Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How to Make a Foldable in PowerPoint!

For the last few weeks, the poll has been temperamental, but I  hosted it through PollDaddy this week and all of the votes counted!  Sorry for the issues the previous weeks!


The poll looks a little different, but it's far more stable!!!


Now... for the tutorial!




You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Docs.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

For  next week's poll, I'm going to do something I haven't done before... I'm going to leave the three remaining options up without adding a new options.  Don't worry... I have plenty of ideas to add to the poll and plenty of requests I plan on adding to the poll in the near future, but I really want to blog about one of those options that's been on the poll for a long time!  I feel so bad every time someone contacts me that they've been voting forever on an option that hasn't been picked yet... so it's time to appeal to those long-time voters!




Saturday, April 27, 2013

Editable Spelling Practice Book!

Yikes!  This cold has taken its toll on me this week... I even missed my Wednesday linky party!  I thought I had scheduled the post but I managed to leave it as a draft so it didn't post!

Anyway, a few months ago I made this cute spelling practice book for my class, and it has made a world of difference for my students.  One of my parents even said, "Thank you for sending the book home.  He never wanted to practice his spelling words since they weren't printed on a sheet that said 'homework' and now he has no excuse!"  My kids love bringing in their book each Friday, and I love how well they're doing on their tests.


I still do lesson plans in class for spelling, but this book has made a major difference in getting them to practice at home!














This editable book allows you to input your own list of 5 or 10 spelling words. It has special instructions to encourage your students to practice writing their words at home every single night! Just type in the date of the spelling test and change the words on the book. Copy the book two sided and fold it in half like a book. The book itself is only one page from and back!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Technology Tuesday Postponed

Unfortunately I have to postpone the "Technology Tuesday" tutorial this week.  I'm feeling a bit under the weather and my sinus headache is really making looking at the computer difficult!

I'm going to extend the poll... but it's been really temperamental this week!  I know a number of votes were lost (I checked earlier in the week and it had 7 votes, then it reset and 5 other people voted, then it reset again and now it only has 3 votes... ugh!)  I hosted the poll through another site (Poll Daddy), which is known to be more reliable... be sure to vote again!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Editable Vocabulary Worksheets (Flash Giveaway!)

I love to introduce my students to advanced vocabulary, but some Tier 2 and Tier 3 words can be hard for them to grasp!  I decided to come up with a worksheet to help my students learn some of the more advanced vocabulary to go along with each of our units.  Since everyone's lesson plans/vocabulary words always seem to differ, I figured I'd offer this item as an editable template!

This item includes two templates... just input your word and definition and have your students practice using their new vocabulary words!  These “superstar” themed vocabulary worksheets have only the clipart locked down… everything else is editable! Change the vocabulary words and definitions to the ones you are working on in class, and even use your favorite font!

Click the picture below to see the item on TPT!


Win this template right now by guessing which TV show I am watching right now!  I'll give you one hint only... it's live on TV, not on DVR!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Getting to Know Each Other! Skittles Style!

I came across this linky party and I love it!  I could see myself doing something similar with my kiddos!  Latoya at Flying into First Grade is hosting a linky party to get us more acquainted... and the theme is Skittles!!!



Here is the code for the linky:
Red- Favorite Ice Cream Flavor
Orange- Favorite Memory from College
Yellow- Favorite Sports Team
Green- Favorite Fast Food Place
Purple- Wild Card(Tell anything about yourself)
RED
I absolutely love Cookie Dough, Cookies and Cream, and Vanilla... but I have a new ice cream downfall... fruit ice cream!  It's healthier and it works out way better for my lactose intolerance!  And of course... I found it on Pinterest!  Click the picture below to check it out!
ORANGE
This is a tough one... I have so many great memories from college!  My husband went to school up in Boston and even though we visit friends up there frequently, I miss being able to walk to everything... particularly in spring and summer!
YELLOW
This is a tough one between the Yankees and the Giants... but I have to go Giants!  I love football season!... even if it is freezing when we go to the games!
 
GREEN
I have a secret downfall... McDonald's french fries!  I used to go through the drive through just to get a large fries... then they posted that the large fries are 500 calories and I couldn't physically finish a large anymore... nor can I go there as often!
PURPLE
Oh my gosh... tell anything about myself!  That's a tough one!  Years ago my grandma taught me how to crochet and knit, and I'm determined to get back into it!  I've been pinning a lot of things I want to try and I'm going to go through my Grandma's needlecraft books as well... now I just need to find some time to make things!


If you haven't linked up yet, be sure to stop by Latoya's blog to link up!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What Did They Say!? Wednesday! (A Linky Party!)

The things that my kids say are just hysterical!  I'd love to hear all the funny things your students say as well!

What Did They Say!?

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Isn't it the best when students admit guilt without even knowing it?!


Student: "Ms. Jessica, he's copying me!!"

Me (typical response): "He's copying you sitting criss-cross with your hands folded?"

Student: "No. He's spitting and making noises!"

Me: "Oh no, so you're telling me that you're spitting and making noises?"

Student: "No! He was doing it first!"

Me: "So you copied him spitting and making noises?"

Student: "No. I wasn't spitting! He was just copying me"

This went on for at least three minutes!


Now... it's time to share your cute kids story from this week!

Rules for the Linky Party:
  1. Share a story that one of your kids said on your blog!  If you don't have a blog, leave a comment with your story!
  2. Use the HTML code at the top of this post to link back to the post!
  3. Comment on the two blog posts before yours!







Tuesday, April 16, 2013

How to Make Your Own Cut and Paste Items in PowerPoint!

Cut and paste items are incredibly popular with the kids... and this tutorial reminds me that I really need to incorporate them into my lesson plans more!  This tutorial has a lot of steps, but it's actually really quick to do!


Here are the poll results for this week:
 

Now, onto the tutorial!








You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Docs.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

As for next week's poll, i'll be adding how to make a foldable in PowerPoint!




Monday, April 15, 2013

Addition Uno! (Flash Giveaway and Sale!)

So many people have requested that I made an Addition Uno game, and I finally got around to it!  This center game will be perfect to go along with your addition lessons plans for Kindergarten or 1st Grade!  Grab it tonight only for 25% off!


If you want to win the set for free, be the first person to correctly guess how many days long my addition unit is!  Be sure to leave your email address!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What Did They Say!? Wednesday! (A Linky Party!)

Spring is in the air... and spring fever or not, my class is still being their silly little selves!

What Did They Say!?

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I love when my former students come to visit me!

One of my former students comes up to me and says:
Student: "I have a secret to tell you!"
Me: "What is it?"
The little boy cups hands around this mouth and leans towards my ear to whisper his secret... then he drops his hands and gives me a big kiss on the cheek and smiles,
Student: "That was the secret!" (followed by him running away!)

How can you beat that secret?!


Now... it's time to share your cute kids story from this week!

Rules for the Linky Party:

  1. Share a story that one of your kids said on your blog!  If you don't have a blog, leave a comment with your story!
  2. Use the HTML code at the top of this post to link back to the post!
  3. Comment on the two blog posts before yours!






Tuesday, April 9, 2013

How to Make Items That are Easy to Cut!

Cutting out lamination can be such a pain... but if you make your classroom games/signs yourself, you can actually make them incredibly easy to cut! the cards that I have in the preview only took me three slices to cut out!


Here are the poll results!



Now onto the tutorial!







You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Docs.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

As far as cutting the lamination, I also recommend getting a nice paper cutter. I have one like the one below, which seems to cut nicely through cardstock/lamination.

As for next week's tutorial, I'm going to add something a bit more specific... how to make your own cut/paste items in powerpoint!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Quick and Easy Addition Game

Yikes!  I was looking at my recent posts this morning and so many of them are focused on technology.  Don't get me wrong... I love technology, but I love teaching as well!  I figured I'd share a quick picture of an addition game I did today.  It was so easy to make, and the kids had a blast doing it!


I kind of want to start a weekly feature for hands on activities... but I can't think of a cute name for it... any ideas?!  Maybe Friday Fun Day?"  Or "Hands-On Fun Friday?" 

What do you think I should call it? I'm open to any day of the week... not just Friday!!!


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Georgia O'Keeffe Art Project and Writing Piece (Flash Giveaway!)

First of all, I'm loving the flash giveaways that I'm doing with my new products, so be sure to keep your eyes open for a lot more of those!

Second of all, one of my favorite art units is coming up... Georgia O'Keeffe.  Each year I teach my kindergarten students about her, and they learn how she created such beautiful images of flowers.  They are always inspired by her work and love using colored pencils to try to be an artist just like her!  After their artwork is done, I have them do a follow up writing piece describing their flower or trying to convince someone to plant their flower in their garden.  It's always adorable to see what they write!

I finally made the project a little cuter and posted it up on TPT.  Be sure to check it out by clicking the picture below!


Now for the flash giveaway... guess which month I teach this unit in!  Leave a comment with your answer and email address!
Update 10:00pm: I teach this unit in April!  Congrats to all of the winners!


While you're here, be sure to vote on the poll in the top right to pick what I will blog about this Tuesday!



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

What Did They Say!? Wednesday! (A Linky Party!)


It's amazing how much I missed my kids over break!  I'm so excited to be back to hear their funny saying!

What Did They Say!?

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Here's a quote one of my students said after the previous break:

Me: "What did you do over break?"
Student: "I went to Canada, and I had snowball fights!"
Other Students: "What? There was snow?!"
Me: "Well, it normally snows in winter so it makes sense that there would be snow.  So, did you have lots of fun in Canada?"

Student: "Yeah, but nah. I like America better. because my family is here."

How precious is that?!


Now... it's time to share your cute kids story from this week!

Rules for the Linky Party:

  1. Share a story that one of your kids said on your blog!  If you don't have a blog, leave a comment with your story!
  2. Use the HTML code at the top of this post to link back to the post!
  3. Comment on the two blog posts before yours!



Tuesday, April 2, 2013

How to Save Your Files as a .Zip File!

This week's tutorial is on that I suspect will be very popular with TPT sellers... how to "zip" your files!


I can't believe how many people voted for this option on the tutorial... it won the poll by a landslide!


The directions for how to do this are totally different for Mac vs. PC, so be sure to check out the two different tutorials below!


You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Docs.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!
 
As for next week's poll, I'll be adding how to make items that are easy to cut out!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Fonts! (Fonts on the First!)

Since I've run out of tips for my weekly feature, "Technology Tips Thursday," I've decided to start a new regular feature on my blog... "Fonts on the First!"

Stop by my blog on the first of every month for a collection of seasonal fonts... 5 which are meant for personal use, and 5 for commercial use!  The first collection is Easter Fonts!

Download each of these fonts here:

Personal Use
KG Hippity Hop
JI Bunny Caps
Bizzy Bunny
RM Egg
Hasi

Commercial Use
Easter Sunrise
Easter Egg
Bunnywunny
Funny Bunny
ADFB Easter Egg

Be sure to stop by the first of next month to see more seasonal fonts!


For information on how to install these fonts, check out my step by step tutorial here:

For information on how to spruce up these fonts in PowerPoint, check out this post: