Saturday, November 28, 2015

Ready for the BIG Sale?

Hey friends! Jana here.
Are you as excited as we are for tomorrow's TPT CyberSmile sale?! This is the last sale of the year, and I'm super-pumped! I've got my eye on some cute holiday clip art for sure!
Don't forget to use code SMILE at check-out for that added bonus.
The sweet and oh-so-talented Jen at Teaching in the Tongass created a fun linky that I just had to join! My TPT wishlist is huge. I'm always adding items to it, and then digging  through it when there's a sale. Today I'll share my top 3 most wishlisted items.
Maybe one is on your wishlist?

 This item is one of my all-time faves and is also the #1 seller in my store. 5-a-Day Math has been huge in building independence and strengthening my students' math skills. The concepts build on each other and continuously spiral throughout the year so that skills are not forgotten.

 The coolest part is that it's just ONE SHEET of paper per week! I print on legal-sized paper, and my students fold it and keep it in their math folders throughout the week.

I recently created a 2nd Grade 5-a-Day as well.
It's a growing bundle and can also be found in  my TPT store!

You can read more about 5-a-Day Math here: All About 5-a-Day Math
Number 2 on the list is also a bundled item. My Vowel Teams, Digraphs & Diphthongs Bundle includes seven of my word work units. These are quick print-and-go activities and great for practice throughout the week during your spelling practice or word work time.

 You can read more about my word work routine here: Word Work Made Easy

 Number 3 on the list was a pleasant surprise for me! My Life in the Garden unit was one of my very first TPT creations, and it's also one that I love to teach. The activities are fun and hands-on. It's always best to get a little dirty during science time! :)

You can read more about this unit here: Life in  the Garden

Hey guys! It's Ashley now...thought I'd jump on in and share my top 3 wishlisted items. As Jana mentioned, I LOVE these sales because my wishlist is FULL FULL FULL (5 pages full to be exact), and I can't wait to move some of them over to my cart! 
My number one item is one of my first TPT creations. It's a QR code scavenger hunt. I love using QR codes to get my kiddos up and moving. They get to scan the code, an image pops up on the iPad or other electronic took, and they write the CVC word on their recording sheet. You can get the bundle here or each vowel is sold separately if you'd like to try just one at a time. (Short a is my best seller of the individual sets.)
My second most wishlisted item is my most recent product. It's the LA version of Jana's Math 5-a-day. I used the math 5-a-day last year and was constantly wishing I had the LA counterpart to go along with I got busy creating it! It's such a fun quick way to practice sight words, phonics, spelling, sentence rules, etc. It is a spiraling review so it helps create independence and build self confidence too. I print mine on a legal size paper so it only uses one sheet of paper per week!
And my final product is a science unit called Life in the Pond! This unit is packed full of HANDS-ON science lessons, including an outline on how to create a small desktop pond habitat. My students LOVE this science unit!!!

So, what’s on your wishlist this weekend? I can't wait to clear out my wishlist during the TPT Cyber Smile Sale! Our stores will be 20% off, and don’t forget to use promo code SMILE to save an extra 10% at checkout!

Head back to Teaching in the Tongass to see everyone else's Top Wishlisted Item posts!

Friday, November 20, 2015

5 for Fri-YAY

I’m a little embarrassed that this is my first blog post for the school year and it’s NOVEMBER! November, people! Yikes!!! I decided to team up with Doodlebugs for a little Five for Friday fun!
Teacher Life Hack
I love decorating my classroom and hanging up posters, anchor charts, kids’ work, etc. I don’t love when all of those lovely things end up on the floor. This year I have a classroom with cinder block walls all around so stapling into the wall is not an option and hot gluing to the wall leaves such a mess. With a little help from some hot glue and painters tape my walls are getting more colorful! I just put hot glue on my posters, then put painters tape over the glue then taped the posters to the wall. I suppose any tape could work, but I MY HUSBAND painted my classroom this summer so with painter’s tape there’s no sticky mess left behind. 
Classroom decor available in my TPT Store 
   LA 5-a-day
Last year my teammate (Jana Guerra) created Math 5-a-days. They are AWESOME and really aligned with our curriculum. I kept thinking that I needed something similar for language arts…so I created the LA version. I use them with my 1st grade RTI groups for a quick review of handwriting, sight words, and phonics. I love having all of these skills in one spot and it only takes a few minutes at the beginning of each of our groups. The same skills are reviewed in two week chunks to help build mastery and independence. I print mine on legal sized paper so it only takes one paper for the entire week. We normally grade them together on Fridays. 

Coding apps
Is anyone out there using coding apps in your classroom? We had a quick PD meeting this week on some engaging coding apps that I thought I’d share. We are fortunate to have 1:1 ipads in our school, and the kids cannot get enough of these two coding apps! I am by no means an expert on either of these apps, but I enjoy learning with the kiddos. If you have any coding apps to share, please do! I’d love to learn more. These were perfect for Kinder, 1st and 2nd graders.
3rd Birthday
My oldest daughter turned 3 this month so we decided to go “glamping” (glamorous camping) to celebrate! We had so much fun playing in the tent, roasting marshmallows, and creating our own s’mores at the “S’mores Bar.” Here's the menu if you'd like it. =)

Everyone needs this picture at least once right…
I took my kiddos to see Santa…the 3 year old kept a safe distance, but the younger one didn’t have a choice.  Poor baby!