12.28.2014

New Year Freebie & Half Way There Teacher Resources Sale





  We are half way through the school year, so a group of secondary teachers are celebrating with a 20% off sale on our teaching resources from December 31st through January 1st. Arm yourself for the new year with great teacher-created resources from your favorite sellers on TeachersPayTeachers.


*Click on the image of your favorite seller (above) 
to go right to their store.*

Special thanks to Gina from All Things Algebra for the image!

Tracee Orman on TpT http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Tracee-Orman


.:* HAPPY NEW YEAR! *:.
My New Year gift to you: a free activity to start the year 
(or semester) off right!

I included both traditional handouts AND interactive notebook activities:
New Year Creative Writing Activities Freebie http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/New-Year-Writing-Goals-Activities-for-2015-Free-1551635

2015 Goals Activity Free DownloadInteractive 2015 New Year Writing Activities Free

New Year Goal Setting Activity


Stay tuned for some NEW writing resources in my store in the next couple of days! For those of you who love my Argument Writing pack, I've been working on additional resources for Informational Writing.  

Have a great second half of the school year, 
my Teacher Friends!

12.06.2014

Gifts for the Book Nerd, English Teacher, Bibliophile, Librarian, or Grammar Nazi

50+ Holiday Gift Ideas for the Book Lover Bibliophile


The problem with buying gifts for the book lover is that you never know which books they have already read and own or whether they will even like them. I'm offering suggestions because I am a verified 100% book nerd English teacher myself and my husband finds me incredibly hard to buy for. Hopefully this will help you find the perfect gift for your loved one! Click on each picture below to go to the website to purchase (most are on Amazon).


STOCKING STUFFERS
Who wouldn't love these literary-inspired stocking stuffers?
(Images courtesy of Amazon.com, unless otherwise noted)

This just seems completely appropriate for those of us who love words:
The Best Christmas Word Search Puzzle Book



Help your loved one keep their Kindle, iPad, smart phone, or other reading device's screen clean:


Scrabble Slam Cards: Taking your favorite board game to another level:



Inspire the book lover with a Magnetic Poetry Kit (Book Lover edition, of course!):



Every book nerd knows you can never have too many bookmarks. Get these cute punctuation magnetic i-clip bookmarks:


Or elegant Harry Potter Hogwarts Houses bookmarks:


Keep Calm and Read On:


Sometimes you just want one hand free while reading. These Thumb Things book holders come to the rescue! (Great for read-alouds or snacking while reading.):




As long as they don't think you are sending them a hint with this Edgar Allan Poe-inspired air freshener (perfect for their car, classroom, office, library, etc.):

Or perhaps they would like Jane Austen's better:




Every teacher should keep bandages in her drawer for those pesky paper cuts. Keep it real with Shakespeare's Insults Bandages kit:



These ultra-cute sticky notes are perfectly shaped for annotating books:

Or these "Sticky Fingers":



A teacher (or writer) can never have too many pens! These Pentel gel ink pens are my favorite for grading papers, writing notes, doodling, whatever. And they are reasonably priced:



Harry Potter candy is always a fun treat:





If your book nerd friend doesn't have a mockingjay pin yet, this would be a great stocking stuffer:

Gift cards are perfect stocking stuffers! Get cards from favorite book stores, coffee houses where your loved one likes to hang out, or teaching resources sites like TeachersPayTeachers:

Image courtesy of TeachersPayTeachers.com




GIFTS

The Complete Far Side by Gary Larson: Considering this book collection was just released November 25th, perhaps your loved one doesn't have it yet. Chances are, they will cherish this for years to come:


Book nerds will drool over this new release of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. These are the original stories translated into American English:




A reading journal for the book lover: seems perfect, right?



I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar; for a great laugh, your Grammar Nazi will love this:



Any book by Grammar Girl is the perfect gift for the grammar lover. I love her website and her books are great to have on hand for easy reference:



TOTE IT

Big books are the best. "I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie" tote:


Is that special someone you are buying for a Jane Austen fan? How about a Pride and Prejudice inspired tote:


Blue Q's bags are great for carrying books:




Or cover multiple books AND make a statement with this Banned Books tote:

How about a phone case inspired by the book? (This one is for the new iPhone 6, but they make them for many different brands/models - just click on the link):

How about a recycled book purse?
Image by Etsy.com

Gone With the Wind pouch:



WRITE ALL ABOUT IT

It's a black pen, a red pen, a pencil, and a stylus--all in an elegant shell:



Vintage card catalog-inspired notecards; they are straight from the Library of Congress:



These beautiful journals are sure to please anyone on your list who loves to write:


Tree of Life journal:




In spirals:





Cute vintage-looking roll-up pencil cases:





READING IN BED SOLUTIONS

This reading light is my all-time favorite. Make sure you get the LightWedge brand (the quality is far superior than other brands, though Verilux now makes one and I love their reading lights but haven't tried their book light):




Here's a classy-looking plush book stand (other colors available):


Does your loved one need a hands-free laptop stand for their nighttime reading or working?
This stand makes it easy:

Or how about a hands-free stand they can use for reading on their Kindle, iPad, or Nook? Did I mention they can lie on their back without fear of dropping their device on their face?




WEAR IT FAVORITES

How about a beautiful infinity scarf straight from a page of her favorite book? Check out Storiarts on Etsy:
Image: Storiarts on Etsy.com

While you are visiting Etsy, check out one of my favorite shops: the Boolady. Her To Kill a Mockingbird inspired jewelry is awesome (favorites of mine from last year!):
Image: Boolady on Etsy.com

Every bibliophile would appreciate these Book Lover Flip Flops for their trips to the beach...or anywhere:
Image: CafePress.com

More big books:


Just to keep going with the theme...




And for the book junkie:


Alice in Wonderland inspired necklace:



"So It Goes" Necklace, inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse V:


Thoreau-inspired t-shirt:


Or The Great Gatsby:



FOR THE HOME

I love the look of the card catalog cabinets! Here's a beautiful piece to add to give your loved one for home, office, or classroom (holds CDs, DVDs, etc.):



For the Harry Potter fan: a Marauder's Map blanket to keep your book nerd warm this winter:



The grammar nazi in your life will appreciate these dishes:




It's always time to read with these clocks:








Book ends are always useful:





Vintage typewriters:



Magnetic arrow book ends:


For the Doctor Who fan:

From A to Z or @ and & book ends:




Shakespeare book ends:



The only bad thing about this Hunger Games Mockingjay book end is that it only comes with one!






Because every book lover will continue to acquire new books, give them a place to keep them all:






Front view of swivel bookcase.









MISCELLANEOUS

Here's a beautiful and easy way for bibliophiles to label their books:



Because most book berds are creative themselves--because this game does take some creative-thinking--I offer up the Cards Against Humanity game. This is a game for horrible, terrible, rotten people who laugh at the expense of others. And it's highly addicting. Oh, the humanity:






Need more ideas? Check out my Pinterest pin board for more gift suggestions:

Gifts for the English Teacher Pinterest Board


What are YOUR favorite gifts to receive? To give? Post them below with a link!

Happy Holidays from Mrs. Orman's Classroom