Monday, September 24, 2012

Manic Monday Freebie - Gradebook Covers!

Happy Monday everyone!  You know what Monday means...

Yep! You guessed it! I'm linking up with Classroom Freebies for Manic Monday!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
I have another freebie to share with you. A while ago I made covers to go inside your teacher binder, then I realized I didn't have anything cute to put in my gradebook.  So no matter how you keep your grades, this covers will make it even cuter! :)  Just click on them to save!  







If you have any troubles at all leave a comment or email me and I will get them to you ASAP :)

Hope everyone has a great Monday!

Luz ya!
*~Sarah~*

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fall Sale!

Hey guys!  Thought I'd let you all know that I'm linking up with
for the fall sale!  From now until Monday at midnight, everything in my store is 20% off!!  Be sure to check out the blog hop and my store!  

Fifth - TeachersPayTeachers.com

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!

Luv ya!
*~Sarah~*

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fun Day & Limited Time Freebie

This day was certainly a roller coaster!  If you stick through this blog post there's a special goody for you at the end ;)  Let's see who else can relate to my day, I'm sure a lot of you can.

First off, I was running late this morning and was squeezing the life out of my shampoo bottle trying to get the last little bit.  Upon arriving at school I then remember I have a half day substitute and no plans... nothing ready for them.  It's rush, rush, rush to get everything together and ready.

My students were being good, chatty as usual but we're working on that.  I go to give them their Math test... and it disappeared!  I searched EVERYWHERE! I even had kids helping me look for them and there was no sign.  I print some new ones, pass them out then... they suspiciously appear on my desk where I know I had just dug through.  Now I hate to think negative thoughts of students but this was just too suspicious and I am 99.9% certain someone took it.. and I am 99.9% certain of who it was...but, honestly, I was not in the mood to deal with it so I ignored it.

Anyways, the training went well, but here's the exciting part.  In our district we are implenting the DII (Direct Interactive Instruction) strategies from Action Learning Systems.  They're real fun strategies and things you probably do in your room already.  So our coach was talking to us then turned to me and asked if I had a TeachersPayTeachers account.  I was all surprised because I had never said anything to her or around her about my store.  I told her yes and then she preceded to tell me how when you search for DII products on TPT my Standard & Objective posters are the only products to pop up!



We then talked about my store and I asked her about posting DII lesson plans on there and she thought it would be great because she has a lot of teachers looking for them :)  So that's my next project!  I was so thrilled though that she was able to find me! What a small world!

That was my big excitement for the day!

Just as promised here is your special treat!  Ijust got finished making binder covers for a gradebook :)  They are free only for a limited time!  Enjoy!









Sunday, September 9, 2012

Manic Monday Again!

Happy Monday!!
(If you say it with enthusiasm it will make it better right? LOL)

I am linking up with Classroom Freebies for their Manic Monday.
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Here is my freebies for today... it's a PowerPoint of 7 writing prompts used for narratives and descriptive writings along with a writing rubric you can adjust for any type of writing.

I used these prompts last year and the students had so much fun with them. I left it as a PPT so that you can edit as needed and also add more if you wish.


I hope your students enjoy them as much as mine did!

Here is the rubric I used which worked well for me.  It is saved as a .doc so you can adjust as needed to suit you.

I'm having trouble displaying the rubric here... Google Docs is not cooperating with this file.  Go HERE to check it out! :)

Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think. :)
Luv ya!
*~Sarah~*

New TPT products: Unsolved Mysteries, Banners, & more!

Hi guys!

I have been working on some new products for my TPT store.  Check out what I have posted!

I finally finished with the Unsolved Mysteries project.  I posted about this back in July.  This is the project that helps students draw their own conclusions based on evidence they gather about unsolved mysteries in the world.  Here is what some of the unsolved mysteries are: Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, Atlantis, and many more!

This is what you receive with this product:
Powerpoint with an outline of the project
Directions in PDF format
Stationary in PDF format for the final draft of the research report
Labels for the students research folders
Folder cover in PDF format

The project has 6 parts to it.
Research
Map of Research Site
Interview
Evidence from Site
Research Paper
Presentation - done in partners or group

There are many ways you could run this project and adapt it to your class.  Last year I had the students work in partners or groups of three right from the beginning, but this year I'm going to keep it independent until the presentation where they get together as a group to reveal their findings.

This is a fun and very different research project than what the students are typically used to.

Check it out at my TPT store for $4.00!


I also made some pennants and banners! :) I was so excited when I finally figured out how to make them.
You saw them in my classroom pictures post here and then I posted them for sale in my TPT store.

Here's what I made (which I'm very excited about if you couldn't tell already) :)

I took the pennants and placed them together for the sample file so everyone could see how it goes together.  The letters are to be printed on a 8.5 X 11 inch piece of paper. 

This product includes the following pennant files:
1st grade          2nd grade              3rd grade          4th grade          5th grade      6th grade
History        Math        Reading       Science        Spelling        Writing

Go check it out HERE and download the sample file.  If it's something you would like, I just dropped the price to $3.00.  If you want something added to the set just let me know. :)

I also have PowerPoints that are for Where the Red Fern Grows and Bridge to Terabithia that have reading response questions and quizzes for only $2.00.  I am currently working on Dollhouse Murders and City of Ember.



That is all for today! I'll be back tomorrow with an awesome freebie for Manic Monday!! :)

Luv ya!
*~Sarah~*


Monday, September 3, 2012

Monthly Made It - September

I'm finally making it to the Made It Mondays again :)  I have made so much for my classroom thanks to all the wonderful ideas from Pinterest.  Here is what I've made so far.


#1 - Hall Pass
Loved this on Pinterest then put my own spin on it. :)  I got the plaque from Michael's for $1.00 then wrapped it with fabric.  The letters are stickers from the scrapbook section, then I mod-podged the whole thing.  I hotglued the pawprint ribbon on the back of the plaque then hung it with the smaller black ribbon.

This has worked so much better than the traditional hall passes I used to use... and much cheaper to replace too. :)  I use this in conjunction with the hand sanitizer bottle labeled "Bathroom Pass" and it has worked out wonderfully! I love it!


#2 - Pennants/Banners


I loved all the pennants and banners people were making so I took my shot at it :)  I really like how they turned out and they certainly brighten up my room.


 #3 - Pom Poms on Dry Erase Markers
Okay so I loved the idea from Pinterest to hot glue the pom poms to the tops of dry erase markers.  I was so excited to use them and not have to worry about the kids messing with paper towels or rags... but I was kind of disappointed.  Mine did not erase well.  I'm not sure if anyone else has had this problem or if it's maybe just my older whiteboards.   The idea was great though and thankfully it didn't take me too long to put together. :)

#4 - Class Expectations
I have been reading and learning about the Whole Brain Teaching and also about other ways of discipline.  I learned that rules were made to be broken and that a class should have expectations.  I made these cute little signs to show the kids what I expect out of them.  It's worked out very well so far, especially the behavior clip chart (which I think is magical with the way my students respond to it).

Well that's it for this month! I hope you liked it :)

If you liked the pennants/banners I have some for sale on my Teachers Pay Teachers account here:

Luv ya!
Sarah

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