The HappyEdugator

The HappyEdugator
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Summer Reading - Books Are Fun!

School is coming to an end and summer is just beginning! What are your kids going to do for fun? Going on trips, swimming at the pool or beach, visiting theme parks, summer camp, or vacation bible school? Video games, social media, television? Anyone plan to read some good books???

Unfortunately, many kids associate reading with work, and not with fun! Yet, books are fun! They lead into wonderful worlds of adventure, open our minds to new ideas and places, and move our emotions. As the school year ends, and summer begins, don't forget to plan some reading time!

Try out some of these books for starters:

Summer Reading List Grade-4-6

Summer Reading List Grade 4 - 6

Summer Reading List Grade 7-8

Summer Reading List Grade 7 - 8

The lists above are just for ideas and way should you ever limit reading to just what is on the list. Always choose books that interest you!

One of my favorite books is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. If your kids haven't read it, then I highly recommend it. My daughter introduced it to me when she came home from 5th grade...many moons ago. It is a book that will move you to tears.

I had my students make collages about the book after we read it in class. We went to magazines and cut out pictures that reminded us of the setting, the plot, the characters, etc. and glued them on construction paper. The kids loved doing this, and came up with some really interesting collages. I think this would be a fun activity to do after reading any book, and a great one for summer! Here are some of the pictures my kids made:

     The Characters
The Themes
The Setting

A good idea to motivate kids to read is to introduce the book and the background to get them hooked. Here is a PowerPoint to introduce the novel:

Where The Red Fern Grows Introduction PowerPoint Presentation

If you wish to teach Where the Read Fern Grows in your classroom next fall, I do have a unit available, as well. 

Where the Red Fern Grows Novel Study and Supporting Materials

Another fun activity to do after reading a good book is to make an ABC book or PowerPoint summarizing the book. FREEBIE:

ABC Summary Sheet or Summarizer

Have fun this summer, and don't forget to have fun with books! - Deborah Hayes aka HappyEdugator

Monday, May 19, 2014

Celebrating the last day of school! TPT 24 hour special sale!

Yes, tomorrow is the last day of school with my kiddos this year. I can't believe this year went by so fast! Today we watched National Velvet with Liz Taylor and Mickey Rooney and I bought them all Dunkin' donuts! Tomorrow, we will play a game, do a summer wordsearch, and then take it outside to say good-bye to this school year with colored chalk in the parking lot! I will send them off with my end of the year poems and lots of love!

If you would like to use any of these same activities in your classroom, here are the links to these products:


End of the Year Poem Printables or PowerPoint


End of the Year - Summer Word Search

and here is a great deal - for 24 hours only, on Tuesday, May 20th, you can pick up these two products for just a $1 each!


twodollartuesday End of the Year - Summer Jumbled Words Po


twodollartuesday Back to School Success PowerPoint - Smoot

Yes! That's right! Just type twodollartuesday in the TPT search bar and you will find a whole slew of wonderful $1 and $2 products that teacher-authors have created and put on sale for Tuesday only!

Happy End of the School Year!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sale Extended! You can still save tonight!

Due to some technical glitches last night, TPT has extended the Teacher Appreciation Sale until midnight tonight! Everything in my store remains at 20% off, and you can then take a bonus 10% off that at checkout with the code TPTXO.

I have several Mother's Day products available that you can pick up with this discount!

Mother's Day -  My Mom is the Best Craftivity


Mother's Day Proverbs - What Did Your Mother Tell You? PowerPoint

Mother's Day Gift - Flower Pot Craftivity - A Mum for Mom


Mother's Day Verb Poem


Mother's Day Activity Pack


Mother's Day History Fill-In


Mother's Day Coupon Book - Easy Printable Gift

and your freebie this week is:


Cinquain Poem Writing - A Holiday Poem Activity

Enjoy the extended sale!

Deborah Hayes
aka HappyEdugator

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Sale!

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and I want to say a very big THANK YOU to all the teachers who love our children!  You make a difference every day, sometimes it just takes years to realize the impact your kind words or smile has on a child’s heart. 

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, and in conjunction with the website sale at, I am having a sale of 20% off everything in the store! This means you can really save big! Here are the details:


Save on EVERYTHING from May 6-7!
Sale runs May 6, 12:01 am ET - May 7, 11:59 pm ET

Here's How It Works:
  • Use promo code TPTXO for 10% off everything except gift certificates and purchases made with PO
  • Save even more with Sellers who join the sale for up to 28% off of resources!
  • Fill your cart! Sale is ON Tuesday May 6, 12:01 a.m. ET through May 7, 11:59 p.m. ET
You must enter promo code: TPTXO
when you check out to save!
 I hope you have a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week and a fun end of the year!

Best wishes, 
aka HappyEdugator