Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas for the Classroom Giveaway

Some of my sweet blogging friends and I are teaming up to bring you a GREAT BIG Christmas for the Classroom Giveaway!  With Christmas approaching, we thought this was the perfect time to launch a really fun giveaway for YOU and shower YOU with gifts you can actually use.

What are we giving away, you ask?

The grand prize gift in our giveaway is a wireless HP laser printer! Amazing, right? This is an HP 400 M451nw LaserJet Pro 400 Color Printer. You can read more about it (and the fantastic reviews people have written about it here).


But, wait! There’s more! Just on this little blog, I’m giving away THREE classroom read-alouds of your choice. You will have the choice to pick 3 brand-new books from Nothing beats the smell of a new book!


All you have to do is enter through the Rafflecopters below! Both of these giveaways will end on December 12th at midnight. Be sure to follow all of the steps so that your entry counts. Please enter with integrity!

Be sure to go check out what my other blogging friends are giving away over at their blogs!

Good luck! Just a little long until winter break. You can do it! Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

TPT Elves!

In case you aren’t aware, there’s a big ole sale happening over at TPT. My entire shop is 28% off when you use the code TPTCYBER…but only until MIDNIGHT tonight!

Because I know how much time and money goes into making your classroom spectacular and a magical learning place, the TPT Elves stopped by today to help me say a big “THANK YOU!”


Leave your e-mail address below for a chance to win a $50.00 TPT gift certificate. This giveaway is a SHORT ONE! It will only last for TWO HOURS (it will end at 10PM Eastern!). If you’re the winner, I will e-mail you within 15 minutes of the giveaway ending. This will leave you with plenty of time to keep on shopping! Have you already finished your TPT shopping? No worries! Save this gift certificate for another day (you KNOW you’ll buy something else in the future).



Here are just SOME of the items that are DEEPLY DISCOUNTED in my shop! Click on any of the images below to go grab them.




Be sure to check your e-mail at 10PM Eastern to see if you have a special message from the elves (aka: me!).

Thanks for being the best teachers out there! You all are amazing!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nonfiction for the Year!

Teaching nonfiction has always been a favorite of mine! I’ve created a massive nonfiction bundle covering 31 nonfiction topics filled with real-life photographs and fascinating facts that will “hook” even the most reluctant learners.

Here a schedule of the topics included and when the new ones will be released. The packets will be released by the 20th of the previous month (this will give you time to prep). For example, the resource on Caribou for December will be posted by 11/20. Each packet will be added to my shop individually, as well. When you purchase the bundle, you will save over $100.00.

Topics and Release Dates: 


Turkeys – Included Click
HERE to view the Preview)
The Mayflower – Included (Click
HERE to view the Preview)
The First Thanksgiving – Included (Click
HERE to view the Preview)

Snow – 11/20
Caribou – 11/20

Polar Bears – 12/20
Penguins – 12/20
Dr. King – 12/20

Chinese New Year – 1/20
Free At Last (Harriet Tubman) – 1/20
George Washington – 1/20

Weather – 2/20
Plants – Being updated and will be added soon
A Trip to Ireland – 2/20
The Rainforest 2/20

Insects – 3/20
Frogs – Being updated and will be added soon
Butterflies – Being updated and will be added soon
Thanks, Earth! – 3/20
Animal Babies - 3/20

Sharks – 4/20
Dolphins – 4/20
Sea Turtles 4/20
Fireflies - 4/20

June (same as May):
Sharks – 4/20
Dolphins – 4/20
Sea Turtles - 4/20
Fireflies - 4/20

Schools Then and Now – 7/20
Schools Around the World – 7/20

Apples – Included (Click HERE to view the Preview)
Pumpkins – Included (Click
HERE to view the Preview)

Bats – Included (Click
HERE to view the Preview)
Owls – Included (Click
HERE to view the Preview)
Spiders – Included (Click
HERE to view the Preview)

These are the packets that have been added so far:

The format and layout of each packet is the same. I’ve found students are much more successful when they are familiar with the activities. It also encourages students be independent because they don’t have to constantly ask, “How do I do this?”
Every nonfiction packet in this bundle includes:

- Posters to hang in your classroom and to use while introducing the topic (real life photographs are included, along with important vocabulary).
- All About _____ article pages. These article pages were designed as a way for you to "hook" your students at the beginning of your unit. You can display the article pages on your document camera as a whole group or print and display during small group instruction.

- Differentiated All About ____ Mini-Books - These are differentiated mini-books that can be used during small group instruction.There are three versions. Each version is slightly easier than the last. I wanted to give you options because I know that many of our students come in reading at different ability levels. It is up to you to pick and choose which articles you use with your groups. You can either print in color and laminate or print them in grayscale. Text-Dependent Response sheets follow!

- Close Reading Passages: These articles are PERFECT to use at the beginning of the year to help you and your students get into the groove of closely reading a text that requires multiple reads and answering text-dependent questions.These can either be done together in small group OR with guided support. Questions about each close reading passage are included.

- Graphic organizers, vocabulary books, and independent practice sheets to be used however you wish! There are many different options to help meet the needs of your diverse group.

- True/False Activity: After learning facts about the topic, students will sort the sentences according to whether they are true or false. I've also provided a cut/paste sheet too that requires students to read simple sentences and glue them in the correct column.

Here’s a closer look at the November packets:

Turkey Packet

thanksgiving packet
Click on any of the images above to grab the bundle or the individual packets!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Interactive Phonics Fun!

Hey Friends! I’m so excited to share my very first growing bundle with you all: a year’s worth of phonics activities! These fun and interactive phonics activities are perfect for your students to use during small group instruction time, at word work, and for independent practice! This bundle focuses on each of the phonics spelling patterns that are taught throughout the year.


Here's a close look at what is included and what is coming soon:
Short A - Included
Short E - Included
Short I - Included
Short O – Coming Soon
Short U – Coming Soon
Silent E for all of the Long Vowels (a_e, e_e, i_e, o_e, u_e) – Coming Soon
Beginning Blends: bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl, br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr, sc, sk, sm, sn, sp, st, sw, spl, scr, squ, str – Coming Soon
Long A as ai/ay – Coming Soon
Long I as i/igh/y – Coming Soon
Long O as oa/ow – Coming Soon
Long E as ea/e/ea/-y – Coming Soon
R-Controlled Vowels (ar, or, er/ir/ur) – Coming Soon
Hard G/ Soft G - Coming Soon
Hard C/Soft C - Coming Soon
Digraphs (ch, th, sh, ph, wh) – Coming Soon
Vowel Teams (oi/oy, au/aw, ou/ow, oo as in boot, oo as in foot) - Coming Soon

All of the activities (format and layout) are the same for each of the packets. I did that intentionally so that you don’t have to spend an excessive amount of time explaining HOW to complete an activity and can dive right in! This will help allow students to successfully complete the activities independently.

Each packet has the following activities:

"I Can" Poster and "All About __ Sound" poster

Trace and Paste Easy Reader: Students have to read the mini-book, trace the words, and then "illustrate" the story by matching the correct pictures to the correct page.

These stories feature a different phonics character. Example: Dan for Short a



Stamp and Write: For this activity, students look at the picture, stamp the word to match the picture, and then use the word in a sentence.




Trace and Draw: For this activity, students read the word and trace it, and then draw a picture to match the word.


Unscramble the Word: For this activity, students will look at the picture and unscramble the letters to build a real words.




Match It: Students look at the picture and find the matching word. You could have them Velcro the words or just place them on the card.


Just Dot It: For this activity, students dot or color the correct word that matches the picture.



Write Your Own: For this activity, students choose 3 picture cards to write and draw. Then, they write a silly story using the three words.


Practice Pages: These practice pages are perfect for students to complete as a quick assessment/independent activity.








The bundle is on sale for 20% off today and tomorrow. Click on any of the images above to buy it. Or, click HERE. If you have any requests for any other phonics sounds you’d like me to include, please e-mail me at

If you’re interested in purchasing the packets separately, you can grab the ones I’ve finished below:

Interactive Phonics Fun: Short A

Interactive Phonics Fun: Short E

Interactive Phonics Fun: Short I

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