August 28, 2015

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. August 28th}


Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party where you post five random things from today or this past week and on your blog. Then, you come back and link your blog post up at the bottom of this post in the linky tool.Grab the button above and link back to this post on your blog.

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We have been celebrating our favorite BLUE CAT this week. Who doesn’t love this cat?! And, who can blame them! He is the Coolest Cat in Town!


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Earlier this week I posted about The Mailbox Gold and how I used it to prepare some FAST and EASY sub plans! If you missed this post be sure to check it out! It will save you some precious time!

Blog Post: Sub Plans made easy

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This week might be all about cats but last week was all about Brown Bear.

These cut and paste sentence printables are perfect each year at the beginning of school.


These are in my store and includes a set of 30 different “I see… “ printables.


There are several really good free Brown Bear downloads scattered through my blog. If you search Brown Bear in search box (top left corner) you can find them.

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We did this writing and labeling activity this week. It went so perfect and I was really proud of my new batch of firsties! I will be glad to share this with you if you want it. Just email me!

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And… something fun to look forward to next week will be Blog Hoppin’s annual Teacher Week! We pushed it back a little this year in hopes it fits better into most people’s schedules. Each week is a different link up so hop over to Blog Hoppin each day and link up or read everyone’s posts! It starts Monday!

Enjoy your weekend! Post your FFF post on your blog and link up below!

August 24, 2015

#Bethe difference with Mailbox Gold: Sub Plans made easy


Writing sub plans is a HUGE job! I know many school require teachers to have a “Sub Tub” or a designated folder within easy reach if you have an unplanned absence. But, getting these plans together is time consuming. I am also the type of teacher that leaves detailed lesson plans and step by step directions.

So, I am here today to help you out a little bit with some ideas and to share how I use the Mailbox Gold program to make it TONS more easier! I have teamed up with Mailbox to share this experience with you to give you a better idea of what is included in the Mailbox Gold. Keep reading!

My first suggestion for easy sub plans  is to find a one day “theme” that can be used at anytime during the year. Nothing holiday related but something you can use anytime from the beginning to the end of school.

My first go to idea is always ARTHUR!

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There are TONS and TONS of Arthur books and kids love this crazy aardvark!


I always leave a nice stack of read aloud books for my substitute because they are the PERFECT time fillers and are great for a calm down activity. My cute little plush Arthur can also be used a nice behavior award. He gets moved around the room and sits on the desk of the really quiet and well behaved first graders!

Have your sub leave you a list or make a chart on the board of who got to have Arthur sit on his/her desk.


My go place to quickly plan for a sub is the Mailbox Gold. This is a monthly subscription program that has TONS of ideas and printables at your fingertips. {new items are added each month!}

Check out these PERFECT Arthur activities! {all from the Mailbox Gold}


This cut and paste printable is perfect for my first graders to sequence the events of Arthur’s Tooth.


This is another great retelling/sequencing activity from the Mailbox Gold. It is a little kid made book that retells the story and has a place for students to illustrate.

And the BEST PART… the download includes directions and sample pics that are perfect for subs! You don’t have to leave detailed directions. It’s already there!!


Here is another little book for students to put together. This one is actually not for a certain book so it can be used for any Arthur book you have.



And it comes with directions too! So, all you have to do it leave it and no more explanation is needed.


I also found this great little literary companion on the Mailbox Gold to download with several pages of ideas.

Also on the Mailbox Gold are several forms to you for substitutes.

Here are two handy ones that I love!


This is a info sheet that is editable. You just download it and enter the info you want your sub to know. I just keep this saved and can change it through out the year as needed.


I also really love this form for the sub to fill out for you!

All of these are downloads you find on the Mailbox Gold. The cost is $3.00 a month and new items are added each month! You can click the box below to jump over and see or read more about this program.


August 21, 2015

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. August 21}


Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party where you post five random things from today or this past week and on your blog. Then, you come back and link your blog post up at the bottom of this post in the linky tool.Grab the button above and link back to this post on your blog.

I might be back a little later to add my personal Five for Friday .. but go ahead and link your post up now!

August 19, 2015

Teachers Pay Teachers ONE DAY SALE!



Surprise! There is a BIG ONE DAY SALE going on at Teachers Pay Teachers. My whole store is on sale AND if you enter the code MORE15 you get even more savings at checkout.

Below are some of my favorite Back to School and Fall Products. You can click each picture to go straight to that product.


August 14, 2015

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. August 14th}


Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party where you post five random things from today or this past week and on your blog. Then, you come back and link your blog post up at the bottom of this post in the linky tool.Grab the button above and link back to this post on your blog.

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A few weeks before school started I had this idea to make this rainbow paper cloud deal. I found a piece of styrofoam about 3 feet long at Walmart and I used around 600 pins to attach an assortment of cardstock and pipe cleaners on it. I don’t know how long it will last but it has been on my hall bulletin board outside my classroom door for two weeks now and it still looks like it did the day I put it up.


I had a hard time figuring out what to do for my door that would match. I knew I wanted it simple and with a lot of colors. Then, I thought about a matching wreath made out of cardstock and pipe cleaners. It is made with a round wreath shaped piece of Styrofoam that I bought at the Dollar Tree!!




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If you need some labels these are perfect and they are FREE!!! The rainbow colors make my heart happy!

Go download them.. you can thank me later!

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The first bit of work we did on the first day of first grade!

This printable is included in my Back to School Unit.


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We also did these fun little First Grade Coloring Sheets. You can download these here!


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Here are some other bulletin board areas in my room.


This is my calendar board.

I bought the frog posters back in the summer as an option to put on my hall board and door for back to school. But, changed my mind and put them in random places around the room. I change these decorations out with our themes or holidays. But, the frogs are a perfect fit for now. They will probably make another appearance this spring during my frog theme.

That is my class list on the orange paper. Our special class schedule usually goes in that spot but when I finished the board before school started I was unsure of my schedule. We are practicing reading each other’s names so this was a perfect addition for now.

I bought the black calendar pocket chart and sang praises to God for black AND no more taping my calendar dates each day.

The calendar dates are a free download from my store. You can find free ones for each month and they fit PERFECT in this pocket chart!

The yesterday/today/tomorrow and date posters I made with black construction paper, white cardstock and sentence strip. I put the stars beside each one so I can reference which one I am talking about. I can say.. “Beside the yellow star” or “Beside the red star”.

The helper and the number of days we have been in school are just printed on white cardstock trimmed a bit and mounted on scrapbooking paper.

The pompoms are recycled from my hall bulletin board last school year.

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The bulletin board on the left is mostly used for student work or for anchor charts/theme posters through out the year. But, I didn’t necessarily want it blank for the beginning of the year.

The bunting/banner is hand cut triangles from construction paper strung together with brown cord.

The pompoms are more of the ones I recycled from my hall bulletin board last year.

The poster in the middle is one I made several years ago. The letters are made from scrapbooking paper and mounted on black posterboard.

The Hello board is where I hang class pictures and will be full soon.

The Hello sign is from a really old bulletin board set that had other pieces. I thought it was one of the kid drawn sets from Carson Dellosa but I either it is discontinued or it is something else.

Enjoy your weekend! Week 2 for me starts Monday!

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