Tuesday, August 19, 2014

September 7 - Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day is so much fun (especially for us grandparents).  Many classrooms across the nation invite grandparents to join the fun and do some sharing with the students.

Students often make cards, put on plays, and interview willing grandparent about the "old days".  It's a lovely exchange among generations.

Last year I created a fun craft and Grandparents Day card filled with literacy activities.  Much to my surprise, I received one of the cards from my own granddaughter!

Click here to get this item from TpT
The packet includes 5 literacy activities. The craft activity (card cover) can be easily completed by your students with minimal guidance. The writing activities which can be used as the card filler or a mini-book include:

* My grandma is the best because... (primary and secondary lines).

* My grandpa is the best because... (primary and secondary lines).

* My grandparents are the best because... (primary and secondary lines).

* A picture of my grandma (frame for drawing)

* A picture of my grandpa (frame for drawing)

* A picture of my grandparents (frame for drawing)

* Things I do with my grandma (create a list)

* Things I do with my grandpa (create a list)

* Things I do with my grandparents (create a list)

* Grandmas (Can, Have, Need) (primary and secondary lines).

* Grandpas (Can, Have, Need) (primary and secondary lines).

* Grandparents (Can, Have, Need) (primary and secondary lines).

* My grandma... (finish the sentences) Great finish the sentences- darling children responses!

* My grandpa... (finish the sentences) Great finish the sentences- darling children responses!

All patterns and illustrated directions are included. This activity provides a fun and creative way to celebrate Grandparent's Day and practice those writing skills.

160 × 200Be sure to grab all your goodies tomorrow at the TpT One day Sale.  Everything in my store will be 28%off.  Be sure to use the "Boost" promo code. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Up, Up, and Away! Hot Air Balloon Resources

Up, Up and Away to a New School Year!  I'm creating a fun art project with the hot air balloon theme for my little firsties.  How cute will this theme be for a parents' night bulletin board!

Click here to head over to TpT for a great price on this clip art. 
We'll be reading a few hot air balloon stories to get us in the mood to" take flight" for this project.

Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride (Caldecott Honor Book) This  Caldecott winning book delights young readers with the tale of a duck, sheep, and rooster who formed the flight crew in Montgolfiers 1783 test run of the first hot air balloon.  

Sally's Great Balloon Adventure Sally’s family visits a hot air balloon field.  She is tempted by the smell of fresh chicken coming from one of the balloons. Sally ends up in the balloon basket, and—whoops—the balloon takes flight!

Rainbow Balloon This book (a photo essay) shows children how hot air balloons work and teaches them basic concepts such as up and down, hot and cold.

Reading Rainbow has a lovely video of Hot Air Henry.


If you've explored hot air balloons in your classroom, I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks and have a great week. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Poke-a-Dot Stars: Clip Art Freebie

Just finished making these cute poke-a-dot stars for the classroom.  I would love to share them with anyone who thinks they might be able to use them. 

The file contains 14 poke-a-dot starts that are:
  • 300 dpi for a crisp image
  • transparent
  • png images
Just click on the image below.


Freebie Fridays

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Passel of Puppies: Free Clip Art

Just put together this "passel full of puppies" for a project I'm working on.  There are 13 puppies in all.  The files are all transparent, 300 dpi, png format.  

If you'd like a copy of the zip folder with all the puppies included just leave a comment along with your email address and I'll send the files.  I am happy to share! 

Freebie Fridays

Monday, August 11, 2014

Wild About 1st Grade Art Activity Freebie

The August art session with my little "firsties" was a HUGE success.  We created "Wild About 1st Grade" self-portraits.   They turned out so dang cute!  It was a lot of fun to combine some guided art along with "do your own thing" directions. 

The bulletin board is adorable.  We'll be adding their writing prompt responses to "I'm WILD About 1st Grade Because..." as soon as we finish the edit process. 

I created a file with the guided art directions, supply list, and writing prompts.  Feel free to download this activity file and enjoy it with your little ones.  This is a "no fail" activity that make for a super cute parents night bulletin board.

Click on the image to download the file

I've created prompts for kinder- 3rd grade.

Freebie Fridays

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fall Center Activities... Last Sale Day on TpT and a 10-Frame Freebie

Just a reminder about the big TpT sale... it end tonight.  Here are some great fall items marked 28% off.

The "firsties" that I volunteer with are really struggling with "Making 10".  Their teacher asked me if I could put together a quick 10-Frame recording sheet.  They will be practicing with:
  • Two-sided chips
  • Lima beans sprayed red on one side, left white on the other
Each child will be given 10 items and asked to do lots of "shake, pour, and record".   Here is a copy of the the recording sheet.  It's nothing special, but it's very functional!  Help yourselves if you think you can use it with your little ones.  Just click on the image to download it.   

Be sure to print in landscape mode.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Lady Bugs Freebie

Just put this simple set of 10 lady bugs on TpT for free.  Help yourselves!  Just click on the picture below and go to TpT for a free download.   

Lady Bugs Clip Art

Don't forget about the BIG TpT sale on August 4th and 5th.  I've discounted all my products 20% and TpT is discounting 8%.  That means a BIG 28% savings!  Please remember to use the promo code! 

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