04 September 2016

Labor Day Link Up and Sale

I hope everyone is enjoying their extra long weekend.  If you are like me then you are probably trying to play catch up on a few things.  Shelly at Appletastic is hosting a Labor Day Link Up, and let me just say there is a lot of awesome teacher author's who are putting their stores on sale tomorrow.  Be sure to check them out!

Labor Day Link Up Sale

Everything in my store will be be on sale, but I wanted to share some of my favorite items with you. I just uploaded this new unit today, and I can't wait to use it in my own classroom.  It covers the Three Branches of Government and the Election Process.  There is plenty of text, comprehension questions, task cards, vocabulary cards, bingo, crafts, and a presidential foldable.  Seriously, it will have you covered, especially for this election season!

Our Government Unit:  Three Branches of Government & The Election Process

I am in LOVE with this product.  I know I sound like a car salesman, but it is true.  I actually used this two years ago in my classroom.  Then last year, I made it TpT worthy.  My class loves doing word of the day.  I think it because we are using words that are not in our regular vocabulary, but that are equally just as important.  Plus, they love to write their own sentences and draw their own illustrations.   It takes about 5-10 minutes of our day.  I love that we are getting in rigorous vocabulary on a daily basis!

Word of the Day: Exploring Words through the Use of Vocabulary

Have you heard the word on the street?  All of my seasonal fluency sets have now been bundle.  So, what a great time to grab them while they are on sale.

Seasonal Fluency Bundle:  Nonfiction Fluency Passages

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

14 August 2016

Boom! Learning App: A Digital Task Card Must

Task cards are not a new invention to a classroom.  Teachers love task cards!  They help cover the standards that teachers are required to teach.  Task cards are perfect to use in small group settings. They can be used to help self assess learning, bellringers, partner work, and so much more.   If you can't tell already, I love to use task cards in my classroom.  What if I was to tell you, that you can still get all this great use out of task cards, plus more with a new app created by teachers for teachers.  It is called Boom! Learning!

Boom Learning App for Digital Task Cards

What is Boom Learning?

Some of you may have already heard of this awesome app!  It allows students to use digital task cards on ANY mobile device or computer.  This is perfect for those 1:1 classroom and even better for those that only have a few iPads {like my classroom}.  With Boom Cards App you can choose from hundreds of task card options to assign your class.  They range from elementary grade level to secondary grade level.  There are hundreds of digital task cards to choose from:  Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, and much more.  Just search the topic you are needing.  There is a range of teacher tools, which allows the teacher to assign decks/cards to students.  The teacher can choose to assign the deck as a class assignment or an at home assignment.  As a teacher you can also see how many times it takes a student to correctly answer a card.  As a teacher you have complete control of the students choice of deck assignment.  The best part, since this is an app there is not any cutting, laminating, or storing.  Everything you need is stored right on your mobile device or computer. When you log in, you will see your account, class setting, and saved decks.

Why students love Boom Card?

Let's face it, we live in a digital world.  Kids can operate mobile devices and computers, better than most of us teachers.  This is why the feedback from students, so far has been outstanding.  They feel like they are playing a game, when in fact they are actually learning effective skills they will need to help them progress as the year moves forward.  The student feels like they are playing a game.  They can earn awards and badges for completing decks.

Boom Learning App for Digital Task Cards

How do I get the Boom Card App and decks?

Boom Card all started with a brilliant idea from Rachel Lynette from Minds in Bloom {you may have heard of her}!  Rachel has created and sold many task cards on TpT.  She wanted a way to make task cards digital, so she meet with Omega Labs to develop the app.  She asked several teachers to jump on board as a beta team and develop task cards.   From there the Boom Cards has been growing since.  You can sign up and check out a few decks for FREE.  If you like it, sign up for a subscription plan.  Don't worry, they have several plans to choose from and they're not very expensive.   Plus, right now they are having a special for teachers through the month of August.  If you just want to use the task cards/decks in you classroom only purchase points (100 points = $1.00) and your set to buy your favorite decks to add to your account.   However, they do have the option if you want to become a buyer and a seller, which is what I did!   This is the ULTIMATE SUBSCRIPTION.  This means you can purchase all the decks you want, and you can make your OWN decks to use or sell.  Here are a few of the decks I have made so far:

Boom Learning App:  Presidential Fun Fact

Boom Learning App:  Place Value

Boom Learning App:  Landforms

So, whatever you decide, why would you not want to make the switch and have your task cards digitally?  You would save yourself so much time without the laminating, cutting, and storage.  Also, they typically cost the same as the paper version!  So, go ahead download the app on your mobile device, Google Play,  or if you are using a computer you can find Boom Learning on the web.  Give it a try, I promise you will love this app!

31 July 2016

Best Year Ever TpT Sale Must Haves

When I think of the Teachers Pay Teachers #bestyearever sale, the song It's the Final Count Down comes to my mind.  I am sure most of you have heard by now it is all going down starting tomorrow. Carts are getting filled, wishes are getting made, and teachers are getting their shopping on!  So, what are some must haves from my shop?

Up first, my FLUENCY BUNDLE I literally just added to my store.  It has all my seasonal fluency sets bundled into one.  You can save big on this bundle set.  Plus, if you buy the bundle then you will have enough weekly nonfiction passages to get you through the year.  I am not trying to toot my own horn, but the fluency sets have been life savers for me!   I use them as my weekly fluency homework. Keep scrolling to see what others are saying about my fluency sets.  They are some of my best sellers.

I teach second graders and the past couple of years my class has needed more challenging passages than what our reader offered.   So, I decided to create my own!   The passages start around a third grade level and build as the year progresses!  To read my blog post, "Why Fluency is so Important", click here!

Fluency Bundle Set

Fluency Bundle Set

Fluency Bundle Set

Fluency Seasonal Bundle Set by Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie

This is my other set of nonfiction fluency passages.  

Fluency Passage Set for Advanced Readers

Here are what customers are saying about my fluency sets:

Fluency Bundle Set

To see a list of the titles just click on any of the previews.  I have listed the titles and their levels for each set!

Another great product that is fairly new to my store is my, Word of the Day Set!  I used this last year with my class to introduce more challenging and rigorous vocabulary.  After seeing it was a big success in my own class, it became an official product.

Word of the Day:  Exploring words through the use of vocabulary!

Word of the Day:  Exploring words through the use of vocabulary!

Of course if your not only a teacher but a seller too, don't forget to check out my digital paper packs to help you make all your fabulous products!

Digital Papers:  Brights on Black Collection by Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie

Digital Paper:  Pool Party Collection by Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie

Digital Paper:  Primary Love Collection on Black by Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie

Don't forget to leave feedback for previous bought items so you can earn your credits.  Also, be sure to enter the code BESTYEAR to get your extra discount.  What are some items on your wish list?  I hope all you have fun shopping and score some really great deals.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Teachers Pay Teachers Best Year Ever Sale

28 July 2016

Back to School Giveaway Winner

I want to say thank you so much for everyone who took a chance and entered in my Back to School Giveaway!  Because of you it was a huge success.   I hope everyone will continue to follow me on my blogging journey.  I have some really great ideas in the work.

Back to School Giveaway
Carrie Gouldman:  I sent you an email with information regarding how to claim your awesome prize!

For now I am off to finish getting my room ready for the new year.  I hope everyone has a great first week back to school and a fabulous school year!

20 July 2016

Back to School Giveaway

I have about 1 1/2 weeks {yes, you read this correctly} left before I return to school.  I start back on August 4th for our first teacher inservice day.  Where did my summer go?  I swear this summer flew by so much faster than the previous years.  Maybe because I was so busy playing taxi driver to my kids.  When do you start back to school?   I know many people start back at some point in August.  I know a lot of you are like me and are starting to get ready for the upcoming school year.  I wanted to help get you going with a HUGE giveaway.  All summer I have been picking up little things here and there to add to my Back to School Giveaway!  When I put all the goodies  together this afternoon it was A LOT of fun stuff.  Let's just say you will not be disappointed!  You have a chance to win EVERYTHING you see in the picture below.  All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter.  

Back to School Giveaway

Wondering what all is included?
Well, here is a list of just a few of the things you can win: 

*  Sharpie 14 Piece Set 
*  Numerous Notepads
*  File Folders
*  Award Pencils
*  Chalkboard Clips
*  Bookmarks
*  Student Awards
*  Teacher Stamps
* Ink Pads
*  Note Cards
* Stickers
*  Sticky Notes

I get all kinds of teacher happy when I have a fresh set of Flair Pens, Sharpies, and Mr. Sketch Markers.  So, I knew that you would definitely love those too!  Be sure to spread the word to your teacher friends and let them know about this giveaway.  I will announce the winner next Thursday, July 28th!  I can't wait to see who the lucky person is that will win all of this fabulousness!  Thanks for stopping by and entering and taking a peek!

08 July 2016

Are You Posting Your Rich Pins Correctly? A Pinterest Tip!

If you have been a follower for any amount of time, you have probably noticed I have updated a few things on my blog.  I kept my logos and headers the same, but I added several new widgets and a new navabar (which still needs info. added #sorrynotsorry #teacherisonsummerbreak).   I also switched from using the free blogspot.com to a custom domain name (read this great blog post on why you should dot.com).  I know many people have switched over to Wordpress, but I just couldn't make the switch. I am not unhappy with blogger and it is very easy for me navigate.  So for now I am sticking to the mantra, if it is not broke then don't fix it!  Which leads me to why I am writing this post.  When I made the switch from teachingtidbits.blogspot.com to www.teachingtidbitsandmorewithjamie.com, most of my stuff redirected as it should.   The two social medias that were giving me heck were FB and Pinterest.  Well, I sorted the FB issue out relatively quickly, but Pinterest had me about ready to pull my hair out!  I could not figure out why my Rich Pins were not showing up.

How to pin your Rich Pins

When you switch to a custom domain name you will have to go in and reverify your business Pinterest account under the new name. Then, you have to resubmit your rich pin code to make sure that it is validated under the new domain name.  Now, if you have made it this far and are wondering what in the world are Rich Pins and do I need them?  The answer is yes, especially if you do any type of pinning to help promote your blog, TpT store, or any of your own personal brand.  I am not an expert on explaining Rich Pins or how to install them on your blogs HTML, but over at I Teach. What is Your Super Power?  Megan has all the explanations and help you will need for a further understanding of Rich Pins.

My tip for you is to make sure you are pinning correctly, so your Rich Pins show up.  So, back to my story ....  when I made the switch to the custom domain name I noticed my pins were showing up, but not as a Rich Pin.  I kept racking my brain!!!  I couldn't figure it out.  My blog designer and I both checked the HTML codes (yep, they were correct), the domain name had been verified, and the Rich Pin/favicon had been validated.  So, what was my issue???  After sending in a request to Pinterest, this is what Darci (AKA: best Pinterest helper ever) informed me (I am almost embarrassed to tell you, but I figured if I didn't know this and I have been blogging and pinning for a while, then there is probably someone else who doesn't know either):  When you pin from your website/blog make sure that you are pinning under the BLOG POST TITLE URL!!!!   This means you do not want to pin from your blog home page URL address!  So for example, I would NOT want to pin a picture under the URL www.teachingtidbitsandmorewithjamie.com.  I would click on the blog post title and pin under that URL.  Here is an example of what that URL would look like from my own previous blog post: (http://www.teachingtidbitsandmorewithjamie.com/2016/06/two-for-tuesday-and-giveaway-reminder.html).  Notice how my address and blog post title all show up in the URL.  Make sure you click on the blog post title and get the entire extension in the URL.  Once the blog post is in the URL, then you are good to go and free to start pinning away from your own website/blog!  If your Rich Pins have been installed correctly and you follow this tip then all things you pin from your website/blog should show up on Pinterest as Rich Pins.
How to promote Rich Pins correctly?
If you notice in the picture (please excuse my pinning, this was during my hour of frustration of trying to figure out why it was not consistently working) that in order for a pin to be technically considered a "Rich Pin" it must have the favicon present.   The last two pictures are missing the favicon.   This is because I pinned under my blog's home page instead of under my blog's post title.

If you want to make sure your Rich Pins are showing up CONSISTENTLY on Pinterest, then remember: TO PIN IMAGES UNDER YOUR BLOG POST URL AND NOT BLOG HOMEPAGE URL!

After Darcie from Pinterest explained this to me, I went back and realized there had been numerous times when I was not pinning correctly.  And let's face it, if we are taking the time to pin, then we want to make sure we are getting the full benefit from everything it has to offer!   Rich Pins allow you to have a better description of what your pinning, which means more hits in the search results.  It also allows for all your content to be directly linked back to your blog/website.  This is very important if you are doing any kind of promoting. If you are not following me already on Pinterest, I would love for you too!  Do you have any Pinterest secrets or tips?  If you do please leave in the comments section, I would love to hear from you.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

21 June 2016

Two for Tuesday and Giveaway Reminder

I hope this week is finding all of my followers getting plenty of rest (oh, how I love summer)!  Don't you love days when you can be lazier than usual?  I sure do!!!  And what is more fun than surfing the web and doing a little online shopping in your pjs on those lazy days.  Do you love a good sale?  Well, then you need to be sure to check out Chalk One Up for the Teacher's weekly linky party.   Even if you are not linking up, be sure to check it out.  Every week bloggers and sellers put two of their products on sale for 1/2 off.  You can search for all the deals on TpT by using #2fortuesday.  I don't know about you, but I am always up for a good deal.

This week my #2fortuesday products are actually two of my biggest sellers.   Up first is my Pool Party Collection of digital paper.  If you are a TpT seller and design your own products, then this is a must for you!  However, it also works perfect for creating tags, labels, digital scrapbook, and so much more.  The things you can create with digital paper is endless.  Don't believe me, just search Pinterest!

Digital Paper Collection for Personal or Commercial Use in Bright Bold Colors

Next up on my list for #2fortuesday is my gray, teal, and black and white polka dot classroom decor set.  If you use any of these color combos, then this set is perfect.  It comes with a PDF and EDITABLE file.  I have even included an editable banner that would look so cute hanging in a classroom!

Here are a few pics of how I have incorporated the labels into my own classroom!

Before I go I wanted to remind everyone about a huge giveaway that I and several others are hosting to help support Mrs. Avery's Island Blog Launch!  If you have not already entered, be sure to do so.  You don't want to miss out on all the fabulous prizes.  Plus, you can follow some really great blogs and sellers too!

I hope you find something you like or can use.  Feel free to pin away!  I heart comments and followers.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. 

20 June 2016

Giveaway and Blog Launch Party

Do you love to read and follow blogs?  Do you love a good giveaway?  Well guess what?  I have both of those things for you.   My very good friend, Kelly Avery at Mrs. Avery's Island, is having her official BLOG LAUNCH!  To help get her started, several of us have teamed up to help promote this launch with an awesome giveaway!

I was super excited when Kelly asked me to participate in her blog launch giveaway.   We actually taught at the same school together for several years.  She taught first and I taught second.   When our area continued to grow our school was split and we were all sent separate ways.  We would still see each other and occasionally keep in touch, but it was just not the same as seeing each other on a daily basis.  Now, through Teachers Pay Teachers and blogging we have reconnected! It has been awesome getting to work with Kelly again and teaming up on some projects.   She is an awesome teacher, energetic, and full of ideas!  You are definitely going to want to follow her blog!  You may also want to check out these other awesome bloggers and sellers too:

Danielle Knight from Study All Knight
Tori Johnson from Teach with Tori
Samantha White from Mrs. White's Class
Deanna Jump from Mrs. Jump's Class
Deedee Willis from Mrs. Willis Kindergarten
Amie from Glitter Meets Glue Designs
Shanon and Courtney Juneau from Blogs Fit for a Queen

To help get this started we are hosting a giveaway.  Let me just say this is a HUGE giveaway.  The grand prize is $100 to Kendra Scott!  Who could not use a good pair of earrings or necklace from KS?!!  There are a lot of other gift cards that are being given away too!   Just to name a few Target, iTunes, TpT, and many others.  When you get done visiting me be sure to hop on over to Mrs. Avery's Island and show her a little blog love!  But don't stop there, be sure to visit all the other awesome bloggers and TpT sellers who are also participating in this blog launch giveaway.  Be sure to tell your friends and share this giveaway on your social media!   I know you will find some great blogs to follow.   Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

07 June 2016

Two for Tuesday

How many of you are already on summer break?  Well, my is in full swing and that means it is time to grab some summer deals.  You can find many more over at Chalk One Up for the Teacher!

This week I have my newly and by new I mean I just uploaded this past week, Daily Vocabulary Word of the Day.  This Pack has everything you need to implement Word of the Day in your classroom next year.   

We all know great vocabulary leads to better readers and writers.  That is what lead me to start creating this product this past year.  I used it with my second grade class, but it definitely could be used with grades 3-5!  Here is a complete list of the daily vocabulary words included!

Included in the resource is four PDF files, one for each nine weeks.   Each file contains all the slides you will need to implement Word of the Day in your classroom.  Each slide list the word, definition, sentence usage, antonyms, synonyms, and picture.   Also, you will receive graphic organizers and labels.  I also have included a completed description how I implemented this resource within my own classroom.  You will not want to miss the chance to grab this 1/2 off, so be sure to check it out!

Up next on my list is my Print and Go Back to School Activities!

This resource is perfect for those first few days when the kiddos are walking in the classroom and you are gathering forms, supplies, and running around in what feels like circles.  You can give them a a quick but purposeful activity to complete!  All print and go activities are back to school themed!

Hope you can find one of these resources useful!  If you are not following me already, I would love to have you along for the journey.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!
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