Sunday, August 18, 2013

Back to School Sale!

The much awaited TeachersPayTeachers sale is now underway!  Click the picture below to go to my TPT store!  Make sure to use the coupon code BTS13 for an extra savings!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Morning Meeting Activities

YAY!  I finally finished my first set of Morning Meeting Activities to go along with my Morning Meeting Greetings!  If you are interested in seeing a preview of this product just click on the picture below.  If you like the preview you can purchase the entire set at my TeachersPayTeachers store.  It'll be 28% of on Sunday and Monday, August 18th and 19th!


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Spelling with Spoons

A while back, and I do mean a while, I saw a really neat idea on Pinterest with spoons and the alphabet.  I've been wanting to make a set, but really had no reason to do so as I teach fifth grade. youngest is going off to kindergarten this month so I thought to myself - what a great back to school gift for his teacher!  So after a bit of searching for white and clear spoons that were both the same size (which was not as easy as I thought it would be!), this weekend I made five sets for his teacher.  I put uppercase stickers on the white spoons and lowercase stickers on the clear spoons.  I will say I'm not thrilled with the lowercase "a" or "q", but I think students do need to be exposed to both styles.  It'll be up to her to decide if she wants to use them or replace them with other stickers.  I've given her blank spoons just in case.

It was late when I finished, so I just put them into five different bags and left them on the table to take care of in the morning.  This morning my son came downstairs and wanted to make words with them (which gave me another idea...but we'll hold that thought for a few more minutes.)  So he gets them out and the stickers are already falling off!  YIKES!  I'm so glad he wanted to play with them.  So I pulled out my Mod Podge and coated every single last one of those 260 spoons!  Problem solved and they're all back in their bags!  YAY!

Now onto the light bulb that came on when my son asked to make words with the spoons (he already knows his letters, so matching upper and lowercase letters isn't something he's interested in doing.)  Now I'm a little embarrassed that I didn't think of this on my own - but DUH...sure, my fifth graders know their letters, but why not use them for spelling words?  I mean currently I have a pretty good great collection of activities for my students to use to work with their spelling words that I'm constantly adding to.  Why not add this one to it?!  So here are some of the spoons I made for my classroom. 

And here's the direction sheet students will get.  You can click on the image to download this fun Freebie!

Here are some of the other direction sheets for a few of the extensions we do.

If you're interested in purchasing the entire set, you can get all 30 Spelling Activities as well as forms, tips, and other resources in my TPT store.  Just click the image below.
If you are looking for more freebies then check out Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies by clicking on the image below.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Science Tools Foldable Graphic Organizers

I just put my latest Foldable Graphic Organizer up on Teachers Pay Teachers....except this product is actually FOUR foldable graphic organizers because there are so many science tools (including safety tools) I want students to put into their notebooks!  Here's the first FGO.  I have students mount them on colored paper so that it can easily be put into their notebooks.

We'll do an activity for each tool before completing it on the graphic organizer.  For example, for the gloves and safety goggles students will be given a coloring page and asked to make their child into a safe scientist, labeling everything they add.  During this time I'll be walking around noting which students include gloves and goggles.  I'll also be looking for aprons, and other safety items during this time.  In addition, , I'll be engaging students in conversation about why they picked the items they did.  If a student includes the goggles and gloves at this point, I'll check the student off of my list.  However, for those students who didn't include the goggles and gloves, after we learn about safety in the science classroom, they'll get another chance to add to their drawing.  I've even had students make note of the particular type of shoes the scientist were wearing!

Boys are given the one on the left, girls the one on the right.

For most of the other items, like the prisms, magnets, microscopes, graduated cylinders, etc., after giving a mini lesson on each item, I'll set up centers so students get a chance to get comfortable with how to use all of it.  Not only do they get more comfortable with using the tools, but I've found that this exploration time helps minimize the "playing" with the equipment at other, inappropriate times.  
Here are the other 3 organizers.  There are 21 tools in all.

To purchase these Foldable Graphic Organizers for TPT, click here: Science Tools Foldable Graphic Organizers.
And by the way, the adorable boy and girl graphics, as well as many of the
graphics in the foldable graphic organizer, come from:
There are a ton of wonderful graphics available on this site with no licensing
fee because Laura respects us as teachers!  How awesome is she?!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Morning Meeting Greetings

In anticipation of Monday's freebie linky hosted by the Organized Classroom...
I know there are so many of us out there who are doing Morning Meetings in our classrooms!  I don't know about you, but I find it so frustrating when I find myself doing the same greetings and activities day after day after day!  It's not like there aren't plenty of options out there, I just found it frustrating to take the time every week when I was planning to think of them!  So, finally I just took the time to find all the greetings I wanted to use in my classroom, I typed them up, printed them, matted them on cardstock, laminated them, and then I used a sharpie to number the backs of them.  Then I punched holes in the corners of the cards and put them on a binder ring.  I did two sets and keep one at school and one at home (because I do a lot of lesson planning there!)  Now, when I'm lesson planning I just write the number of the greeting I want to do that day, and I can go right to it on the ring.  It just works for me!  I'll try to remember to take a picture of it when I go back to school, but for now....if you would like a little taste of the greetings I use in my classroom, just click on the image below!  Please note the first time I tried my link I got an red error bar, but I just closed the red line and was able to download the file without issue. 
If you like love these greetings, I have 2 more sets, with 28 greetings each, in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  You can check them out at Morning Meeting Greetings I and Morning Meeting Greetings II.  I'm also finishing up my morning meeting activities and you should see some of those up very soon!
If you are looking for more freebies check out Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies by clicking on the image below :D 

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sometimes I Wonder About Myself!

Have you ever just wanted to kick yourself in the head because you did something that was an attempt to make things better organized, but really all you did is create a nightmare for yourself?  Welcome to my world today!  I just realized that by cleaning up and organizing some of my freebies differently on Dropbox that NONE of my links work anymore!  OOPS! I'm headed in now to fix all my links, so if you click on something and the file can't be found...try back tomorrow.  <smacks forehead!>