Friday, July 27, 2012

classroom job display cards (free and editable!)


I’m laying in bed watching the Opening Ceremonies and trying to check some things off of my Back-2-School list. This is my kind of Friday night! How about you all?

I thought I’d share how I’ve set up my classroom jobs display in the past. Last year I had a frog themed job display titled, “Leap Out and Lend a Hand.” I know I took pictures of it, but I can’t seem to find them now. It was super cute. I created a huge pond and inside the pond were lily pads. The lily pads had  different classroom jobs  written on them. Then, each student had his/her own frog cut-out, and every week the frogs would leap to a new lily pad. My kids ate this up!

The year before last, I created this display: “Help Needed On the Friend Ship.” My students were “classroom lifesavers,” and each week were assigned a new job on the job board. Their names were written on lifesavers I made out of orange and white paper.



My students loved this; however, they always wanted the same two jobs: morning director (calendar helper) and line leader. So, about halfway through the year, I decided they would have to persuade me to give them the job they wanted by completing a classroom job application.

They took this application VERY seriously!


(click on the picture above to download the application!)

I haven’t decided how I’m going to set up anything in my classroom this year. I have some things in mind, but nothing is set in stone. I haven’t been able to get into my classroom yet, so it’s been hard to really get thinking! But, I have created these cute classroom job cards. I plan on using these SOMEHOW on my classroom jobs display. I created two different sets: a chevron set and a bright and colorful set. I also made an editable version so you can write your own classroom job names on them. Unfortunately, though, TPT is STILL down for me. I can’t upload ANYTHING. I’m hoping this will be fixed soon. The editable version will be available ASAP!



(Graphics from: KPM Doodles)

You can download the PDF version (non-editable) below:


Keep checking back in for the editable version!

Do you give your students classroom jobs?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Must Have Picture Books

Hi Ladies (and Gentlemen?),

I am linking up with the sweet Mrs. Lindsey (aka The Teacher Wife) to share my favorite picture books. I *love* picture books; I just wish they weren’t so expensive. One of my favorite places to find awesome (and inexpensive books) is Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. I’ve bought many hardback books for as cheap as .99 cents. Seriously! If you have an Ollie’s nearby, you must check them out!

Here are some of my favorites:

This is an excellent book to read during the first week of school. It is about overcoming obstacles and having courage in your everyday life. It is a super sweet read!

Who doesn’t LOVE Ezra Jack Keats? This book makes me warm and fuzzy inside. Be sure to drink hot cocoa while reading this book!

Oh wow! This is just a wonderful book with phenomenal pictures. I always tear up when reading this. This book is an excellent discussion starter. LOVE!

Owen is another great book to read the first week of school. Owen and Mrs. Tweezers will win your children’s hearts over time and time again.

What are your favorite picture books?

If you haven’t linked up with Mrs. Lindsey yet, go do it now!

Friday, July 13, 2012

library book bin labels (free)

Hi Friends!

This week I’m dog-sitting for a friend while she’s on vacation with her family. The dog’s name is Luke. He’s a year old Golden Retriever. SO ADORABLE!

In between walking and playing with him, I’ve been creating book bin labels for my new and improved classroom library. This past year I had very few genre labels (without pictures) for my library. Although they served their purpose, these new labels will work much better. I tried to think about the books I currently own (and the books I dream of having) when creating these. I found a great resource online, Mrs. Meacham’s Classroom Snapshots, to help guide me along. This website has some great tips on where to find books for awesome deals and how to set up your library. It was a big help!

The past two years, I’ve organized my book bins using little circular dots that come in different colors. I would place a colored dot on a label, and then place the same colored dot on all of the books that go in that bin. For example, if I placed a red dot on my Dr. Seuss label, I would also place a red dot on all of my Dr. Seuss books. This helped my students (and me) stay very organized! Each week, I always chose 2 students to be “Librarians,” and it was their job to make sure the books were put back in the correct bins. It seemed to work pretty well.

Please feel free to download these book bin labels to use in your classroom library. They are FREE!



For the PDF version (non-editable), click below:


Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Also, here’s a sneak peek at the latest unit I’m working on. It should be finished by the end of the week. This packet will be perfect for the first few weeks of school and will nicely add to your Social Studies curriculum.



(Don’t forget…it’s not too late to sign up for the Easi-Speak giveaway. It ends tonight!)

How do you organize your library?

Saturday, July 7, 2012

binder covers (free and editable!)

I am always in awe of you teachers who are so organized. You know who you are. My word, how do you do it? A big goal for myself this upcoming year is to stay organized. I always start off the year with my desk nice and tidy; however, by mid-October, it is a big ole’ mess covered with papers that need to be graded, filed and recycled.

So, this year I’ve promised myself I’m going to make a more conscious effort to put things in their place right away! To help myself accomplish this goal, I’ve created these sweet (and functional) binder covers. I figured, the cuter they are, the more likely I will use them. Plus, I like that even though the designs on each cover are different, the colors all go together nicely.

If you are anything like me (or if you are one of those teachers, but you’re in need of some binder covers to stay even more organized than you currently are), please download these binder covers for free. (I apologize I don’t have any multi-cultural clipart for these covers. I’ve had a very hard time finding any multi-cultural clipart besides Scrappin’ Doodles. Any help would be appreciated!)




If you’d rather personalize your own binder covers, you can download an editable version (I’ve saved these blank pages as JPEGs) at my TPT shop. All of the covers you see above, plus these are included in the editable version.


Click here to download an editable version (meaning you can add your own text and clipart):

What tips and tricks do you all have to stay organized?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

daily schedule cards (free) and 2nd grade back-to-school packet


Hi friends!

A few posts back I wrote about my classroom theme for this upcoming year: bright and playful.  For this new theme, I created some cheery and welcoming Daily Schedule Cards. These will pair nicely with the many items sitting in my Shopping Cart from Melanie’s (Schoolgirl Style) Rainbow Collection.






(Graphics by JW Illustrations and Open ClipArt)

If you’re doing a cheery and bright theme (or perhaps you’re just up for a little more color in your classroom) this school year, grab these cards below or at my little TPT shop for free:


Also, I’ve received a lot of messages asking if I would adapt my first grade Back-to-School packet for second grade. The answer is YES. It’s changed! All of the components of this packet are the same as my first grade (click here to read all about the first grade packet).


You can find my first grade and second grade Back-to-School packets at my TPT and TN shops by clicking on the links below.

I will give this packet away to the first friend who leaves a comment with their e-mail address (if you teach first grade, I’ll send you that packet instead!).

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Comprehension Strategy Posters (free!)

Hi All,
I think I’m becoming more and more like the The 3am Teacher each night. I wasn’t so bad at first, but now 1:00am is early. Oh, how I love sweet summertime. Who else has slipped into this late night summer routine?
While I was up way past my bedtime last night, I made these fun comprehension strategy posters. I’ve been wanting to make one for each strategy for a long time. I already have a few hand-drawn strategy posters, but I figure these will be great to laminate and keep in a permanent spot.
Plus, I bought these cute little characters awhile back from JW Illustrations, and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with them. I think these posters are perfect for them.
You can grab all of these posters for free by clicking on any of the images below shop.

Has anyone else been staying up way past their bedtime working on teacher things?
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