Saturday, January 4, 2020

How To Put my Lapbook Resources Together

I've been slowly adding a lapbook resource series to my store, and I've had questions about how to assemble them.  So I quickly whipped up this series of three videos, using my Epiphany Lapbook as an example, of how to put the lapbook together.

The first video shows how to fold the folder (or 10x18 construction paper) and assemble the front of the lapbook.

Next, here's the inside and back cover assembly.

And finally, triorama assembly.

I hope you find this video tutorial helpful!

Monday, September 2, 2019

A Grandparent's Day No Strings Attached Freebie

Grandparent's Day Freebie       
Did you know Grandparent's Day is the first Sunday after Labor Day in September?  It is quickly approching, and since Grandparents do so much for the children we teach, I created this awesome freebie for the children to make and celebrate their grandparents.  Each booklet comes with a ribbon, a booklet, and a coupon book freebie.

But what about children who celebrate Grandparent's Day with multiple sets of grandparents?

I know that not all children have the same number of grandparents, so I've handled it this way.  However many grandparents the child has, I run off that number of ribbons.  The children can make a ribbon for each grandparent because it is quick and easy to do.
Then, for each set of grandparents living together, they make one card booklet and one coupon book.  If the grandparent is a widow or widower, they make a card booklet and a coupon book for that grandparent.   This project is not a one-and-done type project.  It can take a few days to make sure all the grandparents are covered.  But it is also definitely worth the effort!  Anything for our grandparents, right?

How can I get this awesome, no-strings-attached freebie?

I'm glad you asked!  It's super easy to get this freebie.  Just click on the picture below, and it will take you directly to my store, where you can download this freebie.  That's it! Easy-peasy. 

Here's a great way to organize kid's thoughts about their grandparents before they start making their cards using an anchor chart that you create together.
                                                          Grandparent's Day anchor chart
Thanks for reading!  Have a great week!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Computer Desktop Organizers for Messy Desktops

Do you need computer desktop organizers to clean up your messy, disorganized desktop?  Are you tired of sorting through little icons on your desktop, wondering where that new file you are working on went?  Do you have to search online to find a monthly calendar for reference when working at your computer?  If so, I've got the perfect forever freebie for you! 

computer desktop organizer in use        
sample view of June computer desktop organizer

What is it?

This forever freebie is a zip file of PNGs of each month from July 2019 through June 2020.  When you set them as the background on your computer desktop, you will have the monthly calendar at your fingertips for easy reference.  Each month has four boxes to sort your files into.  You simply sort and organize whatever is on your desktop into the appropriate box.  In "tools," I have various tools that I use often when working on the computer.  PowerPoint templates I use in my work go into "Misc. Stuff" as well as a file of square cover makers, and files for various promotions I'm involved in at the time.  The "working on" section has files and PPTs of various resources I'm working on at the time.  I put things that I've downloaded but haven't looked through and sorted out yet  in "to file."  I really love how everything I need is at my fingertips and I know exactly where it is on my desktop.

How do you set the PNG as your desktop background?

Setting the PNG as your desktop background is super easy to do.  First unzip the file. Then put your cursor over the month you want to use. Next, right click on the image. Finally, click on the "set as desktop background."  It's that easy.  From there, you can sort out your files to your satisfaction. 

How do I get these free computer desktop organizers?

To get these free computer desktop organizers, simply click on the picture below!  

computer desktop oganizers   
 Click on picture to download

While we're talking calendars, maybe you are in need of some free hard copy calendars to use in your classroom.  You can find some really cute, free doggie-themed calendars by clicking here.  These are open-ended, so all you have to do to use them each year is write the numbers in the correct box!

Until next time,

Monday, June 17, 2019

Do You Need Vocabulary Word Banks for Amazing Writers?

monthly vocabulary word bank 
Monthly Thematic Word Banks

 Increasing vocabulary in class writing is something that I struggled with until I created these vocabulary word banks.  At first, I just listed the words on chart paper and tried to draw pictures to illustrate the words.  However, with my limited artistic skills, that didn't work out too well.  

So I turned to technology to help create thematic vocabulary word banks. Using the computer, I designed these monthly thematic word banks.  I picked vocabulary pertinent to each month, found coordinating clipart, and added the labels.  Now there was not question for my nonreaders what that picture represented!  Each file comes with 4 parts of the word bank on 8.5 by 11 paper for you to print out and piece together to make a large 17x22 poster.  It also includes  a complete poster on 8.5x11 paper for student to keep at their desks, in their writers notebooks, or whatever system you have put in place for word walls/word banks.

So How Do Vocabulary Word Banks Make Better Writers?

These posters are super handy to help children have the confidence to use seasonal vocabulary without having to worry about how to spell the words.  They provide a ready reference for children when working independently or collaboratively.  The large poster is perfect to put into a writing center.  I use magnetic strips and post it on the side of my metal shelf where I put my writing center.  When children are writing independently, they use the chart for reference both in the center and when writing in their journals.  These really help children make interesting word choices in their writing!

Try It Out!

monthly vocabulary word bank 
Click the picture to download your free August / September Vocabulary Word Bank!

Click the picture above to download your free August/September Word Bank.  Use the posters in addition to your normal writing routine.  Click here for a great beginning of the year writing freebie that you can add to your bag of writing tricks and use in conjunction with this poster. Happy writing!! 

This post originally appeared on Classroom Freebies

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Welcome the New Year with Dollar Deals!

This Christmas break needs to s---l---o---w  d---o---w---n!  I can't believe how fast a week has passed.  I've had such a nice break, though, visiting family, having at least one pajama day, doing a little shopping, and catching up on shows on Netflix.  I've also managed to clean the house up, catch up on laundry, and do some experimental cooking with my new pressure cooker.

But, soon enough, it will be time to head back to school.  To help you plan for your back to school, some blogger friends and I throwing two days worth of dollar deal sales.  Two days, two products per day, and over 30 bloggers participating!  You will be able to plan out all of January with these resources!!

For December 30th, I will have these two resources on sale:

How to Writing is prefect for starting to get your firsties writing in an organized way.  The January edition starts with writing an introduction, two supporting details, and conclusion.  Subsequent editions, February through May, build on those four sentences by introducing transitional phrases and adding a 3rd detail sentence.  By the end of the series, your firsties will be able to write a 5-sentence paragraph using transitional phrases. 
click the above picture to see this resource up close

Celebrate the New Year 2019 is a complete resource for that first day back after Christmas break.  Although the photos might show a different year, I go in and update this resource to the upcoming year each December so it is ready to be used again and again and again! There are language arts activities to complete that include reading and writing about New Year's Resolutions, alphabetical order, and more.

It also includes a add/subtract and color by sum or difference math resource and a 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, 1 less interactive notebook page that builds off the New Year 2019.
And for social studies, there is a PowerPoint story about New Year Celebrations around the World, and a flip booklet for the children to put together based on the PowerPoint story.
Click on any of the pictures above to see this resource in my store

Happy New Year and Happy shopping, everyone!

Friday, December 28, 2018

Ease into the New Year with this Addition and Subtraction Practice Freebie!

We opened the presents. Then we drank the champagne toast to the New Year.  Now we turn our thoughts back to the classroom.  If you're like me, you will spend that first day getting back into the school groove. You need to put some F-U-N into that day, so download my tested and free New Year fun math sheet!

Math Freebie to Welcome the New Year!

This is something I use every year to get the kids back into the groove of solving addition and subtraction problems and stressing look at the sign before you solve the problem.  After solving the problems, the children use the sum or difference to color a bright, colorful New Year 2019 picture!  As an added bonus, children will practice color word sight word recognition, too!  After passing out the sheet, children take their clipboards and solve the problems with a partner.  Then we check the problems together, making sure they have focused on the sign.  After we've checked the problems, they can go ahead and color the picture by sum or difference.  

I use this as the math portion of my first day back All About the New Year theme for the day.  It is New Year fun all day.  First, we start with language arts, then focus on math and social studies.  These resources can be found in the complete "Celebrate the New Year 2019" resource.  This paid resource is updated each year, so you'll be able to use again and again! You can click on any of the pictures below to see the paid resource.

After all the work is done, we put on our New Year hats.  Then we toast the New Year with sparkling white grape juice.

Get Your Free Download Now

Click on the picture below to download your tested and free New Year fun math sheet.  

Then go ahead and celebrate the New Year in your classroom!  You'll build memories with your students, and they will be learning without even realizing it!  As an added bonus, I update the freebie each year, so you'll be able to use it year after year after year!

If you're looking for additional New Year activities, you can add in writing by clicking here.
Here's to a fantastic 2019!!
This post originally appeared in Classroom Freebies.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Johnny Appleseed Craft Freebie? Yes, please!

With Johnny Appleseed Day fast approaching, I wanted to share this little Johnny Appleseed craft freebie with you.  It's part of my day-long unit of everything apples.  My children always enjoy this day!  We integrate everything apples across the curriculum all day long.  First, I invite parents into the classroom to help us with center rotation activities. They include making applesauce, taste-testing various apple-based products, listening to a story and making apple star stamps, and a Johnny Appleseed directed drawing station.  Here is the video we use. You will need to stop the video at various points to let the children draw what she demonstrates since she goes pretty fast!

johnny appleseed directed drawing

After center rotations are done, we gather for whole group lessons in math, science, and social studies.  In math, we make a graph about our favorite apple foods we tasted and interpret the data.  We also play an apple seed addition game.  Then, in language arts, I read the Steven Kellogg version of the story of Johnny Appleseed to the children, we sequence the events of the story, then the children work with a partner to illustrate the story.
Then, for religion or social studies, we make the wreath craft freebie.  If you would like to look at the complete Johnny Appleseed Theme for a Day Freebie, click the picture above.

Where do you get your Johnny Appleseed Craft Freebie?

I've just described what I do during my Johnny Appleseed theme for a day activities, but today, I have just for you, the Johnny Appleseed craft freebie.  It's a super cute wreath the kids can make during religion or social studies.  Then you add the ribbon bow and a loop for hanging.  They make a wonderful, colorful display in the classroom.  Since I've included both a religious version and a non-religious version, you can use it no matter where you teach!

Johnny Appleseed Craft Freebie
I hope you enjoy this little Johnny Appleseed craft freebie as much as  I have over the years.  The kids are always so proud to take them home and hang them up to celebrate all things fall.  It's also a great opportunity to bond with the kids outside of the normal classroom activities.  By inviting parents in to help, you will start to establish those important teacher/parent relationships.

If you're looking for a few other Johnny Appleseed freebies, you can find a subtraction game here, and a comprehension coloring sheet here.
Until next time. . .
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