Thanks for Popping In!

Here is just a quick freebie for you.  Every year, we have our Open House the night before school starts.  This is our "Meet the Teacher Night" where students come to school to find out who there teacher will be.  I hand out my welcome brochures as well as an unpopped bag of microwaveable popcorn.  I staple this note on top.
Click on the picture to download.
  
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BEAR and STAR (Sports Theme) Communication Packets

I just posted a BEAR theme and a STAR (Sports Theme) Communication Packet on Teacher's Notebook and TpT.







Also, don't forget to enter the for the giveaway!  There are 13 great products up for grabs for the winner!!
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More Communication Packets

I'm on my way back from vacation so I'm stuck in the car all day.  Yuck!  But, it does give me some time to work on some school things.  I have finished three new Communication Packets.  The first two would be perfect for you if you don't really have a theme in your room or if you can't decide which theme you like best.  They are similar, just with different acronyms. 






The third one is perfect for a Fairy Tale theme.  The acronym is MAGIC and it has tons of Fairy Tale clipart.



Also, don't forget to check out all of the GREAT ideas that are being posted at my Back to School Linky Party!  Wow! You all are amazing with such awesome ideas.  I already have a great list of things I want to do at the beginning of the school year.  If you have an idea you'd like to link up, please do.  The party will continue until August 1st.
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What's your favorite "Back to School" activity? Linky Party

I love having great "Back to School" activities for my students.  I think it's so important to make those first few days fun and engaging for your newbies.  It sets the stage for the entire year!  My absolute favorite activity to do with my 1st graders is a Gingerbread Man hunt.  I orginally found this idea on Proteacher and then I created poems to go along with each location.  Here's what you do.
1.  Place the notes (see attachment below) in the correct places around the school.  Arrange for someone to set Little Debbie Gingerbread Man cookies on student's desks while you're on your hunt.
2. Read "The Gingerbread Man."
 3.  Read the first note (see attachment below) that you have cliped to the back of the book.  Make a HUGE deal about how you can't believe that the Gingerbread Man was here and how he left a note. 
4..  Explain to the students that you are going to have to go look for him.  Tell them that they have to show you how to line up quietly in the hall and walk the right way in order to go on the Gingerbread Man hunt. (This is excellent practice for hallway expectations.)
5. Walk around the school, introducing each important place in the building as you go.  Collect the notes and continue making a big deal about each note and how you are getting so close to catching the Gingerbread Man.  You will be amazed at how into it they will get.
6.  The last note will direct them back to the classroom where they will find a Gingerbread Man on each of their desks. (Make sure you prearrange for someone to do this for you.)
 My students remember this all year.  I almost always see it at the end of the year written as one of their favorite activities.  Download the notes by clicking on the image below.
Now it's your turn!!  I would LOVE to hear what your absolute FAVORITE back to school activity is.  Link up below.  Make sure you post a link back to this blog so others can check out everyone's activities.  I am so excited to get even more "Back to School" ideas :)  Spread the word so we can get tons of ideas!  The party will be open through August 1st.


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FISH Communication Packet

A FISH (Family Involvement Starts Here) Communication packet is now available. 



Also, don't forget that many of my TpT items are 15% off through Monday for Christmas in July!
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BEE's and MONKEY's

I just finished a BEE Communication Packet and a MONKEY Communication Packet at Teacher's Notebook and TpT.







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SEARCH Communication Packet

I had a request for a "Detective" theme communication packet.  What a fun themed classroom!  So, I created a SEARCH (Striving Everyday to Achieve Regular Communication with Home)Communication packet.
You can check it out at
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HORSE Communication Packet

I just posted a HORSE (Happy, Organized, Responsible Students Everyday) Communication Packet on Teachers' Notebook and Teacher's Pay Teachers.
Head on over to
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STAR Communication Packet

If you're doing a Hollywood theme or a Star theme, you might be interested in the STAR (Students That Are Responsible) Communication packet full of printables to get you started. 

 This packet includes:
- Cover sheet
- "What is a PEACE book? and Rules page
- Contact Information and Daily Schedule
- Letter to Families
- Contract
- Spelling Word Sheet
- Math Review Sheet
- Sight Word Lists
- Weekly Focus Page
- Labels for Folders
- ABC's of ____ grade list
**Pages can be edited to fit your own needs.

Click below to head on over to Teacher's Notebook.

Or head over to TpT to check it out.
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PEACE Communication Packet Complete

I just completed another theme of the communication packet printables.  This one is PEACE (Prepared, Enthusiastic and Communicating Everyday).  This one was inspired by someone asking if I could do a Groovy theme.  Let me tell you, I love this one!  It's so colorful :)


Like all the others, the printables included are:
- Cover sheet
- "What is a PEACE book? and Rules page
- Contact Information and Daily Schedule
- Letter to Families
- Contract
- Spelling Word Sheet
- Math Review Sheet
- Sight Word Lists
- Weekly Focus Page
- Labels for Folders
- ABC's of ____ grade list
**Pages have fields that can edited to enter your own information!
 
And...I have a HUGE giveaway planned for as soon as I reach 1000 followers. I'm getting close, so if you're not a follower yet, I'd love to have ya :)
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PIRATE Communication Folder Available

I just finished a PIRATE (Prepared, Informed, Ready, and Together Everyday) Communication Book.  It's now available on TpT if you want to check it out.  The printables include:
- Cover sheet
- "What is a PIRATE book? and Rules page
- Contact Information and Daily Schedule
- Letter to Families
- Contract
- Spelling Word Sheet
- Math Review Sheet
- Sight Word Lists
- Weekly Focus Page
- Labels for Folders
- ABC's of ____ grade list
**Pages have fields that can edited to enter your own information!

Here are some examples from the packet:



More themes to come!
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SAFARI Communication Folder

I am so excited to be using a SAFARI (Students and Families are Responsible & Informed) Book to communicate with my student's families this year.  I just posted all of my printables I used for my book on TpT.  I used Thistlegirl graphics for all of the printables.
All of the forms can be edited to fit your needs.  The printables include:
-Cover page
- "What is a SAFARI Book?" and Rules page
-Parent/Student Contract
- Family letter
-Folder labels
-Contact Information and Schedule
-Sight Word Lists
-Math Review
-Spelling List Page
-Weekly Focus
-ABC's of _____ Grade

Here are some more pictures:



Head on over to TpT if you're interested.  I will be making some more themes of these that will be available over the next couple of days/weeks.  If you have anything you want to see added, please let me know.  Thanks :)

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ABC's of 1st Grade

I'm sure you've seen the ABC's of 1st grade list before (http://jmeacham.com/), http://www.proteacher.net/, etc.  I looked through a ton of them last year, but just never got around to typing one up.  Well, I finally got one done.  I'm doing a Safari theme in my classroom this year, so my ABC's of 1st grade has Safari themed clipart from Thistlegirl.  All of the boxes under the letters can be edited.  (My information is currently in there as an example.)  Click on the picture below to download.

If this is something you find useful, please leave a comment and become a follower, if you're not already! :)
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First Day of School Booklet

It's July, so all of the sudden, my mind starts thinking about school again.  Even though we don't go back until the middle of August, I use July as my time to collect ideas for the new school year and to start preparing.  As I was searching through my back to school files, I noticed that my Back to School booklet was kind of old and boring.  So, I just finished making one and posting it to TpT.  Click on the sample picture below to check it out.

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