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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Product Swap!

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season!  I committed to myself and my family that I would take some time off of my second job here during the holidays, and now it's time to get back on the bandwagon!  I have so many ideas for the coming months as we enter into the second quarter of the year.

But up first... I am participating is Mrs. Stanford's Product Swap and hosting my first GIVEAWAY!

 I swapped with Kim Zilliak over at Literacy Sundae {with Common Core on Top}.  If you haven't already, you HAVE to check out her classroom tour.  So cute and such great ideas for an intermediate classroom.
Literacy Sundae

 The title of her blog kills me every time-- it's one of my favorite blog titles of all time, but it also makes me eyes wander to my freezer, and it always ends in an ice cream party for one.  Great Blog + Ice Cream + Common Core Tips & Tricks = Bliss.

I was excited to swap with her because she has a really neat Suffix Mini-Unit that will be perfect for Word Work during Daily Five.  It's always a struggle to find quality resources for intermediate word work, so I was thrilled that I was the recipient of this unit!

The unit focuses on the suffixes -ible & -able, and it will combine perfectly with our study of roots.  All I had to do was laminate and cut the cards out (Side Note: I was a little giddy because this was the first time I was using my new "personal" laminator at home.  School has one that I can use, but sometimes there are things I need to do last minute, so I finally broke down and got one.  This could be trouble!) and they were ready to go.

This laminator is awesome!  I was so excited about how rough and tough the paper is once it has been through this thermal laminator.  There's just something about that shiny glow of laminate on a beautiful piece of work...

So simple, and the center is ready!  The students match the word cards with the definition cards then take a quick assessment at the end.  Love it, and it's so appropriate for intermediate students!  Kim is having a sale at her store this weekend, as well!

I mounted all of the title cards on coordinating construction paper and laminated.  I put the match cards in a Zip Loc baggie.  The image on the bottom right is the quiz with an Answer Key.

She was also so sweet to treat me to TWO of her paper packs, which I'm loving!  I used them for the backgrounds of all of the photos on this post--gorgeous, aren't they?  I was finishing up a product last night, and needed a background for my cover page, and her Wildflower Papers were perfect for the job, so I had to use them!  She also gifted me her Valentine's pack, and I will be using it for my February Reading Task Cards when I finally finish them.  She is so generous, and I know both of these gifts will come in handy many, many times.  She will also be giving away a pack over at her blog as part of the swap!

I had to add a few pictures of my little helpers (my twin girls)!  As I was taking pictures of the center, they had to help out.  They were particularly interested in the -ible and -able definition cards.   Love those little toes (and isn't the background paper adorable? It's Kim's!)!

{{ Giveaway! }}

In conjunction with the swap, I'm also going to host my very first giveaway using Rafflecopter!  Hop over to Kim's blog to see what I swapped with her, and I will be giving away a set of those items, AND to another person, any item from my store!  There are a lot of fun options for earning entries on Rafflecopter, so the deadline to enter will be tomorrow at 9pm ET.  I'm so excited about this giveaway, and I will be doing more for any items I blog about in the future. (Remember: Some options for entries you can do both today and tomorrow for multiple entries.)  Yay!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks again to Kim for her fun goodies and thanks to Jessica for hosting the Swap!  I can't wait to participate in the next one.


  1. Just found you through the product swap and can't wait to check out the suffix mini unit. We are heading over to check out your product on your partner's blog! :)
    We are now following you and would love it if you want to stop by sometime!
    Katie & Lisen

  2. I'm a new follower! :o)


  3. Found your blog through the product swap. Thanks for the giveaway!


  4. I found through the product swap as well. Aren't you glad you decided to buy a laminator? They are the best!

    Primary Reading Party

  5. I found you through the product swap. You are awesome! :)

  6. I found you through Kim's blog and LOVED your products! Now I'm your newest follower! I teach reading for grades 3-5, so I love to find other upper grades bloggers.

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late