September 26, 2015

Fall in Love with Teaching! (Giveaway & Blog Hop)

 
It is my absolute favorite time of year: F-A-L-L! What is better than chilly weather, cozy sweaters, hot coffee, beautiful foliage, and getting back into the swing of the school year?

This week I'm teaming up with a fabulous group of fellow 3rd grade teachers to bring you goodies, great ideas, and giveaways! So here we go!

First-- a fun, fall bulletin board idea! I tried making a "wreath" using paper leaves glued on a paper plate. Here is my final result: 
To make this cutie all you need is construction paper, paper plates, and glue! Here's a hint-- buy the cheapest paper plates possible-- if they have a "grease resistant" residue, it's super hard to get the glue and leaves to stay on! I used my Cricut to cut out the leaves, but since this took longer than anticipated, I decided to just have my kids cut out their leaves (after I photocopied a leaf template on them).
Now to the good part of my post-- the giveaways! I'm going to be giving away 2 copies of my "Tackling Main Idea" packet! This center is a football themed game (hello boys!) that includes mini anchor charts, 20 main idea passages and questions, and a few practice pages! I love to use it as a center game, as well as a teacher-led small group center. Here are some pics of the center!
 You can easily enter to win by using the Rafflecopter below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway As a thank you for stopping by, please feel free to also check out my FREE fall math printables (made specifically with 3rd grade skills in mind) by clicking the picture below:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Free-Fall-Math-Printables-1458307

Lastly, please be sure you enter the BIG giveaway to win a TPT gift card! There will be 2 winners-- so it's totally worth it! Enter this giveaway by using the Rafflecopter below:
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Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed week!
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September 13, 2015

Monthly Organization

In my classroom I have 2 large black filing cabinets. One cabinet has a drawer specifically for monthly themed files. In those files are a wide variety of objects (practice sheets, coloring pages, bulletin board ideas, etc.)

I came across a problem, though. I wanted a more specific place to keep my academic monthly-themed items (such as these fabulous No Prep Morning Work Packets from Clutter Free Classroom).

Originally I was keeping the items in a hideous container made of cardboard drawers-- which was flimsy and not really working for me! So I decided to buy some Sterilite drawers (the ones that have 3 drawers in each) and gear each drawer toward a different month of the school year.

I skipped over August-- because really I don't start these items until my kids have our basic routine down (takes about 3 weeks)-- and created labels for September-May. I printed, laminated, and stuck each label on a drawer using double sided tape. I stacked them up and now they are ready for the year! I am so excited to use them!

Here are some pictures:



You can find my drawer labels here-- and, yes, I did go back and make one for the other months of the year-- so now they range from January-December.

September 7, 2015

Follower Freebie-- Editable Bookmarks!

It's been awhile since I've done a follower freebie! So my newest freebie is an editable bookmark that you can use in your classroom. You can give them as gifts to students-- or you can use them as a way to help students keep track of their reading levels (this is how I use them). They are fairly large bookmarks-- but I think this is perfect because it will prevent my kiddos from losing them!

Instructions for editing the bookmarks can be found in the file-- which can be found in my TPT store!

You can create them 3 ways:
1) Print in color
2) Print in black and white (let students color)
3) Print on astrobright paper

I tried to use a variety of Kiddlettes too-- I am having a slight obsession lately with Melonheadz Kidlettes- so, so cute!

Here are some of my printed bookmarks (I haven't laminated them yet-- I highly reccomend for longevity):






Hope you love these bookmarks! Click HERE to download them! Leave me some feedback if you want to share how you used them in your classroom! Have a blessed week!