Teachers Pay Teachers More to Love for Back to School One Day Sale!

I love this letter from TpT!

Dear Teacher,

Life doesn’t slow down for back to school time and neither do you. We know you’re determined to create the best school year ever for your students and we’re here to help make that happen. Get prepped, get organized… and get ready for TpT’s More Love for Back to School sale!

The More Love for Back to School sale starts Wednesday, August 19th at 12:01 a.m. (ET) and runs for one day only. Use promo code MORE15 at checkout to save up to 28% on every resource throughout the site.

Get those wish lists ready! And discover great ideas and inspiration below so you can start shopping as soon as the sale is on: Wednesday, August 19th!

Click on the button for the link to the sale and my store!

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Everything in my store is 20% off including bundles, which are already 20% off!  I hope you find everything you need and really LOVE this back to school season!

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

(Hebrews 10:24-25)

Love,

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Final Hours of of 20% off SALE!

This banner pretty much sums it up!  : )  Sale ends tonight.

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“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
 Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”

(Psalm 100 1-3)

Love,

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Earth Day Fun Flash Freebie!

This item will be free on Earth Day only!!!

Earth Day Fluency Passages, Comprehension Questions and Writing Craftivity {K-2}

This packet contains 2 original fluency passages I wrote and 3 comprehension and extension activities to accompany each. This package includes teacher copies that you can print in color and reuse. It also includes a black and white copies that you can print off for each student and record their scores on it. This file also includes an Earth Day writing craftivity.

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Flesch Kincaid Readability Grade Level for passage 1: 0.0
Flesch Kincaid Readability Grade Level for passage 2: 1.8

*Ideas for Use*
These materials can be used for differentiated whole group instruction! You can also use these materials as differentiated reading intervention using the hot, warm and cold read strategy. It would look something like this:

Day 1: Cold read, discussion, comprehension questions (Lower levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Remembering and Understanding)
Day 2: Warm read, discussion, comprehension questions or activity (Middle levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Applying and Analyzing)
Day 3: Hot read, discussion, extension activity (Highest levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Evaluating and Creating).

***These passages are included in the Fluency and Comprehension Reading Intervention for All Seasons Kindergarten & First Grade Packets. A version of this craftivity is included in the Craftivities for All Seasons Packet.***

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“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”  And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so.   And God called the expanse Heaven.  And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth,  and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

{Genesis 1: 1-10}

Love,

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Game Day Giveaway with Teaching Special Thinkers!

Click on the picture and enter for a chance to win!

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Here is my donation!  Click on the picture for a description in my store!

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Good luck!

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.”

1 Corinthians 9:24

Love,

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Thanksgiving *Sale* & Flash Freebies!

I am just writing to say THANK YOU!  Your support is just awesome.

I wanted to let you know I will be throwing a Thanksgiving sale Monday, November 24th and Tuesday, November 25th.  Everything in my store {except bundles} will be 20% off.  Additionally, I will have a couple Thanksgiving “flash freebies” this week only.

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Flesch Kincaid Readability Grade Level: 5.3

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Flesch Kincaid Readability Grade Level: 2.3

And this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for…

Jesus. (Of course).  I can feel His love all around me. My family. (Cliché, I know, but true.)  My kids, Holter (2 ½), and Calla (10 weeks), and my husband, Andy (teacher and head basketball coach), who I already miss this basketball season.  It is insane how much I love them.  TpT. I took a one year leave of absence to focus on my family, and TpT gives me a creative outlet to still be able to do what I love, which is amazing.

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If you chose to leave me any feedback this week, I’d love to hear what you are thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

“We give thanks to you, God.

We give thanks, for your Name is near.

Men tell about your wondrous works.”

(Psalm 75:1)

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Christmas Fun in the Classroom – Happy Snow Day!

I must say finding out we had a “snow day” this morning was quite a treat.  🙂  I am enjoying the day off with my husband who is also a teacher, so I thought I would share some Christmas fun in the classroom.  A couple years ago I cut the lights off of a strand of Christmas lights to use in my resource room, and they are super fun.

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I have found so many ways to use them.  Students use them for markers in ABC Bingo, or markers for roll and cover sight word activities.  I’ve also used them as manipulatives for Touch Math counting activities and for sorting by color!  The kids love them.  Of course I have working Christmas lights shining in my room too.

A few weeks ago I found this very cute “Countdown to Christmas” chalkboard plaque at the One Spot at Target.  It was $1.  And I changed it to the “Christmas Break” countdown and put it in my classroom.  I’m sure all teachers keep track of how many days until Christmas Break, but I thought this was fun, cute and cheap.  I let the students write down the number of days left and they like that.  Enjoy your December teaching.  It goes so fast!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Snow Day!

“He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’…”

Job 37:6

Creepy Creatures FREE Halloween Graphing Activity

A few years ago around Halloween time, I bought this bag of plastic Halloween toys called, “Creepy Creatures,” and I used them to do this graphing activity. They were probably from the Dollar Tree or the One Spot at Target, which I hit up quite often. My students love this activity, and I enjoy it myself. In this file is a table for students to record with tallies the number of each creepy creature, a graph for students to graph the results, and I added a dice template students can use to get their data, in case you don’t have creepy creature toys to use.  Click on the pics for the link to the FREE item in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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I hope you like it!  If you do, please rate me on TpT or follow me.  I love to share freebies.  Thank you!

Creepy Creatures Halloween Graphing Activity

Maybe you can share this verse with your students before you do this activity.  🙂

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

(Isaiah 41:10)