“Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble. Should 98% of the population find you odd, seek the company of those who love you just the way you are. You are not broken. You do not need to be fixed. You are utterly fascinating. Trust yourself!”

Linda Silverman~Gifted Development Center Denver

Sunday, 26 November 2017


It has been over 5 months since I last posted! If you are a busy, classroom teacher like me, you know how time flies!  Just in time for the much anticipated CYBER-MONDAY (and Tuesday) sale on TpT next week, I have joined forces with 14 other awesome Canadian TpT authors to offer you a chance to win ONE of THREE $50 TpT Gift Cards.  You can really fill your cart!  

I am thrilled to announce that MY store now has ALL grades 1-6 Ontario Science and Technology Hands-On, Minds-On Science Centres and Illustrated Word Walls.  If you are looking for a new way to get your students involved in science, even if you are not a science pro, then these products are made with you in mind!  All the centres align to the curriculum expectations for science and technology and include a variety of activities and investigations.


Sunday, 27 August 2017


Hands-On, Minds-On Science and Technology Student Recording Pages FREEBIE @teachingisagift.blogspot.ca

If you use Hands-On, Minds-On Science and Technology Centres as an addition to your existing science program, be sure to grab this brand new EDITABLE FREEBIE from my TpT store.  

To say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the people who are using the centres, I created this freebie! Now teachers can modify or create student recording pages to meet the needs of their students. 

The file is editable using POWERPOINT software so can use any font you want.
Just click on the picture above to get your copy!  

Please remember to leave feedback!

Click on the image above to see all of the

Monday, 21 August 2017


My awesome blogging/TpT best buddy and I are hosting an AWESOME BACK TO SCHOOL giveaway to coincide with the TpT ONE DAY BONUS SALE!
You and your teacher bestie can each receive a $25 TpT gift card from Teaching Is A Gift and Coach's Corner to help you start the school year off on the right foot! One winner will be drawn before the sale on Tuesday, August 22 and we will email you your gift card. Once you provide us with your teaching bestie's name we will email them their gift card as well. Use the RAFFLECOPTER at the end of this post to enter. It's as easy as that!

If you are looking for 
this is the perfect time to purchase! 
Click on the image above to preview
 all GRADES 2-6 in my store.

All of my favourite BACK TO SCHOOL activities and products are on sale as 
part of this BUNDLE.  

Coach's Corner has all your Social Studies 
needs covered!  I have used her units many 
years and they have been a real lifesaver.  
Just click on the image above to see 
ALL of Margie's wonderful resources!

This Canadian Bell Work Google Edition resource has been structured so that teachers can share links with students for each month's bell work, and students then complete their work using assistive technology, such as Chromebooks, computers, or tablets.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Work Habits and Learning Skills Posters

Work Habits and Learning Skills Posters

Just a quick FREEBIE for my readers! Someone online was asking about POSTERS for the WORK HABITS AND LEARNING SKILLS outlined in the Ontario Curriculum and Growing Success documents.  I did a quick search and couldn't find anything that I liked, so I whipped these up. Another teacher thanked me, but said she likes to make her posters based on what she discusses with her class at the beginning of the year. Of course!  This IS best practice, and something that I could do easily myself as I had created the posters on my computer. I realized others teachers would NOT be able to edit and modify the ones I created, so I made another EDITABLE set.  
Grab the set you feel you can use in your classroom, and please don't forget to leave me some feedback! 

EDITABLE Work Habits and Learning Skills Posters

I plan to use these posters along side the weekly self-assessments my students complete.  I created a template, which I change up over the course of the year by modifying the questions the students reflect upon at the bottom of the page.  Parents like seeing these self-assessments, as well as the goals student set, so they go home stapled in planners once a week.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Fitting it ALL in!

It's that time of year in Ontario, crunch time! If you are like me, your report cards are looming but you are still scrambling to finish up your last social studies unit, or fit in your last science topic!
I decided that using science centres at this time of year is perfect, it helps me ensure that I have addressed all of the curriculum for the grade I am teaching, and the students LOVE the active, hands-on tasks. We all know that keeping students engaged in June is paramount!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Pop Art Easter Icons

This week I saw an adorable bunny on my feed on Facebook so I had to find out how to make my own! You can read the original post here. I showed my students the two I created and they were excited to make their own Pop Art Easter Icons.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Hands-On, Minds-On Conservation of Energy

I know some of you have gone back to work today...I was in school until the 23rd of December this year, so I do not return to the classroom until the 9th of January.  Right before the break I set up all the materials for my new science unit: Conservation of Energy.  

Picture of CONSERVATION OF ENERGY: Illustrated Word Wall @teachingisagift.blogspot.ca