Cute Post-it Notes

If you are like me, you LOVE post-it notes!  Especially all types of colors, shapes, and sizes!  We, teachers just can't get enough of the post-its!  I use them all of the time to write reminders, notes, lists, and even love notes to my kiddies, colleagues, and myself.  Yes, I like to make myself smile all day! :)

So I started thinking...hmmmmmm, how can I make my little colorful post-its, even more fun?!  Just make it myself, of course! :)  I would love to share with all of my fab friends, so just click on the picture below for the FREEBIE!

But wait, would you like to make your own?  Whoop-Whoop!  Yes, you can. Here's how...

Just open up PowerPoint and make your margin width 8.5" and the height 11". On a blank slide, insert a square.  Right click the square so you will see a set of options appear.  Click on Format Shape.

On the left side, you will see a menu appear, select size.  A new window appears, type 3" for the height and type 2.9" for the width.  Click ok. Copy and paste the formatted square so you can create 4 squares on a page.  Make sure to leave room between each square.  Duplicate this slide by selecting the slide on the left hand side where you see all of your slides.  Right click on the slide and click duplicate slide.  You will see a copy of this slide appear below the original slide.

On the duplicate slide, insert your favorite borders and images inside the squares.  Insert a text box and type your desired text inside the box.  Copy and paste the template so you can create 4 squares on a page.  You can make each square different or the same, your creativity is endless, so enjoy it.

I suggest you print out a test page.  It took me a few tries to get it just right, especially with my OCD, you know it had to be perfect! :)  When you are ready to print, select the desired slide you would like to print.  Please make sure to select Frame Slides when you print.  If you select and print Scale to Fit, the squares end up being too small and the images are not aligned with the post-it note.

So, print out the page with the 4 blank squares.

Place one post-it note over each square and feed the paper back into the printer.  Please check your printer settings.  You might have to insert the page face down.

Print the page with the cute images.  Remember to select Frame Slides and not Scale to Fit.  Volia! Look at your cute post-its! I know you are proud of yourself!

Remove the post-its and enjoy!  I suggest you keep the print out of the page with the empty squares template so you have it for future use.

Another idea is to print out the templates on color paper, even cardstock. Cut out the squares and you can use it for whatever you like.  Maybe a bookmark, interactive journal idea, taking notes, etc... You can give it to your kiddies and watch them smile!

Now it's your turn, how do you use post-its?  Do you like this idea?  How do you incorporate post-its in your lessons?  

Thanks for stopping by! :)  Keep smiling and tag me on your posts.  
I would love to see your cute post-its! :) 
Have a Whoop-Whoop Day! 

Secret Sock Holiday Exchange

Whoop-Whoop! The holidays are here!  I'm especially excited this year to hold my first ever secret sock exchange with my firsties!  This day is also our annual pajama day, so how perfect would it be to have a pair of new holiday socks!  I usually encourage the students to participate in a book exchange, but this year, I decided to spice things up a little.  Of course, this is not mandatory, so the students that bring in a pair of new child-size socks will participate in the secret sock exchange.

No worries, I will make sure all students participate.  You know that we always have Plan B! :)

The students will exchange gifts first thing in the morning, so they can wear their fab new holiday socks all day!  At the end of the day, we will be enjoying milk and cookies while watching a movie in our socks! Yes, socks, socks, socks! I LOVE holiday socks!  I hope Zack, our class Elf, can leave us a movie! :)

So Dec. 17th will be an exciting day in our little Super Classroom!  PJs all day, silly holiday theme socks, and of course, milk and cookies!  I can't wait to see my kiddies faces when they find out they can take off their shoes in class!!!!! :) I'm so ExCiTeD!  And you know I'm going to do the same! :) Stay connected with me on social media for those pics! :)

So, by popular demand... you know I made this into a FREEBIE! So just click on the pic to download the parent letter template.  Just write the date and make copies on color paper! We LOVE Astrobrights!

Feedback is always appreciated!  Take pics and tag me!  I would LOVE to see your holiday socks! 

What are some of your holiday theme socks?  What gift exchange do you like to have with your students? 

Are you a bucket filler?

Are you a bucket filler or a bucket dipper?  Well, we are always great bucket fillers!

As part of our school red ribbon campaign, our school implemented how we can respect ourselves and respect others by saying no to drugs.  Two awesome books to show students about kindness, respect, and many important character traits are Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud and How Full is Your Bucket? for Kids by Tom Rath.

I started off by reading Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids as our introduction.  My firsties LOVED it and to be honest, I think we should read this book more often, even as adults!  We learned that we can be bucket fillers, those of us that help, encourage, cooperate, lead, and support others, and we also learned that we can also be bucket dippers, those that are negative, disrespectful, and mean.  You see, we all carry this invisible bucket over our heads and throughout the day it gets filled with positivity or it gets dipped into when we are negative or someone else is negative towards us.  When we fill another person's bucket, we fill up our buckets too; when we dip into another person's bucket, we dip into our own bucket as well.

After I read the story, we made our Bucket Fillers and Bucket Dippers chart.

Throughout the month long lesson, we slowly composed our first lapbook.  I didn't have time to create my own TpT product, and I was so happy to find this great interactive file from The Diary of a Nerdy Teacher.

First, we wrote how we can be a bucket filler by ... I used my fav color file folder so students can glue this writing prompt to the front of their lapbook.  Colors always make us so happy! The students enhanced their cover by coloring their Bucket Filler sticker.  Then I read How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids and again, we loved it!  This is a story about a little boy who learns how to be a bucket filler.  The students categorize bucket filling and bucket dipping scenarios and put the words in alphabetical order.

We decided that we needed a bucket for our class.  I asked parents for the following donations: small bucket, ribbon, and pom-pom balls.  I already had googly eyes and our fav tool, hot glue gun.  A student was selected to be our bucket filler.  When we receive a compliment, someone does something super, and we just do a random act of kindness, the "bucket filler" places one pom-pom inside of our bucket.  When the bucket is full, we will celebrate. Our first celebration will be a popcorn party!  We are almost there! :)

You can also have individual buckets for each student so they can fill up their own bucket.  I have seen teachers implement this great idea by using cups as buckets.

So here is how you can make your class bucket.  

Of course, we had a door decorating contest and I'm so blessed for my awesome creative mom!  She drew everything by hand!  I would never have been able to do that!  I just told her to do the door and she went all the way out and filled up my bucket! What do you think?

One of my students surprised me with this little important reminder! She told me that she promised that she will always be a bucket filler!  I know she will!  So I put the picture in a frame and hung it up in my classroom!  This is great daily reminder to all of us to always be great bucket fillers!

I can't express how important and meaningful these books are to my class! I heard about these books before, but didn't read them until this year.  I'm so glad that we implemented this program in our school.  Now everyday, the students are always using the words "bucket fillers" and the parents love it! Of course, this fills up my bucket!

So I'm going to continue to be a bucket filler and fill up your bucket...

Make everyday a whoop-whoop day because you are someone's hero! 

How about you?  How are you a bucket filler?

Juicy Sentences

Is writing your favorite subject to teach?  Well, I've come up with a creative way to help your little ones enjoy writing descriptive sentences. I have used this juicy method for years and I love to hear when my parents ask me, "Hmm, what are juicy sentences?"  '

Juicy sentences are basically descriptive sentences, but in a child-friendly and fun manner.  :) At the beginning of the year, I tell my firsties that they have to write a sentence that consists of 7 or more words.  They love to write "I love my mom."  I tell them to tell me why they love their mom and what makes her special to you.  Now, that's when my juicy sentences strategy comes into play.

I have to give a huge shout-out to my daughter at Tides of Learning who is experiencing her first year of teaching! Of course, you know I'm a proud momma! I told her what I was going to do and she said "Mom, I will draw the chart for you. You just relax!"  How could I say no?!  So this chart reminds me of my fab friends on our collaborative blog, Primary Punchbowl, and my forever baby! Oh man, now I need tissue!

Before I get too emotional, go ahead, click here to visit all of the details on Primary Punchbowl. Don't forget to write your comments and come back here to show me some love!

Primary Punchbowl Fall Blog Hop

Hey everyone!  Happy Fall!  Well, if you live in South Florida, maybe not yet.  :) But we can pretend!  I'm so excited to be a part of my first blog hop and announce the launch of our collaborative blog called Primary Punchbowl!  I'm so lucky to have met these beautiful ladies and excited to be a part of a dynamic group!  So, you know what this means.... exciting news and goodies!

1-Fall Activity

There are so many great topics to discuss and teach during this time of year! I recently started my pumpkin unit again for the third year in a row.  Below are some books that are my favorite and I recently was able to purchase The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin and Spookley the Square Pumpkin, A Family to be Thankful for.  Have you read Spookley before?  He is sooooo cute!

We learn about the pumpkin's life cycle and conduct our own pumpkin investigation.  Just click here to see my post from last year.  At the end, we have this awesome culminating activity titled Snoopy's Scoop and Shake!  I learned about this idea from Pinterest and credits to this person! This year, I'm even more excited because it's going to go great with the release of the Charlie Brown movie and the kiddies are going to love it!


Whoop-Whoop!  So let's begin to celebrate!  Just click on the image below to enjoy this FREEBIE!  I think you can use this year round, so happy days!

3-Sale :)

And the party continues.... Check out these 4 items that are 50% off in my TpT Store!  I know, could you believe it, 50% OFF!  Wowza!  Just click on each image to take you directly to the file.  These will be great additions to your grammar unit and they include interactive journal activities! :)  Thank you for looking!

4-Giveaway :)

More happy news.... Enter below for a chance to win a $25.00 TpT gift card. The information will be emailed to the winner. Winner will be announced the following evening, eastern time.

But, wait, it gets better!  Just hop on over to each of our blogs for more chances to win goodies! Each of my fab friends are giving away a different item in each of their blogs!  Did I hear you say whoop-whoop?!

For our grand finale, introducing us, Primary Punchbowl, where you can get a little taste of our recipes, goodies, freebies, giveaways, and excitement as we help the world become sweeter!  Just click here for another chance to win more goodies!  Today is your lucky day!  What do you think?  Can I get a whoop-whoop! 

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Student Allergy Rosters

Have you noticed lately that more students are becoming allergic to many more things than when we were in school?  It's a hard task to keep track of my little ones' allergies and making sure that they are healthy all day.

My great colleague and I were talking about this the other day and the importance of having a list of all the students and their allergy/medical concerns.  You know what they say, two brains are better than one.  So we brainstormed and it led me to create this freebie!  

I filled out the forms and made copies.  I placed one in my main lesson plan binder, put another one in the sub folder, taped one roster next to my computer, and kept an extra copy.  

I also printed out the following one on color Astrobright paper and placed it on my teacher corner for all to see.  What I like about this one is that it's a general list of my class allergies.  

So you can click here to go to my TpT store and download the freebie.  Let me know how it works out for you!  I would love to read all about it!  

How do you keep track of your class allergies? 

My Super Classroom Reveal

So after wearing my Super Cape, here it is.... my Super little happy home away from home! 
Whoop-Whoop!  Tah-Dah! Bam! Zap! Wowza! 

I went to work one week before I was suppose to officially report to work. I originally went back two weeks before, but to my surprise my floor wasn't waxed and yep, you guessed it, I had to wait an entire week!  Has this ever happened to you?

Now, I like to keep myself organized and my OCD just can't help itself and besides my little coconut is always on.  So I went home and drew a map of my classroom and had a HUGE laminating party! I have had my zebra stripes theme for a few years now and I always love me some zebra stripe print. Since my department's theme this year is Superheroes, we all decided to make our classrooms just a little bit more super! So this meant work, work, work!  I created everything in my classroom and I just love to be creative!

I'm still making some goodies and I can't wait to post the final product.  For now, here is my little place I like to call home! Shout-out and Whoop-Whoop to my secret angels who helped me make this happen!  I LOVE you, my hubby, son, and daughter!

Some before pictures (and here is where I can really recognize alllllll of our hard work, like sweat and bullets, even in the AC, this is Florida remember :)

Front view
 Back view
Far back view 

Whoop-Whoop!  By the front door view 

 Front View 

 Back View

                                           By the front door view

 Birthday Wall

 Math Bulletin Board 

 My Super Piggy Banks (group tables earn "money" in their piggy banks and my firsties LOVE to earn money).  Also, here is my Secret Hero cup and Fair Bucket.  Each cup has numbered possible sticks according to each students' last name. Fair Bucket is used to call out students numbers so all students can be picked fairly.  

Secret Hero is also a great management tool I use in class.  Without saying who it is, I pick a possible stick with a student's number the first time we line up for the day.  I explain to the boys and girls that this person has to be super all the time, even when we walk in the line.  Since it's a secret until the end of the day, all students do their best to be Super Walkers in the line.  At the end of the day, I reveal the Secret Hero and that student earns a special reward.  They LOVE it! 

 V.I.H. (Very Important Hero) another great little management tool.  This is on a Super writing table for that Super student who did an awesome job the whole day.  That student gets to sit in the VIH section, like the VIP section, and enjoy using these awesomely cool writing tools (stamps, cool pencils, glasses, markers, pens, highlighters, pens, shape erasers, etc...) 

 Focus Wall (front of the room) click here to see this product in my store 

 Groups bulletin board (front of the room) I still have to create and post my Super Group names.  

 Soaring Superhero Behavior Chart 

 Writing Wall 

 Word Wall (available in my store

 Reading Headquarters (my FAV).  My hubby is going to make this area a little more Super, but you have to wait for those details!  LOL! Shout-out to one of my parents who bought me 2 Super capes! 

Science and Social Studies Wall 

 Africa (Social Studies Wall) We study all about this Super country throughout the year and celebrate in February with a rich culminating activity! 

 Back right of the room- Teacher Led Center (small groups)

 AR Heroes and AR Quiz Line -students place their number on the waiting line to take an AR test (click here to see the AR Quiz Line file in my store).  At the end of the week, I have student conferences with each student and they place their pin on the AR Heroes clip chart.  

 Side Wall (my rules and whole brain teaching)  Yes, that's a cape on the left that my Super Star Student can wear all week! :) 

My desk

One of my other favs of my room.  I learned this in a PD that I attended and used Publisher to create it.  I teach my babies how to be a detective while reading and how to write like an investigator and they love using the clip boards and magnifying glass to search and write clues.  

So there it is friends!  Thank you so much for taking a little happy tour of my happy classroom!  What's your theme like this year?  What is your fav section of your happy place?  I would LOVE to read all about it!  

So here is to a Super Whoop-Whoop Year to all of us!