Saturday, October 06, 2012

Product Swap Review (The Peanut Gallery)

 I need to tell you about this amazing teacher-author that I discovered a few months ago. Who is the amazing  person you ask? Well, it is none other than:
I have had the privileged of getting to know The Peanut Gallery over the past several months and when we got partnered, I was VERY excited.

I wanted to review one of the 4 sets in her Figurative Language Mega Bundle.

Because I am the writing teacher for the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in my school, I wanted to try something that I would actually be able to use over and over again- and believe me when I tell you I WILL BE USING THIS BUNDLE AGAIN (and again, and again...)

For the swap, I decided to focus on test driving ONE of the four amazing kits. (You CAN get just the kit I reviewed separately by clicking HERE- but I would TOTALLY recommend the Mega Bundle. Not only do you save money, but you will WANT all four kits.)

This is the kit I choose to review.

And Now, On to the Review...

I started by choosing the pages I wanted to print from this awesome kit! As you can see from the table of contents below, there was PLENTY of activities to use to get the idea of Onomatopoeias across to my students.

Aren't the amount of pages you have at your fingertips amazing? Phew. It was hard to decide exactly what activities I wanted to do first. This was a GOOD problem to have.

Thankfully we have a nice color-laser printer at home. It made choosing and printing what I needed a snap. And, what is nice is that even though everything is in nice bright and eye-catching color- if you needed to print in black and white- it wouldn't affect the usefulness of this set of lessons. I found that be a huge positive in my mind.

Here is my selected and printed activities. I LOVE the anchor chart that is included. (It is the top page you can see).

My wife was a lifesaver. I was swamped with grading papers and she stepped in and copied and laminated for me. I wanted to laminate several of the components so they would be useful year after year.
These are activity cards from the set. I LOVE the ideas- yes IDEAS (PLURAL) that are given on how to use these fun cards. I used them with my document camera (as shown below). The students LOVED trying to write the sounds that would be made by each picture I showed them. We laughed and had a great time with that activity.

A favorite of the kids was also reading the included story (not pictured here). The kids loved being the sound effects for the story. It was too funny. In fact, they kept making the sounds from the story for the rest of the day. It was fun.

For their homework that night I assigned them the comic strip activity. The kids had a great time writing and coloring their "story". I had several students share their work with the class using my document camera. I was impressed with the amount of thought that went in to so many of the projects. It was impressive.

Above and below is more of the amazing work my students did.

The last part I want to share from this kit (and there was more that I could have done) was the poetry component. My class was a little hesitant to engage in this activity. Not because it was "boring" or "lame", but rather because it was going to cause them to think. However, after some convincing they embraced this activity. Below are three that I thought were VERY well done!

As you can easily see, this is a quality kit- complete with engaging student friendly handouts, easy to follow teaching instructions/suggestions, and more.

Like I mentioned above, I will be using this kit EVERY year. I can't wait to use the other kits in my mega bundle. They are TOTALLY worth EVERY PENNY I paid for them. :)

What are you waiting for? Get Clicking! :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Don't forget to check out the review of MY item over at The Peanut Gallery's blog. Click HERE to visit her site.
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Please Note:
This product review was part of "The Magical Product Swap" hosted by Jessica Stanford. Click on the picture below to visit her site and see ALL the amazing product reviews that have been linked for your CLICKING pleasure. I hope you have a while- you will get lost in a world of amazing "must have" resources!



  1. Thanks so much for being my swap partner! I appreciate all of the kind words about my product. I am so glad your kiddos enjoyed the activities!

    I LOVED using your products as well. It was so much fun to swap with you!

  2. Found your blog through the swap! What an amazing product the Peanut Gallery has! Wow! Super impressed. Love the ways you used it in your classoom.

    Keeping Up With First Grade

  3. What a great product!! Thanks for joining for the swap :) I hope you'll sign up for the next!

    ✏ Mrs. Stanford's Class ✏
    Enter Product Swap #3

  4. Hi! I just became your newest follower.
    Stop by sometime!


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