05 July 2018

Sun, Sand, and Savings RAFFLE Time!

Hey all!  Here are the links to register to win one of three $100 gift cards!  Just click on the name of the gift card you want to win, and you'll be forwarded to Rafflecopter to register:)





Good Luck! ☘☘☘☘
Don't forget to follow me on Instagram to find out about next week's deals!



28 June 2018

"Sun"sational Savings Coming Your Way!

Last summer, I joined up with some of the best TpT Teacher-Authors around to offer back to school savings on some of our best products AND we are doing it AGAIN this year!  

Each week, we'll have special products marked down for ONE DAY ONLY, so you've got to jump onto Instagram or Facebook to follow us at #sunsandandsavingssale each week to see what we've got for you.  Sales will run every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday each week in July (except July 9-15).  There will also be an awesome giveaway each Saturday, so make sure you register for those too!  Here's a hint of what's coming your way!


Starting Monday, July 2, check out my Instagram feed @Tween_Spirit_Tpt or search #sunsandandsavingssale to find the link to our sale items!  (psst...I'll be posting a Task Card set, a Color By Code activity, and a Reading Comprehension activity each for just $1!)  Look for this (or similar) graphic on Facebook and Instagram to find your way to next week's deals!

It's never too early to plan for the new year!  Especially, if your school year starts in early August like mine does now!  (I'm still getting used to Florida living ;)  I'm used to having until Labor Day before going back to school!)  Happy shopping and saving!

11 April 2018

Teaching with Taco Bell...and other Real World Lessons!


This teaching tip comes from my 9th grade son! 

We were having lunch after a soccer game this weekend at Taco Bell, per his request.  As we were eating, he noticed something about the sauce packets that warmed the heart of his English teacher mom.  "Look at the way the sauce types are punctuated, Mom," he said.  "The word 'mild' is in parentheses, so it's like quiet.  'Hot' is underlined, like important.  'Fire' has an exclamation point, so it's like yelling a warning."


Taco Bell teaching a grammar lesson?  YES!!!  First of all, "Yay!" for the kid who notices such things, but second of all, there is a super fun and tasty grammar lesson to be had here! 

I have to admit, I got WAY too excited about the prospect of having a punctuation lesson/taste test with my students in the near future.  Isn't this a fun way to get kids to understand the use of punctuation marks? Here's all you need to do:

GRAMMAR LESSON OF THE DAY!
1. Go to Taco Bell, grab a few packets of each type of sauce.
2. Buy some tortilla chips.
3. Have your students try each type of sauce, discuss the different tastes.
4. Have students "close read" the packets, what do they notice?
5. If they don't notice on their own, point out the punctuation marks.
6. Connect the taste test to the punctuation marks.

I absolutely LOVE any opportunity to connect curriculum to the real world!  I give extra credit to students who find typos or mistakes on signs and in published texts.  I have a collection of signs, mugs, dishtowels, etc. with funny grammar sayings.  We watch video clips to analyze speech patterns and impressions of the speaker based on their grammar and usage. It's these connections that help students understand why grammar lessons are important, and helps them become "close readers" of the world.  Grammar and punctuation lessons can be dull if just presented in diagramming sentences or fill-in-the-blank worksheets.  I like to jazz up my lessons with real-world connections, and fun activities like this taste test!

I can't wait to do this activity with my middle schoolers next week!  Let me know if you try this activity in your classroom and how it goes!  I'd also love to hear about your great ideas for making grammar fun!  Comment below with your ways to make grammar fun and engaging!