Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Trees Art and Christmas Activity

At my school, this is the last week before Christmas vacation! Yay! I'm ready for a couple of weeks off with my family, but before vacation begins, we still have a few days left. Now the question is, "What do I do with these kiddos who are even more ready to be out than I am?"

This week I have some enjoyable activities planned. We are reading Christmas themed books, using some fun task cards, completing some fun art and writing activities. For example, one fun art activity that we did was this easy tree art activity.  Students simply traced 5 or 6 Christmas trees on a piece of paper. I used the die cut machine to cut out a tree shape for each student. They turned the trees all different directions.

Next, the students outline and colored each Christmas tree with decorations.
Finally, they filled in the background with lines or designs. 
This was a quick and easy activity that the students really enjoyed. Also, very few supplies are needed: paper, pencil, crayons, and a die cut Christmas tree. I think they look bright and colorful on the bulletin board.
Another fun activity that we will complete this week is my Owl About My Christmas handout from my Owl About My Christmas Packet. You can find a copy in my TpT store.  If you need an easy activity that your students will enjoy completing and sharing, this is it.  Simply print and complete. Students will enjoy writing about their Christmas memories and favorite traditions, and you will love how adorable these turn out!
Your students will love writing about their Christmas trees, traditions, and memories!


I hope you have a very blessed week!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

On Sale Today Only!

I have two items in my store on sale for today only! Don't miss out on 50% off savings!
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Have a blessed Sunday!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Border Hoarders Club, Week 2 Freebie, and My Christmas Tree

It has been a while, but I'm finally linking up with Fourth Grade Frolics and Monday Made It.


I have hired for the second year in a row my own personal decorators for Christmas! They put up and decorated 3 trees in my house, and decorated my mantel.  They were fabulous and cost very little (two colas and a bag of chips)! Actually, my decorators are my teenage daughters! They brought everything down from the attic and did most of the decorating themselves. I am so spoiled.  Just take a look at the fabulous job they did decorating our tree in our living room.

The ornaments are mostly bought, but my youngest daughter helped me make the paper birds out of book pages and sticks from the yard.
I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported my store and blog this year, so I have created some freebies just for you!  This week I have uploaded my Week 2 Christmas Gift Freebie.  Simply click here to download this freebie. I think you will enjoy this!
My latest clipart project that I am so excited about is my new Border Hoarders Club! I have been working frantically on clipart ideas for this fun club.  If you love borders and are a border hoarder, then this packet is just for you! Each week in January, you will receive a new set of borders (or other clipart).  Each set is a surprise that I hope you will love. By joining, you will receive these sets months before I offer each set for sale individually in my store. Another benefit is that you will save $$ by joining. I have been amazed at the positive response to this new club.  I'd love for you to join in on the fun!
Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The 12 Days of Christmas Upper Elementary Snapshots Giveaway!

Today is the big day! Have you visited Upper Elementary Snapshots? If not, don't miss out! Visit today and each day through December 14th to receive one free, yes FREE, download each day from our wonderful group of teachers. While you are there, enter our giveaway!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and a few Monster Descriptions

I am linking up today with Doodle Bugs for Five for Fraturday (Friday). Yes,  I'm a day late.  Because I had such good intentions, I just knew that I would link up yesterday.  I remembered to take pictures throughout the week and I had five things ready to share.  Last night, however, when I finally sat down, it was all I could do to keep my eyes open.  I gave up and went to bed.

This week, we looked closely at story elements.  After reading aloud books and modeling for the students, I had the students work in pairs to read Chris Van Allsburg's book, The Stranger.  He is one of my favorite author/illustrators of children's literature, and this book is perfect for the fall.  Although students need a lot of help with the inferences in the story, they still enjoyed this book very much.  

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After reading the book, students used a graphic organizer from my Thanksgiving Graphic Organizers packet.  This packet contains 19 Thanksgiving themed graphic organizers that are perfect to use with any book or any Thanksgiving themed book.  I chose to use the graphic organizer that reviewed story elements. These graphic organizers are perfect for getting students to think deeply about their reading as well as expressing their thoughts on paper.

Our high school, middle school, and elementary have worked together to present an annual Veterans Day program for many years. We started many years ago in honor of our principal that we had at the time who was a Vietnam veteran.  Over the years, we have had many special programs and awesome speakers.  This year was no exception, in fact, it was one of the best that we have had in years.  (Sorry, no pics of the program!)  To decorate our halls, my students created beautiful flag inspired art.  You can visit Upper Elementary Snapshots to read more.  

Speaking of Upper Elementary Snapshots, if you haven't visited, please stop by.  I'm thrilled to be a part of this new blog with 11 creative teachers.  You will definitely recognize these fantastic teachers from TpT!  We would love for you to follow our blog for wonderful ideas, freebies, and giveaways!

Another fun activity that we did this week was in writing.  This is not an original idea, but I found this idea many years ago (I think it was in a Mailbox magazine).  I recently saw it on the Teaching Channel.  I simply had my students draw a monster (the cute kind).  Then I told them to write about their monster to describe how the monster looks.  When everyone had completed their monsters and their writing, I took them up and chose 4 pictures to display on the board.  Then I read one description and let the students guess which picture the writing went with.  After reading a few descriptions, we then discussed the importance of accurate descriptions.  We also talked about ways to improve descriptions.  The students loved this.

Also, this week my church had its annual Community Thanksgiving Meal.  Each year, the ladies in our church spend two days preparing and cooking a Thanksgiving meal that is free to all of the community.  Because of school, I have never been able to help the ladies during the day as they work and prepare the meal, but this year, because Veterans Day fell on Tuesday, I was out of school and able to help.  We had so much fun working together making slaw, getting the sweet potato casseroles ready, and peeling potatoes. Most of all, we had fun just laughing and talking and fellowshipping with one another.  Wednesday night, we served over 300 Thanksgiving meals.  This is a very large number for our little church.  I felt very blessed to have the opportunity to participate this year. 

Be blessed!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Owl About My Halloween

I hope you are having a wonderful day! The weather outside is beautiful where I live, and I pray that you are enjoying this wonderful Sunday as much as I am. Next week we have a busy week scheduled at my school: Monday is Parent Teacher Conference day, next week is red ribbon week with dress up days and activities, and Friday is our Fall Fun Day.  Busy, busy, busy! ;)  
For our Fall Fun Day, students get to go to the gym during a set time to play fun fall games and jump in a bouncy house.  Most teachers plan fun lessons and activities that are associated with fall. Friday, as part of my fun lessons, I plan on using my Owl About My Halloween Pages to let students write about their Halloween plans. For a very limited time, I am offering this for free in my TpT store.  Simply click on the image below, download, and go back to my TpT store to leave a comment and rating! I hope you enjoy using this poster with your students.

If you like this poster, you may also like my Owl About My Thanksgiving Posters,  or my Owl About My Christmas Posters. 

Thanks for stopping by! 
Be blessed!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Upper Elementary Blog Post

I am so excited to be a part of the wonderful group of teachers called Upper Elementary Snapshots! I would love for you to visit and check out my post "8 Reasons to Use Flipbooks in Your Classroom."

To celebrate, I have several of my October themed TpT items on sale! Visit my store for some huge savings!
Candy Corn Clipart by Kelly B.
Halloween Themed Graphic Organizers
October Writing Prompts, Graphic Organizers, Papers, and Posters
Pumpkin Possessives Plural Possessive Nouns
"Owl" About My Halloween Poster

Fall Things Clipart by Kelly B.

Have a blessed day!