1-2-3 Come Make Some Back To School Stuff With Me!
Have you been searching the web for some quick and easy freebies for back-to-school?
Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with your "to do" list of ideas from Pinterest, that's 9-miles long?
Well you've come to the right place. I've designed lots of wonderful stuff, and all you have to do is click on my download buttons and then print away.
If you're not sure what you're looking for, simply click on the September category link and scroll through the FREEBIES.
If you're looking for something more specific, like Classroom Management ideas, click on that sub category; it has been called "The Mother Load of stuff!" by some Pinterest followers :-)
Do you need treat bags, or other ideas for the first day of school? Click on my Back To School link.
Speaking of links, my friend Charity over at Classroom Freebies had a linky party specifically for Back To School stuff, featuring many of her CF contributors. Click on the link to zip on over for all kinds of FREE goodies.
She's categorized them by grades (PK-2, 3-5, 6-8 + 9-12) so you'll have no problem checking things out that are age-specific for your kiddo's.
I'm back from a quick birthday vacation, and so excited to share all of my new back to school ideas with you!
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"Among the few things more expensive than a great education is the lack of it." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Make A Back-To-School Treat With Me!
Are you looking for an inexpensive little something to give your students as a welcome treat on the first day of school?
You've come to the right place.
I've designed several money templates that you might enjoy: A "You're going to have a grand time in (grade)" and "Welcome to school. You're worth a million!" that make sweet bookmarks.
The US never created a million dollar bill, but some novelty shops sell them for gag gifts.
They feature everything from The Statue of Liberty, to various presidents and even Betty Boop!)
There was however, a real thousand dollar bill (featuring Grover Cleveland).
The largest bill the government ever made was for 100 thousand dollars (featuring Woodrow Wilson).
Whenever I'm designing something, I love doing a little research. I found an excellent article telling the stories behind large-denominaton currency. Click on the link to learn some fascinating facts.
How To Make A Back-To-School Bookmark:
Print a copy of the template of your choice. I've made one for every grade from preschool to high school.
Trim a photo of yourself so that it fits into the oval. Run the template off on light green construction paper.
If you want, buy a 100 Grand candy bar for each child and include that as an extra special TAKE IT HOME treat.
You can also wait, and take a first-day photo of each student.
To make cutting ovals of student photos quick and easy, make an oval template by printing off mine.
Trim and then trace onto a sheet of clear contact paper, lamination scrap or overhead projector paper, and trim.
You can now place the clear oval on your students’ pix, trace and cut out.
Run off the blank money template on green construction paper.
Print, trim and glue their photo inside the oval. Laminate the page to make a bookmark that's sure to become a special keepsake.
You may want to make extra copies and turn this into a back-to-school bulletin board.
Die cut black and green letters to say: "We’re having a grand time in (grade)." Alternate the letters in an ABAB color pattern. A yellow background will really make your board pop.
Click on the link for the Back-to-school money bookmark templates.
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"We are all capable of climbing so much higher than we usually permit ourselves to suppose." -Octavia Butler
1-2-3 Come Make Birthday Notes With Me!
Since “Knowing how to write your name” was one of my report card standards, I was always trying to think of fun ways for my students to practice that skill.
Giving your students a birthday note that is signed by all of their classmates, is a great way to do that, and makes a sweet keepsake for the birthday child.
I have several black and white samples for you to choose from, as well as 8 birthday notes in color.
To expedite things for really little ones, you can have them all sign one black and white note and then run off multiple copies, so that when it is a child’s birthday you can personalize one and give it to them.
Put the note on a table where classmates can help color the card, when they have completed their other work.
Since I have 10 birthday notes, you may want to run off 5 copies of each one and keep them in a folder.
When it’s a child’s birthday they can look at your sample sheet of all of the cards and choose one.
After selection, set their birthday note on a “signing table.”
When students are done with their work, they can go over and sign their name to the card. Teachers should also sign their name for that finishing touch.
Click on the link to view/download the Birthday Note Packet.
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"What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul." -Joseph Addison
1-2-3 Come Check Out Our Site With Me!
We hope you like the up-dates we've made on the site.
After countless hours of revamping to try and make things better, faster, and easier to download, we pressed the launch button.
Since everything is FREE, we got rid of the shopping cart. All of our downloads are now just a click away.
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My wonderful website design team at Engine.com is working to iron out glitches and broken links. With 1,000's of free pages this is not an easy task.
We also have a kajillion backlinks from other sites and can only fix things as we find them, or someone lets us know.
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1-2-3 Come Learn About Place Value With Me!
I found that when I played fun place value games with my kinders and 1st graders, the light bulbs of understanding went on so much faster.
Repetition is a must, as everyone learns at a different rate. By making a different place value slider each month, you get the consistent repetition you need, but because it's a little different, things don't get boring for your little ones.
Making things hands-on, by incorporating a craftivity-game, is always edu-taining for children.
Because students are familiar with the directions, and can get right down to business, you're also empowering them and building their self-esteem.
"Sliders" were one of my Y5's favorite craftivities. I designed them for skip counting, shapes, upper and lowercase letters etc.
I gave them the name "sliders" because students slide a strip up and down as a quick & easy way to practice and review all sorts of things.
Because quite a few teachers have requested activities for place value, I thought sliders would be a wonderful way for students to "see" and "manipulate" that concept.
They are a quick, easy, & fun way to whole group assess too!
I designed a place value slider for each month, with some generic extra's. They will help you with Common Core State Standards: 1.NBT.2a, 1.NBT.2b, 1.NBT.2c, 1.NBT.3, K.NBT.1
For more CCSS practice have students jot down the numbers they are showing on the slider. Students can then compare 2 numbers as > or < .
To include addition and subtraction practice as well, ask students to make the number that is 10 more or 10 less.
Let's Make A Slider!
Run off the place value slider templates on construction paper. Choose a variety of colors where appropriate. i.e. apples can be red, green and yellow; leaves can be all of the fall colors etc.
By doing so you are teaching a little bit of science at the same time. i.e. apples can be 3 different colors; leaves change color because they don't have chlorophyll etc.
To expedite things, have a room helper pre-cut the slits.
Run off the 1’s, 10’s, 100’s strips on white construction paper. Students trace the numbers and cut out their strips.
The 1st strip, without a 0, is the 100’s strip, the 2nd is 10’s, the 3rd is 1’s. Remind students that the 100 strip does not have a 0 on it.
Cut the 3 blank strips and fold them in 1/2. Cut on the fold.
Glue one piece of the blank strip, to each end of a numbered strip, so that you can easily pull the strips up and down. Insert strips into the slits on the place value slider.
A piece of Scotch tape on the back, makes things smooth for easier pulling.
The teacher starts by calling out a number and then writing it on the board. Students manipulate the strips in their slider to make that number.
Teacher calls on students to tell how many 100’s, 10’s and 1’s there are. Give every child a chance to make up a number and play the teacher.
Cover more CCSS math standards with the prior suggestions discussed above.
When everyone catches on, you can play “Speed” to see who can make the number 1st.
Make sure you make a sample for yourself to demonstrate what you want your students to do. Students can add a bit more pizzazz to their sliders with crayons.
I hope your kiddo's will enjoy making, manipulating, and collecting their monthly place value sliders.
Click on the link to view/download the Place Value Slider Packet.
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