29 March 2015

TPT Showcase: Easter

Welcome to Fishing for More TPT Products! A series on this blog to showcase some inspiring Teachers Pay Teachers products. I will talk about some items that have caught my attention. Plus, for those who would like to share you can add your related links below. The idea is to share and inspire! Don't forget to share your TPT Products below by adding your link!

By: Owlways Be Inspired

Product Details: FREEBIE! A little spring-themed extra/missing information center. Use it in your math tubs rotation, as an early finisher activity, or with small groups.


By: A Cupcake for the Teacher

Product Details: ($3.00 K-3rd) This super cute activity will help you and your little ones celebrate bunnies and/or Easter!! They'll create a little bunny and complete a writing activity, or two!

By: Amy Lemons

Product Details: ($5.00, 2nd & 3rd) Wanting to bring some spring fun to your math station block? These easter themed math stations can be used all throughout the spring season and cover a variety of skills!

By: Mrs. Roltgen

Product Details: (FREE, K-1st) This charming, easy-to-prepare game will add some spring and Easter fun to your classroom! The Easter Bunny lost his basket of eggs, and he needs your students' help to find it! Students take turns moving across the board, reading CVC words as they go. The first player to reach the basket of eggs wins! This game is for 2-4 players.

By: 247 Teacher

Product Details: (FREE, 2nd-5th) Celebrate spring with this Common Core aligned freebie. It is a sample of her larger monthly close reading units.

Do you have a TPT product you'd like to share this week?  
Make sure to comment or add your link below! 

24 March 2015

Scientific Method Packet

I've been really enjoying making various anchor charts to help display as a reference in the classroom.  (And seems those on TPT have enjoyed them as well!)

Whenever I would do any lab in the classroom, whether it be one I made/found or from our science workbook, I always used a lab sheet to fill in each step of the Scientific Method.  This way the students could become more familiar with each step and be able to apply these steps in their own experiments.

We would fill in a quick worksheet with quick notes and glue them into our Science Journals with a summary and image.  Our school used those Science Journals (or Interactive Notebooks) throughout the K-5 years.  It was helpful for students in 5th grade when Science became a big part of testing.


  • Scientific Method full page posters
  • Game played 2 ways (Matching Cards or SCOOT)
  • 28 related vocabulary cards (great for Word Wall)
  • 2 types of Lab Sheets - lower & upper levels
  • Student reference sheet
  • Science Safety full page posters
Like all my other anchor charts, I've made two versions.  Bright Colors/General Theme (picture at the top) & Ocean Waves Theme (below).

Please make sure to check my TPT store for more anchor charts!

20 March 2015

Five for Friday!

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. Check out the linky party at Doodle Bugs Teaching.

Back from Japan!

We've been back a few weeks from our Japan holiday and I'm getting back into the daily grind of work and such.  It was such a fantastic trip!  It opened my eyes to a whole new culture, even though I lived there when I was 3 years old. (But who remembers life that far back?)  One thing that really stuck with me was that I now understand how someone who doesn't speak English feels when they visit the U. S.  Not as much as they do because the trains provided English messages, but it's interesting how you can get around without internet on your phone and not knowing the native language.  It definitely got my mind working in ways I was unfamiliar with.  I recommend everyone visit this country!  So much to see, do, learn and share!

Language Arts Anchor Charts

Before we went on our Japan holiday I was working on some new anchor charts.  My Reading Anchor Charts product seems to be my most selling item, so I decided to create one for Language Arts (Parts of Speech & Punctuation).  Unfortunately, my computer crashed on me and wouldn't turn on, and the nearest Apple Store was a 7 hour drive away.  It was sent out to get fixed just before we left.  Got it back working and took my time finishing this product!  It's the same concept of the Reading version and I've got plans for more anchor charts in the future.  I'll also work on more Language Arts information, such as types of sentences, editing/grammar, and more.

Scientific Method Anchor Charts

This is still a work in progress at the moment!  It uses the same themes as all my anchor charts, including Bright Colors/General, Ocean Waves, and I'm working on Chalkboard themes for all anchor charts.  I really like this one because it includes a game (played matching or SCOOT), vocabulary cards for a Word Wall, worksheets, and Science Safety posters.   I'm working on my anchor charts and developing ways to make them more creative and useful in the classroom. Have you purchased any of my anchor charts? Please share your thoughts on how you feel about them.  I would also like to know if there is anything you think I could do to make them more helpful.

Visa Application

I'm in the middle of applying for a Visa to stay in Australia!  Looks like a lot of work, but luckily I'm organized.  I'm pretty much done on my part.  All I need to do is certify my copies and get declarations from friends in Australia.  The hard part?  WAITING! Apparently it can take a long while to hear back on your application.  Luckily, I can stay in the country and work while I'm waiting for approval.  Fingers crossed for me! 

Gone Girl

I'm a little late to the game, but I'm in the middle of reading Gone Girl.  I never saw the movie and avoided anything online regarding this book/movie.  Everyone I talked to says it's good and they were blown away.  So naturally I'm curious as to what happens.  No spoilers from me, but I already had a "OMG! I knew it! OMG!" moment.

19 March 2015

Language Arts Anchor Charts, Packet #1

My Reading Anchor Charts are my most purchased item in my TPT Store, so I decided to continue using this format in other subjects.  I created a packet of 35 display full page posters to aid the teacher and students in Language Arts.  This packet focuses on Parts of Speech & Punctuation with a brief explanation and a mixture of images, examples, sentences, and side notes.  These are intended to help introduce and display for reference.

There are two versions: Bright Color/General Theme and Ocean Waves Theme

Parts of Speech Focus:

  1. Adverb
  2. Article
  3. Conjunction
  4. Interjection
  5. Preposition
  6. Pronoun
  7. Subject-Verb Agreement
  8. Adjectives, including Comparative & Superlative
  9. Nouns, including Common, Proper, Singular, Plural, Possessive
  10. Verbs, including Regular, Irregular, Action, Helping, Linking, Being

Punctuation Focus:

  1. Apostrophe
  2. Brackets
  3. Colon
  4. Comma
  5. Dash
  6. Parentheses
  7. Period/Full-Stop
  8. Semicolon
  9. Ellipsis
  10. Exclamation
  11. Hyphen
  12. Question Mark
  13. Quotation Marks
I'll be working on more Anchor Charts as I enjoy making them.  I have plans for the following: Understanding Words (Base Words, Prefixes/Suffixes, Homophones, etc.), Text Features (Headings, Captions, Table of Context, etc.), Lang. Arts Packet #2 (Grammar, Editing, Types of Sentences, etc.). I may even venture into Math & Science Vocabulary!

Are there any Anchor Chart ideas you'd like?

18 March 2015

Back from My Holiday in Japan!

I'm back from my long break, where I went on holiday to Japan for a few weeks, getting back/settled, and fixing my laptop!  It was chilly but so much fun in Japan!  If you haven't been, I suggest you make a trip out.  We got lucky to stay in Tokyo and go up north for snowboarding in Niseko.  (Plus, 2 days of Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea!)

Sneak Peek into my trip to Japan!