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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FREE Winter Holiday Writing Papers

I love the colder weather! Love the holidays! Love the months of November and December!

Thanksgiving is fun with the family. However, eating turkey is not my favorite thing. I prefer tri-tip with all of the fixings. And of course, I do enjoy eating pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream.

Then there is December! Ahhhh, so beautiful. Peace and hope for the world.

Please enjoy this FREE Winter Holiday Writing Paper that I put together. Hopefully they will help motivate your students to write. Then color them and maybe even cut out the shapes and perhaps hang them up in your classroom.

Please click on the picture below to download your FREE copy.


You might also be interested in my Treasured Thoughts for December.
This fun product has five thoughtful and creative writing prompts designed to spark you students' imagination. The pages are treasure chest shaped that form a mini-book. There are also two poems that inspire students to reflect and respond. And students can use their artistic talent to create a Christmas, Holiday, December, or Happy Hug. (You choose.)


Happy Holidays!
Stay Healthy!
Kathy

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October Freebies

Finally, the weather is feeling like fall! We've had a very hot September and first week of October.

Here are some fun FREE October ideas. Please click on the pictures to link.







If you are looking for a pumpkin resource for your classroom. I have a product for sale at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Please click below to link.


Happy October,
Kathy

Friday, September 12, 2014

U.S. Constitution Day - Sept. 17

WE THE PEOPLE
Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

Please visit http://www.constitutionday.com for information to share with your children/students about Constitution Day.

Below is a follow up writing and coloring worksheet that you can download for FREE. After you have had a discussion about Constitution Day have your students answer the prompt: What is the Constitution of the United States of America? Then color the worksheet and practice reading the Preamble.


God Bless the USA,
Kathy

Saturday, August 16, 2014

World's Best Classroom! FREE

School has already begun for so many teachers. The district I work for starts in one more week, on the 25th of August.

I thought it would be interesting for teachers to get a quick insight into their classroom's morale after the first week of school with this fun FREE writing prompt, World's Best Classroom!

I'm sure many of you read the "first day of school" books and then discuss them. Those stories really help students with some of their fears and nerves.

After the first week or so of school copy the sheet, World's Best Classroom, for your class. Read and discuss the checklist together with your class. Then have your students write about their classroom and what they think of it and then have them explain why. Also, at the bottom of the page students can write about their best part of the day. And of course, they get to draw a picture of their teacher. Fun!

After the work is completed, students can read and share with each other what they have written. The teacher can share a few with the entire class. If there are any problems or worries about what a student has written about the classroom, this would be a great time to address it.

Please click on the picture below to print out a FREE copy at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.


Have a great day!
Kathy

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Perfectly Purple Sneakers

I'm so excited to announce the release of my new hardcover picture book, The Perfectly Purple Sneakers!

It's so cute and it was a lot of fun to write!
It's based on my appreciation of shiny, purple sneakers, and the ability to change "lemons into lemonade" as we face life's challenges. In other words, looking on the bright side of unfortunate events.
The illustrator's illustrations are adorable!
(It's available on amazon.com and Teachers pay Teachers.)

Synopsis:

Juliette LOVES purple, especially her NEW, perfectly purple sneakers.

She eagerly wears her sneakers to school. As the day goes by, her sneakers become not so new and not so purple. They get dirty, painted, torn, and even jellied.

It's not easy to look on the bright side of unexpected and unhappy events.

But Juliette's upbeat attitude, along with the encouragement of the people around her, give her the confidence she needs to see that those not so new and not so purple sneakers are, in every other way, absolutely perfect.

Here are some sample pages from the book:




It's a wonderful read aloud book! And I've included FREE Common Core Aligned comprehension question and answer sticks, plus writing response sheets for the book.


Best of luck and good wishes for the new school year!
Kathy

Friday, July 11, 2014

Traveling

I love to travel.
Every year my husband and I travel to a place we've never been.
We want to see the world and meet interesting people.

We just got back from a European trip.
We visited Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.

The Charles Bridge and the Prague Castle.


The lovely grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace.


The beautiful city of Budapest & the night view of the Budapest Parliament House.

Happy and safe travels for those of you vacationing!
Kathy

Friday, June 20, 2014

Back to School Bulletin Boards

Happy Summer!
Time to relax and enjoy!

However, if you are in the mood to gather new ideas for the new school year, here are 2 great sites.

Back to School Bulletin Boards
Please click below to visit Debbie Clements and her 200 plus bulletin board collection.

101 Websites for Elementary Teachers
Please click below to visit Best Teacher Resource for this fabulous list that includes math, language arts, social studies, games, and so much more!
Happy Summer!
Kathy

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