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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bright Idea - Answer Key Book


Welcome to the Bright Ideas Blog Hop!

We all know grading station work can take awhile if you have recording sheets or printables.

Do you want to save yourself some time?

Insert answer keys into a binder and have your students check their own work. 

If the activity doesn't come with an answer key, just make your own. Or, use a student's perfect paper as the answer key.  



My students sit at my table and use a pen, if they want to. 
These are two things they LOVE to do!
Sometimes, they HAVE to use a pen, so I can see what mistakes they made.



I love my answer key book and so do my students!

Friday, May 8, 2015

We {HEART} Teachers Day 5

It's Friday guys! We made it! We made it! 

Sadly, this means it's our last day of our We {HEART} Teachers event


Of course we have to end on a high note, so we have not one, not two, but THREE amazing prize packs for you today! 

First up... are you ready to get organized for the new year? Like for real organized? The you'll love this #OrganizedTeacher prize pack!


So let's take a closer look at what's in this prize pack..

1. Customized Binder Pack from The Applicious Teacher- completely customized Curriculum Binder and Data binder to fit your classroom decor and needs!

2. My Heart Beats "She is Collection"- This beautiful set of cards are perfect for thank you notes or birthdays! They feature a fun chalkboard theme on the front and a story on the back. 

3. A Modern Teacher Printed Planner in "Sunshine"- This is A Modern Teacher's flag ship planner printed, bound, and shipped just for you! 

4. $50 Urban Girl Office Supplies- Need a gold stapler? How about some super cute file folders for your weekly work? Then you will love shopping this fun online office supply store! 

5. ClassroomFriendlySupplies Sharpener- Your choice of color. Now you can have the perfectly sharpened pencils every time. 

AND.... How some online shopping with this little GC?! 


Baskets, books, seat sacks, you name it they have it! 

Ready to enter to win this pack? Check out the rafflecopter below!



In addition to helping you become more organized in the new year, we've also got two AMAZING digital prize packs full of your favorite seller's resources. 
One for the littles...

You have to see what's in this pack:

Whoooooo Can Do Sight Word Math from Growing Firsties

Fry Word Mega Bundle from The Resourceful Apple

Country Close Reads from Laura Love to Teach

Packing Up our Year in Kindergarten from Mrs. Rios Teaches

Read and Writes: The Whole Year from Just Reed

Phonics Interactive Notebook from Second Grade Nest

Close Reading: Nursery Rhymes from Teaching in High Heels

Letter Tile Word Work from A Primary Owl

Fluency for the Whole Year from Teacher to the Core

May Word Work from Buzz into Kinder

May Printables from Flying into First

Writing Station Activities fro Young Learners from Teaching with Love and Laughter


and a pack for the bigger kids! One for the bigs!


Here's a peak at what's in this pack!

"Good Readers' Story Elements Mini Books from Mrs. Beatties Classroom

Popping into Place Value from Saddle Up for Second Grade

Teacher Planner from A Modern Teacher

Aloha from Surfin' Through Second

Your Choice Decor pack from The Learning Tree

Just the Basic Facts: Multiplication and Division from The Applicious Teacher

Folktales Mega Unit from Primary Punch

Any Item from Science for Kids

Nonfiction Bundle from Second Grade Stories

Enter for the packs below!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

We Heart Teachers Day 4- Teacher Fashion and Help All Year


We're on our 4th day of the We {HEART} Teachers event and can I just say... it's only getting better with time!


Today we have TWO Amazing prize packs up for grabs! 

The first is for all those teacher fashionistas out there!

This prize pack is stuffed with all my faves! Here's what in this pack!

Kendra Scott Elle Earrings- Perfect for every occasion, you'll want to wear these babies with every outfit! Your choice of color! 

Thirty One Zip Top Organizing Utility Tote- Get your stuff to and from school in style with this convenient and stylist tote! It even has side pockets!

TeacherShirt.com T-Shirt- Choose one design to sport your teacher fashion with a $30 credit towards any shirt of your choice! Be sure to visit their website and see their selection! 

Alex and Ani Apple Bracelet- Add this classic teacher charm to your arm candy collection!

$50 Tieks Gift Card- Now you can get a pair of the most comfortable teaching shoes! 

Keep Collective Leather Band Bracelet- If you're addicted to charms, you'll love this bracelet! Comes with your initial and a cute apple charm! 

Ready to win this pack? Enter below!



Now... we know you're a busy teacher and that means you need resources to pull duty ALL year! Enter this AMAZING digital prize pack of resources designed to take you from the beginning to the end! 


Need a closer look? Check out the links below! You won't believe what this pack contains!

1. Phonics Interactive Bundle from Hippo Hooray in 2nd grade. 

2. Social Studies Tab-Its  from Simply Skilled in Second

3. Math Strategies Posters from Flip Flops and First Grade

4. Editable Substitute Binder from Mrs. Richard's Class

5. It's Time to Work on Writing from Caitlin Clabby at Kindergarten Smiles

6. Comprehension Posters from the Tattooed Teacher

7. Fluency for 2nds Progressive Bundle from Tamara Russell

8. Reading Interactive Anchor Charts from The Applicious Teacher

9. School Year Bundle from Sunny Days in Second Grade

10. Prove It! Growing Bundle from Sticky Notes and Glitter

11. Custom Classroom Collection- from Learning is Something to Treasure

12. Student Brag Bracelets from Hands on Teacher in First

Yup... you need it all! PINKY PROMISE! Enter below! 
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Did you see the prices on those products... that's some BIG LOVE! 

and don't forget all our other prize packs are still up for grabs! Click the pics below to check them out!




Happy Friday EVE! 




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

We {Heart} Teachers Day 3- Healthy Teachers

Happy Wednesday! You're half way through your week and we're half way through our giveaway!



Today is all about helping you find your inner #healthyteacher...

A healthy teacher is a happy teacher, and don't we all want to just be happy? ;) 




So, we've filled this awesome prize pack to the brim to help you reach any fitness goal (even if it is just to walk from the couch to the kitchen and back! ;))

Here's a closer look at what we've got in store for you!

1. Fitbit Zip- Easiest way to get active? Increase your steps! As teachers we seem to be up on our feet all day. Might as well let those steps between desks and walking students to lunch add up to something big!

2. Customized Water Bottle- How cute are these? Like seriously! Get that water in with your own personalized one! Now you'll want to go to the gym! ;) 

3. IPod Shuffle-  We're giving you a shuffle to help you get your groove thing on! Pick your color to match your favorite workout shoes! 

4. $10 ITunes Gift Card- Fill your new IPod Shuffle with your favorite work out jams! 

5. Hot Chic Sports Skirt- Perfect for walks, runs, or training sessions at the gym. Hot Chic Sports wants you to feel beautiful anywhere you go with these perfect sport skits. No ride bike shorts built in make it ideal for running errands or your first 5k! Be sure to check out their website to find your favorite pattern! 

So much to win in this pack! Enter for your chance to win below! 

Now, just in case you are just now joining us... be sure to head through the beginning of this event! All the prize packs are staying open until Midnight Monday! Click the pics below to check it out!

Day One...


Day Two...
Yeah, that's an Ipad mini! 

AND Don't forget! Today's the LAST day you can save up to 28% in all of our stores! 


Don't forget to use the code THANKYOU to take off that extra 10%! 





Monday, May 4, 2015

We {HEART} Teachers - Teacher Essentials Prize Pack



Happy Monday! 

We are on our first official day of our 
We {HEART} Teachers event! 



I know as teachers, we don't usually look forward to Mondays... but this Monday is special! It's the first day of Teacher Appreciation week! That means you'll be showered with notes of thanks, tokens of affection and LOTS OF HUGS! <3! 

It also means it's time to give away some AMAZING prizes!

Today, we have this amazing #TeacherEssentials prize pack for you!

This is a small collection of items to help you get through your weeks! 


Here's a peek at what YOU can win..

1. Blair Turner Paper Notepads- How cute are these? Perfect for all those last minute lists! And the Fun colors are SURE to brighten up any paper piled desk! ;) 

2. Spring Bling Coffee Cozy from Miss Squirrels Shop- Now that the end of the year is starting, coffee is a must! Keep it warm with this adorable bejeweled cozy! <3

3. 12 Pack of Flair Pens- So you can write beautiful "to do" lists on those notepads! ;)

4. Custom Designed Pencil Door Hanger from Tallahassee Sunday- They made the CUTEST apple door hanger for me! Now you'll get one too! 

5. Custom Water Color Print from The Teacher Print Shop- Rachel from The Tattooed Teacher has an eye for design and she'll make you a CUSTOM Water color type print and MAIL it you! YES PLEASE!   

6. Pampered Teacher Box- Every teacher deserves a little pampering! Pampered Teacher is a monthly subscription service that sends you special hand picked teacher items based on your likes and wants! They've graciously donated one box for you! 

7. $10 Starbucks Gift Card- So you can have a cup to wrap that ADORABLE coffee cozy around! Oh and help fuel you for a few more days! 

8. Planbook Subscription for a year- I switched from a word document style lesson plan book to using this online service and I LOVE it! User friendly, easy, and soooo convenient. I can even send my lesson plans to my teammates! 

That's an AMAZING prize pack! What to enter? Enter below using the Rafflecopter!



AND don't forget today's the last day for you to enter the chance to win one of three $40 GC for 


TeachersPayTeachers, just in time for their Teacher Appreciation Sale!


Click here to go enter that giveaway! We'll be announcing the winners tomorrow AND We'll have another AMAZING prize pack up for grabs... let's just say teachers love their apple... products... ;) 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Second Annual We {Heart} Teachers Event

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week Eve!


Teachers are some of the hardest working, caring, and passionate people I know. You never hear a teacher say, "I'm in this for the money, fame, and fortune".  Teachers teach because they have a passion for learning, sharing, and changing lives one lesson at a time.

So this week, my fellow teachers, is about you! Let's celebrate those little victories that never find their way onto a standardized test, like that one student who actually grabbed a copy of your favorite read aloud book for some quiet reading at their desk!

This week, in honor of you, I've joined forces with some of your favorite bloggers and teacher companies to bring you the 2nd Annual We {HEART} Teachers Event!



You thought last year was good... wait 'til you see what we've got for you this year!

This event will run from Monday, May 4th through Friday, May 8th and I promise you won't want to miss it any second of it!

Over 40 of your favorite teacher bloggers and teacher companies have joined up to bring you some amazing prizes, freebies, and deals!


 All my FAVES!




Here's a peek at what's up for grabs this week!


 I want that t-shirt!


 Get your shop on!


 Yeah... that's an IPad Mini... WHAT?!


No for real...like $10,000 in prizes...

So, be sure to check back each day to enter for your chance to win HUGE prize packs, grab up some FREEBIES, and see some amazing deals.

If you don't already, I suggest you like my page on FB!




 Then click "Get notifications" under liked so that you'll be the first to see each day's prize packs, products, and FREEBIES!



ANNNNDDDD... because I am just soooo excited about this event, I've got THREE  TpT GCs up for grabs today and tomorrow!



This will be the PERFECT thing to help you clear out that wish list during the TpT Sale this week!



YEAH... That's right, TpT is hosting a two day sale to say THANK YOU for all your hard work too! (I convinced them for ya! ;)) I'll have my ENTIRE store on sale for 20% May 5th and 6th, and you can save and additional 10% off by using the code THANKYOU at check out. That's a total savings of 28% off! #WIN

Want to win?! Enter below!

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Mother's Day Writing Freebie and Product Updates

I've been updating some of my earlier products, mostly because I wanted an excuse to purchase some new clip art! LOL! Do you already own my topics to write about cards? If so, you can download the updated version here. In addition to adding tons of new cards, I also switched out the clip art and changed the font and border. These cards are great for your work on writing station, as they help the children come up with topics to write about. Gone are the days of hearing, "I can't think of anything to write about!" These cards were made to fit in a pocket chart, however, I keep mine in a small container.


Stay tuned for more product updates. Currently, I am working on making word sorting cards to go with all my Word Sorts activities. Here's a sneak peak...
My students love these word sorts. I thought it would be beneficial for them to sort the words in a pocket chart before they filled out the recording sheet. Although I'll be making heading cards, like Long a and Short a, I probably won't have my students use them. I like for them to sort the words based on the similar patterns and then decide for themselves what the phonics rule is. If I give them the heading cards, they won't have the opportunity to figure it out on their own. But, I'll make them because I know other teachers might prefer to use them.

In other news, we've been working on some Mother's Day activities. I have this letter writing template at my work on writing station. The children have been writing letters to their moms.



You can find this letter writing template, and many more, here, in my Writing Right Through April and May pack.


Here's a cute Mother's Day card my students made for their moms (or aunts or grandmas or mums).

This is the front cover. Some of my students followed a directed drawing I found on Heidi's Blog. Heidi's step by step directions are very easy to follow.



Some of my students drew their moms all by themselves. If only I had just an ounce of their talent!


The inside of the card is a writing frame that I had in my files from years ago. Truth be told, I'm not sure where it originated from because I just have it written on a piece of paper. I used to have my students copy it neatly for a handwriting activity. This year, I typed it up all pretty. If anyone knows where the wording came from, please let me know so I can give proper credit.










I printed the writing template front to back and had my students write a rough draft. Then, we met and fixed some of the spelling errors. Finally, they copied the writing onto a new template, and glued it in the center of their card. I had such a ball reading all of them and I know the moms will cherish them.

Click here to get the writing template for FREE! 



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