Teachers Pay Teachers in the UK!

Hi Everyone,

Happy Summer to those of you who have broken up from school already! I still have six weeks to go until the end of the year, so if you’re like me and still not finished, I hope you have a great few last weeks at school before the holidays!

Last week I had an exciting day on Wednesday when I met with Karen and Talya from the Teachers Pay Teachers team and other UK sellers at the first TpT UK meet up! It was great to meet with others who were involved with the site and discuss TpT. Karen and Talya came all the way over from the US to meet with us to discuss ways to make TpT work even better for those of us over here in the UK. I love that TpT is always looking for ways to improve and seeking out opinions of its users, even it means travelling all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to do so!

Karen and Talya met with sellers in Liverpool and also in London during the week. I travelled to the Liverpool meet. We met at the Hard Day’s Night Hotel, which is a Beatles themed hotel in the centre of Liverpool. A great location for getting a feel for the culture of the city. We had a great evening of eating, talking and sharing thoughts and ideas. I am really excited about the potential that TpT has in the UK and the new developments that TpT are planning for us over here. Thank you Talya and Karen for coming all this way to see us and thanks TpT for thinking about us!
Slide01-1After the meet I was inspired to get started on creating a few UK-specific resources. My first is a set of UK Coin Recognition and Addition Task Cards. Each task card has 4 to 5 UK coins which students must recognise and then add up to find the total amount. The cards are differentiated on three levels with three different sets of 12 cards each. Check them out!

 

Teacher Appreciation Sale!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! To celebrate and say thank you for all the hard work teachers do, Teachers Pay Teachers will be holding a site-wide sale on May 5th and May 6th. My store will have 28% off all items. Get ready to bag yourself a bargain!
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What Did You Buy?

Hi all,

So, did you manage to clear out your wishlist in the Teachers Pay Teachers sale? I certainly made a dent in mine! I snagged some fab clip art and some display sets for the mountain topic I am currently teaching. Take a look at my purchases!

I’m always on the look out for fabulous clip art and there are so many amazing creations on TpT. I saw these Gold Metallic Glitter Papers by Sonya DeHart and I just had to have them! They are gorgeous!

I also bought this Mega Value Borders Pack from Pink Cat Studio. There are so many different color combinations that there will be something there to suit any project.
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Paula Kim had an AMAZING sale on and I took advantage of her Stacking Borders Value Pack. These will some in sooo useful for so many things! I also bought her Decorative Tape Clip Art. So cute!
 
I love Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs for Math clip art and I bought this fabulous Planes and Graphs Clip Art to add to my collection!
 
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I’ve recently discovered Treetop Displays and I just love their clear, informative posters which have stunning photographs! I’m currently teaching a mountain topic so I purchased a Mountains Information Set  and a Mountains Photo Set – both of which will be on my classroom wall next week!

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What did you buy in the sale?

Halloween

Hi everyone,

So, Halloween is nearly here! Do you have plans for some spooky classroom activities this week? Halloween is a fantastic opportunity for creative writing and there are plenty of activities to help fire your students’ imagination at this spooktacular time of year!

Here are some of my favorites:

Setting Descriptions
Get your students to imagine they are in a haunted house (or other equally spooky location!Encourage them to use their senses to describe the setting. What can they hear? What can they see? What can they smell?

Character Profiles
Halloween is the perfect opportunity for some creepy character description. Students could describe a well known character such as Dracula or Frankenstein or they could make up their own spooky character.

Adventure Stories
Have a go at creating a Halloween-themed adventure story with some spooky characters and eerie settings.
Students could write instructions for their favorite Halloween party game. You could even follow the instruction and have a go at playing the games!

Poetry
I’ve been using my Spooky Halloween Writing Paper for some extra inspiration! Just click on the picture below to go directly to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store to grab them.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Novel Study

I hope the new school year is going well for all of you who have started back already. I’ve just done my first week and I am TIRED!! Sooo glad it’s the weekend! Next Saturday 13th September is Roald Dahl day and next week I will be teaching a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory novel study unit. I love using novels to teach across a range of different subject areas and this particular book is one of my favorites!

 

Here are some of my cross curricular ideas for using Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the classroom:

Literacy

I get my students to write newspaper articles based on Charlie finding the final Golden Ticket. This pushes the students to write formally and use the features of a report.

Charlie Bucket’s house and the Inventing Room in the factory are fantastic to use as a basis for setting descriptions. I read the passages to the children and get them to imagine they are in that setting and then discuss what each of their senses would be experiencing, i.e. the creaking door in Charlie’s house or the potions bubbling over in the factory. I get encourage them to use descriptive language and finally the students write a paragraph based on each sense.

Science

The novel is also great to use as a basis for a unit on plants. you could get your student to write about the life cycle of the cacao plant and study the part of a flower.

You could also discuss nutrient and making sure the students understand the importance of a healthy balanced diet.

Social Science

Students can study a country where the cacao plant grows. Students could produce fact files on the country and learn key facts, main cities, river, and what life is like for the people who live there.

Technology

There is so much scope here to develop students’ skills. I have had my students aim to be the next Willy Wonka by designing their own chocolate product. I got them explore different ingredients which could go in their product, think about packaging and create a persuasive poster advertising their product. We even made the new chocolate product – lots of fun!

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All the ideas above, plus many more are included in my Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Novel Study available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store to save you the hassle and time when planning your novel study. What are your plans for Roald Dahl day?