Saturday, August 29, 2015

Student Welcome Pennants {Freebie!}

I'm LOVING these cute pennants I put up in the hall to welcome my new kiddos...

Jessica Saunders {who has a fabulous blog, by the way} posted pics of her welcome pennants that other day and I KNEW I had to make them too.  I'm so thankful that she allowed me to share this with you all too!

So, click the pic above to head over to TpT and download an editable copy of this file!  Open in PowerPoint, add text boxes, and you're good to go!

Let me know what you think!

Friday, August 28, 2015

My Little Hoarding Secret...

Anyone else have something in their classroom that they feel like this about...?

My little hoarding secrets are containers...

And pocket charts from the Dollar Spot at Target.

I don't even use those containers!  But I can't part with them!

And, don't even get me started on the pocket charts!  I moved classrooms in June and had my students help.  We counted FIFTY pocket charts when I moved rooms!  I am proud to say that I purged all of my non-turquoise pocket charts AND I haven't bought a single pocket chart from Target this summer!  The first step is admitting you have a problem, I suppose!


What do you hoard?  What's your precious?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Three-fer Thursday! {Literacy Units}

Increase student engagement with these fun literacy units!  They connect with the texts in meaningful ways and are 20% off today!  Perfect for whole-class engagement, easy for subs to use, or great for small groups!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Brag Tag Bulletin Board {freebie rewind!}

My kiddos LOVE Brag Tags!

I've been doing them for several years and pass them out during my classroom awards assembly every Friday afternoon.

Here's the display I have for this year:

Each student has their number on the board.  The numbers are stapled up and then a push pin is in the middle of each number to hold the brag tag necklace.

When my kiddos get here, everyone will start the year with a "3rd Grade Rocks" tag!

Here's a pic from last year:

I also give out tags for holiday gifts.

You can click below to download a FREE set of holiday tags!  Just print, laminate, cut, hole punch, and there you go!  I shared this freebie last summer so it may look familiar!  Let me know what you think in the blog comments!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Organizing Pages for Reading Responses

I can't WAIT to start using my new Reading Response Tasks this school year.  They are Common Core connected, fit on one page, and really have students applying their comprehension skills!

I had a parent copy and cut 100 of each task page out at the end of last school year.  She organized them in file folders for me so it will be super easy for students to grab these on Monday morning, glue them in their composition books, and be good to go for their Reading Response task homework for the week!

Looking to beef up your students' comprehension skills?  Check out the Reading Response Tasks for grades 2, 3, 4, and 5!


Friday, August 21, 2015

The One Dollar Motivator!

Do you (can you?) use candy in class?  I don't give out tons of sugary treats, as I really try and help my students become intrinsically motivated to work hard, have pride, and make good choices... but, every year, I do invest one dollar in something that is a MEGA motivator to my kiddos...

A giant box of "Nerds" candy...

This is a dollar well spent.  The first week of school, I give out ONE, UNO, singular Nerd when students make good choices.  Students can earn ONE, UNO, singular Nerd on Monday mornings when they turn in their homework sheet with parent initials on each night for the previous week.  Sometimes, if participation is down, I just shake my container of Nerds and everyone sits up a little straighter and talks a little louder... for ONE Nerd!

Would you be able to do this?  Do you think it would work for you?

One tiny Nerd!  Sometimes it's just the motivator my kiddos need!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cheap No-Sew Classroom Curtains {They're SOOOO Pretty!}

I just made some classroom curtains!

I made two types of curtains...

using tension rods, burlap "ribbon", scraps of fabric that I roughly cut into strips, glitter tulle, 2 1/2 yards of new fabric, and a hot glue gun!

For the curtains on the top, the part you would typically sew, I ironed down across the top to make a nice crease.  Then I hot glued the fabric!  I hung ribbons on the sides because it wasn't quite wide enough.  I LOVE how it turned out!  Since the fabric is chevron patterned, I cut the fabric at the bottom to follow that chevron... looks cute and saved me from having to trim, sew, or glue up the hem!

The bottom tension rod just has fabric scraps, burlap ribbon, tulle, and ribbon scraps hung on it.  I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

I had one tension rod and some scraps left over, so I made this little beauty to put across my classroom doorway!


Monday, August 17, 2015

New Kids on the Block {The Group and Products and a Weird Chance to WIN!}

I'm going to make it my goal to casually use as many NKOTB song titles as I can in this blog post, thus the weird chance to win... so keep reading!

So, NKOTB the group.  I saw them twice over the summer.  TWICE.

First, my wonderful, amazing, beautiful friend of the last 21 years took me to see them about an hour from where we live.  Then I got my wonderful, amazing, beautiful, so lucky to be co-workers friend to go with me to see them in Cleveland... about four hours from where we live!

And it was amazing both times.  PS- TLC and Nelly were there too and I forgot how insanely talented they all are!

Joey Joe!  I was going to marry him when I was a kid.  Like seriously marry.

Me and my dearest dearest friend of 21 years... we got all 80s up with bright lipstick... we even crimped our hair!

Joe sang "Please Don't Go Girl" and it was amazing.  Did I mention that already?

That explicit song reference doesn't count... so, the first person to comment with the correct number of song references from here on out, can have any one item mentioned in this post (with the exception of the product bundles) for free!!!!!!!


NOW!  I'll even help you out for the first few...

So, tonight {casual song title #1} I have been working' tough {small reference to song title... counts as #2} on finishing up a new product.  One of my very own "New Kids on the Block" and I think it's a GREAT ONE!

An Interactive Reading Notebook!!!!!  It's set up just like my Writer's Notebooks- with a "Teach Me" page and "My Turn" page... I think you're going to LOVE this!  Click the pic to check it out!

Please don't go, girl.  Come and see the next new product!  There's another TpT sale going on this week and I don't want you to miss out on these new goodies!

I have a new "line" of task card products for writing!  Click the pic to check them out.  So far, there are sets for the four seasons as well as a set with prompts for responding to a text.  At just $2 a set, it's got the right stuff to get your kiddos doing some authentic writing with choice!

Another new set... these are my favorite, girl.  {See what I did there?}

Common Core Reading Response Tasks... available for grades 2, 3, 4, AND 5!  Click the pic to check them out!

And I can't end this blog post without sharing one of my other favorites.  I've been using these in summer school and the kiddos LOVE them!  Ten sets of Partner Plays to choose from or a money saving bundle that gets you two sets FREE and one bonus play!  Your students will be loving these forever!

Call it what you want, but time is on our side.  You still have two days to get your shopping cart ready at TpT!  Don't forget to use the code MORE15 at checkout to get an EXTRA savings!!!!  My store will be 20% off!

I remember when the sale ended earlier this month and I found more goodies I needed... so I'm pretty psyched for this sale boost day.  I have a funny feeling that some of you probably feel the same way!  {And thanks to Deana Kahlenberg for the cute button!}

If you made it this far, thanks for playing along with my weird chance to win.  I had a great time hiding those song references in this post!  If you care to play along, comment with the number of song references and, the first person correct, can have their choice of one of my new products (sorry, not the bundles though!)

Good luck!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

PDF Printing Tutorial REWIND!

Check out this oldie but goodie blog post... it shows you how to print multiple sheets of a PDF so the pages are smaller!

It's a GREAT tip that you might not know about!  Click the tape to REWIND to the post!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Celebrating AR Point Clubs {freebie alert!}

Do you do AR at your school?  If so, how do you display your students' point progress?

We do ours as "point clubs"... for every 25 points, students achieve a new point club.

This year I made a cute hanging display for my point clubs.  I'll be adding small Post-It notes with student names as they achieve levels in the club:

These are attached with brads and it's hung on one of my closet doors.

You can snag a copy too!  This is pretty tall... it's probably 6 feet or so, so you need a big area (or to print more than one per page) to display this.  Or, don't assemble it and just hang each page in a line or whatever configuration you want!

Click the pic below to download and let me know what you think in the comments!

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