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We think dads are cool - Boogie Wipes Father's Day Giveaway!!

We think dads are cool,
so we're teaming up with Boogie Wipes
to give away some great gifts for dads.
Boogie Wipes Father's Day Giveaway - enter to win great gifts for dads, including an iPad Mini! Three lucky dads will win a Daddy & Company camouflage backpack stuffed with a Cool Dads T-shirt, and Boogie Wipes, Kandoo and Dreft products. And one grand prize winner will take home an iPad Mini.
We love you, dads!

Enter to Win

It's simple to enter. Just complete the rafflecopter form below to have your name entered into the drawing. Giveaway ends at midnight on Father's Day (June 15) - so enter now! One grand prize winner will receive the iPad Mini and three additional winners will receive the backpacks. Winners will be be randomly chosen. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Looking for more ways to celebrate Dad?

Visit the Boogie Wipes blog for fun ways to celebrate Father's Day outside and fun crafts your kids can make for dads. Boogie Wipes Blog Father's Day The Lesson Guide received no compensation for sponsoring this event, and is not responsible for the delivery of the prize. Prize delivery is the sold responsibility of Boogie Wipes. One grand prize winner and three additional winners will be drawn randomly and notified by email. The winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond in order to claim their prize. If they do not respond within the 48 hours, they will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be chosen.

Check Out This Day 8 Birthday Bash Giveaway!!

I have the most amazing TPT blogger friends.  We have been invited to participate in Day 8 of KTP's Birthday Bash Giveaway!! Each day there is a chance for you to win $10 from 8 different TPT stores.  That's $80 every day!!

Be sure to enter Day 8 of the giveaway
in the Rafflecopter Form below!!

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 Lisa Michalek

Check out Our Newest Science Task Cards - Cells & Cell Organelles!!

Do your students need extra practice with Animal and Plant Cell Organelles?  
Organelle Function? Cells?

Then this Cell Task Card Bundle is a
'must have' for your Science Classroom:

This set of 32 Cells and Cell Organelles Task Cards will provide Middle and High School Students with Review and Reinforcement of the concepts found while studying Cells, Cell Organelles & Functions.

The following concepts are covered in this set of Task Cards:
Organelles, Animal vs Plant Cells, cell (plasma) membrane, receptor molecules, nucleus, cytoplasm, ribosomes, chloroplast, cell wall, mitochondria, chromosomes, genes, vacuole, nuclear envelope (membrane), gas exchange, organelle functions, ATP, selectively permeable membrane.

Along with the 32 Cells Task cards are 3 blank Task Cards, student direction card, Student Answer Sheet and Teacher Answer sheet/Guide.

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 Lisa Michalek

Teacher Appreciation Sale (May 6 & 7)

Need to Feel Appreciated?


Check out the 2 Day Teachers Pay Teachers Appreciation Sale
(May 6th - May 7th)

In honor of the amazing work of Teachers, we are offering
20% off ALL the products in our
TpT store!

 But wait… (there’s more!)
to get an EXTRA 10% off our already reduced price,
making it 28% off in total.

Motherhood's Snot Easy - But it sure is rewarding!

Motherhood is Snot Easy

But it sure is rewarding!

We know being a mom is hard work and things don't always go as planned. So for Mother's Day, we're teaming up with Boogie Wipes to offer you a chance to win an iPad Mini and a Boogie Wipes prize pack! Motherhood's Snot Easy, but it sure is rewarding. Enter to win an iPad Mini from Boogie Wipes

Enter Now!

Complete the form below to enter to win an iPad Mini and Boogie Wipes prize pack. Contest is open to US and Canada. Winner will be chosen at random on midnight, May 11, 2014. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Want to Win More?

Head on over to Boogie Wipes and enter to win a grand prize. One family will win a Disney Cruise and 10 monthly winners will receive Boogie Wipes for a year! Click here to enter. Enter the Contest Grand Prize The Lesson Guide received no compensation for sponsoring this event, and is not responsible for the delivery of the prize. Prize delivery is the sold responsibility of Boogie Wipes. One winner will be drawn randomly and notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond in order to claim their prize. If they do not respond within the 48 hours, they will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be chosen.

Giveaway - $50 Matilda Jane Gift Card!!

Matilda Jane Gift Card Giveaway
#MatildaJaneClothing Giveaway
Sponsored by Matilda Jane

Welcome to this fun giveaway where one of you lucky readers will receive a $50 Matilda Jane Gift Card to do a little shopping. If you like you can read Amy's review of her daughter's Matilda Jane outfit .Otherwise, you can continue down to the giveaway.
This Giveaway will end May 5th at 11:59pm CT. It is open to US residents 18+ only. Only one entrant per household. Winner will be subject to eligibility verification. Entering is easy, simply follow the instructions in the giveaway tool below!


Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Instagram, Google or Pinterest. For any questions contact Amy at

Animals in the Classroom - A Bright Idea Blog Post

Over the years, I have seen many different kinds animals in the classrooms I have visited. Primary classrooms usually have hamsters or guinea pigs. 

In MS/HS Science classrooms I have seen snakes, hissing cockroaches, mice, fish, frogs, lizards, turtles, and even tarantulas.

My Biology classroom pet was much more fluffy and interactive. I chose a rabbit and my son named him Dexter after the cartoon show "Dexter's Laboratory." Rabbits are very social and smart animals and make excellent pets. 

I bought him a large cage for when he needed to be away from the students and my husband and I made him a set of carpeted wooden stairs that led up to his cage. Under his stairway was his litter box. What?? Who didn't know that rabbits could be litter trained (feel free to admit it in the comments below!) Yes, rabbits are very smart and crave their human owners interaction. 

Now, I will admit that a couple of my students were not thrilled at first that I had a roaming rabbit in my classroom .... yes, I also said roaming!!  He was not locked up - it was very important to me that my students interacted with him, but they all (even those initially skiddish) warmed up to Dexter within a few days. 

Students volunteered to come in during their homeroom to feed him and play with him.... although none volunteered to clean out his litterbox every day! If a student was having a bad day, they would stop by and ask if they could pet and hang out with Dexter. I was truly amazed at the bond that I was seeing between my students and Dexter. It came to a point where I found that I could use Dexter as a calming agent in my classroom. I worked in an inner-city classroom while I had Dexter. Sometimes there were fights between students. When I noticed this occurring, I would immediately tell one of the students (usually the one most likely to outburst with a threat/or get physical) to go pet the bunny!  It worked so well, and quickly that I had other students stepping in when a classmate was becoming agitated in the classroom telling their classmate to "go pet the bunny."

Now, before all of you go out and buy bunnies for your classrooms - there are a few things to consider:
1. Get your administrations approval for any classroom pet.
2. Make sure that you have a personal budget set aside for pet needs: food, bedding, litter, toys, vet bills (bunnies need to be 'fixed').
3. Weekend and long weekend plans. I had a great custodial staff that stepped in on weekends to feed Dexter and change his litter. I will admit that I gave these wonderful people special treats to help me take care of him so that he did not have to leave his 'classroom home' on the weekends.
4. Have a sub/snow day plan - someone still needs to feed the classroom animals if school is closed or you are not there.
5. Have vacation and summer plans for your pet.
6. If you have a 'roaming' pet be sure to baby-proof your classroom. Bunnies love to chew through cords and anything left on the ground (including student's shoes and backpacks).

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