Review: Vellostar Liquid Chalk Markers

I was recently given the opportunity to review Vellostar Liquid Chalk Markers.  I am always looking for new art supplies to help make my lessons engaging and fun.  Recently, I hung up a chalkboard outside my office, so I thought it would be the perfect spot to try out the new markers.  Since my drawing ability is limited, I thought I would ask some fourth graders to try out the markers with me!

The students decided to write a quote and draw an image to represent our character trait of the month--Respect.  Once I helped the students prime the markers to get the ink flowing, they found them very easy to use!  The students loved the bright neon colors of the markers!  They said that they were definitely more fun to use than regular chalk! :)  We will be using these markers again in the future!

Our finished product!

Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  This post may contain affiliate links.


BIC Fight for Your Write 2015 {Giveaway!}

I'm excited to team up with BIC again this year to help show students the importance of handwriting!  The Fight for Your Write website is full of great information all about the ways handwriting helps students.

First, check out this quick video to show your students the importance of handwriting!

Visit the Mission page of Bic's website to read more about six ways handwriting practice can benefit your students:

How Handwriting Helps!

Did you know that handwriting engages 14 different abilities?!

How Handwriting Helps!
Check out BIC's latest supplies below!

BIC School Supplies

The wonderful folks at BIC sent me some great products to review this summer {pictured above}.  As a school supply addict, I am always willing to try out some new supplies!  See those pencils on the left?  They have already become a favorite of the students I've been working with!  Students love the colors, so writing instantly becomes more fun.  Students also love the erasable highlighters {they remind me of the changeable markers from my childhood!}  As an educator, I really appreciate the BIC Atlantis pen.  I commonly write in purple pen, so when I have to head to a meeting, I always have to remind myself to grab a professional pen!  ((Purple pens aren't great for signing IEPs)) Thank goodness the Atlantis pen has black ink and is also extra comfy to write with!

BIC Giveaway

BIC has donated a prize pack for a lucky reader!!!  I am also throwing in my favorite TPT product that focuses on writing, iStudent: All About Me Book.  Enter via the Rafflecopter below!

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5 Energizing GoNoodle Favorites

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GoNoodle changed the way I do brain breaks in my classroom.  I have always used frequent movement breaks, but with GoNoodle, my breaks have become more fun and engaging--for both my students and myself!  Last school year, I had a class where frequent brain breaks were a necessary component of our day (yes, it was one of those years...)!  Thank goodness GoNoodle has a large variety of breaks!

My favorite thing about GoNoodle is that the videos are separated into categories and channels, so I was always able to choose the video to meet my students' needs for that moment.  GoNoodle has a variety of categories such as guided dancing, free movement, stretching, and calming.  Today's post is going to introduce you to my students' 5 favorite energizing brain breaks.  These are the types of breaks you need to energize your students before transitioning or moving on to a new topic.  The brain breaks below always brought a lot of movement, giggles, and an overall mood change as we gained some energy in order to move on to the next part of our day!

1) "Happy" by Zumba Kids is the ultimate mood changer!  Students loved singing along and trying out the Zumba moves.

2) "Party Rock" was a favorite of my wild boys' crew!  Nothing can beat the robot part!

3) My student know how much I love cats...  "Kitty High Five" is a hilarious song that gets kids moving and giggling! 

4) Another favorite cat brain break!  "Run Like the Kitty" is a super quick movement break that my students loved... only problem is that the song will stick in your head for a month.  

5) Of course, I have to mention the ultimate favorite--- Pop See Ko (and the sequel: Pop See Ko 2.0)!  Pretty sure my students would have chosen this song for EVERY brain break! :)

Do your students have a favorite energizing GoNoodle video?  If so, please share it in the comments below!  I will use a random number generator to choose one comment on September 12th.  The lucky winner will win their very own GoNoodle pencil pouch!

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Use the code "BTSwithGoNoodle" for 15% off until September 11th!


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