Monday, July 28, 2014

Differentiated Graphic Organizers

Hi everyone!  Thanks for entering my giveaway last week and congrats to all of the winners!  I am working on getting everything shipped/emailed out this week.   I spent most of my work time last week working on a new product, which I am so excited about!  I have been wanting to have a system for graphic organizers in my classroom.  I tend to use them at least once a week whole-group in class as well as several times a week during guided reading time.  I hated that I never had exactly what I wanted...most of the organizers out there that I've bought have tiny shapes for the kids to write in.  Hello!  Kids can not write successfully in a small shape {and I def. can't read it}!  They need SPACE!  I kept that in mind when creating this product.  I also wanted to differentiate this product so I could accommodate my struggling writers.  This set includes 21 graphic organizers that can be used with ANY story.  Each organizer has an "easy" and "on level" option included.  You can pick which ones best suits the needs of your children.  The borders/fonts are the same on both options so your strugglers will hardly notice they are doing different work.

I created labels for file folders and copied sets of each organizer to place inside.  This will ensure that I have the organizers at my fingertips, like I've always wanted!  I used a plastic hanging folder to put my organizers in.  I like the fact that I am not storing these in a file cabinet, because I want to be able to carry the organizers around my room in case I need a few during guided reading.

I am so proud of this product and I hope that you enjoy it for years to come!  It's on sale for the next 24 hours!  Click the cover below to take a peek!


Thursday, July 24, 2014


Hi!  Welcome to day 4 {the final day} of my big blogging birthday bash!  If you missed out on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday's prizes, be sure to check them out and enter!  Giveaway runs through Saturday. For today's presents, I enlisted in the help of some of my best blogging friends!  Today, you have a chance to win 1 of 10 $10 TpT gift certificates!  Just in time for back to school!  Just follow the Rafflecopter below!  Good luck!  All winners announced for every giveaway Sunday, July 27th so be sure to check back!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Hi everyone!  I hope you had a chance to enter Monday and Tuesday's giveaways!  All giveaways are going on through the end of the week, so you aren't too late!  Today I have a fabulous opportunity for you to win an Alex and Ani bracelet of your choice {$28}!!!  I love my bracelet collection and thought it would be fun for you to have a chance to win one!  To win, blog about this giveaway or share it on your Facebook page {either personal or fan page}.  Leave a comment below with the link to your blog post or share!  I'll be checking! :)  Good luck!  All winners announced for every giveaway Sunday, July 27th so be sure to check back!

Good luck!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Back again!  I hope you had the chance to enter yesterday's Rafflecopter for some amazing prizes!  If you didn't, don't worry--you have through the end of the week to enter all of my giveaways!  Remember, there will be 16 winners for all of the goodies I posted about yesterday!  Here's what's up for grabs today: 1 of 3 $10.00 Starbucks gift certificates!  To win one of the certificates, just browse my blog and pin an educational photo that you like to one of your Pinterest boards!!  Leave me a comment with the link to the pin.  I'll be checking! :) Good luck!  All winners announced for every giveaway Sunday, July 27th so be sure to check back!

See you tomorrow for more FUN!


Monday, July 21, 2014


Hi everyone!  Let's start this party off with a BANG!  But first---A big thank you to all of YOU for supporting my blog for the past 4 years!  Also, a big thank you to all of my friends who contributed to my giveaways!  Remember, I'm having 4 days of celebrations!  Here's what's up for grabs on DAY 1-lots of fun goodies for you AND your classroom!  16 winners today!  Good luck!  All winners announced for every giveaway Sunday, July 27th so be sure to check back!

Just complete the Rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Birthday Bags-A Bright Idea!

Hi everyone!  It's time for another great blog hop-the Bright Ideas linky!  Today I am going to share with you how I celebrate birthdays in my classroom.   I hope you enjoy it!  If so, please consider following me via the social media buttons at the bottom of this post.

With the overwhelming amount of paperwork, testing, grading, planning and just plain TEACHING, thinking about classroom birthdays is the last thing we have time for!  Over the years I've done various things for my kids {treats, prizes, certificates, bracelets, bookmarks, pencils--you get the point...} but it always stressed me out!  Those dang birthdays would pop up out of nowhere and I'd be frantically digging through my cupboard for a random trinket and certificate to give out.  It wasn't until last year that I decided to ORGANIZE my birthday gifts!  {I'm a very organized person so I'm not sure why I never thought of this before...}  Thus the creation of birthday bags!  This is the second summer now that I've spent time purchasing goodies and putting together treat bags for my kids' birthdays.  All 25+ of them.  It really only takes a few minutes to run to the dollar and teacher stores and then about 20 minutes to assemble the bags. 

Here's what I bought this year {mind you, I had a lot of this already in my teacher hoard...}:
  • bags {Hobby Lobby}
  • birthday sticker sheets {teacher store}
  • party blowers {Dollar Tree}
  • Smarties {Dollar Tree}
  • balloons {Dollar Tree}
  • bookmarks {teacher store}

I just put one of each item in the little treat sacks and taped them close.  I put the sacks into a bin and each time a child's birthday comes up, BAM-I hand them a treat sack, we sing happy birthday and call it a day! Easy-peasy!  

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