Sun, Sand, & Savings Summer Sale - More $1 Deals!

Another day of $1 deals is coming your way!


My $1 deal for today is my editable version of my Classroom Signs & Labels!  I use these all over my classroom every year.  Here are a few ways I use them.  Student name tags...


Name tags for my student book racks...


Labels for bins with math manipulatives, social studies games, etc...


I'm sure you could find all kinds of uses for them too!  Pick them up today for just $1 in my TPT Store!


Be sure to take a look at all the other $1 deals by clicking here.


Sun, Sand, & Savings Summer Sale - $1 Deals!

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It's $1 deals week, and I'm starting out with my newest product!


You can create a one of a kind birthday cupcake display for your classroom or hallway that your students will love looking at all year long!  Here's the one I created for my students last year...


Today only you can grab this for $1 in my TPT Store!  Check out all of the other $1 deals today by clicking here.  Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next $1 deal!


Sun, Sand, & Savings Summer Sale!

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For the next four weeks, I'm teaming up with all kinds of other fabulous TPT'ers to bring you loads of summer savings!  The fun starts this week with $1 deals!  Check back tomorrow to see my first dollar deal of the week!



Show & Tell Tuesday - December


It's the most hectic time of the year, so this will be a very quick Show & Tell Tuesday for me.  I've got a honey bun cake to make for our ugly Christmas sweater breakfast tomorrow!



We got the nicest surprise a couple weeks ago, when our neighbor kids brought us this beautiful wreath (with the card below attached) announcing, "This is just a random act of kindness!"  It was a wonderful way for us to begin the holiday season!





My mom was in the holiday spirit too when she was creating festive kerchiefs for all the dogs of the family.  I don't know how much Emmitt appreciated the gesture as Barnaby tormented him by pulling his kerchief until he was finally able to rip it off then run around the house with it!



This goes under the heading, "Why didn't I ever think of that?"  I have been using Words Their Way for a number of years now, and I really think it has been beneficial for my students, especially since I created my own note-taking forms and quizzes (Words Their Way Note-Taking Guides and Quizzes - Derivational Relations).   One thing that has always driven me crazy is how long it takes for my students to cut out the sort and the inevitable piles of words that end up all over the floor all week long.  One of my colleagues told me that she has her students sort them by color instead, which has been working out perfectly for me this year.  It is much quicker and doesn't make a huge mess, and I still send home extra sorts for my students to cut out at home.

Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!

Linky Information:

1. This is a monthly linky.  The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them.  Created the most amazing bulletin board ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench?  Show & Tell us about it!  Play the best game at a party with your class?  Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Only have one thing to Show & Tell about?  Not a problem! 

2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom.  The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell. 

3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture. 

4.  Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post.  Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.

5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours.  It's always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies!





Show & Tell Tuesday - November


I can't believe it's already time for the November edition of Show & Tell Tuesday!  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the year goes by!


This year I wanted to create a bulletin board for the basic facts test results.  Our report card has a section under math where we have to report how well the students have mastered each of the four basic facts tests.  They have to complete one hundred problems in a limited amount of time.  I have my students keep graphs of their personal results in their math folders, but I also wanted a place in the room where they could see their growth.  So, I added ledger sized graphs to my Basic Facts Bundle and created this bulletin board.  


I didn't want any student names on the graphs, so I just numbered each column.  I give my students a number based on our alphabetized class list.  


I wanted the graphs to be reusable from marking period to marking period, so I laminated them and bought some bright washi tape.  I use the tape to show each student's progress.



As the students' scores go up, I just add more to their column.  At the end of the year, I can just peel all of the tape off and use the charts again next year.  




I was so inspired by a post I came across last summer from Diane at Fifth in the Middle about using drink mix containers for a name stick holder!   You can see her original post by clicking on the picture below.


I put my spin on the idea and now have name stick holders, sharp and dull pencil cans, mystery motivator cans, and a coin drive can!










Grab this freebie to create your own!




Have to end with a picture of the doodles of the house.  Wish I could be as relaxed as these guys while watching Michigan football!  They aren't even bothered by all my yelling!



Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!

Linky Information:

1. This is a monthly linky.  The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them.  Created the most amazing bulletin board ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench?  Show & Tell us about it!  Play the best game at a party with your class?  Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Only have one thing to Show & Tell about?  Not a problem! 

2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom.  The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell. 

3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture. 

4.  Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post.  Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.

5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours.  It's always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies!



Show & Tell Tuesday - October


October is speeding by, and it's time to start thinking about Halloween! If you need a fun and easy costume idea for your staff, how about Waldo?  We weren't sure that all of our students would be familiar with Waldo, so we got some Where's Waldo books from the library to put in our classrooms for a couple weeks.  Then we made some color copies of Waldo and started placing them all around our classrooms and the building.  Once my students would find the Waldo in our room, I would move him the next day to a new spot.  



On Halloween, the kids definitely knew who we were!


For another easy costume idea for your staff, click here.  


Bonny and Barnaby came in for a surprise visit with my class, and needless to say, he was treated like royalty!





Any avid readers out there always on the look out for great books to read?  This summer my father who is a retired librarian and author of several books started a blog dedicated to books about Michigan.  His latest post features two children's books, including one I had not heard of before.  I am anxious to read my Near Death Experiences by Alison DeCamp and have requested it from my local library.  Check out my dad's review by clicking on one of the images below.  




It is truly the little things that make me happy at work, like when a student says something unintentionally funny or I find the perfect way to organize materials or I create something cute to replace something boring!  I am loving starting each day with my new Morning Message Boards!  There are more than 150 different templates to use all school year long, and it is fully editable with PowerPoint.  My morning message consists of what the students need to turn in, what the lunch choices are, and what the warm up is, but you can edit the board to say anything you like.  This was my message for the first day of school.



Here's a look at just a few of the templates included in this huge set.






You can check out my Morning Message Boards in my TPT Store.  



Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!

Linky Information:

1. This is a monthly linky.  The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them.  Created the most amazing bulletin board ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench?  Show & Tell us about it!  Play the best game at a party with your class?  Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Only have one thing to Show & Tell about?  Not a problem! 

2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom.  The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell. 

3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture. 

4.  Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post.  Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.

5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours.  It's always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies!