Thursday, July 26, 2012

Vistaprint Items

I'm finally getting around to posting all of my great Vistaprint items. They arrived in the mail today and I got some amazing deals. Here's what I got:

Some address labels to let my parents know about an Donor's Choose projects I have.

Next I ordered some brochures for open house. I usually print these off my computer, but I thought that since brochures were free it would be a nice touch to have them look more professional.

 I recently went to a fluency workshop with the amazing Timothy Rasinski and he commented on a teacher who helped encourage her students to read by sharing what she was reading each week. I thought this was a great idea, especially since I like to read the Sunshine State Readers that the kids read.

Then I took the idea from Ginger Snaps and Teacher Wife and added my own key words for division and multiplication. I use these key words all the time and usually just laminated them on cardstock, but I decided to put them on a rack card with some references on the back. The back of the cards look a little tight for space, but I think the kids will still find them useful.

In reading, I encourage my students to use their unraavel strategy so I made this banner to hang up in the classroom.

 Lastly, here are a few more items that I made. Homework reward cards and an MVP of the month poster to go with my sports theme. I also made postcards to send out to the kids before open house and school starts introducing myself. Finally, we do the 100 book challenge program at our school so I made some stickers to let the parents know how many steps their child has read.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Inferencing Riddles

One reading skill that always gives my students difficulty is inferencing. I saw these riddles a while ago on this website and just typed them up. I plan on making a game out these riddles to help my kids use their prior knowledge to expand upon their inferencing skills. If you are interested in this activity feel free to download it here.

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Just wanted to let you know about two great giveaways going on right now:

1. Mechele over at Barrow's Hodgepodge is giving away two $25 TPT Gift Certificates!
Click on the picture below to check it out.

2. Ashley over at Just Reed is giving away an Erin Condren lesson planner in any design you choose. How cool is that? Click here to check it out out.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I Did It! Come Check It Out!

I finally did it! I opened up a TeachersPayTeachers account. I have uploaded some really great vocabulary review to start with for any 4th grade teachers who use the Elements of Vocabulary Series. Even if you don't use this series, come check out the sorts, they are a great way to help your students increase vocabulary.

I am probably mostly proud of the Daily Math sheet I created for upper grades. It is based on the Next Generation Sunshine State standards, but includes: place value, fractions, decimals, percents, multiplication, area and algebra. I tried to incorporate most of the fourth grade skills on one daily sheet. Please check it out and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Multiplication Songs

I'm hoping someone out there is blogging land can help me. I am working on multiplication songs for my students. I have found that over the years, these songs really help the students master their multiplication facts. I am on the hunt for a song for the 12 times tables. I have found some lyrics using the songs Bingo and Jingle Bells, but unfortunately I cannot get the tune. Does anyone have some audio songs they could share or be willing to help put the audio to these songs?  Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, I have songs for 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8's if anyone is interested.

Great Ipad App Freebie!

Just wanted to let you know that Itooch apps is having a sale. All of their grade level apps are free until tomorrow. They have apps for grades 3-8 and cover topics from language arts, math and science. This is a great app that has practice problems and tests for kids on a variety of topics and standards. Definitely worth it. They are normally $5.99.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Great Blog!

Just wanted to let you know about a great blog: Tonya's Treats for Teachers. She has some amazing ideas and has been working on some super cool reward scratch off tickets. Great news is that she is almost close to 200 followers and will soon be doing a giveaway. Stop on by and check her out here.