Sunday, August 21, 2011

Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar??? Freebie and a Peek at my Classroom :)

It was probably me :)  I love a good cookie! :) 

Really quick, because we start school tomorrow and you all know how busy this weekend is, I have a little freebie for you.  I made this for one of my "get to know you" activities the first week of school.



I did not know of an easy way to upload the cookies so that you could type right onto them to put the students' names. You may be able to open the file in publisher or a graphics editing program and add a text box to type into OR you can go old school and actually WRITE the names :)

Anyway, click on the photos above to download.  I put the names on the cookies and then laminated and cut them out.  I have a jar that I will put them in and at the end of the poem the last person that "stole the cookie" will draw a new cookie out of the jar and we will start over.  *IF* there weren't any rules about healthy snacks in our county, I'd probably give them all a REAL cookie at the end of the activity....but I can't :(

Got a few several pics of my classroom that I took before Open House last week.  I always like to see other classrooms so thought I'd post mine too: 













If you've already started back - I hope it is going GREAT!  If you are just starting back like me, GOOD LUCK!  Hope its a great year for all of us!!!!  Now, if I could only get some sleep tonight!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

First Day of School Deskmat and "Stamp an Equation" Freebie

I used to buy deskmats similiar to this, but this year I decided to make them myself.  I give this to my students on the first day of school to keep them busy while I sort out the school supplies they've brought in.  This is to be printed on LEGAL-SIZED PAPER (8.5 x 14).  I have these for First and Second Grade up on my Teacher's Pay Teachers sight for only $1.00.




*Print on LEGAL size paper!

Also,
Did you get any of these stamps from the Target Dollar Spot?



I made a quick sheet to go with them.  You can click on it if you'd like to download it.


  Have a SUPER weekend!!!  This is my last week of vacation (even though I worked all week).  This, by far, was the shortest summer EVER!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

School T-Shirt Freebies :)

A few weeks ago I made some t-shirts for school so I thought I would share what I came up with.



The designs are free, but you have to make the shirts :)  Don't worry - it's SUPER easy!!!  All you need are white t-shirts and t-shirt transfer paper.  I got a pack of three heavyweight t-shirts at Michaels.  I used a coupon and just paid a few bucks.  You can get the transfer paper at Walmart, Target, Staples, etc....


I have the images all ready to print onto the transfer paper - the images have to be flipped (mirror image) to transfer properly so print them out just the way they are!  I teach First grade but I added some Kindergarten, Second and Third grade designs too! 

Click on the image below to download the printable:

 

If you don't want to make a shirt, these would be great on totebags, aprons, etc!  

After I made these, my daughter and her BFF wanted me to make them matching Volleyball outfits so I thought I'd post a picture of that for fun :) 





Have a GREAT weekend!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Writing Center!!!

** Update!**  Just wanted to add an update to this post to mention that I have updated my original Writing Center with two new versions.  These two versions are bigger and include more examples and differentiated writing samples to span more grades or the levels of students in your class.  While this original Writing Center continues to be my best seller, I just thought I would mention the additional choices :)

Here are the two new writing centers, the original is below in this post.  Click on the photos to see these items and read their descriptions/view previews at Teachers Pay Teachers.









 Here is the original Writing Center:

I am SOOO excited to have this project finished!  I have been working hard on getting my writing center put together and it's finally done! 

I've recently updated this! It has a new look and LOTS of additional templates and samples!!! 






I've decided to put my writing center up on Teacher's Pay Teachers for only $4.00!!!  Everything you need to make a complete Writing Center as shown above (minus the tri-fold board).



Make a Writing Center! Everything you need to set up a center full of ideas and successful writing tools. I have made my center on a trifold project board so it will be portable, but this can also be used on walls, bulletin boards or placed in a Writing Notebook. Copies of "What Good Writers Do", "What Can I Write About?", Super Synonyms" and the alphabet chart are perfect to print for each student's writing journal/notebook.
Everything (samples and titles) are sized to fit a Trifold display board. Trifold boards can be purchased at Walmart, Target, Michaels,or any other craft or office supply stores.

This kit 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 two different titles to choose from and two sizes of titles to fit different sizes of tri-fold boards, bulletin boards, walls or binders. The larger titles are split onto several pages and will need to be cut and fit together.

Ideas and photos for setting up your board are included in the download. The following items are also included:
1. Two titles to choose from (Each title in 2 different sizes)
2. Example Headings. Headings included are: Letter, Story, List, Card, Postcard, Poem, Recipe, Book. 
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. *Book Samples and Story Sample
12. *Two Postcard Samples
13. *Two Poem Samples
14. *Recipe Sample
15. Postcard Template (two per page)
16. List Template (two per page)
17. Card Template (three per page)
18. Two Story Templates
19. Two Letter Templates

*This center includes printable samples/examples 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 hand write your own samples so the students can see authentic writing. 

If you visit my store, check out a few of my other items, like...
(Click on the pictures to view)











Have a GREAT weekend!!!