Monday, December 30, 2013

Student Birthday Poster FREEBIE

Holy Cow!
It's been almost a month since my last post.
I needed some time to relax with my family
and generate more ideas to share with you.
Today is a FREEBIE idea
that I took from a colleague of mine.
It's a student birthday poster.
I put the premade sign on a large sheet of paper
and wrote the student's name.
Then all the kids in the class wrote a short
note to their classmate. 
I made sure I added a special note as well.
I'm lucky, because we have a laminator in our school
and so each poster gets laminated.
If you can't laminate, I suggest the children
glue the notes to the poster.
You can get the sign for free by clicking below.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Five for Friday - No theme, just ideas

It's Friday!
My kids were nuts today.
Our schedule was off this week
between holiday concert music practice
and mid-year ELA testing
and Winter Break coming in two weeks.
To celebrate the end of the week,
I'm linking up for...
1.  There is a big FRENZY happening
on Facebook.
You like some pages and walk away with
a bunch of great freebies.
Click on the image below.
It will take you to a google doc.
Open the it and then you can
get to any Frenzy!
2.  I made these grammar task cards for my kids
and they loved them.

 I put the cards around the room
and the kids record their answers.
 There are three different sets
in the whole pack.

3.  I saw this idea and I think I'm going
to make them for my students.
It's something little,
but I know they will love it.
Click on picture and you'll go right to the directions.
4.  Winter temps are here!
I dislike winter and the cold.
5. I made these the other day
and they were delicious!
The best part - only 3 ingredients
if you don't use the whipped topping.
The recipe calls for a mini cheesecake pan,
but I used mini muffin tin.
Cook them for about 1/2 the time
stated on the recipe.
So there you have it - 5 random thoughts for the week.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

TpT Sale and Winter Grammar Task Cards

I had such big plans to get my lessons ready
for the 3 weeks before Winter Break.
Guess what?
I didn't happen.
Instead I started to get ready for the TpT sale!
I finally finished my

This pack is 3 different sets all put into one great product!
Each set has 12 cards.
They also each have two different recording sheets
depending on the skills you wish to assess.

These activities are great for:
-morning/bell work
-early finishers
-reading/writing rotations
-activity for a substitute
You can also purchase these sets separately.

Get those wish lists ready!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sports Themed Printables...and A Chance to Win Them!

I wanted to share my newest product.

There are two main reasons why this was created.
#1 - Some of the boys in my class asked me if
they could have some football practice sheets.
I gave them this and they loved it.
You should have seen the smiles on their faces
and how excited they were to tell the other students
I created these just for them.
#2 - I am putting together my emergency substitute plans
and some of these activities will be added.
They can be used any time of the year.
I can just copy and have them ready to go.
Here are close up shots of a few pages.
I'm so thankful for all the friends I have made
on this blogging adventure.
Therefore, let's have a little giveaway.
One follower can win a free copy of
SCORE! - ELA and Math printables.
What is your favorite sport?
Comment below and I'll pick a winner at the end of the week.
Don't forget to leave an email address!
My favorite sport is gymnastics!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thankful Tuesday and Character Study Pack

This year is flying by
and now we are just two days from Thanksgiving.
Ever so often I need to step back
and remind myself how lucky I am in life.
Today, I'm linking up with Molly for
Here is a short list of the things I am most thankful for this year.
This is a list from
It makes me think of negative things in a positive way!
I'm so thankful for the friends I have made while on this
who blogging journey.
I was able to get a copy of this product so I could review it.
I love it!
I've been starting to teach character traits this year,
but this pack takes it a bit further.
Faith has included a few lessons and poster for you to use.
There are recording sheets for the kids to use
on their own.  I plan to use them as a way to check up
my students during their read to self time.
Another great addition to the pack is four different lists
of books to use when teaching...
character vs. character
character vs. self
character vs. nature
character vs. society
I don't know about you, but I like to see examples first. 
Then it helps me to find my own books to fit each category.
Faith's product is part of a bundle
that is 74% off at Educents.
Be sure to check it out!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Year Round Resources Bundle - It's A Blog Hop with Giveaways!

What do all 1st and 2nd grade teachers need? 
This year round resource!
You will find over 15 different products
to teacher reading, writing, math, science and more.
I am so excited to be a part of the bundle with Educents!
My Rocks and Minerals foldables are included
and can be used for many different grade levels.
Here is a sample of how my class uses the foldables.
We cut, color and paste them into a lapbook. 
There are many other products in our bundle to get your kids learning!  
Centers, printables, vocabulary, book studies, interactive notebooking and so much more! 
Click here to learn the details about another great product in this bundle.
 But that's not all!
Since you are on my blog I would like to give you a chance to win something extra for free!
Enter to win my best selling item...
Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 The deal won't last long so head over now!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

SUPER Easy Partner Spelling Practice

Report cards are due Friday
and I need sub plans for tomorrow - sick kid!
I'll make this really fast!
I'm linking up with Holly for
This was an easy way to practice spelling
and the kids loved it!
Everyone had a list of the spelling words
and a partner.
I had posted each spelling word on a card
around the room.
First, the partners switched lists.
They were the exact same list,
except it had someone else's name on it.
The partners went up to a word.
Partner A stood with their back to the word.
Partner B read the word to A.
Partner A had to spell the word.
It is was correct,
Partner B marked it off the list.
Then they switched.
If anyone spelled a word incorrectly,
they could not get it checked off and they
would go back to the word later.
Didn't I tell you this was easy?
What are some fun ways you get the
whole class to practice spelling?


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Informational Text - Sequencing and Freebie

My class is working on sequencing
using informational text.
This week we are reading the book:
Two Bobbies.
It's a heartwarming story about a cat and dog
that survived Hurricane Katrina.
I don't want to give too much away,
but their names are Bobbi and Bob Cat.
Bobbi has a chain around his neck.
Bob Cat is blind and follows Bobbi's chain.
If you love animals,
be ready to shed a tear while reading this story.
We will be using it for our review of sequencing.
I always think it is important to find books
that are interesting for the kids.
I know they will be hooked on this one.
We will also be using a sequencing foldable
that I created.
You can download this freebie along with
a reading passage by clicking HERE.
What are some informational texts you
use for teaching sequencing?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Word Work: Give Me a Word For...

I can not believe how busy this year has been.
Two kids, two dogs, making dinner, planning for the next day,
math common core, PLC's...
I have no time for this fun stuff!
I've been lucky to get in one post a week.
Does anyone else feel this way?
My post today is a new product a finally put together.
I call it...
Using the letters in the word and the categories,
your students need to come up with a word to match.
Some are harder than others,
but it is great for learning new vocab.
My students and I even looked up one of the
category/letters match-up online.
We all learned about udon noodles!
There are 10 different puzzles.
I use them for early finishers and word work.
They are also great to add to an emergency sub folder.
I've got this at 1/2 price for the next 24 hours.

Friday, November 8, 2013

November Facebook Frenzy...Freebies, Freebies and More Freebies!

I'm really excited about this month's Facebook Frenzy!
The freebies are divided up into grade levels
and even clip art.
Feel free to grab this if you want to. :) The turkey is by Lita Lita. Happy hopping, friends!
Turkey by Pink Cat Studios
If you are interested in 3rd grade freebies,
you can start at my Facebook page.
If you are interested in other grade levels,
click on the maps below.