Gift Teachers the Best with this Incredible Giveaway and TPT Sale!


In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, TpT is throwing a site-wide sale and everything in my store is 20% off! Take a look at some great things I have in my store, including End of Year Awards, Memory Books and fun activities to keep your students engaged. Get creative and have some fun with your students this Teacher Appreciation Week - add some items to your wish list, and enter my giveaway for a chance to win $20 of printable products.  This is the perfect opportunity to save time and money while celebrating your amazing students and the hard work they put in all year long.




The winner will get the products directly sent to their email. I know that teachers are swamped with tons of paperwork, and your calendars are chuck full of commitments and responsibilities, not to mention all the end-of-the-year testing we have to do. 
Check out my store and find some high-interest literacy, math, and science activities that are sure to save you tons of precious time. 

Subtraction Bowling has been a great success in my classroom and I'm delighted to share this engaging and motivating activity with you. It's proof that you don't need fancy tools or expensive materials to make learning fun. As we approach the last days of school, it is important to remember to provide our students with structure and meaningful activities to keep them engaged. Even though the marks have closed, we owe it to our students to remind them of the importance of following through with classroom rules and responsibilities. Through Subtraction Bowling, I've been able to provide my students with an enjoyable, hands-on experience that will help them with their subtraction skills.
The key takeaway here is that education doesn't always have to be boring. With a little creativity, you can develop activities that are engaging and that your students will have fun with. And, while we have to do what is best for our students, don't forget to have a little fun too. After all, laughter and joy are just as important as learning. As Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

 With all this going on I can't forget to mention how some of my students have already checked out and are already in summer mode.  I am sure you can all relate to this!  It has been a challenge keeping them engaged and in self-control. Each day we still need to remind students about responsibilities and how important it is to follow through with classroom rules right up until the last day. Keeping students busy with fun-filled but meaningful activities is crucial even though marks have already closed. I learned from experience that if you give the students too much free choice time, they just can't handle it and things start spiraling out of control. Kids just need some sense of structure even though there are only just a few days left. I will do my best to stick to the same schedule that they are used to.  







Enter this GIVEAWAY.  This giveaway will open at midnight. It begins May 7th and winners will be chosen May 8th. Good Luck! 


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Surprise Mom with an Easy-to-Make Purse, Necklace, and Booklet!


Nothing says "Happy Mother's Day" like a handmade gift! This year, why not surprise your students by having them create an adorable purse, booklet, and necklace? From crafting the purse to decorating it with 3D decorations, and filling out the booklet filled with cool prompts, this project is a great way for your students to show their appreciation and celebrate the leading ladies in their lives. With this project, kids can give someone special in their life a meaningful gift that will last a lifetime. Let's make this Mother's Day special and get started!


Celebrating Mother's Day is a great way to show appreciation for all the special women in our lives. But there's nothing quite like creating something special to show them how much they mean to us. With this project, students can bring some extra love to someone special in their life on Mother's Day. Not only will they be able to make an adorable purse, booklet, and necklace, but they can also answer prompts in the booklet that will let their special someone know exactly how much they mean to them. Making the purse and necklace is simple, with decorations for students to cut out and glue for a 3D effect. Plus, this project is great for classrooms with students from non-traditional families or who have someone special in their life who is not their mother. So, let's get started and make this Mother's Day one to celebrate!


   
                                     

Mother’s Day is the one day of the year devoted to celebrating mothers and the special bond that only a mother and her children can share. It is a day of recognition and appreciation for the hard work and loving sacrifice mothers put into raising their children. Mothers come in all shapes, sizes, and forms—whether biological, stepmothers, foster mothers, guardians, grandmothers, aunts, or mentors—all mothers have a special place in their children’s minds and hearts. This year, let’s recognize and honor all the special women in our lives and recognize how special they all are in their own unique way. 


Motherhood is a journey that is both rewarding and difficult. This Mother’s Day, let us honor and thank all the amazing mothers out there who take on such an incredible and vital role in the lives of their children. Celebrate your mother, or the mother figures in your life, and let them know how much they are appreciated and valued. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day!


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Why Use Writing Prompts- Plus FREEBIE




   Do you use writing prompts in your classroom? How often do you have your students write in your classroom? You may be asking yourself why is it so important. 


Teachers should work diligently to develop growth as skilled writers by giving students the opportunity to write each and every day. This can empower students to be creative and develop their voices as they write about topics that interest them the most. Students will build language skills and vocabulary by brainstorming ideas and sharing their knowledge, opinions, and imagination. As students share their ideas they are also building friendships, making connections, and working on social skills. Writing can also give students the opportunity to become caring members of a community by sharing ways to make the world a better place. It can also inspire students to work on problem-solving and think about their inner feelings. Spark a child's interest by giving students sentence starters or writing prompts and letting them get their minds going. Make writing a part of your daily routines. While working with young students, be sure to start with topics they are familiar with and enjoy.


Here are some reasons why it is important to use writing prompts in your class.

  • Gives students a starting point.
  • Gets students to respond to a specific topic using targeted language
  • Helps beginning writers stay focused
  • Inspires young writers
  • Sparks creativity
  • Provides writing skill practice with spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and handwriting
  • Teachers can monitor writing progress over time and make adjustments in their instruction.


If you are stuck for writing prompts that will inspire your students, check out some of the writing activities I developed while working with young students in the classroom. I put together some seasonal writing packets that are sure to promote your student's curiosity. There is such a wide range of topics to choose from. Give your students the opportunity to select the topics they are excited about. Each writing prompt is on primary or secondary lined paper to easily differentiate the needs of the students you work with.


Winter writing is a great way to encourage creativity in the classroom! With these winter writing prompts, designed for kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade, students can explore the winter season in a fun, imaginative way. Whether writing about snowflakes or dreaming up a winter story, these prompts will keep students excited about writing all season long.







Grab this FREEBIE. It is always a big HIT in my classroom. I let the students create paper snowflakes and hang them around my classroom. They can develop their procedural writing by naming the steps of how they did it and recording the information.


As spring approaches, teachers admire how the student's writing continues to blossom. All the hard work and dedication to writing really do pay off. Whether writing about flying a kite or what they might see at the end of a rainbow, these prompts will spark their interest throughout the spring.


Encourage your students to continue to write over the summer. Let them share all their summer adventures with you when you see them back at school in the fall. From ways to stay cool on a hot summer day to how to make s'mores. Your students will find something interesting that they can expand upon. You could send home a Summer Packet with some of these writing prompts to inspire them.


Here are some writing prompts to get you started in the fall. Students can write about what they might pack in their backpacks, what they might look for in a new friend, signs of fall, harvesting, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and more.




If you are hooked and want to save money, you may want to purchase writing prompts to use throughout the year.

Check out this bundle of writing prompts to use yearlong. You will find close to 100 different writing prompts to choose from. Make writing easy with these print-and-go writing prompts.









Reasons Why You Should be Teaching Word Problems to Your Students

Enhance learning for your kindergarten and first-grade students with these fun and interactive winter-theme number stories and word problems! With a variety of number stories to choose from, you can easily differentiate your instruction. Not only do word problems provide higher-level thinking for young children, but they bring meaning to real-life situations. Children learn quickly why it is important to learn how to add and subtract because they need to in order to solve problems that they may face in the everyday world. It is important to create word problems or number stories that students can easily relate to. Students should begin solving simple number stories with tangible items found in the classroom. Once the students have lots of experience with adding and subtracting with manipulatives, they can move on to picture representations to assist them in solving problems. 










Are you struggling to find age-appropriate addition and subtraction word problems for your kindergarten and first-grade classrooms that use decodable text? These Winter-themed word problems or number stories are perfect for engaging students as they are able to illustrate and write equations to show off what they know. This packet contains 20 number word problems for students to solve by answering addition and subtraction number stories. You can differentiate this set of word problems or use it at different times of the year as your students further develop their skills. You will receive ten-word problems using addition and subtraction within ten, and ten more word problems for students to solve within 20. I have also included a cute winter-themed black and white cover page so you could staple this packet together as a booklet. Students will enjoy the winter theme graphics and number stories.




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Are you interested in engaging in seasonal-themed or holiday-themed word problems? Check out these products or purchase the yearlong bundle of word problems for extra savings. 


         

       

       











Martin Luther King Jr. Activities

 








Teaching young students about MLK Day is very important, yet it can be challenging to explain to students how things used to be long ago when there was segregation. Here is a great video made by young students that explains the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in very simplified way kids will understand.



Here is a couple of MLK mini-booklets. I like to print these out in black and white for my students and I print one copy in color for myself to read to the students.  I purposely did not put page numbers on these so teachers can pick and choose which pages they want to print. 




One of my favorite MLK books to read to students is "Martin's Big Words; The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." by Doreen Rappaport. This picture book brings to life Martin's powerful message in some of his own words.  It tells the story of his life and it shows how he was a gifted speaker and influential leader. After reading this book,  I love to show the video of it and have students be thinking about Martin's big words. We make a web on the board and students copy all those powerful words. 
                

                                         

Students can make their own "I Have A Dream" mini handprint booklets. It is important to have students be thinking about ways to make the world a better place for mankind and not about what they wish for themselves. After making these mini-books, I let the students read and share their thoughts with their classmates. 

During MLK week, Here is another great follow-up activity that I enjoy doing with the students. Begin by teaching the students the song "With My Own Two Hands"  lyrics by Ben Harper. This video version is sung by Jack Johnson. 



                                             

Students brainstorm ways that they can make the world a better place with their own two hands and share their ideas with a thinking partner. They can practice reading the song lyrics on this worksheet and color in their hands using flesh-tone crayons. Students will then write a sentence about how they can use their hands to make the world a better place. Students who want to share their writing piece with the whole class may do so when they are done. 

                                                 


Here is an easy cut-and-paste timeline that you can do with your students. This timeline is also a ready-to-use interactive activity students can complete on any device using Easel. It has a self-correcting feature. Did you know that Easel is free on TPT?


There is a wide range of writing prompts. You can differentiate your instruction by choosing the primary or secondary lined paper. Share the poems and songs with your students and have fun doing the "Pathway to Freedom" mazes and craftivity with the hands holding the globe. Many of these sheets come in both black and white and color versions to choose from. 



                 
If you like these MLK activities, you can grab get them here.  What is your favorite MLK book or video that you enjoy introducing to your student? Please comment below. I'd love to hear any suggestions.  


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Enter to win a Teachers Pay Teachers Gift card plus Back to School FREEBIE!

            


Are you eager to start off the school year? Nothing excites me more than the promise of a new school year.  To kick off the new school year, I thought I would do a giveaway for a $10.00 Teacher's Pay Teachers gift card. You may want to use this money for the upcoming sale on TPT. You can save up to 25% off using the code BTS22. This annual Back to School Sale will be on August 2nd and 3rd. 

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Before entering this giveaway in the Rafflecopter below, I first just want to highlight this temporarily FREE  Back to School Interactive Notebook product that I am particularly proud of and can't wait to share with you. I have a variety of interactive notebooks that can now be used on a digital device as well as be printed out for use within the classroom.

Students will have fun putting together this Back to School interactive notebook as they introduce themselves and get to know classroom routines and expectations.  This is a fabulous way to get your students to practice their skills and show off what they have learned. Many of these pages can simply be printed out and used as a regular handout. You may want to begin using this product as an interactive notebook  It has very simple cut-outs that make it super easy for young students who are just getting used to using scissors. Students will cut on the dotted lines and fold on the solid lines and paste them into a standard-sized 8.5" X 11" Notebook. Students will draw under flaps to answer responses and not have to worry about cutting out small pieces that just get lost. You can find this product embedded within the Kindergarten Literacy Interactive   Notebook or you can get it as a free Bonus file as part of the Kindergarten Interactive Notebook Bundle which includes Literacy, Math, and Science.


This summer I've been working hard at updating my products so they can be used digitally or printed for use within the classroom. You can easily upload these digital files to Google Classroom. The best part is that you can change the directions on the digital overlay to differentiate instruction to best meet the needs of your students.   

As you begin the school year, it is imperative that you build a strong classroom community and discuss ways to make good choices throughout the day. I put together this bundle of products that will help teachers build a community of kindness, responsibility, respect, and acceptance of other people's differences. Students will learn ways to discriminate between good choices vs. poor choices. Your class will also learn to discriminate the difference between tattling and reporting. This is something that can be difficult for students. Students need to learn that it is important to only let the teacher or an adult know something if it is dangerous, destructive, or harmful. We do not tell on others to try to get them in trouble. It is best to try and work out minor issues on your own without adult help whenever possible. Grab the desk incentives to let the students know they are on the right track. Send checklists home with the good choices students have made throughout the day. Let them feel a sense of "shine" as they show it off to their families. 


If you are interested in these products or want the bundle, click here. 

Be sure to use the code "BTS22" as you checkout to save up to 25% off.  My entire store will be on sale including all of my BUNDLES. Best of luck with the Rafflecopter Giveaway.  HURRY!!  This giveaway starts at midnight EST on July 30th and ends on August 1st at midnight. Just in time for the BIG Sale on Teachers Pay Teachers. 


 Have An AMAZING School Year! 


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Grab this Sizzling Hot Science Experiment-Find Out What Melts in the Sun-KIDS WILL LOVE THIS

                                       

What will melt in the sun?  Kids will love doing this easy Science Experiment. You can grab things you may already have in your classroom or household. Grab a muffin tray or any kind of tray will do. Set out items that you want to experiment with and place them in the muffin tins or tray. Place the items out on a sunny day. Have your students make predictions and record their findings. You can also make note of the time you set the items out in the sun and the time you checked on your items. 

It has been scorching HOT these past few days. This extreme HEAT inspired me to write this post as I try to stay cool with the air conditioning. We are in the midst of a five-day heat wave. It should start to get cooler as some thunderstorms will be rolling on in to give us some much-needed relief. 

Here is a picture of what I put out on my deck this afternoon. This is just to give you an idea of what items you may want to try. 


Here are a couple of recording sheets that you may want to use to go along with this experiment. You can grab this activity here.



Here are a few more recording sheets that you may want to use. Differentiate to meet the needs of your students. Have students draw what changes they observed. 



I developed this activity with the Next Generation Science Standards in mind.

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

K-PS3-1.Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface. [Clarification Statement: Examples of Earth’s surface could include sand, soil, rocks, and water.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment of temperature is limited to relative measures such as warmer/cooler.]
K-PS3-2.Use tools and materials to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on an area.* [Clarification Statement: Examples of structures could include umbrellas, canopies, and tents that minimize the warming effect of the sun.]




Here is another great activity students can do to show off their creativity. You'll be quite surprised by the structures they create. I usually have my students work in small groups of four or five students to work on this project. We have a large variety of materials to choose from. They have a couple of days to think about it and work on it. They are allowed to bring in some materials from home if we do not have what they are looking for in the classroom. 


If you want to try this with your students, you can get this activity at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Click on the image to get this fun experiment. 

What Melts in the Sun?


Relax, Have some fun! Stay Cool!