Sunday, November 29, 2015

TPT Cyber Smile Sale

The TPT Cyber Smile Sale is almost here!

On November 30th and December 1st, load up on resources for your classroom at 20% off.  Plus, get an additional 10% off will checkout code SMILE.

Grab some great deals and have fun shopping!


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Anchor Charts - Main Idea

Anchor Charts for Main Idea #anchorchart #ela #reading #mainidea

Here are a few great anchor charts on Main Idea from around the web:

From Ms. Smarty Pants

From Appletastic Learning

Do you know who made this anchor chart?  Let me know!

From Crafting Connections

From Rock My Socks

From Life in First Grade

Do you have a favorite Main Idea anchor chart?  If so, share a link to it below in the comments section.

Looking for more anchor charts?  Check out these other posts:

Looking to make or recreate awesome anchor charts?

Here are some of my favorite resources!

Start with some good markers:

My favorite hearken back to my elementary days: Mr. Sketch!

Best Anchor Chart Resources #anchorcharts #markers #chartpaper

I also like these fat, bullet-tipped Sharpies!

Best Anchor Chart Resources #anchorcharts #markers #chartpaper

Depending on the type of chart you want to make, check out these different styles:

Style 1: Lined White School Smart

Best Anchor Chart Resources #anchorcharts #markers #chartpaper

Style 2: Plain White Post-It

Best Anchor Chart Resources #anchorcharts #markers #chartpaper

Style 3: Graph Paper Post-It

Best Anchor Chart Resources #anchorcharts #markers #chartpaper

Do you have other favorites?  Let me know in the comments section! 

Monday, November 9, 2015


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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

My Favorite Time of the Year

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  Crisp air, colorful leaves, sweaters, boots, tea, hot chocolate... what's not to love?

With fall also comes the holiday season and an emphasis on family and friends.  It might sound crazy, but for me fall is a time of renewal.  For most people that might seem like more of a spring-like feeling, but fall soothes me.  It makes me happy and let's me focus on what is important in my life - my family and my friends.

To celebrate this special time of year, I'm hosting a giveaway: two $25.00 TPT Gift Cards!  

The two winners will be announced on Monday, November 9th.  

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Leave a comment:  What are you thankful for?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Anchor Charts - Cause and Effect

Anchor Charts for Cause and Effect #anchorchart #ela #reading #causeandeffect

Here are a few great anchor charts on Cause and Effect from around the web:

From Second Grade Smarty Arties

From Room 201 at GCCS

From The First Grade Roundup

If you know who made this cute anchor chart, please let me know!

Do you have a favorite Cause and Effect anchor chart?  If so, share a link to it below in the comments section.

Looking for more anchor charts?  Check out these other posts:


Friday, October 30, 2015

Anchor Charts - Text Features

Anchor Charts for Text Features #anchorchart #ela #reading #textfeatures #freebie

Here are a few great anchor charts on Nonfiction and Text Features from around the web:

Fiction vs Nonfiction Anchor Chart - iHeartLiteracy
From Stories by Storie

Nonfiction Text Features Anchor Chart - iHeartLiteracy
From Second Grade Style

Nonfiction Text Features Anchor Chart - iHeartLiteracy
From Karen Teaches

Do you have a favorite Text Feature anchor chart?  If so, share a link to it below in the comments section.

If you're working on Nonfiction Text Features in class, check out this freebie:

Nonfiction Text Features Freebie - iHeartLiteracy
Nonfiction Text Feature Scavenger Hunt

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Trick or Treat Blog Hop

Welcome to the Trick or Treat Blog Hop!

This blog hop will run from October 24th - October 31st.  Each blogger will share a classroom tip (a trick) and  have a freebie and a giveaway (a treat!).  So after checking out this post, be sure to click the button to "hop" to the next blogger for more tricks and treats!   

One of the best "tricks" I have for hooking elementary students who are tuned out or just not interested in an activity is to bring in my Word Monster

"A what?" you might be asking. 

A Word Monster!  Much like the Cookie Monster loves cookies, this friendly little guy LOVES words, letters, and everything reading and writing related.  

Word Monster - A fun way to engage students when learning about leters, sounds, literacy, and more!  from iHeartLiteracy

Don't tell my students, but Word Monster is actually just a small cardboard box (probably from Amazon) covered in blue paper, stamped with vowels, and has taped on googly eyes and teeth. 

Even with those humble orgins, Word Monster has taken on a life of his own.  If students are struggling to focus, Word Monster might come over to watch them work.  He's also up for listening to any story, especially when a student needs a reading buddy.  Plus, he will eat anything with writing on it, but he has one rule: you must read him the letter/word/sentence/short passage before you feed it to him.

Word Monster is a great motivator, especially for those students who don't love reading and writing.  You can easily make your own Word Monster, or if you're brave, you could have your students each make their own monster! 

If you or your class make a monster, I would love to see them!  You can e-mail me pictures at:

And for one of the best parts of Halloween: the treats!

Halloween Rhyming Words
FREE during this Blog Hop only!

Halloween Rhyming Words Cut & Paste (which comes with three different levels to easily differentiate instruction) will be FREE for this blog hop.  Grab it between October 24th and October 31st 2015 and have some rhyming fun with your students.   

Halloween Rhyming Words
Halloween Rhyming Words

Along with this Halloween flash freebie, I'm holding a giveaway for the Community Helpers Activties and Centers pack (great any time of the year).  Enter below for your chance to win!

Community Helpers Activities & Centers Pack!

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