Saturday, September 20, 2014

Johnny Appleseed Traveling Party + Freebie

Hello my sweet blogger friends,
Ahhh... fall is coming near. The weather is becoming milder (well, in Florida at this time of year, anything in the 80s is milder), Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is back.... It is definitely my favorite time of the year, which brings me to one of my many favorite days of the school year: My Johnny Appleseed Traveling Party!

On Apple Day, I don't like to do the traditional activities. Many years ago, I started doing the Johnny Appleseed Traveling Party with my students on Johnny Appleseed's birthday.
I usually set up 5 apple stations. With each station, I have a sign with a state that Johnny Appleseed either resided or lived in.
For this pack, I added 10 activities for differentiated purposes. Some of the activities include:
-Which Apple Do You Like the Best (taste testing different apples and graphing)
-Apple-licious Taste Testing (sample different apple products)
-Apple Oxidation (use different materials to determine whether the apple will turn brown or not)
 -Apple Exploration (use math and science skills to describe your apple)
-Apple Parts (label parts of an apple)
Additional activities included in the pack are:
 -Crockpot Apple Crisp (with a how-to writing to accompany it)
-Apple Eruption (use different ingredients to make an apple volcano)
-Apple Play Doh (students will make apple play doh and complete a sequencing sheet on how they made it)
-Apple Life Cycle Craftivity
-Johnny Appleseed Pot Hat (students will make a pot shaped hat to wear on their head like Johnny Appleseed)

It really helps to have parent volunteers help run the stations; however, I have had years where parental involvement is non-existent. You may choose to do these activities with your students throughout the week or pick some activities that are simple if you don't have any volunteers.

To begin this week, I send home a parent letter asking for donations of certain apple products and for each student to donate an apple of any color. I also ask for volunteers in advance. I have always been very fortunate with having most of my students bring in an apple!
On the day of, I slice the apples 20 minutes before we begin our stations. Our stations last anywhere from 10-15 mins a piece. It runs like a well-oiled machine!
Here are some pictures of our stations in action:


Here is a preview of everything that's included:

And to show my appreciation of my fans, here is a freebie from the pack. This is a "Parts of An Apple Labeling Sheet". I hope you enjoy using it with your students! Click on the picture to download!!
I hope this post has given you some ideas! Have a fun-filled apple week!! :)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday Made It + TPT sale time!!

Happy Monday Friends,
I'm getting ready to venture into my classroom tomorrow! EEEK!! This year I am moving to a new school, so my classroom is starting from scratch. It is such an exciting, yet nerve wracking time!
Today I'm linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!!
First I made some decorative items for my classroom. I made this "READ" decoration that I am going to hang using Command hooks. I found the zebra plates at Hobby Lobby and the self adhesive letters at Walmart!!
Next up, I made a sign for my classroom door! I bought a canvas at Hobby Lobby. I found a zebra stencil at Hobby Lobby also and used a black paint pen to do the stenciling. Then, I made a name tag from pink cardstock and letter stickers, added some gems, and VOILA! 
I also made my helper chart for my rock star classroom!!! I couldn't find a helper chart that I loved. Then the idea popped into my head one day. Why not take individual pictures of my students and make them into "backstage passes". Then I will hang them under each job.

This is an example of a badge using my daughter Summer!
 This helper chart is EDITABLE & now in my TPT store!! Click on the cover page above to take you there!
I also created & ordered this banner from Vistaprint. Since our school is doing a rock star theme, I am going to hang this on the board for Meet the Teacher. Folks, I am IN LOVE with this sign!!!
Lastly, I have been feverishly working on my Rockin' Through My Alphabet pack! I am going to use this as a fun review for my firsties the first few weeks of school. This pack includes a poster for each letter of the alphabet, a QR code that links to a song for each letter, a list of songs with links if you do not choose to use QR codes, and a workbook to reinforce students' knowledge on their letters and sounds.

Also I'm sure you've heard about the BIG back to school TPT sale!!!
All my products in my TPT store are 20% off! With promo code BTS14 you get an extra 8% off. Click on the picture below to go to my store & snatch some of these goodies:

 See you next time friends!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Firstie Friends Back to School GIVEAWAY!!!

Hello friends! Are you ready for a HUGE giveaway? I have gathered together with some AMAZING teacher bloggers and we have put together a fantastic set of prizes for you. We have 42 bloggers participating, so we are giving away a prize pack of 14 products each to 3 winners! :) You can enter on the Firstie Friends Facebook Page, and you can earn a LOT of entries. Go to the tabs under the header picture and click the tab that says "Giveaway". The giveaway will end on Sunday, August 4th at 8pm CST. At the bottom of this post you will also find links to ALL of my Firstie Friends' stores! :)


Thank you so much for reading! Good luck in the giveaway!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Educents Back to School Blowout Sale!!


 I am so excited to announce that is having a HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! From July 30 - August 2 (Wednesday - Saturday), they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF! There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year! Take a peek into what is on sale! Tell your friends, because there is something for everyone who teaches children in PreK-8th grade!

Preschool Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 72% OFF


Kindergarten Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 75% OFF


K-2 The Write Stuff ELA Bundle - 68% OFF


First Grade Literacy Bundle - 74% OFF


One of my top products is included!! My Making Words Mega Pack: Word Building for the Entire Year!

School Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 2-3) - 74% OFF


Poetry Curriculum & Activities Bundle (Grades 2-6) - 75% OFF


Tricky Math Curriculum Bundle (Grades 3-5) - 69% OFF


Management, Decor & Organization Bundle - 76% OFF


Don't Miss It!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Finally on the Ball- Monday Made It plus FREEBIES!

Happy Motherload of Monday Made Its!!!
Ok I have a confession to make...I have totally been a SLACKER this summer! :(
Then I had a panic attack this past week! I only have 2 weeks until school is back. Oh boy!
So be prepared for the motherload of Monday Made Its that I am about to bring your way. I'm linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics!

 Keep on reading though, because I have some freebies that are headed your way!
First off, I have been working on classroom décor packs for my friends and myself. I am changing after 5 years of doing a pirate theme to doing a rock star theme. I am so STINKIN' excited!
I created this *editable* rock star themed pack!
Here are a few examples of what I included:
I made this editable sign for my classroom door!
I also created my alphabet line...
I had to have some rock star subway art, so I created these inspirational quotes from famous musicians! I found the frames at IKEA for $1.99 each. They are plastic instead of glass which is perfect for those little classroom accidents!
You can find this & more right HERE!
I also created some *editable* jungle themed décor for my friend!
There is so much that it includes! 170 pages of décor! Here's a sneak peek:
You can see more details about this editable décor pack HERE
Then I did some more creating for my classroom! My colors are pink, black, and white zebra stripes this year. I had the hardest time finding pink caddies this year, when one day...VOILA! There they were at my most favorite store...Target!! :) I created the tags and got some zebra ribbon at Hobby Lobby (another favorite of mine). I wrapped it around the caddy and hot glued it in spots. This is how they came out!
Next up, I worked on table signs for each of my tables. I also found these plastic frames at IKEA (no glass involved ;)) They came in a 2 pack for .99 cents each. You can't beat that price!
Here are the table signs if you are interested in using them. Click HERE for your freebie!!
Next up I bought some Pop Rocks and created a tag that says, "First Grade is Going To Rock!". I also made tags for Pre-K through 5th. This is what the final product looks like:
I would like to share this freebie with you!! Click on the picture below to download this for free!
 Right now, I feel like I'm on a long car ride asking, "Are we there yet?" We are finally nearing the end of this post. There is one more item I created. The new school that I am starting at is big into Reading Counts. I created a Reading Counts clip chart in my theme to track the number of points that my students are earning. As they get to the next level, there will be special prizes that they can earn! I'm excited to implement this!
 Well that's about all I have for you today!! I feel like I accomplished a lot this week, and I have much more to work on for next week!! See you around friends!!