Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Learning to Love Letters

Soooooo I don't know about all of you, but I LOOOOOOOOOVE Valentine's Day!
It may be that I love the colors,
or maybe it's the cuteness,
or maybe because it's 5 days after my bday,
or maybe it's the candy,
or maybe it's because it reminds us all to share the love....
No matter why I love it: I JUST DO!
I digress.
While planning for the holiday this year I had to change it up a bit. First of all I had these kiddos last year, so the same old box of tricks isn't going to be as fun. Secondly, they are a little older and I just need something a bit tougher.
Then this appeared at my desk. 

and it hit the spot!

Voila:

Learning to
LOVE LETTERS




   This adorable unit comes packed with 32 pages worth of Valentine's Day friendly letter fun! Students will learn the 5 parts of a friendly letter with the teacher on an anchor chart and the teacher will have an assessment that matches to see what the students have learned. Once the students know the parts of a letter they can use the 29 holiday vocabulary cards to help generate ideas for their letters. Students have the choice of 9 different writing templates!  

Unit Includes: 
- Anchor Chart / Bulletin Board Labels 
- parts of a friendly letter assessment 
- 29 vocab cards 
- 9 letter templates 
- 1 example letter





                                                    
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Dropbox: The Most Amazing Thing to Happen to a TpT Teacher!

Alright... let's see a show of hands for all of you that have about 10 flash drives scattered around your purse, desk, drawers, home, and school. We all know we do it! I have them everywhere and to tell you the truth I don't know what is on which.
 
Then Dropbox entered my life!

Dropbox is a free and easy way to save things on ANY device you may be on and then pick up where you left off on ANY other device. For example: I have my computer at school, a pc at home, and a mac at home. Once I downloaded Dropbox I save directly to my Dropbox file and it updates my saves onto all of my devices!!

 
Did I mention you can also download it on your phones and tablets?
 
You can also use it to send files to someone's email! I have done this multiple times while away from my computer and on my phone. It's great for when you need to send sub plans or something when you are away from your computer!
 
If you haven't already signed up for Dropbox you can do so here:
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Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Magical Product Swap #3

The long awaited day is finally here!
Thanks again Michelle from The3amTeacher for creating our ever so lovely button!

I'm overly excited to tell you that I am partnered with
Mrs. Wheeler from
Mrs Wheelers First Grade
She's a great bud and fellow Ohioan! 

She kindly offered me her amazing

As her description states:


This 88 page pack includes activities from the Common Core English Language Arts Strand: Reading Foundational Skills. 


There are 12 different activities to cover these standards and each activity has the standard that it meets listed. This pack is appropriate for grades K-2 and is non-thematic so you can use it virtually any time of year! It would supplement your current Response to Intervention program well. 

Please download the 7-page preview to see a close-up of what's included in this pack. 

Skills Covered:
-Short vowels
-Long vowels (magic e and word families)
-Blends
-Digraphs
-Syllables
-Sentence structure
-Phoneme segmenting
-Inflected endings

















Thank you Megan for an awesome swap and a great product! My kiddos loved every minute of it!!

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Thanks Becca Foxwell for the adorable button!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

First and foremost,
Happy New Year!!!

All I can say when looking back at 2012 is WOW!
I am so blessed. 
I am blessed with love, family, friends, a job, a home, and so many amazing opportunities. Just in the last 12 months I have started blogging, TeachersPayTeachers, and TeachersNotebook and I could not be any more blessed to have those in my life! 
If you would have told me 1 year ago today that I would be blogging and creating things for teachers online, I would have thought that you were crazy! Yet, here I am blabbing away to over 1,000 loyal followers :)
Thank you for all of of your support and have a wonderful and relaxed holiday!
May you be blessed this year <3
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