Wednesday, March 12, 2014

DIY: Table Top Pocket Chart and Frame

As I mentioned in my last post, I made a great little table top pocket chart and frame for less than 8.00  A few people have asked for the directions.

I created an illustrated file that details the assembly of both the PVC frame and the homemade pocket chart. 

Detailed frame instructions

Detailed pocket chart instructions

 Just click here for the complete PDF file. 

Have a great spring break!  I start mine on Friday :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

New Blog Design and a Freebie!

I love my new blog design.  A million thanks to Barb at Ruby Slippers Blog Design.  Here are my top 10 reasons I loved working with Barb:

1.       Barb is a great listener.
2.       Barb has a wealth of experience and design sense.
3.       Barb gives great suggestions.
4.       Barb is SO patient.
5.       Barb’s design prices are very reasonable.
6.       If Barb does not have the element you want… she creates it.
7.       Barb’s turnaround time is very quick (about a week).
8.       Barb is tenacious about making sure the customer is happy. 
9.       Barb is super quick at sending proofs and returning emails.
10.    It is delightful to work with Barb! 

Now for the freebie.  I really needed a small pocket chart (desk top size) to use with the little ones that I tutor.  They are still struggling with some of the harder Fry's words (words 50-100).  I wanted to play two highly engaging games because sometimes they are a little distracted.

Game 1:  Find the Hidden...
  • The teacher places a number of words (25-30) in a pocket chart.
  • Then one special icon card is hidden behind one of the words.  (The kids eyes are closed - in theory!)
  • The students guess a word by reading it. 
  • The teacher lifts the word card to see if the special icon is hiding there. 
  • The winner is the child who reads the word that is hiding the special card.
The kids love the game!

Game 2:  BAM!

  • Words or letters (depending on the age of the students) are placed in a bag.
  • The bag is passed around and the student pulls out a word or letter card.
  • If the child can name the letter or read the card, he/she keeps the card.
  • If the child can not name or read the card it goes back in the bag.
  • There are 3-4 "BAM!" cards in the bag.  If a child pulls a BAM, the game is over.
  • NOTE:  For smaller groups just put the cards in a pile and the 3-4  children just draw from the top.  Same rules and game play apply.  
Here is my file with:
1)  High frequency words.
2)  Seasonal items to hide behind the words.
3)  Bam! cards.

Also, my husband and I made this table top pocket chart frame and pocket chart.  The whole thing - stand and pocket chart cost less than $10.00.  If you'd like the directions just let me know. 

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lucky Leprechaun Craft and Writing Prompts

Better late than never should be the title of this blog post. My lucky leprechaun craft and activities are a bit late this year! This should have been completed weeks ago but sometimes life just happens and things get delayed.  Nonetheless, it was great fun to create.
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This St Patty's Day packet contains one super cute (and easy to assemble) leprechaun craft and 5 literacy activities.

Packet contents:
1) Read the Room: Sentence Fix It (CCS: L.k.1; L.1.2; L.2.1)
2) Read the Room: Syllable Sort (CCS: RF.k.2; RF.1.2; RF.2.3)
3) Read It, Write It, Draw It (CCS: L.k.1a)
4) How to Catch a Leprechaun- Writing Prompt (CCS: W.k.3; W.1.7; W.2.3)
5) I'm so Lucky Because... Writing Prompt (CCS: W.k.2; W.1.3; W.2.2)
6) Illustrated directions
7) Pattern pieces (ready to copy onto construction paper)

Last year's  St Patty's Day craft and writing prompts are also available.

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Packet contents:
1) Compare and Contrast (graphic organizer)
2) 18 Word Wall Cards (St. Patrick's Day themed)
3) Move and Make Words activity
4) I Remember a Time When I Was Lucky-writing prompt/primary lines
5) I Remember a Time When I Was Lucky-writing prompt/secondary lines
6) Illustrated step-by-step directions
7) Patterns

I would love to give away two packets.  Please leave a comment with the name of the packet you'd like and your email address.  I'll pick two winners by Friday.

P.S.  Be on the look out for my all new blog design... it's almost done!  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

FREEBIE - Cat in the Hat: Guided Art Activity

Here's a VERY easy Cat in the Hat guided art activity for children of all ages.  The children's pictures turn out so dang cute and are definitely bulletin board worthy!

For the complete FREE file click here.  

Thanks for stopping by!
Granny (Cindy)
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3 Million Strong Sale! 28% Off!

Teachers Pay Teachers has hit the 3 million mark!  Now that's cause for a celebration.  TpT is holding a 3 million strong sale Feb 27-28.  TpT is offering 10% off and I'm offering 20% off of ALL of my products to equal a 28% savings (there is a 2% TpT fee in there somewhere).

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Granny (Cindy)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: Photo Booth Props and Writing Prompts

We were in class only three days last week... and why, might you ask?  Rodeo Break!  That's right in Tucson all k-12 schools and some of the colleges get Rodeo Days off.

It may sound silly but it's a BIG deal here.  We have a huge parade and days and days of rodeo competition.  Truth be told, when I was a child I thought Rodeo was a national holiday :).

So with a few extra days of "free time" on my hands, I decided to create a Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss Photo Booth mini-packet for use next week. 

I created a hat, a tie , and of course the children's famous pet fish.  I will be reading the story, and the children will respond to one of three writing prompts.  I left a space on each writing prompt to either draw a picture or glue on their photo booth pictures.

My granddaughters kindly offered to model the props.

The packet contains 3 props and 3 Common Core Standards aligned writing prompts.
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Have a great week!
Granny (Cindy) 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb: Craftivity and Writing Activities

Where has this month gone?  By Saturday we'll be halfway through the month and planning for  March. 

I had to get a bit of a jump on things because I'm heading off (tomorrow) to San Francisco for a conference.  I'll be spending the next three days listening to a wonderful group of presenters talk about brain development within the context of social competence and self-control.  I'll be sure to share when I get back!

I decided I better get my March craftivity and writing packet ready now.  I couldn't resist the In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb theme.  I am really happy with the ease of the craft itself.  I always try to make the craft easy AND cute.  This can be a tough balance at times.
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This craftivity packet contains 2 VERY easy crafts.  The lion and the lamb are quick as 1, 2, 3 to put together and they look just as cute in black and white as they do in color!  I have also included four language arts activities.

  • In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb Means... (writing prompt)
  • What Does this Mean?  (match idioms to their meanings/cut and paste)
  • Remembering Weather Adventures (writing prompt)
  • My Favorite Type of Weather (writing prompt)  
The packet also includes all the patterns and illustrated directions for easy assembly.

Well, I'm off to San Francisco!  Have a great rest of the week.

Granny (Cindy)