Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Getting in the Holiday Spirit with Christmas Games, a Freebie, and a Giveaway!

Isn't it amazing how fast a year can pass?  It seems like just yesterday that the holidays were upon us... and now they're back!  Happy holidays everyone!

First things first, here's a holiday gift for everyone... a fun and FREE game for the smartboard or promethean board!

 This FREE Christmas-themed game is the perfect way to get your students to practice fine-tuning their ability to distinguish between similarly spelled words and practice reading CVC and CVCe words. Students can segment the CVC or CVCe word at the bottom of the slide, then move the present to reveal a picture and see if they read the word correctly!

This game is part of a series of Christmas themed CVC and CVCe word games that I've been working on, including:

 This Christmas themed game will have your students alternating between reading words with short vowel sounds and long vowel sounds - fine tuning their ability to read CVC and CVCe words. This 135 page self-checking game will have students reading words and finding the corresponding pictures... if students touch the correct picture, they hear a fun sound!      This Christmas-themed game is the perfect way to get your students to practice fine-tuning their ability to read CVC and CVCe words. Students need to identify what picture is at the top of the page and pick which of the two similarly spelled words at the bottom of the page is correct. This game will also help students with reading nonsense words... as some of the words included aren't real! Best of all, this game is self-checking... when students touch the correct answer they'll hear a fun cheering sound!

 This Christmas-themed game is the perfect way to get your students practice tons of different skills in one activity! They'll need to read a CVC word, identify what rhyming word is identified by the picture, and use the spelling pattern and their knowledge of words with short vowels in order to spell the CVC word shown!      This game is the perfect way to get students reading CVC and CVCe words and identifying words with similar vowel sounds! Have students segment the word shown on the page and identify the short or long vowel sound in the word. Then, have the students click the three pictures on the page that have the same vowel sound!   This game cheers for the students if they click the correct pictures on the page, and gives them guidance if they click an incorrect answer!

All five of these games can be found in this Christmas bundle... or you can win them by being the first person to comment on this post!

 These Christmas themed games are perfect for getting students in the holiday spirit while practicing their ability to read CVC and CVCe words! This set of five games will have students alternating between reading words with long and short vowels in order to fine tune their ability to read CVC words and words with a "super e" or "magic e!"  Save 30% by buying these engaging, no-prep games as part of a bundle!

Be sure to check back over the next few days for more giveaways!  Happy holidays everyone!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How to Make Primary Writing Lines

Happy Tuesday!  Here is another user-requested tutorial!  This one is an absolutely necessity for any primary teacher making their own items for their classroom.


One week on the poll and this option was a hit!  Be sure to go to the Technology Tuesday request form and give me more ideas to add to the poll!


I decided to include three different ways to make primary lines.  To be totally honest, I only ever use the first way, through a font, but you have to pay for the font for commercial use so I want to be sure to include some free options as well!


The fonts from the pictures above can be found here:

The four fonts pictured are:


To learn how to install fonts, click here:
How to Find and Install Fonts: Step by step instructions with pictures!



Now... for the other options (I'll warn you in advance... they're not difficult... but they're definitely not as easy as option #1!)


Note: you can also take a screenshot of the line if you find it easier to copy/paste the picture rather than the table!


For next week's poll I added another option that someone requested: how to make "color by number" activities!  Be sure to vote!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How to Make a 4" x 6" Document in PowerPoint

I don't know where it originated but a while back some genius blogger talked about saving color ink by making 4"x6" items and taking advantage of one of the deals on a photo printing website. Genius!



I'm not surprised that this was so popular on the poll!


Before I get into the tutorial I have to ask a favor of everyone... I need more ideas for these technology Tuesday posts!  I have a list of things I want to add to the poll... but this 4"x6" idea was one that someone submitting on the Technology Tuesday Request Form.  Please head over there and submit an idea that you'd like me to blog about and I'll try to add it to the poll soon!

Anyway... here's the tutorial!







It's a lot easier to explain how to save the photos as images since each printer is a little different, but I hope that helps!

For next week's poll I added another option that someone had requested on the  Technology Tuesday Request Form. Please be sure to add some ideas there for me so I can add your personal request to the poll!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Organize Your Library Labels

I have to say, I love how OCD my library itself is organized, with the labels on the bins and the books... but oh my gosh, all the extra labels!  For a while I had them stored in folders, but then I had a genius idea!!!

Whenever I set up my library, I always end up printing out extra labels and I love this way of organizing them... store the extra labels in a binder in special page/pocket protectors!

First, I grabbed a giant binder... I actually ended up needing to buy a bigger one (3 inches!) because I had so many labels.  I also made sure to get an "extra wide" binder - which is more suitable for holding page protectors.

Whenever I set up my library, I always end up printing out extra labels and I love this way of organizing them... store the extra labels in a binder in special page/pocket protectors!

Then I grabbed these amazing page protectors that are divided into four pockets - they are the perfect size for my labels!!!


When I bought them, they were about $17 for the box of 100 - which was the best deal on Amazon at the time.  I bought one box and I have a ton of extras!  I was really happy with their quality too... they're really sturdy.

Whenever I set up my library, I always end up printing out extra labels and I love this way of organizing them... store the extra labels in a binder in special page/pocket protectors!

Then I took all the extra labels I had printed (which have a slightly different font than the set that I have posted up on TPT) and started organizing!

organize your classroom library in a way that all of your students can easily figure it out! this set has labels for your books, as well as two different size labels for bins... choose which printing option works best for you. it currently has more than 350 different labels! $

I kept everything sorted by categories the same way I have them separated in the pack - holidays, ELA topics, math topics, etc., then sorted them alphabetically.  Then, I bought these AMAZING page protector tabs.  I still have to print the little tabs for the sides, but they do help to easily find what topic you're looking for!

Whenever I set up my library, I always end up printing out extra labels and I love this way of organizing them... store the extra labels in a binder in special page/pocket protectors!

The tabs work exactly like a page protector, so you can put a title sheet in them, but they stick out past the other page protectors in the binder... making them very useful in this binder!


Whenever I set up my library, I always end up printing out extra labels and I love this way of organizing them... store the extra labels in a binder in special page/pocket protectors!
When you go to put all of the labels away, you'll have to cut or fold the actual labels.  I cut mine out so they were one column wide and 5 stickers tall.  They fit perfectly in the pocket protector that way!

Whenever I set up my library, I always end up printing out extra labels and I love this way of organizing them... store the extra labels in a binder in special page/pocket protectors!

I will say, the binder is a little bit bulky... but I'm willing to sacrifice a few inches of shelf space for this organizational heaven!  Plus, it beats digging through drawers or folders to find the labels... or wasting ink/labels reprinting something that I already have because I couldn't find it!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Organize Your Teacher Stuff: How to Store Your Math Manipulative Labels!

Today is officially my third blogiversary!  As many of you know, I'm obsessed with technology.  But today, to commemorate three years of blogging, I have to let you in on another secret about me... I'm slightly OCD.  I always like to say that I'm just as close as you can get to OCD without needing an official diagnosis, but one of my good friends (who is an amazing teacher and has a fabulous TPT store that you should check out!) likes to say that I need a diagnosis but I just haven't gotten it yet!

So, over the course of the next few days, I thought I'd share how awesome my obsessive organizing is with all of you!  As teachers we accumulate so much junk so many very important and valuable things that we need to keep track of (ahem!)... and it's easy to lose track of what we have.

Today I thought I'd focus on organizing math manipulative labels.  I mean, they're wonderful when they're on our bins keeping our supplies organized, but what about the extra labels!?  I used to keep  mine in a Ziploc bag... which I inevitably would lose track of and have to print out new labels when I needed them.  Then... I thought of this!



I know what you're thinking... "Really? A binder?"   But yes... a binder.  Check out the inside!

How to store your math manipulative labels...  These four-pocket page protectors are absolutely amazing... you can grab them via the link at the jump!

I found these AMAZING four pocket tabs on Amazon... and my math labels fit perfectly in them!


When I bought them, they were about $17 for the box of 100 - which was the best deal on Amazon at the time.  I was really happy with their quality too... they're really sturdy and the plastic is a good weight.


How to store your math manipulative labels...  These four-pocket page protectors are absolutely amazing... you can grab them via the link at the jump!

Anyway... I put my math labels in them and it's so easy to find the labels that I want and keep track of what labels I need to print again if I get new manipulatives!

How to store your math manipulative labels...  These four-pocket page protectors are absolutely amazing... you can grab them via the link at the jump!


Sometimes we end up accumulating different designs of labels (or redesigning our own labels, as I did with my product)...

Math Manipulative Labels!

Either way... if you end up with more designs, you can always put them in back of the other labels.  That jumbo beads labels in the picture below is the old design... i just stored it behind the updated design of the same label.

How to store your math manipulative labels...  These four-pocket page protectors are absolutely amazing... you can grab them via the link at the jump!

Basically, I'm in love with those page protectors/dividers and wish I had known about them months ago... they make me want to reorganize my whole life!

Over the next few days, I'll post some of the other ways I use them, along with some other nifty organization tricks that I've found along the way!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How to Show HTML Code on your Blog, 300th Post & 3rd Blogiversary!

Hello everyone!  I know, I know... it's been too long!  Today, I am writing up my 300th post and tomorrow, I'll be celebrating my THIRD blogiversary!  It's hard to imagine that nearly three years ago I started this little blog... I am SO grateful for all of my followers!


I know I've been largely absent over the past year, but things have been a bit crazy!  I was trying to balance working full time, being in school full time, and running a blog and my time was just too limited!  I felt horrible for not blogging, but in the meantime, I got a promotion, finished up my degree in SBL (School Building Leadership), and got a new job!

But... life is a roller coaster, and a few weeks ago I got extremely sick and was legitimately terrified that I was going to die.  It really made me rethink what was important in my life... which of course is friends and family.  But it also made me rethink what I enjoy in life... and I realized how much I miss blogging! Everything happens for a reason, right?




I'm going to make an effort to come back to blogging and get back into my Technology Tuesday posts!  Fingers crossed that all of you still stop by to see what I write after being absent for so many months!

So... without further ado... do you want to know how to show HTML code on your kind of like this:

<div align="center"><a href="http://aturntolearn.blogspot.com/" title="A Turn To Learn"><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-w5afhFLL3J8/T9Osa6PLVPI/AAAAAAAAA3k/fVnPKvghB6U/s1600/Blog+Button+Square+200W.png" alt="A Turn To Learn" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Here's are the poll results...



...and here you go!




For the poll for next week, I'm going to add how to make a PowerPoint 4"x6" (or 5"x7") - perfect for printing out some things that you make on photo paper!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

TPT Sale

Hello bloggy friends! I know I've been so inconsistent about blogging lately... but I plan on making more time for it in the near future! 

Anyway, I'm sure it's not news at this point, but Teachers Pay Teachers is having a huge sale... and they extended it for a day!  The lovely Liann over at A Grade One Nut and Her Squirrely Crew made this lovely graphic for the sale!  Click the picture to head to my TPT store to grab some items during the sale!


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Ms-Jessica