Friday, August 17, 2012

Shake a Phrase App

Do your students enjoy grammar?  Do you enjoy teaching grammar?  Both students and teachers would probably say grammar is boring.  You are in luck because I came across this great app that I want to tell you about.  It is called Shake a Phrase!  The name makes it sound exciting!  There are animal, fairytale, monster, and sports themes.  Students "shake" the device (gently of course) and a new silly sentence pops up each time.  Students then click on words to find out the meaning and part of speech.  When they know the parts of speech, they can play the Quiz Me! game.  Teachers, you set the part or parts of speech you want them to identify: nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions, or conjunctions.  It would make a great center or "Can Do" activity after finishing their work.  Check out their site to see how one teacher is already using it in her classroom.  If you use it this year, please come back and let us know how it went!  Follow me and/or leave a comment!  I love to hear from you!!!! 

Shake-a-Phrase start screen

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

Tamberly over at A Window into Mrs. Wheeler's Class awarded me The Versatile Blogger and One Lovely Blog awards.  Thank you Tamberly.  I wish you a fabulous start to this new school year!  

Guidelines for the combined awards:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you (and follow their blog)
2. Link back to the person who nominated you
3. Include the award image in your post
4. Give 7 random facts about yourself
5. Nominate 1-5 other blogger(s) for the award
6. When nominating, include a link to their blog
7. Let other bloggers know they've been nominated
Seven random facts about me:
1. I am the proud mother of two wonderful children, Ashley who is 17 and Jacob who is 10!
2. I am deathly afraid of frogs!  So much so, that I will stop teaching and have one of my brave students get it out the classroom for me!
3. I had the opportunity to go to Spain, France, Switzerland, and England my senior year in high school.  I was so homesick that I didn't enjoy it very much and would love to go back again now that I am older and would appreciate it more.  My entire childhood, I wanted to visit the Eiffel Tower.  Once I got there and saw it up close, I decided it wasn't all that great because I was afraid of heights.  It was really pretty from the ground though!
4.  My favorite refreshing drink is iced coffee! Yummy!!!
5.  I absolutely love teaching!  I didn't know how much until about seven or eight years ago I was given the opportunity to teach in a small private Christian school.  They had to let some teachers go when the economy hit them hard.  When they told me I was one that had to go, I was heartbroken.  That's when I decided I needed my degree so I could have more options.   
6.  I love God who sent his son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins so that I could have an eternal hope of heaven.  He did that for everyone! 
7.  I just got a new ice maker installed in my freezer! The ice just dropped so it made me think of this. LOL  We live in central Florida and it is HOT here!
These are the bloggers I am nominating for the Versatile Blogger award and the One Lovely Blog awards.  I wish I had time to award more, but my husband keeps coming out to remind me that we have to be up at 3 a.m. ugh:
A Turn To Learn
Teaching in High Heels