Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Penguin Footprints!

I saw this on Pinterest and fell in love! click here to go to the website! Enjoy!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Magnetic Word Wall

I love this idea! I've seen large pieces of sheet metal used to display artwork but this is for a word wall. Great for limited wall space classrooms. My word wall is cloth with velcro words. My letter label headers are pencils.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

More teacher gift ideas

These can work for Mother's Day as well. They are fantastic! Enjoy!

Here a cute poem to go with any of the candy gifts...
Green is for the inspiration you give me each day.
Blue is for your patience in showing me the way.
Orange is for your warmth and caring style.
Yellow is for the way you always make me smile.
Red is for my life that you have touched this year.

You place knowledge in my hands,

that melt into my heart and live forever!
You're a "Magnificent" & "Marvelous" Teacher!
Thank you for being my M&M!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


You can interchange the number on the hanger, and add or take away clothespins for sums of any number. Use for tally marks too! Found this one on Pinterest (of course!) :0)

Fall Trees

This is awesome! It comes from pikadilly charm blog.

Brown paper lunch bags
-Paper (Fall colors)
The how to:
1- Cut lunch bag into half inch strips. Start at the opening and cut half way down the bag.
2- Open bag and stand it up.
3- Hold base of bag with one hand and twist the middle of bag to create the trunk of the tree.
4- (example of finished trunk)
5- Twist two of the bag strips together to create branches.
6- (example of finished branches)
7- Rip strips of colored paper into tiny pieces and glue them all over the branches of the tree.

Halloween Pumpkin

Each child painted their rendition of an orange circle on the paint easel. The next day we used green finger paint and their hands to add stems with leaves. (You can also use die cut hands instead.) The children glued on pumpkin seeds to finish up this project.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sticker Fun!

I found this idea on Pinterest. (I know... again!) This one is so versatile. This has birthday stickers which can be used for students on their special day. You can also use Valentine's Day stickers, Christmas stickers, Halloween stickers, 100 day and on and on... Enjoy!

Descriptive Writing

This is great for grades 4 through 12. It is similar to the "Show Me" writing that I do with my Sophomores and Juniors. The premise is the same - taking a simple sentence and making it descriptive. This one uses sticky notes to start the simple sentence and then writing a descriptive paragraph from it.

Another great Teacher Appreciation gift idea

I wanted to add this to the other Teacher Appreciation gifts I've already posted. These are so inexpensive and really let teachers know that they are appreciated for all of their hard work. Teacher Appreciation week is the first of May. It's never too early to start looking for ideas! Enjoy!


I found these on Pinterest. Great idea! I always color-coded mine but these actually say what's what! I'm thinking that if you use clear Avery labels, you can print them from your own computer and put them on any color clip. It would be more economical that buying them already printed. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas

Here are some inexpensive and cute ideas for teacher appreciation week. LOVE!
Warm, homemade cookies to start...
 Travel size Bath & Body lotion and hand sanitizer next...
 Small gift basket filled with hugs...
 This is too cute! Smarties...
 And finally a plant for teacher's desk...
All of this adds up to a very happy teacher and it won't break a parent's pocketbook!
There is another one that I don't have a picture of and that is a new dish towel wrapped in ribbon with a note that says "Thank you for not 'throwing in the towel' on our kids"!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Basement Idea... ???

This is actually a basement! Yep! A basement! It could be such a cute classroom! Go check it out at JuicyBits49 blogspot. :)

B & D and P & G made easy

Here is a picture of real B & D and P & G demonstrations from Laura over at Come Together Kids blog. It really helps the little ones to know the differences.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Teacher Valentine's Gift

Found this on Pinterest. Too cute, inexpensive and easy to make. Just need a glue gun, pencils, tin can and ribbon. Put any kind of flower inside. Makes a great teacher gift for any holiday or occasion.

Classroom Management

This is the best number level chart I've seen for early childhood classrooms. It has pictures that correlate with the numbers. Click on the title to get your free poster from The Kinder Kid blog.

Great Social Studies Freebie

Click on the title to get this great freebie...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

President's day freebie from TPT

Free President''s Day Venn diagram. Click on the title and it will take you there :)

Math strategies

Found this trolling Pinterest. I tried to get a website but it wouldn't come up. Sorry I don't know who to give credit to but great idea! I use to tell my students several of these pointers when we did math. Enjoy and use! :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentine's Day Craft

Another great idea using paint strips. Valentine's Day bookmarks made using paint strips, ribbons, and a craft heart puncher. Too cute! This idea comes from Busy Crafty

Literacy - Word families

This is the best idea that I've seen using paint strips other than contractions. :)
I found this blog hopping. This comes from Serving Pink Lemonade Blogspot.

Just for high school teachers ;)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Great Tattle Management Tool

Great "tattle jar" for writing down what is bothering students. Plus a classroom poster for illustrating the difference between tattling and reporting. This idea is from All Things Katie Marie blog. :)

Kindergarten Basics

This is a great idea from A Sprinkle of This Blog. Check it out!

Using Altoid cans and flashcards in word and cut them to fit in the tins.
A quick spray of white paint. Decorate the outside or leave them blank to reuse as the curriculum changes.

*** Update ***
Thanks to Cyn from who suggested I use vinyl to decorate the front the tins now look like this . . . .

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Old Age Wisdom

As I'm sitting here going through blogs while I'm working online, I realize something. All of the curriculum, classroom resources, charts, worksheets, parent letters and teacher/student checklists and assessments I created years ago as an elementary teacher (and high school recently) were always freely shared with others. I am constantly seeing fellow educators creating similar items that are being "sold" on certain sites. I've always believed that the best ideas are stolen and re-created to fit the teaching style of the individual. That's not to say that my ideas aren't original because most of them are... My point being (there is a point)... if you didn't come up with an "original" idea, then don't put your "copyright" on it and sell it. OKAY! Off the soapbox and off the blogs for tonight. Back to yearbook... :)