HOCUS POCUS keep them Focused!

As mention in yesterday's HOP post this time of year, spring fever has hit, and with the end of the year in sight, we all need a little extra magic to keep us going!  So, in the next few weeks, I’m joining with my favorite intermediate teachers to put a little extra magic in our lessons and keep students engaged.

Credit goes to these talented graphic & font artists: Krista Wallden, KG Fonts & CC Fonts.

We will be swapping resources that will be just what we need to keep our students engaged during the final weeks of school.  We want to share our finds with you in a fun way – a 2-part blog hop giveaway!

Today, we present Part 1, with each blogger introducing the resource they selected to keep their friends engaged and learning in our final weeks together.  Then, over the course of the next two weeks, we will be using these resources in our classrooms.  On Sunday, May 11, we’ll be back to report on how well these resources kept our students engaged!

Nonfiction Book Report Project (Aligned to CCSS)

Yesterday, I shared how I am going to keep my students motivated with Reading Bingo so when I found out I was paired up with Kathleen I knew I wanted to use her Nonfiction Informational Book Project with my class.  My kids LOVE reading and I have several who LOVE reading nonfiction books, as I have said before I am extremely blessed with this group of kids!

By this time of year I have run out of creative juice and my mind is on test prep.  With this project my students are still going to get the practice they need for identifying main idea and with grade level vocabulary.  I am going to have my students choose one of the books they are reading for Reading Bingo to use for this project.

What I love best about this project is that it allows students to be creative!  They get to use the other side of their brain while still staying focused for our upcoming state test.

I can't wait to tell them about this project when we go back to school tomorrow. {I am excited to tell them about it, but not excited our Spring Break is over.}  I also have a creative bunch of kids and know they will LOVE this project.

If you can't wait to see how my student's projects turn out take a sneak peek at Kathleen's post from when her students completed the project HERE.

Now to the giveaway!  Here’s what you need to do:

Stop by each blog below to check out the resources being swapped.

Enter to win the resource that is featured at each blog in the raffle below (the same raffle is at each blog, so you can just add to your entries as you go!).

While you are at each blog, if you’re not a blog follower already, sign on to follow!  (You can earn bonus entries for following all blogs once you unlock the additional entries.)

One winner will receive the entire set of resources being featured by ALL collaborating bloggers!

Here’s the list of blogs to visit: 
Swap Stop A
Teaching FourthTeaching with Blonde Ambition

Swap Stop B 
Fifth in the Middlehttp://thebrownbagteacher.blogspot.com/

Swap Stop C 

Swap Stop D 

Swap Stop E 

Swap Stop F 
One Lesson at a Timehttp://www.commoncoreandsomuchmore.com/

Swap Stop G 

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Finally, don’t forget to stop back in two weeks!   On Sunday, May 11, we’ll all be back to share with you how the magic went in our classrooms!  Oh yeah, you might want to know that that there will be a SECOND GIVEAWAY, too!  Until then, enjoy the magic and happy teaching.  :)

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