Friday, 14 July 2017


Fancy winning some extra spending money to help you purchase everything you need for your 2017-18 classroom? A group of amazing teachers and I  have grouped together to gift THREE awesome teachers TPT gift cards. 

PRIZES INCLUDE 1 x $200 TPT Gift card. 1 x $200 Amazon Gift card, 1 x $25 Starbucks Gift card, and 1 x $15 Starbucks Gift card!

REMEMBER: each entry counts as ONE entry, the more links you complete, the higher your chances of winning!!

Raffle CLOSES: Saturday 21st July 2017 12am

Also, SECRET SECRET HASHTAG SALE for two days only! Search #hellosummer in the Teachers Pay Teachers search bar to find products 1/2 OFF! (23rd-25th)


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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Could you use a  $50 or $10 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card?

I'm  joining with TPT author, The Teacher With The Fro, to celebrate her 500 followers! Your chances are very good to win one of these gift cards! The contest runs from midnight July 10 to midnight July 14. The winner will be announced on July 15! Just enter the Rafflecopter below!

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Are you looking for some FUN ideas for organizing your classroom? I'm happy to share some ideas that you might like!

1.    I bought these containers from Costco. They are called, "Creative Options Project Boxes". They sell in a pack of 5 for $19.99. I like to store extra supplies or task cards in them.

2. I bought this box that holds 16 small boxes. Each box holds 4x6 size photos or task cards. I bought this set at Hobby Lobby. It was $34.99, but on sale and with coupon it was cheaper. I've included a couple of pictures of how I use them to organize my task cards.

 Boxes at Hobby Lobby

3.     I like to use these file folders that are closed on three sides and open at the top. This type of folder is another easy way to organize task cards with the answer sheets and recording sheets.

4.  I have seen this set of boxes (16 colored 4x6 boxes) on Instagram from Michaels. I am still looking for them in my area. 

Hope you like these ideas! If you have ideas that you use to organize your classroom, I'd love to hear about them in the comments below! 

Friday, 23 June 2017

*** $250 Teachers Pay Teachers  GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY ***

 Fancy winning some extra spending money to help you purchase everything you need for your 2017-18 classroom?  A team of  amazing teachers and I  have grouped together to gift THREE awesome teachers a TPT gift card - PRIZES ARE 2 x $100, and 1 x $50 TPT GIFT CARD!

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In addition to this giveaway, there will be a #HelloSummer Sale on TPT with  these same teachers where some of  their BEST resources will be marked down for June 23 and June 24!

Here are mine:

50% off on this HUGE BUNDLE of YEAR LONG Grade 3 Math for Morning Work or Sub Tubs! Sale is ONLY June 23 and June 24! Just click on the picture below to see the resource in my TPT Store!

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***Save 50% off of this BUNDLE of Partner Pick Cards! Great for any grade or faculty meeting to put kids or adults into groups of 2 or 4 quickly! Sale is ONLY June 23 and June 24 as part of the #HelloSummer sale! Click on the picture below to see the resource in my store!

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Seven Fun and Easy Ways to Motivate Students to Practice the Multiplication Facts! 

Are you struggling with ways to motivate  your students or your own children to  practice those math facts? Well, I have seven fun and easy ways to motivate students you can implement right now!

1. Call the math practice a GAME! Kids love games, so tell them they are going to play a game!

2. Use dice! There are such a variety of dice out there to choose! I like these foam dice!

3. Give each child a blank piece of paper and call it "Sticker Sheet". Then let them choose a sticker as they complete a problem or play the game! I like to buy stickers from the Dollar Spot at Target!

4. Let kids use a calculator to check their work! I like this one that I got at  Mardel Christian and Educational Supply Store. Kids love it because it "talks"!

5.  Let kids use markers to complete some of their work! There is something motivating to kids to let them use different sizes and colors of markers to do their work!

6. Use a fun set of multiplication flashcards and play games like Multiplication War! Here's a set 
I like from Teacher's Tools Store.

7.  Let each child choose a prize after the practice or game! I like to find prizes in the Dollar Spot at Target! Here's a picture of my prize basket.

I hope you like these suggestions!

I'd love hear if you like these ideas and what other ideas you have for motivating students to learn those facts! 

Just post your comments in the comments section below! I'd love to read them!

    Monday, 22 May 2017

    Fidget Spinner Math Games (with NO Fidget Spinners needed!)

    Fidget Spinners are all the "craze" now and they might be driving you "crazy" in the classroom! Well, I've developed a couple of fun ways for students to enjoy this "craze" to practice math skills but NO Fidget Spinners needed! The first one is practice with multiplication arrays on task cards! So colorful and fun and great practice! Click on the picture for the link:
    The second one is Multiplication BUMP games 2's to 12's with NO Fidget Spinner needed!Just copy, laminate, grab a couple of dice and let the fun game practice begin! Click on picture for the link:

    Friday, 21 April 2017

    Be sure to enter this amazing $200 TPT Gift Card Giveaway! Starts: Friday 21st April 2017 12am Ends: Friday 28th April 2017 12am
    To help celebrate 4000 members in the group - TPT Social Marketplace... I have joined a team of amazing teachers who have grouped together to gift an awesome teacher a $200 TPT giftcard! Starts: Friday 21st April 2017 12am Ends: Friday 28th April 2017 12am REMEMBER: each entry counts as ONE entry, the more links you complete, MORE chance of winning!! GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY SPRING!! #tpt #teacherspayteachers #teachersfollowteachers #teachercreated #teachersofinstagram #teacher #teacherlife #teachergram #teachers #teachersofig #teachersoftpt #teachersofinsta #teachersofthegram #teach #teaching #teachinglife #tptsellers #teacherauthor #teachertribe #iteachtoo #iteach #instagramteachers #igteachers #kindergarten #teacherfriends #classroomteachers #lifeofateacher Enter here:a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Saturday, 25 March 2017

    Need a "Spring Lift" ? Check out these FREE Spring Resources

    Could you use a little "spring lift"? Well, check out these FREE TPT spring resources to help from some of the best TPT authors!

    Tuesday, 21 March 2017

    3 Quick and Easy Steps to Keep Student Work Organized and Save Your Sanity!

    Hi everyone,

    I wanted to share 3 tips that I've used to organize student work and save my sanity! I hope they are helpful to you, too!

    Here they are:

    1. Look at your class list (hopefully it is already in alphabetical order). Anyway, let's say Amy Bell is number one. Tell Amy Bell that her class number all year is #1 and you want her to write that number on the top right corner of all work that she turns in. (I would still have her write her name on the paper.) Repeat for each student.

    2. Collect student work in number order. Or you can put any stack of papers in order super quickly by numbers. This way you can see who is missing work at a glance. This  will make it so much easier to enter grades in your grade book,too! *** One problem I've run into with this system...what to do when you get a new student. If it's early in the year then I put the student in alphabetically which may mean re-numbering some students. But, if it is later in the year, I just add the new student to the end of the list.

    3. Put absent student's work in Absent Folder. I have made some cute covers for Absent Folders in link here:

     Hope you enjoy these tips! Believe me, I wish I had started this system the very FIRST year I taught!


    Tuesday, 14 March 2017

    Is teaching Elapsed Time a topic you dread teaching? Well, I've got some examples of how to use the Mountains, Hills, and Rocks Strategy to help students with this tough concept. A teacher shared this strategy with me several years ago and I've been using it every since. I have been amazed at how it is simple and yet helps students "see" the problem and find the correct solution! I hope this is helpful to you! Here is the first example:
    Here is the second example:

    Here's a resource you might want to check out with elapsed time word problems on task cards! Great problems to have students practice this strategy!
     Elapsed Telling Time Task Cards

    Saturday, 25 February 2017

    Hi everyone,

    I'm so happy to be joining with other TPT authors to help Nikki Robertson, from TPT  store Teaching Autism, celebrate her birthday in a BIG Way! We are offering 4 $100 TPT gift cards! Just enter each of the Rafflecopters below! So exciting! You could be one of the winners!

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    Tuesday, 21 February 2017

    Recycling is Fun to Teach!

    Are you looking for a fun way to introduce recycling to your students with little prep? Well, I'd love to take just a minute and share with you a lesson that I've used with lots of success!

    I start with a class KWL chart  (What you know or think you know), (What you would like to learn) and at the end of the unit (What you did learn).

    Then I read a short book about recycling and discuss with class. I like to read, Where Does the Garbage Go? by Paul Showers.

    Then I use the lesson I've posted for FREE in my TPT store! Here's the cover with link:


    I hope your students love this lesson! 

    Sunday, 5 February 2017

    The Crazy Daisies Blog Hop FREEBIES and TPT Gift Card Giveaway!

    I'm joining the celebration with The Crazy Daisies to offer you FREEBIES and a chance to win one of two $40 TPT Gift Cards! Read below to follow along with Blog Hop for freebies! Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win one of the two $40 TPT Gift Cards!

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    Saturday, 4 February 2017

    I'm honored to be helping Erin Gladstone celebrate 500 followers on her TPT store, HappyRock Creations! We are giving away 4  $25 Teachers Pay Teachers  Gift Cards! Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below! The giveaway is from Feb. 4-11!

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    Thursday, 26 January 2017

    February is right around the corner! I've asked some of the best TPT authors to share their FREE resources for February with you! Check them out below!

    Wednesday, 11 January 2017

    Welcome to 2017! Are you looking for some fresh new ideas to try in your classroom? I've teamed up with some of my favorite TPT authors to share them below! Take a peek!