Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fantastic News!

Fantastic News #1 - After 4 consecutive nights of insomnia, my body finally caved in and I slept for 8 HOURS! It. was. amazing.

That's not the fantastic news you were expecting, was it? :)

Fantastic News #2 - The materials for my next giveaway finally came today! That's right - it's time for another giveaway!! Sponsored by.....


A LAKESHORE GIVEAWAY!!
Last year, I was in my local Lakeshore and I found their interactive game software. I was very hesitant to try it - Would it be too easy? Too hard? What if my kids didn't like it? The sales associates at their Marietta store were so helpful!! They assured me I was getting a great product - they had just spent a day playing all of the games on their own! :) They even helped me pick our the best games for my kids.

Peeps. My kids LOVED these games. My kids loved these games so much that I was able to talk my principal into buying four more for my entire grade level. Yesssssss!

Do you want to know the best part??? I have THREE of these babies to GIVE AWAY!!!! Yahoooooo!!!

Carnival Context Clues: Grade 1-3

Nonfiction Plinko: Grades 1-3

Vocabulary Game Show: Grades 1-3

These games are totally interactive and work with both SMARTboards and Promethean/ActivBoards. I found my kids were the most engaged and had the most fun when I broke them up into teams and had them play in groups of 3-4. The Vocabulary Game Show was their favorite - think Jeopardy - and they begged to play it all the time. It was easy to play frequently because you can click "end" and declare a winner at any point in the game. They also loved the Plinko game, and we always played boys vs. girls. :) Our order for the games like Kooky Carnival (in the giveaway) came early this summer.  I cannot wait to play these with my new kiddos.

Don't have an interactive board?  The kids can also use these on individual computers and play in pairs. How awesome are these games???

I was playing around on Lakeshore's website tonight and I was SHOCKED by the number of free resources. If you click on the free resources tab on their homepage, you can search through their lesson plans, hands-on projects and printables. I even snagged a bunch of back-to-school activities to use during the first few days.

Now for the giveaway part!




To enter:


1. Follow this blog! Leave a comment to tell me you are a new/old follower. 


2. Blog about this giveaway! Leave a comment with a link to your POST. :) 


3. Go explore their free resources. Leave a comment telling me about one new idea you found! Be specific!


4. Add my blog (button)  to your Sqworl or Blogroll. Leave a comment with a link to your Sqworl/Blogroll. 


The giveaway will CLOSE on Friday, August 19 at 11:00 p.m.. I'll announce the three winners on Saturday, August 20th. I'll give the games out to the winner in the order they are listed on this post. 


Good luck and a BIG thank you to Lakeshore for sponsoring this giveaway!!

66 comments :

  1. First of all, congrats on getting some sleep! And as far as this giveaway...AMAZING! I'm already a follower!

    Dana
    3rd Grade Gridiron

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  2. I'm a follower! I've been having insomnia as well. Last night, I finally got some sleep. Hoping we both have another restful night!

    Marisa
    iDream.iPlan.iTeach

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  3. Yay for sleep!! I am a follower and adore your blog :)

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  4. Lakeshore's free resources are amazing! I love the award maker! :)

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  5. I am a new follower! I love lakeshore!

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  6. I love the practice writing pages you can make on lakeshore.

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  7. Holy Cow! Talk about a ton of ideas...my favorite pick up and go ideas is the Cereal Box Book Report. Awesome for the first weeks of school as we dive into summarizing! I'm new to blogging and LOVE your blog. Thanks for sharing this opportunity!

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  8. I follow your blog!!

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  9. I love the watermelon craft & seed count. I do a watermelon unit at the end of each school year and I'm adding this project my unit!! Super cute!

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  10. I added your button to my sqworl! http://sqworl.com/735u84

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  11. Way too cool! I was wondering the same thing about those Lakeshore games. I'm glad someone else felt the way I did. Thanks for the positive feedback. I am already a follower. Sleep tight again tonight.

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  12. I love the award Maker! They are so colorful!

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  13. I am a follower
    Frontier2ndgrade@att.net

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  14. I have been following your blog since mid-summer.
    mcbridejulie6@gmail.com

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  15. I had not idea how great Lakeshore's free resources are! I'm glad I finally check it out. I'm going to use the Asking Questions lesson. I love that it comes with a reading passage and graphic organizer. Can't wait to find more great ideas.

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  16. I blogged about your giveaway here:

    http://3rdgradegridiron.blogspot.com/2011/08/lakeshore-giveaway.html

    Dana
    3rd Grade Gridiron

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  17. Added your button to my blog :)

    http://sunnydaysinsecondgrade.blogspot.com/

    Denise
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

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  18. I am a new follower!!! I LOVE these games...I just heard about them this summer and was lucky to snag a free download of the math quiz game just like the vocabulary one!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!

    Ali
    alischepis(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I had no idea the free resources were so extensive!! I will definitely be coming back to print some calendars and word searches!!

    Ali

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  20. I have your button on my blog.

    http://yearn4learning.blogspot.com/p/blog-bookshelf.html

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  21. I liked the clip art under the calendar portion of the Lakeshore site.

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  22. I blogged about your giveaway!
    http://primaryconnections-beth.blogspot.com/2011/08/its-lakeshore-product-giveaway.html

    Primary Connections

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  23. I am a new follower-- I have a grade level linky party if you are interested in joining!

    Primary Connections

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  24. I also added your blog button :-) Thank you for such a great giveaway!

    Primary Connections

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  25. I have used quite a few of the clipart from the free resources for my good behavior catalog idea that I got from blog world this summer. I am making little reward reminders to send home.

    Primary Connections

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  26. I think the insomnia right now is the common thread that binds all teachers together this time of year :)

    I love that I found your blog! Totally followed it!

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  27. And I already have your button on my bloggy blog roll!

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  28. Love this giveaway! I am a new follower! :o)

    Jennifer
    jennkeys @ gmail . com

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  29. I love the complete classroom for kindergarten. It is like a Debbie Diller type dream. :o)

    Thanks for posting this gem!

    Jennifer
    jennkeys @ gmail . com

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  30. I'm a new follower!

    Just saw these in the Lakeshore catalog and am DYING to get my hands on some!

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  31. I love that they have clip art and calendars and templates on their free resources! I had no idea!

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  32. I blogged about your awesome giveaway!

    http://talesofathirdgrade.blogspot.com/2011/08/lakeshore-learning-giveaway.html

    Tales of a Third Grade

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  33. I now follow your blog. I am a new follower!

    Tales of a Third Grade

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  34. I checked out thier free resources. I LOVED thier Creating Classroom Community lesson. It follows what I usually do but added a twist to it that I plan to try this year!

    Tales of a Third Grade

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  35. I also added your blog button. Cute button by the way!! I can't figure out how to do a button but someday......

    Tales of a Third Grade

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  36. I am a new follower. I just found out we have the same blog design.

    Rambling About Reading

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  37. I love the classroom designer at Lakeshore. I don't think it is under the free resources but it comes in handy when trying to move around your furniture!
    Rambling About Reading

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  38. I love Lakeshore's Free Resources! Thanks for pointing them them out. I will definitely use the Free Flashcard maker, probably tonight!

    Pitner's Potpourri pitnerm.blogspot.com

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  39. I follow your blog!
    Pitner's Potpourri pitnerm.blogspot.com

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  40. I added your button to my Blog Roll.
    Pitner's Potpourri pitnerm.blogspot.com

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  41. I LOVVVE the lakeshore games and skill software!
    Thanks for the tip about their free web site & goodies! I am a new follower! I love your blog.
    and I am going to try my hardest to publish your freebie on my page! (I just started my blog last week, so I'm still a work in progress)..I'm having an amazing tiime here in BLOG LAND..

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  42. I LOVE Lakeshore, they recently helped fund my Donors Choose Project. I didn't know about the free stuff. I just checked out the Science Fair information, http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/general_content/free_resources/teachers_corner/activities/scienceFair.jsp?f=science... I am making a notebook full of stuff to help my children this year.

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  43. I'm following and I would LOVE this for my Promethean!

    Megan

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  44. Thanks for following me :)
    I posted your give a way on my blog, I am creating a welcome to 3rd grade crossword with new students names for 1st day, (found on the freebies at lakeshore) and added you to my sqworl!
    I even think I did everything right!!!

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  45. I am a new follower! Thanks!
    sdavis6281@hotmail.com

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  46. At Lakeshore, I love the awards makers (& the word search & the fall leaves symmetry to name a few)!
    sdavis6281@hotmail.com

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  47. I just began following your blog. I am just beginning my blog journey, and don't have my own just yet.

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  48. I'm a new follower! :) These games look awesome!!!
    ~Alison
    ali0320@aol.com

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  49. Whoa! I NEVER knew Lakeshore had all these free resources on their site!!! I LOVE the lessons and printables. I am going to add the "Rolling for Number Sense: Even and Odd" to my files, as well as "Our Wonderful Water Cycle" activity. Loving it!!!
    ~Alison
    ali0320@aol.com

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  50. I'm a new follower of your blog! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  51. I found Jelly Bean Fractions activity on Lakeshore - what a yummy way to teach fractions! Do the lesson and then eat the jelly beans! LOVE IT! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  52. I am already a follower of your blog!

    Mindy
    http://wells4thgrade.blogspot.com/

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  53. I have your button on my blog!

    Mindy
    http://wells4thgrade.blogspot.com/

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  54. I'm a new follower. I found you on Third Grade Gridron's blog. I had never even known that these types of interactive games existed for the Smartboard....it's so exciting. I checked out Lakeshore's site and I am going to try the water drop experiment as I introduce my kiddos to inquiry-based learning in science. Thanks for this opportunity;0
    kristymentzer@comcast.net

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  55. I blogged about your giveaway!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

    http://busyinkindergarten.blogspot.com/2011/08/super-giveaways.html

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  56. I added your button to my blog!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

    http://busyinkindergarten.blogspot.com/2011/08/super-giveaways.html

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  57. I have been following your blog!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  58. I love the writing pages to print and help the kids practice their handwriting.

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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