Pick My Pocket! A Permanent Center for Your Classroom

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You all know I just love sharing some of my favorite things from the “WAY BACK FILES” and this is another one.  For this months BRIGHT IDEA, I thought I would share my “Pick My Pocket” board. It is so simple. There are no gimmicks or magic buttons. It is just a large, laminated poster […]

Dirt Pudding

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Have you ever made dirt pudding? This is another fun activity to do around Earth Day,  or anytime you want to have your kids practice using some functional text. We recently finished a unit on functional text. Students need practice in reading recipes and following written directions. This would be a great culminating activity and […]

Keeping Your Students Organized During Writer’s Workshop

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Managing Writer’s Workshop can be a challenging task. Over the years, these have saved my sanity and kept my kiddos’ writing on the “right” track.  These are multiple folders bound together to help keep students organized through the steps of the writing process. I have used two pocket folders (for a total of 4 pockets) […]

Tooth Fairy Ideas for Teachers

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Let’s just face it… even though they are gross to most grown-ups, lost teeth are milestones to our little friends. I wanted to find a way to make a lost tooth an exciting event in my class without losing precious instructional time. I was also on the hunt through all of our local school supply […]

Holiday Class Writing Journals

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If you are familiar with my Class Writing Journals, I have some exciting news!  I finally finished a holiday expansion pack.  I am so excited about these! This pack includes 6 holiday themed writing journals to use throughout the year.  They match my other Class Writing Journals so they can easily be added to the […]

Famous Explorer and Scientist Research Books

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I LOVE using flap books!  I use them ALL YEAR LONG as mini research report projects. We have been working on two different ones this year- Important Scientists and Famous Explorers. These are great for class books too! After we research a famous scientist or famous explorer,  students complete a page of their book. Here are […]

Peek-A-Boo Layered Books

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I am so excited to introduce my newest creations…  I call them Peek-A-Boo Layer Books and they are such  show stoppers!! Here is how they work:  Each page combines together to create a scene that peeks through the front cover. Negative space is removed to achieve this super-cool effect. Pages are lined to so learners […]

Class Writing Journals Set #3- Persuasive and Opinion Writing!

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I have had so much awesome feedback on my first two sets of Class Writing Journals, that I added one more set to the mix.  I am SUPER proud of these!  With the big push in Common Core for students to explain their ideas and reinforce their opinions with evidence, these couldn’t be more timely! […]

Class Writing Journals- Set #2 Using Informational Text!!

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Boy howdy, am I excited about these!!  Based on feedback from buyers, I made another set of Class Writing Journals, but this time they focus on INFORMATIONAL writing.  It’s like I am getting the kids to write mini-reports without them knowing.  Kinda sneaky of me, but a teacher has to do what a teacher has […]

Throwback Thursday- Writer’s Workshop

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Happy Thursday! Today I’m linking up with super-cute Cara from The First Grade Parade for an old school  linky party…Throwback Thursday!  It is a tribute old blog posts. So I thought I would revisit my most popular TPT product and still one of my favorite classroom tools- Writer’s Workshop Folders!  I STILL use my original folders from three years […]