Saturday, November 24, 2012

Elf on the Classroom Shelf Linky Party

Shop 'till you drop! SALE SALE SALE


If you have been shopping all weekend, now is time to shop for you!!! Teachers Pay Teachers is offering a Cyber Monday Sale and there are a lot of really great teachers offering sales.

My store is offering 20% off and TPT is offering 10% off.  If you included the promo code CMT12 you will be saving 28% off of everything in my store.  You can view what's in my shop by clicking the link below.

Click here to check out my TPT store sale!!!

Happy Shopping!!!

Check out Some of my Christmas and Holiday themed items:

Elf on a Shelf Writing Center Materials and Activities


Holiday Onomatopoeia Writing/Bulletin Board Set 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Freebie Elf on Shelf Countdown Bookmark and Writing Center

Elf on Shelf Writing Center Materials and Writing Activity

 I couldn't resist! This is too Christmas specific for my school, but I hope you can enjoy these writing materials at your school!

 Click on link it will take you to my store where you can download your freebie-  it comes in color and black and white!

Bookmark Freebie

This fun product includes:

 Color and Black and White
My Wish List paper (narrow and wider lines)
________’s Wish List (narrow and wider lines)
Elf on the Shelf Girl and Boy: Friendly Letter Writing Paper- To/From Gift Tags
How I Can Be Helpful at Home List
How I Can Be Helpful at School List
Believe-Large Pencil Stationary (2 on a sheet)
Boy and Girl Elf Door Hangers
Boy and Girl Elf Reading to Christmas Bookmark
16 Writing task cards
2 acrostic poems and illustration sheet
5 w poem, sloppy copy/final copy

Sunday, September 30, 2012

: Personalized Chevron Monogram Freebie!

Jenn Oyler over at "Seriously" Primary is a fun blogger!  Be sure to check out her site-  Jenn was so kind as to send me a free )yes free custom Chevron monogram binder cover -  toooooo cute!  Click on link below:)

Jennifer Oyler: Personalized Chevron Monogram Freebie!: As a small "thank you" to those of you who come and take the time to check out my blog, I'd like to offer you a free personalized chevron pa...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Halloween Onomatopoeia Bulletin Board and Writing Craftivity!

My kids love this writing activity!   The best part is the product includes the bulletin board letters and decorations to display!
Great October lesson for Writing ! I use this as a mini lesson in Writing Workshop and have a decorated hallway bulletin board when completed!
●Bulletin board Display (orange, black, purple, green color theme) includes:
◦Orange Chevron letters outlined in black spelling-
◦“Halloween Onomatopoeia” “It sounds like Halloween”
&“Halloween Fun” choose your favorite!
 ●3 Colorful samples to share with class
●2, 3 and 4 line final copy paper
●8 different cartoon style call out shapes
●blank alpha-box
●Sample alpha-box (1 color one B/W) filled with Halloween Onomatopoeia words
◦Letters can be cut individually or left in white box .
◦5 Colorful cartoon style Halloween Call out shapes
(Thud, Boo, Cackle, Eeeeek, Whoosh)
●It Sounds Like Halloween Night Poem- This would be a good Introduction to the lesson or would look cute enlarged and mounted on Halloween Onomatopoeia bulletin board

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Liv to Teach: 500 Followers Giveaway!: Hi Everyone!  I am so excited to announce that my TpT just reached 500 followers! To celebrate I am hosting a massive giveaway where one v...

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Freebie Color Sticks- for Basic Facts to 10

Hi All-

Honest I was only going to take a a couple days off from blogging while I settled into the new year. Did a month already fly by???   
I hope your all enjoying the start of the year!

Please enjoy this freebie-Coloring Sticks Basic Facts to 10 :)  I used this in math centers this week and the kids loved it!

 Choose 1 color and color the number of boxes to represent the first number in the equation.
Color the remaining squares with a second color to represent the second number in the equation
Includes 20 ten sticks to color-6 pages in all !

Monday, August 13, 2012

Freebie!! 2nd Day in 2nd Grade Pencil Topper

A freebie for you!  I hope your new buddies will enjoy finding these at the top on their pencils on 2nd day of school!  I hope your all having fun settling into your rooms and creating plans for a fun filled year!  Just click the link below.  

Saturday, August 11, 2012

BTS 12 250x125  Be sure to stop by and check out my sale!  Everything is 20% off and TPT  offering an additional discount if you enter code BTS12.   My cart is full I've been busy shopping!    Please come shop and and become inspired to begin your new year!!   Jen

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

How did I miss this one!!  Please check it out- there is such a talented pool of graphic artist out there!

Check Out This Cool Robot Theme!

Heading to the wave pool with my boys and neighborhood kids.  Days like this are my favorite, trying to squeeze it all in before end of summer.

 If your stuck for a hallway bulletin board idea check out my new Robot theme!  I have plenty of boards in front so I made "Welcome" and "Gear Up For A New Year" Chevron letters placed on Gears/Cogs.    I put the name plates on lockers  with student names.

This set also includes incentive charts, birthday certificates, book marks, lost tooth and hundred certs.

My younger son and I are heading into school tomorrow , hoping to get front board up, I'll post a picture if I do!   Enjoy!

Cute Robot Class Decor

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Read Write Think ...a Great "Go to"!!

Are you looking for Language Arts enrichment resources?  Be sure to check out the online interactive sources at Read Write .  One of my favorites is the postcard generator.  Students can write a postcard to or from a story character or to the author of a story.  When we read a story about Chinatown during Chinese New Year students wrote a post card to their families describing the setting using five senses.
Students love the design choices too!  
Check out all the interactive choices-it's a great go to!    Jen
What are some of your favorite go to online activities for enrichment?  Please share!!
Read Write Think

This is a link with great resources , enjoy!!
Great Writing Resource Link

Saturday, August 4, 2012

A Freebie For You!

A freebie for you !  I print on cardstock, laminate, and velcro to the front of  my favorite Really Good Stuff  paper baskets.

Friday, July 20, 2012

I'm tired of my first week books, help me find new titles!

Teachers and Students learn from each other book!

I have been wanting to incorporate some new books into our first week.  The message of this book is heartfelt and the pictures are adorable.  I think this book is perfect for beginning a year long adventure together!  Maryann Cusimano Love says:

"As a teacher myself for over twenty years, I know first hand how much I learn from my students, and how important the special bond is between students and teachers, each rooting for each other and helping each other to grow"

Check out Maryann Cusimano Love's website :

Book To Read When Setting Class Rules

My student "howl" (yes pun intended) when we read Marley Goes to School   from the popular Marley series by John Grogan.  As you can imagine Marley causes quite a ruckus when he follows his best friend to the first day of school.  This book lends itself to a great conversation about rules and the chaos that can happen when rules aren't followed.   

Share your ideas!  I love First Day Jitters but I'm looking for some new titles to jazz it up this year:)  

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Monstrously Fun Decor!

Hi All-

This summer has been a whirlwind so far!  This weekend will be my 6th weekend in a row at  Lacrosse tournaments up and down the East Coast.    I'm having fun and love watching my leaves little time for blogging!

I did post many new items on Teachers Pay Teachers but haven't had time to blog about them!

Are you looking to decorate or start a new class theme?  I created some fun monster theme items for the classroom and lockers.  Check them out!



Friday, June 8, 2012

Check Out This Giveaway!

Ginger at Gingersnaps has reached 1,000 followers!  There are so many fun products involved I wanted to share!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Dad You Rule

Last Day Happy Dance!!!!

Although we won't be in school for Father's Day I was inspired by a trinket that's been a  staple in our house for many years.  When my 16 year old son was in 1st grade, he bought a special Christmas gift for my husband at his school "Frosty Shop",  He was so proud to present the wooden ruler to my husband.  The words "Dad You Rule"  are largely written with a black sharpie.

I decided to make a 1.50  "Dad You Rule"  product for my TPT store
Stop by and check it out!  This includes" Dad You Rule" stationary, portrait paper, Top  5 Things about my Dad  list, and  Dad's favorite things flap book .

Enjoy creating this with your class!

Happy Father's Day to All the Dads out there!  Please don't let this go to your head,  remember its really the Moms that rule!!!  LOL

Happy Day!  Happy Summer!


Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Sale

Stop by my Teachers Pay Teachers store to enjoy a Memorial Day Sale!    Sun-Tues everything is 20% off.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Short Vowel Review/Word Families

When I was teaching first grade I remember I was always BLOWN AWAY in the spring by student's progress since the 1st day.     I don't see as big of a of a jump in a 2nd  from  beginning of year.  However, I did remind myself the other day about the growth of my lowest readers.  My low reading group  started the year with short vowel review work.    As I was taking things out to copy for beginning of next year I found their favorite, "Monster Review Word Slide".  Below is an idea of what all 20 look like :)  Of course O & U are included I just wanted to give you a taste of what they  The words slide through the short vowel sound card to create a "magic window" to read short vowel words.  Visit my Teachers Pay Teachers Store  to see a sample of the full black and white set that is included.  I like to save on colored ink so I print the color ink set for ccnters and the back and white set is for students to take home.  I have also printed the black and white set on bright cardstock, super cute!  

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Encoding, Segmenting, Handwriting..Oh My!

At times I become very frustrated when correcting papers.  I often self-talk "How can this student NOT be putting the final e on a CVCe word?" or   "Come on they know Cake is not spelled Cack!"  
I have to breathe deeply, sip my Diet Coke and remember that they are only 8 years old and the process of spelling and writing can be daunting.
When writing students must encode,  or retrieve and produce letters and symbols. By the time the student gets to handwriting and correct formation so much has already taken place in their brains, its no wonder they put their heads down on the desk!
I try my hardest to incorporate fun ways to practice the sound retrieval and letter production process during the day.  One of my favorite ways is by writing Top Ten Lists .  Students can do this activity when done with work, for homework, morning work or center time.  I love looking at their illustrations  ...Jen

Please download a free copy.

If you would like more check out my store where you can download a set of 30! 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Week

How great is this?? Check it out!!  In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, everything in my store will be 20% off from 5/6-5/8.  Enter TPT's special code TAD12 during checkout to get an additional 10 % off from Sunday through Thursday.  Happy Shopping!  

Friday, May 4, 2012

Blog Acrostic

My first post, the pressure is on !  This could set the tone for my whole blog life.I decided to do what all good teachers would do when stumped.....An Acrostic poem.  Many bulletin boards of mine have been saved by the dear old acrostic

Becoming friends with creative teachers

Learning and sharing ideas

Offering lessons and ideas

Growing as a teacher

I am looking forward to laughing, learning and sharing!