Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Teachers Helping Teachers: THT and TPT

Hi everyone.  I just wanted to give a huge shout out to Lisa from Created for Learning.  Lisa is a teacher who goes above and beyond and has a heart the size of Texas!
Lisa heard of some teachers from Oakview Elementary that had been displaced from their school due to the removal of asbestos.  The staff was asked to move to a temporary teaching spot and to remain there teaching until the asbestos removal was completed.   Imagine how difficult that must have been . . . no materials . . . you can't go back in the building.  How in the world would you have what you need day after day?   What an incredible stress that must've been on the teachers, students, and their families!

Lisa reached out to a bunch of us TpT'ers and asked teachers to donate to help our colleagues.  Of course I said Yes!  Holy smoke!  I thought about how awful that must be!  Then Lisa and her amazing friends worked tirelessly organizing materials, printing, and organizing them for the displaced teachers.  It was a ton of work but Lisa worked tirelessly so others' lives could be made easier.  It's a great feeling to help others.

Here's the amazing bloggers who freely donated materials to help others.  Hugs to you all!  Your generosity speaks for itself!
Thanks to:

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Honor~Service~Country. A Memorial Day Remembrance

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those service men and women who serve and who have served our country and those who have given their lives.

In 2007, I was a leader and accompanied a group of our local middle schoolers on a tour of England and France.  One of the most profound memories of the trip was our visit to Normandy, France.  We toured the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.  The cemetery contains the graves of 9,387 American dead military men and women.  We learned that most of these died during the D-D landings in June of 1944.  Our tour guide told us that all of the headstones of these brave military men and women buried in France face the United States.

Here are some photos of the cemetery and Omaha Beach.  Thankfully, my father in law survived this war from his tour in the South Pacific.  My father also has stories of the war in on his website, Scottish Heritage.  Here is the link to his World War II web page.  This is his Polish Soldiers page.  We can learn much from the past.

The poem, "In Flanders Field" is great to use with students and gives you another reason to sneak in some poetry reflection using Memorial Day as the catalyst.

This Memorial Day, remember to think of all the service men and women who serve and have served our country.  Honor.  Service.  Country.  Freedom definitely isn't free.

Learn more about the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France.
Learn more about Omaha Beach and D-Day

Click the photos to see actual size images of the collage photos.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

6th Grade Memory Book: NEW!

Here's a brand new 6th grade memory book in full page size format!  It's a great way to keep students engaged and working right up until the last day.  There are lots of pages for students to reflect upon their year sixth grade year and once it's finished, this book promises to be a treasured keepsake!

I use the book binder and laminate the book covers, or if we're out of laminating film, run them off on construction or other stiff paper.

The autographing time and phone and email exchanging time is so fun for students and teacher alike!  Who needs a yearbook when you can use a more personal book of memories?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Memory Book No Prep for 4th Grade

Hey teacher friends!  I had a request from a super nice teacher (Rebecca) to create a full page size memory book with the cute kids graphics for her fourth grade so here it is!  I just posted it to TpT and it's a screaming deal for 24 hours only (50% off).  

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Palindrome Date Fun!

I love finding math patterns and this week there's 10 dates that are palindromes!  Check it out!  Here is the teacher version:
This is the student version.  Post this and ask students what they notice and see if they can find the patterns!   :)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Stay Organized with 2016 and 2017 Monthly Calendar Sets

If you're like me, you need to write those important dates and things down on your teaching calendar in your teaching binder.  I love cute and colorful and this set is designed to brighten your day.

I know it's early to be thinking about next year,  but it's right around the corner.  I just finished up monthly calendar sets for 2016 and 2017 and posted them to TpT.  They are super cute and half off for the first 24 hours!

Each set has 15 pages and is designed to work for teachers in all countries of the world. For example,  January has two options (snowman and pirate themes).  October has a Halloween and non-Halloween option. November has a Thanksgiving option and a non-Thanksgiving option.  Holidays are left off purposefully so you can add the holidays you celebrate!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Capture End of Year Memories with a Memory Book!

The end of the school year is approaching.  State testing is over.  Student enthusiasm is high. Students are getting eager to be out on break (and so are teachers).  Behaviors can escalate if you're not on top of things.  What do you do that's meaningful work that will hold your students' attention during the last few days of school?"  It' easy!  It's engaging!  There's one last bit of writing involved!  But best of all, students make their own memory book and remain focused during this crazy exciting time of year.  This great activity gives you a few minutes to begin room tidy-up and end of record management.  What could be better?

I love using memory books to capture the highlights of the year students spent in my class.  I prefer to create book in a half-page format because if your school is like mine, we tended to put a freeze on copy printing and were nearly out of budgeted paper supplies for the year.  For a class of 34, I could print 17 pages and have 34 individual memory book pages.  I know some teachers prefer the ease of using a single page per sheet, so I created memory books just for you, too.  They're in my TpT store under the category, "End of Year."

At the beginning of the year, I create a file folder for each student and file them alphabetically in a hanging file folder in a plastic crate.  These folders are now ready to file memory book pages of special events that we do throughout the year.  Each time we go on field trips, have guest speakers, do cool projects and events, photos are taken.  I use a class list and check off each student's name to be sure I've got a photo for everyone.  Then, right away, I'd add each child's photo to the template for the page destined for each memory book.  Each photo is captioned to be personalized for each students. Then pages are printed, cut in half and filed into each student's folder.  Newest pages go a the back so the books end up in chronological order for easy assembly at the end of the year.

This is what the NEW memory books look like:
These are some photos of my daughter's memory book from 2000-2001.  She was a 4th grader in my 4/5 Blend class. You can see how I used to use lots of photos for my students' memory books.  Since then, students create their own pages and we add photos to the books as well.
Half Page Format
3rd Grade – half page – kids theme PDF & Editable MS Word Format 
4th Grade – half page – kids theme PDF & Editable MS Word Format 
5th Grade – half page – kids theme PDF & Editable MS Word Format 
6th Grade – half page – stars theme PDF & Editable MS Word Format
Any Grade – half page – owl theme PDF & Editable MS Word Format 

Full Page Format
2nd Grade – full page – kids theme PDF & Editable MS Word format
2nd Grade – full page – owl theme PDF format
3rd Grade – full page – owl theme PDF format
4th Grade – full page – owl theme PDF format
5th Grade – full page– owl theme PDF format
Any Grade – full page – owl theme PDF & Editable MS Word Format 

Here's a free (and super simple) memory book FREEBIE just for you!

Whatever you do the end the year on a positive note, do it well.  Your students and families will remember their year with you as a great one!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

We LOVE Teachers SALE!

Teachers, you have the most important job!   This week celebrates teachers far and near!  Today and tomorrow, head over to Teachers pay Teachers for a sale that appreciates and celebrates YOU and all the hard work you do for students each and every day.

Use the promo code ThankYou to get everything in my store up to 28% off!
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