Giveaway Winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in my recent book giveaway. I’m pleased to announce the winner:

Susan S.

Squarehead Teachers will celebrate its 2nd birthday in a few months and I’m planning a fun giveaway! Stay tuned!

Hooray! Hooray! Another Giveaway!

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Another giveaway coming at ya! 🙂

Giveaway 4 STICKER The Prize: The prize is a collection of four Scholastic Little Leveled Readers. They’re perfect for PreK-2nd grade. The prize includes one of each book pictured above. They are each a different level (A, B, C, D) and increase slightly in difficulty as the reader progresses through the levels. Books are new and unused. Participating in this giveaway is easy-peasy, lemon squeezy!

All you have to do is comment on this post (scroll ALL THE WAY down to the bottom).  Please tell me one thing you like about teaching kids! If you’re not a WordPress member, please list an email address (I’m the only one who can see it) so I can contact you if you win.

This giveaway ends 1 week from now, at midnight (PST) on Thursday, July 24, 2014. **This giveaway has closed. Keep checking back for more giveaways!**

The Fine Print: Participation is optional. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase is necessary to participate. Available to US participants only. There will be one winner. Winner will be randomly selected. I will email the winner between Friday, July 25 – Saturday, July 26. The winner will have 72 hours to respond and provide me with shipping information so I can mail them their prize! If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, the winner forfeits the prize and another winner will randomly be selected (in which case the new winner will be notified and the same terms apply).  The winner will be announced on this blog once eligibility has been confirmed. This giveaway is solely sponsored by Squarehead Teachers and is not affiliated with WordPress or any other sponsor. If you have additional questions, please contact me!

Giveaway 3 Winners

Drum roll, please! I’m pleased to announce the winners of my most recent giveaway!

Tricia Z.
Karen P.

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry!
There are more fun giveaways coming your way on Squarehead Teachers!

This giveaway’s prize, Candy Experiments, is available on Amazon. Get your own copy!

Experimenting with Candy! (Guest Post)

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Giveaway coming later this week!

With summertime fun and sugary snacks providing so many distractions, can your children actually learn anything over the summer?  Yes, they can, if you sneak in some science with fun activities like candy experiments.

Our family created candy experiments when my oldest daughter was four, and wanted to put Nerds in water. Since her first experiment, we have destroyed candy in dozens of ways and learned about chemistry, physics, and nutrition along the way. Here are a few of our favorites.

Melting:  If summertime heat makes your kids complain that they’re going to melt, try melting candy to see what’s inside.  If you microwave Starbursts, you’ll see shiny spots of oil that separate out from the candy. If you microwave chocolate, you might start the blooming process, in which unstable chocolate crystals start to move and separate, causing white cocoa butter “bloom” to form on the outside of the bar.

Cotton Candy Experiments:  Some candy experiments use cotton candy, a summertime staple.  To make cotton candy vanish, dip a puff of cotton candy in water. As capillary action carries water up the network of tiny candy strands, the water dissolves the candy from the bottom up. You can also weigh cotton candy to see how much sugar it really contains–you might be surprised to see that cotton candy is mostly air!

Find Hidden Candy:  You’ll find hidden sugar in all sorts of summer snacks, from popsicles and ice cream bars to “healthy” power bars and sports drinks. To help your kids see how much “hidden candy” they’re eating, read the snack’s nutrition label to see how much sugar it contains. Then weigh candy on a kitchen scale until it matches the weight of the sugar on the label.  Eating the snack would be like eating that amount of candy.

You’ll find more summer learning experiments in our book, Candy Experiments, or at www.candyexperiments.com. Enjoy summer learning!

Loralee Leavitt is the author of Candy Experiments, Road Tripping, and Candy Experiments 2 (coming in January 2015). Follow her candy adventures at www.candyexperiments.com

Summer Reading Recommendations (End of the Year Book Report)

summer reading STICKERTeachers are always looking to motivate kids to continue reading throughout the summer.  I was pondering this challenge, and the following idea just popped into my head.. so I ran with it. The intention is to have each kid choose a book they read that year and write a “recommendation report” about it. Then they can share their report with the class and try to persuade others to read the book. Hopefully a few kids will be inspired and read something over the summer. But at bare minimum, students can identify classmates who share their same taste in books.

Click here for the free printable PDF:
Summer Reading Recommendation Report
Summer Reading Recommendation Report 2

Click here to view another book report printable. 🙂

Favorite End of the Year Activities

EndOfYearActivitiesSTICKERThe end of the year can be such a fun time… testing is over and summer is near! Thank heavens! But how to keep your students learning when they’d rather be at the beach? Here are some of my favorite ideas:

Review games. Fun distracts kids from the fact that they’re reviewing! I’ve tried this in a tournament style, where teams compete in a variety of games for a big prize. Try these fun review games!

Field day activities outside. Many teachers don’t have time for lots of physical fitness activities, so use the end of the year to help kids enjoy the outdoors while working on team building and leadership skills. Here’s my post on 21 Dr. Seuss themed ideas and this post about a fun water game I learned.

End of the year awards. Your class can vote anonymously on the awards or you can assign them. Check out my collection of 44 printable awards or my blank star awards.

Book Reports. Each student in my class had the opportunity to share their favorite book from the year. I let kids make come kind of visual project or display, which they seemed to enjoy making and showing their classmates. This is one report template you can give your students if you’re looking for a springboard.

Yearbooks and Year-In-Review projects. I absolutely loved this one. It might be my all time favorite. You can assign each student to write one article, or have each student write each one for themselves. Ask parents to bring in or submit pictures from throughout the year. Students can draw pictures or create artwork to go with the writing. This is also a great review of the parts of a paragraph and the writing process. Here are my two printables for this idea: 10 page printable yearbook or  1 page end of the year round up.

Awesome art projects. All those art projects you’ve been dying to do with your class but you don’t have time? Do them! Here’s a cool mask idea for upper grades.

Click here to view more end of the year ideas I’ve written about!

Cool Reading Corner

A teacher friend in Utah snapped this cool photo of a first grade classroom’s reading corner. How cool!

reading corner

Have you seen cool classrooms? Get permission from the teacher and send me a photo!

Be sure to check out my second giveaway!  Two lucky readers will each get $20.00 worth of your favorite downloadable “nerdly fun & educational games” from Nerd in the Brain! Also check out Nerd in the Brain’s monthly freebie!

My First Giveaway!

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And now, what you’ve all been waiting for… my first giveaway! I’m so thankful to all the educators out there who do so much good for society. And when I say “educator,” I mean parents, home school instructors, teachers and anyone else who helps shape the lives of upcoming generations. Your efforts are under-appreciated by some, but not by me! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

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The Prize: The prize is a collection of four Scholastic Little Leveled Readers. They’re perfect for PreK-2nd grade. The prize includes one of each book pictured above. They are each a different level (A, B, C, D) and increase slightly in difficulty as the reader progresses through the levels. Books are new and unused.

Participating in my first giveaway is simple. All you have to do is follow this blog. You can accomplish this one of two ways:

OPTION 1: (Available to WordPress members only), click the “follow” button at the top of the page to follow with your WordPress blog reader.
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This giveaway ends at midnight (PST) on Friday, March 28, 2014. Don’t wait!
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The Fine Print: Participation is optional. No purchase is necessary to participate. Available to US participants only. There will be one winner. Winner will be randomly selected. I will email the winner between Saturday, March 29 – Sunday, March 30. The winner will have 72 hours to respond and provide me with shipping information so I can mail them their prize! If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, the winner forfeits the prize and another winner will randomly be selected (in which case the new winner will be notified and the same terms apply).  The winner will be announced on this blog once eligibility has been confirmed. This giveaway is solely sponsored by Squarehead Teachers and is not affiliated with WordPress or any other sponsor. If you have additional questions, please contact me!