Sunday, 14 September 2014

Hundreds Chart Puzzle Freebie

We are still not back into our classrooms. I just finished my 5th week (2 in June, 1 in August, 2 in September) on the picket line :( Since we are not back at work I have had extra time to get things ready. Well what I can do with the stuff I have at home.  
I have been meaning to make some hundreds chart puzzles for awhile now and finally got around to it. 
To make the puzzles I printed the hundreds chart below on to coloured card stock and then laminated them. I taped the label to the Ziploc bag and then cut up the chart to make puzzle pieces.  The labels will match the colour of the puzzle pieces making it easy to organize if they get mixed up !!!!
To get a free copy of the 100s chart puzzle page just click on the picture. 

I took this hundreds chart from my huge bundle of 73 different hundreds charts. There are charts for numbers 1-1000. There are not only completed charts but charts with numbers missing so students can practice filling in the blanks. There are charts for skip counting to 100 by 2, 5, and 10, as well. Click here to get all these charts.


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Clutter Free Desk!!!

All last year I battled a cluttered desk. I would have piles of papers on my desk waiting to be put somewhere. Once I marked students work they went into 2 piles --- Completed and ready for duotangs or Corrections to be done. These piles would get in the way and make my desk look messy until I was ready to hand them back. It drove me nuts so I wanted a new system for this year. I am pretty sure I got this idea from another blog but I cannot remember where (Sorry, if it was your blog let me know and i will give credit where credit is due.)

The first thing I did when I saw the other blog was go searching for a black 3-drawer storage organizer. I couldn't find a black one that didn't have little divider cups on the top (they gather dirt and debris) so I went with a white one like this one on Amazon. After some shopping around I found one at Walmart but it was a little more expensive. I went for convenience on for this purchase :) 

I knew I didn't want a white organizer so I had to spray paint it. Here is a close up of the 
paint I used. Click Here to get the details of the paint. 

The black paint turned out exactly how I wanted it to and it was quick (1 hour drying time) and easy. 

Now it was time to create the labels for the drawer. I thought of what I needed most for the drawers and decided I wanted a place for the items I need to laminate (last year I lost a few small items who knows where) or cut, completed work ready for duotangs, and work that needed corrections. Of course the labels had to match my colour theme so turquoise and lime green they are!!!!

Here is the final product. I love it and cannot wait until we go back to work (still on strike) so that I can start using them and have a tidy desk area.

I don't want to keep these all to myself so I am sharing the labels with you all. Because mine were so specific to my needs I made 3 more (file, copy, grade) to add to them for you.  Click on the picture to get the FREE labels!!!
Check out my last spray paint adventure to stay organized!! I made a teacher toolbox that I NEEDED to customize :)

Happy organizing!

Monday, 1 September 2014

September Currently

I cannot believe it is September already. Soon it will be my birthday! I still get excited like a little kid :)

Here is this months Currently.

Listening: I just woke up and am starting my morning routine which involves COFFEE!!!! It is sad to say but I cannot function without it.

Loving: I have such a hard time finding boots that will fit my wide calves and I found some grey ones I love. Bring on the fall weather so I can wear them.

Thinking: I bought a plastic paper organizer and the only problem is it is white and doesn't match my classroom decor (lime green and turquoise). I am trying to decide if I should paint it black or turquoise.

Wanting: Our union is still on strike trying to get good language on class size and composition (and a wage increase of course). We have been on full walk out sing the middle of June. Tomorrow should be the first day of school for us.

Needing: No explanation here...I HATE cleaning bathrooms.

3 Trips: Hawaii....beautiful beaches      Victoria ..... family and friends       Ireland ..... love the scenery and I want to go to an Irish pub.

Well that was a fun Currently and I would like to thank Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for all her organization on this link up. Visit her blog to see more Currently posts. 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Shark Week Blog Hop

Slide5All teachers know that kids learn more when they’re excited and engaged. Today a team of bloggers come together to help your students take a BITE out of learning with a theme your students are sure to love!

I use individual whiteboards in my classroom all the time to keep all of my students engaged. They love writing on their own boards! For more tips on how to engage all your students check out my previous blog post here.

Of course, picking topics the students are interested in always helps, too!
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What student (boy or girl) doesn't love sharks? When I am creating practice worksheets for my students I always add some graphics or activity that is related something they are interested in or a subject matter we are covering in another subject area. Even though they are practicing concepts they know and may get "bored" with the added elements makes it fun. freebie is a perfect example of this. The work is multiplication review but students get to solve a fun riddle at the same time.They also get to practice fine motor skills while they complete the cut and paste activity.

Click on the picture to get this fintastic freebie!

Before I move on to the blog hop links I thought I would share some humor I found and shared on my Facebook page!

Be sure to go for a swim in the linky party below. Every blog in the Shark Week Blog Hop features a fishy freebie for you and your students- but hurry! Shark Week only lasts until Sunday, August 17th  : )
An InLinkz Link-up


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Back To School Ebook
One of the things I anticipate every back to school time is the TpT Ebooks. This year I managed to get in this one!! I am excited about that. There are over 40 TPT sellers who each created a page which has teaching tips and at least one free item. Believe me when I say you will want to download this one. I spent my morning going through the entire thing and have some fun activities for my students.

Before you head off to explore this ebook for yourself, I would like to give a HUGE shout out to Wise Guys for all their incredible work compiling this book.


Adding Text to a PDF

It is always great to get a product that is editable but what do you do when you get it and don't know how to edit it? Usually I make my editable items in PowerPoint so it is easy to edit. I do have a few earlier products that I made into a PDF.

I have had a few people ask me lately how to add text to a PDF file. Since I haven't found out yet how to record what I do on my computer I took a screen shot of what I did and added labels.

Here is how I add text to a PDF file.

I hope this helps!  


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

BTS Sale Finds!

I saw this blog hop link up and thought I would join because I love sharing new finds. I JUST checked out on TPT and almost forgot to use the code BTS14 to get the additional 10% off. I would have felt silly if I had done that.

Anyways I thought I would share with you a couple things I purchased.

My favourite find is these Send Home Science Kits. I think I will be using them for birthday gifts this year. I have already printed off the shopping list and am going to start shopping (I know I just finished shopping but I LOVE shopping!).

Another item I purchased were these adorable Classroom Rules Posters. I like how they are simple enough rules that they cover a wide scope and you don't need a ton of rules in the classroom. A bonus is that they will go with my classroom décor!

Of course I couldn't leave a TPT sale without getting fonts and clip art. Thanks to Jenna Hudson at Sew Much Music, Dancing Crayon Designs, and Khrys Bosland I will have more things to create with!

There is still time to get in on the sale so happy shopping!


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Back To School Sale and a Freebie!!!!

I love back to school time. I love buying new supplies to start fresh with and I love decorating my room. I get excited and nervous to meet my new students and this year I will be changing schools so I have new colleagues to meet! I also love the Teachers Pay Teachers Back To School Sale!!!!!

This year my whole entire (my husband would scream to hear me say this redundant statement!) store is on sale for Monday and Tuesday only. I will be putting everything at a 20% off discounted price. On top of that TPT is giving an additional 10% off at check out. All you have to do is use the code BTS14.

I thought I would show you a few of the new items to my store to help you get started.

I love having binder covers to match my classroom colours so I made these. They are my newest item and are editable to suit your needs.

I also had some time to create 2 more of my popular syllable sorts. This time the ocean and space were the topics. Perfect for adding in those science words!

The last new thing I am going to tell you about before I get to the freebie is my Editable Teacher Calendar. Staying organized is key for me and I like to do so in style. I have already printed and bound (at Staples) this calendar and am getting ready for back to school! And for my Canadian colleagues here is a Canadian version!!!
Okay, freebie time ...It was hard to decide which freebie I wanted to put on here. I decided to go with a fun one that can be used all through the year. My class cannot get enough of Duck Dynasty and have a blast playing this game.

 Well that is it for today. Don't forget to use the code BTS14 and any feedback credits you may have, when you are shopping on TpT during the sale.



Friday, 1 August 2014

My First Currently!

I am excited to finally jump on the Currently bandwagon!!! Farley from Oh' Boy 4th Grade hosts a Currently linky every month and I have always read them but never participated.

Here it is:
Listening: The sound of a fan is a great thing on a hot day like today. I would love a house with air conditioning then I could have put something more exciting here. We actual live in a rental that has thin walls so maybe my guys are that loud.
Loving: Steak on the BBQ is my favourite meat to eat! I could eat it every second day (alternating with fish) if I was allowed to. The steak has to be Barbecued though.
Thinking: As I mentioned we are renting but we are in the process of buying a house. We have looked at so many and it now has come down to 2 of them. One with a view of the lake or one with 5 acres of wilderness. Hmmm.
Wanting: Yup it is hot and a swim would help.
Needing: I am procrastinating doing outside chores for 2 reasons....1) it is hot outside   2) I am getting ready for the TPT Back to School Sale!!!!!
Well that is it for this Currently. I am planning on doing them from now on :)
Don't forget to check out Farley's blog for the links to all the other currently participants. There are some great posts out there.


Let's Have Some Fun Linky

I love having fun in my classroom and am bringing some "fun" to this blog post! Sally at Elementary Matters is having a Let's Have Some Fun Linky and I decided to join!!!

Part one of the linky has me sharing a funny story from my classroom. It took a bit of time to think of the one that I wanted to share. We seem to have many funny moments in my classroom. I decided that I would share something from my first year teaching Grade 1. My friends would tell you that me teaching Grade 1 is the funny part. I vowed I would never teach below Grade 3 but when you want a job you take what there is. Sorry I was sidetracked. Me teaching Grade 1 is not the funny

Here is the funny part: Each week we did spelling and this one day a student came up to me looking very concerned. I asked her what was wrong and she said that I gave her a swear word for their spelling this week and she didn't like that. Confused, I asked her what she was talking about and then she said I gave them the "a" word on the list. I had her point to the word and at that moment she said the word....YIKES I am glad no parents or administrator was around because she said the "A" word.... You know "as". Well we say as but a Grade 1 student sounding it out says "a" "s". I know I don't have to spell out the word for you but I got quite a chuckle and tell this story to colleagues still today. for a fun product.... This was an easy choice. My students have so much fun playing this Duck Dynasty game. It is always the first one to be taken. Students have to try and build the biggest/smallest/closest number to earn duck points. The person with the most duck points wins.

You can get Duck Wars along with other fun products for your classroom during the Teachers Pay Teachers annual Back To School Sale. My entire store will be on sale and if you use the promo code BTS14 at checkout you will get 28% off your total.

I know my cart is already filling up and there is nothing more fun than getting a discount!

Don't forget to check out the other links on Elementary Matters Link Up!


Thursday, 24 July 2014

A Sale and a FB Giveaway!
I just finished my space syllable sort and decided to put all of my syllable sorts on sale for $1.00. That's 50% off!!!

To go along with the flash sale I am having a giveaway on my Facebook page. Check it out to see what you can win :) 

Throw Back Thursday

First of all I have to say that I chose this picture because I use to be OBSESSED with trolls. Do you remember those cute/creepy little critters. I had so many of them. Anyways ...

Since it is Throw Back Thursday I thought I would take you way back to August 8, 2011 when I had my first blog post! This is the first thing I blogged about (after I introduced myself). Click on time machine to go back :)

That seems like so long ago.

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