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Save Money on Teachers Pay Teachers

Save Money on Teachers Pay Teachers


6 Tips to Save Money Shopping on Teachers Pay Teachers

Who doesn't love saving money? As teachers, we know we need to be frugal with our classroom budgets. When the money is gone, the rest comes out of our pockets. These tips are designed to lessen the blow to your wallet.
Who doesn't love saving money? As teachers, we know we need to be frugal with our classroom budgets. When the money is gone, the rest comes out of our pockets. These tips are designed to lessen the blow to your wallet. 
Who doesn't love saving money? As teachers, we know we need to be frugal with our classroom budgets. When the money is gone, the rest comes out of our pockets. These tips are designed to lessen the blow to your wallet.

  4. Use a Purchase Order on Teachers Pay Teachers

This tip rocks! Did you know that you can use a purchase order on TpT and the resource is still in YOUR downloads? No more school accounts and you having to beg the secretary for another copy of the digital file you can't find. 

There is a page on the TpT website that walks you through the steps of using a purchase order, and I'm going to share their images here as a walk through.

The first step is to fill your cart with goodies. You need at least $20 to use a purchase order. Click check out and then you will see options for how to pay. Choose the Purchase Order tab. 

You have to fill in some information like your school name and location, then you click Download Now. This is your Purchase Order Quote. The price is locked in for 30 days, so another tip is to catch the site-wide sale when using a Purchase Order. 

On the form you download there will be a place for you to enter the purchase order number from your school and you need to email, mail, or fax the forms to TpT within 30 days. A school secretary is usually happy to do this step for you (ain't nobody got time for that).

Who doesn't love saving money? As teachers, we know we need to be frugal with our classroom budgets. When the money is gone, the rest comes out of our pockets. These tips are designed to lessen the blow to your wallet.

5. Add TpT gift cards to your classroom wish list

Your classroom parents need to know that TpT gift cards are available for purchase and preferred over candles, chocolate, and maybe even coffee! 

Get these adorable Classroom Wishlist Cards delivered to your inbox. The cards have QR codes directly to the TpT Gift Card Purchase page, plus blank templates for you to add you own!
Get these adorable Classroom Wishlist Cards delivered to your inbox. The cards have QR codes directly to the TpT Gift Card Purchase page, plus blank templates for you to add you own!

In most states, teachers can accept gifts up to $150 on behalf of the class, so be sure to let your room parent know the limit and that you would love some TpT gift cards!

Do you know how to use a TpT gift card? When you fill your cart with goodies, under the orange CHECKOUT button there is a spot to enter a gift card number. Easy peasy.


Who doesn't love saving money? As teachers, we know we need to be frugal with our classroom budgets. When the money is gone, the rest comes out of our pockets. These tips are designed to lessen the blow to your wallet.

6. Save 25% by purchasing additional licenses with a colleague

So, you found the perfect resource for your team. You send them the link and everyone puts it in their cart on TpT. NOT SO FAST! If you pool your money and purchase additional licenses you can save money! 

Most sellers discount additional licenses to half price. So if you and your teammate found a $10 resource with a $5 additional license, the total is $15. That means you each spend only $7.50 instead of $10 each! 

Even though it is a little bit annoying to then have to get your colleague the file, you saved money so who can really complain?! 

As a recap:
  • Use a purchase order on TpT to let someone else pay for your resources
  • Let your classroom parents know via your wishlist that you want TpT gift cards
  • Save money by teaming up with a colleague to buy additional licenses

Pin this blog post so that your can come back to the tips later. 

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Try ABCYa's Animate to Integrate Science and Technology

Try ABCYa's Animate to Integrate Science and Technology


Try ABCYa's Animate to Integrate Science and Technology

Try ABCYa's Animate to Integrate Science and Technology  My all-time favorite technology tool to use is ABCYa's Animate. It is open ended so it can be used for nearly any topic and subject area.

Try ABCYa's Animate to Integrate Science and Technology

My all-time favorite technology tool to use is ABCYa's Animate. It is open ended so it can be used for nearly any topic and subject area. I'm going to focus on science in this post because that is how I use this tool with my students. If you're working on laptop or desktop computers, the main ABCYa website has this tool for free, but if you're on an iPad, they have an app that costs $4.99 (affiliate link from iTunes: click on the picture below to be taken to the download page).  In my opinion it is totally worth 5 bucks to have this multi-purpose tool. 


How does Animate work? VIS- Very Important Stuff

Luckily, the user interface is something that should make your students very comfortable, but there are a few things that I will point out that will make their final products awesome. ABCYa did make a tutorial for the program so I recommend starting there. 

Try ABCYa's Animate to Integrate Science and Technology  My all-time favorite technology tool to use is ABCYa's Animate. It is open ended so it can be used for nearly any topic and subject area.

 Make all the backgrounds the same

To make a fantastic looking animation, make all of the backgrounds the same. There is a button that says "edit background" for this. The cool thing is that you can draw, import, or choose from one of the options provided. For this particular tutorial I am doing the phases of the moon, so the "starry night" background is perfect. I chose to apply it to all frames. 
Try ABCYa's Animate to Integrate Science and Technology  My all-time favorite technology tool to use is ABCYa's Animate. It is open ended so it can be used for nearly any topic and subject area.

 Use text, shapes, drawings, and images

The more of the tool bar that is used, the better that the slides will come out. That being said, including too much can definitely be overkill. Instruct students to consider their audience when choosing how much stuff to include on each slide. It needs to be readable. 
The tool bar should be familiar enough to students. On the left side they choose the tool (pencil, paint, text, shapes) and then options will appear to the right for the size and color. There is an eraser tool as well as a delete button for deleting whole shapes, drawings, text, etc. 

Try ABCYa's Animate to Integrate Science and Technology  My all-time favorite technology tool to use is ABCYa's Animate. It is open ended so it can be used for nearly any topic and subject area.

 Copy Frame is your new best friend

That is what I tell my students, anyway. Show them this button and tell them how important it is to save time. Oh, I should mention that there is no way to save one of these and keep working on it later. It is a one-sitting tool so efficiency is important. 
When you copy a frame the entire thing is then available on the next frame. I used this to help me draw out the moon. I didn't have to make a new circle each time. 
Try ABCYa's Animate to Integrate Science and Technology  My all-time favorite technology tool to use is ABCYa's Animate. It is open ended so it can be used for nearly any topic and subject area.

Preview your work with the play button

 As students work through their animation, it is helpful to be able to see the progress. At any time, they can press the play button to preview the animation. There is also the ability to choose the speed (slow, medium, fast) and whether or not to play the animation over and over in a loop.
Try ABCYa's Animate to Integrate Science and Technology  My all-time favorite technology tool to use is ABCYa's Animate. It is open ended so it can be used for nearly any topic and subject area.

 When the animation is finished look for the orange circle

I'm so grateful that they made the save button a different color. Direct students to click "export as .gif" and choose a size compatible with your wifi connection. I usually choose the smallest possible version. 
Try ABCYa's Animate to Integrate Science and Technology  My all-time favorite technology tool to use is ABCYa's Animate. It is open ended so it can be used for nearly any topic and subject area.
Now what? I have my students upload their .gif files onto a padlet, which is my favorite free tool for publishing and turning in work. If you have access to Edmodo, Google Classroom, or some other education management system that should be the one you use, but padlet is a great option for everyone else. Padlet allows comments so I have my students leave feedback for each other's animations.

Science ideas for animations

Is your mind spinning with the possibilities yet? This tool is awesome for any processes, which is why I nearly always use it at the end of science units as a way for students to show me what they know. 

I'm going off of the NC science units for these topics, so if you follow a different set of standards just look for the topics your students learn. 
Try ABCYa's Animate to Integrate Science and Technology  My all-time favorite technology tool to use is ABCYa's Animate. It is open ended so it can be used for nearly any topic and subject area.
Sometimes I also use this tool for vocabulary. If a term has a process or would work particularly well to explain across multiple frames then I have students animate it and share it with me. I consider this "hands on" even though it is technology based because it really helps my students develop a deeper understanding of the processes. I would also consider this a STEM activity because it is open ended and cross-cutting the subject areas. 

We are a standards based grading school, so the scale is 1-4 with 4 being above and beyond and 1 being unable to understand/complete. 

Thanks for reading this post. If you're interested in using technology tools like this more in your classroom, check out my Digital STEM Challenges resource. 

Try ABCYa's Animate to Integrate Science and Technology  My all-time favorite technology tool to use is ABCYa's Animate. It is open ended so it can be used for nearly any topic and subject area.


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3rd Grade Reading and Language Digital Resource Library

3rd Grade Reading and Language Digital Resource Library


3rd Grade Reading and Language Digital Resource Library

If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL reading and language activities for your 3rd grade students.

What is a Digital Resource Library?

In my Google Drive I have folders with the language and reading activities. I'm calling it a digital resource library because all of the resources are digital, and they are arranged for you to be able to quickly choose which topic you want to look at and use. 

3rd Grade Reading and Language Digital Resource Library
This is just the Language folder, there are an additional 15 in the Reading folder.
All you have to do is make a copy of each file in the folder (there's a google extension that makes this really easy) and then they are yours to use with your students. Check out this video for an overview.

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Are they Common Core Aligned?

Yes, I used the common core standards as a guide when creating these activities and graphic organizers. There is an alignment guide in each folder. That being said, there are no CCSS indicators in the actual google slides files, so if you don't use the CCSS you can still use these activities. 

Along with this topic, they also don't have 3rd grade anywhere on them except in the file title. If you rename it you can use it as differentiation for any grade level student(s). 

3rd Grade Reading and Language Digital Resource Library

Do I have to have Google Classroom to use this?

No! The folders are on my Google Drive, but the actual activities are in Google Slides, which can easily be downloaded as a PowerPoint file and it doesn't lose any functionality. All you have to take care of is a way to share the files with your students. Sure, Google Classroom makes it a bit easier to share a file, but there are plenty of other ways. You can even upload them to a password protected page on your class website, or into a learning management system like Edmodo in order for your students to access the files. If you have any questions about this, please ask. 

So these are like Interactive Notebooks, but Digital?

Yes, exactly! The Language activities have click and drag, typing, and related online games. The Reading activities are graphic organizers that can be used with ANY text. The best part is that each file has an anchor chart so you could even assign these as homework and the parents would be able to help based on the anchor charts! 
3rd Grade Reading and Language Digital Resource Library
3rd Grade Reading and Language Digital Resource Library

So, do you think your students would like to complete their ELA work digitally? See it here on TpT.  I'm giving one away! Fill out the information below to enter to win :-)

3rd Grade Reading and Language Digital Resource Library



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