Thursday, February 26, 2015

Five for Friday {2.27.15}

Happy Friday everyone!

I am linking up today with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the Five for Friday linky!

I have been busy this week creating some things for the TpT Teachers Are Heroes sale! I was also able to purchase a lot of goodies! So many great things out there!

March is Women’s History Month. I created these Foldable Facts (much like my Foldable Facts for Black History Month and Presidents’ Day) to honor six different women. 

I used the fabulous clipart from Educlips. Love her stuff! If you want to buy these beauties, just head on over to my shop. They’ll be half off just for today!

I also uploaded this 27 page printable bundle. You do just what the title says, READY, SET, PRINT! They’re easy to use and include practice on the following skills:

*Sequential writing
*Creative free writing
*Vowel sounds
*Alphabetical order
*Singular and plural possessive nouns
*Past tense and present tense verbs
*Addition and Subtraction
*Addition and Subtraction with regrouping
*Skip counting
*Odd and even sums
*Number recognition

I also updated my leprechaun craftivity to a writing craftivity

Have your kiddos write about “How to Catch a Leprechaun.

Dr. Seuss birthday is coming up! I have a Common Core Bundle to celebrate Dr. Seuss. 

Lots of fun stuff to do with your kiddos to celebrate reading! You can grab a portion of this download for FREE from today until Sunday by liking my Facebook page.

My little baby turned 11 months this week! Can’t believe he’s almost a year!

Hope you all had a great week! Make it a great weekend!
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

You Oughta Know About Bare Books

Linking up today with the fabulous Mrs. McClain because you oughta know about BARE BOOKS!

A few months ago for the “You Oughta Know” blog hop, I wrote about a great online tool for making books and motivating your students to WRITE: Student Treasures.

Well, today I am sharing another writing motivator for your classroom: BARE BOOKS!

Bare Books is a great website that sells BARE books, puzzles, and game boards.

I used Bare Books when I taught a summer writing class at my school. It was SO much fun and kiddos LOVED it!

I used a few writing lessons I created, along with these FREE Common Core writing graphic organizers, to help students come up with their pieces. Here are a few pictures of them enjoying the art of writing!

They sell books with blank covers and covers with drawings. 

They have books with lines and books without lines. I used a composition book to help my students with their prewriting, rough draft, and editing. They created their final pieces in the Bare Books.

Bare Books offers project ideas for their products too!

Even though they can be a little pricey, it’s worth the cost to enhance your students’ imagination. Maybe there are funds at your school to help may for the cost of the books, or your PTA can help you buy books for your students. As teachers, we know spending money, and LOTS of money, is all part of the job!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Five for Friday {2.13.14}

Linking up today with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday!

Here is a fun writing craftivity I created for celebrating March! 

It’s a double sided craftivity that you can hang from your classroom ceilings. Read the story In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb to your students then complete the craft!

Included in this craftivity is a sorting activity.

You can grab it for free by liking my Facebook page! Read about the mini lesson here!

I am very, very, very, VERY EXCITED because I will be a guest blogger on Rachel Lynette’s blog

I’ll be posting here and on my social media pages when my post will be uploaded to her blog! 
Did I say I was VERY excited?! YAY!

I am 24 weeks pregnant today with baby #2! 

I can’t believe I only have 16 weeks left. I am having trouble coming up with a name for baby boy #2. My first born baby’s name is Jacob. Any suggestions?


Three words:

Check out my Dr. Seuss Common Core download! 

Dr. Seuss’ birthday is right around the corner. 

For this weekend, you can grab a part of this bundle for free by clicking HERE!

Happy Friday everyone!
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb! {FREEBIE}

March is on its way! 

To signify March’s entrance, use this fun FREE sorting activity with your students. 

Accompany this activity with the book, In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb by Marion Dane Bauer.

Here’s what you can do with your kiddos:

1. Read the story by Marion Dane Bauer, “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb.”

2. As you read, record students’ thoughts on chart paper. Divide the chart paper into two sections: Lamb and Lion. Students can help you fill in the chart by adding characteristics of each animal on the chart. As you’re writing the characteristics, guide students into understanding the book isn’t really describing animals, but the seasons.

3. Once you’re done reading the book and filling out the chart paper, give students the sheet with the two rectangles labeled “lion” and “lamb.” Also give students the half sheet of phrases they’ll need to cut out.

4. Tell students they’ll need to cut out the phrases and sort them into the different rectangles.

To get this sorting activity for FREE, just like my Facebook page! 
Click the Fan Freebies and download! It’s a part of my craftivity that you’ll get for FREE!

If you don't have a Facebook page, just email me and I'll send it to you!

If you want to extend your students' knowledge and have a cute little craft to go with it, just head on over to my TpT store to grab this craftivity. It’s double sided, so when it’s hung in your classroom ceiling you can see both sides! They can use this sheet to help them write about March as a lion and as a lamb for their craftivity.

Happy almost March! 
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Five for Friday {February 6, 2015}

Linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching today for FIVE FOR FRIDAY! YAY!

I uploaded my Presidential Foldables this day, just in time for Presidents’ Day! 

I think these little guys are really easy to use and are a great supplement for your students’ learning. If you’re reading this post and want to try these out with your kiddos, just hop on over to my Facebook page and “like” it! Then you can click on Fan Freebies and grab this download for FREE. But it’s just for today until 9 pm PST.

I also created foldables for Black History Month! I have included information on six notable African Americans to honor during the month of February:

Thurgood Marshall
Harriet Tubman
Sojourner Truth
Jackie Robinson
Frederick Douglass
Rosa Parks

If you are reading this post and want to grab these for FREE, just head on over to my Instagram page. Follow my Instagram account (@talesfromaverybusyteacher) and like my post about these foldables. Leave a comment with your email address (or DM me with your email address) and I’ll send you these beauties! You have until 9pm PST to grab these too!

I uploaded my post on Behavior Management Strategies this week too! 

I got a few comments on great ideas others use in their classrooms. It’s always fun to share ideas with fellow educators. Check out my post here!

Did anyone catch Scandal last night? 

Can I just say that Olivia should have stayed in that bunker. They would have found her! But then, I guess, there wouldn’t be a show! LOL

My little man is really growing up fast! He is teething like crazy and his little personality is shining more and more each day! 

This week he decided he would sleep all night but then wake up REALLY EARLY! I guess he’s preparing me for no sleep again with baby #2 in June! AHHHH! I am in LOVE with him!

Check out some other FIVE FOR FRIDAY posts!! Have wonderful weekend everyone!
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