Two For Tuesday!

The bloggers over at The Teaching Tribune have put together a little flash sale for you today. On offer are two products which have been reduced by 50% for the day - woohoo!

This is part of our fun summer blogging series and we are in Week 4 already!

So, on to Tuesday - lined up for today are two half price items in my store. At the bottom of this post, you can hop over to The Teaching Tribune, as many other bloggers have linked up, so there's a ton of digital products on sale for you to browse.

My first item:


NB: Detailed 'Teacher Notes' are included. I have also included an editable probe grid for teachers to add their own content.

These probe grids are intended to be used as intervention for students who are making very little progress with basic skills in literacy.

The grids are highly structured, to be used little and often, with the aim of boosting fluency, accuracy and confidence.

Use them as part of a 5/10 minute daily program for basic skills learning. (They should be used on a one-to-one basis with a suitable adult). The daily activity aims to help the student develop fluency by over-learning.

The grids are intended to challenge the student to read as many items as possible in 1 minute – a sand timer or stopwatch can be used.

CONTENTS:

Cover
Flash Cards - these are color-coded for ease of use
Probe Grids (5 words per grid)
Teacher Recording Graph
Award Certificate
Editable Probe Grid
TOU

Content Covered: First Grade Dolch Sight Words (plus some 2nd Grade for formatting purposes)

Also included:

10 x Color Words - 2 versions of the probe grids are available for differentiation;
Number Words to ten;
Numerals to 20.

This ZIP file contains 44 pages.

My second item:


Included are 12 elements - 232 images in total.

Perhaps you are a new TpT seller just starting out and looking for some basic elements? A quick way to have just what you need at your fingertips, as you begin to create those first few products.

Maybe you are a seasoned seller who would love to have everything you might need in one folder, as a 'go to' pack?

Whichever you are, hopefully you will find just what you need in this mega bundle.

I have tried to include elements which would work with any product, e.g. polka dot and chevron papers.

Here's what you get:

Paper Pack 1: Polka Dot; Chevron; Check/Plaid (3 packs)
Paper Pack 2: Cover Pages - Sticks; More Scribbles ( 2 packs)
Frames: 3 styles - Glitter; Black; Color (3 packs)
Headers: Doodle (includes JPG, PNG and filled centers) (1 pack)
Labels: Chalkboard Circles (1 pack)
Tags: Colored Tags (1 pack)
Fonts: 12 Toolkits Fonts. (1 pack)

All papers are in 'letter' size to better suit your projects.

I have included a detailed preview of everything you would receive in this pack - the image thumbs reflect this also. Please check these carefully to decide if the elements suit your needs.

The total cost of the individual products is $37.50.

If you wish to check out the elements in more detail, the following links will take you to the individual products.

Bright Chevrons Digital Papers {8.5 x 11} Clip Art CU OK

Dotty For You! Simple Polka Dot Digital Papers Clip Art {8.5 x 11} CU OK

Checkers/Plaid Digital Background Papers {8.5 x 11} Commercial Use OK

More Scribbles Digital Background Papers {8.5 x 11} CU OK

'Sticks' Digital Background Papers {8.5 x 11} Commercial Use OK

Glitter Frames Clip Art {8.5 x 11} Commercial Use OK

Mixed Bundle of Black Frames {8.5 x 11} Clip Art CU OK

Simply Simple! Skinny and Colorful Frames Clip Art CU OK

Chalkboard Circles Tags Labels Clip Art CU OK

Doodle Headers/Labels/Tags Clip Art CU OK

Colored Tags/Labels Frames Clip Art CU OK

Teacher's Toolkit Fonts Clip Art CU OK

Hope you find something useful!




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Fun and Games Scavenger Hunt!

It’s time for more Fun and Games and this one has a prize attached to it! 
This week’s game is a Scavenger Hunt!


In order to play, find the picture below somewhere in another post on my blog. 
 After you find the picture, record the title of the blog post and enter it in the Rafflecopter at:


This is the picture that you’re looking for:



One lucky person will win a $20 TPT gift card.

You can earn extra entries for pinning this post. Copy your pin and enter it into the Rafflecopter.

Be sure to visit all of our blogs for the most chances to win!

Have fun!
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Exclusive July Membership: Summer Steals, Fall Deals!!

Hey friends - hope everyone is enjoying their summer break - is there anybody left out there who is still in school like me?  The weather is beautiful - school should be out!  13 days left to go - I am hanging in there - just about!  I have half my reports written and I am slowly crossing off all the events in my diary.  Add to that a room move in the first week of July and you can imagine I am BUSY!!

Having said all that, I am still trying to keep up with everything that's going on in the virtual world.  Our collaborative blog, The Teaching Tribune,  is already in its third week of our fun summer blogging series and every weekend, we try to bring you a fun game on facebook, so it's all happening!

On top of that, some of us have got together with a new venture for July - we are all very excited about it!  

Summer Steals, Fall Deals!

Basically this is a 4-week membership (for first and second grade teachers) which will run the month of July.  The first week is already available for download, as we wanted to offer you an early bird discount.

Every week, you will receive 20 themed products from 9 TpT sellers, plus some surprise extra goodies!  By week 4, you will have 80 resources, plus those little extras!  

The cost?  Only $50 for the whole membership!  Early bird discount before July 5th is $40 only.  I have added some images below to give you an idea of how the membership works.  I hope you will consider taking advantage of this fabulous offer - you will have resources stacked up to last you until December!!




TpT Sellers:



Week 1 Products:



To check out this great deal, just click on the link below.  Each product title is listed with a link to that product for you to look over the details/previews etc.

{Exclusive July Membership}

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Throwback Thursday!

Hey everyone!  I am taking part in The Teaching Tribune's Summer Blogging Series.  We are currently in Week 2 and it's Throwback Thursday!

I currently teach 1st grade and my teaching year doesn't end until June 30th, so I am still officially a 1st grade teacher.  When the new school year starts I will be moving to 2nd.

What can I say - I adored 1st grade and I adored my 1st grade teacher.  Of all my school memories, Miss Boyd is the teacher who will forever have my heart!  She taught in the same school throughout her teaching career and many years later, I had the opportunity of teaching in my old school on a temporary contract - I taught there for 3 years.  You can imagine just how nervous I felt entering the staff room on that first morning and being instructed to call her Liz.  My heart was pounding and all I could think about was that she was my hero!  Of course she had no idea how I felt!  Through time, as we became friends, we were able to laugh about it!  My head still struggles to get around the fact that I receive a Christmas card from her every year and count her as a friend.  When I was 6 years old - she was everything I aspired to be - I was in awe.

Funnily enough, when I think back on my dreams, my first thought was to be a police officer - I believe I was influenced by my Dad who thought it would be a great career for me.  However, I didn't have the required courage, especially growing up in the midst of terrorism.  I really can't pinpoint when I decided to become a teacher, but no other career has ever crossed my mind.

I was in a composite class in 1st grade, alongside my brother who was in 2nd.  My poor mother - there was  only 14 months between us!  (Sadly my brother died when he was 20 years old and the pain of that separation never goes away, but lessens a bit with time).

Below is a photo of us together in our composite class - you can't fail to miss the uniform!  It was our winter uniform.  The second pic is the beret with the school crest.  I was required to wear this whilst going to and from school.  It still has my name label inside, in my Dad's handwriting.  I am so happy I saved this - as it brings back such wonderful memories of my primary school days!



Hop over to read other Throwback Thursdays or join in the linky!  Just click on the pic below.


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Worksheet Wednesday!

Short and sweet today - I hope you can use this in the fall.  It was a lot of fun to make!
Review your students' understanding of odd and even numbers by challenging them to apply their knowledge to find a solution to the problems posed.
Pumpkin Patch Challenge reviews odd and even numbers to 20. Students have to create a path through the pumpkin patch following a given odd and even pattern. 

Pumpkin Patch Board Game reviews odd and even numbers to 100. Students accumulate points as they make their way around the edge of the pumpkin patch.


It is a little larger than just one page, but I have included color and blackline versions, as well as some bonus posters - all you need to do is print out what suits you best.
  
Click on the pic below to find this freebie in my store.
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Two For Tuesday!


The bloggers over at The Teaching Tribune have put together a little flash sale for you today.  On offer are two products which have been reduced by 50% for the day - woohoo!

This is part of our fun summer blogging series. Yesterday we meet bloggers from all over, who kindly answered some questions to give you a little insight into the person behind the logo. I enjoyed reading the little snippets of info on everybody - I hope you did too! 

So, on to Tuesday - lined up for today are two half price items in my store. At the bottom of this post, you can hop over to The Teaching Tribune, as many other bloggers have linked up, so there's a ton of digital products on sale for you to browse.

My first item:

Click on the pic for this product in my store.

I created this pack to encourage struggling readers from second to fourth grades to practice their comprehension skills, using non-fiction text with age-appropriate content.

The texts vary in length, but I have tried to keep the sentence structure and vocabulary simple. The passages are mostly written within the third to fifth grade Lexile bands. A word of caution however - the levels should only be used as a guideline - some of the more challenging topic vocabulary increases the Lexile level. (This type of vocabulary is topic specific and students would not be expected to know it).

The pack contains 2 pages per topic, which can be printed back to back. The first page introduces the text and questions. On the second page, students can highlight the piece of text which contains the answer. Some questions may require the students to look beyond the text to infer the answer.

I have used this pack with my advanced first graders, although the basic premise is for intervention with older grades.

• The texts help students develop skills in retrieving information from text.
• The check boxes allow those students, who struggle with handwriting and writing skills, to demonstrate their understanding and achieve success.
• These texts are suitable for independent work and ideal for shared and guided reading. They are also suitable for small group work where reading skills can be modelled, practiced and developed. 

These texts are suitable for independent work and ideal for shared and guided reading. They are also suitable for small group work where reading skills can be modelled, practiced and developed.

Please check the free preview – you will find a freebie text to download to help you decide if this pack is right for you and your students.

TEXTS:

Frogs
Penguins
Polar Bears
Bats
Owls
Spiders
Ants
The King of the Jungle
Jellyfish
Dinosaurs
Hibernation
Pirates
Ancient Egyptians
Pilgrims
Community Helpers
Dentists
Planet Facts
Earth Day
The Water Cycle
The Four Seasons
Weather Forecasting
The Journey of the Banana
Teddy Bears

This (57 page) PDF contains the following:
Cover
TOU
Credits
25 non-fiction texts

My second item:

Click on the pic to find this product in my store.

This handwriting practice pack was created for first graders, but I believe it would also be beneficial for advanced Kindergarten students. I hope it proves to be both challenging and fun for your students as they practice reading, tracing, writing and drawing.

The first page helps practice handwriting formation and includes a word beginning with the focus letter, along with a picture cue. Students can also color, as well as identify words beginning with the focus letter and illustrate these. 

The second page allows students to read, trace and write a phrase containing a word beginning with the focus letter and identifies additional words for the students to trace and illustrate.
The pages may be copied back to back and stapled as a booklet. 

A front cover can be added from a choice of 3. For less advanced readers, you may wish to copy only the first page.

This handwriting pack can be used for morning work, independent work or may be used in a whole group setting.

I have added in extra review/practice with sight words: Pre-Primer; Primer; First; Second, plus some nouns for formatting purposes. (Read, trace and write)

CONTENTS:

Pg 1: Cover
Pg 2: Teacher Notes
Pg 3-5: Workbook Front Covers
Pg 6-57: Handwriting Workbook
Pg 58-95: Sight Words
Pg 96: TOU

This is a PDF file containing 96 pages.

I hope you find something that will be of use to you! Have fun and don't forget to check out the linky for more awesome sale products!


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Monday Meet-Up Link-Up! Week Two.

I am taking part in The Teaching Tribune's Summer Blogging Series.  The good news is that it is open to anyone who wants to link up!  There is something for everyone every day of the week!


Last week I introduced you to blogger Christi Fultz.  This week I am talking about myself - yikes!  Mondays are all about meeting bloggers and finding out a little about their personal lives.  So I am attempting to answer some questions about myself!  If one of my answers strikes a chord with anyone, please feel free to private message me if you need to talk!


So, here are my answers - I hope I will be hopping around blogs on Monday finding out a bit about you too - please join in!


Click on the pic below to hop over to The Teaching Tribune to meet and find out about other bloggers or link up your answers too!  The blank questions image can be found on The Teaching Tribune.



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It's All Fun and Games!!

Are you ready for a summer full of relaxation and rejuvenation?
How about some fun and games?

Well I've teamed up with some fabulous friends, who also happen to be amazing bloggers, for "It's All Fun and Games this Summer"


We know that right now you're probably not even thinking about next school year and dreaming of the leisurely days of summer, but we know that in a blink of an eye summer will be over.
So we wanted to add some fun and excitement!

Follow along with us for giveaways, contests and FREEBIES!
There will be something new every week and a ton of fun along the way.
If you "play your cards right" you just might be a winner.

Tomorrow kicks off all of the fun with a game of Crazy 8s! 
Be sure to tune into our Facebook page for all of the details.



Join in on all the fun while you can, because once it's back to school time, it'll be "game over".

So, what do you think...are you game?

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Two For Tuesday: Sale on Huge Seller Starter Pack and Deluxe Room Theme

The bloggers over at The Teaching Tribune have put together a little flash sale for you today.  As I am a bit late joining, I will keep my two reduced items on sale until tomorrow.
This is part of our fun summer blogging series.  Yesterday we meet bloggers from all over, who kindly answered a Q & A session and we got to meet some bloggers we hadn't meant before.  I enjoyed reading the little snippets of info on everybody - I hope you did too!  It was great to see the face behind the logos!
So, on to Tuesday - lined up for today are two half price items in my store.  At the bottom of this post, you can hop over to The Teaching Tribune, as many other bloggers have linked up, so there's a ton of digital products on sale for you to browse.

My first item is my huge seller starter pack:

Click on the pic above to hop over to my store to check out this huge seller starter pack.
Included are 12 elements - 232 images in total.

Perhaps you are a new TpT seller just starting out and looking for some basic elements? A quick way to have just what you need at your fingertips, as you begin to create those first few products.

Maybe you are a seasoned seller who would love to have everything you might need in one folder, as a 'go to' pack?

Whichever you are, hopefully you will find just what you need in this mega bundle.

I have tried to include elements which would work with any product, e.g. polka dot and chevron papers.

Here's what you get:

Paper Pack 1: Polka Dot; Chevron; Check/Plaid (3 packs)
Paper Pack 2: Cover Pages - Sticks; More Scribbles ( 2 packs)
Frames: 3 styles - Glitter; Black; Color (3 packs)
Headers: Doodle (includes JPG, PNG and filled centers) (1 pack)
Labels: Chalkboard Circles (1 pack)
Tags: Colored Tags (1 pack)
Fonts: 12 Toolkits Fonts. (1 pack)

All papers are in 'letter' size to better suit your projects.

This is normally $8 - a bargain!  However reduced by half, you can buy this huge kit for just $4!

My second item is my most popular room theme:

Safari Themed Deluxe Classroom Decor Set {plus editable files}

Click on the pic above to hop over to my store to check out this Safari Room Theme.


Thinking ahead to the next school year? Why not consider this adorable Safari Room Theme for your classroom? This is the 'deluxe edition' and includes editable files!

This zip file includes 118 pages of Safari heaven! Included are a Cover Page and TOU/Credits Page.

I hope this packet will meet your needs as you think about classroom organization for your new students.

CONTENTS:

Days and Months, plus 'Today is'; 'Tomorrow will be' and 'Yesterday was';
Calendar Numbers and 20 Special Days
Wordwall (Upper and Lower Case)
Number Word Cards (one-twenty)
Ten Frame Posters (1-10)
Welcome to 1st-5th Grade Postcards
Birthday Certificate
Large Schedule Headers
Schedule Cards
100/120 Chart
Word Help Mat
Welcome Banner
Bulletin Board Border
Nameplates
Various sized labels suitable for cubby tags, book baskets/bins signs, game instructions, centers etc
Letter Stationery Template
Birthday Chart
Newsletter template

EDITABLE FILES (PPT)
Labels
Nameplates
Schedule cards
Special days
Letter Stationery
Newsletter template

NB: I have used a 'decorative' print-type font throughout - for artistic purposes. I have used this font with my first graders who have no problems reading it. (It is also important for students to be able to decipher different types of print). Please check the preview and pictures carefully before deciding whether to purchase. If you like the theme, but would like a basic print font, please do not hesitate to contact me at teacherstoolkitblog@gmail.com.


So hopefully one or both interest you enough to snap them up!  Click on the button below to hop over to The Teaching Tribune to see what else is for sale!  Happy Shopping!


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