Sunday, July 31, 2011

It's a Back to School Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers.
August 1st - 4th, TpT will be offering a 10% off sale using the code B1T1S and I will be having an additional 20% off sale on most of my TpT products.  Make sure you head on over tomorrow to check it out!!

Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway for my 1000 followers celebration.  The winner will be announced tomorrow :)

Friday, July 29, 2011

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.
  

Monday, July 25, 2011

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!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

1000 Follower Giveaway

Thank you to all of my followers!  I cannot even believe that I have hit 1000.  You all are AWESOME!!  So, now it's time for a giveaway and I am so excited about it.  I have teamed up with some of the most amazing bloggers for this giveaway. 

 
   





 Here's all the items that one lucky follower will win!
The First Grade Parade
"My Calendar Companion" AND "Crazy for Contractions."


Mrs. Jump's
"Back to School" Unit AND "School is Fun" Math and Literacy Centers.

The Inspired Apple's
"Fun with Firsties"



Erica Bohrer's
"Thematic File Folder Word Walls."

Fabulous in First
"Reader's Response Sheets"


The Teacher Wife's
"Back to School" Pack

Finally in First's
"Counting Cows"


Crazy in First Grade's
"Back to School Math and Literacy Fun"


Miss Kindergarten's
"Beach Theme Decor"
Made For First Grade's
"Short Vowel Fun"
Fun In First's
"Change-a-Word Circles"


Here is how you can enter to win all of these fabulous items.
1.  Follow this blog along with the other 10 blogs and leave ONE comment letting me know you follow all 11 blogs.
2. Follow all 11 TpT stores and leave ONE comment letting me know. {See below to find all the TpT stores.
3. Add all 11 blogs to your Blog Roll and leave a comment letting me know along with your blog address.
4.  Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with the link to your blog post.

TpT sites:


Remember, you have four ways to enter. 
1.  Follow all 11 blogs and leave ONE comment.
2.  Follow all 11 blogs on TpT.
3.  Add all 11 blogs to your Blog Roll and leave a comment with your blog address.
4.  Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with the link to your blog post.
This contest will end Monday, August 1st and 12:00 and a winner will be announced that evening.  Goodluck!












Saturday, July 23, 2011

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.

Monday, July 18, 2011

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.


Christmas in July Sale

Don't forget that many of my items in my TpT store are 15% off until tonight at midnight.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

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!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Christmas in July

TBA is celebrating Christmas in July.
Many bloggers are having sales to celebrate and many are doing Christmas Freebies.  For this reason, almost everything in my TpT store will be 15% off today through Monday AND I'm giving you a Christmas Writing paper Freebie.  Also, if you're not a follower, I'd love to have ya.  As soon as I reach 1000, I'm having a huge giveaway that I know you'll be excited about :)
Click on the picture to download!

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