Thursday, August 15, 2013

HUGE Back to School Sale!!!



If you are a teacher out there who has just gotten back in to their classroom or is preparing to do so for the upcoming year - you'll want to check this out!

The TeachersPayTeachers site is throwing a HUGE sale for the Back to School season. They are offering a coupon code that you can use to get 10% off.  And on top of that great savings, everything in my store will be an additional 20% off!  The coupon code is in the banner at the top of the page.  This coupon code can be used August 18th and 19th.  My store sale will run August 17th to the 20th!!


If you have used the site before, now is a great time to clean out those wishlists.  If you haven't used the site before, now is a great time to check it out. It is full of activities, lesson plans, organizers, clipart, and everything you could ever ask for for your classroom!








In my own store, I have a few new things for you to check out and pick up at an awesome discount. The first is a brand new PowerPoint and Notes pack on Reading the Periodic Table:

Click on any thumbnail to see that item in my store.

This presentation covers how to interpret the information given on each Element's square on the table.  Including Atomic Number, Atomic Mass, Chemical Name, and Chemical symbol. It also goes in to how to use this information to determine how many protons, neutrons, and electrons an atom of the element has. 


The other new items to my store are my Big Bundles! Now you can purchase many materials on the same topic at a big discount! Right now, you have two choices of bundles.  The first is the Periodic Table Bundle.  This includes 3 products: A Periodic Table Scavenger Hunt, A PowerPoint on Reading the Periodic Table, and a PowerPoint on the Families of the Periodic table.
                                                                                                        
And if THAT bundle isn't big enough for you, you can pick up the even BIGGER Chemistry Bundle!  This includes all three of the Periodic Table Materials PLUS a PowerPoint on Atomic Structure, a PowerPoint on Balancing Chemical Equations, a PowerPoint on Mixtures and Solutions, and a Chemical and Physical Changes project!          

                                    
 So head over to TpT folks, go nuts!  You wont regret it. =]





Monday, August 5, 2013

Liebster Award

Well...my day just got even better! I have been honored by being nominated by a Liebster Award!






I did a little research and it turns out that the Liebster Awards are a way for fellow bloggers to recognize up and coming blogs! I am completely flattered!

I was nominated by the lovely Stella Cook over at My Kinder Garden Blog!  Thank you so much!

Liebster Awards are a great way for bloggers to get to know one another! You accept by telling everyone a little about yourself and nominating other bloggers! Here are the questions I was given to answer, I hope they let you know a little more about me:


1. Where were you born?  I was born in Chicago Heights, Go Bears!!!
2. How many children do you have? 3, but they are the furry kind!
3. How many years have you been teaching? I taught in my own classroom for a year and am now starting my second year as an Instructor at an awesome After School Program.
4. What is your favorite subject to teach and why? SCIENCE because it is amazing.  You can watch the light bulb go on for so many students right in front of your eyes.
5. When did you first know that you wanted to be a teacher? I was in first grade and was chosen to be the "class helper". I loved being the mini-teacher for the day!
6. What is your biggest fear? Failure, never having my own classroom again.
7. What is the title of the best book that you have read in the past year? Just finished The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Awesome!
8. Where do you currently live? Chi-town baby!
9. Do you have any hobbies? About a thousand past, present, and future.  That's why I had to start a blog about all of them!
10. What is your favorite month of the school year and why? September. All of the awkward "Back to School" jitters are out, but students are still ready and eager to learn!
11. Who was your favorite teacher as a child and why?  My first grade teacher Mrs. Danek was my favorite teacher.  She made me feel special and like I could do anything. And when I was her helper, I realized I wanted to be a teacher!

My 11 Random Facts:
1.) I have extremely unruly curly hair.
2.) I was a foreign exchange student to Russia, despite not speaking a lick of Russian.
3.) I married a man whom I first met in the first grade. (Wow, that was an important class for me!)
4.) Science was my least favorite subject growing up.
5.) I collect any editions of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury that I can find. Right now I have 4.
6.) I am an only child.
7.) I am just a nerd kid dressed up in adult clothes.  I like to play video games and watch science fiction, among other nerdy things.
8.) I hate bugs, especially spiders. A Science teacher afraid of creepy crawlies...
9.) I once stopped traffic outside a busy mall to help some geese cross the road.
10.) If I weren't teaching, I think I would definitely have a job working with animals. Probably dogs.
11.) I am a total night owl and I hate mornings. A lot, haha.

So my nominations are:  *drumrollllll*:
*Sue Cahalane at Science for Kids
*Zoom Zoom Classroom

Check them out, they have some very cool blogs!!!!

Nominees. here are your questions:

1.) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
2.) Night Owl or Early Bird?
3.) Do you have a pet(s)? What has been your most exotic pet?
4.) What is your proudest accomplishment?
5.) What is your guilty pleasure TV show?
6.) What is your favorite thing to do when you aren't teaching?
7.) What is your perfect vacation? Dream or reality.
8.) Coffee or Tea?
9.) If we made your life into a movie, who would play you?
10.) What is the last thing that made you laugh out loud? That made you cry?
11.) What is the hardest thing you have ever done?

Okay nominees, here's what you do to accept your Liebster Award:
1. Create a post that links to the blog that nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 questions above in the post.
3. Share 11 random facts about yourself in the post.
4. Nominate between 5-11 other blogs (with less than 500 followers) for the Liebster Award.
5. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
6. Contact your nominees to let them know they've been nominated.
That's it!! Have fun!







Friday, August 2, 2013

Back to School Link-Up

They've already started the dreaded "Back to School" commercials on TV, causing many a student to have this reaction:


And little do they know that their teachers are at home like....


No? Just me? =P


It did get me thinking.  Whether you are a brand new teacher or a seasoned veteran, we can all use fresh ideas to shake up our beginning of the year routines.  And I guess it is about that time!

So lets link up our Back to School products! Any age, any subject, any activity. I want to see them all!  This link up will be open until August 22nd.

Here is my contribution.  And the best news? FREE.  A teachers favorite word.



Every Science teacher starts to dread "Lab Safety Week".  It's usually the same boring activities and that same look on every student's face. Am I right? Well try out this one this year! I had a blast doing it with my class.




Have your students create a bookmark! Each of my kids took a rule and illustrated it on one side, wrote it out on the other.  Then I laminated them, we presented each one, and they used them in their books all year! (Read: They used them until they lost them. They are 14..)  The download includes a project sheet for handing out to the students and a rubric for grading purposes.  Conveniently arranged 2 to a sheet and lined up for back to back use - save that ink and paper! This way every student can have a copy of the directions and the rubric - and best of all you can grade each one right on their copy!


If you want to pick that up, head over HERE to my store and check it out.

Now let's see your ideas!




Friday, July 5, 2013

Freebie Feature (#6)

So this FREE activity is just some good old fashioned summer fun!

This freebie comes to us from The Green Grubs Garden Club and is great for garden clubs, summer camps/clubs, summer school brain breaks, or just a fun summer activity to do with your own kids!




Our newest freebie feature here at Undeniable is a super cute guided Nature Walk worksheet.  It also comes with a great instruction sheet that gives plenty of ideas on extension activities and tips. Take a look at this adorable worksheet you can pick up for FREE:




Lovely, right?! This could be made in to a short break activity or a longer activity by encouraging the hikers to find unique items to record.  There are tons of possibilities that will fit right in to however you want to use it this summer.  So if this is the kind of summer activity you could use right now, head over HERE and check it out. 

Everything with love, 
Kristin 


Sunday, June 16, 2013

New Product

It has been awhile since I posted a completely new product, but I hope this is the first of many this summer!

I just finished up and posted a new PowerPoint Bundle:


 Click the above picture to go to my store and check out this product.


I am super excited about this new product!  I created a similar PowerPoint to use in my class last year as we started our unit on the Periodic Table. This one is MUCH better and I can't wait to try it out in a classroom. The bundle comes with the PowerPoint presentation, a blank periodic table, and a student note sheet for your kids to fill out with the information on each family.


The PowerPoint will walk your students through the different ways the Periodic Table is broken up, creating a key, and coloring/labeling each family on the table.



After each family is colored and labeled, the next slide gives information on the characteristics of that family.  The bundle also comes with a student note sheet where your students can record this information.

I used this with an 8th grade class, but it could easily be used for a wider range of students.  I hope you find this useful!


Everything with love,
Kristin

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Freebie Feature! (#5)

Two freebie features in one week?! What?!

This will be a quick one. I recently shifted one of my paid products to a free product! As I develop more materials, I am looking at some older ones and figuring out which ones need to be re-worked and which ones can be kept on as freebies.  So here is a brand new FREEBIE product from yours truly:



Click the picture to go to my store and download this FREEBIE


After only a few years of teaching experience, even I am bored with the obligatory Lab Safety Week at the beginning of every year.  Then I did this project with my classes and we loved it! This product works with whatever set of Lab Safety Rules you already use in your classroom. I had my students choose a rule from the list and make it in to a bookmark.  On one side they had to neatly write out the rule and decorate it.  On the other side they draw a picture to illustrate the rule.  Some kids drew the rule being used, some kids drew the rule being broken, some kids drew both! They came out really cool. =] I wish I had a picture of some of the finished products. Maybe next time!





After my kids made them, I ran them through the lamination machine at my school and cut them out.  Before I handed them back, we looked at all of them under the elmo and reviewed all of the rules.If you have every student in a class choose a different rule, you can usually get close to a full set - depending on your rules and your class.  Then I handed them back and the kids used them as bookmarks in their Science books all year! It worked out well and was a nice change up to the dull lab safety week. Hope you enjoy it!





When you download this product you get a project description sheet and a rubric. They are doubled up to save copy time, paper, and ink =]. Enjoy! Click on the top picture to download.


Everything with love, 
Kristin

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Freebie Feature! (#4)

Hurray! Many of us have made it through another successful school year! For those of you who have finished up for the 2012-2013 school year - congrats! Breathe, Relax, Have some fun! For those of you who are still plugging away at long school years, year round schools, summer schools, or home schools - hang in there! =].

For many of us, summer is a time to stock up on new ideas for the coming year. So when you are done with the fun in the sun portion of your summer vacations - I've got another great freebie for you!

This one is from the wonderful Sue Cahalane at Science for Kids.  I love a good Science freebie! And Sue has been a friend of the blog here since the beginning, so I am ecstatic to share it with you.




How cute is this?!
And it goes with a really amazing paid product as well:



Normally this is where I would gush about how awesome this FREE product is, tell you all about, tell you how to use it and all of the standards it covers.  But Sue has done such an excellent job of highlighting this amazing product on her own blog - I am just going to pass you over to her.  I really hope you all enjoy and use this one!  The top of her post covers the paid product, scroll down for the free Biome game.

To read more about this excellent FREE product click HERE to go to the Science for Kids blog post.

Thanks for stopping by! Now go check it out, off you go!

Everything with love, 
Kristin