Tag: back to school

Day 3 ~ Flash FREEBIE & Dollar Deal!

Today is Day #3 of my Fab 500 Follower Appreciation deals!

First, I will have a Flash Freebie daily. It will only last for 24 hours, then it will go back to the regular price in my store. 
Here is the Flash Freebie for today. 

Next, I have a Daily Dollar Deal! It will be $1.00 for 24 hours then I will put a different resource on sale for one dollar. Hopefully I will have a new item or two by Day 4 and 5. Here’s hoping!!  Today’s deal is…

Social Media Links

If you want to be sure not to miss a deal, then consider following me on Instagram and TpT as well as Facebook. I will write a blog post each day, but depending on your settings, you may hear about the post sooner through a different source.

Have a great weekend!
Carrie

Clip Art Credits: Celebration Sign ~ Creative Clips

Back to School Bonanza!!, Blog Hop and Freebie

Today I am linking up with the Blog Hoppin bloggers for What I like to teach. Actually, it doesn’t really matter which subject I am teaching as long as I have a song, rhyme and/or a craft.
Since I started out as a kindergarten teacher, I was introduced to Dr. Jean’s songs and lots of her wonderful ideas. Because I changed schools at one point, I ended up in second grade and now I love that age! The ONLY thing that I was concerned about was that the kids wouldn’t want to sing all of those songs with me. After all, I had invested in ALMOST every CD that Dr. Jean had put on the market. (Not to mention…that I cannot make it through the day without singing.) Newsflash…The students still love singing in second grade! 
So…I decided to add writing activities to respond to some of her songs. It worked like a charm! The kids love to have the “experience”of dancing and singing with the music and then completing the literacy activity. 

However, sometimes I need to make up my own songs and rhymes if I can’t find one that fits my needs. My plan is to grab (and keep) the attention of my buddies. One of them is The Plural Noun Song, sung to the tune of Jingle Bells. Each year, my kids love to belt out that one!
Another thing that I like to do is connect my lessons to a craft. Here are my latest craftivities:

I FINALLY posted this bundle yesterday. Yay! 

The start of school is a smidgen hectic. Wouldn’t you agree? Even though school started 3 weeks ago in my state, someone may be interested in these activities for friendship building or for Open House projects. However, there are some teachers who have not started school yet. Bless you all. 

Or…I can just be glad that it is ready to go for the “Back to School Season” next year! 

Or…I can just be glad that I have a creative outlet that also comes in handy in my classroom. 

Nevertheless, my students enjoyed all of these activities! They even have their name desk tents on their desks still! 

As a matter of fact, some of my students continue to add color to their desk tents here and there. They are actually looking better with time!  ūüôā 

More importantly, name tents have helped me learn the students’ names more quickly, since I have put off the task of taping flat name plates to the students desks. 

Because… I INSIST on cutting clear contact paper so that there is one big strip holding down the name tags. Not that I am particular…

Here is the camera craftivity that we made. 

I love when the students gasp as I pull out an example of the next craft that we will complete as a class. It cheers me up! 

Then, lo and behold, the students don’t seem to mind doing whatever writing activity goes with it. Win, win!!

One of my favs… Post a Selfie! 

Selfies are all the rage. My first clue, well not really my FIRST clue, was the Belk ad with a girl taking a selfie. I guess it IS a big thing! 

Maybe it is a new form of art as some suggest. All kinds of people take part including my daughter’s band director. He took lots of selfies with the students when they went on a band trip to Washington, DC. His slide show as a result was quite entertaining!

Here are some examples of the Post a Selfie! craftivity as well as a preview of what is in the pack.

The fourth activity that is included in the bundle is  a”How To” writing activity about How to Make a Friend and How to Keep a Friend. The lesson includes singing and acting out the motions to “Hello Neighbor,” a cute song by Dr. Jean. (Also….that song is a FREE download in Dr. Jean’s store.) What could be better than that? Here is a link to that section in her store. She has some other awesome free things as well. 

And last, but not least, I have a FREEBIE for your new school year.
Desk Fairy Awards. My students are super motivated to earn those awards. Click HERE to download the awards. 
(Pretend like you can see a picture of that here.)
There you have it. “What” I like to teach boils down to anything that has a song connected with it or a craft. Of course, I love Scoot games for any subject, but I will save that for a different post. 
Hop over to the Blog Hoppin blog to see WHAT other teachers like to teach. 
I have already found out some neat things about bloggers and I can’t wait to try some of their ideas in my own classroom! 
Have a great day!
Carrie

You Oughta Know About These Fabulous Folders

Well, well…it’s back to school time again?!

It reminds me of the Dunkin Donuts commercial where the baker mutters each morning, “Time to make the donuts. ” The camera shows him going to work and coming from work each day and he eventually passes himself in the night. Don’t we feel like that as teachers sometimes?¬†As a result, we are continually searching for better and more efficient ways of doing _________. (Fill in the blank.)

Today I am linking up with Jasmine McClain from Buzzing with Mrs. McClain. She is hosting a Blog Hop called You Oughta Know. Follow the link at the bottom of this post so that you can add some new ideas to your repertoire.

This link up is perfect timing for me because I have been assigned as a mentor to the new teacher on our team. I have tips on my mind that she would be so happy to know about.

The first tip is about these fabulous folders.¬†I discovered these ¬†folders by Nicky’s Folders a few years ago. Many teachers in my school use them for sending home papers and notes.

They come in lots of colors. The metallics are beautiful!!

There is a clear sleeve on the front so that you can customize the folder.

 

There is a clear sleeve on the back as well so that you can add a homework helper page or a weekly spelling list.

And…they are supposed to last for a YEAR! That is a proven fact in my¬†classroom.

There are also handy dandy CLEAR pockets inside the folder, which are perfect for small notes that might need to be delivered.

As a matter of fact, I have a set of small notes that are ready to go. Click here to check them out in my store.

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I usually copy several sheets of each page on different colors of paper, so that I have some¬†ready at a moment’s notice. I keep them in a drawer of a smaller plastic¬†organizer.

This next set is a FREEBIE that includes a set of small notes that are actual rewards for the students. Nothing fancy…just Simple Rewards. The students love them! Check them out here.

So that is my tip for the day! Hop on over to the Blog Hop to find some great back-to-school tips and ideas.

 

Have a great day!
Carrie

 

The Big Bad Back-to-School Sale is Here!

It’s a great time to get some of those things that have been on your wish list for some time now. 

Thank you to Krista Wallden for the cute button!

I am offering 20% off of my entire store and TPT is offering an Extra 10% on top of that. That is a total of 28% of your entire purchase when you use the special code, BTS14. How exciting! 
It is the first day of school in our district also. Let’s do this thing!!!
We will do this craftivity so that we can get to know each other better.
I posted a new item on Sunday that should help with getting to know your students’ names more quickly. 
Desk Tents: Introduce Yourself ~ Craftivity {Back-to-School}
Have an awesome week!
Carrie

Follower Appreciation Sale Items, Two for Tuesday! #6, and a FREEBIE!

It’s TWO for TUESDAY!

Hi!
Since I am linking up with The Teaching Tribune for their Two For Tuesday Linky – Week 6, I will have TWO Follower Appreciation items for 50% off today!

Here are the items that I have on sale:

The Eagle Cam:

Keeping an Eagle Eye on the Eagle Nest

{A Writing Activity}
Need a fun way to research and to write about the lifecycle of an eagle?  This may be the resource 
for you! The students will record observations and illustrations in these little booklets. What student does not like to write in booklets?

To read more about it, see {THIS POST} and {THIS POST}.
To check it out in my TpT store, please click {HERE}. 

If you are a PebbleGo fan, then you may like this organizer to help with your research. 

You can get a free copy {HERE}. I have also included an organizer with no lines if that is what you need instead. 

If you are not familiar with PebbleGo, then please stop by my blog on Saturday, July 12th. I will be blogging about that gem of a website in conjunction with the You Oughta Know Blog Hop.  Sounds like fun to me!! 

My other sale item:

      “Hello Neighbor!” How to Make a Friend {and Keep a Friend}

This pack has “How To” writing activities including a silly version that coincides with Dr. Jean’s song, “Hello Neighbor.”

Click {HERE} to see it in my store.

Great News…
Dr. Jean actually has that song as a free download in her store! 

Click {HERE} to check it out. I love how Dr. Jean incorporates songs into everything. That is right up my alley!

Both of these would be great resources for now, for Back-to-School, or for anytime during the year as needed.

If you would like to check them out, today is the day! 

Hop on over to The Teaching Tribune for their Two For Tuesday Linky and see what kind of exciting deals you can find from other bloggers!

Have an awesome day!
Carrie

Two for Tuesday! #5 and a FREEBIE!

It’s TWO for TUESDAY!

Hi!
I am linking up with The Teaching Tribune for their Two For Tuesday Linky – Week 5

That means…

  2 items
from my store will be 50% off today!!!

Here are the items that I have on sale:

Write It! 3 Ways in 3 Days

Need a fun way to help your students practice writing different forms of number representation? This may be the resource for you!

To read more about it, see this post.
To check it out in my TpT store, please click {HERE}. 

My other sale item:

 “Hello Neighbor!” How to Make a Friend 
{and Keep a Friend}

This pack has “How To” writing activities including a silly version that coincides with Dr. Jean’s song, “Hello Neighbor.”

Click {HERE} to see it in my store.

Great News…
Dr. Jean actually has that song as a free download in her store! 

Click {HERE} to check it out. I love how Dr. Jean incorporates songs into everything. That is right up my alley!

Both of these would be great resources for now, for Back-to-School, or for anytime during the year as needed.

If you would like to check them out, today is the day! 

Hop on over to The Teaching Tribune for their Two For Tuesday Linky and see what kind of exciting deals you can find from other bloggers!

Have an awesome day!
Carrie

Teachers Pay Teachers

Hi Everyone!

I have finally opened my store on TpT! I have had ideas for a while, however, the technology piece is slowing me down a bit. My adorable husband is pretty savvy and has saved the day. Of course school has started, so that takes up most of our energy and brain cells. So, eventually I will have some more things posted in my store.

For now I have my first free product that you can get if you click on the picture.

I also have one paid product that you can check out if you click on that picture. I will post pictures of my classroom examples soon.

Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day weekend!
Carrie