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I am VERY excited to share my latest product with you!  My Year in School Memory Book is a WONDERFUL way for students to document the *entire* school year!

This memory book is special because students will add to these ALL YEAR!  There are monthly pages for kiddos to fill out at the end of each month, as well as pages for special days like the First Day of School or the 100th Day.  I even included a page so students can look forward to Next Year.

I also was sure to differentiate this pack.  There are THREE levels of memory book printables included to accommodate different grade levels and all types of learners!  I set it up for students in Pre-K/TK, 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th {covers also included for those grade levels}.

Last but not least, I included an editable PowerPoint document so you can add memory pages for ANY day you like {Halloween, Reading Day, Spirit Week, etc.}!

Now a quick look at how I put my books together!

The Astrobrights envelopes are neon--fantastic!!--and 9x12".  They come in a pack of 25 and have an adhesive seal, which is what you want in order to laminate {rather than a prong or string}.  The envelopes *just fit* inside a legal size laminating pouch, which is perfect for at home laminating!  If you have access to a large laminator, by all means, use that one instead!! ;)

Complete directions for putting it all together can be found inside My Year in School Memory Books!  If you don't want to go the envelope route, I also included a page of ideas for other ways to assemble your books!

For another look at this product, head to my TpT shop! Be sure to download the preview, too!  I hope you love it!! :)

Have you heard of Secret Star?  You've probably seen me talk about it before... and that's because I *love* this trick!  Secret Star is a classroom management tool that works WONDERS on hallway behavior, assembly behavior, teacher talking to the Principal by the door behavior… you get the idea!
Here's how it works:  By the door, I keep the above display, which includes a framed "Are you the Secret Star?" sign, a Secret Star Students jar, and a Secret Starbursts jar.  Whenever I need a quiet and well-behaved class, I tell my kiddos I'm looking for the Secret Star and I'll take a token from the Secret Star Students jar.  My tokens have student numbers on them, but you could use names, too.  
Once I have a student picked, I will nonchalantly observe him or her as we walk through the hall {or sit in an assembly, or…}  But SHHH!  It's a secret!  No one knows who I'm looking at… and so they ALL behave!  Why?  Because they want a Secret Starburst, of course!
If the Secret Star happens to misbehave, I don't ever tell anyone WHO it was… I simply say something like, "Sadly, my Secret Star ran all the way to lunch… better luck next time!"  And then *I* eat a Starburst and my kiddos go bananas.  Hehe

I'm telling you, this trick really works!  My firsties never let me forget to choose a Secret Star.  Ever.  They even ask if I'll pick one for nontypical Secret Star events… and sometimes I will, because I'm cool like that ;)

If you want to make your own Secret Star display, you'll need:
*a decorative 5x7" picture frame
*two plastic paint cans {or any type of jars/containers}
*enough 1.5" round wooden tokens for your class list
*a big bag of Starbursts
*and THIS FREEBIE, which includes the sign, labels, and tiny numbers

Putting it all together is simple!  I used a 1" circle punch to cut the little numbers, then Mod Podged them onto the tokens {or rather, I am going to because I can't find my Mod Podge anywhere!}.  You could also just use paint markers or Sharpies to writes names/numbers. Or, here is an alternative to the tokens:
Popsicle sticks!  Write names or numbers on the sticks, then decorate with two colors of  Washi Tape.  Leave them all facing one way {for example, all orange-side-up}.  Then after you pick a stick for Secret Star, flip it so the pink {or whatever color} side shows up.  This way, you'll know that you chose that student recently.

Well, I hope you LOOOVE this idea!  I'd love to read your thoughts and other management ideas in the comments below!

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.  STEM Education is a very hands on curriculum that encourages learning through problem solving, discovering, and exploring.  
CITGO Petroleum Corporation is dedicated to fueling education.  They have even launched a website and program with the goal of celebrating STEM Education, as well as celebrating imagination and innovation in classrooms across America.
CITGO is encouraging teachers to enter the CITGO Fueling Education Sweepstakes.  Entering is easy, but first, let's talk about the GREAT prizes that you could win!!!

For the GRAND PRIZE, renowned STEM educator, Steve Spangler, could you visit your school!  How cool would that be?!  Nine other classrooms will have the opportunity to attend one of Steve Spanglers' "Science in the Rockies" workshops.  And, 90 teachers (yes, 90!!!) could win a $1,000 National School Supply Voucher for their classrooms!  Now that's a lot of school supplies!! :)

To enter, simply tell CITGO how your students use STEM learning to boost their creative and critical thinking skills.  I told you it was easy! :)
BONUS: Be one of the first teachers to enter and you will win a *FREE* STEM toolkit (for grades K-2, 3-5 or 6-8) with loads of fun STEM "Imagination Lab" experiments, a free classroom poster and much more. (Available while supplies last.).

That's not all!  Teachers can also download individual STEM content for use in their classrooms!

So, what are you waiting for?!

Today I am dusting off the old blog and stopping in for a visit!  I am so excited to share my new summarizing unit with you.  My kids love summarizing with SWBST (somebody, wanted, but, so, then) and I hope your kids will, too!

Let's Summarize is jam PACKED with goodies to help your little ones master the art of summarizing.  I get giddy just looking at all the fun and colorful stuff on the cover!!

Speaking of colorful... I decided to completely color code SWBST.  I thought it would be helpful for my kiddos to recognize each part if they were also associated with a color.  So far, so good!  Throughout the pack, the posters, cards and examples use the same colors: pink (somebody), purple (wanted), blue (but), green (so), and orange (then).

I created an anchor chart story to help students understand the meaning behind SWBST:

I think most people have heard the story of the princess and her frog prince, so I used that as my example!  After I introduce the posters, I model how to put the information into a quick summary using complete sentences.

Next, I like to pull a favorite book out of my collection and read it to my class.  I used Click, Clack, Peep!  Then we use the color coded SWBST cards to write important information as a whole group.  I stress that at this point, it's okay not to use complete sentences:
Again, I show my firsties how to put the information together (they help make the sentences longer by adding in little bits of information that they remember from the story).  After the summary is complete, I underline the sentences- color coded, of course!- to show each part of SWBST: 
To give my littles more practice, I created printables with 8 original passages.  On each page, students can read the story, and then go back and "highlight" the important parts using... the color code, of course! :)
I also created two interactive notebook pages.  Students can color the flap appropriately and write the important questions under the flaps (somebody - who is the main character? etc.): 
The second page has the important questions already printed, so kiddos can use it to summarize a story on their own (not pictured).  There is also a generic summarizing sheet in the pack (not pictured)!

I also included a little craftivity in this pack... are you surprised?!  It's a flip book craft, and there is space for students to summarize a story in pictures or words underneath.  I just love it!!
If you like what you see here, you can grab Let's Summarize in my TpT shop!!  I hope you love it!! :)

Well hello there!  Happy New Year!  Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day, so I thought I'd share some ideas-- old and new-- with you!

First up, I created a new resource to use with my little ones.  It includes a simple craftivity with an opportunity for writing...
as well as a 10-page mini reader to help students learn about Dr. King's life!

You can find Martin Luther King, Jr. {Craftivity & Reader} in my TpT Shop!

A few years ago, I created another craft that is perfect for MLK Day!  This activity celebrates diversity, with two kids of different ethnicities holding hands...

The pack also includes various printables to help with your MLK lessons:

The I Have a Dream pack is also available in my TpT store!
One of my favorite activities for Martin Luther King Day is singing.  Yup, singing!!

And the kiddos love it, too!  I found the song/chart on Pinterest, from Welcome to Room 36.  Sing it to the tune of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"... it's catchy!!

After reading all about Dr. King, my kiddos and I create an anchor chart to post and refer to:

I also found some great, new ideas that I'd like to use with my kiddos this year!  I love how Michelle from Apples and ABC's uses skin color crayons as a visual for Dr. King's dream!  So much so, that I Amazon Primed myself a box of multicultural crayons!
And how cute is this directed drawing from First Grade Blue Skies?!

Last but not least, I love this activity using The Crayon Box That Talked from The Bubbly Blonde Teacher.  And it's a freebie!!

Hopefully you can find something to use in your classroom this week :)

Are you ready to shop?!  Tomorrow is Cyber Monday, which means DEALS all across the Internet!  And TpT is joining in on the fun by throwing a HUGE site-wide SALE!  Everything in my shop will be on SALE Monday, November 30th and Tuesday, December 1st!  Enter code SMILE at checkout to save an additional 10% off your purchase!

Below I am highlighting some new {and newly updated} products in my shop.  To check out everything else that I have to offer, click HERE! :)

Super Sight Word Heroes printables are a *SUPER* way for students to practice their sight words! Each page focuses on ONE sight word.  Kiddos will trace, write, color, stamp, circle, and read & copy {sentences include picture support}!  This BUNDLE currently includes printables for Pre-Primer and Primer words, and will eventually include First Grade practice sheets as well!!

The Sprint Prints Complete Bundle is FULL of fun for your students!  These themed printables are great to grab in a pinch!  Fast finishers, morning work, time-fillers... however you use them, your kiddos are sure to love these activities!  In each monthly pack, you'll find 15+ fun printables to keep your students engaged.  There is also a BONUS craftivity inside each set!

Letter Sorts A-Z & Letter Sorts Tricky Pairs are fun ways to help your students master the alphabet!  Kiddos will practice identifying and sorting uppercase and lowercase letters and tricky letter pairs {such as b and d}  in various fonts.  They will also work on letter formation and use fine motor skills.  Students will love the different activities on each sheet!

Dice Games All Year is sure to be a hit among your students!  The games are fun, engaging, and easy to prep-- just add dice and crayons!  There are 8 different games included, and each game come in 14 themes.  Students will become familiar with the formats of each game, and you will have a variety of activities to pull out during the holidays!!

Happy Shopping!!!

As teachers, it's so very rewarding to watch our little ones turn into READERS!  I teach first grade, and I often find that my students are all over the place: some come into my classroom reading above level, while others come in well below.  It's great to witness their growth throughout the year as everyone becomes successful readers!!

One component to learning how to read is sight word practice... and lots of it!  That's why I'm creating a series of sight word practice pages for my little ones.  Each page will focus on ONE sight word.  Take a look:
Kiddos will trace, write, color, stamp, circle, and read & copy a sentence using the sight word.  The sentences include picture support and have touch dots underneath each word to support tracking!

The examples above are from the Pre-Primer pack.  There are 40 words:
a - and - away - big - blue - can - come - down - find - for - funny - go - help - here - I - in - is - it - jump - little - look - make - me - my - not - one - play - red - run - said - see - the - three - to - two - up - we - where - yellow - you

You can grab Sight Word Super Heroes {Pre-Primer} now in my shop!  I've also included the Pre-Primer edition in the Sight Word Super Heroes {Growing Bundle}!  This bundle will soon include printables for the Primer and First Grade words, too!

Before I sign off, I wanted to show you a little "behind the scenes" look at a TpT-mama photoshoot!
Summer kept stealing stamps and crayons while I was trying to take my pictures!  She is seriously too cute!!! ::heart eyes::

Have a great night! :)

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