Scratch Art in the Classroom!

The deal of the day on Amazon last week was a box of scratch art. My kids LOVE scratch art and knew I had to find a way to incorporate it into my classroom. I’m in the middle of a fun unit on ancient civilizations of world history. We’ve  already done  cuneiform and hieroglyphics in play-doh and played Shark Tank for ancient inventions. So I decided to do something fun for Ancient China too! Students LOVE oracle bones. But… I didn’t have turtle shells or cow bones for students to write on (no shocker there!) Instead I used the scratch art as Oracle Bones! Students went crazy. They wrote their own sentences in Chinese on the “Oracle Bones” and then shared them with their tables.

Have you tried using scratch art in the classroom?  Here are some of the photos with how great they turned out!

10 Ways to Sweeten your School Year using BerryWing!



We will be RAFFLING away ANOTHER TWO FREE year subscriptions to Berrywing’s Scan to Web app in this exciting post! NO MORE HOMEWORK COLLECTION FOR YOU!
Details below 🙂

As you may have read earlier, I LOVE using BerryWing’s Scan to Web smart phone app.  You can easily save data into a Google Sheet instantly. I can’t stand collecting paper in my classroom (not to mention killing all of those trees!) so I always use the app when I need to streamline and easily find information. Here are 10 ways that I have cut down on paper in the classroom using BerryWing’s Scan to Web smart phone app:

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Ultimate Animation Bundle!

Happy September!
To welcome in the new school year, I am offering you QUITE A DEAL!
The Ultimate Animation Bundle!

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This is it folks! The whole she- bang. This bundle is a STEAL!

It includes ALL of our monthly packs, fun packs, holiday packs, back to school, and 12 unbundled animated banners.
A total of 126 banners – ALL of our animated headers/banners as of September 2019.

Decorate your Google Classroom and Delaney Cards with these fun animated headers. Fall, Winter, Spring – you will be ready! Very easy to use.

It includes:


First 100 days
Dancing Apple

Let it Snow
Happy Birthday Balloons – Purple
Math – Blue Calculator
Welcome Hearts – Blue
Science Class – Yellow
Cookies – Purple
US Government – Red
US History – Blue Fireworks

Happy Back to School everyone!

Scan Homework into a Google Sheet Instantly!


We are in the back to school spirit and we will be RAFFLING away TWO FREE year subscriptions to BerryWing’s Scan to Web app in this exciting post!  NO MORE HOMEWORK COLLECTION FOR YOU! Details below 🙂



Assuming you DO need to assign homework, what should be done with it?  Are you really going to collect and grade it every SINGLE day?  No way! The paper piles up!  It is too overwhelming, and I have stopped doing it.

If your bag is stuffed with student work,  DEFINITELY check out BerryWing’s Scan to Web smart phone app It’s a new, updated version!  You can easily save the data into a Google Sheet by using Google Forms.

This could be your new workflow:

  1. Walk around the class, verify assignment completion.
  2. With your phone or IPAD, scan a bar code taped to each student’s notebook to record credit or have a spreadsheet of codes on your clipboard to scan.
  3. Go to Google Drive and view your Google Sheets instantly.
    You can then use VLOOKUP in the Google Sheets to see who has not turned in their homework assignment.

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The Scarcity Game

It is tough to make the first few weeks of economics interesting.  It is all about one word – Scarcity!

This is my first twine game!  Games built with Twine allow you to make interactive stories with multiple endings.   It is a great tool for digital content creation.  Try out the game and see if you can win!   Click Enter the Kingdom to start!    Click here to see the game in a new window.   scarcity game

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Get ready for September!

Ahh, the dog days of summer. A few more weeks and we are back to school! Here are a few of my favorite essentials for back to school broken down by grade level.

Daily Diaper and Food Log


Pre-School through Middle School:

Weekly & Monthly Worksheet

Make sure to print out a weekly and monthly worksheet to keep parents in the know! Here is my handy bundle. All you need to do is print and fill in what you have on the agenda for the week/month!


Kudos to you!
Celebrate students accomplishments with a kudos certificate!
Boys & Girls Variety

Middle through School through High School:

Animate your Google Classroom!
virtual delaney cards and exams of course!

Class Contract

Kudos to you!
Boys & Girls Variety

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College Readiness Questionnaire

This 6 page document is an easy way to assess your students. The questionnaire is broken down into several sections that allow students to reflect upon their desires for college. Perfect for a lesson on college readiness and perfect for a college or career counselor to use before a conversation about college with students.

Section 1: Self Reflection/ Profile Analysis of GPA/ SAT etc
Section 2: Type of School Reflection (Size/ Travel/ Extra-Curricular Activities)
Section 3: Financial Status
Section 4: Research
Section 5: Visit
Section 6: Family History
Section 7: Reflection

Administration/ Human Resources Guides

Offer Letter Template


Teacher Handbook


Animate your google classroom, virtual delaney cards and exams of course!

Virtual Quizzes using Google Forms

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It’s 2019.
Are you still schlepping around paper in the classroom? Making photo copies? YUCK!
Who has time for that? NOT ME!
With Google Forms it is so easy to be paperless.
Google Forms allows you to collect data easily. I use it for the first day of school delaney cards, as worksheets, to collect volunteer information, polls, questionnaires, mid year evaluations and reflections.

In this post I will share with you my virtual quiz and exam system. Now, (If it has to be paper, I use a GROUP exam format – see my post on that system).

However, if you have computers in your classroom this is an easy way to cut down on PAPER!

Here is a link to the animations I use in this tutorial.


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The Virtual Delaney Card – EASIEST TUTORIAL!

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As most of you already know, I am all about NO PAPER in the classroom! That is why a few years ago I moved to a virtual delaney card for the first day of school. It takes less then FIVE minutes… you won’t regret this easy change! You can write the link on the board so students can complete the delaney card as a homework assignment the first evening, or if you have computers in your room you can have students complete the information in real time.

Here is a link to the animations I use in this tutorial.





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