2 For Tuesday: Fun & Engaging Book Studies

Happy Tuesday!
It's a lazy summer morning in my neck of the woods: I slept in (hence the late posting of the blog post!) and am now hanging out with this sweetie, watching some KDrama.
Any other Korean drama fans out there? :)
How to cure your drama fever in 5 easy steps .. waita minute...

Now it's time for...
Today I have two of my best-selling
book studies on sale for 50% off!
The first packet accompanies this great book:
School Days Around the World Find out what an average day of school is like for children in seven different countries on wegivebooks.org.
The story follows seven kids from different countries around the world and looks at a typical school day. I have created a fun & engaging packet to supplement your study:
School Days Around the World Multicultural Book Study
The packet can be completed in 7 school days (one country per day) or you can spread it out over 7 weeks (doing on activity per day, one country per week)
Complete directions and answer keys are included.
This book is the perfect thing for back-to-school as you bring your students back in the routine of being in the classroom. There is also an emphasis on Earth Day, so you can use it in April as well :)
Normally $5, this packet is $2.50 TODAY ONLY!

The second book study on sale is my second best-selling product:
Looking for a print-and-go packet to help with your novel study or literature circles group? Well this 75-page packet is the perfect thing for your upper elementary students! Normally $7, you can purchase this packet for only $3.50 - TODAY ONLY!

Hop on over to "Chalk One Up for the Teacher" to see other awesome products on sale!

Tell All Tuesday: Summer Flashback to Hawaii

Happy Summer, friends!
I'm linking up with these two wonderful bloggers for their 
"Tell All Tuesday" linky party:

This week's theme is Summer Flashback - sharing our favorite summer memories
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One of my favorite summer memories was
when I spent 10 days in Oahu, Hawaii last year.

Here's a review of our fabulous trip in pictures:

After a 6-hour flight on Hawaiian Air, we arrived!
Exploring Honolulu

Dole Pineapple Plantation
One of the best things we did: Horseback Riding Tour
This is the valley where LOST and Jurassic Park were filmed
This was the view from "our" beach
We hiked up a ridge overlooking the ocean:
My history-loving husband's favorite part was visiting the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor:

There were 3 survivors there, telling their stories.
I bought a newspaper and had them sign it - such a fun memento to share with my students when we study World War 2.
A beautiful sunset:
My hubby and I on a date night:
Looking through all of these pictures makes me miss it tremendously! I can't wait to go back - perhaps next year?!? :)

I'd love to hear your favorite summer memories - leave a comment or link up below:

Monday Made-It: Baby Shower Card Collage

Happy Monday, friends!

Today I'm linking up with Tara from "4th Grade Frolics" for her fabulous Monday Made-It party:
This weekend I worked on a crafty project.

I took all of the cards from our baby showers:
I took the cover off of each card, cut around the main picture, and then punched it out in the shape of a heart:
Tip: turn your puncher upside down so that you can see exactly what you're going to be cutting out: 
Here are the punched-out hearts:
I arranged them in a collage: 
Voila! Now I have a cute and meaningful display of cards from all of the people who were praying for and looking forward to Hudson's arrival: 
So what do you think? Easy-peasy, eh?
It's a fun and creative way to display any cards you receive.

Hop on over to "4th Grade Frolics" to see what other bloggers have MADE this week!

Summer Stock Up: Travel through the Alphabet!

 I am joining a fabulous group of bloggers for the 
Summer Stock Up
It's a HUGE blog & Facebook hop with TONS of freebies for you to download in preparation for the upcoming school year.
I am participating in the Classroom Decor category - and am happy to share with you my 
Travel Through the Alphabet packet!

This packet, "Travel through the Alphabet" is a cute and functional alphabet display for any elementary classroom. 

The 26 alphabet cards (one for each letter) are available in three different font options: print, cursive, and a funky fun font. Each card displays an uppercase letter, a lower case letter, a real picture, and a travel-themed word beginning with that letter.

These cards have a variety of uses:

1. Display these fun and functional alphabet cards as an alphabet reference. In my classroom, the cards are above the whiteboard, front and center! It helps the kiddos with alphabetizing activities
2. Shuffle the cards and have students work to put them in alphabetical order. Print multiple sets and have the students race to see who is fastest!
3. Use the cards as a writing center: instruct the student to write an imaginative or narrative story using words from the list

Here is a close-ups of the alphabet cards:

 To download the item, visit my Facebook page
and click on the Summer Stock Up Tab

Then hop through the other pages to
grab your freebies and Stock Up!

Fuel Your Faith: Freedom to Choose

There's a story that has been told about a man in the mid 1800s who went to a slave auction and purchased a young slave girl. 

As they walked away from the auction, the man turned to the girl and told her, "You're free."

With amazement she responded, "You mean, I'm free to do whatever I want?"
"Yes," he said.
"And to say whatever I want to say?"
"Yes, anything."
"And to be whatever I want to be?"
"And even go wherever I want to go?"
"Yes," he answered with a smile. "You're free to go wherever you'd like."

She looked at him intently and replied, "Then I will go with you."
(Tullian Tchividjian, Surprised by Grace (Crossway, 2014), page 182)

This is a powerful story that shows the heart of Jesus. He came to earth to set us free from the bondage of sin - but He gives us a choice. The choice to choose Him over the fleeting pleasures of this world. The choice to submit our will to His for the promise of a better way. The choice to die to ourselves everyday, for His glory. And when we do, we find absolute freedom.

I'd love to hear what has FUELED your FAITH this week - leave a note in the comments below. 

My Personal Side: My Favorite Mug

As a blogger, I love getting to know the people behind the blogs. One of the most rewarding things about blogging and TPT is the connections I have made with other bloggers and sellers. 
I refer to them as my blogging buddies - and they have impacted me immeasurably through their advice, encouragement, and inspiration. 

While it's so rewarding to glean teaching ideas from my blogging buddies - it's also fun to read something non-teachery. 
To get to know small tidbits about their regular lives.

Molly from Classroom Confections has a fun new linky called 
"My Personal Side." This week she's asking bloggers to share their favorite cup or mug, 
I'm going to share my favorite of each :)

Here's my favorite cup - usually filled with Diet Dr. Pepper, 
peach iced tea, or water:
I got this cup in New York City when I went to see my one of my all-time favorite musicals, Wicked.  It reminds me of NYC life, exploring different neighborhoods, and seeing countless Broadway shows with friends and family. While I love living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, I do miss the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. 

I love the cup because it's light and easy to pick up with a baby in one arm :) I always drink with a straw - and a cold drink must have ice cubes in it!

And here's my favorite mug:
It's covered in Jane Austen quotes and is usually filled with hot apple cider, hot chocolate, or tea. Coffee makes it's way in there occasionally - but only with lots of sugar and creamer :)

I love me some Jane Austen - I have read Pride & Prejudice way too many times. I collect different copies of the book - I think I'm up to 8 :) To me, the Jane Austen mug epitomizes rest and relaxation: a cup of tea and a good book - it just doesn't get any better than that!

When I am drinking tea, I love to use my cute little infuser buddy:
What about you? Hop on over to Classroom Confections
or leave a comment here with your favorite cup/mug and the story behind it!
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