Monday, March 31, 2014

Break into Spring Products {FREEBIE}

Woo hoo!  I'm on Spring Break!  My week is filled with a whole lot of nothing!  I do plan on prepping a few things for the next week back to school, but since it's Monday and the last day of March, I thought I'd show you a few of the products that I will be using when we go back next week.  I love spring time and all the fun that comes with it!

First up is one of my favorite months for writing - April!  This Common Core-Aligned Writing Pack for April includes the 3 different types of writing required by the Common Core (opinion, narrative, informative/explanatory) and for an added bonus, a Shared Research piece which is also required in the Common Core, but often overlooked.  

The students will be writing an opinion piece about the importance of recycling (for Earth Day), a cross-curricular informative/explanatory piece about the life cycle of a butterfly, a narrative piece about a time they have been tricked or fooled (for April Fool's Day), and a shared research piece about the water cycle.  Each piece includes a writing prompt page, a graphic organizer to help the students prepare their piece, and differentiated publishing paper.  The students create such fun pieces during this month!  These can easily be used with any writing curriculum or as a part of your writing center.  Check out the contents below:

Click {HERE} or click the picture below to check it out in my TeachersPayTeachers Store!

New to my store this spring are my Spring ELA Printables.  Just like my other seasonal printable packs, these graphic organizers can be used with any book or story.  Many of my customers have said they also like using them as a reading response sheet in their centers for the month - great idea!  This product is Common Core-Aligned and maintains the rigor of the Common Core while adding some seasonal fun to your skill sheets.  Check out the contents below:

See how I use some of the printables in the pictures below.  I blogged about these pictures and even include a FREEBIE {HERE}.

Click {HERE} or click the picture below to check these out in my store.

Next are my centers for April!  I love the graphics in this file, so bright and fun and my students loved them last year!  You can see all that's included in the picture below.  This set includes some traditional centers like my other sets, as well as some easy-prep games and fun!

Click {HERE} or click the picture below to check this set out in my TeachersPayTeachers Store.

Last but certainly not least and completely NEW to my TPT Store are my Addition and Subtraction Self-Checking QR Code Task Cards!  They're robot-themed so that they can be used year-round for review of such a difficult skill!  These task cards include both addition and subtraction with and without regrouping, so that you can differentiate or progress as the year goes on.  These are so much fun!  I will be back later on this week for a detailed tutorial on how to use these in your classroom!  All you need is one iPhone (you can use an old one when you get an upgrade), iPod, or iPad and you're all set for a super fun math center!  Again, I'll be back with a blog post to talk about these in more detail this week.  You can check them out below!

Click {HERE} or the picture below to check them out in my store.

Well, that's all for now!  Feel free to PIN any of the items above to spread the love!  Make sure you check back later this week for the QR Code tutorial!  Until then, enjoy your week!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Blogging Over at the Owls Blog {FREEBIE}

Just a quick note to let you know that I blogged over at our Owl-ways Be Inspired 2nd/3rd grade collaborative blog today!

Here's a sneak peek!

Head on over to Owl-ways Be Inspired and get your FREEBIE!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Avoid Stacks of Papers - ORGANIZE!

If you're anything like me, you can't stand a stack of papers on your desk that you have to go through at the end of each school day!  I have a solution for you!  Before you start stacking, have a "home" for everything!  Check out how I organize all the endless amounts of paperwork!

I use these incredibly bright-colored baskets to stay on top of being organized with all the paperwork that quickly accumulates!

Here's a closer look at each basket and what goes inside:

Now for papers/copies for the week.  Each drawer is labeled with a content area and all the papers/copies for the CURRENT week go in the drawer.

What about Long Term Planning?  Do you plan ahead weeks in advance?  I do!  I place copies of papers that will be used in the future in these drawers, also organized by content area.

As you can see, there is NO REASON for endless stacks of papers to be sorted at the end of each day!  There is a home for every paper!  I hope you find a way to ORGANIZE your endless amounts of paperwork too!  :)

Please feel free to PIN any of these pictures above for safe keeping!