Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

I'm having a SALE!!! Happy 4th of July!!!!


I'm Having A Sale!

I've been busy this week adding some new things to my Teachers Pay Teachers store and now I'm having a sale!  The sale will run from July 4 - July 6.  

Click here to go to my store:


Get 10% off all of my products, including my new items:





Happy 4th!!!

Interactive Word Walls





Make your word wall words interactive!  I made these little books last year and they were a big hit with the students!  I hung them under my whiteboard.  Each book has a cover with a different letter of the alphabet and the pages of the books are word cards that correspond with that letter. The word cards include all 220 Dolch sight words plus an additional 46 high frequency word cards, all in alphabetical order. You will also get the words and covers for Color Words (11 word cards), Days and Months (19 word cards), Number Words (28 word cards), and Ordinal Numbers (20 word cards). 344 words in all.  I also have an EDITABLE TEMPLATE to go with the books so you can make and add your own word cards!  This template has the same font, font size and card size that I used to make this kit.

I punched a hole in top left corner of each book and used a book ring to bind them. I have this handy dandy little paper drill that made it SUPER easy to punch all the cards at once:
Mc Gill Adjustable Drill Punch, 1 Hole


Print shops (like Fed-Ex Express, formally Kinkos, Staples,etc...) will punch a huge stack in one shot, pretty cheap too.  If you have production at your school or district, they will do it too.  Or you can do it :)

 I found some large colorful push pins at Walmart (that happened to match the books really good), so I hung each book on a push pin.  They were VERY accessible to the students.  If they were writing and needed help with a word, they could get up and get the letter they needed.  I also used them in Word Work centers, Reading centers and at Guided Reading.

I just put these up on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Its a 43 page kit and it's only $3.00!!!  I always try to price things low because we're all teachers, we're not rich.  Here are a couple of photos of what's included:










This also coordinates with my Ultimate Writing Center - Chevron Style:



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

And another one...

Part two....I've just uploaded another Writing Center to Teachers Pay Teachers!  Very similar to the Chalkboard Writing Center (the Chalkboard Style has a few more printables), but with a different look.  This is a rainbow chevron style:

Click on the photos below or click HERE to go to Teachers Pay Teachers to see the free preview of this new 35 page kit!





Here's more info on what is included in this kit:

Tips, ideas, and photos for setting up your board are included in the download. The following items are also included:

1. Six title styles to choose from (three in colored lettering, three in black lettering)
2. Two sizes of headings. Headings included are: Letter, Story, List, Card, Postcard, Poem, Recipe. (Colored Chalk and White Chalk styles included)
3. “What Can I Write About?” Story Prompts
4. "Super Synonyms" Printable
5. “What Good Writers Do” Printable
6. Alphabet/Number Chart
7. Bonus Writing Checklists - Cut and handout to students during the editing process
8. *Two Card Samples
9. *Two Letter Samples
10. *Two List Samples
11. *Story Sample
12. *Two Postcard Samples
13. *Two Poem Samples
14. *Recipe Sample
15. Postcard Template (two per page)
16. Card Template (two per page)
17. List Template (three per page)
18. Two Story Templates
19. Two Letter Templates

I also have a great new kit, Interactive Word Wall Books, that coordinate with this Writing Center:



Monday, June 30, 2014

The ULTIMATE Writing Center!!! It's DONE!

I've been working and working and working on my new Writing Center and it's FINISHED!!!  Woo-Hoo!!



Here's the description of this mega-writing kit available at Teachers Pay Teachers:

The ULTIMATE Writing Center. Don’t let the price fool you! This is an amazing 52-page kit!!! I choose to keep my prices low because we are all in the same boat as teachers! My goal is to make high quality items at low prices :) This kit contains SO MUCH, more than you will use! It was made so you can pick and choose what fits your needs. Samples in this kit are differentiated for you to select the ones that best meet your grade level. There are four titles to choose from and two sizes of topic headings to fit different sizes of tri-fold boards, bulletin boards, walls or binders.

This version is a “chalkboard style” with both colored chalk and white chalk included. Choose the one you like best. Tips, ideas, and photos for setting up your board are included in the download. The following items are also included:

1. Four different title styles to choose from (Colored Chalk and White Chalk styles included)
2. Two sizes of headings. Headings included are: Letter, Story, List, Card, Postcard, Poem, Recipe. (Colored Chalk and White Chalk styles included)
3. “What Can I Write About?” Story Prompts
4. "Super Synonyms" Printable
5. “What Good Writers Do” Printable
6. Alphabet/Number Chart
7. Bonus Writing Checklists - Cut and handout to students during the editing process
8. *Two Card Samples
9. *Two Letter Samples
10. *Two List Samples
11. *Story Sample
12. *Two Postcard Samples
13. *Two Poem Samples
14. *Recipe Sample
15. Postcard Template (two per page)
16. Card Template (two per page)
17. List Template (three per page)
18. Two Story Templates
19. Two Letter Templates

*This center includes printable samples/exampes for each writing topic. Most samples have two versions to meet the needs of different grade levels. You can easily print the samples and post them on your board, or you could handwrite your own samples so the students could see authentic writing.


A few more examples:





If you'd like to see more, check out the free preview on my page at Teacher's Pay Teachers!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

End of Year Treats :) Bookworms Freebie and Tutorial


Saw this on Pinterest....


and thought it was the cutest idea to include with my End of Year gifts to my students.  

I came up with this:


Bag Toppers are pretty simple to make, but I have a few tricks to make it easier.  If you'd like a copy of the toppers I made, click on the printable below to download the PDF:

(Click on photo to print)

These are made to fit snack-sized baggies that are 6.5" wide.  



This is important - if your print straight from the Google Docs link above, deselect the "Fit to Page" button!  Make sure this button is not selected or the toppers will print too small for the baggies.


If you downloaded the link and saved it, make sure you have the "Actual Size" button selected to print when printing the PDF.  (Sometimes it automatically changes to "Shrink Oversized Pages" and you don't want it to do that or it won't fit the baggie).



After printing, I like to score the fold lines prior to cutting.  This is optional and just makes them easier to fold.  I have a scoring board at home, but if you do not, you can use a ruler, something with a dull edge like a craft stick and a soft area to put the paper on - like a mouse pad or a piece of foam, as shown below.  


Next cut out the toppers on the green solid line.  Then you'll just need some gummy worms to put in the baggies.  Attach the toppers to the baggie with a few staples and your all set!  


Make sure to check out my Summer Reading printable on Teachers Pay Teachers to hand out with the Bookworm treats.  Use this to encourage your students to READ this Summer!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Letter Buddies Best Friends! A Chance to WIN!

I have just received  a new set of Letter Buddies Best Friends books by Hameray Publishing.  These are PERFECT for my first graders!  Each book focuses on a different blend and places words, that start with that blend, within the context of a sentence. Repetitive sentence stems and important sight words are used throughout each story to encourage and develop early literacy skills.  Each book also has a list of activities on the last page, which are perfect extension activities when leaving the guided reading table or for use in centers. 


For more information, and a chance to win a Letter Buddies CLASS SET (a $370 value!), click here to enter the contest:  Hameray Letter Buddies Contest


For more information on Letter Buddies, check this out: