Thursday, August 7, 2014

More Monsters...

I am getting ready for the new school year, so I have had monsters on my mind!!! My theme is monsters, and I'm really excited to add to what I already have.  I've had the same word wall headers forever! Okay maybe not forever, but 10 years is a really long time.  When I packed up my room at the end of  last year, I think I may have accidentally tossed a few of my old headers.  I thought for sure I had them saved on my computer, but apparently that wasn't the case.  So, it was time for me to make some new ones!!!  Here is how they turned out:

I will definitely be back to post some pictures when I get them up in my classroom.  I also made a cover for my spelling dictionary which is included with the word wall cards.


If you love monsters as much as I do, you can check them out in my store by clicking here.

Even if you don't have a monster theme, they make adorable alphabet flashcards.  You could also hole punch them and place them on a ring.  Students could use them in a station with a variety of different topics.  They would work really well with grammar.  Students could list nouns or verbs that begin with each letter of the alphabet.

As always, I'd love to give it away for free to the first 3 people that leave a comment. PLEASE don't forget to leave your e-mail.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Monster Toolbox Labels and a Spelling FREEBIE

I wanted to share a couple of freebies tonight.  Some of you probably already know I'm obsessed with monsters (not the scary kind!).  My classroom is monster themed and I love all things MONSTER!  I've wanted to make a teacher toolbox ever since Create Teach Share first shared this fantastic idea.  I've seen so many gorgeous teacher created toolboxes on Instagram this summer, I just couldn't resist any longer.  I knew that of course, it was going to have to be monster themed.  I searched far and wide for monster labels and couldn't find any anywhere!!!  Lucky for me, I found this super adorable monster paper on Etsy.
I am sooo excited to get this into my classroom.  I have absolutely no idea where I am going to fit it, but it will have to find a home somewhere in my crowded classroom!

If you have a monster classroom and are interested in these labels, you can click the image below to get them for FREE.

I also wanted to share a spelling printable that I am excited to use this year.  Okay, I'm about to jump from monsters to superheroes.  But, this page is perfect for Mondays when you are introducing new spelling and vocabulary words.  Click either image below to check it out or grab this FREEBIE.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Open House Goodies

It's 12:00am and I can't sleep, so I thought I'd hop on my blog for just a bit.  My back hurts so bad right now I can barely walk, it probably wasn't such a good idea to try the highest incline on my treadmill for the full time.  I was so proud of myself, and now I'm feeling like a dummy, because I'm in total agony!

Aside from hurting myself on the treadmill, I have been working like crazy trying to finish up a few projects.  I'm really excited about this little Open House set of goodies.  It should help eliminate some of my pre-Open House stress.  I'm always scrambling at the last minute, but that WON'T be the case this year.
Here's a peek at what's inside:

The flowers make an adorable display for Open House.  Before putting the flowers together, I love to read aloud the book, Planting A Rainbow by Louis Ehlert.  This is an activity I've done for many years, I'm glad to finally put it together digitally. 

This resource also contains a welcome sign that students can color and place on their desks for their parents.

Inside this resource you will also find student information cards.  I love to put them on a ring, so I have them with me on the go.  You just never know when you're going to need them.  There are also little tags that go along with a snack size Mounds bar.  They should make a sweet treat for your students or their parents during Open House.

And don't forget the All About Me page.  Open House just isn't complete without an All About Me activity!

If you are interested in any of these activities, you can check them out by clicking HERE.

As always, the first 3 people to leave a comment will get these goodies for free. PLEASE don't forget to leave your e-mail.  Thanks bunches and I'm off to bed. 
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Author's Purpose Posters

I'm in the middle of a bathroom remodel, and thought I'd sneak away to my computer for just a bit (it was actually way longer than a bit, hopefully my hubby isn't timing me!)  I was looking through my files and realized that I had totally forgot to share something I had made a few months back.   I created these posters as a cute little visual reminder for my students about Author's Purpose.  Here is what it looks like all put together with some polka dot ribbon.
I have it hanging next to my smart board at the very front of the class.  That's a sure way to be sure it won't be missed. I decided to use ribbon to tie the pages together, so I can easily grab it and take it to the carpet with me for our read alouds.  I also put a clothespin on the side, so we can mark the correct author's purpose for the story we are reading at any given moment. 
 If you'd like to check it out in my store, simply click HERE.

I also added a new set of desk name plates.  The new set has a notebook paper background.  Both the notebook paper and red versions are available for FREE in my store.  Click the images below to head on over to grab them.
As always, I'd love to give the first 3 people who leave a comment the Author's Purpose resource for free. Please don't forget to leave your e-mail. 

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Plenty of Parts of Speech

I can't believe how fast summer is flying by.  While my hubby has been working hard in this Texas heat to build a playground set for Greysen,  I have been inside (where it's cool) working on a few school projects I had for this summer.  I'm trying to get them done sooner rather than later,  because we have a big bathroom remodel we just started that is going to keep me SUPER busy.

I am happy to say, I can cross this project off my list.  I finally uploaded it to TPT and I'm super excited to use it next year.
This resource is designed to help students identify the different parts of speech. The cards can be laminated and placed on a (large) ring.  The cards can be used as a quick review throughout the day.  It is also a great way to practice on the go.  You could take them with you and even do a quick practice while waiting in the hallway.  It's a great way to seize a down time and make it a fun instructional moment.

I have been using this idea for years, I just finally decided to make my cards fancy.  Up until now, I have been using handwritten cards written on sentence strips.  When you're putting together the ring, make sure you mix up the cards really well.  Then,  you can turn them over and have a student randomly choose a card.  You could also just pick a card yourself.  The student has to give the correct part of speech.  If they choose a card that has the name of a part of speech, then they must come up with their own word for that part of speech.  If they get it correct, then they write the part of speech on the class game board.  I also usually have a small reward for them like a sticker, stamp, or eraser.
If a person is able to get the 3rd part of speech in a row, Then I usually give that student a larger reward like a pencil, homework pass, etc.  Once the class completes the entire game board, then I generally have a class reward.  I like to do a Go Noodle break for the class reward.  I like to stop and practice several times throughout the day.  They really enjoy playing, and are usually the ones to remind me that it's time to play.  I usually start the year with all the parts of speech on the ring, but you could add them as they are introduced in class.
This review page is also included, so students can refer to it throughout the year.  They  will probably only need to refer to it in the beginning.  They will soon be little parts of speech experts.

If you are interested in this resource, please check it out in my TPT store by clicking HERE or by clicking the image below.

AS always, I'd love to give this away for free to the first 3 people that leave a comment.  Please don't forget to leave me your e-mail.
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Computer Choices

I've had this little project on my mind for quite awhile now, and I'm so glad I can finally check it off.   Never mind the fact that just as soon as I check something off, I usually add something new to the list.  That being said, I really love how this little project turned out. This colorful set of cards will hang right next to my student computers. I already have a command hook on each computer, so my cards will hang there perfectly.   I have 3 student computers, so I will most likely go back and make another 2 sets.  Not that my kiddos can't share, but I know it will eliminate a future dispute over someone holding onto the cards too long!

I plan on only including the sites I'd like my students to access.  I will most likely start with just a few.  When I introduce new sites, then I'll add them to the ring.  I have included editable backs for the cards, so usernames and passwords can be added.  There are a few sites that are free, but the teacher may have to register and set up a username before the class can access it.  I generally pick a username and password that I'm okay with my class knowing.

There are also a few sites like RAZ-Kids that require a subscription.  I absolutely LOVE Raz-Kids and would pay for it out of my own pocket if my campus no longer covered it.  It is fabulous for building reading comprehension.  I honestly can't say enough good things about it!  In the case of RAZ-Kids, I have 1 username and they all have their own passwords.  I will fill in the username, but just leave the password blank on the back of the card.

This resource contains many of my favorite sites, but I also reached out to my Instagram buddies for suggestions.  Thank you to everyone who shared their favorite sites.  I am super excited to explore some that are new to me.

Click the image below to download this FREEBIE.

PLEASE let me know what you think of this resource.  I hope you love it and will find it useful in your own classroom.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

FarFaria App

I wanted to share my absolute favorite app.  I didn't find out about it until the very end of the school  year, so I didn't get to use it in the classroom last year.  But, you can bet I will be using it next year.  It is called FarFaria.  Have you heard about it?

If not, you really must check it out.  I am always searching for great on-line literature, and it's really hard to find great books at an affordable price.  Let me show you a few screen shots to show why I am totally excited about this app.

This is the map of the app.  It gives children lots of choices. I love that it has a Preschool Playground Spot for little ones. Although my 4 year old always chooses the big boy books, as you'll see below.

The app allows you to save your favorites in a special little spot, which is awesome when you're on a car drive and away from the Wifi. You can play any of the books in your favorites without Wifi.

Yikes, I wonder if my little guy has a thing for scary monsters- check out the books he placed in his favorites!

There are so many ways to search for books.  You can search by most popular, newest additions, reading levels, or even title.  How great is that!!!  They even add 5 new books a week.  I think there are already over 600 books to choose from, which is pretty amazing!

 Below is a peek at the Genius Jungle.  Check out all the great nonfiction titles.

I'm  so excited to use this with my students next year.  I know my students will absolutely love it.  My campus is always asking us what apps we would like to have purchased.  This one is at the top of my list when we sit down to talk apps for next year!!!  To check it out further, you can click here. Hope you love this app as much as I do :)
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Cutie Bugs Clipart

My summer is definitely getting off to a great start!  I have had so much fun being home with my boys! I think I may have even gone 3 days without even turning on my computer.  But, I haven't been out of touch with technology completely.  I have definitely been staying in touch with my bloggy faves on Instagram.

One of my favorite things to do in the evening is pull out the truckload of chalk and get my art on with my little Greysen.  That's a whole lot of chalk!!!

Greysen is drawing a heart for mommy.  I decided to draw bugs.  This inspired my newest collection of clip art- Cutie Bugs.
You can check them out by clicking the image above.  I also decided to start a Teachers Notebook store.  I plan to keep this store mostly clip art.  I will also still have my clip art available on TPT.  On TPT, my clip art is a bit scattered between other teaching resources.  If you're looking for clip art, it's a bit easier to see it all in my Teachers Notebook store.  My store is looking a little sad with 1 follower, so please drop by to check out some clip art and show some love.  I would love to give away a turtle cutie to anyone that follows my Teachers Notebook shop. This cutie will be part of a larger collection coming out soon.

In order to get my little turtle cuties.  All you need to do is:
1. Follow my Teachers Notebook Shop by clicking HERE.
2. Leave your e-mail in the comments.
Then, I will send them your way. :)

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