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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas Countdown Day 1

Merry Christmas!

Countdown Day 1

I hope you stop by for some $1 deals!  

My special deal is for January Number Sense!

Have a Great and Joyous Holiday!


Saturday, 23 December 2017

Countdown to Christmas Sale Day #2

Countdown to Christmas
Day #2

Stop over for some $2 deals. 

My Special Markdown is
great for reading comprehension! K-3

Happy Shopping!


Thursday, 21 December 2017

Countdown to Christmas Day 3

Countdown to Christmas 

Day 3

Time for more great deals!

 Great Deal from my store is Alphabetical Order by the Second Letter!  Definitely a hard skill with minimum resources.  I hope you can use check it out!

Enjoy Shopping!


Countdown to Christmas Day #4

Countdown to Christmas!

I hope you joined us yesterday for Day 5.  Now hop over for Day #4.

Today I have marked down a resource for Math for K-4.  The shapes are differentiated so you only have to use the ones you are working on. 

Happy Shopping!


Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Deals for Christmas!

to Christmas Sale

Come and Take advantage of savings for some great products from some of the TpT sellers. 

Each day a new product will be listed at a discounted price. 

Here is the link for my product for Pre-K to K teachers on assessments for Number Sense

Happy Shopping!
Come Back tomorrow for the next deal!


Thursday, 14 December 2017



Winter Holidays!

      Have you ever thought to use graphing as aspontaneous way to keep students busy practicing a skill, while their minds are on upcoming holidays! Or coming back to school after a holiday, when they rather be still at home.

Here are some ways to get your mind thinking about graphing:

Going somewhere in the school:  

line up by categories:   

long hair- short hair, 

jeans-no jeans,

 ride a bus- car rider- walk home, 

brothers - no brothers   

Note Cards: 

 Ask the students to draw their favorite pet, game, outdoor fun, etc. 

 Then arrange the cards into a graph.

Read a Book:  Ask them their favorite character.

What do they like to do when it snows?

Have a yes or no question each day for them to answer as they come in the door. 


 Do you have brown eyes?  

Can you ride a bike? 

 Do you go to bed before 8 or after 8 at night?

Graphing can become a normal part of your day.   If you practice this daily, the skill becomes automatic for them.

     I hope this jump starts your thinking. 

Here is a free activity for winter graphing.  I am attaching a link for it.  You can use it any time of year, but winter and Christmas are the best fit. 

Happy Winter Break!

by Michele Strayer

Friday, 8 December 2017

December Giveaway December 6-13

Happy December 

Please join some me and some other sellers who are offering this wonderful TpT Giftcard Giveaway. 

Take a Few Minutes to Enter this New Giveaway for December!

First Place  -  $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card 
Second Place  -  $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card 
Giveaway Organized by:   Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher) 

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Friday, 1 December 2017

December A Time of Wonder, Joy, and Excitement!

December A Time of 

Wonder, Joy, and Excitement!

Students minds are definitely on waiting for holidays or the winter break. They are not wanting to sit still and copy from a book. 

 What better time to involve them in centers, in which they can practice their skills, and have Fun at the SAME TIME!

Take the time to check out my store, Mickey's Place.  I might have just what you need to keep them busy and learning!

I just made two math products that use the Christmas and Holiday Themes.  One is for sorting shapes, and the other is addition facts for 11-20. (This was just posted so it will be 50% off thru Sunday, December 3.)

Have a Great Holiday Season!


Sunday, 26 November 2017

Thanksgiving Giveaway


As we are SO thankful to you, myself and a team of amazing teachers have grouped together to gift an awesome teacher with a TPTgift card to show them how appreciative we are!

1 x $100 TPT Giftcard

#1 TAG your teacher friends by adding their names in the comment section

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

Raffle CLOSES: Friday 1st December 2017 12am


Friday, 24 November 2017

Friday, 17 November 2017



Harvest Cooking: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Implement

Fall is a wonderful time to implement cooking into your classroom.  Students in America look forward to Thanksgiving, but the fall harvest and abundance of food is always ready to enjoy.

I loved making soup with my students.  I used the storyStone Soup as a starting off point, to engage literature.    There are many versions of Stone Soup in our libraries, so find and compare them if you can.

Plus, talking about the Pilgrim's first Thanksgiving is easily integrated with this project. (A tie to your Social Studies curriculum.)

We would compile a list of vegetables/ ingredients we would like for the soup.  This was a list making activity for them.  

After the list is made, I would send it home with the students and ask each student to bring one vegetable in to share.   If time, send a letter asking what they can bring in in advance. Then make sure that you have a variety, not all potatoes.  There are usually some parents who wouldn't mind switching vegetables.

   When possible I asked for the fresh vegetable, but a can of peas, corn, or beans, is just as good.

Remember to include seasonings, such as salt and pepper. 

Before cooking:

 Integrate math with this lesson by graphing the vegetables that were brought in.  It could be an object graph with the actual vegetables, or a picture graph of the vegetable.  Students would place their canned vegetables in the graph along with the fresh vegetables.

Following graphing, you can add the science skill of sink and float.  Have the students predict whether the vegetable would sink of float, as you place it in a tub/container of clear water.  

Remembercooking is a science lesson.  They will see the chemical changes of hard potatoes becoming a soft potato ready to eat.  They can observe steam rising from the broth as it is cooked.  

Have them make pictures of various ways the vegetable changes in appearance as it cooks.  

Cooking with students is easy, but it needs to be planned.  You must make sure tables are covered with paper or plastic, to help clean up after creating their product.

When cutting a vegetable you have to make sure that the students are safe.  

 With potatoes, I would peel the potato while they watched.  Then I would slice the potato in quarters.  Each small group could then cut their  piece into smaller pieces. I would have them cut it with plastic serrated knives.  Carrots can be done the same way.

I would provide a soup broth in a large pot.  (If you want to add a clean stone, that is always an option.) Students will place their vegetables into the pot.

Depending on time, and your school, you could:

  •  cook the soup at home and bring it in the next day.
  • cook it in the cafeteria, if the cafeteria manager allows it.
  • cook it in the classroom on a hot plate.

Warning:  if you have food allergies in your room, make sure that those foods are not included in the mix.

Children who don't like

 vegetables are often willing 

to try the soup, because 

they made it.

Make sure you have bowls, spoons, napkins, and cups of water for the soup tasting. 

Add a festive table cloth and have the students make their own place mats for the soup tasting day.

Then sit back and enjoy the 
soup and their comments.  It will be a fun experience for everyone.

PS.  You can also include other food like fruit.  Homemade butter to put on a roll is another great activity.

Be as creative as you like!😁

by Michele Strayer

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Practical, Easily to Implement Ways to Have a Successful School Year

I recently posted this on the collaborative blog 
Conversations From the Classroom
 I now want to share it with my followers.

  Check out the free item at the end!

Beginning A School Year!

ExcitingTerrifyingTime ConsumingDelightfulFunFull of Organizing,
are just a few terms I always relate to the start of a school year!

I am probably in the minority of teachers, in that I always hated the first week of school. 
 It seems I never had enough time to get everything done, decorated, organized, while attending professional development meetings 
all week long. 

From my angst of the start of the year, I found several methods/ ways of doing things that really helped me to have a great year.  

I hope you can use these thoughts  to revisit some of your routines, or 
you might try them out too.

πŸ‘‰Print up labels of your students names.  These can be used for putting names on notebooks, plastic bags for storage, and other supplies, while keeping order in the classroom.  It made life so much simpler. 

πŸ“ƒ School supply lists are usually given to parents early before school starts.  If you are lucky you can include asking the parents to write their child's name on all supplies. 

 If not, you need to do this. 

😊 I would collect each child's supplies and keep them organized.  While collecting them, 

✏ I would try to write their name on the back of notebooks and on folders, or use the labels I made with their names on them.  
πŸ‘ Pencils, glue sticks, crayons, and other supplies,  I would put in a gallon plastic bag for any time I had that I could write their name on each one.  

πŸ‘This idea save so many fights about whose pencils belonged to which student.  I usually let them get two new pencils at the start of a week, so that the supply would last for the year. 

Pencil Sharpener: 
  πŸ™‹ I invested in a heavy duty electric pencil sharpener, which sharpened all widths of pencils.  It would last for many years. 
 Each morning, I would spend a few minutes 
sharpening up to four of their pencils. 

😊 This gave me time to interact with them,
πŸ‘Œplus they didn't have to keep getting out of their seat to sharpen their pencils.

Tissue Boxes

  I always asked for two boxes for each child.  I would write their name on the boxes.  

The student would receive one box to have in their cubby, locker, or desk for their own use. 

 I had a  class one for use for students who didn't have their own. 

✌ This totally, stopped the students from getting up throughout the day to get a tissue, let everyone watch them walk to the box, wipe their nose and throw it away.  

It certainly cut down on the expense of tissues I had to buy.

Trash Cans

 I had purchased small plastic cans to be put near groups of four or five desks.  

This was a receptacle for paper, tissues, etc.

  πŸ‘‰It also stopped students from wandering around the room while during projects. 

 One of the class jobs was emptying the cans.


 πŸ’–I loved providing each child with a plastic bag of the four basic colors of clay. 

πŸ‘ŒRemember this is a good use for practicing hand coordination. 

 The students were given their bag of clay when they arrived on the  first day.

 πŸ˜ŽI was able to see what they could create, while I collected supplies, etc.

 Throughout the year, I would give out their bags for craft time, especially on rainy days and we couldn't get outside. 

 I observed students who loved the clay, some who didn't like the feel of it, others who had no idea how to use it, and many other scenarios. 

 πŸŽ“At the end of the school year, they were able to take their clay home with them.
Students would come back to visit with me, and tell me they remember clay time as one of their favorite activities.  

πŸ™ŒI used clay in all grade levels.  

No one is too old to play with clay.   

Choosing Partners

πŸ‘₯Throughout the year we would do activities in which they would need a partner. 

I often would put two 
🐢🐢of the same stickers on cards for them to find their partner.  

πŸ‘©To help you out I have included a free set of matching cards to be used any time of the year.  
I hope you enjoy using them.

  πŸ‘‰Included is a black and white set, so that you can print and use immediately.

  πŸ‘‰I also included a colored set that I would laminate for continual use.  


πŸŽ‡Enjoy Your New Year!


Friday, 11 August 2017

Back to School Giveaway 2

 PART 2 ***

 Fancy winning some extra spending money to help you purchase everything you need for your 2017-18 classroom? Myself and a team of amazing teachers have grouped together to gift TWO awesome teachers with a TPT or AMAZON gift cards. PRIZES INCLUDE 1 x $250 TPT Giftcard. 1 x $250 Amazon Giftcard! #1 TAG your teacher friends by adding their names in the comment section #2 SHARE THIS POST #3 ENTER HERE: REMEMBER: each entry counts as ONE entry, the more links you complete, the higher your chances of winning!! Raffle CLOSES: Saturday 19tth August 2017 12am 

Good Luck!


Saturday, 15 July 2017

Back to School Mega Gift Card Giveaway


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

1 x $200 TPT Giftcard. 1 x $200 Amazon Giftcard, 1 x $25 Starbucks Giftcard, and 1 x $15Starbucks Giftcard!

#1 TAG your teacher friends by adding their names in the comment section

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 #schoolsavings in the Teachers Pay Teachers search bar to find products 1/2 OFF! (14th-16th)

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