Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Glyphs Are Really Graphing!

Sometimes I think that teachers believe a glyph is just a fun activity, but in reality glyphs are a non-standard way of graphing a variety of information to tell a story. It is a flexible data representation tool that uses symbols to represent different data. Glyphs are an innovative instrument that shows several pieces of data at once and requires a legend/key to understand the glyph. The creation of glyphs requires problem solving, communication, and data organization.

Remember coloring pages where you had to color in each of the numbers or letters using a key to color certain areas or coloring books that were filled with color-by-numbers?  Believe it or not, these pages were a type of glyph. 

Glyph for St. Patrick's Day
For St. Patrick's Day I have created a Pot of Gold glyph. Not only is it a type of graph, but it is also an excellent activity for reading and following directions.  The glyph requires the children to draw, color, or glue different items on the Pot of Gold starting point. Students are to finish this glyph using the seven categories listed below.

1) How Do You Come to School?
2) Shamrocks (age)
3) Rainbow (favorite colors)
4) Boy or Girl?
5) Coloring the Leprechaun’s Hat (like to read?)
6) Coloring Your Gold (hair color)
7) Name

If you are interested, just click under the resource cover page seen above.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Milk Lid Math

Start saving those milk jug lids because there are countless math activities you can do in your classroom using this free manipulative
Here are just four of those ideas.

1) Sort the lids by various attributes such as:
  • Color
  • Snap-on or Twist-on 
  • Label or No Label
  • Kind of edge (smooth or rough)

2) Let the students grab one handful of lids.
  • Ask the students to count the lids.
  • See if the students can write that number.

3) Make a pattern using two different colors of lids.
  • Identify the pattern using letters of the alphabet or numbers. The pattern above would be an A, A, B pattern or a 1, 1, 2 pattern.
  • Now ask the students to use more than two colors to make a pattern
  • Once more, have the students identify the pattern using alphabet letters or numbers.

4) Decide on a money value for each color of lid. (Example: Red lids are worth a nickel, blue lids are worth a dime, and white lids are worth a penny.) Put all of the lids into a bag and have the students draw out four lids. Have the students add up the total value of these four lids.
Milk Lid Math
  • Use play money (coins) to have the students show the value of the lids. 
  • Have the students practice writing money as either a part of a dollar or as cents.
  • Another idea is to have the students find all the combinations of lids that would equal a nickel or a dime or a quarter.

On the original download you will receive 15 ideas with numerous subtopics listed under each one. These may be used with a whole group, small groups, or as center activities.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative's 1st Anniversary!

The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative is celebrating our 1st Anniversary today. Educating Everyone 4 Life earned $44,887 in 8 months after joining TBOTEMC.  Read how TBOTEMC changed her life in the letter below and see her amazing “before and after TBOTEMC statistics” above. 

Leah Popinski earned $3,157 during her first 15 months at Teachers Pay Teachers.  Leah then joined TBOTEMC on August 5th and earned $9,014 in 3 months.

Twelve of our TBOTEMC members reached their TpT Milestone in 2014 and were highlighted in the TpT Newsletter.  Use the links below to visit their TpT stores.  (Teachers who are featured in the TpT Milestone section of the TpT Newsletter have an all-time total earning of $20,000; $75,000; $500,000; or $1,000,000.)

Whether you are a TpT veteran or just starting out at TpT, use TBOTEMC’s strategic marketing plan to help you get to your own personal milestone.  

Don’t have time for a blog?  Want to get even more potential buyers to your TpT store, personal blog, Pinterest boards, and other social media sites?  Get THOUSANDS OF PAGE VIEWS by advertising your free products, priced products, promotions, and sales on our blogs - The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs, The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs II, The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs III, etc.  One post a day means 365 days of advertising for our $50 annual membership.  

Time is of the essence!  The date and time you correctly complete The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative’s Registration Form will determine if you will be posting on The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs, The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs II, The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs III, etc.  ALL OF THE LINKS FROM THE TBOTE BLOGS WILL BE POSTED ON ALL OF THE TBOTE BLOGS.

Teachers Pay Teachers now has three teacher millionaires.  Joining The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative may be the best New Year’s Resolution you can make for yourself and your family.  

Wishing you the best in 2015,


Dear Vicky,

I just wanted to share how TBOTEMC  is changing my life - I have attached my latest data. I did not post this to boast, only to show you the positive impact TBOTEMC is having on my success.  In the last eight months, I have made more than I make in a year teaching in the classroom.   I love teaching, but I love creating resources just as much! 

Feel free to use the data with others to help encourage others to join.

I am not sure thank you will ever be enough for how you and TpT have changed my life.  With you and TBOTEMC, I am doing things I only previously dreamed of doing.

I always loved creating educational resources, but I never dreamed I could have financial success as a teacher.  

Thank you! Thank You! THANK YOU!

-Educating Everyone 4 Life                             

The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative

Thursday, January 8, 2015

FREE LESSONS & PRICED LESSONS - The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs

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Spelling IS Important!

Like it or not, the correct spelling of words affects academic success. Students are frequently assessed on their skills in written language because it is considered a strong indication of their intelligence. Spelling is an indication of a number of things when a person applies for a job.  When correct spelling is used, words are readable and communication is clear. This convinces a prospective employer that the job applicant has been well educated. It also tells them that they take care of detail and take pride in what they present.  Let’s face it, university applications and job resumes littered with spelling errors don’t make it very far becuz badd spilleng is hrd 2 undrstnd wen yuu reed it.

Furthermore, good spelling streamlines communication. By following the identical rules for spelling words, we can all understand the text we read. Likewise, good spelling avoids confusion. In a way spelling is similar to football. It is up to the person passing the ball to make sure the receiver actually catches it. The same goes for spelling. If you write with intent and proper spelling, the receiver of that text will understand it.

As teachers and parents, we should care about the fundamental part good spelling plays in our language and everyday lives. We owe it to our students to give them the necessary skills and essential spelling tools for learning and communication so they can be successful.

Spell Down

Spelling Shake Up

If you would like to purchase some useful spelling resources, check out these two games. Their purpose is to help and encourage students to practice spelling words in a non-threatening way.

Monday, January 5, 2015

January Common Core Read-and-Write Activities

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

So long 2014...Hello 2015! End of the year sale!!!

Happy New Year to all! I’m celebrating with a huge sale! This has been a terrific year for me on TpT and I’m very thankful to all of my customers and followers. I have enjoyed all of the wonderful feedback, suggestions and requests I have received on my clip art and other products. Keep ‘em coming! Makes me feel good knowing that I am helping other teachers with their teaching products.

Wishing all of you the best and brightest 2015.

Karen (KB Konnected)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Congratulations to the winners of the THREE $100 GIVEAWAYS of TpT Gift Certificates!

Congratulations to Learning Engineer, the winner of the FIRST $100 TpT Gift Certificate.

Congratulations to Christina L., the winner of the SECOND $100 TpT Gift Certificate.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Chapin Pinotti, the winner of the THIRD $100 TpT Gift Certificate.

Follow me at 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Victoria-Leon/ so that you will know when I will be having other $100 Giveaways!  

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Vocabulary Shake Up

Vocabulary Shake Up
Because my math students fail to study vocabulary, even for a test, I created a new game called Vocabulary Shake Up. It is a set of four game boards specifically designed to practice vocabulary in any discipline. Two of the game boards are for six different words and the other two are designed to practice 12 words. The games can be used to review, study, and practice previous learned vocabulary or even to introduce and use new vocabulary. All games are designed for two players.  

Each game board is divided into six sections. From a word list chosen by the teacher, each player chooses six different vocabulary words.  In each box, the students write one word, putting a different word in each box.  The players take turns rolling the die and following the directions given in each section of the game board.  Complete directions are listed on each game board. Check it out!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

KB Konnected TpT Cyber Sale and Freebies!

Are you ready for the big TpT Cyber Sale? I am. I've added lots of new clip art products in the past few weeks. Stop by my KB Konnected TpT store and check them out. $ave! Most of my clip art collections include color and line art. I am showing just a few below.
Click on any product to learn more and don't forget to pick up my two freebies "It's Snow Christmas" and "Hanging Stockings Page Divider".



Freebies below!

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Using Divisibility Rules

Divisibility Rules
Something to Think About:  Since many students do not know
their multiplication tables, reducing fractions is almost an impossible
task. The divisibility rules, if learned and understood, can be an excellent math tool. The resource, Using Digital Root to Reduce Fractions, contains four easy to understand divisibility rules as well as the digital root rules for 3, 6, and 9. A clarification of what digital root is and how to find it is explained. Also contained in the resource is a dividing check off list for the student. Download the preview to view the first divisibility rule plus three samples from the student check off list.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have so much to be thankful for...

Wishing you and your family a 
happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Vicky Leon 
The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Cyber Sale on December 1st and 2nd!

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Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sitewide sale on December 1st and 2nd!  Use the promo code TPTCYBER and receive 10% off all Teachers Pay Teachers' products.  Take an additional 20% off all of my products at TpT. 

Join The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative and get THOUSANDS OF PAGE VIEWS for your TpT products!  One post per day means 365 days of advertising...and at the lowest price of the year! 

The time and date you become a TBOTEMC member determines if you will be posting on The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs, The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs II, The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs III, etc. THE LINKS OF ALL OF THE POSTS FROM THE VARIOUS TBOTE BLOGS WILL BE ADVERTISED AGAIN IN ALL OF THE TBOTE BLOGS...so your TpT products will still be advertised on our premier blog, The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs, which is currently ranked #30 in the October 2014 Top Referral URLs which brings in traffic to TpT.


"When I started selling on TpT in May of 2013, until I joined TBOTEMC this August, my total sales were $3,157.45. That's for 15 months. I joined TBOTEMC August 5th of this year, just 3 months ago. In those 3 months I've sold $9,014.46!!!"
-Leah Popinski
member of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative

"Everyone should join TBOTEMC! My May payout will be over $7,000, I believe The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative has played an important role in the growth of my store. 
Educating Everyone 4 Life
member of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative

"TBOTEMC offers 
Student Success
Seller Success
Because of TBOTEMC, I reached my $20,000.00 milestone on TpT much sooner than I expected. Victoria Leon goes out of her way to help us to enjoy success."
member of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative

"June 2014 has been my best month ever on Teachers Pay Teachers. My sales this month are 5 times more than what they were in June 2013. I have to believe these results are due in large part to my being a member of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative! I am so glad I joined."
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member of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative


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Go to https://www.tsu.co/TeacherEntrepreneurs for even more free products!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thanksgiving in an Intermediate Classroom

Here in Canada we have already celebrated Thanksgiving but because of blogging I feel like I get to celebrate it twice a year. Mmmm more turkey.

Here is a Thanksgiving freebie for you. It includes a multiplication practice page, a crossword puzzle,and Thanksgiving writing paper.

All of these are a sample of my Thanksgiving Worksheets and Activities for Intermediate Students Bundle.



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Create Take Home Home Bags For Reading or Math

During my first year of teaching, I looked for a way to reinforce lessons at home, so I began to create take-home bags.  Book buddies were common with the kindergarten teachers, but I wanted to do something a little different for my third graders.
These are some of my math task cards (click the link and scroll down to view them)

Wear and tear has gotten the best of my first bags.  I use both plastic containers from Dollar Tree and book bags now.  This bag only cost me $1.00 at my local discount store.

During off season time periods, book bags can be purchased at a really good price.  If you cannot find any within your target range, Dollar Tree sometimes has the long plastic containers like these.  Target also has plastic containers. They are usually just above $6 for the longer containers.  

Featured are the Text Feature Playing Cards and the Text Structure Playing Cards.  (Each comes with a printable box)

Each container or bag contains games or task cards that cover one specific topic.  With it organized this way, I can easily assign a specific bag or box to a group of students or assign one to go home with a student that needs extra review.

Dry Erase Close Reading Task Cards are shown in this image.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Inside of a Math Notebook

I am back to show pictures from my math notes.  My students take detailed notes and use interactive journals.  Using visuals really helps them understand ideas and remember information.For Additional Lesson Ideas Click Here

To Access Math Task Cards That Teach And Review or Interactive Notebooks

(They come with printable boxes.  Place a box in a math center station.  Or, send home a box with a student that needs extra review.)