistry/1/0/C/j/1/chemcat_guacamole.jpg
Mole Problems? T-shirt......so it's technically a chem tee, but you can't have science without math!Happy Mole Day dear fellows! (Image via Reddit)
I laughed so long and hard at this joke that my roommate stared at me, sighed and turned away shaking her head sadly saying You're such a nerd


Friday, 17 October 2014

Pumpkin Ideas, TpT Gift Card Giveaway & Halloween Freebies!


Each year the student council at my school buys a whole bunch of pumpkins from the farmer's market across the street and sponsors a pumpkin carving contest.  Great fun and good prizes for the winning class - but messy and time-consuming when there is curriculum to cover!  Here are some quicker and cleaner ideas for pumpkin carving this Halloween.


Simple and classic - use caulking to create a design on the pumpkin, then paint once it's dry.  Source: HGTV

http://www.hgtvgardens.com/entertaining/13-chic-and-spooky-halloween-ideas?soc=pinterest

This haunted house pumpkin is a snap!  Use permanent marker, paint, construction paper or vinyl for the windows and doors, then add some dollar store decor.  Source: Mom 4 Real
http://www.mom4real.com/pumpkin-decorating-ideas-using-foam-pumpkins-funkins/

These cute owl pumpkins are super quick and inexpensive.  Some sunflower seeds, hot glue and paint are all you need if you don't feel like carving out the eyes and beak.  Source: Better Homes and Gardens
http://www.bhg.com/halloween/pumpkin-decorating/easy-owl-pumpkins-for-halloween/


Kids just love mustaches for some reason?  Ring in Movember with this hip design.  Source: The Swell Designer

http://www.theswelldesigner.com/2012/09/mustache-pumpkin-diy-tutorial.html

Another popular design that is sure to do well with the kids is Grumpy Cat! Source: The Swell Designer

http://www.theswelldesigner.com/2012/09/mustache-pumpkin-diy-tutorial.html

If you've got an art class, why not reproduce famous works of art right onto the pumpkin?  Here is Starry Night.  Source: The Swell Designer

http://www.theswelldesigner.com/2013/08/starry-night-pumpkin-painting-tutorial.html

Another one that is great for art class - and math class - is this geometric design. Sierpinski's Pumpkin, anyone? Source: Alida Burke Geometric Design

http://alisaburke.blogspot.ca/2012/09/geometric-painted-pumpkins.html

Teaching Spanish?  Check out these Mexico-inspired pumpkins.  Source: Crafty Chica

http://www.craftychica.com/2012/10/mexi-halloween-lucha-libre-aztec-oilcloth-pumpkins/

Great for Science class!  Swine flu pumpkins are easy to make and very clever!  Source: Elena Juatco

http://www.elenajuatco.ca/index.php/2009/11/01/november-1-2009-we-can-do-it/

Simple and beautiful for any grade level, from K to Senior Environmental Science, all these pumpkins require is some paint, glue and a nice stroll outside to collect some leaves.  Source: The Daily Basics

http://thedailybasics.com/

Here is a really quick idea.  Grab a sharpie and a recipe for pumpkin pie and write it out.  Nice for a foods class, or as a gift.  Also, throw in a pumpkin pie to sway the judges!  Source: She Knows

http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/973549/unique-pumpkin-decorating-ideas

Great for the little ones, grab some Mr. Potato head parts and let the kids create Picasso-faced pumpkins.  Source: She Knows

http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/973549/unique-pumpkin-decorating-ideas

I love this one for ELA class!  Dress up your pumpkin like your favorite book characters... then write a story about them.  How cute!  Source: Book Pumpkins

http://www.stmes.org/mobile.cfm?p=346&newsid=193

Some googly eyes and dollar store materials make this trendy owl pumpkin quick and easy to make with your class.  Source: A Bullseye View Owl

http://www.abullseyeview.com/2013/10/target-halloween-pumpkin-diy/


Some paint and jar lids help make the cutest helpers - Minions! Source unknown

A great idea for Geography class - pumpkin globes!  Source: NEA

 http://www.nea.org/tools/tips/Pumpkin-Geography.html



But wait, there's more!


Now for another treat!  Check out my FREE Zombies: Race to the Brains PowerPoint game.  Come up with your own questions on Halloween and review with these moaning and groaning zombies as they shuffle towards victory!

Click here to grab it for free!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Zombies-Race-to-the-Brains-Halloween-PowerPoint-Review-Game-for-ANY-Subject-1484808

Also, not a freebie, but check out the Halloween Coin Bingo in my shop.  Both US and CAD versions available!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Money-Math-Spooky-Halloween-Adding-Coins-Bingo-Cards-30-Unique-Cards-933900

What?!  You want more treats?  
Alright - enter the giveaway for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to TpT or one of four $10 gift certificates!


Good luck!


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