Crazy for Hermit Crabs!

I am using Hermit Crabs as an instructional tool the first three to five days of school! I have designed science labs to use with LIVE HERMIT CRABS as well as a really fun packet to use with GROWING HERMIT CRABS. These are NOVELTY TOYS I found on Ebay. I also created some creative writing projects as well as an informational report format. The students will also read several classic books about hermit crabs, including A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle, Hermit Crab’s Home: Safe in a Shell by the Smithsonian, and What Lives in a Shell?. The students should LOVE starting with such an unusual topic! I also have a FREEBIE Reading Comprehension Packet on Hermit Crabs to get you started! I will be sure to take pics and share soon (school starts Aug. 24)!  CLICK ON THE LINKS TO FIND THESE ITEMS!


Hatching Chicken Eggs

I have decided to hatch chicken eggs at the beginning of the school year. We will be reading “The Enormous Egg” by Oliver Butterworth as our second novel and I thought hatching actual chicken eggs would be a lot of fun!

I made a PowerPoint showing what is happening inside the egg each day in the 21 day development process.  It is FREE!  Click Here to Grab it!

I also am working on making some science labs using eggs!  Here is a Floating Egg one!  It is also FREE!  Click here to grab it!

I will share some more resources soon!

If you are interested in a set of nine science labs using eggs, check out this link!  Click here to view this product!

An Old Favorite!

Our First Novel!

We will be reading a classic school story as our first novel this year!  It is a great book, but this is the first time I have used it in my classroom.  I will post some student projects as soon as we complete them!  This book is offered as a $1 book in the current Scholastic Books READ EVERY DAY Catalog.  Check the bottom of the first page!  What a great deal!

Does anyone have any good ideas to use with this book?


Cyber Search Monday Promotion

Welcome to the

Cyber Search Showcase

at Smart Chick Teacher’s Resources!

Download over $85 worth of materials for free!

Monday, August 8th only!

Welcome to Cyber Monday!  get busy downloading those freebies!  I know I will!  Enjoy!

Let’s get started looking for those freebies ….

  1. Visit each blog or website below and you’ll find one featured item that’s valued between $3.00 and $10.00. You’ll see a link to the store where you COULD buy this item, but you won’t have to because it will be absolutely free to download from their website on Monday, August 8th! 

  2. For now, look for the blue Cyber Search buddy button on each blog or website to help you find the  Cyber Search Showcase page. Then take a look around and check out the great teaching resources you’ll find there. These bloggers have great teaching strategies, tips, and free items in addition to the items they sell on TeachersPayTeachers.

  3. Then choose another website on the list and hop over there to check things out. Bookmark any pages you like so you can come back and check them out later!

  4. On Monday, return to this page to start your Cyber Search for over $85 worth of teaching materials created just for Grade 3 – 5 teachers! Download and save each file before moving on to the next site. If you like the freebie, you may want to follow the seller on TpT or Facebook so you’ll know when they create more great stuff!

Visit These Websites To Continue Your Cyber Search!

* Laura Candler Teaching Resources
* Lisa Frase Effective Teaching Solutions
* Rachel Lynette Minds in Bloom
* Ashleigh Education Journey
* Charity Preston The Organized Classroom Blog
* Jennifer Runde Runde’s Room
* Karla Banks Life in Special Education
* Heather Kaiser The Teched Out Teacher
* Rosshalde Pak Education Shortlist
* PowerPoint Maniac PowerPoint Maniac’s Teaching Resources
* Nyla Phillips-Martin Nyla’s Crafty Teaching
* Margaret Whisnant – Taking Grades for Teachers
* Tracey Graham Smart Chick Teacher
* Wise Guys Teaching Activities, Lesson Plans, and Units

Free Bonus File – Ruth S’s Chocolate Fever Student Activity Pages ($5.00 value)

My FREE item in a great science resource called, Play-doh Botany!  It is a $9.99 value and if you click on the title you can download it for FREE on Monday, August 8th only!  It is a 46 page packet to help make the subject of botany hands-on and engaging!  Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out the items from the other participants!