Thursday, December 12, 2013

Just in Time! A Middle School Christmas-Themed Literacy Packet

Are you feeling a wee bit frazzled, with the holidays fast approaching? The good news is: THE HOLIDAYS ARE FAST APPROACHING!! Of course, the bad news is, probably everyone is feeling a little antsy, and it's hard to maintain attention with all the Christmas distractions. Nevertheless, you have to keep the learning happening up to the bell, right? So here's a little something to help you out: A 37-page writing and literacy Christmas-themed packet of exercises for grades 6 through 9 (and maybe even 5 though 10, depending on the abilities/levels of your students).

Here's what's included:

-  Applying better word descriptions with a Christmas tree
-  Christmas terms alphabetical order (& answer key)
-  Christmas Hyperbole & worksheet
-  Christmas "whodunit" writing assignment (& worksheets)
-  Mystery genre elements printable
-  Challenging Christmas Word Scramble
-  Christmas Carol Ordering & Capitalization of Titles
-  Holiday Alliterations worksheet
-  Holly Leaf missing letters (& answer key)
-  Literary holiday dioramas teaching ideas
-  Mixed-up Christmas Syllables (& answer key)
-  Night Before Christmas Spelling Challenge (& answer keys & worksheet)
-  Possessive Christmas Nouns (& answer key)
-  Rewriting Scrooge 
-  Revisiting the Twelve Days of Christmas (& worksheet)
-  Spelling with the Christmas Elves (& answer key)
-  and, just to throw in a little holiday treat, find 5 pages of Holiday Stationery selections for your Christmas writing projects. One is included below, which you can download as a sample at the link below (or above :)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Gingerbread Man Unit Math & Literacy Resources

Just in time?

I've been scrambling to get this packet done before the holidays (I've also been trying to get a mini Christmas literacy packet, but it just might have to wait until next year!).

There are 87 pages of Gingerbread Man resources for math & literacy learning fun; go ahead and take a look!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Goldilocks and the Christ!mas Elves Reader's Theater - ON SALE

For one more day only at Teachers Pay Teachers, you can get Goldilocks and the Christmas Elves Reader's Theater on sale!

Try plugging in the title to to preview different classes and different grades producing this hilarious Christmas play!

Upper & Lower Case Mittens - - And MORE!

Upper & Lower Case Mittens.........
 numbers, counters, number words, matching games, alphabet practice writing,
numeral writing, number word writing, winter word walls, Olympic Games word
walls, blank Olympic mittens, and mitten template - all in one package!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Thanksgiving Language Arts (Literacy) Mini Pack:

This little packet is great for last-minute Thanksgiving-themed literacy activities, for grades 4 through 9. Fourteen pages in this mini-pack include:

- Thanksgiving using Hyperbole
- Corny Words - words containing "corn"
- Thanksgiving: Being Grateful Acrostic
- Thanksgiving Tales: A Creative Writing Worksheet
- Thanksgiving Word Play
- Writing Adjectives with a Descriptive Thanksgiving Menu
- Thanksgiving Reading and Spelling Challenge
- Answer Key for teachers
- and 6 printable Thanksgiving Stationery choices

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Free Thanksgiving Stationery (Primary Lines)
Do you find that your kids are more enthusiastic about their writing projects when they have some special paper to write with? I find that it works if you use it sparingly - and only give it out for the final copy, after drafts have been approved. Of course, it doesn't hurt to show them the paper they will get for their final copies!

What are you writing about this Thanksgiving? There's always the old standby, what kids are grateful for (and it's an important exercise!). They might get a kick out of writing about what they're NOT grateful for! (That should get a few giggles, especially if you start - dramatically, of course! - with what YOU are not grateful for? Can't you just hear them running home and telling Mom: Mrs. Barron said today that she's not grateful for mice! She really doesn't like them! She even told us she went and stared at them at a pet store to try to like them more, but she just shuddered and ended up being more scared of them! - Yup, I'll hear about that one at a parent-teacher conference :)

You can write a class letter to your community leaders, stating what you are grateful for. Even better, have kids write a letter to a family member, saying what they might have taken for granted, but should indeed be grateful for; now there's a thoughtful exercise!

How about writing about the wackiest Thanksgiving dinner they can imagine? Or the very worst Thanksgiving dinner ever, that perhaps was all burnt to a crisp, or all came from frozen boxes? It doesn't have to be real; they can use their imaginations, I'm sure!

Whatever your Thanksgiving writing projects, I hope you will find these three printable stationery pages helpful, and may you all have a wonderful, warm Thanksgiving!

Download your free printable Thanksgiving stationery here:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Silly Turkey Counting by Two Task, Flash, or Math Center Printable Cards

I always liked having my students work in pairs to count by twos. They could alternate, time each other, prompt each other, hold up cards, and help each other study. And I liked giving them a special certificate when they reached mastery at different levels (20, 50, 100, etc., depending on their grade level).

I made some silly turkey-themed cards just for this purpose. You can print them out onto card stock (or even laminate them) for durability, or especially if you want to include them as task cards in your classroom math centers. Any which way you use them, you can get some extra math practice in with your elementary students this Thanksgiving season!

I've included some game cards: go back, move ahead, free pass, in case you want to play group games with them as well!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thanksgiving D'Nealian Manuscript Writing Worksheet

Here's a little freebie for your K-2 classes for Thanksgiving. The printable worksheet shows a directional (arrow) example of D'Nealian manuscript for the words "Thanksgiving" and "turkey," followed by dotted line writing practice - all graced with a silly little turkey image. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

THANKSGIVING TURKEY SHAPE BOOK with Lined, Primary Lines, Blank, & Cover Pages


Download a free blank Turkey Shape Book page at the link above (under "Preview").

Use this printable shape book for Thanksgiving writing activities:
- what am I grateful for?
- letters to family members, for Thanksgiving
- Thanksgiving vocabulary
- short stories about turkeys! (or Thanksgiving themes)
- turkey day menus!
- turkey art - line the front and back covers with a thin line of
glue, sprinkle on glitter. Add craft feathers, cotton balls, etc.
- collect and identify fall leaves on the pages
- journal entries for November


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Goldilocks & the Christmas Elves: A Reader's Theater Script

Get ready for a rip-roaring romp across the North Pole in this mixed-up fairy tale Christmas play. Goldilocks wakes up Sleeping Beauty and transports her to the North Pole, and what follows is a hilarious adventure with lovable and memorable characters, including Santa Claus himself, and a madcap variety of Christmas Elves! 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Happy Halloween!

What are you going to be for Halloween? Do you dress up for your kids and do they have a costume "moment" or parade in class? What time do they start trick-or-treating? We are finding it goes later each year, with older kids "haunting" till the wee hours, and younger kiddies starting around 5pm to go door-to-door. We have a "harvest" celebration that the church across the street hosts each year, which seems to get busier and louder each year, and we certainly get an influx of trick-or-treaters - older - right after the festival ends. How is it in your neighborhood, and what do you do to celebrate, both in and outside of the classroom? If you still need some last-minute activities, try a printable packet for both early and upper elementary grades, and you can download a free "preview" printable at each link. Have a safe and fun Halloween!

1. Early Elementary Halloween Printables:

2. Upper Elementary/Middle School Halloween Printables (including a Pumpkin Explorations and Cycles of Corn Web Trek):

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Thanksgiving Themed Shape Books, Lined and Unlined

Find several different Thanksgiving-themed shapebooks here to use with your students. Selections included both lined and unlined pages (except for turkey template, unlined), with acorns, pumpkins, oak leaves, maple leaves, apples, and templates for both autumn leaves and turkeys.

Monday, August 19, 2013

First Graders Go Back to School with ALL ABOUT ME T-SHIRTS!

**For a limited time**   Only $1.20 for a 12-page

ALL ABOUT ME Printable & Reproducible Packet!
(Note: Images below have been deliberately blurred to prevent copyright infringement. See actual samples & pages for printable packet at link above.)
Your first grade students will love filling out and decorating these ALL ABOUT ME T-SHIRTS for Back to School! After they finish filling in the blanks, let them decorate with markers, paints, sequins, buttons, etc., and then cut them out. Hang them all on a classroom "clothesline" (string and mini clothespins), or allow them to draw a self-portrait to add heads and bodies to the t-shirts, posting on the bulletin board. Also included:
- All About Me T-shirts for Boys, in black & white &/or color
- All About Me T-shirts for Girls, in black & white &/or color
- IT'S ME! Back to School Writing Project for 1st grade
- JUST TWO THINGS! for Back to School, Writing Project &
- Getting to Know You - Cards for Ice Breakers, Color & B&W
- Print & Draw Stationery Printables, in B&W, Bordered, & Color
- Back to School 1st Grade Stationery (Primary Lines)

Friday, August 9, 2013



24-Page Printable K-2 Back to School Activity Packet:

NOW ONLY:   $2.00!

Just in time for back to school, find this printable workbook for grades K-2.
With 12 pages in color, and 12 pages in black and white, choose your option for each B2S themed option. Pages include:
- Name and title page, with schoolhouse
- Class info, age, and self-portrait page
- School friends and picture
- What I like best about school is...
- All about recess!
- Birthdate, and birthday cake page
- Feelings & hopes on that important 1st day of school (with room for drawing!)
- Transportation to and from school
- All about me growing up!
- School night sleep times, and school morning waking times
- School lunch page (make your own menu!)
- My teacher, and what I'm looking forward to this year!
Each page has primary lines for writing, and lots of room for drawing to elaborate on the concepts and allow free expression and creativity. Enjoy this sweet little back to school workbook, both fun and informative!
Sample page below, along with a mini preview.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

High School Graduation Packet & End of School Year Printable Activities

With the school year (generally!) winding down, I have found that there's not usually an awful lot in the way of High School Graduation activities, printables, and resources. That's why I made this high school grad packet! It contains several "memory" type of activities, looking ahead to the future activities, sponge activities, end of year writing activities, top ten lists, autograph pages, and three pages of awards. An inspiring and printable grad letter from you, the teacher, is also included.

I have also included a Bonus Packet, with 11 pages of printable grad posters -- all with original photos and relevant messages for your wonderful high school grads. Print them out and place new ones around the classroom each day until your students graduate, and help inspire them for the many opportunities ahead of them!

Table of Contents:

Page 1: Senior Memories Worksheet
Page 2: Grad Faves!
Page 3: Looking Ahead
Page 4: Ten Years from Now Letter
Page 5: Letter to My Teacher
Page 6: Summertime Bests!
Page 7: Autograph Page 1
Page 8: Autograph Page 2
Page 9: Top Ten Lists Page 1
Page 10: Top Ten Lists Page 2
Page 11: Top Ten Lists: Fill in the Blanks
Page 12: Under the Big Top: Your Future Life
Page 13: Desert Island Adventures Writing Pages
Page 14: What Would You Do? Critical Thinking Writing Page
Page 15: High School Sponge Activities
Page 16: High School Lists of Five
Page 17: Graduation Letter
Page 18: Editable Awards, General
Page 19: Graduate Awards
Page 20: Graduation Awards, Informal

Inspirational and printable Graduation Posters, with quotes, 11 posters included.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Kindergarten & Preschool Graduation Certificates!

Now available over at TPT: our wonderful Preschool and Kindergarten Graduation Certificate Packets. Try them out!

Primary Memory & End of School Year Activity Book!
NEW! Here's a printable Primary Memory Book with loads of fun activities for grades 1, 2, and 3 - forty-nine pages in all, including supplemental pages for "easier" exercises (less writing for your youngest students). Get a preview over at TPT, and grab this book for a wonderful end-of-the-school-year resource!

Friday, April 26, 2013

End of Year Memory Book for Preschool!

If you're looking for a cute way to wind down your year of preschool and give your students a wonderful little booklet to remember their school days, try our 19-page Preschool Memory Book! (Find a few sample pages below; black and white, kindergarten, and elementary versions up soon.)
Find the entire book at the link below, and enjoy!