Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How to Make a Bunting Banner in PowerPoint!

I just knew that this option would be popular on the poll!  And it was perfect timing since I was planning on making a bunting banner this week for my classroom! 


More than half of you voted for this in the polls!


Now, onto the tutorial!






I am printing that bunting banner first thing tomorrow morning!  I love how it looks!!!

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

For next week's poll,  I'll add how to use/open QR codes.  I figured this would be a good prerequisite for how to make your own QR codes!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

How to Create a Customized Google Search!

This is a super fun tip... I could have used it back when I did my student teaching in 2nd grade!  It would have been perfect to go along with my lesson plans for the students animal research projects!  Anyhow... this week I'll be writing about how to make google search only specific websites!


 


If you want to know how to add that code to your blog, you can check out my previous tutorial here:



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

For next week's tutorial, I'll be adding how to make your own bunting banner!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Mega Giveaway! (Today only!!!)

Okay, I admit it... I have been slightly neglecting my blog, but not because I haven't been doing work!  I've been working hard to prep for the new school year and for the Phonics, Vocabulary, and Comprehension PD that Katie (over at Kdot's Learning Spot) and I have been working on!

Well of course, this big TPT sale coming up tomorrow has inspired me to post a few of the things I've been working on!  And of course, to repay all of you for continuing to follow me even though I'm posting less frequently... I think I'll give away ALL OF MY NEW ITEMS today! :)


And of course, if you don't win, all of these products will be on super sale tomorrow and Monday!

(Props to Krista from The Creative Chalkboard for the amazing sign!!)

Now... let's see what you can win!

I'm going to start with the project that took me the most time.  I made videos that are about 5 minutes long each for each letter of the alphabet!  And even though the video itself is only about 5 minutes long, it took WAY long than that to make!  I probably spent about one hour on each video with all of the editing I did... but I'm SO happy with how they came out!  I have the letters A & B up for free so please download those and let me know what you think!!!  Click the picture to check them all out (and I promise I will upload the rest of the letters by the end of the day tomorrow!


You can check out one of the videos here:

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I also created visual word walls to go along with some of the fry words.  I still have to work on the first 100 words and the fifth 100 words, so expect to see those soon... but in the meantime, I have finished the second 100 words, third 100 words, and fourth 100 words!




I also worked on phonemic awareness posters with multiple visuals for each of the sounds:


I also made a fun center game to practice sight words and CVC words:




Then, I made these adorable math visual vocabulary cards!



I also made a pack of Proverb, Sayings and Phrases to go along with the Core Knowledge Scope and Sequence for Kindergarten:


Phew!!!!! That's $64 worth of items!!!

So are you ready to win all of that!?

a Rafflecopter giveaway



This raffle ends today at 8pm!



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How to Print Anything at a Smaller Size!

I absolutely love this little trick!  I'm not even joking when I say I use it at least three times a week!  Every time I make/buy a new center game, I use this trick to print the cover page smaller so that it will fit in a quart size ziploc bag.  And... I use it to make visuals slightly smaller so that they fit better on my walls!  It is definitely one of my favorite tricks!

So... time to show you how to print anything at a smaller size!


Before I go into the poll and the tutorial, do you see the ADORABLE product in my preview?  Well... it's fabulous and it's free from The Primary Gal!  She's relatively new to blogging and TPT so head over there and give her some love!


Now, for the poll!  This was clearly the winner but the other options were definitely contenders!


And of course, here's the tutorial!  Step 1 mentions that it's easiest to do this with a PDF, so if you're not sure how to make a PDF, be sure to check out my previous tutorial below!


The steps are slightly different on Mac and PC so I did two separate write ups!



You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  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'm going to add how to make a customized search so that it only searches specific websites... this is perfect for research projects!


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

How to Make Any Picture "Talk!"

Hey everyone!  I've been back from my Alaskan vacation for two days already... yet I'm still having a hard time coming out of "vacation" mode to write this post!  Thank goodness an easy option came up as the winner as the poll: how to make any picture talk!


Here is the poll... with this choice winning a whopping 56% of votes!


In order to do this tutorial, you'll need to visit the following website.  It'll probably take you more time to read the tutorial then to actually make one!




You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!
 
Before I let you know what next week's tutorial will be, I have to throw in some of my favorite pictures from Alaska!!!
 
This was a picture from while we were cruising.  It's really hard to see... but there are snow covered mountains in the back!

In Ketchikan, we went on a nature walk and saw 2 bear cubs in their natural habitat!  This one had caught some food!


This Zip Rider was 5,495 feet long and had a 1,320 foot vertical drop... taller than the Empire State Building.  And yes... I rode it!!!

In Juneau, we went on a float trip at the Mendenhall Glacier.  It was gorgeous!

This was my favorite!!!  In Skagway, we went "Dog Sledding."  The dogs actually pulled a 750 pound cart with SEVEN people on it!!!

The Hubbard Glacier was just STUNNING!


 And of course, here's a picture of my hubby and me on our anniversary!  We just loved Alaska!  Isn't is gorgeous there!?
 
Now, for next week's tutorial, I'll be adding how to print any document at a smaller size... something I use ALL of the time!