Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lesson Plan: Simple Machines


Last month I taught an awesome group of first and second graders about simple machines at one of our co-ops. After an introduction on simple machines, we split into groups and designed and built simple machines of our own using common craft materials and everyday objects. The kids loved working with their hands to put their newfound knowledge to immediate use.

It was a lot of fun researching (and drawing!) simple machines and making up a story to inspire our students to design their own machines. I've made my lesson plan available on TeacherPayTeacher:

Sally's Simple Machines
by Michelle Ristuccia

Another member of the co-op had this wonderful book which we read to introduce simple machines:


How Do You Lift A Lion? by Robert E. Wells

This gave me some time to (ahem) finish drawing and crossing all my T's in my new lesson plan. My lesson explains each of the 6 simple machines, but this book would still be a great supplement.

I've added this and other worksheets on a new collaborative Pinterest Board:

https://www.pinterest.com/mrsmica/elementary-printables-and-workbooks/

If you want me to add you to the board, send me a message.

Enjoy!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Charlie Cat Ebook Raffle [Ends 10/15/2016]

Enter below to win an ebook copy of Charlie Cat (kindle or pdf). Enter and share until Oct. 15!


Charlie Cat does not like scary monsters and ghosts. Charlie's friend Susie Dog loves to dress up for Halloween. When Susie Dog scares Charlie Cat, Charlie uses his strong voice to tell her STOP. Find out how these two friends get along on Halloween.


You can also view and share the giveaway on Facebook.

The giveaway is also at rafflecopter's page here.

Good luck!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Book Release: Charlie Cat Does NOT Like Halloween


Here it is, just in time for Halloween!


Charlie Cat Does NOT Like Halloween!

Charlie Cat does not like scary monsters and ghosts. Charlie's friend Susie Dog loves to dress up for Halloween. When Susie Dog scares Charlie Cat, Charlie uses his strong voice to tell her STOP. Find out how these two friends get along on Halloween.

Charlie Cat is a rhyming picture book for ages 0-8
Pages: 27

Buy now on [Createspace]!

Buy the paperback on [Amazon] or the ebook.

If you are local to me, contact me about getting a signed copy around Halloween day!

Thank you for your support. Remember to leave a review - it doesn't have to be a long review. I love reader feedback, and so do other potential readers, and so does Amazon!

Charlie Cat also has his own facebook page.

The book can also be found on [Goodreads].

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Halloween Book Sneak Peak!

Say "Hi" to Charlie Cat!

I mentioned in another post that we have spent many years searching for Halloween books that were appropriate for our young kids - one of which is particularly sensitive to "scary" things. So, if you enjoyed that post, now is the perfect time to join my mailing list and check the "for children" option. Mailing list subscribers will be the first to have access to my upcoming book and free coloring sheets of Charlie Cat.

You see, Charlie Cat does not like Halloween.

Sensitive children are often misunderstood for the simple fact that they don't like scary things. My goal is not to shelter them from the entire world, but simply to respect them for who they are.

This picture book is for children who don't like scary things.

It's ok to not like scary things. There is no magic potion to drink to make you "brave."

It's important that our friends respect when we say "stop." It's important that they respect who we are, and that can be a difficult concept for young children. What better way to share this message than with a book?

Without further ado, here is a sneak peak of Charlie Cat!


Join my mailing list to be the first to hear about Charlie Cat's picture book and other upcoming educational products and books. 

Happy Halloween!