Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween Treats for the Teachers

I used to love, love, love, trick-or-treating! As teachers we spend a lot of time and energy trying to make Halloween a special day for our students and kids. So this year I am going to post some "treats" for the teacher in hopes of making the day more special for us.
I just posted this freebie full of fall backgrounds that could be embedded into any PowerPoint presentation.

 Tomorrow, Halloween, I'll post this second freebie that has lots of printable foldables. It seems like I am always needing foldables for my interactive journals, so here are several that are ready to go.
Both products are free, but I have to say that I would appreciate a quick feedback.

Tired of giving out candy to hype the kids up? Here is a quick printable Restroom Punch Pass for 5 free visits to the restroom.

My students use their classroom economy money to purchase restroom passes, which they use when needed and are considered very valuable. They love getting this pass as a gift and it doesn't make them hyper, so I love it too.

Here is another fun freebie that I ran across from Kelly Malloy and her group of great teachers:
This one is not guaranteed, but it is a quick easy sign-up, so jump right over to An Apple For The Teacher, and you might end up with this special treat!

Free For Today

I couldn't resist. I actually have two title pages because I couldn't decide which one looks best. Please let me know below which one you think is best.
This is such a simple STEM activity to throw together. You just need cheese balls and toothpicks. 
You will also need 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Beach and Beyond

Here are some of the treasures I have dug up for you this weekend.  How about a Freebie and a very good deal? I'm sitting at my desk amongst tubs of sand from around the United States. I desperately want to finish my maps of each sand to represent the locations, but I am also motivated to work on my "Beach Themed" products. 

I have just added my conference folders and materials that I used during my conferences. I'm pretty excited about them and I think they look great!
My covers go from K-8 in both word and number form, but the picture on the front is the same. They are set up in PowerPoint so teachers can just type in the name of the student before printing.

I can't believe the whole project came to 50 pages.

Here are some of the tools I use for conferencing:


The maple fonts are some of my favorite fonts to use because they are so clean to use in any size and they are FREE. Robyn Hyndman has done an excellent job on these fonts which thousands of people have downloaded. Click on the picture above or on Robyn's name to get to this amazing freebie.

My Growing Beach Bundle is turning out to be an excellent way to save some money. My Beach Themed Conference Folders provides 50 pages of high quality graphics and design, not to mention tools for leading your parent teacher conference. Check these out:

I have this page with the programs I use listed, but you are able to put in your own unique information that will save time when preparing for each family.
I used to just tell parents where there child should be, but this chart really helps the parents to see if the student needs to up their reading time. By asking families to post this in a prominent place in the house, I have found that my students increase their independent reading time, which results in higher reading levels by the end of the year.

We use the DRA reading assessment and have discovered that students have difficulty answering certain questions. As a result, we have created our own set of questions to assist students in digging deeper into each text they read by practicing these skills at home as well as in the classroom.

And, of course no conference packet would be complete unless you have a parent sign-in.

I usually finish off my folders by adding "take home" and "keep at school" folder pockets...
so they look on both the inside and outside.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Are You Missing the Beach?

I live 3 hours from the beach. That is a very long way if you are a sand collector. Since I have finished my masters degree I am going through my sand collection to see what I have and what I still need. I have a binder with maps, which I am coloring so I can see which countries and states that I still need to collect sand from.

I have finished Europe and am working on North America. Here is a partial finished US map and one of my states.

Alaska, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico still needs to be done. I am missing sand from Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Once I have sand from these four states, I will have all 50 states.

I could go on and on about my sand collection and what I need, but it's time to move on.

Need a Beach Theme?

Because I am working on my sand collection, and because I just had an awesome Beach Party, which I'll blog about next: I am doing a fun promotional. I am going to sell a Growing Beach Bundle!
This beach bundle will have classroom lessons, and teacher tools to create the beach look in your classroom. I am confident that this bundle will provide a practical set of tools and lessons. This bundle will also allow for an attractive classroom environment. Here is my starting line-up for my first few products:
Conference Folders
Classroom Rules
No Exceptions Writing Chart
Beach Parties & Classroom Economy
Classroom Jobs
Perfect Attendance Banner
Close Read: Pitcairn Island
Assessment Binder
Surfing Through The Year
There will be a lot More to follow …

The value of this bundle will be at least $20. This week I am selling it for One Dollar ~ $1. Each weekend I will add another product until I reach limit size for Teachers Pay Teachers. Since this is my first growing bundle, I am pioneering this idea with enthusiasm and excitement! Since I can't get to the beach at the moment, I am trying to bring it to us! I am having fun with it, and I hope you do as well.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Are You Serious About Writing ....

Here is the twist.... We focus on helping our students write better, but as educators, we can be better writers too. In fact, we can get our work published if we know the right channels to navigate. I personally love posting my work on Teachers Pay Teachers, but it is exciting to know that I could publish my work elsewhere. I have always been overwhelmed with the "how to" part of getting it going.

To help with that, Teaching Authors are hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway of the "2017 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market" which is valued at $25 on Amazon.
Just click on the picture above or one of the links provided to go to the Rafflecopter hosted by Teaching Authors. This Rafflecopter closes on October 31st, so click on over.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

One Dollar Deals

What a great time of year for some Dollar Deals! This week I have 6 products reduced to just one dollar. Just click on the pictures to take you to the correct page. 

If you are ready for a STEM project, then Barge Building is a must. This STEM project goes well with the study of Explorers.

I use the family shields with Columbus, but they could also be used with family studies, other explorers, and a study of Europe. 

 I can't seem to resist these little hats. 

This is a fun new product with many classroom banners.

If you do any sort of election at your school, this PowerPoint will help you. I use it when the students are giving their speeches. Some years I just write in the students' names, and then other years I add their pictures. Either way, the results look spectacular as students walk to the podium to give their speeches.

This is a vocabulary builder. I assign a word of the week, and students embed the definition, and quality sentence into a poster. They become works of art as students focus on a major "learning point" each week.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Beautiful Beach Themed Bulletin Board

How do you create a beautiful Beach Themed Bulletin Board?

Answer: with help from your friends of course. Thanks to Kelly Malloy, who shared her amazing Summer Manifesto, and then created the 5th Grade Manifesto for my students. Isn't it beautiful? You can also grab this beautiful writing exercise at Kelly Malloy's TpT page.

The students began the year by making long term goals using Addie William's Back to School Bundle.

Students then looked over their goals and filled in their 5th Grade Manifesto. 

The class did a really nice job! At the bottom of this picture you can see the beginning of our suitcases that we use as we electronically travel the world as 5th graders (I'll leave that for another post).

Remember to get your free pages for your student's Manifesto at Kelly Malloy's TpT store.