Saturday, September 3, 2011

Cutest Giveaway EVER!

Before I get to the awesome giveaway, I want to say THANK YOU to Janis at Caffeinated Conclusions, Mrs. Shepherd at Shepherd's Shining Stars, Elisabeth at The Adventures of Miss Elisabeth, Abby at Third Grade Bookwork, Mel D at Oh The Places We'll Go, and Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics for listing my blog in their Top 10 Teacher Blogs! I was so excited to hear from them today... I'm so glad you all find what I have to say useful!

I have too many favorite blogs to do a Top 10... you can see the blogs that I stalk over on the right. Having only entered "Teacher Blogland" in June, I've been so amazed at the creative and generous teachers out there who invite us into their brains and their classrooms every day! Being a part of such a caring community of professionals who support one another all around the world is just one of the many things that make this the best profession on earth!

Now... for the GIVEAWAY!!!!

My husband and I spent the day shopping today and we stopped at Michael's where I found so much great stuff for my classroom on a HUGE clearance!

I got these puppets for $0.20 each!


I think I'm going to pair them up with books that have a dog, cat, butterfly, bee, or flower as the main character so my kiddos can do retellings!

Then I found these keychains for $0.14 each!


They are stuffed and fully plush and 3-D cuteness! I'm going to take the keychain parts off and then... I don't know.

And that's where you come in... and the giveaway too!

What you need to do is:
1.) Leave a comment letting me know how you would use the KEYCHAINS in your classroom (1 entry)
2.) Leave a comment letting me know you follow this blog or have just become a follower (1 more entry)
3.) Leave a comment letting me know you like my blog on Facebook (1 MORE entry!)
4.) Leave a comment and the URL letting me know you posted about my giveaway on your blog (1 MORE entry!)

AND, if you want an even better chance to win...

5.) Leave a comment letting me know that you like The Teaching Oasis on Facebook (1 MORE entry!)

So, you can enter as many or as few times as you wish... obviously up to 5. :)

Next week on WEDNESDAY (because who doesn't need a mid-week pick me up?!) I will use the random number generator to choose a winner and the winner will receive via snail mail... their own set of the same keychains that I bought for my classroom! That's right... a colorful set of 6 cute keychains for you to use however you desire... a dinosaur, snail, robot, lady bug, flower, and a turtle!

I think that's it and I hope you'll be excited about these too. I can't wait to hear how you'd use the keychains in your classrooms. I know you'll have some awesome ideas!

61 comments:

  1. Those puppets are much cheaper than the ones I showed you in the Lakeview catalog ...good purchase! :)

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  2. I would use the key chains for a child's sight words. They are so cute my students would love practicing their words.
    dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  3. I follow this blog.
    dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  4. I was very confused, techteacher73... but now I get it! :) Not nearly as well constructed, but when I got all 5 for a dollar, I can't complain!

    Have a safe trip home!

    :)
    Christina

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  5. I like your blog on Facebook. I also save your blog to my Google Reader.
    dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  6. hey Christina,
    I follow your Blog and your facebook as well as Teaching Oasis' facebook. My idea for these cute key chains would to put them at the end of dowel and use them as pointers to read the room. The puppets are adorable too. Another thing that I might use them for is a story in a bag idea that i saw on another blog. I guess I will have to post that on my blog about your cute fins and giveaway.

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  7. I did blog about this but forgive me for accidently cutting and pasting the terms of the giveaway and not changing the "me" to "her". Man am I feeling a little stupid. I posted another post for everyone to leave the comments for you...hope this helps redeem myself.

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  8. I would use the keychains to put sight words on. I would print them on paper that wasn't too big, laminate and punch holes. I think that would make them fun for the kids to grab =) I need to head to my Michaels and see if they have any of these great deals!

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  9. My kiddos love to read TO stuffies. I would let them read To those adorable little creatures!

    Jenn
    Back Hall Collaborators

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  10. I would use the key chains as finger puppets.

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  11. I "like" you on Teaching Oasis on Facebook too!

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  12. I would make the key chains into reading buddies. I currently use beanie babies, but these would be fun.

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  13. I would use the keychains for students to read to during reading time!

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  14. I like Teaching Oasis on Facebook!

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  15. Last one I promise!

    I blogged about your give away on my blog!

    http://firstgradersandcupcakes.blogspot.com/2011/09/mrs-bainbridges-class-give-away.html

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  16. I would use the keychain on an alphabet magnet wall. I would put magnets on the back and have students place the keychain animals under the appropriate letter. You can then add other 3d/wood/plush little magnetic animals to add to this alphabet wall.

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  17. I nominated you too! Here is a link to my post http://seusstastic.blogspot.com/2011/09/thank-you-mrs-saylor.html
    Peace, Mel D
    Oh the Places We’ll Go

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  18. I think I would use these as sight word pointers for my word wall. So cute!!

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  19. I am an avid follower of your blog!!!

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  20. I liked Teaching Oasis on FB!!

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  21. 2,3, & 5 done. I plan to teach in a special education classroom when I finish school. I would use items like the key chains for my creative writing kit. I plan to have a bin of items that the kids can take to their desks and manipulate to help spark their creativity. (I.e., Writing about Thanksgiving: A robot rode a snail to my house for Thanksgiving dinner...) I'm hoping that if this doesn't cure I-don't-know-what-to-write-itis, that it will at least alleviate some of the symptoms. Don't enter me into the drawing though, I plan to be at Michael's sometime this week.

    I love your blog! I can picture your husband pushing the cart around Michael's, sighing as you toss items in. That amuses me.

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  22. i would use the keychains at the puppet station in our school's inquiry room for choice time!

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  23. As an elementary school librarian I would make up a story to use with the key chair pieces and put a piece of velcro behind them to use on my flannel board. I follow you on FB!

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  24. I follow this blog, FB, and Teaching Oasis! :)

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  25. I would use these keychains in my writing workstation. I'd place them in a brown paper bag. Each student would reach in and pull out one. They'd then have to create a story using the keychain as inspiration. To differentiate I'd have the children pick 2 or even 3 keychains and have to figure out a way to include all three into their stories.

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  26. I would use these keychains as reading buddies/sight word practice buddies. I would also allow students who might need "someone" to talk to about a problem to use the keychains to "listen"

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  27. I like your blog on FB and live to see what you post.

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  28. I like Teaching Oasis on FB and have a wonderful flower garden theme that you made for me!

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  29. I blogged for you http://mrsrichardsroses.blogspot.com/2011/09/giveaway.html

    Please check my site out and tell me what you think.

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  30. Hmm, I like the idea of using these as sight word key chains, but I think I might stick some Velcro on the back and use them on my felt board. We could practice writing sentences using ?, ! and . using the "buddy" of the day, or non fiction and fiction chart stories. I love little things like these that spark students' imaginations!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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  31. Hi Christina,
    I went to a Linda Holliman workshop on Literacy Centers. She has the class make up their own lists that remind them of a certain topic. For example, "September is...". The students decorate their own index cards with their completed sentence. Laminate them and put them on the key chains. You can do this with the flower using "Spring is...". The words can be used at Centers many different ways. The key chains are so cute!

    Beth Ann @ Taming My Flock of Firsties

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  32. I follow your blog!

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  33. The keychains are a perfect fit to my classroom- i have many sewers who would be so inspired by them!

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  34. I would use those adorable little characters as writing inspiration for Work on Writing in the Daily Five. I think the kids would love picking one and writing a story about it! It would be fun to take the kid's picture with the character too and assemble the stories into a class book. Then compare the different story ideas that various kids came up with for the same character cutie.

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  35. How cute!! I'd love to use these for my reading students to retell stories.

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  36. I follow your blog

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  37. I have tables rather than desks in my classroom and I just so happen to have 6 of them! I would use them as table mascots!!! I currently use laminated pictures, but these would be so much more AWESOME!
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