Monday, August 15, 2016

Mystery Picture Bundle update

I was busy today ...

My Mystery Picture Bundle has grown again ... if you own it be sure to download it to get the additions.


If you look close you will see that I added a Scarecrow picture.


You can find it on it's own HERE and in the bundle HERE.  The bundle now contains 30 pictures and the price remains the same. :)

I've also updated the binder cover and spine and the 'I can' student instruction card.  Here's a peek!



Do you have a scarecrow theme?  If so, don't forget about The Scarecrow's Hat freebie I posted last fall.  Click on the picture below to read more.



Would you like a copy of the new Scarecrow Mystery Picture?  If so, be one of the first 3 people to comment here with your email.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Getting ready for back to school

Summer is winding down which means my thoughts are filled with back to School.  I have 2 weeks until I head back, for those of you who are already back or start this week, I hope you quickly settle into a routine.  I'm glad I'm not back yet because I've been glued to the Olympics and staying up WAY past my bedtime. :)

I have been puttering a bit and have a few back to school things ready:

First up: a First Day of School Emotions FREEBIE.  You can download it HERE at my TPT store.

I also have a Back to School writing activity you can find HERE.
I've got my Glow Stick Editable FREEBIE printed and ready to attach my glowsticks (which I bought, put in a safe place and can't find - I know they're in a safe place which I'll find after I buy new ones).  You can download these HERE.  I just need to punch holes and slide my glowstick bracelets through the holes.
I have my First Day of School FREEBIE printed and ready to go!  You can download a copy HERE.


Today I posted my Classroom Rules.  These are the same rules I have used for years but they needed a little update.  I've made them editable so you can 'tweak' them to suit your needs.  You can find them HERE.

Would you like a copy of my Classroom Rules?  I'll send a copy to the first 3 people who comment on this post :) 

Happy Back to School!

Monday, August 1, 2016

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Jennifer G! She was the winner of my giveaway yesterday.
I loved reading your read aloud ideas!  Thanks for sharing - I have some shopping to do!!
For those who didn't win, don't forget that my TPT store is on sale at 28% off today.  Just remember to use the code BESTYEAR when you checkout!

Happy shopping!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sale and a GIVEAWAY!

Have you heard???  TPT is having a Back to School sale tomorrow and Tuesday!  All items in my store (and most stores will be 28% off).  I have marked products down 20% and with the code BestYear you get an addition 10%!

My shopping cart is FULL and I have left feedback on my purchases to earn credits so I am READY!  Are you?  How does a $10 TPT gift certificate sound to help with your shopping????

I am also including $20 in products from my store for the winner.  So what are you waiting for?  Enter below.  I'll choose a winner first thing Monday morning so you'll have it in time for the sale!
Good luck and happy shopping!!!


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
personification
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!!