Thursday, August 4, 2016

Back to School We GO!

School is quickly approaching if you live in Texas. Maybe it's approaching even faster if you are out of state! In case you missed the sale on Teachers Pay Teachers I am offering my back to school packets for only $1. They are grade level specific and an easy way to keep students busy on the first day of school while you sort supplies, work on transportation passes and other paper work, etc. 

If you want to get some things made by your student hung on the wall quickly, the second page is an All About Me page- easily personalized by each student. I put each page on construction paper and then hang on the wall for Open House. 

I also have this little bundle of printables and task cards to keep students busy. I use these throughout the first week. The task cards are great to help students (especially those new to the school) to learn important things like your name, room number, the principal's name, etc. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Texas symbols- Part 1- State Small Mammal: The Nine- Banded Armadillo

It has been awhile!!!!! TBH (to be honest) I have been out of the classroom, so it has been hard to find inspiration for new products....I was really racking my brain recently because one of my best friends is going back into the classroom this fall as a third grade ELAR teacher. We used to teach second grade together, and what I remember we had the most fun teaching about was Texas! 

Every year we took a field trip to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and that whole week we focused on all things Texas. In second grade, the TEKS require you to teach about the symbols of Texas and our students would make these cute little booklet things using paper bags. 

So I thought why not start creating a series that focuses on the Texas state symbols? The first product I have made so far focuses on the state small mammal- the nine-banded armadillo. 

It includes a non fiction reading passage giving facts about the nine-banded armadillo.  There are also ten questions about the reading passage, and if you print the two pages double sided and fold in half it make the perfect little book. When I was teaching we would make stuff like this all the time and let the students work in partners reading their little booklets and answering the questions. 

Also included in the packet is a diagram for students to label the armadillo based on what they read in the passage. 

I will be making more of these packets focusing on the other state symbols soon so be on the look out! Once I have created a packet for every symbol I will bundle them altogether! 

In the meantime I am posting this one for 50% off, so it is only .75 cents on Teachers Pay Teachers! Click on the picture above- or click here- and if you download it please look it over and leave some nice feedback :) 

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