Vocabulary Fun ~ Use an app!

Vocabulary Fun with MSQRD app
Do you want a FREE app that will make learning vocabulary words fun? Well, that’s what I’m sharing with you today! I’ll even share a little video of what you can do with this app and a freebie for your students.
I happen to love words. I remember reading Anne of Green Gables and loving the quirky phrases like “kindred spirits” and the way L.M. Montgomery strung words together in a way that made you want to bask in the beauty of the words. Or reading Charlotte’s Web and being captivated by the marvelous first sentence and in awe of quotes like this:

“The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last for ever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year – the days when summer is changing into autumn – the crickets spread the rumour of sadness and change.”

When I discover a new word I find it exciting and can’t wait to use it. I’m finally getting around to reading the Fault In Our Stars and discovered the word hamartia. I’m not sure how I will put “fatal flaw” into a conversation, but it is going to happen! 
My students are not quite as enthusiastic to discover words. Of course, a teacher who is excited about words is a good first step, but they need something more. Tech to the rescue!
I searched for an app that would do filters like snapchat, but wasn’t part of a social media. I found one! The app is MSQRD (masquerade). It can link up to Facebook, but you don’t have to do that. You can just download the videos directly to your device. It’s available in the app store and google play store. 
I’m planning on using the app to have my students read a vocabulary word and the definition. Once we have videos of all the words that I want the students to work on then I will merge them into a single video (I used imovie for this). The students will watch the video a few times and then they will have some vocabulary activities. They will write the words in their vocabulary notebook with a space between each word. They will use the vocabulary spinner to select an activity for each word – draw a picture, write a sentence, write a synonym, or write an antonym. I may need to put a max or min for each choice if the spinner is ALWAYS landing on their favorite activity. I’ll figure out the details of that as we start using it. I think they will love seeing the video though. Hopefully, it will help some of these words to “stick”!
A few quick tips for this app:
1) Choose to not link it to Facebook
2) Click on the heart to add a filter to favorites. Tell the students they can only use the ones that you have marked. Some of the filters are too distracting – music in the background and/or yucky themes.
3) Combine the individual videos into a single video
4) Provide the students with a way to respond to what they’ve learned – you can use the freebie below!
  Vocabulary Fun freebie
Here is a little freebie for you to use with this app. It includes 2 cover options – Vocabulary Fun, Spelling Fun. These can be glued onto the front of a spiral notebook. It also has a spinner. You can print this onto cardstock and glue to the inside cover of the notebook. Students can take a paperclip and pencil to use the spinner and select a response form for each word. You may need to specify some guidelines to make sure they are doing a mix of activities. Click on the picture to download the freebie.
I hope you enjoy using this app to help your students learn and appreciate new words!

Huge Back to School TPT Sale + Share the Wealth Linky

Wow! There is so much going on right now. Can you tell it’s back-to-school season? My head is spinning with all the things that I need to do!

There are only a few days left until the huge TPT Back-to-School sale. It’s time to go through your wish list and figure out what to add to your cart. Think about what you need for the next few months. My entire store, Teacher Treasure Hunter, will be marked down 20%. Add the TPT promo code of BTS14 and you will save 28% on everything from my store. Don’t forget the code! This is an amazing deal. The bundles are already a good savings and you will still get the discount on those.

To help you get ready for back to school I’m linking up with John Hughes @ An Educator’s Life to share FREE back to school resources and the item that is the most wish-listed from my store. Just click on the picture above to see what everyone has shared.

I linked up my new Back to School Birthday Bulletin Board and Certificates. These are colorful little cupcake posters that you can put up in your class to show all the birthdays. There are also certificates that you can include with a little treat from the teacher to make their day more special.

My most wish-listed item is: Arctic Animals Research Papers. It’s not specific to back-to-school, but it’s great to prepare ahead of time. I’m always amazed when I get a sale of this in the middle of summer! 🙂 I  have several other products like this. I think this is the most popular since I have had it listed the longest and also more teachers do this study than some of the others (desert animals, etc.). This item has over 100 feedback ratings! Thank you! Here are a few of my favorites:

Kim said: My students LOVED this packet! They loved picking their own animal to research and turned around and wrote great informative writing pieces! Your graphic organizers were so easy for them to use for their writing. Thank you for a great packet of information!

Mary said: MAJOR time saver, and wow, what a product. So useful.

Deborah said: The information has been well researched and written in a way that is easily understood, but not dumbed down. Love that there are real photos included. Thanks for this wonderful resource.

Reading is Love said: These are very well-organized and readable, and feature a lot of animals that my students wanted to study but about which I couldn’t find books. Thank you!

Last, but not least, don’t forget to enter this awesome giveaway for an iPad mini. The entry options are easy to do. Most of them are just a follow at the TPT store or blog — it just takes a click or two. Good luck!

Free E-Book Technology Tips for Teachers


I’m so excited to announce that the Tech Tips for Teachers Free Ebook was featured in the newsletter and is now available! It is a compilation of free products and tech tips from 47 teachers. There are tips and products for all grade levels! I’ve included my free iPad Task Cards for 1st & 2nd grade using the free app Toca Tailor. 


Some deals for you!

Wow!  It’s been a bit since I’ve posted.  I’m super busy with getting ready for school, a class I’m taking and creating items for Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s.  So, I finally have a post for you!  I’m listing a few deals for Scholastic and a good deal on a printed poster.  I love the Scholastic Teacher Express deal — FREE!  I really enjoy having digital editions of my teaching materials.  The poster deal may seem like an odd one to post, but I’ve read of many teachers printing really cute banners for their classrooms (maybe for a birthday, clip chart hall of fame, best work, etc.).  At the end of the post, there is a link to some cute Health posters I made for TPT.  They would be great for back to school or to use while teaching a health unit.  I am hoping to create lesson plans to go along with them.  I teach health in March along with nutrition and the human body.  Now that I’ve created these though, I’m thinking that it might be a great idea to teach the health part at the beginning of the year.  Maybe I could avoid a few of the inevitable coughs that seem to be aimed directly towards my face!  Yikes!  Germ city! 🙂  I am excited and nervous that school is starting so quickly.  I ran into one of my new students at Wal-Mart.  He was so excited about starting 1st grade.  Adorable!  I hope that you are getting many things accomplished so you can have a stress free back-to-school!

For any of you who like’s Scholastic “Teacher Express” here is a $5 off code.
No Minimum required.  After the coupon select the option of “No Payment Required”.
Here is the code
One per customer : Expires 08-19-2012
* Their site is down right now, so I haven’t been able to test it.  Hoping it works!

50-Book Collections Grades K-2

Scholastic Teachers book Club is offering 50 books for $50. Just choose either the K-2nd Grade Selection of books [scholastic.com] regular price $178 3rd&4th Grade Selection of books [scholastic.com] regular price $178 5th&6th Grade Selection of books [scholastic.com] regular price $240 and then at check out apply the code “BIO”. The offer is good thru 8/31 or as long as supplies last. Standard shipping is $4.50.

ShindigZ Coupons & Deals

 ShinDigz.com has 18″x54″ Personalized Vinyl Banners for $14.99 – $13.99 promotional code VSQQR7 = $1. Shipping is $7.95. 

  1. Click Here and select a banner type
    • Valid only for item #s B1118, K1118, K1154 and B1154
  2. Select 18″x54″ Size
  3. Click “Add to Cart”
  4. Enter the text you would like for your banner and add to cart
  5. Enter promotional code VSQQR7 during checkout
  6. Total should be $1 + $7.95 shipping

This is a set of 10 Healthy Habits posters.  You can find this item at my TPT store.  The first 2 people to leave a comment can get this item for free!  Make sure you leave your email address (I usually write mine with extra spaces and at instead of @ to try avoid spam – i.e., luv2harp at yahoo.com–don’t know if that helps or not, but I feel better about it!).  Let me know which background you would like: plaid, dots or zig-zag.


Amazon Book & App Deals

Here are a few deals at Amazon and itunes.   If you use an ipad and/or kindle in the classroom, check these out!  Prices can change quickly.  The Kate DiCamillo book will likely only be at this price for today.
This cat in the hat app is 99 cents today.   Visit the itunes link to add it to your ipad or the Amazon link to add it to your android device.
@ Amazon you also get $1 MP3 credit when you buy this app!  It is automatically applied to your Amazon account.

Amazon download for Kindle

App Features:
  • Choose from 3 ways to read: Read to Me, Read it Myself, or Auto Play
  • Listen to professional narration and fun music and sound effects
  • Enjoy the original illustrations from the classic book
  • Read or follow along as the words are highlighted; touch words to hear them again
  • Touch images on the screen, and their words will pop up

8 and up 3 and up

What if? Why not? Could it be?
When a fortune teller’s tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchenne knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortune teller’s mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead you there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true. With atmospheric illustrations by fine artist Yoko Tanaka, here is a dreamlike and captivating tale that could only be told by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo. In this timeless fable, she evokes the largest of themes: hope and belonging, desire and compassion–with the lightness of a magician’s touch.

Free Kindle book!  
9 and up 4 and up
I learnt that it is faith that decides whether something will happen or not.At the age of eight, Kaka already knew what it he wanted in life: to play soccer, and only soccer. He started playing in front of his friends and family, but when he suffered a crippling injury doctors told him he would never play again. Through faith and perseverance Kaka recovered, and today he plays in front of thousands of fans every year. As the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year and winner of the Ballon d’Or, this midfielder for Real Madrid has become one of the most recognized faces on the soccer field.