Monday, December 30, 2013

Winter Olympic Activity - Freebie

I thought that since we are all on break for the holidays that I would take time and share this freebie with you.  I created a creative thinking activity for the winter olympics starting on February 3rd.  These activities are going to be so much fun in the classroom.

I'm also having a sale today and tomorrow - 20% off of my entire store!  Go check it out if you are interested in upper elementary products for 2014.

The kids are going to create their own booklet to design a brand new winter olympic sport.  I know we all have those kids that have a hard time thinking outside the box.  For those kiddos, have them combine multiple sports or give them a few pieces of equipment to get them started.  For your creative kids, let them run with their own wild ideas.  You can find the activity in my TpT store at the link below;

Happy teaching!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Veteran's Day Craft

It has been exactly 2 months since my last post. I'm sorry for the long delay.  I've been busy training for a 1/2 marathon (which I finished last weekend) and helping my student teacher (which is more work than I originally thought). So, I'm ready to get back to blogging!

We all know that Veteran's Day is coming up this next Monday, November 11th.  I love how our school transforms into a sea of red, white and blue.  We invite veteran's in our community to eat a free lunch with us and for us to thank them for all of their service.  My students have already written thank you notes that we will hang in the hallway.

On Monday morning, we are going to be doing these star crafts.  I'm so excited for them to finish up because they will look beautiful in the hallway hanging from the ceiling.  Of course, I found them on pinterest.

You can find more directions here at Mrs. Ts First Grade Class blog.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Native American Foldable -FREE

I want to share my newest product with you......and it's FREE!!  Always a good thing.  The past few weeks my 5th graders have been studying Native Americans.  We learn the characteristics of each region and compare/contrast the way that they lived.  

 regions are Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest and the Artic/Northwest Native Americans.  To help my kids take notes, I created this foldable.  This is also going to be their  Yes, it took me forever to figure out how to get it to print out correctly.  When you print it out just select front/back option directly how I have it set up.  When you fold it the words should be right side up.   Here is a picture of the front for the Eastern Woodlands. 

Students will be asked to describe the tribes lived in that region, languages spoken, types of dwelling, what they hunted and ate, and draw a picture of what their community would look like.  You can find this resource in my TpT store at the link below.

Thanks so much!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Puzzle Bulletin Board

My 8th year of teaching is officially underway, and I have to admit that I have a fantastic class this year.   I'm so excited for this school year because when you have a great group it's easier to do projects that promote learning when you have students that don't need to be reminded to continually stay on task.  I can't wait to share some of these future projects with you!

Here is one of my bulletin boards that I'm so proud of!!   To start off, I have an orange wall so it's difficult to use a few colors like red or yellow.  I bought a navy blue twin flat sheet to use as my background where most teachers use paper.  I did this as a time saver because the lights in my room always fades the paper.  The cloth can stay up all year long and I don't have to keep changing it as the year goes on.

Then, I started my search for a puzzle piece.  I actually tried to make a puzzle piece by hand but you know how that always turns out...and it wasn't quite what I wanted. So, I continued my search and I found a FREE template on TpT from Creative to the Core.  You can find the the puzzle template here

I printed the white puzzle piece out on different colors of construction paper and then added my students names for a great finished product.  I added my name and my student teachers name so that we show right away that we are all a team and work together!

Do you have a great bulletin board design?  I'd love to hear about them!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

BTS Sale

I'm taking part in Teachers Pay Teachers Back To School Sale.  Here's how it works.  I'm marking everything down in my store 20% (they are actually already marked down).  Once you go to check out you can enter the code BTS13 for an additional 10% savings!!  The reason the button says 28% is because you are discounting already discounted items.  It's kind of confusing....Happy shopping everyone!!  I know my shopping cart is completely full and I'm looking forward to the savings!

Here is the link to my store if you would like to check it out!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

FREE -Birthday Graphing Activity

Here is my newest product at my TpT store....Don't worry, it's FREE!!  I created a birthday graphing activity that I plan to use the first few days of school.  You can head over to my store and find it at this URL

I purchased a new Macbook Air last week and now have Powerpoint!!!  So, I've been playing around and have fallen in love.  First of all, you can make items "glow" so everything that I'm currently making has a glow behind it.  I know, it's not that big of a deal but it has made me so happy!! I'm way behind because most sellers on TpT use Powerpoint to create their products.  I never realized what I was missing out on.  It has made all things easier!

Anyway, here is what I created today.  Do you see how the letters are glowing?  I love it!

Anyway, the first week of school I plan to fill out my birthday chart with the students.  So, I'm going to ask "who has a birthday in January?" "Feb?" etc....

We will fill out all of our birthdays on my month by month chart.  I'm sure most elementary teachers already have these charts in their classrooms. If not there are some great free birthday charts on TpT.

Then, I'm going to hand them this page.

Once they have the page, they will chart the number of birthdays per month.

I will give them plenty of time to use their new colored pencils, crayons or markers.  You could even use pencil, but it will look prettier with color.
We will talk about the titles of the graph and we will notice how the numbers on the left increase by 2's, so if you have an odd number of birthdays then it will be half of the box.

Once this is all complete, then students will be asked to identify the month with the most birthdays, the least and then take notice of any months that have the same.   You are more than welcome to stop here for the younger grades, or if you are out of time.  I've also included one more page (on the right) for students to numerically order the months and identify the minimum, maximum and median.

I hope you all have a great start to the school year!!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Back To School Linky Party!

I love having my students work with QR codes.  So, I created a back to school scavenger hunt for back to school night.  Students will walk through the hunt see where items are located in their new classroom, and it gives me time to chat with parents while my new students are off on their search. You could also use this the first day of school. What a great way to get kids excited about the upcoming year!  I can't wait!


So, this is how it works.  Place the start card on a desk close to the front of your classroom, students will scan the first card.  Once they scan that card, they will be directed to introduce themselves to their new teacher!  Scan card #2 and they will then find their cubby.  Eventually, they will work their way around the classroom.  So much fun!  You will need a few mobile devices to pull this off, but I figured that parents will also have phones that the kids can use. 

Keep scrolling down for more back to school products linked-up by my teacher pay teacher friends!

Friday, July 5, 2013

7 Freebies on this Friday!

I asked some of my friends at TpT for some freebies.  This way I can pass along more than 1 freebie to you a week.  I had so many responses, and I can't wait to share these free products with you! I have many more saved and will be posting freebies every Friday.  I've included 7 products below, just click on the URL under the description and it will take you to the free product on TpT. Thank you everyone who donated.  Enjoy! 

From Tabitha Savage:  
Great for common core and helping students develop a deep understand of numbers!

Primary Weights Activity from Ashely Cook

Grades 2-3

Introduction to Multiplication from 180 Days and Counting

Grades 3-4

"Sweeeeet" Place Value Match Up From Fabulous Life of an Elementary Teacher

Clipart (because you know we are all OBSESSED with finding cute new clipart!) 
From Cherry Workshop
Cute doodle Frames!

Fun Summer Frames!

Character Education from Innovative Teacher

Thank you so much!  I hope these free products are helpful in your classroom next school year!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Amazing Giveaways!

Here are 3 giveaways you can sign up for. My friends at 180 Days and Counting and Tabitha Savage are celebrating their 100th followers! Please help them celebrate and gain some amazing products. You can sign up for the giveaway from Monday 7/1 to 7/6.  I donated a 5th Grade common core "I can" statement posters to the 4th and older giveaway.  

 Pre K - 1st grade giveaways a Rafflecopter giveaway 2nd and 3rd grade giveaways a Rafflecopter giveaway 4th and older giveaways a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Free Linky Party

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Non-Fiction Text graphic organizer -FREEBIE

Here is my weekly freebie!

I made this document because I have always struggled with having a graphic organizer for non-fiction text.  New ELA common core standards are going to require teachers to provide more non-fiction to students to work through.  At my school we use Time For Kids for a magazine subscription.  I typically just give out the T4K and then have them read in partners then we come back together to discuss after 20 to 30 minutes.

However, with common core we need to use these magazines as more of a teaching tool.  So, I've made graphic organizers for popular magazines that are used in the classroom; T4K, National Geographic, and Social Studies (you can use this at any time during the year with textbook).

In this organizer, students will be asked to identify main idea, details, questions they still have about the text, and text features.


You can find these free products HERE

Common Core "I can" statements

This past week I went to a conference about common core standards and how to change our way of teaching to match with these new standards.  I love to learn new things, but these 2 days were jam packed with great ideas.  I was so inspired by these presenters, who were just classroom teachers from around the state of Kansas.  I usually try to walk away with just ONE great idea to use in my classroom, but from this conference my head is now spinning with great ideas and strategies.  So, I thought I would share one with you!

I came away from this conference realizing that students need to take pride in their work and know the purpose for learning.  This will be HUGE in the common core standards.  They recommended putting up "I Can" statements around your class to as a self-motivation and confidence builder.  But also for them to take accountability for their learning behavior.  So, I made the cutest chevron framed "I can" cards (I'm secretly obsessed with chevron patterns). 

You can find them here.

I can not WAIT to use them throughout the year in my classroom.  My plan is to print, laminate and put magnet tape on the back so I can quickly and easily attach the appropriate standard to my whiteboard or my classroom door so my kids and easily see the standards as we leave the classroom. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Early Friday Freebie

Hi everyone!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!  I'm posting my Friday freebie a little bit early because I'm going to a conference tomorrow.  I know, I know I need to take time to relax during the summer but I'm super excited to learn new things at the conference.  Plus I just have way too much to do!!

Anyway, here is my freebie for the week.  I posted it earlier on my TpT store.  It is a contact form for parents to fill out at the beginning of the school year.  

I LOVE having parents fill out one generic page and keeping them all in one binder.  This makes finding numbers in an emergency so much easier.  Also, on the last page of the document, I included a quick survey for parents to fill out about their children.  This is a quick info sheet for you to quickly see strengths and weaknesses about your students. 

Have a great weekend!

Here is the link to get this download for free at my TpT store.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Friday Freebie! Fraction Scavenger Hunt

You can find this freebie HERE at my TpT store!

This is my first freebie for my website!! With soooo many more to come! I'm beyond excited (if you can't tell).  This is a common core standard for students to practice identifying fractions in picture form, then find the word form.  I used these cards closer to the beginning of the school year because I teach 5th grade, however, they were a HUGE hit because my kids had so much fun.  

I set up this document to print on Avery labels.  After I printed the labels, I stuck them on notecards so they were easier for my kids to handle.  Then, I taped the notecards all over our classroom so students start at the beginning and are then forced to travel around the classroom to find the next card!!  SO much fun!!!   

Here is a little tip though.....I made sure my kids did not shout out "I found it," or "That cards over there."   I let them all know that the fun is in finding the card by yourself!  Not being lead to the answer by another student.  After this disclaimer, my kids did a fantastic job!!