Saturday, December 20, 2014

K&L Bows Giveaway

Hi friends, I just wanted to share an awesome giveaway I'm doing on my A Splash of Life Blog.  Head over to win the giveaway!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hyperlinked Credits Page

I wanted to share with you a file I made for myself which makes my life easier, as a blogger/creator.   I'm sure some of you already do this, but just in case it could help some of you...

I like to make a document file in powerpoint for credits, this way all I have to do is copy and paste for each new document!

One of the pages I have is a "thank you" page for the purchases. I also have one for downloading a freebie, I just changed the wording a little but.

But my BIG time saver is the clip art and font credits page. It took a while to make, and when I lost it in the great crash of 2014, I was pretty devastated. But it's one file that I have to have. 

I took all of the buttons for my favorite clip artists and font makers and put them in a file, then I hyperlinked them in the document.  So now, whenever I need to credit someone, I just copy and paste the button in my document and it's already hyperlinked for me!

I know some people just like to keep all the buttons on the page and just put them all in their pack. I personally don't like to do that because if I see some clip art or frames that I like in the pack, I want to know specifically whose they are.  So, I just keep all the buttons on a template and then I have a separate "Credits" page where I copy and paste the already hyperlinked buttons that I used in that document.

Something so simple, yet such a time saver!   And make sure you head over to Kristen's blog to check out how she did the default fonts!  Her post is what inspired this post!  She's seriously a genius. She's been one of those ladies that I have loved since the beginning of blog-stalking...almost 4 years ago now!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Letters to Santa Freebie!

Before we start writing our letters to Santa, I like to have the students do their wishlist pre-writing. Depending on the grade, I would have them describe the item or "want" or tell why they want it. I've a few tear jerkers before...honestly, such sweet and selfless wishes! I would have them do this page first:

Then, I like to read The Jolly Postman to my class.

Then we start our talk about how to write letters. Of course, since my computer crashed, I don't have any pictures to show you of my anchor charts, but I found one from one of my favorite ladies!! Lyndsey, over at A Year of Many Firsts, has a fabulous post on it. 

I also found a few more on Pinterest for you, if you want to check those out.

Anyway, back to letters to Santa!

We then write our letters to Santa. When I taught 2nd and 3rd grade, I would have the students address and "stamp" envelopes to Santa at the North Pole.  I have TONS of envelopes that I use throughout the year...we always tried to address our pen pal letters in envelopes too. 

Where did I get the envelopes?? Well, I beg from my local grocery and Hallmark stores. They always have a TON of leftover envelopes...some places like to sell them, but I play the "teacher" card and they usually will just give them to me - just a handful.

(these are old pictures...with my old blog name on them, but since I'm home for the month of December, I had to steal old pictures. Shhhh... don't tell on me!)

Then, my friend's family would write all the kids letters back! I know... I love that family. I love that they did that for my kiddos.   After all the letters were written back to the kids, her husband (who actually worked for the post office) would come and deliver the mail.. and he did such a great job pretending he just came from the North Pole! 

I don't work with her anymore. I'm very sad about that on many levels and for many reasons, but this is one of them! ha!

Anyway, if you want some wishlist writing, click the pictures to download the prewriting and the letter pages.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Getting Ready for December and A Sale!!

Woohoo!! I got BOTH Grade 1 and Grade 2 December centers finished!! 

Don't ask me how. I don't know. But I did.  I feel so accomplished! ha! 

So here is Grade 1...

In the literacy center pack includes 15 centers:

Word Work:
Label a Picture (2 versions of 2 different pictures)
Digraph Sounds - Clip and Write
December Poem with Task Cards

Reading Clues - Adjectives (matching)
Make a Sentence (noun, verb, adjective)
Incomplete and Complete Sentences

Read and Illustrate
Sequencing - Main Idea and Details
Sight Words

Sentence Scramble
Stretch a Sentence
Be an Author

Spin-a-Word - Blends 
Building Words -ng words
Word Families -ng words

And don't forget the Add-Ins!!
Story Structure
Summarzing (SWBSF)
Summarizing with writing it out
Thematic Writing Paper
Problem and Solution
Evaluate the Story

The Math pack includes 16 centers:

Roll-a-Problem - Addition Problems (missing addends)
Related Facts (Commutative Property)
Balancing Act: Addition
Word Problems

Rolling Numbers - adding 3 addends
Spin-a-Number: Counting by 10s
Comparing teens
Missing Numbers on a Hundreds Chart

Missing Addends
Place value - tens and ones
10 Frames
Number Recognition - Standard, Word, and Tally Marks

MD and G:
2-D Shapes 
Time to the Hour and half hour
Coin Recognition

Let's not forget 2nd grade!!

14 literacy centers:

Word Work:
Making Words - (2 versions of 2 different pictures)
Mixed Up sight Words
December Poem with Task Cards

Past Tense Verbs
Plural Nouns

Cause and Effect
Sequencing - Main Idea and Details
Sight Words

Sentence Scramble
Stretch a Sentence
Be an Author

Spin-a-Word - Silent E with digraphs and blends
Vowel Teams
Word Families -ng words

There is also a section for the "Add-Ins" - the thematic book response activities!

 And the 15 math centers:

Roll-a-Problem - Adding 10s with even and odd
Related Facts (Commutative Property)
Balancing Act: Addition with missing addends
Word Problems

Mixed up Numbers - standard, explanded, and base tens
Spin-a-Number: Missing Addends
Comparing hundreds
Regroup or Do Not Regroup - addition and subtraction

Measuring Inches
Time to hour, half hour, and quarter hour
Counting Coins
Data Collection

2-D Shapes 
2-D Shape Hunt
Using Clues to find the shape

And good news... for me anyway! I finally finished the whole year for 2nd grade!!

Did you hear that??

The whole year!!! What a sense of relief...for one of the things on my list.  So, I'm bundling all the bundles - haha.. I've decided to do "season" bundles.  First up? Winter Bundle!  You can get all of the centers in my December, January, and February bundles!

I also have some other December-themed packs ...

My first set of December centers, you can get the bundle, or buy them separately 

And my Holidays Around the World pack.. one of my first packs I made a few years ago... and I'm so bummed I don't get to do this with my class this year. It's always so fun!

And another one of my favorite activities.. my Label It and Write About It pack for December...

Another one of my favorite things to do is the Monthly Family Projects! December is a fun month...I wish I could see the projects they're going to bring in!

And here's even better news...

There is a BIG sale where you can get any and all of these bundles on sale! In fact, my WHOLE store is on sale! Click on the sale button below to check out all of products.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bubble Wrap Lint Roller Painting Turkey - freebie!

The other day, I tried a new kind of painting....

Bubble Wrap Painting!

I tried it out...and it turned out SO cute!!

I took some bubble wrap and put it on a lint roller, then rolled it in some paint, and painted the feather paper.  Here is how a few different ones came out...

I cut out the feathers after the papers dried, and glued the turkey together.

I love how it came out!  I took it home and had my girls try it out.  Autumn loved painting with a lint roller - haha!

She cut out all the other pieces while the feathers were drying and glued it all together. Then I got the brilliant idea of having there be a "writing activity" to go with it. So I quickly made one and told her to draw what she's thankful for.  Her response?? "I'm thankful for being loved!"  

Melt. My. Heart.   I mean seriously. Isn't that what all kids really want? To be loved??  She really does have such amazing insight into what really matters in life sometimes.

And because I'm so thankful for you guys, I would love to share these with you!

If you want the templates for the turkey, click {HERE}

And for the writing templates, you can grab them {HERE}.

And THANK YOU for all your comments! I really do love them!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thank You Cards - Freebie!

Our writing lesson this week is to write "Thank You" cards to our donors for our Donors Choose projects. I need to get them finished and mailed off before I go on my leave! Eek!

They have turned out so cute!

I just copied the pages pack to front and an instant Thank You card, complete with writing lines!
We did a quick little lesson on the parts of a friendly letter and then put it to use!

I figured maybe you could use the letters since it's a good week to write thank you letters to veterans!

These are good for anytime of the year and for anything, really.  If you think you could use them, click the picture below.

Happy Monday, my friends!