June 19, 2014

Throwback Thursday: A Summer Mystery Giveaway

It's time for yet another installment of Throwback Thursday here at The Teacher's Desk 6. Look through those PURR-fect Previous Posts, perhaps a particular favorite of yours, and re-post it! Then add this badge to your post and link up below! Purr-fectly easy and simple! Your post doesn't have to be from LOOOONNNGGG ago; it can be from last month. And if you don't have a post to share, perhaps an old photo or two from WAYBACK will do! Just join in the Throwback fun!

If you've been reading my blog posts this week then you already know what the topic is for today: Mystery Pictures! This blog post first appeared on March 3, 2013.

My sixers love them! Mystery pictures! I first used them years ago when I taught math for a brief stint. I had an OLD packet of color-by-number math sheets that took the drudge out of routine computational work. When I no longer taught math, I passed the packet on to the math teacher who, by the way, never used the sheets.

I saw these mystery pictures again this past Christmas. Only instead of a math orientation, they were designed for students to practice parts of speech. And they were aligned with the Common Core State Standards. YES, right up my alley! I purchased a few sets on Teachers Pay Teachers and presented them to my fifth and sixth grade Language Arts students. They were a hit! The kiddos asked for more.

Instead of returning to Teachers Pay Teachers for more, I decided to try my hand at creating my own Mystery Pictures. I came up with a few that were quite acceptable and a bit more challenging than those that I had purchased. My sixers were impressed so I offered them at my own TpT store and they've been selling nicely ever since!

At last count there were over FORTY ELA mystery pictures in my store! WOWZA! I was quite busy with them for a while! Although I don't concentrate on them as much as I did last year, I do still occasionally create a mystery picture. I worked on one this week as a matter of fact. It is a pic of Johnny Appleseed that requires students to practice identifying parts of speech, just in time for September 26th, his birthday. It's available in my TpT Store for just one dollar.

NOW, let's have a little giveaway! I recently bundled FIVE of my summer themed mystery pictures and began offering them in my store for a discounted price. Each of the mystery pics individually is a good seller, but I wanted to treat my customers to a bargain. You can read more about the bundle and individual items HERE.

If you purchase the bundle, rather than each item separately, it's like getting two pictures free, and we all like FREE! If you'd like to own this bundle for FREE, enter the giveaway below before Sunday, June 22, 2014, 6:00pm EST. When the contest ends, I'll select a winner and email you the bundle of mystery pics... easy, peasy! GOOD LUCK!

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  1. Those mystery pictures are pretty neat-o! I have never seen them done for ELA before. Very smart!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. These mystery pictures are such a good idea for reviewing parts of speech! I have found that Parts of Speech is definitely something that you have to revisit throughout the year with upper elementary students- these mystery pictures provide an easy way to day that the students will enjoy!!

    1. You are so right, Deb! What is it about parts of speech that students seem to have to learn and relearn constantly? I'll be using your craftivity with my seventh graders as a quick review at the beginning of the next school year. This is the bunch that begged to do more craftivities because it helped them remember the concept!


  3. I *LOVE* your mystery pictures - and so do my students!
    Great idea bundling a few - I cannot believe you have so many! You are a creating machine :)

    Joy in the Journey

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, dear bloggy friend! I'm working on several new Mystery Pics with a Christian theme. When I finish them I'll send them on to you for your students to test drive:)



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