There are two things that I hold near and dear to my heart in this world: Target and TPT.  If I told you that you had the chance to win a $50 gift card to Target and TPT, would you pass it up?? If you would, I would call you crazier than all get out.  

 SOOOOO Ashley's Brainy Centers is launching her blog and giving away so many goodies, including that Target and TPT gift card I mentioned above.  Click below to check it out!

Another reason why this giveaway is mega awesome is because one of my products will be given away! In my TPT store, a teacher favorite has been my Text Based Writing Prompts.  My newest product is all about PIZZA.  What kid wouldn't be excited to write about pizza?? My Common Core Text Based Writing Prompts Pizza Version is Common Core aligned.  It includes 9 total passages with accompanying writing prompts, along with sample writings to show your students.  They are perfect for mini-lessons and centers! This product would also be a good reason to eat pizza in class :) 

One of the opinion passages is titled Thick or Thin.  The students will write about which type of pizza crust they prefer.  I promise you there is no better way to motivate students to write than with food.  

Check out the Blog Giveaway at Ashley's Brainy Centers to catch this freebie!! 

If you are interested in more text based writing prompts, I have Fall, Spring, Winter, and Back to School versions available! Check them out in my TPT store :) 

Beginning of the Lesson HOOKS!

We all know about those dreaded days in May and June when the kiddos are so far gone that you can't keep them focused no matter what you do.  I mean you can ride on a unicycle wearing a sombrero and these kids STILL won't care to listen to what you want to teach.  You feel me?? Well never fear! Here I have 5 engaging ways to hook your kiddos at the beginning of lessons.  These sneaky tricks get my kids interested and ready to learn! 

 My kiddos love the mystery of this one.  It's also fun to see what their creative little minds come up with! 

 We use this one A LOT in my room because it takes absolutely no prep! The online spinner is an extra fun touch that really gets the kids engaged.  Also, it may be fun to let the students take turns being the teacher with this strategy.  

  This is another one of my favorites because it takes no extra prep. The kiddos love guessing and it throws in some main idea and detail practice without them even knowing! 

 Now this one is definitely a kid favorite! They LOVE listening to sound clips.  It gives them a break from listening to my voice and incorporates technology.  Super fun. Here are some websites that offer free sound clips:

I don't know a kid in school who doesn't get excited when food is involved in a lesson.  In my experience, those sweet little people will do anything for a snack.  Using food to introduce a lesson is the perfect way to help your kiddos remember that concept! 

I hope these tips help engage your students during those times when its tough to focus!! For those of you who are still patiently waiting on summer break, bless your sweet little hearts.  You're almost there friends.  

Comment below to share some of your favorite strategies to hook your students!