Monday, May 23, 2016

Happy Lucky Penny Day!

Today is Lucky Penny Day!
Throw a few pennies on the floor.
As the students enter see if anyone picks one up.
A great way to begin you introduction to Lucky Penny Day.
Then have fun learning about the penny!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Teacher Binder Cover and Forms!

Each form is editable.
Just add your text box and type.
Super easy and will last year after year.
Notes can be run on colorful paper.
The packet includes:
Teacher Binder Cover
Side bar for binder
Class List...2 styles
Parent Contact, phone, email
Student Information...number, password, birthday
Student Checklist...perfect for marking assignments return, grades, parent helper
Class Birthday Monthly Chart
How We go...2 styles
Where Can We Be...Special Area Schedule, Lunch, Recess
Week at a Glance...Days, To Do, Notes
Calendars for each month
Newsletter Templates...2 styles
Supply List
Homework Template
While You Were Gone Template
Behavior Notes...Proud of You, I Can Improve
Parent Note...transportation, absence, contact me

Classroom Decor...Colorful Theme

Bright, polka dot, cheery, and filled with delightful "kiddos" this classroom decor will bring your classroom to life!
The packet is filled with...
1. Name plates with alphabet and number line, name plates for lockers, name tags for open house and the start of school.
2. Table Signs...1 to 8
3. Student Numbers ...includes blank ones for names
4. Welcome...sign, banners, pennants, bulletin board, letters
5. Behavior Management...Clip up, Clip down, behavior notes, super hero kids
6. Alphabet and Numbers...letters of the alphabet, numbers with 10 frames, numbers for counting to 100 Days, 100 Day Poster, Number Grid
7. Calendar... Months, Numbers, Days of the Week, Stickers for special events
8. Clock...Numbers and Times for posting, activity for students
9. How We Go...Ways the kiddos come and go to school, Note for posting
10. Where is the Class?....Special Areas and Events
11. Happy Birthday...Letters, Months, Characters, Banner, Cupcakes
12. Classroom Helpers...Charts and Name Tags
13. Posters for Areas of the Room
14. Class Binder Cover...Newsletter Templates, Supply List
This packet will fit perfect with my Editable Teachers Binder which includes Vocabulary for posting.

I have it at a reduced price to help you get ready for your back to school ideas. ($6.00)
Let me know if you think it would be worth selling the individual parts separate.

All About Me!

 At the beginning of every year I love finding out as much as possible about my students.
I want them to feel SPECIAL and appreciated.
Students of all ages love sharing about themselves.

One way is to have a student of the week.
I have a backpack with the parent note and the All About sheet for them to fill out.
They are also asked to bring in 3 things that fit in the backpack that tell about them.
After they have presented I put their information sheet in our class book.
This is kept in a special spot where all can see.

 For more rapid information I love the pennant.
I even prepare one for me!
One year I put them on lockers and another year I hung them as a banner across the front of the room.
You can run them on colored paper if you want more "bling"!
For Open House I have these pennants waiting for each student.
The come in 4 different colors.  
Finally I put my picture in this ruler frame for posting in my room.

It is a terrific way to get the school year off to a great start.

Saturday, May 21, 2016


It is so important that students get to know one another.
This helps add a comfort level with one another as well as adding a level of respect.
If we want students to communicate they need to be comfortable with each other.
This packet is perfect for...GETTING TO KNOW YOU!
There is a partner game, a small group game, two whole group games, and a can you find game.
I think you and your class will really enjoy these.

If You Take A Mouse To School

An all time favorite. 
The mouse craft is simple and will look adorable hanging in your classroom.
The activities include:
Sequencing...students make a mini flip book by cutting and pasting the story parts in order.
Compare and Contrast...your day to the day the mouse had.
Differentiate...What do you do at school?
Reading for Detail...Use the text to answer questions.
Fact or do you know?
Create your own story...If you take a ______ to school.

Word Work...ABC Order, Parts of Speech, Word Search
Writing...Vocabulary Cards for posting, pre write organizers, final copy page.
Mini Book...perfect for the writing center.

And check out this adorable cookie treats.
Give each child a ball of dough on a piece of wax paper.
Break the ball into one large and two smaller balls for the ears.
Use M&M's for the eyes and nose.
I buy the already made cookie dough.
Make sure it is chilled.
A little flour may help the dough from sticking to the students fingers.
Put their name on the piece of wax paper.

First Day Jitters...Back to School

 We all feel a little like this on the first day ... along with many other emotions.
Sad...End of Summer
Anxious...Too Much to Do
Worried...Not Ready Yet
Reading this book is the perfect opportunity to share with your class that YES we are excited BUT there are many other emotions rolling around inside of us!

In preparing this packet I provide a craft for the kiddos to make and share some of their feelings about the first day of school.  The boy and girl are adorable writing toppers and super simple to make.  

I also included a cute poem to the similarity of Twas the Night Before Christmas only Twas the Night Before School.  It fits perfectly with the story and another opportunity to share text with your class.
There are also comprehension strategy activities I think you will enjoy and will allow your class to get back into the swing of curriculum.

 There are also opportunities for writing, word work, and a student poster.
Perfect for mounting on construction paper and posting.

And created another label for your kiddos on the first day!