Monday, December 16, 2013

'Tis the Season for Freebies with Manic Monday @ Classroom Freebies

I have a fun winter freebie to offer this week!  It's great for a sub tub or to use with your young learners who finish their work early. 
My Winter Color by Code Sampler Math & Literacy Packet includes 5 pages of color pages with the following skills:
addition to 10
short vowels
long vowels
even & odd numbers
number words
Thanks for stopping by! For more freebies and resources for your classroom, please visit my TPT store where everything is 20% off Dec. 15-17.
Happy Teaching!
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas Freebies is Here!

Thank you for stopping by to be a part of my 12 Days of Christmas Freebies! 
While you're here, don't forget to grab some wonderful freebies by some fabulous TPT authors!
 As an added bonus, some of my TPT friends have offered you even more freebies!  Check out all the great creations below and show these friends some love by leaving them feedback on their products!
Tonight's freebie starts a little early (my son has a band concert!) This will give you plenty of time to "shop". 
Click HERE to go to my TPT Store to grab your freebie!

  Be sure to send your request by e-mail by 9pm CST!
Thank you for joining me these past 12 days for this fun event!
I hope you enjoy using all your freebies with your students. 



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Friday, November 29, 2013

It's Coming... A TPT Cyber Sale and Lots of Freebies!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Join me December 2 & 3 for Teachers Pay Teachers' annual Cyber Sale!
Use the coupon code: CYBER when you checkout to save 28% in my TPT Store.
While you're shopping, don't forget check out my 12 Days of Christmas Freebies
Each night beginning December 1st, between 8-9pm CST I will be offering one of my store items for FREE!  I'll announce which items I'm offering each evening on my blog and at Preslar's Place on Facebook and you'll have exactly 1 hour to get your's for free. 
 It's my gift to you!
As an added bonus, other TPT authors will be offering their freebies right here on my blog!  They'll be linking up to offer you even more goodies for the holidays. 
You won't want to miss it!
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Gettin' Our Gobble On!

Well today was our last day of school before our Thanksgiving break.  My students and I were up to our elbows in paint as we painted turkey handprints.  We also made mini-books about The First Thanksgiving, cut, glued, colored....well, you get the picture!  We did as much fun turkey stuff as we could fit into one school day.
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One of my favorite activities to do with my firsties is the "How To Cook a Turkey" writing.  It's always hilarious to read what they write.  This year's entries are no different.  I thought I'd share a few with you.  I especially like what they plan on serving with their overcooked, undercooked, and not-cooked-at-all-turkeys!
So if you're looking for a new recipe or want to "spice" up your holiday cooking, then take a look at these gems!

And I leave you with one last thought....

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Have a fun and restful Thanksgiving break!
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas Freebies Linky Party Coming Soon!

'Tis the Season for Freebies...LOTS of them!
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Beginning December 1st, Preslar's Place & Friends will be offering 12 days of freebies as part of 
Follow Preslar's Place at TpT and Facebook to be the first to get your freebies. Hurry, because they won't be free forever!
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Announcements of my 12 Days of Christmas Freebies will be made at Preslar's Place on Facebook and here at my blog beginning December 1st.   
Also, be sure to check back on December 1st to find links to even more fabulous freebies right here!
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Getting It All In!

Whew! What a fast and furious first 3 months of school! My school life has been consumed with RTI so far and coming up with ways to keep my students engaged and challenged in learning.
I'm happy to say, "So far, so good!" 
Technology has been at the forefront of my classroom since day 1, but since becoming a TpT seller, I find myself creating more and more printable activities for my students to use as well. 
They love the independence of grabbing a game and using it when they're seatwork is complete.  I love using them with my small groups and RTI groups.  It's a win-win for all of us!  My latest activity is a fun math fact matching game for addition and subtraction called, Stocking Stuffers.  Click the picture below to download a preview pack.
I hope you've enjoyed using the games as well in your classroom.  I'm very humbled by all of the positive and encouraging feedback you've given me over the past several months. 
 With that said, I am happy to be back today with another freebie for you.  I've linked up with Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies to offer you one of my take-home book bag activities. 
This activity pack is just a sampler, and contains a list of suggested books and materials to include in your book bags that go with the pumpkin rhyming words activity I've included.  I suggest including a journal of some kind for parents and students to write in each time they use the book bag.  Having them reflect on what they did with the books and activities is a good way to decide what to add or delete from the bags.  It also gives students a chance to practice writing! 
I only send these home with families that agree to use them.  In this packet you'll also find a Book Bag Parent Contract.  This holds them accountable for taking care of the bags and materials and using the activities in them.  I've had great success since implementing the parent contract, plus it let's me know who is interested and who isn't.
Book bags are wonderful activities I've used for several years with my students to help bridge the gap between school and home by giving parents a tool to use at home to work with their children to build literacy skills. 
Halloween Book Bag
I get the bags from various places.  My favorite place so far is the Target Dollar Bin! Halloween treat bags are a great source as are the bags you get when checking out at stores like Old Navy.

 Animals Book Bag
We all know the importance of involving parents in learning, and sometimes we just need to be the catalyst that gets parents on board.  The results are remarkable when students and parents work together to extend the learning from school to home.  Sometimes all it takes is pointing them in the right direction and giving them the materials to do it. 
Sports Book Bag
I'm so grateful that what I do counts and matters in the lives of my students and their parents!  I hope you enjoy using this with yours, too!
Click the picture above to get your freebie today! 
Happy Teaching,
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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Help Us Help Others: The Heavenly Hat Foundation

What a busy week! My students spent a busy week charting the growth of bean sprouts, using iPads and iPods, reading AR books and passing TONS of quizzes, and mastering reading center rotations during our Daily 5 time.  It was a full, productive week for all of us!
It didn't take long before these SmArTiEs were rolling dice and answering questions about their reading stories using my Rattle, Roll, and Read activities.  It was our first experience with these games, and I'm glad to announce...they were a HUGE success!

Students worked in pairs while reviewing their reading skills for this week's story and previous stories.  It was a great way to pull in students who needed "extra" help with skills from the past few weeks, while others were ready to move on to the new "stuff" for this week. 
I've created 2 more activity packs this week in preparation of our upcoming stories.  They are now available in my TpT store. 

These activity packs are my biggest selling items in my TpT store so far.  I've been very blessed these past few months to be able to share them with others and hear their positive feedback about the games in their classrooms.
In appreciation for my success, I'd like to announce that all proceeds from my Rattle, Roll, and Read Activity Packs for the week October 6-12 will go toward a great charity called,
The Heavenly Hats Foundation
This charity provides hats to cancer patients all around the
United States. 
 Schools around the country will be participating in a Heavenly Hat Parade this Friday, October 11th.  My class will participate in our school-wide Heavenly Hat Parade in support of this charity, too.  Everyone will pay $1 to wear a hat, and all proceeds collected from our students and staff will go to this great charity. 
It's a great feeling knowing you are helping others, and a great way to include students in giving back to others.
Happy Teaching!
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Monday, September 23, 2013

It's Finally Fall, a Freebie, and First Grade

What is it about this time of year that makes me feel like I never get caught up?  There's just not enough hours in the day to get it all done. 
If your year is starting off like mine, then here's a freebie that's ready to print and be used in your K-2 classroom. How's that for time-saving greatness?
My Apple Fact Family Matching Activity is a fun way for students to identify fact families for numbers up to 10. 
There is a recording sheet included that students can use to write the fact families once they've matched them. 
There are 42 apple fact cards to use with this activity.  I've also included blank cards for students to come up with more fact families!
I hope your students enjoy this activity pack.  It can be printed for individual use or printed on cardstock and laminated for your math centers. 
You can find my free activity by clicking the pictures above.  Visit  Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies for more fabulous freebies offered by some amazing teachers!
Happy Teaching!
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Monday, September 2, 2013

Fall Sentence Sort Activity on Manic Monday with Classroom Freebies

Happy Monday once again! If you're already back to school or about to be there, I hope you're having a great year so far!
Here is a freebie that will help your students learn about sentences.  It is a fall-themed sentence sorting activity for declarative sentences and questions. 
My first graders love anything they can cut and glue!  This activity will be a lot of fun for them.  I usually do a sorting activity like this as a "must do" center activity, and it works very well when I'm just beginning to teach sentences.

The activity includes two work mats for students to glue their sentences to.

To get your copy, please click here, and thank you for stopping by today!
Happy Teaching!
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