Extend the Reach of Your Teach

This post is sponsored by VIPKID. As always, opinions are all my own.

Have you heard of VIPKID? I heard about it recently from one of my sweet blogger friends, Nicole. She posted about this amazing opportunity to teach students all the way in China...and she did it from the comfort of her own home. Nicole needed some extra money (she's also a full-time teacher and graduate student) and VIPKID allows you to set your own hours and WORK FROM HOME!

VIPKID is an online English education platform currently with 200,000 Chinese students and 20,000 teachers (most of whom are in the US and Canada). VIPKID designs a unique curriculum for teachers to deliver English classes online in a 1:1 environment right from your own home.

Although Nicole loves making the extra money (while setting her own schedule and working from home), what she loves the most about it is that she became special friends with the Chinese kids. It's a wonderful opportunity for Nicole to share her culture with her Chinese students and learn about the culture of her students from the opposite side of the earth. How awesome is the fact that she can impact the lives of children all the way across the ocean?! Plus, all stories are shared and bonds are built in her own classroom.  She talks to her students about similarities and differences between her American and Chinese students; the students love hearing about how she celebrates holidays, what our school-day looks like, and what Americans kids  do for fun!

  What a fabulous way to extend the reach of your teach to 7,000 miles away!

Nicole initially started teaching with VIPKID because she needed to pay of some debt and she saw the pay was competitive. At the time, she had already tutored with other companies but had to travel to the tutoring center. VIPKID allows you to teach right from home, and eliminates that travel time and gas money. Even though the extra income she made from VIPKID was great, Nicole fell in love with VIPKID as she started to really get to know her students, and she enjoyed her time with them each lesson!

This is a picture of a teacher in the U.S. working in her home office/classroom! She's teaching english to a child in China!

Did you know?
  Started in 2013, VIPKID is the fastest growing online education company globally, with over 200,000 students as of summer 2017
  VIPKID is backed by Kobe Bryant
·      VIPKID is ranked by Forbes as a top 5 work from home job

Special Bonds between VIPKID Teachers & Students
“With VIPKID, I “travel” to China every day. My students showed me the breakfast churros they eat, their school mandatory uniforms, how they celebrate for Chinese New Year, and so many special things. And the sweetest thing is to know that for these little kids, their lives are a little different because of me.”
-       Teacher Nancy 

“I won a trip to Beijing to visit the VIPKID office, my students, and tour China. By the end of the trip, the happiest moment for me was not seeing the Great Wall or the Tiananmen Square, but giving my student a warm, warm hug for the first time!”
-       Teacher Jessica

“My daughter loves her VIPKID teacher. Sometime even an hour before class starts, she would already bring her little chair in front of the computer and start waiting for the teacher.”
-       Student Xiaxia’s mom

VIPKID teachers are often their students’ first friends from outside of their home country, and they really shape these children’s view of the outside world. That is tremendously special for these young souls. 

The anticipation, the endearment, and the respect teachers receive from these children in China are the most magical part of being an VIPKID teacher.

We can tell that there is a very dynamic VIPKID community that supports their teachers!
 Lessons are already created for you and they are 30 minutes long. Think of it is an interactive Skype lesson. You get to add your own flair and creativity to every subject you teach! You do not need to know how to speak Chinese. You just need to have a bachelor's degree and at least one year of teaching experience under your belt. You get to choose your own schedule and can work early in the morning or before bedtime. Sounds like a great opportunity to share your love for teaching children all the way across the world while supplementing your regular teaching income!

Are you ready to find out more?

Blending Practice Your Students Will LOVE

I've been working with one of my students who is still struggling to blend simple CVC words.  I honestly found that he LOVES my little word slider game that I made years ago.  He begged to play it and it's really helped him slide those words together to blend CVC words.
The teacher pulls out one letter at a time from the slider.  The student says the name of the sound and the teacher moves on to the next letter.  To make it a little easier, I have them blend the first two sounds together and then add the last sound on. The student says the word at the end. They can check to see if they got the word right by looking at the picture at the end! They LOVE it and it's so simple (the slider is made from a letter-sized envelope).


Just added- Vowel Team Word Sliders!

Or you can buy them in a bundled pack for a discount! :)

Cyber Monday and Tuesday DEALS!

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Cyber Monday sale! Use code CYBER17 to save up to 25%!

Natalie has a Holidays Around the World pack for upper graders too! It is a fun Webquest that can integrate technology and ELA into your holiday celebrations. 

This 'Holidays Around the World' pack is the perfect way to mix technology integrated lessons, online research, and the fun holiday season! Your students will love using your computers or iPads to learn more about how different countries celebrate holidays in different parts of the world. 

A webquest is a fun way for students to conduct online research projects. Students will use inquiry-based learning to complete the six steps of a webquest: introduction, task, process, resources, evaluation, and conclusion.

Want your students to write a letter to Santa this year? Turn it into a persuasive Christmas essay! This Dear Santa writing project is aligned to the Common Core State Standards! In our state (Utah!), all 5th graders take a persuasive writing assessment at the end of the year. This is a perfect way to introduce or practice writing those persuasive essays.  Your students will love writing letters to Santa persuading him to add their name to the "nice list" this year! {Read more HERE!}

Do you teach American History? Try these American History Graphic Organizers!

A Note to the Teacher
Teacher Instructions
Teaching Tips
Teaching Ideas
A pacing guide sample
4 student book cover page options
-2 color choices
-2 black and white choices (to save ink!)
Table of Contents
40 graphic organizers



I can't believe we are already starting this pack TOMORROW!!!  I love teaching about Holidays Around the World (or HATW as I like to call it) and my students just soak it all up. 

Want to spread a little cheer at your school and in your classroom?  We've loved "RACKing"! Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (could go along great with an Elf on the Shelf)

Click {here} to check it out!

Can't do Christmasy things in your classroom or just want to do random acts of kindness all year?  Check out this Random Acts of Classroom Kindness pack that you can do all year round!
Click {here} to check it out!

And what about Guided Reading? Heaven forbid we talk about something other than Christmas? ;)
Teach Kinder or 1st Grade? 

Teach 3rd Grade?

(just added vowel teams)

Teaching Missing Number in an Equation (Missing Addend, Subtrahend, and Minuend)

Have you heard of Sneaky Sam? He sneaks into your classroom and STEALS NUMBERS FROM EQUATIONS!  Now they look like this:

In this pack:
Posters (ways to solve)
Number Snatcher Chant
Number Snatcher Mask
Number Snatcher Game
(includes: addition within 10, subtraction within 10, mixed practice to 10, addition within 20, subtraction within 20, mixed practice within 20)
Catch the Snatcher Scoot Game
Missing Number 3 in a Row
Practice Pages
(includes: addition within 10, subtraction within 10, mixed practice to 10, addition within 20, subtraction within 20, mixed practice within 20)

Holidays Around the World Plans 2017

I'm excited for Holidays Around the World this year because 3 countries that we are learning about have their actual winter holiday fall on the date we are learning about it! *indicates those countries on my plans for this year.

I know you're spending your own money on this and I want you to make the most informed decision. Because of the updates I've made the past year, I feel like this product has everything we need to teach Holidays Around the World and not get sick of it each year (there are SO many options, guys!).  Want to know more? I've made this video to describe pretty much everything in the pack so you can see exactly what's included.

Something I wanted to add in my unit was a complete EXPERIENCE that the students get! Play the sound of an airplane taking off, dress like a flight attendant, pass out the in-flight snack, and fasten your seat-belts!  The WORLD AIRLINES will take off in 3, 2, 1.

Remember, in my pack, there is such a variety that each year you can change it up! You don't have to do all of the countries each year. The wonderful part about being the boss of applesauce is that you decided. With my new update of my pack this year, I've included more writing components and supplementals. It's JAM PACKED! Each country also has a reading passage to go with it so you can stop googling each country right before you "teach" it to your students (I'm talking to you Carly, hahah).  I've also included links to websites and books.... so I have pretty much done all the work for you. You're welcome. Kidding!!! ;) Kind of.

Ok, ready to take a look? The best deal is the BUNDLED pack (which includes 13 countries). 

Wonder (Freebie)

You've read it, right? The fabulous book by R.J. Palacio called Wonder? I cried and cried when I read it. I wanted to read it to my class, but I decided that it wasn't a good fit for my students at the time (it's recommended for 3rd grade and up). And then I found We're All Wonders (basically the picture book version of Auggie's story) and immediately read it to my 1st grade students! We had a wonderful discussion about how we treat others who are different from us.


I wanted them to make a text-to-self connection so I did a writing extension. Then I made a cover. Then I made a bulletin board. DOES THE WORK EVER STOP! HA! The writing can go with either book.

I wanted to spread a little kindness to you. You can snag this for free in my store! Leave me a little love in the feedback. 

Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures - Smile for Picture Day!

This post is sponsored by Colgate. Opinions are my own.

What the Teacher Wants is happy and excited to partner with Colgate and the Kids in Need Foundation for the Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures Smile For Picture Day Pledge! We've taken the pledge and hope you will join us in bringing education and smiles to children in need!

We invite you to: 


A bright smile reflects a child’s developing self-esteem and the promise of a healthy, successful school year. Now through November 17th, pledge to promote bright smiles — for picture day and every day — for the chance to win 500 sets of toothbrushes and toothpaste for an elementary school in your community. 

Here's what we need you to do: 

2. Agree to spread the word by teaching your students the importance of oral health by teaching these 4 healthy habits: 

* Brush with fluoride toothpaste 2X a day, especially after breakfast and before bedtime.
* Limit sweet, sticky snacks to avoid plaque attacks.
* Visit a dental professional regularly.
* Once teeth are touching, floss your child’s teeth once a day to remove plaque.

3. Take the pledge from now through November 17th and enter to win 500 sets of Colgate Kids toothpaste and toothbrushes for your school! You can also check out the website for more details.

{Enter here: Colgate Picture Day}

4. Join us on social media! 

Share a picture day photo on social media using the hashtags #BrightSmilesBrightFutures #promo from now through November 17th and $1 will donated to the Kids in Need Foundation to help provide essential school supplies, including toothpaste and toothbrushes to those who need it most. You can also follow @ColgateBSBF on Twitter for the latest program updates!


Here's my lovely school photo example. Haha!

 Of course I have 10 of these 8X10 pictures from my school picture day! 
If you want one signed, let me know! ;)

Or maybe I should use this photo from 1st grade?



Thank you to Colgate for letting us be involved in the campaign to help bring brighter smiles to children in need!

Halloween Activities for K-6

Let's be real. October can be a crazy month for teaching. Between students being excited about dressing up in costumes and all the candy they eat during the month, kids can have a hard time focusing and working hard on school work. 

We have both created some resources that are fun, engaging, AND educational that you can use during the month October. It's a great way to keep them excited about learning. 

This Halloween Writing Pack has been in my store for years. It's actually one of the first things I posted in my TPT store back in 2012. This year I gave it a major makeover to update the design and add some new features. 

• This writing pack contains two parts – 4 Halloween Writing
Assignments and 5 October themed journal pages.

• Each of the 4 Halloween Writing Assignments have a
brainstorm page. These pages have directions for each story 
and will get your students thinking about what they write 
before they begin.

• I have included 3 different differentiated writing pages for
each of the Halloween Writing Assignments. This will help
you meet the needs of your students, and also allows these
writing pages to be used for all grade levels K-6.

• I have included two different grading rubrics. The first
rubric can be used for grading each of the 4 Halloween
Writing Assignments. The second one can be used as an
overall grading checklist for the entire Writing Pack. Full
sized and quarter sized rubrics are included. (I like to staple
the smaller sized rubrics to the top of each story after I have
graded them.)

This unit was originally created for grades 3-6, but I've had teachers of younger grade levels use this and love it too. With my update, I created differentiated writing pages so it can be used will all grade levels K-6.

3-6 example:

K-2 Example:
(My own sweet daughter, Allie, wrote this story. She's in kindergarten! I obviously helped her with spelling and punctuation, but she wrote the story all by herself!)

Rachelle also has a Halloween pack in her store made specifically for grades K-2. It's a fun unit that integrates Halloween into math, literacy, and art! 

This unit has over 100 pages and is full of fun activities your students will love! It's differentiated for Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grades (black and white options available to help save ink.)

Here's what's included:
Scoop and Sort Place Value
Problem Solving
October Battleship
Place Value Game
Bat Writing
Spider Writing
Spelling Game
Q-Tip Skeleton
Paper Plate Spider with Writing
Paper Plate Scarecrow
Hand Print Spider with Poem
Spider Web Chart
Don't Munch the Mummy! (sight word game)
Reading Response Activity
Interactive read-a-loud
Original Poem
Green Witch, Green Witch book 
Student Mini-Book
Class Book
Word Search

October isn't quite so scary when you have your students working on fun, meaningful activities that keep them engaged. We hope these resources will help save you time as you plan and prep your lesson plans over the coming weeks and also offer educational Halloween activities your students will love! 

Want to save these ideas for later? Feel free to pin any of these images. 


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