Out of This World Literacy : March 2015
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Who Wants to Go to Vegas!?

 Can you picture it now?  YOU in LAS VEGAS? 

How about YOU in LAS VEGAS attending a one day session of the SDE conference?

Primary Chalkboard is giving away YOUR CHOICE of a 1 day session at SDE!

So, will it be Singapore Math, Differentiated Instruction, I Teach K, I Teach 1st, or the newly added I Teach 2nd? 

How fun is that?

BUT, that's not all, we're also including a $25 gift card to the SDE bookstore, CRYSTAL SPRINGS.

So, NOW can you picture YOURSELF in VEGAS?

Oh, you say you need money for airfare, hotel accommodations, or just some spending money while you are here?  Well, we've got that covered, too.  How about  
to help you out with that?!?!?

NOW, can you picture YOURSELF in VEGAS?

Here's how to enter for a chance to win.

Hop through our Facebook pages and collect a tip for your (possible) visit to Vegas.
Be sure to "like" each page as you hop through so that you can collect the tip.
Each tip will have a number on a playing card.
Add the numbers together and enter the sum  on the Rafflecopter on the Primary Chalkboard blog for a chance to win.
Be sure to add a comment and include #primarychalkboardsendmetovegas.

For an extra chance to win this, take a selfie, post it on IG with #primarychalkboardsendmetovegas 
Don't forget to tag us in your picture! @primarychalkboard

The winner will be picked on April the evening of April 5th.

A HUGE thank you to SDE (Staff Development for Educators) for their kind and generous donation!

Get Creative: Teach Reading and Art!

Hello Friends!

I wanted to quickly share some great work my kids have been working on this week in our home school class.

We have been learning about how readers ask and answer their own questions before, during, and after reading.  We have also been looking for evidence in the texts we're reading to help answer our own questions.

I have been using the no prep common core printables from my TpT store to help my kids with this important reading skill.

They have been having a blast with the challenges on the printable pages!  

After they read their independent reading books and respond to the skills on the page, they get to be creative!

I can see each of their personalities in their creative expressions!  

They had to write quotes from characters in the book they are reading, make inferences about the characters based on the quotes, and then draw pictures of the characters.  I loved seeing what they pictured about each character in their minds.  

And I LOVED watching them have fun, expressing their artistic sides!

I can't wait to see what their creative minds will do next!  

Happy Teaching!

Shark Tank Upcycling Project

Hello friends! 

I am so excited to share a project that I am working on with my kids over the next few weeks. 

I really wanted to teach them about how to become an entrepreneur. I believe everyone has the ability to create and contribute something great in this world! 

And motivating my kids to believe that in themselves is huge!


We all love the show, Shark Tank and I am passionate about upcycling. 

So I thought, why not combine the two ideas into one great project!?!? 

I am going to be posting a few blog posts to show you how our project is moving along. 

I first began by collecting a bunch of recycled products. Instead of recycling them, I just washed them out and saved them!

Next, I explained the concept to my kids.  I told them they were going to design a useful product, using these core recycled materials.  They could make a list a additional resources they need and I will pick them up (things like, spray paint, string, duct tape, etc)

I suggested ideas, such as products for the classroom, recess games, and organizational products.

The kids were so very excited to get their hands on the raw materials!!!

Lastly, I told the kids that they will be presenting their product to the Sharks (my husband, my neighbors, and myself!)

They are required to make one power point slide with their company name and logo (we will learn how to create logos and think carefully about business names).

They are also required to create a poster, displaying their product name, business name, logo, details, and marketing strategies.  

Of course there will need to be at least one prototype of the product for the Sharks to see.
And they MUST dress up for their presentation.

Currently, the kids are designing their products and thinking of business names.  They are so excited, and nervous, to present to the Sharks.  No deals are guaranteed!  

I will post more pictures as the work continues.  Here are a few motivational images we are using to make sure we do our best!!!

I have never seen my kids more motivated!!  I can't wait to share more of this project with y'all!!

Happy Teaching!