Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Back to School Writing

I LOVE knowing what my students are thinking and what their hopes are for the school year.  For that reason I've created this writing lesson.

I've included an organizing web, school words printable an a variety of writing lined pages.  You can find it HERE at my TPT store.

I hope this helps a bit with your back to school planning and lets you get a glimpse into what your students are thinking!!

As always, the first 3 people to comment on this post with their emails will receive a copy.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Beginning Sounds Mystery Messages

I spent a rainy morning getting another learning pack ready to post in my store.  (I have a few that I need to do that too!)

My students love Mystery Messages and I love that they can use these to practice beginning sounds, capital letters, spacing, correct spelling, punctuation, and neat handwriting.

There are 24 messages included.  Each one has a choice of 2 writing lines.
Back to School:  I am very happy you are here!
Fall: The squirrel has an acorn.
Fall: Do you like to carve pumpkins?
Halloween: Are you afraid of spiders?
Halloween: What is your favorite candy?
Thanksgiving:  I am thankful for my friends.
Christmas: The elf on the shelf is magic!
Christmas: Do you like candy canes?
Winter: My snowman has a carrot nose.
Winter: Do you want to build a snowman?
New Year: It is going to be a great year!
Groundhog Day: Do you think the groundhog will see his shadow?
Valentine’s Day: Will you be my Valentine?
100th Day: I am one hundred days smarter!
Earth Day: We can all help the Earth.
Easter: Draw five eggs in the basket.
Insects: An insect has three body parts.
Summer: Swimming at the beach is fun!
Summer: It is important to wear sunscreen.
Friends: I can be kind everyday.
Color: What is your favorite color?
School: School is cool!
Superhero: I always try my best!
Recess: Playing outside is fun!

For each message students look at the picture, sound out the word and print the beginning sound.  The letters will spell a mystery sentence that students then need to print.

I have included an 'I can' student instruction card for you to use if you plan to use these in a literacy center.  

You can find this learning pack HERE at my TPT store.

As always, the first 3 people who leave a comment on this post with their email will receive a copy.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Blends and Digraphs Word Building

I'm excited about this learning pack!

When working with small groups I am always looking for easy-prep resources to reinforce blends and digraphs so I created and laminated these words strips fro students to use with dry erase markers.  They are also included in black and white which could be copied to make student booklets.

As you can see in the background there are 4 recording pages so students can show what they know at a literacy station.  After they work in a small group with me I always send them off to work on a related task and thought these would be perfect!

You can find this learning pack HERE at my TPT store.

As always, the first 3 people who comment on this post with their email will receive a copy. It pays to stop by! :)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Bathroom Subway Art

I must start by saying this post is not teacher related ... unless you count all the bubble baths I take in the course of a year to regain my sanity after a busy day with my firsties. :) #Ineedarelaxingspaceafteralongday

I've spent the past few days painting and sprucing up my bathroom and in the process created this bathroom subway art printable

I printed mine to fit a 5X7 frame because my space wasn't too large.  Click on the picture below to download your copy which includes a 5X7 and 8X10.  Enjoy!
I promise my next post will be classroom related :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Day the Crayons Quit

About 4 months ago I started creating activities to go with one of my favorite read alouds ... The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.  Now that school's out I've had a chance to put the activities into a learning pack. :)

Although this started as a small unit it ended up being 80 pages!

Inside you'll find:
opinion writing
persuasive writing
scrambled color words
point of view
character traits
using color
creating a new character
alphabetical order
writing craftivity
teaching tools
writing pages
and ... I added a place value mystery picture because my students can't get enough of them!

As you can see... this unit is jam packed!

Don't have the book on hand?  Here's a link to a read aloud on YouTube by The Storybook Factory.

You can find this learning pack HERE in my TPT store.  As always, the first 3 people who leave a comment with their email will get a copy!

Did I mention who I spent my Saturday evening with???  None other than Blake Shelton!  His show was FANTASTIC!!!!! 

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and I hope to be back soon with more of my half finished products! :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Number sense warm up FREEBIE

I thought I'd share a math warm up idea that I use ALL.THE.TIME!

All you need is an empty can and some pennies (or other small objects)

I have students close their eyes while I drop pennies into the can one at a time.  Afterward I see who knows how many I dropped.  I change it up by dropping 2 or more at a time for skip counting and sometimes we start with some pennies already in the can to 'count-on'.

I've posted a free printable in my store so you can jazz up your can if you wish :)  You can download it HERE.

If you have other ideas for using the listening can I'd love to hear them :)

I know that this will become a go-to activity for your class!!
Happy counting!!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Planning for next year ...

I'm planning for next year even though I still have 4 school days left of this one :)

Actually ... I'm not, but I've had a few requests for an update to my FREE EDITABLE calendar.  Sorry for the delay, I wanted to get mine back from Staples and check it over before I uploaded it.

So, for those of you on summer break, I hope you are relaxing and having one adventure after another!!!

You can download a copy HERE.  Enjoy and I promise to be back posting new products soon! I have some almost ready to post but just need the time, which I'll have lots of soon!. :)

Saturday, March 12, 2016

We have a winner ...

Thank you to everyone who stopped in to visit my giveaway and congratulations to Stephanie! 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Feeling lucky?

My poor blog has been neglected lately so I decided that a contest would be a great way to return.

Enter below for a chance to win all 5 of my favorite St. Patrick's Day learning packs.  I'll choose 2 winners on Saturday in time for your planning next week.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can learn more about each of them at my TPT store HERE.
Good luck!!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Groundhog Day Shadow Writing

As hard as it is to believe, February starts on Monday, which means Groundhog Day is on Tuesday.  Did it sneak up on anyone else???

I created a writing activity for my kiddos and a thrilled with how it turned out!!

I've turned it into a learning pack for a ready to use writing lesson for you.  There's an anchor chart to spark a discussion and six shadows to share with your group.  Ask them: What do you infer the shape is?  How do you know?  Then using different shadows students will create a flap book where they print their guess on the top flap then underneath print their reasoning.

You can find it HERE to learn more.  Be sure to check out the preview to see everything that's included.


As always the first 3 people who comment on this post will receive a free copy.  I'm heading out for a bit but will check in later this evening and send a copy to the people who comment.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!