"But teacher, I don't know what to write about!"

How many times a day do you hear that?!  For me, at least 23 times... the same number of students in my class ;)  It can certainly make any writing period frustrating, for both me and my littles.  So, I knew I had to come up with something!
And then the lightbulb went off... Writing topic cards!  With word banks!  Once I got started, I just couldn't stop.  I created over 100 topic cards across 11 categories {myself, people, places, animals, snacks, sports, travel/transportation, holidays, make-believe, school, and seasons & weather}.
Here's a look at one of the topics under the "Seasons & Weather" category:
I designed the cards so that they could be easily organized on binder rings.  I included tiny circles in the template so when you punch, the holes will all be even! ;)  The category title cards also have little tabs so you can quickly flip around.  ALL of the cards fit on jumbo binder rings {as seen in the photos above}, but if you want to make smaller sets...
...just separate them on mini binder rings!  I snipped off the tabs for the individual sets, but you could certainly leave them on!  Another look at six of the sets in my writing center:
If they pick a different card each day, my firsties can write about something NEW for over 100 DAYS!  What?!!  So far, my kiddos are *LOVING* it... and so am I!!!!  
And here's another fun look at my writing center!
Of course I had to share the love with my fellow teachers!  I bundled all of the cards together in one set for your classroom!  Writing Topic Cards {PLUS Vocab}!

You can learn even more about this set by downloading the preview from my TpT shop!  I hope you LOVE, love, love this pack as much as I do!!!

Want to grab Writing Topic Cards {Plus Vocab}! on SALE?

My entire shop will be on sale on Wednesday, February 25th!  Save 20%, PLUS an additional 10% using the promo code HEROES.  That's a total of 28% off!!  Can't beat that ;)  Go and fill up your carts...

Happy Shopping!!!
Valentine's Day came a day early in first grade!  It was a crazy, sugar-filled Friday {the 13th, no less!}, but a great start to my WEEK OFF. :) :)  I wanted to stop in and share a few ideas for Valentine goodies... you can put them in your pocket for next year!!

Backtracking for a sec, my teacher girls and I decided at our Secret Santa exchange that we needed a "Secret Something" exchange for every month of the school year.  Just a *little* surprise gift, because we like surprises.  And gifts.  So, we drew months out of a hat and set a buying limit of $40 {which is $5 per person}.  I drew February, which was my first choice!!

Fast forward to last night when this Secret Valentine finally decided to put her gifts together...!  I bought 8 EOS lip balms and whipped up some gift tags.  Voila!
To place the EOS in the card, I used a 1.5" circle punch to make a hole.  Then I opened each balm, sandwiched the card between the top and bottom, and screwed it shut.  Don't worry, I'm a germaphobe and washed my hands thoroughly! ;)  Easy as pie!!

For my student gifts, I picked up some bubble rings from Walmart and stuck them to a little card using glue dots:
Nothin' too fancy {that's what happens when you make the tags at midnight the night before}, but the kiddos loved them!

And last but not least, another last minute idea!  We made gifts for our parents:
They are as simple as they look:  two hearts glued together, two handprints in two colors.  Quick, easy, and certainly a keepsake! :)

I hope you can pin these ideas and use them sometime!  Have a WONDERFUL Valentine's Day, Cupcakes!  I can't wait to share the day with my little love bug!  XoXo!
And, Valentine's Day is THIS week!  Wow!  If you're looking for some fun printables or a CUTE craftivity for your Love Day party, then you might be interested in the latest edition of Sprint Prints!

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! Included are 15 fun printables to keep your students engaged during the month of February. There is also a BONUS mailbox craftivity inside!!

Skills covered include: comparing numbers, non-standard measurement, time, medial vowels, homophones, common and proper nouns, and more!
Isn't the bonus mailbox craftivity just the cutest?!  Along with the patterns, this craft comes with six mini sentiments {like XoXo} to put on the door.  The mailbox would be great to decorate your Valentine's Day treat bags, or even attached to a love letter! :)

If you're interested in adding Sprint Prints! February to your monthly resources, you can find it in my TpT shop!  My kiddos are loving the activities so far!!

You can also find Sprint Prints! February in the Sprint Prints! Growing Bundle for a discount!

The Growing Bundle currently includes the months of November, December, January, and February... but will eventually include printables and craftivities for ALL 12 months!  It's priced to SAVE, too!  If you already own the Growing Bundle, just go into "My Purchases" on TpT and download the revised copy for free!
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