Monday, August 18, 2014


Hi Everyone!
Have you heard about the upcoming TPT One Day  Bonus Sale????

Well…the sale is approaching quickly!!!  All of our stores will be on sale and when you enter the discount code you can get resources much cheaper!!!

I am teaming up with some great teacher bloggers to bring you a blog hop featuring one of my best selling products.  I want to give you a closer look and a FREEBIE to try out with your class.

Here are my blogging friends that are taking part in this fun little blog hop...

I used this resource with my own students last year and they LOVED it!  They loved the little tabs on the top and said they had fun making them...SCORE!  Learning, working and they are having FUN...a teacher's dream..I tell ya :)
I thought you might like to give it a try with your students!

And if you want to check it out in my TPT Shop, click the image below...

Now... head on over to Angela's blog The Daily Alphabet to check out one of her Best Sellers....

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my Math Tab-It's FREEBIE!!


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Back to School Writing FREEBIE FUN!

Hi Friends... I don't know about you, but on the first day of school I like get my kiddos writing RIGHT AWAY!  After we get their supplies in order and get ourselves organized, I always do a read-aloud called How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague.

Click this picture to check it out on Amazon. 

After I read the story to them,  we do a sharing circle on the carpet where we share Something We Did and Somewhere  We Went so that all of the students have an opportunity to share.  This is a PERFECT springboard for our first writing activity of the year!  We will complete  The Scoop on Summer Flip Flap Book to record all of our summer memories.  It is a great way assess their writing skills, spelling skills, and cutting skills!  I found out first hand last year that kids have trouble cutting...what in the world.... I nipped that one in the bud with my flip flap books.  They were cutting machines by the end of the year :)

My friend Corinna over at Surfin' Through Second has already started school and I have a couple of weeks left, so she shared this picture with me!  I was SOOOOOOOO excited that she shared it with me and she said her little ones loved it.  I am a Happy Camper :)  

What's even better than that this flip flap book is a FREEBIE in my TPT Shop!  
Click the image below to download your free copy!

I hope you enjoy using it with your students this year!


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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Work on Writing and Daily 5

Hi Friends.. I hope this post finds you all well.  I am sure that many of you are already back to school.  But I have 2 1/2 weeks left of bliss :)  I know...hate me now....but in June you are going to be in a much better place than me...LOL....I digress :)

Anywhooooo.... This will be my third year implementing Daily 5 in my classroom and let me tell you.. I LOVE it more and more every year!  My little ones have done so well with this structure during our literacy block and I have been able to accomplish SO MUCH with my guided reading groups during our rotations.

Every year I always like to re-evaluate how my classroom runs and how well the students work in my Daily 5 Stations.  As I said, they LOVE Daily 5, but I noticed that last year, many of my students became bored with the activities that I had in my Work on Writing Station.  So I promised myself that I would work on this area over the summer.   I always have a NEVER-ENDING list of things that I would like to tackle over the summer and my Work on Writing Station was top on my list.

Here is how I organize my Work on Writing Station.  

I really wanted their writing to address the CCSS and be FUN as well.  So I thought...and thought..yep...and thought some more and then it hit me!  My students LOVED my Math Tab-Its that we used in class during our Guided Math I figured...let me integrate this concept into my Work on Writing Station for our Daily 5 rotations.... AND.....

This was born....
My Writing Tab-Its for my Work on Writing Station!

Seriously.. I am in LOVE...and I know fo' sure that my students are going to love them as well!

As you know, Daily 5 is about "CHOICE" and while I believe that is extremely important to allow my students the opportunity to "choose" their writing activity, I felt that many of my students would choose the same writing activity over and over and over and over again!  So I have decided that every other week I am going to give my students a "Have To" writing activity at my Work on Writing Station.  They will have two weeks to complete one of the Writing Tab-Its that I have added to the station in addition to the other writing choices that they make.

My plan is to add a basket of books that are geared toward a specific topic like Birds or Reptiles...or a different theme that correlates to the science, social studies, or literature unit we are studying at that time.  They will have the opportunity to not only write at the Work on Writing Station, but they will also read different non-fiction books and magazines on the specific topic and conduct their research on the "Have To" writing activity. 

Here is a little "sneak peek" at the All About Birds Tab-It Booklet that my students will work on when we are learning about Owls.

This resource incorporates a variety of writing topics that all align to the Common Core State Writing Standards.  It includes Procedural Writing Tab-Its, Opinion Writing Tab-Its, Non-Fiction Animal Tab-Its, Expository Writing Tab-Its, and Story Summary Tab-Its.

So... this is how I plan on revving up the FUN in my Work on Writing Center and I CAN'T WAIT to get my kiddos into it!  I am actually excited to start school to get this going...well..I can wait a few more weeks ;)  LOL.

So...Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you check out my Writing Tab-Its to get your kiddos EXCITED about writing during your Daily 5 Station Rotations!

Click the image to check it out in my TPT Shop!


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Back to School You Tube Party and Giveaway!!


I am SERIOUSLY excited (and a little bit nervous) about this post. 

You see, my blogging friends and I at the Primary Chalkboard wanted to do something BIG for back to school for you.

BIG I'm talking, BIG.

We decided to throw a party. Here is a hint.


It is a YouTube Partaaaaay! We are here sharing lots of tips -- organizational, DIY, helpful ideas-- lots of things you can do RIGHT NOW to make your back to school a little easier!

Would anyone like a....

$100 Amazon Gift Card
$100 TeachersPayTeachers Gift Card
A fabulous Michael Kors bag (you know, the one you want but can't justify spending the money for)?

I thought so.

So what do you need to do?

Did you see that?

You can EVEN gain EXTRA entries in the giveaway by watching our videos and entering our SECRET WORDS into the Rafflecopter (but I know you were going to do that anyway, so... 2 birds, 1 stone).

We will be linking up 5 new videos every day this week... so you can come back, watch, and enter every day!

Here goes.... Here is my Video Teacher Tip.. Just for you.. Please don't laugh..I beg of you!  :)

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Yipppeee! HUGE SALE Comin' Your Way!

Hey there friends... Have you heard the NEWS??!!
TPT is hosting its Back to School Sitewide Sale!!!!  Woooohoooo!  This has to be my favorite sale of the year because I stock up on EVERYTHING I am going to need for the school year!

Click this image to head on over to my TPT Shop!

My entire TPT Shop will be 20% OFF plus you will get an additional 8% OFF using the code BTS14!


I wanted to show you some of my favs from my own shop :) and I hope you check them out!

Click these links below to check them out...

Second Grade Flip Flap Book

{I also have this flip flap book for 1st, 3rd, and 4th grades as well}

So I hope you have some time to check out my FAVS from my lil' ol' TPT Shop!
Thank you so much for stopping by :)

Big Hugs,
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Cause and Effect & a FREEBIE!

Hi Friends...I hope this post finds you all well and rested :)  I wanted to share with you how I teach the concept of Cause and Effect in my classroom.  I just LOVE teaching about this skill to my kiddos, however, it is a somewhat difficult concept to teach.  I love teaching it so much, that I chose to have my observation this year on this topic...and my principal LOVED it!

Before I go into how I teach this concept, I found this ADORABLE video on You Tube of a class singing a Cause and Effect song that I wanted to share with you...

I am totally adding this to my bag of tricks this coming year.  

I created a new flip flap book for cause and effect that I am going to be using this year as well.  Just another way for my students to practice this skill.  Here is page explaining how I begin my unit on Cause and Effect in my class...

And for the FREEBIE....Here is my Smartboard Unit that I use to teach the concept of Cause and Effect.  If you don't have a SB, I am sooooo sorry!

And here is the flip flap book on Cause and Effect that I am going to be using with my kiddos!
I am SOOOOO EXCITED to use this with them this upcoming year!!! If you want to check it out in my TPT Shop, just click the image below...

I continue to practice the skill of Cause and Effect throughout the year using the books that we read during our read-alouds or during our guided reading groups.  They can never have too much practice with this skill!  I hope you like the Smartboard freebie and I hope it helps you teach the skill of Cause and Effect!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Friday, August 1, 2014

Math Tab-Its - Exit Books for the CCSS

Hi Friends...Hope you are well!  I was wondering how many of you use Exit Tickets or Slips after a lesson or a unit of study in your class?  I have never used this type of quick informal assessment until last year and I LOVED it!!!  It gave me such a good picture as to what each child understood or did't "get" during my lesson or unit.

Using Exit Tickets will:
  • provide teachers with an informal measure of how well students have understood a topic or lesson
  • help students reflect on what they have learned
  • allow students to express what or how they are thinking about new information
  • they teach students to think critically

Here is a short video clip on using Exit Tickets from the Teaching Channel...

Last year as I was thinking about my assessments one word came to my mind...ANXIETY!  Yep..student anxiety!  Even though I always approached assessments lightly in my classroom, I have always had a handful of students who got nervous and sometimes bombed the assessment even though they knew the material.  So that was when I decided to include EXIT TICKETS into my math units of study.

I wanted to ensure that my Exit Tickets covered a variety of skills and strategies and have an element of FUN, too.  So I created a resource called Tab-Its for my Interactive Notebooks.

I thought about this towards the end of last year and made one to see how it would work out for my students and they LOVED LOVED LOVED them!  We did the What are Fractions Tab-It Book and it was a  huge hit with my part..

I created Tab-It Exit Books for 8 skill areas for math.  Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Measurement, Money, Time, and Geometry.  After the students complete them, they will go into their Math Interactive Notebooks.

Here is a closer look at the Tab-It Book called All About Time.

I hope you give Exit Tickets a shot in your own classroom!  If you would like to give my Tab-Its a try, head on over to check them out in my TPT Shop!  Just click the image below to head on over.

Thanks for stopping by!


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