Tips to Stay Stress Free---Great Giveaway!

I’m linking up with some of my 3, 4, 5 blogging buddies for a terrific giveaway!  Huge prizes!  We wanted to help alleviate some of the stress that happens this time of year by sharing some tips to stay stress-free and by offering up 4 great prizes!

It’s that time of the year!  Testing time!  How many of you are gearing up for testing week?  Our testing begins in two weeks, but I know that several states are already testing (or have already tested).  So, how can we make this as stress-free as possible? Not only for us, but for our students?

I’m going to be sharing this acronym with my students in grades 3-5 as we get closer to testing.  I shared it with my fourth graders for the last few years.

We must help our students to RELAX.  Testing is hard, but if you use these 5 simple strategies during THE test (or any test), you will be able to relax and focus on the test.  Often, our students get so stressed out looking at the questions that they panic.  Just using the word, “relax” will help them to refocus and use the strategies included: 

R- Read the question carefully and then reread the passage or problem to find the right answer.
E- Examine every answer choice before you choose your answer.
L- Label your answer in the passage or in the problem.
A- Always check your work.
X- X-out answers that cannot possibly be correct.
Testing is inevitable; why not give our students some strategies to help.  You can grab that poster by clicking on the picture or by clicking {here}. 
So, do you want a chance to win? There are 4 prizes and 4 winners!  You will need to scroll through the Rafflecopter to see all 4 prizes.  Make sure you enter for each prize! 

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Chocolate Milk, Por Favor! {Book Launch and Giveaway}

I can not even begin to tell you how extremely happy I am to be writing this post!  Last summer, Maria Dismondy contacted me to see if I could help her out.  Um, of course!  I've loved her books and have used them in my classroom for the last few years.

She asked for me to write a brief teacher-friendly page for her new book, Chocolate Milk, Por Favor!  Celebrating Diversity with Empathy, about how to assist English Language Learners in the classroom.  I am truly honored to have had this opportunity!

Book Summary:  Johnny is a big fan of school but that all changes when the new kid, Gabe arrives.  Gabe doesn't speak any English, and that doesn't stop Johnny from going out of his way to be unkind.  But what will Johnny do when Gabe starts to make new friends?  Will he join the fun of making a new friend or turn the other way?  Johnny realizes a powerful message in this store where student differences are celebrated.  Read to find out how chocolate milk plays a major role in the discovery of the real universal language.  

Check out the book trailer.  You will love it!

Check out the book on Amazon.

Maria is not only an award-winning author, but she was a classroom teacher for many years. She brings that experience to her books.  She specializes in books about challenges children face. A topic close to her heart, Maria’s own childhood experience inspired her first book, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun. Maria’s dedication to empowering children with courage and confidence has reached new heights, touching the hearts and hands of children the world over. Grounded in her belief that all children deserve a voice, Maria’s latest book, Chocolate Milk, Por Favor, drives home the important message of celebrating diversity with kindness, inclusion and empathy. As a sought-after speaker, Maria spreads her message by presenting at schools and conferences across the country. She holds degrees in education and child development. Maria lives in southeastern Michigan with her husband, Dave, and their three book-loving children.

Would you like to win an autographed copy of her newest book?  We'd love to share one with you!  Please enter to win!  

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Educents Launch!

A few years ago, I was introduced Educents and I've loved it ever since.  Now, Educents is opening their Marketplace!  This means that in addition to their already AMAZING deals, they will now offer store fronts on a daily basis.  That means, that teacher-authors can now sell and create stores in the Educents Marketplace.  There are over 500 sellers already signed up and you can find some awesome deals anytime you need them!
To LAUNCH the new storefront, several of the sellers are joining in to bring you a little peek into a freebie offered in their new store.  In addition to that, we are hosting a giveaway for $50 worth of Educents credits!

Below is a preview of my FREEBIE!

This freebie is perfect to help review decimals concepts!

Check out my freebie over at Eductents {here}, or the whole storefront {here}.  

After you check out my store, be sure to check out some of the other stores listed below, too. Make sure you enter for your chance to win the $50 in Educents credits!!

Leave me a comment below for a chance to win an item from my store for FREE!  Let me know what you would buy with the $50 in Educents credits!