Thursday, February 23, 2012

Teaching Thursday: Learning Spot Lessons by Carson-Dellosa and a Giveaway!

I am so excited about this week's Teaching Thursday post!  A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit in on a blogger's preview of the new Learning Spot Lessons by Carson-Dellosa Publishing. These are brand new units for Interactive White Boards!  Each unit contains 3-5 interactive lessons, as well as lesson plans, printables and various extension activities. 

I have long been a fan of Carson-Dellosa.  When I was younger, I spent a lot of time in teacher supply stores oohing and ahhing over all of the things that I wanted in my classroom when I became a teacher.  Many of the things that I dreamed of having were from Carson-Dellosa.  They are known for their bright, colorful clip art and bulletin board sets, their wonderful teaching resources such as workbooks and games and various other classroom supplies.

Last semester during my practicum, my clinical teacher got a SMART Board in her classroom.  I fell in love!  I loved that it was interactive and that there were so many things that you could do with it.  I quickly adapted most of my lesson plans so that we could use the new technology.  It is no secret that I love technology, and any way that I can incorporate it into the classroom is great. However, it was a little time consuming coming up with interactive lessons that we could use with the SMART Board. 

This is why I am so very excited about Learning Spot Lessons from Carson-Dellosa! These are units designed for use with Interactive White Boards.  However, if you aren't lucky enough to have one in your classroom, they also work with PCs and Macs.  You can project them from your laptop or classroom computer.  The units were designed and tested by real classroom teachers.  Their pilot program had about 200 teachers from all across the country participate and give feedback on the units. 

Carson-Dellosa really designed these units with teachers in mind.  They are Common Core aligned!  You can enter your state and it will give you the objectives that correlate to the lessons.  The units also give you ideas and suggestions on how to differentiate instruction for the students in your classroom.  Have ELL students in your classroom?  No problem... they thought of that too!  The student activities have multilingual audio directions in English, Spanish and French! 

As part of the blogger's preview, Carson-Dellosa provided me with 2 free units to try out and test so that I could really get a feel for them.  I chose a unit on Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives and another on States of Matter. I love that they are colorful, interactive and fun!  I can see a lot of uses for these units in the classroom.  You can use them with the whole group, small groups, or for individuals.  I like that the units include printables that can be used as independent practice or for homework.  These units are so much more than just Interactive White Board lessons.  I can't wait to actually use one in a classroom setting.  I know the students will enjoy them.  

Right now, if you download the Learning Spot Library (the software that runs the lessons) you will also get a FREE unit! You simply go to www.cdlearningspot.com and it will walk you through the steps to download and get your free unit.  Right now, Carson-Dellosa has 35 units available for K-2.  They are introducing new units every month, and will soon have 3-5 units available! Check out all of the units available here.

Carson-Dellosa Learning Spot Lessons Giveaway
Not only did they provide me with free units, but Carson-Dellosa is giving one of my lucky readers 2 free units as well!  This is in addition to the unit that you get for downloading the software!  So... you could have 3 free units to get you started! 

Giveaway begins Thursday, February 23.  All entries must be received by 10 pm EST on Wednesday, February 29.  Winner will be selected at random, and announced on Thursday, March 1.  Each comment (not including replies) counts as an entry.  You must leave separate comments for each entry.  Please include an email address in your comments. 

Required
  • (1) Entry: Leave a comment telling me what grade you teach and which unit you are most interested in. 
Optional (Additional Entries):
  • (1) Entry: Like Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company on Facebook, and leave a comment telling me that you did. 
  • (1) Entry: Follow me (@crystal_dunn) on Twitter and leave a comment telling me that you did. 
  • (1) Entry: Follow Carson-Dellosa (@CDPub) on Twitter and leave a comment telling me that you did. 
  • (1) Entry: Follow Carson-Dellosa on Pinterest and leave a comment telling me that you did. (You will not be sorry-- their Pinterest boards are an awesome collection of teaching resources!)
  • (1) Entry: Tweet the following: "Enter @crystal_dunn's Giveaway of 2 Learning Spot Units from @CDPub: bit.ly/xkUWIE" and comment telling me you did. 
You can have a total of 6 entries!  Good Luck!  I can't wait to see how you like Learning Spot Lessons from Carson-Dellosa! 



Disclaimer: Carson-Dellosa provided me with 2 free units to review for this blog post.  They also provided me with 2 free units to give away to a reader.  All thoughts and opinions about the units are my own.  No other compensation was given for this review. 




4 comments:

  1. I teach fourth grade, so if I won, I would want to wait until my grade level was available to pick my unit. :)

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  2. Posted by Bonnie C (but for some reason it isn't showing up): 
    I teach fourth grade, so if I won, I would want to wait until my grade level was available to pick my unit. :) 

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  3. I teach 2nd grade and LOVE Carson Dellosa!!!   Either interactive unit would be put to use in my classroom :)

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  4. I teach 1st grade and I'm also a huge fan of Carson Dellosa! I am interested in the addition learning spot lessons.

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