Sunday, September 11, 2016

Halloween Party Ideas From Oriental Trading

Now is the perfect time to begin planning for Halloween! The games, the costumes, the's such a fun time for children and (most) adults! LOL!

Oriental Trading is definitely my go to online party supply store, especially at Halloween time.

How cute is Frankie in this Glow in the Dark Skeleton Costume? It comes with an attached hood, but he preferred to keep that part off. 
Doesn't he look scaaaarrrryyyyy? 
(Although I have two yorkies of my own, Frankie is my friend's dog, who agreed to model this costume. My dogs, who are 13 and 14 years old, were fast asleep!) 
Here's a neat Halloween Spoon Game! You can have spoon races, or play pass the eyeball. What a fun game for a school or home party!
It comes with six spoons and six eyeballs.
This Fall Bowling Game is the best! The pins look like giant pieces of candy corn and it comes with an orange bowling ball. 
Here's my yorkie, Max, checking out the pins, before he walked off with one of them!
This is a Monster Bean Bag Toss Game. Just set up the cans and use the bean bags to knock 'em down.
Isn't this Inflatable Spider Ring Toss Game adorable! It comes with four black and orange rings. I especially love how each leg has a number, so you can add up how many points you get.
This is a Fall Leaf Hedgehog Magnet Craft Kit. I know the kids will really enjoy putting this together! Each pack makes 12, so I ordered two packs.
I hope I've given you some ideas for your own Halloween party. I like how the items I chose could be used for the entire month of October, not just for Halloween, because they are all fall themed. 

You can check out all of Oriental Trading's Halloween costumes here and all of the Halloween toys, games, and novelties here.

*Disclaimer: This post contains information about products that were sent to me by Oriental Trading for review. However, all opinions are my own and are 100% honest.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Sight Word Packets

Teaching sight words to young children is so important to help ensure reading and writing success. I created these sight word packets to help you introduce the Fry Words or Dolch Words to your students, and to enable them to practice the words every single day. 

These no-prep sight word activity sheets are easy for you to incorporate into your daily schedule and are fun, challenging, and engaging for children.

Just print the booklet cover, which is labeled with the words included, and as many of the 12 different activities as you want. Print them double sided and staple, to make a book. Since the activities vary in difficulty, you can easily differentiate the activities to meet the needs of each student. And, since there are so many different activities for each list, you can vary the activities you assign each week. You can give more activities to some students or have some children keep the same list for two weeks.

Each list comes with a cover, which is labeled with the list number and includes all the words in that list. Here is the List 1 cover from the Fry Words Second Hundred Words Edition...

And here is the List 5 cover from the Dolch Words Edition...

Here are all the activities included in the Fry Word and Dolch Word Packets. 

The Fry Word Packets all contain 10 words in each list. The Dolch Word Packets have 6-8 words in each list. Lists 1-10 contain 6 words and Lists 11-20 contain 8 words.

There are a total of 20 packets in the Dolch Word Edition and they consist of the Pre-Primer, Primer, and First Grade Words, as well as, 11 words from the Second Grade List.

As you can see, the activities are definitely fun and engaging and all the repetition will surely help your young learners read and write their sight words. And, children LOVE to make books! These books can be kept in their book boxes once they are completed, to be read over and over again.

You can find these sight word packets in my store by clicking on the images below.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

TpT One Day Sale Gift Card Giveaway

How exciting is it to begin a brand new school year?
It's time to sharpen those pencils, organize those bins, and welcome a new group of eager learners.

If you're anything like me, right about now, you're probably thinking of some new ways to excite, engage and challenge your students. If so, you surely don't want to miss the ONE DAY Teachers Pay Teachers sale.

Are you currently using interactive notebooks in your classroom? They are a very valuable learning tool. Click here, here, here, and here, to read my blog posts about them. 

If you're a kindergarten teacher, looking for some exciting activities, you may want to check out some of these...

If you're a first grade teacher, looking for some engaging activities, you can check out some of these...

Shopping during a sale is a great way to score some really good deals. My whole store is 20% off on August 22. And, TpT is giving everyone an additional 10% off if you use the promo code: OneDay. Don't forget to use it!

And, because we ALL love gift cards, I am giving away a $10.00 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers. You can use it to purchase some of your new goodies, whether they come from my store or someone else's. Not ready to shop during the sale? No problem! You can use this gift card any time you're ready. They never expire.
I'll choose a winner before the ONE DAY sale is over, and email you the code to your gift card.  Good luck everyone and happy shopping!

Enter using the rafflecopter below!
Contest will end at 12:00 PM EST on August 22.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Oriental Trading Wish List

In case you haven't heard yet, Oriental Trading now has a helpful wish list feature. Teachers are notorious for making wish lists and now you can make one while browsing one of your favorite go to sites for party supplies, arts and crafts, school supplies, toys, and novelties.

I've been an avid Oriental Trading shopper for as long as I can remember, so I was very excited when they invited me to create a wish list, and told me they would send me a few items from my wish list to review. They have quite an extensive line of teacher supplies and resources.

I've been a BIG collector of #allthebins ever since I became a teacher. I especially love bright colors. Once I saw their neon storage bins with lids, I knew I had to have them. They come six in a pack and I grabbed two packs. They are the perfect size for books, markers, crayons, glue sticks, etc. And they are nice and sturdy.

 I also grabbed some storage cups. Once again, I was drawn to the bright colors. There are a dozen cups in a pack and they are great for storing markers, pencils, scissors, crayons, glue sticks, etc. You can also use them to practice math concepts, like sorting and counting. They are very versatile, indeed!

The last thing I asked for, were these neon spiral notebook and pen sets. There are a dozen in the pack and they are the perfect size. They are great to give out as gifts to children and adults. And, they are a wonderful addition to a writing station. Children love to write notes on pretty pads of paper!

Once you make your Oriental Trading wish list, you can share it with others, just like I did today. When a parent asks you what you need for your classroom, just share the link to your wish list. Share it on your classroom website, if you have one. What an easy way to get some of the supplies you need to run a successful classroom!

*Disclaimer: This post contains information about products that were sent to me by Oriental Trading for review. However, all opinions are my own and are 100% honest.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Analyzing Classroom Behavior

Do you use a clip chart to manage your classroom behavior? I have used one for many years, with great success. I find that my students respond very well to the clip chart and always look forward to gem day and retiring their clips. You can read all about gem day here!

I use clip chart calendars each month so the children can document their behavior each day. The calendars make it super easy for the parents to monitor their behavior, as well.

At the end of every month, the children like to count up how many of each color they earned. Recently, someone suggested to me that it would be great for the children to be able to analyze the data on their clip chart and use it for discussion, reflection and setting goals. I totally agreed! I really love the idea of taking it one step further.

I created clip chart behavior calendar data sheets so students can keep track of their behavior each month. Utilizing this bar graph is a great way to integrate math and classroom management.

Students count up the colors they earned and color in the bar graph.

For some, you can stop here. The children can easily see what color they earned the most and the least and can talk about it with you and their parents. With this data, you can set goals for the next month.

In addition to the bar graph, I created six different response sheets for you to choose from. The children count up the colors they've earned and represent them with tallies and numbers.

Most of the sheets have reflection questions, as well.
This one asks them to predict how they will do next month.

I suggest sending these data sheets home to be looked at and signed, and then returned to you, so the children can compare their behavior each month. 

I know that not everyone uses the same colors or sayings on their clip chart, so an editable version is also included.

If you are interested in having your students use these behavior data sheets, you can purchase them separately by clicking here or on the image below.

You can also purchase them with my behavior calendars. If you like calendars with the weekends included, click here or on the image below.

If you would prefer not to have weekends on your calendars, click here or on the image below. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CVC Word Family Mats...a GREAT Independent Activity!

Once your young learners know their letter sounds, it is time to introduce CVC words. And it is so exciting watching them when they realize that they can read!

These CVC word family mats were created with our youngest learners in mind. They want fun. They want to play games. You want them to be engaged and challenged. You want them to work independently.

If you want all of the above, then check these out!

There are a total of 39 CVC word family mats.

Each mat contains six words for the children to read and write.

Here is an example from version 1. This version contains six words that are all from the same word family.

First, the children read the words.

Then, they find the matching pictures and place them over each word.

Once all of the words are covered, they write the words on the lines, hopefully, without peeking. But, if they get stuck, they can peek at the word.

When they are finished writing the words, they can use the answer key to check their work. 

Here is an example from version 2. All six words contain the same vowel, but are from different word families.

And, here is an example from version 3, which contains a mix of all CVC word families on each mat.

These mats are perfect for independent work time, station work, working with a partner, interventions, and reading groups.

Just prep them once and they will last a long, long time.

If you're like me, you like having plenty of hands-on learning activities for your children to utilize every single day. Since these mats are differentiated, you will be able to meet the needs of all your students.

Just click on the image below to see these mats in my store!

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