Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Big Sale!

Great news everyone! Teachers Pay Teachers is having a site wide sale Thursday and Friday!

Here are the details...

The occasion...
   There are now 3 MILLION teachers registered on Teachers Pay Teachers. Wow!!!

    For two days, my store and many others will be 20% off with an additional discount from TPT that will total 28% off. 

    Look through your wish list and get all of those things that you have had your eye on. Make sure to use the Promo Code: TPT3 for the extra discount.

Thank you...
    Krista Wallden posted this cute button in honor of the sale.

After all, payday is on Friday. What a great way to celebrate! I get so much more creative and enthusiastic with every product that I buy or create on TPT. If you would like to check out some of these items, please visit my store or even my previous post. 

I am so thankful for that site and for all of the hard work that the head honchos put in to it.

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Snow Days are Over... and St. Patrick's Day Freebie

Well, our snow days are over...we hope. It was fun to have snow days, but it is nice to get back into the swing of things at school.

Spring seems to be in the air because we have daffodils blooming in our back yard!

Since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, you may be interested in this writing resource dealing with the ever-mischievous leprechaun.

Here is a preview of some of the pages.

I copied this poster onto bright green paper as a reference for the students.
The students will be glad to write the sequence of events with this flapbook. Then they can open up the flap to draw a corresponding illustration.
The scaffolding on this "next step" in the writing process really helps to provide differentiation for my students.
This is the page for publishing. It can be used with either set of organizers.
This poster includes the transitional word, "however," for the stories that have a twist or an interesting fact at the end. There are organizers included that match this poster as well.
This freebie includes:
(The first 3 pages use the words first, next, then, and finally}
* A Transitional Words poster {with a leprechaun}
* A Flapbook Writing Organizer
* A Writing Form with Scaffolding

(The next 3 pages use first, next, then, finally, and however}
* A Transitional Words poster {with a leprechaun}
* A Flapbook Writing Organizer
* A Writing Form with Scaffolding

{The last page can be used with either of the groups of transitional words.}
* A Writing Page for the Final Piece

Let me know if you download the resource. I would love to hear what you think about it.

Other items that may interest you:

Check out my store for some St. Patrick’s Day writing paper that is “UNPLUGGED!” That means that the paper has a certain theme, but it can be used with any craft that you may have already planned.

Also, I have writing activities with scaffolded organizers and forms that coincide with songs and chants. My kids really LOVE those! Check these out:

My BEST SELLER (within my store):

Literacy Activities to go with songs and chants:

This next pack includes Friendly Letter Writing (with a year-round form as well) that is taught with D. Jean’s song, “The Parts of a Friendly Letter.”

Have an awesome last week of February...if you can believe that!!!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day Writing Paper {2.0}

I hope you all are having a great day today. We are on our third Snow Day, even though it is really a Furlough Day for the staff in our county. Nevertheless, I will take it to have time to catch up on stuff.

I finished my second set of Valentine's Day paper {K-1st} and {2-3} just in the nick of time. 

Here are previews of the {K-1} version.


Click here to check out the {K-1} version in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Here are Previews of the {2-3} version.

Click here to check out the version for grades {2nd-3rd} in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

The graphics are SO CUTE...thanks to Krista Wallden. It makes me want to write an awesome story or write my opinion of something (like my opinion of the chocolates my husband will give me tomorrow) JUST so I can use that paper and then color the cute graphics! 

That will be my plan. I will encourage my students to write a longer story so that they can use all three designs. I think that would be a good motivation for at least some of my students when when we return to school. It looks like we will have to celebrate Valentine's Day on the 19th! (We need to make sure that we get it in sometime!)

Have a super day!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Friendly Letter Writing and Freebie

Awesome news! Snow day today!! Of course we had a few days out a couple of weeks ago due to snow. Because of that, I would rather be in school for continuity with the students and with the curriculum. HOWEVER, I am more than happy to embrace this reality. So I decided to work on my projects that are slowly but surely coming along to be posted on TpT. (At least for the next day or so in case the winter storm knocks out our power.)

Also, I am threatening to organize my office area at home. I am so thankful to have a room with a {door} well as a view. (Our neighbors have spruced up their house and yard. It looks so cute over there!)

Back to the comes in handy when TV sounds are distracting me from my work or when my daughter is practicing on any number of percussion instruments. She even bought us some earplugs yesterday! Her idea. Funny!
My daughter is a senior in high school, so her repertoire is fabulous. However, the decibels that are coming through the hallway and the walls are pretty loud. Since she has a college audition coming up soon, she has been practicing like a crazy girl and attending lots of lessons with her various percussion instructors. She is pretty determined, so hopefully her audition will go well.

Friendly Letter Writing

Valentine's Day week is a great time to have our students write letters to each other. Here are a few examples of our recent assignment.

Some of the contractions are looking kind of funny still. 

The assignment was to write a letter to a teacher or a friend in our school to be delivered by Wee Deliver. Wee Deliver is a mail delivery system that we have set up in our school. We were hoping to get these "postmarked" and in the mail before Valentine's Day. However, along came a winter storm, which stopped production for now.

Also, the students were to incorporate as many contractions as they could. It was a good assessment to see who understands contractions and who is progressing. Since they wrote the letters on the day that I happened to be out sick, one student wrote me a sweet letter too. So kind!

If you would like a copy of this paper that includes scaffolding for writing a friendly letter correctly, please click here. A couple of other sample activities are included in that download as well.

There are even more letter paper options as well as other contraction activities that the kids loved in the full pack. If you would like to check that out as well, please click here.

Happy letter writing! 

{As a matter of fact, I plan to post a friendly letter writing paper with shamrocks on it soon. So please check back soon.}