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Holiday Build-A-Sentence Bundle!

I was creating some new items for Teachers Pay Teachers today and my daughter came up and started asking me questions about it.  She wanted to know what I was designing on the computer, so I showed her the process of finding clip art, resizing and formatting, adding fun fonts and text boxes.  Here’s what we were working on today:
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She was fascinated when I printed out what we had just made and she could hold it in her hands!

 

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She gave me some ideas and did the page as a sample for me!  We had a lot of fun, and even expanded my original idea into a whole bundle of worksheets!

Then I *tried* to explain to her how it works when I sell resources on TpT.  The whole abstract concept of a digital download is a little confusing for a six-year-old.  But you know what she does understand?  CASH.  She has now come to the realization that money can buy you things, and that money is not free.

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So I decided to use this as a “life lesson.”  Since she helped me so much with this resource, I’m going to give her a portion of each sale (that is, if it sells!).  Why not start teaching her the value of hard work and creativity now, right?

If you’d like to check out this bundle, you can find it on my TeachersPayTeachers store here, along with many other winter-themed resources!

Happy Holidays!

-Laura and Kayla

 

Winter Theme Resources for Kindergarten!

Hello teacher friends!

Thanksgiving is over and we are on to my favorite time of year!  There are so many fun things to do in the classroom during winter.  Here are some fun, easy to use resources for the month of December!  I hope you find something that is useful for you!

Winter Theme Writing Prompt

This is a bundle of 3 printable one-page writing prompts, with cute clip art, thanks to Sarah Cooley and NinjaWoman! Also included is a blank prompt so you can create your own. Just print, copy, and you’re ready to go! Great for the days when you need something to fill time, but you want a useful lesson as well.  Check the link for CC alignment and more details!

Winter Theme Leveled Reader Pack (Level A-E)

Kids love little printable reader books that they can write on, highlight and color.  I used these for guided reading, for all levels from my lowest readers to my high group.

This download includes:
-Level A Reader, ready to print
-Level B Reader, ready to print
-Level C Reader, ready to print
-Level D/E Reader, ready to print
-Teacher/Parent guide for each reader highlighting skills to promote learning in guided reading.
-Guided Reading Skills Checklist for Levels A-E
-All readers are winter themed, with snowmen, and no holidays mentioned.
-They are each 9 pages long, with a cover, parent/teacher guide, title page, and 6 pages of text.
-Text is approximately this level, based on Fountas and Pinnell’s leveling system. Text is decodable and uses picture clues when possible. Tested with real kindergarteners, who loved it!

Winter Weather Graph

This is a simple graph to track the four kinds of winter weather- snowy, sunny, windy, cloudy. Also, the second page, is a graph to track the temperature. It works well with the K Foss Kit Unit on Weather, but could be used by any grade. Enjoy!

Winter Theme Unit:  The 12 Days of Winter

This is a 12-day winter-themed unit. We use it the 12 Days leading up the winter break, in kindergarten. It could be used for any grade K-5, with some modifications!

Included are directions for each day.
You would need to have the book 12 Days of Winter by Deborah Lee Rose. Each day has a winter theme, that goes with a page in the book.

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On the first day of winter, my teacher gave to me…
-A Birdfeeder in a Snowy Tree- Theme is what animals do in the winter and the students learn about animals who stay. They make a bird feeder!
-Two teddy bears- Theme is hibernation. Students help create a bear cave in the classroom and read books in their “cave.”
-Three penguins- Theme is penguins. Students play a math game to create penguin.
and so on…

Included
– Parent volunteer directions
– Recommended titles to support the learning
– “I Can” statements that support Common Core for each day’s theme.
– Directions for each day’s project and theme.

I hope you enjoy this unit and this book! It’s a great way to get the kids excited about learning about weather, seasons, animals. And it makes a fun end to December!

 

What are some of your favorite winter theme plans?

Laura

Vocabulary Cards! Easy to use template!

Hey teacher friends!

Teaching vocabulary is built into most curricula, and we know it’s an important part of reading.  But I have always struggled with how to teach it in a fun way.   So I just created these easy to use vocabulary cards.  They are meant to be used as flashcards that the kids create.

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All you have to do is download, copy onto heavy paper, cut, and show the kids how to use them.  The kids write the word, part of speech, a sentence with the word, and draw a picture.  Then, you can use them however you’d like- as flashcards, test practice, games, etc.

I hope you find this useful and fun!

-Miz Riz

Dismissal Template- “How Do We Get Home!”

It’s the end of the day… Do you know where your student is heading?

Those first few weeks of school, I always found it stressful as the end of the day approached.  So many students, so many destinations!  It is absolutely imperative that the teachers knows where each student is going.

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Several years ago I made this template for dismissal since I had students going different directions every day for dismissal- some to after-school classes, some getting picked up, some bussing.  It ended up being so useful that most of my school started using it too.

Here it is for you in one handy download!  Enjoy!

-Miz Riz

(: Emoji Bulletin Board/Door Decorations! :)

I love door decorations and bulletin boards.  I especially love them if they are easy to create and I don’t have to run to the teacher store to buy them!

Here’s one you’ll love!  Everyone loves emojis!

Download this document and follow the simple directions to make a fun, memorable door or board!

Enjoy!

-Laura

*Must Have* Class Roster!

Yes, every teacher has to have a handy roster.  We use them constantly- for attendance, for keeping track of forms, for assessment and grading, for email addresses, whatever!  I seriously go through dozens of these each year.  One handy download, and you’re set.  And better yet, you’ll look like you actually put some time and thought into making a cute roster, rather than the basic, computer generated ones given to you by the office.  Enjoy this quick download to make your back-to-school week easier!  🙂

 

-Laura

Back to School: Curriculum Overload!

It’s back to school time!

Bulletin boards!  Meet the Teacher Night!  Class Lists!  Labelling!  Laminating!

And on top of it all, they throw a few new curricula at you!  Yikes!

I have been there.  I have been teaching for eight years and not a single year has gone by without at least one new curriculum or program added.  That is a lot to handle, especially when you oftentimes get handed the books just days before you’re supposed to teach them.

To help us handle the overload of different curricula that we needed to teach, my team developed this Scope and Sequence Planning Chart.  It’s a basic excel document, but it will save you so much trouble!

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Why you need it:

-With big teams of teachers (mine was five teachers per grade!), it is imperative that we all stay on the same page, teaching the same units at the same time.

-With several curriculum per unit of study (two language arts, two math, one social studies, etc), it can get very easy to get behind.

-Starting with a laid out plan will save you from getting to May and realizing you haven’t taught a unit yet!  Yikes!

-With a plan in mind, you can work the units around the quarters (or trimesters), school breaks, testing windows, and school events.

-It will make you look super organized to both administrators and parents of students.

 

Here’s what you do:

-Download this planning chart for your team.

-Set a planning meeting with your whole team.  This will take at least an hour.

-Set the basic parameters of the planning chart, editing in Excel.  Add in your notes, trimesters or quarter breaks, and your curriculum titles at the top.

-With your team, physically collect and lay out all the curriculum you will be expected to teach this year.

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-Decide as a team what units you will aim to complete each week, month, and quarter.

-Print and save!  Stay on track all year!

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Check out this and many other useful resources at my Teachers Pay Teachers store, Miz Riz Kindergarten Resources! 

-Laura

 

First Day Folders!

Hello, teacher friends!

It’s that time, when teachers  get antsy  for school to begin.  Don’t get me wrong- we LOVE summer.  But we love teaching too.  And it is the natural rhythm to begin thinking of our back to school to-do list at this point in the year!

So I am sharing a must-have for back to school:  The First Day Folder Packet.  This is a packet filled with information about your school and classroom. I have revised, developed, and edited every year since I started teaching.  I feel like I have a solid product to offer now!  Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 10.07.23 AM

This is a packet that is meant to send home on the first day of school, to answer as many questions that parents may have at one time.  You could also send it at open house or “Meet the Teacher” too.

It WILL need to be edited, of course, for your information.  You may need to delete or add sections.  But I hope having this template to use will make the process easier for you.

It covers these topics:
-Communication: Email, folders, directory, website
-Drop off/Pick Up routines
-Lunch/Snack options
-Birthday routines
-Volunteering
-Specialist schedule
-Homework
-School forms
-Rest/Nap time (specific to Kindergarten, may need to be deleted for other grades!)

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The format is easy to read, with bold headings and short paragraphs.  At the end, I also include a daily schedule and a form for parents to fill out so they can receive my emails and photo sharing posts.

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I hope you enjoy this product and find it easy to use!  Now, get back to your summer and enjoy those last few weeks!

 

-Laura

 

Back to School Writing Prompts: Making your first few weeks easier!

Hi teacher friends!

One of my summer resolutions was to add some new quality products to my store!  I was thinking today about what I could create that would make back to school a little easier for us all.  I thought about how stressful those first few weeks are, and how it is nice to have some short, filler lessons and activities.  Sometimes these activities can be last-minute and are not very valuable, so I wanted to create something worthwhile.

I think any kind of writing time is valuable.  I love printable writing prompts, because they are handy to use when you are teaching a specific skill.  I use them to work on writing conventions: punctuation, capitalization, spaces between words, complete sentences, and so on! They also are great to save for conferences or portfolios, so show growth in their writing over the months, without having to pull out a big writing binder or notebook.

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I did the hard work for you and correlated this to Common Core Standards for grades K through 3.  I hope that helps!  I know the stress of finding a standard to go with your lessons.

Also, a quick shout-out to Namely Original Clip Art!  I love her trendy style.  Check out her store.

So enjoy this quick and easy download!  And stay tuned: I have more writing prompts in the making!

Enjoy your summer!

-Laura