Sunday, May 17, 2015

Turtle Close Read FREEBIE & End of Year Survival

Most of us are in survival mode as we near the end of the school year, or at least I am!
Our last day is Thursday and one of the things on my list is to use my Turtle Close Read FREEBIE  
You can find it {HERE}

It is just a little taste of what my other Close Reads are like. You can find out more about them {HERE}

And speaking of survival, I will also be busting out my First Grade Survival Pack to get through to Thursday!  This year FLEW by!  I'm sad to see my kiddos move on to second grade, especially Jack.  I'm going to miss him being in my class every day =(
If you'd like more information about it, you can find the Survival Pack {HERE}

Let's all dig deep and get to that last day!  Although I know some of you still have a while to can make it!

Monday, May 11, 2015

I {HEART} the Teacher Anchor

If you are a fan of planning like I am, you'll love the latest Teacher Anchor from C. Jayne Teach.  I love that it includes not only planning pages, but also Common Core Standards for grades K-3!
 {HERE} is a link to a blog post about all the changes to the Teacher Anchor this year!

You can purchase your own Teacher Anchor {HERE}

You can also find C. Jayne Teach:
 Or sign up for her newsletter: HERE
You will LOVE this planner, but you better are limited!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

End of the Year Graduation Craft

The end of the year is fast approaching and as I prepare to get memory books completed, report card grades entered, and photo CD's finished my mind turns to one of my favorite crafts for the end of the year: Graduation Kids.  Even if your students don't officially "graduate" it is still a fun craft and keepsake =)

 You can find my Graduation Pack {HERE} on TpT
I hope you've had a wonderful Mother's Day.  Mine is a bit sad, but the homemade french toast in bed this morning definitely gave me something to smile about!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Staples Teacher Appreciation $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Who doesn't love office supplies?  
What teacher can't use more?  
The answers: No one and None!
Staples contacted me about sharing a very special offer for Teacher Appreciation and I was happy to share it with you guys!
Look at these fabulous goodies they sent me!
But that's not all...they are giving my sweet readers a chance to win a $50 Staples Gift Card!
You could use it for of course, staples! lol

Here is the official information and links to sign up for Teacher Rewards:
Staples Celebrates the Positive Impact of Teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week
Educators Receive Exclusive Coupon on Classroom Supplies from May 3-9
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (April 30, 2015) – According to a Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) survey, 87 percent of parents of teens say a teacher has a made a positive impact in their child’s life. And 76 percent of parents say a teacher had a positive influence on them. Staples celebrates the important work teachers do all year long with the Staples® Teacher Rewards program and will be offering an exclusive coupon to teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.
“At Staples, we appreciate all that teachers do for their classrooms and students throughout the year,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president, North American stores and online marketing, Staples. “To make it easy for teachers to save on classroom supplies, every Staples store is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week with 40 percent back in Rewards on school supplies for Teacher Rewards members.”
This Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-9, Staples has a best-ever offering of 40 percent back in Staples Teacher Rewards. This exclusive, in-store offer gives Teacher Rewards members 40 percent back in Staples Rewards on school supplies, teaching and art essentials, posters, cleaning supplies and laminating.
Teachers enrolled in the free Staples Teacher Rewards program will receive a coupon for 40 percent back in rewards. In addition, they will receive a second coupon for 40 percent back in rewards to give to another educator that can be redeemed during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-9.  Educators who are not currently Staples® Teacher Rewards members can sign up online or at any Staples store to receive the coupon. Teacher Reward members can also print the coupon on  The special savings offer is exclusive to teachers and excludes technology.
Staples Teacher Rewards
Throughout the school year, the Staples Teacher Rewards program gives educators up to five percent back in Staples Rewards on everything in store and online, including technology and services and excluding postage, phone/gift cards, and savings passes, plus  ten percent back in Rewards on teaching and art supplies. Teacher Rewards members receive free shipping on every order, excluding Oversize and Add-on Items, and no limit to the rewards they can earn. Throughout the year, teachers can save at Staples with daily deals and Price Match Guarantee.
Additionally, Teacher Rewards members can also take advantage of opportunities to earn extra rewards on certain products throughout the year. They can earn $2 back in rewards for every ink or toner cartridge that they recycle when they’ve spent $30 on ink or toner over the previous 180 days. Teacher Rewards members can recycle up to 10 cartridges per month.
To sign up for a free Staples Teacher Rewards membership or for more information about the Teacher Rewards program, please

Sunday, May 3, 2015

End of the Year Bulletin Board and Making Crayons

As we are gearing up for the end of the year, we'll be making these again for our bulletin board in the kids LOVE making them!  They can be found {HERE} on TpT.
This week after reading "At the Crayon Factory," we made real crayons!  I tried letting them grate some of the crayons to see what it would look like (I couldn't believe that most of my kids had never grated anything before!)  
My kids were AMAZED!
We finished up our Mother's Day frames...the pictures turned out super cute in the frames!
 I also added another month and finished August's drawings in my Directed Drawings for the Entire Year Pack.  Here are the examples of September's (yes, there are two cows, I couldn't resist putting Maggie's on there!)
If you'd like to check out the Directed Drawing pack, click {HERE}
Happy Sunday!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mother's Day Activities and Ideas

In my classroom, we are in full Mother's Day mode getting ready for our Mother's Day Tea on the 8th! So many things to do, so little time!
I decided to use my Directed Drawings for the Entire Year Mother's Day Direct Draw this year and then frame each portrait in a Dollar Tree frame.  They turned out so cute (I will have better pictures when I get them back to school!)
Each mom or special someone is unique and special.
Click {HERE}

I am also taking pictures of my students to use in these collage frames created (idea seen on Peace, Love, and First Grade's Blog) with tissue paper squares, mod podge, cut up letters from magazines, and wooden frames:
I love how each one is different =)
In case you want to create your own, here's the link for the tissue squares.  I found the wood frames at Michael's for $1 each.
The following are crafts from  my Mother's Day Craftivity Pack Click {HERE} for more information!
One other craft that I won't be doing this year, but has been a very LOVED self portrait craft in the past:

 For more details about the self portrait artwork above Click {HERE}
I can't wait for our Mother's Day Tea this year!