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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Kick Off Critical Thinking

It's about time, teachers to kick off your students' critical thinking!

Critical thinking skills are a crucial part of any child's education.  To get your students off on the right foot, try these HINK PINKS & HINKY PINKIES - Foot Edition.

If you have never tried HINK PINKS, et al., you are in for a real treat. These riddles are wonderful for developing vocabulary, synonyms, grammar, and rimes; all worthwhile pursuits. But, even better, HINK PINKS, et al. require your students to analyze data, evaluate their conclusions, and create rhyming word pairs as answers. (Bloom would be so proud!) The very best part, however, is that your kiddos will love them. My students literally beg for more HINK PINKS. I love watching the gears move in their brains. You will, too.

Never give up.  Great things take time.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Is Your Classroom for the Birds?

Is your classroom for the birds?  It might be after you check out these new, How TWEET It Is classroom decor products.

Welcome everybirdie with these blue and green banners. Create the message of your choice, or try one of these:

  • Welcome Everybirdie!
  • Our Flock Rocks!
  • How TWEET It Is to be in ___ Grade
  • We are a Class to TWEET About

This product also includes TWEET, editable birds that you can use to post your students' names or numbers. Use them as part of your welcome, on their lockers or coat hooks, or anywhere you need them.

Word wall headers are provided, along with editable frames for word wall words.
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Classroom Signs provide information and reminders, table signs, bathroom passes, and more.

Two clip charts are provided; Our Travel Plans and Our Birthdays.

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Choose among the 23 classroom rules for those that best apply to your class. 5 bonus rules for the bathroom are supplied, as well. All of the rules are provided in the blue and green color scheme, as well as in gray scale to save your ink.   

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Create a well bee-haved class of TWEET students with How TWEET It Is Bee-havior Clip Chart + Brag Tags. 

Provided are 7 signs for the behavior clip chart and badges for clipping your students’ names or numbers to the chart.

43 brag tags are supplied in color and in gray scale. Editable brag tags are also included.

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You can post your classroom jobs with this product. 17 birdhouses are labeled with students' responsibilities; 10 more are editable. 

24 TWEET birdies are included.  They are editable for you to add student names or numbers.

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Post the alphabet and color posters in TWEET style. The alphabet posters come in 2 styles/sizes.

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These number posters provide representations of cardinal and ordinal numbers.
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Everything you need to create a math word wall is provided in this product: alphabet headers + 243 vocabulary words + editable frames for additional words.

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These posters provide visual reminders of CCSS math concepts in numbers and operations, geometry, and measurement.

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Everything you need for Calendar Math is in this product and the elements will fit in a standard calendar pocket chart. 

Up the ante during calendar time by adding patterns and predictions using combinations of the 5 sets of icons.

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Save money by getting all 10 products in this TWEET bundle.

A little birdie told me that everybirdie's learning with these educational decor items. I don't want to ruffle your feathers by offering a new classroom theme.  But maybe it's about time that you spread your wings and try new things!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Sale

It's that time again, teachers -- time to feel appreciated; time to reap some great savings on all of those items you have wish listed; time to grab some new products to get you through the last few weeks of the year.

It's a great time to get my Poetry Possibilities products, while they are up to 28% off. Or  try some Triads.  You're going to love these word relationship, critical thinking task cards!

You can never have enough Hink Pinks, et al., those great word riddles that incorporate all kinds of H.O.T.S. This is the perfect time to stock up on $1 Words; my twist on this classic is giving awesome clues that challenge myriad ELA, critical thinking, and math skills. Look for the bundles to save even more!

Perhaps you are looking for a new classroom theme. There are more than 60 decor products in my store.  You can choose a specific theme, like Forest Friends, Cowboy Classroom, or Panda-monium.
If you prefer a color theme, I have coral & navy, black & red, aqua & black, blue & green, and more to come in each of those categories.

My passion is G.A.T.E. We all have some G/T students in our classes and we have all experienced those parents who demand request special materials for them. I've got you covered. You may find Destination: Imagination via Creative Thinking to be especially popular with these students and their parents. You'll love them because the kiddos do them at home!  Perfect home-school connection and it gets those parents interacting with their gifted children in a constructive (& appropriate) way.

TPT's site wide sale is today and tomorrow, 5/9 & 5/10.  My sale will continue on 5/11. Happy shopping!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Create Classroom Panda-monium!

Before this school year ends, you should spend some time thinking about next year. I know, you're counting the days. But everything you can accomplish this spring will make the chaos of back-to-school that much easier to manage.  

Are you thinking about changing your classroom decor? If so, consider creating a little PANDA-MONIUM! I've been busy making the most adorable PANDA products. Take a peek ...

Begin with a PANDA style welcome.
In this product you will find every letter of the alphabet on a separate pennant, allowing you to spell out the welcome of your choice. The vowels are repeated on pennants of the opposite color so that you can create a colorful pattern. There are panda pennants and plain pennants to put at the beginning and ending of your message, and/or to separate words. 

Also included are small pennants to use for word wall headers. Each small pennant has the upper and lower case letters.

There are editable frames for words to be added to the word wall and editable pennants for adding students' names or pictures.

Add alphabet and color posters to the PANDA-monium:
They come in 2 sizes; full letter page and 1/2 page. Also supplied are color posters, panda-style.
Create more PANDA-monium with Number Posters. They feature cardinal and ordinal numbers with numerals, number words, ten frames, and tally marks.
Classroom PANDA-monium continues with Math Concepts. These 43 posters provide visual reminders of math concepts in numbers and operations, geometry, and measurement.
There is more PANDA-monium with these Math Word Wall components:
• alphabet headers
• 243 vocabulary words
• from Splash Math and CCSS
• most with graphics to enhance under-standing
• color coded for grades K-2
• editable word cards
Put your passion for PANDAS on your class calendar.  Calendar Icons provide everything you need for daily calendar time, including 5 complete sets of date cards.  Mix those cards to create patterns on the calendar, then challenge your class to identify the pattern and predict the next card. 
No classroom PANDA-monium would be complete without these Classroom Signs:
  • Nut free classroom
  • Fire drill procedures (editable)
  • Storm drill procedures (editable)
  • A dot is a lot (glue use)
  • Be a PANDA Student (traits of successful students)
  • Our Travel Plans (how students get to school) clip chart
  • Our Birthdays clip charts
Every classroom needs some parameters. Establish them with these PANDA-monium rules posters. There are 23 rules from which to choose and 5 bathroom rules; all perfect for display.

Stuff your pockets with pandas to display classroom jobs.  This file is editable, allowing you to personalize the student responsibilities in your classroom.

Create a Little Panda-monium in your classroom!  Editable product to post your classroom jobs.:
A behavior clip chart can help to create a paws-itively peaceful classroom atmosphere. This product contains everything you need to make a clip chart.
Combine the behavior clip chart with brag tags.  This product provides 42 brag tags in 3 categories: behavior, academics, and special events.  It also has an editable file, allowing you to personalize brag tags for your students.

Finally, you can save some money by getting all of these products in the PANDA-monium Bundle. The bundle is currently on sale!