Wednesday, February 25, 2015


It's that time of year again. 
TeachersPayTeachers is having a sale, today

February 25, 2015

I love the name of the sale


Just think about it. Teachers really ARE heroes 

We devote our lives to our students 
We motivate them to reach for the stars  
We inspire them to be the best they can be 
We encourage them to make a difference 
We help them when they don't understand 
We praise them and applaud their accomplishments 
We're sad, when they're sad 
We cry inside when they're hurting 
We encourage them to think creatively 
We applaud their talents 
We listen to them 
We smile and laugh with them 
We cheer when "they get it" 
We set the bar high and are consistent with our expectations 
Our profession is admirable but 
we don't often stop to think about the impact 
we have on our students 

Everything in my store is on sale for you 
who make a difference 
in students' 

Give yourself a pat on the back, every morning.

Thanks for stopping by!

photo of TeachersPayTeachers Teachers are Heroes sale, Ruth S.,
Click on the image to see my sale. 
Use the promo code HEROES at check out, to receive
another discount!

Monday, February 23, 2015

TeachersPayTeachers Site Wide Sale!

TeachersPayTeachers is having a site wide sale!

Starts February 25th!
We collaborated to share our valuable teaching resources with you.
Below, you'll see everyone who was involved in this project.

Make up your wish lists with all the awesome resources 
the Super Secondary teachers have to offer. 

Some of us, like myself, offer grades 4 -12 teaching resources. 

Don't forget to use the promo code HEROES when you check out to get more discounts! 

Click on the image below to see all of our stores! I'm listed as Ruth S. 


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Snowball Antonyms

After Hurricane Sandy roared up the coast causing a path of unthinkable destruction in our area, and a short time later, a Nor'Easter blizzard blasted us with Arctic winds and dumped nine inches of snow on us, I decided to create an activity packet called "Snowball Antonyms". 

This is a hands on activity, and what's really cool is your students don't have to wear mittens or gloves to do it! All that's needed are scissors, glue sticks, the activity sheets and dictionaries. 

Download this free activity to help increase your students' 
vocabulary so they will become better readers and writers! 
Have wintry fun!


photo of Snowball Antonyms, Free PDF, Teacher Park

Spelling Activities for Any List of Words

When we were first told that we would no longer be using spelling books with our students, I thought our principal was kidding... I almost laughed out loud. Good thing I didn't. because he was serious.. We were all stunned then almost fell off our chairs when he announced the following.

As of today, you will create your spelling lists as a team and add content words from your science, social studies and math classes.

We weren't happy but that could be another post that I may do later.

Teachers are having to create their own spelling lists these days. In the past, we had spelling books that reinforced word "families" and often had vowel and consonant sounds, the "ei, ie" rules and much more.

In my opinion, those spelling books were as an important as cherries on a NY style cheesecake. :)

They reinforced spelling patterns, sounds, blends and even definitions. Each unit spiraled to the next and all had review pages of the earlier taught units.

I decided that if we weren't allowed to use those lovely little spelling books, I would create activities to accompany spelling lists I assigned to my students.

My packet has 24 different worksheets that can be used with any spelling list and yes, my activities reinforce much needed spelling rules, vowels sounds, etc. 

Take a few minutes to ask your students what a long and short "A" sounds like. Or better yet, ask them what a soft and hard "g" sound like. EVEN better ask them to tell you what a digraph is or to name a three letter 
consonant blend! 

Ask them to explain the spelling rule "when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking". I had a student tell me that it's like when his mom and dad go for a walk... His mother never stops talking. I could barely keep a straight face.

I can almost guess that many of your students' responses will be puzzled looks, almost like you're speaking a foreign language...

We need to bring back those important little spelling books!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thank A Million Teachers!

Happy New Year Everyone! 

A New Year's day tradition in our family is to always watch the Rose Parade. Colorful floats, marching high school bands, veterans, prancing horses, cheering crowds! It's two hours of nice relaxing, quality family time, which is rare these days because of schedules being so different.
What's next???

As the Farmers' Insurance float came around the bend, I noticed a sign that said, "Thank A Million Teachers".  The camera panned all around the float, then zoomed in on a man and woman sitting next to each other. It was actor Jack Black and his middle school drama teacher!! 

When the parade was over, I just had to do a Google search for the float and Jack Black who has always been one of my favorite actors. 

I was elated when I pulled up the following site! Farmers Insurance gave away 1 million dollars in grants to teachers in 2014 ! 

Watch the inspiring video of Jack Black and his former middle school drama teacher, Debbie Devine, by clicking on the image. Information is also given about the 2014 winners and a place where YOU can thank a teacher ! 

How often I've thought about teachers who made a real difference in my life. One, in particular, was John White, my high school English teacher, who reviewed parts of speech, grammar and writing techniques, using lyrics of popular songs and rock bands. He was one of the most memorable teachers I ever had. His soft spoken manner and fairness was a model of how I would interact with my students when I became a teacher. Dear Mr. White, thank you for making my dream come true !

And how could I ever forget my high school biology teacher, Joe Natale, who was a second year teacher at that time. His enthusiasm and great sense of humor inspired me to become a teacher, but not specifically a biology teacher. I opted for a certification that would allow me to teach all subject areas. So Dear Mr. Natale, even though I didn't get a degree in biology, you also inspired me to follow my dream !

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

North Pole Prepositions

North Pole Prepositions

I decided to add this post again because I've had such a great response to this packet of activities. :)

Ever notice that some students use prepositions incorrectly. 
I see it in students' written work and hear it during class conversations.

These activities ask students to guess the correct prepositions that complete the sentences. They have four prepositions to choose from. Only one "fits" in each sentence.

When they're finished they draw pictures of the sentences to illustrate them. 

These activities make a cute book!

Have your students design a North Pole Prepositions cover, staple the pages together and send them home before the winter break!

photo of North Pole Prepositions, prepositions, ELA winter activities, Ruth S.


Monday, December 1, 2014

An Early December TeachersPayTeachers SALE!!

An early December sale! 

Need resources for after the holidays? 

Everything in my store is discounted! 

This is a site wide sale! TeachersPayTeachers wants you to have the best resources at very low prices. 

December 1st and December 2nd!
Be sure to use promo code TPTCYBER when you check out, to receive even more discounts! 

photo of A December Sale 2014,, teaching resources

I just modified my Nonfiction Bingo packet! If you've already purchased it, you may download it  again free of charge. The packet is now 45 pages, 20 are student Bingo cards. Also included is a student nonfiction text feature guide with terms and definitions. 

photo of NonFiction Text Features, nonfiction, text features, Ruth S.

Happy Holidays to All!!!