6.28.2011

all about rocks: a science unit giveaway! - CLOSED


I love teaching science to my students, because it can be so fun and hands on.
However, teaching about rocks (Metamorphic, Sedimentary, Igneous) has been a struggle for me! 
I just don't feel like there are tons of fun/useful resources.

That, my friends, is why I have created my own "rocks" resource.

But I must let you know, whenever I create new units, I have my students in mind the entire time. 
What information would they understand? How can I best explain this to them?
And most importantly... How can I make this fun?!

I love to make learning fun (which can be exhausting at times, but so WORTH IT)!



This Unit Will Include (but isn't limited to)A Scientist Rock Notebook for Students, A Scientist Rock Notebook for Teachers (very detailed), Worksheets/Assessments, Rock Characters , Rock Charts (Easy to Understand), Yummy Recipes, Fun Experiments, and Art Suggestions

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To Enter This Giveaway:

To Enter: Become a follower (or already be one) and leave me a comment to let me know.

Bonus Entry #1: Follow my TpT Store and leave another comment to let me know.

Bonus Entry #2: Tell me in another comment why you need this unit!!

Bonus Entry #3: Rate one of my TpT products--either one you recently purchased or my featured freebie!! (Please rate them honestly--I love to get your feedback!) 
Make sure to leave a comment with your TpT username so I know it was you!

*Make sure each entry is a separate comment!*

I will announce the winner when I finally finish this unit...
(Wednesday, Thursday... maybe Friday!)

Good Luck!

202 comments:

  1. so fun!! I follow:)
    missthirdgrade.blogspot.com

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  2. im a new follower!! :) love your stuff!!!

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  3. I follow your blog!!

    Lisa A.

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  4. Now following your TPT account as well! :)

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  5. I follow your TPT!

    Lisa A.

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  6. Hello! I just finished my first year of teaching in Mesquite, Texas! I teach Deaf Education to little 2nd graders who LOVE Science. As a Deaf Education teacher, anything visual and hands on is a great supplement to teaching, especially for our kids. I think this unit will be a great addition to my Rock Unit I have prepared, and being new to these blogs, I think that I could benefit a lot from it! :) By the way, I love your blog and your items! I was looking at it all night last night! Keep up the great work!

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  7. I left feedback for your verb unit! I can't wait to use it!

    Lisa A.

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  8. I follow your blog! :)

    Amanda
    http://www.oneextradegree.blogspot.com

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  9. I follow your TpT store!

    Amanda
    http://www.oneextradegree.blogspot.com

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  10. I would love to win this unit, because I teach rocks and minerals! I'd love to supplement my material with this unit! The rocks are so cute! :)

    Amanda
    http://www.oneextradegree.blogspot.com

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  11. I need this unit because I enjoy teaching science as well and don't have a unit for rocks yet. :)

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  12. I am now "following" you blog but have really been following it for a long time :)

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  13. I would love to have your unit because my son just "collected" two dozen rocks during a landscaping project and I'm at a loss as to how to teach my soon-to-be-first grader about them. All the books at the library seems SO complex and way over his head. While I'm not a teacher, I'd love to see what your approach is. He's totally interested. I just don't want to kill his curiosity with boring information that's beyond his understanding.

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  14. I need this unit because it would fit perfectly with the science core and I too have struggled with the whole rock concept! I would love some fresh ideas and you always deliver!

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  15. I need this unit becuase like you I have a hard time finding fun and interesting things. This unit would fit perfectly with activities I already have.

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  16. I need this unit because, I too, had a hard time finding fun activities about rocks and minerals. In Oregon, where I teach, it is a 1st grade standard and next year will be my first year teaching the unit. I hope I win!!! :)

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  17. I just left feedback for your Action Verb Unit that I purchased last month. My TpT user name is Nicole Heinlein ;)

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  18. I follow your blog on Google Reader!

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  19. I would love to have this resource because I am really trying to get away from the science textbook, and every resource helps!

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  20. I love your blog and I check in daily! I am having difficulty following you, have you ever had this?

    Kelly
    Kelly@coqueran.com

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  21. This is so cool! Thanks for making this unit and doing the giveaway!

    I follow your blog! : )

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  22. I left a comment on your TPT store (about the cool postcard I plan on using). : )

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  23. I N.E.E.D. this unit bc I really need a fun way to teach this too...and rocks, kinda hard!? ha!

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  24. I follow your blog. Thank you!

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  25. I am very interested in this unit and need it! I teach first grade in first grade and the material available does not go into a lot of detail. From my own research there is tons of things to do with the topic of rocks, integrating in literacy, math and science!

    Thanks for all you do!
    Kelly
    Kelly@coqueran.com

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  26. I Love your blog and I just started following you! I would love this blog because our school is changing their schedule and this is the first year I have ever taught science. I don't even know where to begin! This would be a huge help to me.

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  27. I follow your blog. Love It!

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  28. I also love your TPT items and follow you there!

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  29. I teach 2nd grade in Utah and have taught with the same unit for the past two years. It is okay, but the kiddos LOVE rocks and I can do a better job! Thanks for the great units!

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  30. You Rock!! (hehe couldn't resist but it's true) I already follow your blog!

    Primary Connections

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  31. I'd love to expand on my science units so I can have some ready to go. It seems that it is science and social studies that gets the "short end of the stick" in the aspect of time in our week. I would love to have items at hand that would make it fun and interesting for my kiddos. I'd love to see more science themed items! Thank you so much!!
    Primary Connections

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  32. I follow your awesome blog!!

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  33. I follow your blog!
    http://www.firstgradebrain.com

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  34. I follow your TPT store!
    http://www.firstgradebrain.com

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  35. I need this because I have virtually NO materials on rocks!! :(
    http://www.firstgradebrain.com

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  36. I follow your blog I'm a fan!!

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  37. I follow your TPT page, like I said Im a fan.

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  38. I would like to win this unit because I don't really have a lot of rock lessons and I love to use what you have created in my own classroom!

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  39. Love your stuff. Would love the rock unit.

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  40. I totally agree with you on needing to update my rock unit. I'm so excited to see what you've come up with :)

    Jodi
    Fun In First

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  41. I NEED great new ideas! I'm going to First Grade next year after teaching Kinder for 8 years!

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  42. I need this unit, because I have to teach this topic this year; I am at a loss as to how to make this fun, and this would really help me out!

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  43. I already follow your awesome blog!

    Dana
    3rd Grade Gridiron

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  44. I need this unit for the same exact reason you said! Teaching rocks is difficult for me and I would love to have a fun, exciting way to teach it!

    Thanks for the chances to win!

    Dana
    3rd Grade Gridiron

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  45. I follow your blog!

    caking19@gmail.com

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  46. I follow your TPT store.

    caking19@gmail.com

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  47. I neeeeeed this unit because last year was my first year teaching and I found that the students were SO interested in learning about rocks but i did not have thorough lessons.

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  48. I need this unit because I truly love teaching students about rocks. I use the FOSS kit "Pebbles, Sand, and Silt" to teach various concepts. But, I would LOVE to have more resources so I could extend this unit. YoU RoCk!!

    First Grade Factory

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  49. Left a rating.

    caking19@gmail.com

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  50. I rated your AEIOU freebie by stating: "Love all of your products!! You are such a gifted designer. I love this visual because we teach students that all words need a vowel to hold the consonants together. As the year progresses, we teach students that each syllable in a word needs a vowel."

    First Grade Factory

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  51. I follow AND love your blog! You are wonderful!

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  52. I also have followed your TpT store for a while and have purchased several of your units, which I love!

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  53. I need this unit because I, too, struggle teaching rocks to my students. I taught fourth grade and rocks was a big part of the science core and I struggled! Then I moved to 1st grade, and last year they changed the science core to include rocks, so again, I struggled through it. Your unit would help me to teach it more explicitly and of course, it would be more fun for the students because everything you create is fun!

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  54. Rocks are such a hard unit. I have a hard time making it fun and interactive! I need this unit!

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  55. I will be teaching a combined 2/3 and the Gr. 3 must learn about rocks and minerals. It would be great to have something that would help both grades be involved in this study. I hope you will pick me!

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  56. So fun!! I already follow your blog.

    chereemeans@gmail.com

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  57. I also follow your TpT store.

    chereemeans@gmail.com

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  58. I totally need these unit since I will be pretty much a first year teacher....teachign 1st grade the first time and teaching my own class (not sharing it with another teacher)! It would definitely help out with the science curriculum!

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  59. I need this unit because where I live, we do not have time specifically for Science and yet have to find time to teach some science in our classrooms. Because we don't have a science textbook or curriculum, though, it's hard to know what to teach and how to teach it. Weather and rocks were my two favorite science topics when I was in grade school (heck, even in middle school and high school too). I've taught a weather unit before, but I have no idea how to go about a rock unit. Remembering my love for learning about rocks when I was in school, I keep wanting to do a rock unit, but just do not even know where to start to put one together. So this is perfect! I really hope I can win this particular giveaway!

    chereemeans@gmail.com

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  60. i taught rocks this year, and found this great resource for math and science. this is the link to the rock cycle jam, the kiddos LOVE the karaoke! http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/rocks-minerals-landforms/rock-cycle.htm

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  61. I follow your blog and we have rocks in our science plans for five weeks! YIKES! This would be great!

    Rowdy in First Grade

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  62. I can't wait to buy this unit! Your resources are always AMAZING! I did the action verb unit with my Kinders on Monday, and they LOVED it! I always struggle with science teaching too. I think this unit will help me as much as my students :)

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  63. I would love this unit because I'm trying to integrate more science and I love that this unit includes student notebooks and recipes - how fun!

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  64. I just started following your blog and love the ideas!

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  65. I need this unit because I always get bogged down in the vocabulary with rocks. I'd love to have a clear and concise unit to use with my 1st graders in the future!

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  66. and of course I follow you on TpT, you were probably the first one.
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  67. I follow your blog from South Dakota!

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  68. Aaaaaaaaaand, I need this unit because I have no fun ways to teach rocks and could use the HELP!!!!!

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  69. I would love to win this unit to add to what I already do with rocks. I love to some excavation with chips ahoy cookies and a tooth pick. it's hard to dig those chips outta there. Oh and the book, Everybody Needs a Rock is a cute too. Can't wait to see what other art projects you come up with.
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  70. I have for sure left some great feedback on your freebies, and if I haven't left any for your noun, verb, and word ending units - I need to! My kids love them all.

    Lessons Learned

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  71. Love this! I have such a hard time teaching science because I'm normally bored to pieces! I'm sure this unit will make it SUPER FUN for myself and my students.

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  72. I left feedback when I bought All About Nouns!

    alischepis
    Ali

    What happens in kindergarten... lasts a lifetime

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  73. I follow your fabulous tpt store :)

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  74. I would love to be able to use your unit with my kiddos. I am hoping to add it to my science rotation. How fun! :)

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  75. I was able to download your fabulous AEIOU glue and rated it on your site.

    Thank you so much for the cute material. :)

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  76. I already follow your blog!

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  77. I follow your blog. You are great!
    Kari :)

    Karianne1120@gmail.com

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  78. I also follow your TpT store!

    Kari :)

    Karianne1120@gmail.com

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  79. My kindergarten curriculum switched to include rocks and soil two years ago. I have taught the unit a different way both years, but still felt that I did not do it very well after teaching it this year. I would love to win this unit so I can improve my rock unit. Thanks!

    Kari :)

    Karianne1120@gmail.com

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  80. I just provided feedback on your AEIOU product. I think it is a great idea to remind young students to listen for vowel sounds! My user name is karianne on TpT.

    Kari :)

    Karianne1120@gmail.com

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  81. I follow your TPT store!

    ~Jessica

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  82. My 3-5th grade students with autism are required to take end of grade tests. Some of the items cover rocks. I have had such a hard time teaching this objective and would love to have this unit to help out!

    ~Jessica

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  83. I follow your blog!


    Elisabeth
    www.missdelk.blogspot.com

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  84. I follow your TPT store!


    Elisabeth
    www.missdelk.blogspot.com

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  85. I purchased your word endings and left you feedback for it. :)


    Elisabeth Delk
    www.missdelk.blogspot.com

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  86. I NEED this unit because we don't have alot of Science resources so I'm constantly looking for things to use to teach science with and your unit sounds awesome! :)

    Elisabeth
    www.missdelk.blogspot.com

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  87. I am a follower of your adorbale and helpful blog!

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  88. Also, I love teaching about the rock cycle and I'm sure that this unit will spruce it up a bit. If I don't win I am going to buy it for sure! Thanks!

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  89. I follow your blog! :)
    sherrymc62@bellsouth.net

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  90. I really need this unit because I am teaching a new grade level and I need materials! Your rock unit is exactly what I need! :)

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  91. I rated one of your products on TpT. :)

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  92. I follow and love your cute blog!

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  93. I follow your TPT store too!

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  94. I NEED this unit because finding cute/fun rock stuff is so hard and I love all of the units I've gotten from you so far!

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  95. I already follow your TpT, too!!

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  96. I NEED this because it looks so darn cute. I'm a fourth grade science teacher and I haven't found MANY blogs that feature cute science stuff! So you will be added to my limited collection!! :)

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  97. Why do I need this unit?
    Well, I am a teacher turned SAHM and my oldest is entering 1st grade this fall. I am on the hunt for anything and everything I can find to supplement her learning this year! We love learning together!!!

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  98. I teach 3rd grade in Georgia and this is a huge unit in my grade. I am always looking for new ideas to try. Thanks for all the hard work!

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  99. I rated the super Hero unit on er and est I bought a while back. My user name is titrba.

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  100. love it! follower.

    thanks!
    howtodresslikeateacher@gmail.com

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  101. I just signed up to follow your blog. I bought a couple of your units and they are awesome!

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  102. I need a cute unit like this because I always struggle with trying to teach about rocks. This year the rock unit was even more challenging.I had a student with special needs that was upset when we switched from maps to the rock unit.It took a while to get him interested in rocks. In an attempt to make rocks more interesting, my grade level has purchased rock candy in the past. Needless to say, the interest in rocks only lasted the amount of time that it took students to eat their candy.

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  103. I follower of you fabulous blog!

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  104. I atually purchased your action verb unit a while ago! I LOVED it!! My first graders were really having a hard time with the concept and the ideas you gave in the unit were fantastic!! Thank you!
    ktramont

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  105. I would love to have this unit as I was in first grade last year after being a media specialist for a few years. I struggled to find appropriate science activities which were fun, engaging and applicable to our curriculum. This unit sounds perfect for my needs!

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  106. I teach 2nd grade and I'm always looking for new ideas on how to teach my rock unit.

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  107. I need to win because my boys have started a 'rock collection' and I've been wondering how to make it more than a pile of dirt that I want to get rid of.

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  108. I love following your blog! :)
    smbeckma@yahoo.com

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  109. I follow you on TpT!
    smbeckma@yahoo.com

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  110. I would love this unit because I love science! I am certified for grade 5-8 science, so I LOVE bringing as much science as possible to my first graders!
    smbeckma@yahoo.com

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  111. I follow you on TPT. My account name is zasyzoo.

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  112. Love your blog! I start a rock unit this year and my kiddos loved it! Always on the look out for great ideas! Thanks for all the great stuff!

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  113. I gotten several things from your tpt - worked very well for me thanks

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  114. I JUST HAVE TO HAVE THE ROCK UNIT!!!!

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  115. Rocks and Minerals is my first unit in Science with my 3rd graders! There are not a lot of cute ideas idea there to focus on this concept. I know your idea will be sooo cute. Can't wait to see it.

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  116. I follow your blog. I am having a giveaway over on my blog prayteachlove.blogspot.com

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  117. I need this unit because I need to spice up this particular topic...my firsties would love it!

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  118. Why do I need this unit? Because kids *love* rocks!!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  119. I just started following you on TpT, it is actually the first time I have heard about the website. Yes, I live in a cave! :)

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  120. I need this unit because this will be my first year teaching; I have been collecting things like crazy this summer. I don't have much money but have so, so, so many ideas.

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  121. I just added you to my google.com/reader list. :)

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  122. I just became a new follower...love your blog!

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  124. Sorry about the one above post that I had to delete(I'm a dork!)...But I just visited and rated your plurals poster! Thanks!!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  125. I need this unit because I also struggled with finding resources for teaching rocks. My district doesn't have a science program so we create every unit on our own. I taught this unit for the first time last year and I just wasn't satisfied with how it went. My goal this summer is to redo this unit for next year. I just discovered your blog and am very excited about using your ideas in my classroom. You're awesome! Thank you for sharing your amazing ideas with us.

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  126. I could really use this unit, because our science resources are limited and rocks is one of the units I have yet to create anything extra in yet.

    www.primaryfilefoldergames.blogspot.com

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  127. Love your blog! I am a new follower. This rock unit looks like so much fun!

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  128. I need this unit something fierce. I teach an elementary behavior unit in Provo and I am always looking for fun ways to teach my students. If they are learning something fun, they are far less likely to have problems. :) And I love those days without problems!

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  129. I am a follower! Rocks are one of my favorite units too :)

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  130. I just stumbled across your blog and love it! I am now a follower!

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  131. I would like this unit, because I teach in a Title 1 school where materials and funding are scarce.I am always looking for creative ways to teach and make it memorable for my students, despite the obstacles we may face.

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  132. So excited about this! We will be starting a new Science Adoption this fall and I'll be getting to teach a Rock Unit to my first graders for the first time!

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  133. I am a follower of your blog!! :)

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  134. I need this unit because I am in charge of planning science for our team. Our district asks that we spend 3 weeks on rocks, and while I have some activities, I would love to have more ideas and fun activities to help the kids learn about rocks.

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  135. I am a follower!

    www.teachinginthecouv.blogspot.com

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  136. I also followe your TpT store.

    www.teachinginthecouv.blogspot.com

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  137. I'm a new follower but have been checking out your stuff for a couple of weeks now. It's great! Thanks so much for taking the time to share all of you ideas with us!

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  138. love your work! I already follow on TPT! Would love this unit!

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  139. I now follow your blog as well! :-)

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  140. I need this unit because I have a college professor friend who always comes to my classroom each year to teach the kids about the 3 kids of rocks. She brings LOTS of samples and does a GREAT job. You rock unit would be the perfect companion to this "guest" teacher's lessons!

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  141. I rated the All About Nouns unit on TPT. LOVE IT and all the other units I've purchased as well. :-) THANKS for making great materials!

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  142. I need this unit because your units are awesome, and I adore the clipart!!! :)

    Lisa A.

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  143. new follower! love your designs! can't wait to borrow your ideas for my future classroom!
    -Laura

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  144. I'm a new follower. I believe we met at a Math Survivor Class that Lory Evans taught. You are wonderful. Thanks for sharing all your hard work!

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  145. I am a follower of your blog, now!
    Anna B

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  146. I am a follower of your TPT store, now!

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  147. We teach rocks in Ga in third great. I would LOVE to win and add to my collection.
    I am a follower!
    Delena
    Learn with ME in Grade Three

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