Sunday, August 31, 2014

TPT Milestone Freebie: Thank-You Notes for Students {LAST DAY!}

My TPT journey has been one of adventure: of creativity, late nights, tears, inspiration, printing, cutting, sorting, and laminating. Again and again and again. :)
I am so thankful for Teachers Pay Teachers and the way it has pushed me to be a better teacher. It has opened my eyes to the wealth of quality resources out there and has introduced me to some of my best blogging/resource-creating buddies. And it has literally changed my life, financially.

I reached a milestone a few weeks ago (while in Hawaii actually - the perfect background for celebration!!!) and my Frindle MEGA Activity Packet was featured in the TPT newsletter last Sunday. 
Click HERE to check out the 75-page packet that perfectly accompanies this awesome book about the power of words. The packet includes fun, engaging, and interactive activities for before, during, and after reading the novel. Comprehension questions for each chapter are also included.

Next, as a celebration of reaching the TPT milestone, I have discounted one of my favorite new packets - and by discount, I mean it's FREE! :)

As a teacher, we receive many gifts throughout the year as students and parents seek to show their appreciation for our hard work. I always want to thank them for the generosity, but sometimes writing out thank-you notes throughout the year can seem a daunting task. But not anymore...
I printed the thank-you notes in B&W on colored paper and then cut them apart. When a student gave me a gift, I jotted down a quick note to myself and then during my lunch break each day, I addressed the thank-you notes and sent them home that day. It kept the task from getting overwhelming and I was able to thank them specifically for what they brought without writing out a long note each time.
This cute, user-friendly, print-and-go packet is a real time saver for teachers! This 40 page packet includes notes to say "Thank-You" on any number of occasions - when a student gives you a gift, when a parent drops off a coffee, when a family donates a book, etc. Each template is included in both color and black & white. Packet also includes teacher directions and suggestions.
Click HERE to snag this 40-page packet for FREE in my TPT store!
{free through today ONLY!}
Tell your friends!
And if you download it, please leave feedback!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Back to School Night

Dear blogging followers/friends - I am SO sorry I have neglected this poor little blog for so long! I have literally never gone this long without blogging since I started this baby :) Between an awesome family vacation in Hawaii, working my tail off on some awesome, long-time-coming TPT products, and jumping back into Back-to-School mode, this little teacher has been 
plum-tuckered-out! :)

I am THIS close to being ready for my classroom reveal! 
Stay tuned!!! :)
Today I am linking up with Miss DeCarbo for her 
"Wordless Wednesday" party:

Last night I got to meet my 18 incoming 5th graders! They are so sweet and eager - I've got a GREAT feeling about this year :)

This was waiting for them on their desks:
The blue packet is chocked-full of important information and forms for the parents to fill out. The "Welcome" card says "welcome" in many different languages (the left side rips off as a book mark!). Lastly, the bottom card is an "official boarding pass" I created, inviting them to join the adventure on 
Lawler Airlines :)
{see more about my travel-themed classroom by clicking on the tab at the top of the page}

Do you have a Back-to-School night to meet your students before school officially starts? Or do you have one after school is already in full swing? Or none at all?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: A Glimpse of Paradise

Today I'm posting to you from Oahu, Hawaii
aka PARADISE!
Photo: The view from our beach - I love how the ocean meets the mountains! #welcometoparadise #hawaiianadventures #amazingviews
Photo: Exploring the North Shore of Oahu - first stop: Dole Pineapple Plantation :) #hawaiianadventures #exploring #amazingviews #pineappleanyone?
Hubby and I are loving our Hawaiian adventure getaway!
So far we've soaked up the sun, dug our toes in the sand, read at the beach, went on a 2-hour horseback tour, explored historic Honolulu, and hiked up a mountain. Today we're exploring Pearl Harbor!

Question: Where's your favorite vacation spot?


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back to School Bundle for a Cause

Exciting news, my friends!
Some of my dear blogging friends have helped me compile some products for a very special cause...
Here's the scoop: 
 Here's a quick peak at the awesome products included:
{click on each picture to be taken to the detailed description of the product}
Rosie's Rambles
Fall Multiplication Scavenger Hunt
Button
Multiplication Scoot Game
The Fun Factory
Addition and Subtraction Story Necklaces
Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road
Figurative Language Sort! Review or Assess 7 Types of Figu
A super useful - and cute! - "Loving Writing Packet" from Apple Slices 
Appleslices
5th Grade Writing Unit -Loving Writing- Unit 1 {Common Cor
An awesome, learning-filled 3-2-1 Back to School ELA MEGA Bundle from Angela at the Teacher's Desk 6
3-2-1 Back to School ELA Bundle
Wild About Fifth Grade
40 Book Challenge Bulletin Board Set
And I have donated two products to the bundle:
My best-selling Frindle packet
All of these products, if purchased separately, would cost you $44 - but if you buy them now in the special Cambodia bundle, you can snag all of them for only $10!!!

Grabbing some awesome products to use in your classroom and helping a team accomplish important work in Cambodia? Sounds like a win-win to me! :)
 Click here to shop for a cause:

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Monday Made-It...Hawaii edition! :)

Happy Monday, friends!
Just popping in to link up with Tara from "4th Grade Frolics" for her Monday Made It linky:
Sorry I've been neglecting my little corner of cyberspace lately.
I have a good excuse though:
I've MADE IT...to Hawaii! :)
In between sun-tanning, shopping, and lounging on the beach with sand between my toes, I've also been busy, working on classroom and TPT items, from across the Pacific Ocean :)

1. Editable Classroom Job Suitcases
If you have purchased either the "Flight Crew Travel-themed Classroom Jobs Display" or the "Travel themed MEGA Bundle," I have an exciting update: there is now an editable version included!
To get the updated file, go to "My Purchases" and then click to download the updated file. The item you're looking for is called "Travel-themed Classroom Jobs UPDATED"

2. Lost Luggage No Name Display
When I get a paper without a name, I'll clip it on up here on the board and students can "claim their lost luggage" :)
I bought a thin piece of unfinished wood from Michael's and painted it dark green. Then I super-glued these fun blue and green clothes pins onto it - voila!
*Note: if you have adopted a travel-theme in your classroom and would like my "Lost Luggage" sign, please leave a comment with your e-mail address. I'd be happy to send it your way :)
3. TPT Back-to-School E-Book
As you probably know, the TPT Back-to-School E-books are out! I am in the 3rd-5th English/Language Arts one - on page 9!
Click here to check out the First Day Jitters packet 

Hop on over to 4th Grade Frolics to see what others have MADE!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"Lost Luggage" No Name Display

Here's something I've made this week:
When I get a paper without a name, I'll clip it on up here on the board and students can "claim their lost luggage" :)
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How do you manage No Name papers? 
By November, I can connect almost any student with their hand-writing, but this can be especially tricky at the beginning of the year - or when it's a math paper!
*Note: if you have adopted a travel-theme in your classroom and would like my "Lost Luggage" sign, please leave a comment with your e-mail address. I'd be happy to send it your way :)

I'm linking up with Miss DeCarbo for her "Wordless Wednesday" linky party!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

It's that time again...Back-to-School Sale!

Photo: ARE YOU READY?!?! The HUGE TPT Back-to-School Sale will be Monday and Tuesday. Time to stock your carts! Tell me, what's on your wishlist?
Howdy folks!
As I'm sure you've heard, tomorrow kicks off the HUGE Back-to-School Sale on TPT. 
EVERYTHING in my store is on sale (bundles are 10% off and everything else is 20% off). 
Jessica Lawler
Plus, if you use the code BTS14, TPT will give you an extra 10% off! 
Holy Smokes, that's exciting news! :)

Here are my top three most-wishlisted items!
 
You can snag this cute, functional, print-and-go 300+ page packet by clicking HERE.

This 30-page packet includes crisp, clear interactive notebook foldable templates with thorough teacher instructions, student directions, and complete answer keys for each foldable.

This is an "oldie, but a goodie"
It's always one of my students' favorite activities throughout the year.

What's in your shopping cart?
I've been adding things to my wishlist all weekend in preparation for the big sale!

Reminder:  Don't forget to leave feedback on previous purchases to earn credits - every 100 points gives you a free $5 credit!

I'm linking up with "The Write Stuff" for her fun linky, just in time for the BTS sale: