26 October 2014

Sunday Scoop, Sunday Circular, and tsu (A New Way to Connect)

Welcome friends!  I am doing a few link ups and then I am sharing some really cool news with you about a new social site.  So please hang tight to the end!!!

Up first, I am linking up with All Things Apple in Second for her weekly Sunday Savings Party.  This is my first time to link up and I am offering my Thanksgiving Literacy Activities set 50% off!   Included in this set are activities that cover contractions, sentence scramble, common & proper nouns, main idea with supporting details, guide words, and 2 writing prompts.   All of the activities are themed around Thanksgiving.  I always use this set in my small group setting, but it could be used as a whole class as well.  Be sure to stop by my TPT shop and check it out.

{This show a small preview of what is included}

Up next, I am linking up with Teaching Trio for Sunday Scoop!!  I don't know about you guys, but October is always a hectic month for me!  I am ready for November to come so things will slow down a bit.

Now on to my last, but not least thing!!  Have you heard of the new social site called tsu (pronounced sue)???  Well Second Grade is Out of this World was the first to introduce it to me and after reading up on it I think I really may like it { a lot}!!  It has a Facebook, Instagram, Pintrest vibe kinda all rolled into one.  But here is the really neat part, you can earn money just for posting stuff. That's right… you can earn money just for posting your everyday stuff like you do on Facebook or Instagram.  But the only thing is, in order to join you have to be invited by someone (the Pintrest Vibe).  No worries it is totally free and I promise once you sign on you will love it.  As a matter of fact when I started playing with it, I found myself liking it better than Facebook (oh no .. did I just hear myself right).  

I want all of you to have a chance to join, so here is your personal invite.  Visit tsu.co, you will need a code when you sign on:  click HERE for the code(just click, copy, and paste).  It is that easy.  Be sure to visit Second Grade is Out of the World and follow Hiliary too!

Now you may be asking how can I earn money by doing this, well Hiliary really breaks it down for you on her blog post (click to read it here), but basically it is like this:

Tsū’s algorithm automatically tracks, measures, and distributes revenue to the appropriate user and their family tree. At a high level, 90% of revenues are distributed to users. To maintain the platform, tsū receives 10%. To see how this breaks down, let’s take a look at 4 users, all with varying start dates on tsū.
User A invites user B, who invites user C, who invites user D
Part 1
– $100 of earned revenue is generated based on the content user D shared (photos, videos, status updates, etc.)
Part 2
– 90% of earned revenue go to the users. In this case, $90 of the $100 is shared with all the users.
– tsū takes 10% of the $100 for platform fees. In this case $10.
Part 3
– User D, the original content creator takes 50% of the $90. In this case, $45.
– User C gets 33.3% (1/3) of the original $90 generated. In this case, $29.70
– User B gets 11.1% (1/3 of 1/3 = 1/9) of the original $90 generated. In this case $9.99
– User A gets 3.70% (1/3 of 1/3 of 1/3 = 1/27) of the original $90 generated. In this case $3.33
– This is what we call the rule of infinite thirds"

So why not join???  It is totally free and no (in case your wondering) you are not going to get really super rich, but why not earn a few extra dollars doing what we all do anyways - right??  What do you have to lose?  So come on and join me on the tsu journey!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Have a great week!

24 October 2014

Five for Friday

One of my student's mom works at a local art gallery/museum.  She came to our class and taught the six elements of a portrait and how you can use them to help you when reading.  The kids loved looking at all the different famous portraits.

Pumpkins are starting to flow in and they are as cute as ever.   For the past two years I have the students to write a report using their favorite book and then decorate a pumpkin as the main character.  I just love the Giving Tree in the top corner.  You can find the report template in my Pumpkin  Book Report Craftivity.

With all things fall we have been as busy as usual.  We had my school's fall carnival.  I was in charge of face painting.   By the end of the night I was really good at painting a pumpkin, cat, and a spider.

On Wednesday we took a field trip to the Corn Maze.  It was such much fun.  I heard many of the children say that it was the best day ever!  Of course we went through the corn maze, but we also made butter, ice cream, hayrides, barnyard swings, learned about animals, and picked pumpkins in a pumpkin patch.

Recently my oldest had a dance performance at a local arts festival, The Revel.  The girls had fun making arts and crafts in the kid section.
That about wraps in up for my busy hectic week!   Just hang in there, November is almost here!!  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.


12 October 2014

Out with the Old in with the New & Sunday Scoop

I must warn you this blog post is not all teaching related, but then again I have the title "Teaching Tidbits and More".  So this post will have to do with the "more" part of my life.  I have been up to my eyeballs in gray paint.  Who knew there were literally so many choices?? I have decided I want to repaint my kitchen a gray tone.  The only problem is that we have stained cabinets and beige/cream colored back splash.  Plus our granite has more gold and cream tones than gray.  So without basically redoing my entire kitchen, I have been on mad search for the perfect gray tone color.  I have now learned there is such a thing called, "greige".  Which basically means gray and beige tones mixed.  I think I have it narrowed down to two gray tone colors that will work and both are by Benjamin Moore Paints.  The first is called Bennington Gray {the color at the top} and the second is called Granite Beige {the one under}.  They are actually in the same family and they both give off the appearance of a gray tone without being to gray.  So what do you think??

We will also be putting in a new floor in our kitchen.  We currently have stained concrete in the kitchen and we are switching to tile.  I have decided on a tile that can go with the paint and the counters.   This is hard stuff I tell you!!  It was easier when we built the house 6 years ago because we were starting from scratch.  I have found it harder now to change because I am trying to coordinate with what I already have.  Hopefully this project will be under way by next week.

In other news we also bought a new mattress, but not just any mattress, a Sleep Number mattress.  It really sounded great {and felt wonderful testing it out at the store}, but now that it is here it so strange having a bed that moves up and down.  Don't get me wrong it is very comfortable, but I just can't get past my husband sleeping at a higher elevation {I know … I make it sound like he is on a mountain top} than me.  I think it takes major getting use to.  The hubs really likes it, because it like being able to sleep with the head adjusted at an incline.  I sleep with it totally flat.  Every night I keep telling him "lower your side down, your too high up", but he is convince he sleeping better.  Meanwhile I can't sleep because we are not leveled {silly I know}.  I guess if it is soft and comfortable, what does it matter if everyone is level or not.  Does anyone else have one of these beds?  Was it so weird to you at first too?  I think when you have slept on something else for so long, it hard to switch over.  

{This is my two kiddos demonstrating how the bed works}

Now on to a little teachery stuff.  This past week I was able to get my kids lined out with their pumpkin reports.  I can't wait to see what they start bringing in.   Last year my class was so creative.   The template comes from my Pumpkin  Book Reports.  The kids pick their favorite book, write a report, then decorate a pumpkin.  We always display them in the library.  I will share more pictures when they start coming in.

{This is an example from last year}!

We have also been getting ready for our Fall Carnival that is coming up this week.  My team and I were trying to come up with some new games or booth ideas {tired of the same ole' thing}.  So we found this cute fortune teller wheel in Oriental Trading.  One of us is going to dress as a gypsy and play fortune teller.   We hope it is a hit this year!!

For my last but not least, Sunday Scoop.  I am linking up with Teaching Trio for their weekly, Sunday Scoop.

Well that about wraps it up for me.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!  I {heart} comments and followers!


03 October 2014

October Currently

I am linking up with Farley for her monthly Currently!   I am so happy that October has finally arrived. I love all the carnivals and excitement that the month brings.   By the time the 31st rolls around I will be completely wiped out, still this time of year is one of my faves.

Most of my currently's are self explanatory.  But for my trick or treat, I have a treat for you.  For two days only I will leave one of my Halloween digital paper packs open for a FREE download in my TpT shop.  Just click on the image to be taken directly to the link.  If you download please leave a comment, it would be so greatly appreciated!   

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!  I {heart} comments and followers!


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