Saturday, December 13, 2014

Giving Back 100%: Huntsman Cancer Institute

A day of Giving Back was thought up by one amazing friend, Erica Colon (Nitty Gritty Science). Many sellers on are joining together is a day of giving back to those in need.

Each seller has chosen a charity that they hope to provide support to which means that LOTS and LOTS of organizations are going to get a little holiday boost in their accounts to help even MORE people in need. WAHOO!

Get Your Shop On: DECEMBER 14, 2014

It will be easy to identify those that are participating because their store logo will look like the one above for the entire day, December 14th. You can also use the linky below to find other sellers.

I want to tell you about the organization that I have chosen to donate 100% OF MY SUNDAY SALES to!

Huntsman Cancer Institute was started in 1995 by the Huntsman family. Jon M. Huntsman, a cancer survivor TWICE, felt that he wanted a more personal and caring atmosphere than what he experienced as he battled this horrible disease. In the past nearly 20 years the Huntsman Cancer Institute has grown into the world leader in cancer research and patient care. People come from all over the US to receive care, consultation, and support. This amazing facility even provides a research library for families to read about and learn what is being done to treat their condition and/or disease.

I know that my sister always felt taken care of and at ease when she was being cared for by the wonderful staff at Huntsman. Even in her last moments, the nurses and doctors were telling her what they were doing for her, talking quietly and kindly with her, and working to make her as comfortable as possible. They cried with us, and helped our family through that rough day.

If you would rather donate directly to (or want to donate extra) to the Huntsman Cancer Research Institute, you can click HERE. Please donate in my sister's name: Paula Lee Hughes Madsen (unless you have someone else in mind). Thank you SO much. The hope of a cure for cancer is the prayer of so many families that are dealing with this horrible problem!

If I can get $350 in sales to make a one-time donation, a brick will be placed in my sister's honor on the walk of hope path between the research center and the hospital! So that is my GOAL! $350 in sales. But, I need YOUR help to make it happen. Even better, there is an anonymous donor that will match ALL donations made until his/her $20,000 is met. That means that my $350 will be donated as $700! WAHOO!
We can do it!


Howdy Friends!
My students have been counting down this date for several days now. They think that the fact that the date reads 12-13-14 is the bomb-diggity and that the world should remember it! Hence, I am blogging about this historic date, since it won't be in my life time that is happens again!

So, how will YOU spend this once in a lifetime event?

Have 12-13-14 to YOU!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway- DAY 10

Happy Holiday Friends,
This holiday season just keeps getting better!

Day 10 of the Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway is here, and I am PROUD to be part of this wonderful day of gifts and fun. WAHOO!
If you haven't been following this amazing giveaway, never fear! You still have three days to enter! And Enter you MUST! :)

Check out these teacher-authors who have contributed to today's gifts:
2. Created By Mr. Hughes - $5 Store Credit
3. Ms. Fultz Corner - $5 Store Credit
4. Flapjack Educational Resources - $5 Store Credit…/Flapjack-Educational-R…
5- Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs- Who Organized this entire event! WAHOO!- 

-$30 Starbucks Gift Card (They have awesome treats and hot chocolate, so this is awesome even if you don't drink coffee, like me!)
-$20 TpT Store Credit or Featured Item (See above)
The contest will run for 24 Hours via Rafflecopter.
To Enter, Visit: or click the picture at the top of this post!
Don't forget to tag your friends and share on your page! This is HUGE! AND, don't forget to enter Day 11 tomorrow and Day 12 on Friday!


Saturday, December 06, 2014

The Advent Adventure Continues- Day 7 (Two Gifts Just For YOU!)

Howdy Friends!
Don't forget to click on over to the Primary Chalkboard Blog so you can read all about my Specials Deals just for you!

With TWO Gifts (a freebie and a 50% off deal) you won't want to miss it!

Click HERE (or the picture above) to check it out!

Friday, December 05, 2014

iHeart Math Holiday Hop

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Please Note: Click on past dates to catch up, but, like advent calendar, the links for future dates won't work until the correct day! Enjoy our holiday gift to you! :)

Holiday Greetings My Friends-

     I have the pleasure of linking up with several wonderful math bloggers for a month long holiday hop.
We are excited about this collaboration because each day you can access a different blogger with
great holiday tips and a special gift. Be sure to tune in everyday to read each blog post.

Holiday Tip #1: It is so important for teachers to take care of themselves during this stressful time of the year. With activities, events, and celebrations going on around you, remember to step back and take time for yourself. Make your night easier once in a while and cut back homework- OR- plan to go over it together in class so you can have an much needed relaxing evening at home.

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Holiday Tip #2: When it comes to math and the holidays, use it to your advantage. Bring in holiday ads and some lessons about money, statistics (survey of favorite toys), graph the data, etc. Make it fun and engaging. Don't have time to stop and do these kinds or activities? No problem, exchange some of the story problems in your basal out with holiday problems, OR, challenge students to turn a set number of problems in their daily work into holiday based questions.

     Today, on the 6th day of our advent calender,  I would like to gift to you a FREE FULL WEEK of my  Daily Morning Math series! This program is based around Common Core Standards, but will fit into ANY math program. With just a few minutes a day, your students will get to practice and master basic skills that will prepare them for the next grade AND help them be successful on assessments! (Even if you don't teach 6th grade, go ahead and give it a whirl! I think you will LOVE it!)

Click the picture OR HERE to download it! 

     Thank you for linking up with me today. Be sure to tune in everyday during the month of December
to read each blog post. By clicking on the header at the top of this post, you will return to the starting point of our blog hop.
Don't Miss Tomorrow!
     Join us tomorrow as The Teacher Studio will be providing you with wonderful holiday tips and a special

Happy Holidays-

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Happy Holidays From Created by MrHughes (with A HUGE SALE, Linkies, Advents, and Hops!)

Howdy Friends!

The holidays are here, and they are bringing many wonderful surprises and events just for you! :) Keep you eyes open for several different events which I joined to show my appreciation for YOU! WAHOO!

Take a gander at the amazing line up of surprises and goodies just for you!

Let's see, first there is...

I Heart Math blog hop

Oh yes, and the Primary Chalk Board Advent Calendar Event with a new freebie and/or 50% off  for the day item!
"Happy Holidays! The Primary Chalkboard is celebrating this month with our own Advent Calendar. Each day we will have a little treat for our readers from one of our authors/bloggers. You can only get the treat on that day, so make sure you check back often."

Hmmm...oh yeah, and the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway with AMAZING prizes and chances to win gift cards EACH DAY!

AND.... Starting at 12 midnight Eastern time, you can get your shop on and save upto 20% using the TpT Discount Code at check out! WAHOO!
Thanks to Gina Wilson for Designing the Image Above.
Each event will be hosted on MY blog, so check back soon!

ALSO, if you haven't joined my newsletter list, I encourage you to do so using the form at the top of my blog. It's super easy, and starting in January, information, specials deals, and more will be shared. If you aren't on the list, you won't know about them Sign-up today! SCORE!

     Thanks for you kindness and support over the past several years! You are amazing and I truly enjoy interacting with you. Happy Holidays and please stop by again soon! WAHOO!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

TpT Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) Sale 2014!


Up to 28% off the entire site 
Monday, December 1st and Tuesday, December 2nd  

Remember to Use Promo Code at Check out- TPTCYBER  

-Participating Stores:
Danielle Knight      James Whitaker      Created by MrHughes      Juggling ELA      Ruth S.      MissMathDork      The Creative Classroom      Kate's Classroom Cafe      Live Love Math      Darlene Anne      Michele Luck's Social Studies      Charlene Tess      Teaching Math By Hart      2peasandadog      Pamela Kranz      Kristin Lee      The Career Ready Teacher      All Things Algebra      4mulaFun      The SuperHERO Teacher      Liz's Lessons      For the Love of      Teaching Math Secondary Solutions      Teaching High School Math      A Space to Create      The Classroom Sparrow      Science Stuff      Addie Williams      The Tutor House      Connie Casserly      Tracee Orman      TeachingFSL      FisherReyna Education       Lessons With      Coffee Karol Steele      Margaret Whisnant

Super Secondary TpT Teachers Wish you a Wonderful Holiday Season!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Quill Product Review and Giveaway!

Greetings Friends!
    I am happy to share with you something that I just got a couple of weeks ago and I use EVERY DAY! contacted me to ask if I would like to try out a product and share my experience with my supporters. I was SO EXCITED for this opportunity!

I was sent this little gem:

     This cart is AWESOME! Before, I had to bend over or sit down (which I HATE doing while I am teaching. This makes it so I can stand AND teach. My document camera fits perfectly on top, and the black, non-slip mat, make the perfect background when projecting on the board. The top is adjustable. So, you COULD lower it all the way down and have a much lower cart. The doors lock on the front, so I can store computer/printer supplies inside and keep my students out. The wheels also lock in place so the cart doesn't go skiing across the floor! Oh, and it comes with a power bar (heavy duty use) and the mounting hardware to add it to the cart. Oh, and it had a pace to wrap the cord when not in use. This amazing piece of furniture is a MUST have in EVERY classroom!

     You can see that the height is perfect for me. You can check out this item HERE! And, before you ask, yes, it is TOTALLY worth the price! This is one sturdy cart!

     Now, the best part is, you can WIN this amazing Easel from Quill! It is a $320.00 Value and you can win if for FREE! WAHOOOOO!

They have generously donated one to ONE lucky supporter Use the Rafflecopter below for your chance to enter! If you win, it will be shipped directly to YOU! :) Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, November 10, 2014

Product Review: Mentoring Minds- Critical Thinking for Life: Flip Charts and Strategy Wheels

Greetings Friends!

Today I am going to be doing a product review of a company called Mentoring Minds. They create some pretty amazing products to help teachers better engage their students. I was sent two samples to look over and review. (They are the ONLY compensation for this post. You can request a SCHOOL sample HERE and click on 'Request School Sample' at the bottom on the page.)

As I looked over their website, I was impressed with the research that has gone into each of their resources. These people know what they are talking about. In fact, they have an entire page dedicated to their results. (Click HERE to visit).

The first product I looked at was their Critical Thinking High-Order Thinking Strategies Guide. My first impression of this resource is that it VERY user-friendly. There is a "How to Use" section, which goes over what "Hows" and "Whys". From the Guide, it states that: "The Critical Thinking Strategies Guide is a resource that offers a multitude of questioning stems, strategies, and activities to promote critical and creative thinking". And this flip chart does NOT disappoint. It is 33 pages, packed with charts, question stems, and suggested activities.

I was pretty skeptical of its practicality when I first opened it. I kept thinking, as a teacher, where would I keep this so that I used it. It isn't cheap (they are bout $13.00 each). But, as I have spent time looking through it and being engaged as a teacher in ways I increase my students' thinking, I realized that I would keep it in my computer bag/on my desk- where ever I was doing my lesson planning for the next day.

It has stems for all the subject areas (math, writing, science, reading, social studies). It also have TONS of ideas for Differentiation and Assessment. This is one sample that I won't be donating to the FREE pile in the teacher's lounge. So, this is one that I think you could invest in and not be disappointed! Click HERE to see the ordering page. And, again, I get NOTHING if you order, so this isn't a sales pitch.

The second resource I was sent was the D.O.K. Wheel (Depth of Knowledge for those like me who are not up on their acronyms). I will be honest here. I am not a fan of  Wheel resources from ANY company. They are big and clunky. This ones isn't much better is that regard.

However, I will say that it is packed to the hilt with information. It seems like the Cliff's Notes of the flip books they sell. I honestly wouldn't pay for this resource- not because it isn't well done and extremely useful, but simply because I don't like the format of the wheel.

However, at about 2/3 the cost of the flip book AND the ease of having the information at your fingertips without flipping a gazillion pages, many will enjoy this little gem. I should throw in here that my wheel was double-sided and has the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy as well. I don't know if the purchased versions have both or not as mine is a sample. Okay, just checked on-line and they come double-sided! It is nice to have all 6 levels in an easy to read format. That is a true bonus and a plus for this Wheel! You can learn more about their wheel products HERE.

This company carries many other resources that look amazing, engaging, and designed around the principals of critical thinking. Be sure to check out their entire line of resources HERE or by click on their name below:

If you have any questions about these resources, let me know. Thanks for stopping by. Have a fantastic day! WAHOO!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Share the Wealth 'Give Thanks for Freebies" Linky Party!

Fall Greetings My Friends!
Time has flown by- next Friday my school year 1/3 over already!
WHAT?!?!? I hope your year is going well!

My dad posted this picture on Facebook:

It made me laugh. This is SO very true. It made me really want to host a Thanksgiving/Fall themed FREEBIE LINKY party! So, here we are, enjoying some great FREE resources. WAHOO!

However, I wanted to share a couple Holiday resources that you may want on your planning radar now!
One is my ever popular Christmas Dodecahedron Project:

This project has your kiddos reading, writing, using their math skills, not to mention art and direction following practice! You will want to start EARLY in the month so they can be enjoyed before sending them home as a holiday decoration/gift for each student's family.

If that look like TOO much- you can try the Mini-Dodecahedron Ornament Project:

There are still the 12 sides, but the projects are much shorter. a perfect project for the busy teacher.
AND, if your school doesn't celebrate the holidays, you can use this holiday-"less" Traditions Around the World Dodecahedron Project:

This projects has students working in small groups to compare and contrast traditions for various cultures around the world. If you just can't wait for December to get started on a dodecahedron project, check out my wildly popular Thanksgiving Edition!

If you aren't into Dodecahedrons (and even if you are), check out these engaging Mystery Picture activities based on words (lower grades) or parts of speech (upper grades):


Don't forget to add all these great holiday learning opportunities to your wishlist!

So, now that I have tempted you with all these hands-on holiday activities, let's get started with the Thanksgiving/Fall Themed FREEBIE Linky! Enjoy these amazing resources from teacher-authors, and be sure to leave feedback on any that you find useful/use in your classroom. WAHOO!
Have a great weekend-
Mr. Hughes

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Christmas Has Come Early This Year With This Deal!

Math Teachers of TpT CD Bundle Vol. 2 is here!

That’s right, there’s a second volume – quantities even more limited than the first!

Eleven great Math Teachers of TpT have teamed up once again to bring you Volume 2 of math resources for 3rd through 9th grades at a deep discount. 

Grab over $125 worth of product for only $25 plus shipping! That’s 80% off! What’s the catch? Quantities are even more limited this time, and the sale ends on Sunday!  Buy a copy for yourself and three of your closest teacher friends, they’ll make great gifts for the holidays!


Click HERE (or on the picture below) to check it out

Don't miss out- click on over today! :)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

FALL-Tastic Ideas and Resources To Boost Your Week!

Thanks to Whimsy Workshop for the AWESOME clipart!

Greetings Friends-

It has been a while. I feel that I spend most of my time running from one event to another and accomplish Zilch. Zip. Nada.

But, I AM excited to put together a linky of great, FALL-TASTIC activities! Some are FREE, some might require payment, but ALL of them are SURE to get your kiddos motivated to LEARN and ENJOY this beautiful FALL season!

Also,m Don't forget to check out the Created by MrHughes Facebook Page where you might enjoy a great FLASH FREEBIE, find a useful tip or two, and almost always find a laugh for your day. Click HERE to check it out!

And now! On with the FALL-Tastic Line-Up!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend, and don't forget to drop by again soon. :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Calling All Math Teachers: Deal of the Century For You!

Hello My Friends!

     This summer, ten teachers from Teachers Pay Teachers joined together to compile an EXCLUSIVE bundle of math resources for 3rd through 9th Grade Math. The value of all these resources is over $125, and you can grab it for only $2580% off! There is a very limited quantity – once we’re sold out, they’re gone forever! Grab your copy at

     Find out more about the participating teachers and their products at and hop along this link party.

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