Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rockin' Giveaway



If the winter blues are not for you, we can help with...
a Blogger Giveaway!!!  We have come together to give away 11 terrific themed units that will help get you through the rest of the school year.    


Click {right here} to check out Kindergarten Crayon's..."Lucky as a Leprechaun" Unit

 Click {right here} to check out Growing Kinders'..."Hoppin' into Spring!" Unit

Click {right here} to check out Alessia Albanese's..."How Does Your Garden Grow?" Unit

Click {right here} to check out Melissa Freshwater's..."Incredible Insects" Unit

 Click {right here} to check out Julie Lee's...."Dino-riffic Fun!" Unit

 Click {right here} to check out Donna Glynn's..."Community Helpers" Unit

 Click {right here} to check out Kindergarten Hoppenings'..."On the Go" Unit

Click {right here} to check out Babbling Abby's...."Amazing Astronaut Activities!"

 Click {right here} to check out A Cupcake for the Teacher's..."On the Farm" Unit

 Click {right here} to check out Jamie Mayas'...."It's a Zoo!" Unit

 Click {right here}  to check out Kindergarten Rocks'..."Oceans of Fun Math Centers"

Click {right here}  to check out Kindergarten Rocks'..."Oceans of Fun Literacy Centers"


Books are good for the brain, but themes are fun for the brain!  To win ALL these units, please leave a comment if you use thematic centers in your classroom and why.  Don’t forget to leave your e-mail address with your comment.  

2 Super-Duper Winners will be drawn on Sunday at 10:00PM!   It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. 
We can’t wait to read your comments!

81 comments:

R Lindle said...

This is AMAZING! Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to win! Someone will be a VERY LUCKY TEACHER!

I use themes because they help to capture the student's interest and engage them in learning activities =)

lindleslittlelearners@gmail.com

Karen said...

What a wonderful giveawayfor a Kindergarten teacher! I hope I am the lucky one!
I use thematic centers to dig deeper into the topics we are studying.
Karen.Strawser@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

I am staring to use centers in my kindergarten class and I love the ideas from the blogs I read every day.

Jenny
Sincerely713@hotmail.com

Jalysia said...

This is my first year using themes in my classroom and I'm loving how it seems to pull all the different subjects together!
Crossing my fingers :)

icthus_1@hotmail.com

blajcak said...

I love all of these, the woud be wonderful to have :)
I use themese because it gets my students interested and excited.
blajcak@ashland.k12.wi.us

Lori Rosenberg said...

Such goodies! Thanks for the great giveaway! I've been teaching for 19 years and I only know how to teach using themes. The children enjoy the themes and I love how all the subjects are bound together by the common theme.
ΡΌ Lori
Teaching With Love and Laughter
luvyorkies@gmail.com


"Spot"tacular Kindergarten said...

This is wonderful!! I sure hope I win! This is my 3rd year of teaching and I love kindergarten!! I especially love using themes in my classroom because I feel the students are more attentive. Also its just fun to teach and I love integrating all subjects together with one theme!

~Lauren

laurenljohnson11@gmail.com

Suzanne Sweeney said...

These are fantastic. I love to use themes because it ties everything together-always try to link my reading, writing and math with my theme as well as my centers. It is so much fun to see the kids get excited and learn as we get into the topics. I am always looking for new ideas to engage them!

Brenda said...

Wow! Awesome giveaway! I like using themes because they're engaging & they help kiddos make those important connections!

Brenda primaryinspired@gmail.com
Primary Inspired

Suzanne Sweeney said...

Forgot to leave my email above:
DWMom4@aol.com
Thanks!

C Laughlin said...

This is my first year as a Kindergarten Teacher and I love using themes. I am so thankful to all the creative teachers out there who make such wonderful items that I can just print and laminate.

Christina
cmlaughlin74@gmail.com

alawson said...

This giveaway is amazing! I love using thematic units. This will help me and my students make it through the year. amandalawson4@gmail.com

Jessica said...

I definitely use thematic units to expand on skills on an attractive ways. My students get more excited about learning.
Jessica
langjjess@gmail.com

Apples and Papers

Anonymous said...

I am just returning to the classroom after 9 years as a resource teacher. I have always used themes and advocated other to connect themes together. Project based learning begins with great theme ideas and every year it gets tweaked to meet that group's needs. I would love to have aome resources in hand so my time can be spent 'tweaking' and teaching versus looking for resources and where to even begin! Ahoggan@hcps.us

Special Teacher for Special Kids said...

What a wonderful giveaway! In the school I teach in they frown upon thematic centers. However I still do it becuase I feel that is the best way to engage my special education students. On My... I would L-O-V-E to win this giveway.

Thank you for the chance.I enjoy following your blog.

Iteachkidsabc@gmail.com
:o) V.
Special Teacher for Special Kids

jabel said...

I love using theme units. It is so much fun to get everything geared to a theme. abel2do@sbcglobal.net

Allie said...

I am a first year teacher teaching kindergarten and LOVE using thematic units. It helps connect the student's learning and gets them excited about their education!

Love your blog!

alliehafner@gmail.com

justhave2teach said...

I love using themes. You can cover all subject areas with units that are fun and exciting for everyone!

justhave2teach@gmail.com

Daniel Davis said...

I taught Pre-K for 6 years and used thematic centers every week. My kids loved them and it was a great way to bring in a variety of skills and concepts while making learning fun. This is my first year in Kindergarten and I am struggling with my curriculum to keep the thematic units. I refuse to give them up because they can teach so many things. I love this giveaway. Very excited :)

Julie
DDgirl4ever@yahoo.com

ELTurner said...

I am a first year teacher and have started my career teaching using thematic units. When I did my student teaching this was the way I learned and I LOVE it!! I think students are more involved and interested when they can relate to the material. I also believe thematic units allow the students to learn more about all subjects!!! A big thanks to all the lovely blog ladies above, I have gotten so much inspiration from you and would have not made it through this year without you!!!

ELTurner@oxford.k12.ms.us

Anonymous said...

i love thematic teaching because the kids become experts and you can tailor learning to their interests!!
Laura
ldaitz@sd38.bc.ca

Jenny G. said...

What an awesome giveaway-thank you! I use themes throughout the year. It gives the children a chance to deepen their learning in a fun/engaging way and teachers can incorporate all of their skill work into the theme.
pjbs@charter.net

Anonymous said...

This is my first year using thematic units. I would love to win this amazing giveaway to help me end my year! Thanks so much!
Rhonda
rhonda.wilson78@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I use themes in my room and the kids love it! It engages the students in learning and it also lets you incorporate some great literature and informational text. I just love to get my kids involved with great activities and get them hooked on reading. I would love to win this give away!! (Leprechaus, Easter , garden, insects,zoo, farm , ocean, etc) Lots of learning for the little ones! pwhisenantpowell@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Themes help kids learn in context. They are more engaged and interested. Would love these resources, nkmcnally@bigpond.com

Nicole McNally

Lori said...

I like to use thematic units because it integrates all of the subjects I teach in a meaningful way for the children to learn and have fun at the same time.
lraines78@gmail.com

Ashley Kiebler said...

Love thematic units! Great way to incorporate all subjects in a fun way! Keeps students attention too, which is always a plus:).

Kieblercookie@hotmail.com

quiltmom said...

Like some of the others have said- yes I do use themes- some are built around a book like "The Mitten" or Brown Bear Brown Bear or Pete the Cat or Don't let the Pigeon Ride the Bus. I also use literature to support broader themes- like the seasons or holiday themes like Valentine's, Halloween and Christmas. Themes can go in lots of different ways and can be expanded using story. I have been a kindergarten teacher for a long time now and still love themes to help organize my thoughts and my plans.You can explore multiple ideas and go deeper with some topics using themes.
Regards from Alberta,
Anna
quiltmom1@shaw.ca

Andrea Newkirk said...

I LOVE teaching thematic units because it holds my students attention. It is a great way for them to learn different skills while having FUN!!! :)

andrea_newkirk@att.net

Heather Shelton said...

Yes I use thematic units because it is interesting for students, and they can learn about so many things during each weekly unit. I love that they are constantly working on the same skills, but they don't bore with it because it looks like something from the weeks theme. They help make learning fun.
higgystyx@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I think it is just more fun! Kindergarten has to be fun! You can still cover the standards and just find a way to tie it all together. You can find ways to include art, music and other on theme ways to teach.

Wow! Someone is going to be lucky!!!!

jjjr@reynoldscable.net

Mrs. Brown said...

Oh gosh, this is such an awesome giveaway! Yes we do themes in Kindergarten. My kids absolutely love learning all they can about lots of different things! Fingers crossed for ME!

kellybrown28021@gmail.com

loularkin said...

What an amazing contest. I use themes to keep students engaged and it makes planning much easier.
Jennifer
loularkin@comcast.net

Sara said...

I love, love, love teaching with themes. Without them I think teaching the learning targets would be pretty dry and boring. It is easy to differentiate as well!
ilovekdgt@gmail.com
Sara
Polka Dot Kinders

amalisa said...

I definitely use themes - my students love making connections.

whyabsolutely [at] yahoo. dot com

Nicole Cain said...

I use themes as a way to integrate all of the subject areas. Plus the students love learning about the themes!
Nickicole30@hotmail.com

Cathy Irwin said...

We have kind of gone away from them but I am looking for ways to put it back in as much as possible. Hope to win!

Cathy I.
mrsirwinsclass@gmail.com

Along My Path said...

I am a first year teacher, and I am trying to use some themes in my classroom. Of course as a first year teacher I don't have the time I hoped for to make themes as good as I could. I know that these resources would really help me. Thanks for letting me have the option to enter!

nadia.drake@dmschools.org

Anonymous said...

I use themes to enhance our Language Arts units that is required at our school. Thank you for offering this giveaway!

mcdn877@hotmail.com

Marci said...

With the limited time you have with your students each day themes help you integrate all your subjects. I can barely fit it all in now. I dont know how I would do it without a theme.

marci_o@hotmail.com

Jenna B said...

This is my first year teaching so I'm trying to do themes but I'm still trying to accumulate resources for my classroom. I feel like I'm always on TPT or laminating and cutting. Thank you for the giveaway!!

Jenna
Jennaike@hawaii.edu

Anonymous said...

This is my first year back teaching after taking a 10 year break. I loved teaching with themes back then and I love that I can use a theme to weave the common core standards into my kiddos learning while making it fun! Thanks for all of your creative and inspiring ideas! Please keep them coming! Thanks for the giveaway!
Krista
Kmilberg@nc.rr.com

Emily said...

Those are ALL amazing and so much fun! I'm so impressed by all of your creativity. :)

Fawn Chan said...

Thematic centers offer a fun way to incorporate skills previously introduced in the classroom. Oftentimes, the little ones are engaged in the math, literacy, art, science/health and social studies activities that are carefully planned by me. Nowadays, with teacher stores like tpt, I have a vast array of original products to select from to help supplement as well as design my centers.
Fawn
fmahalo@sbcglobal.net

Amy Swan said...

These are some awesome products!! I love using thematic centers, because it keeps our station time feeling fresh and new! It's high interest for the kids - even if the activity is "old", it feels new to them if it has a new theme! :) Thank you!!

amyswan20 at gmail dot com

Amy
Happy Teacher Heaven

kimbersk said...

I use themes because it is so much easier for me to organize what I want to do with my kids.

Kim
kimbersk@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Love using themes. They help with lesson planning and differentiating instruction. Debby dbowe@sanjonschools.com

SC Teacher 28 said...

I love using thematic centers. They are a great way to teach the standards while changing out my centers often and keeping my kinders engaged.

Joni
KinderKids Fun
jegalford3406@gmail.com

Janine said...

I have used thematic units for such a long time, that it seems like the norm for me. I think the students are more engaged when the theme is used across the content areas. The connections that students make when we are in science and something from reading pops in to the conversations makes my heart happy!


faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com

pinksmyink@gmail.com

Becky Hansen said...

I love thematic units! It was ironic when I went to teach in a remote village in Alaska that the district was moving toward implementing project based thematic units as a "new" way to teach cross-curricular connections! Themes make engaging, science and math-infused lessons not only possible but SO fun!
Becky
rhansen@cheneysd.org

Julie said...

I use themes and love to change it up every week. My kiddos would love these units!

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Katie L. said...

This is a great giveaway! I love teaching around themes!! It is a great way to incorporate all subject areas and the kids LOVE the variety of topics we discuss!

Thanks!
kwampfler@hotmail.com

Mrs. B. said...

I do use thematic centers in my classroom. We use an assigned curriculum, and thematic units are a great way to build on the skills which are very simply introduced within the curriculum. The children are engaged and practicing skills, so it makes individual and group work easier.

lisabrooker5@gmail.com

Mary Kaye said...

I do thematic centers but tie them into our reading and math programs. The children like what happens and are always excited to find some thing new in our centers.
mernest@wi.rr.com

Cheryl Ener said...

Wow!!! Such an amazing giveaway! I love to use themes! The kids get so excited about something new! It makes learning so much more fun! :)
Cheryl
crayonsandcurls(at)gmail(dot)com
Crayons and Curls

Amanda said...

Themes are a great way to incorporate nonfiction text and get the children excited about a particular subject. I use themes to keep teaching fun and the children hopping!:) Kindergarteners are like little sponges and LOVE learning factual information!

Amanda
anmeadow(at)k12.wv.us

Sandy Welch said...

I love themes and always have one going. It keeps things fun and it is easier to teach across the curriculum with a theme. I can't begin to tell you how much all the new units have helped me refresh my teaching. Thanks to all those creative teachers who contribute and have units available for very reasonable prices.

Jessica said...

I teach incorporating our themes. For us half day teachers, it really helps us squeeze in our science/social studies content, as many of our themes are in those areas.
-Jessica
Jessica.5terre@gmail.com

dbednars said...

I love themes & my students love themes. The children really get involved when you use themes. Also, all children are able to participate. It is so easy to differentiate for needs with thematic centers. This is a wonderful giveaway! dbednarsk@yahoo.com

Kelly M said...

I love to teach using themes. It is more engaging for the students and they are more easily able to make connections. It also allows us to explore a topic more in-depth! Thanks for the giveaway! I hope I win! :)

kmkoala1@gmail.com

Erin said...

I enjoy included themes in my workstations. Our mandates and curriculum requirements are pretty strict so it is nice to put in a little themed fun where I can. Thanks for putting together such a great giveaway.

Erin
andeair@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I have been using thematic units in my teaching ever since I became a kindergarten teacher. I love integrating the unit around all the subject areas especially reading, writing, and math. Every time I introduce a new theme my children get so exited and can hardly wait to begin the theme and centers. I think that using themes allows us to focus on a variety of skills but at the same time making learning fun and engaging. These is a fauluous give-a-way. Thanks for putting it together.
Mary

dfred2@earthlink.net

Jennifer Vukosic said...

I love using themes. You can integrate all subjects under one theme, and I'm always asking the class what they want to learn more about. Some years I have themes that last a few days; other themes last a month or more, depending on what they want to learn about.

Jen
jeneratorj@gmail.com

Cherie said...

YES we use thematic units in our class! They are fun and incorporates math and literacy concepts/ activities!

cheriemae@gmail.com

Rachel Bailey said...

Thematic units are a huge part of my kindergarten classroom! We use them to keep the topics relevant and engaging for the students while meeting all of our core standards!

Rachel
Rachelbailey419@yahoo.com

Krysti said...

I love teaching using themes! It's fun for the kiddos and it makes integrating subjects easier for me! Win-win!!

krmart1@hotmail.com

Heather said...

What an amazing giveaway!! I have recently started using thematic units in my classroom. I love how into the material the students get, but I love how cross-curricular I can get. It's win- win!

Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

Ashley Warren said...

WOW! What a great giveaway!! This is my first year incorporating thematic units into my teaching. I feel that it allows me to connect more to my students lives. It also allows me to integrate the theme into the other content areas which in turn provides my students with multiple exposures to vocabulary words. They love them!!

Keeping my fingers crossed!!

Ashley (livetoteach28@live.com)

amandamarie25 said...

What an awesome set of units for a very lucky teacher! I love using thematic units in the classroom. I feel my students learn so much more that way. It's been harder for me to incorporate them lately because of stricter curriculum guides that we have to follow in our district. But m team is always figuring out ways to incorporate them & make them work because we feel that is better for the kids.
Amanda
amandamarie25@hotmail.com

Charlie Danella said...

I use themes in the classroom because it helps me truly integrate learning. I love how it helps students deepen their learning on so many different areas. I find the day runs more smoothly transitioning from one activity to another. I would love to win this giveaway :-) danella@cox.net

Dru said...

Themes make it so easy to organize centers and learning. The curriculum in the required books can be a little dry. When you add some fun in to the kids learning, they seem we all seem to forget about the standards and just learn with ease. I still have to use the required items, but I love having fun with the themes. The items I use of from TPT are a great way to help the children have learn with a little twist. They get excited about the ideas and fun.
clubmoore5@sbcglobal.net

Ashley said...

This is my first year of using thematic centers in my classroom and I LOVE it! However it is time consuming to create my own, but expensive to buy all of the wonderful things that I find through the blog world. I would LOVE and to win this giveaway and put these wonderful units to good use!

Ashley
a_norby@hotmail.com

Dinah Ely thetravelingclassroom said...

I love thematic units - they just make sense! I know kids love them too, especially if it is something interesting to them. My favorite type of thematic unit is one based on a good book!
elydinah@yahoo.com

Elizabeth Polston said...

We use them to integrate all the learning happening in the classroom, and they are so much fun it keeps the children engaged and learning even when they don't realize it!
epolston at rowland k12 dot ca dot us

Bridget Morrow said...

I use units to help integrate my Science and Social Studies into my classroom. My kids love learning about their favorite things and I love that they get so excited about it. It especially helps my second language learner build vocabulary. All of the units you are giving away are exactly what I will be teaching for the rest of the year and would love to win them!
Bridget
bmorrow1973@gmail.com

Kandace said...

I integrate themes with all subjects as much as possible. These look great! Kbeavin@brsu.org

Stephanie said...

I integrate themes whenever I can.... I especially love spending a week or two on a theme during my read alouds!

Stephanie
sgies328@gmail.com

k5rocks said...

I put them in when I can.... love all of your units!

crystal
zadorafamily@gmail.com

Shatawn said...

I love all the themes! Thanks so much for all the inspiration! :)
Shatawn

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