Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Team Gifts for the Beginning of the Year and End of the Year


With summer almost half way over and back-to-school just around the corner, I thought I'd share my back-to-school team gift ideas, as well as end of the year gift ideas!  What better way to show my coworkers just how much I appreciate working with all of them than with a little gift?!

Get ready for back to school with these adorable team gifts!  Simply print the free gift tag, and you’re coworker gifts will be all set!  Here’s to a NOTEWORTHY school year that I’m sure your team will be thrilled to PIECES about!

Last year, I gave my teammates some personalized note cards I found on clearance at Michaels.  I paired them with a cute pen and a personalized apple cookie that was wrapped in a fun bag from the Target Dollar Spot.  I tied them all up with some binder twine, and then added a cute tag saying "Here's to a NOTEWORTHY school year!"  They absolutely loved them, and it was such an easy way to pump them up at the beginning of the year!

Get ready for back to school with these adorable team gifts!  Simply print the free gift tag, and you’re coworker gifts will be all set!  Here’s to a NOTEWORTHY school year that I’m sure your team will be thrilled to PIECES about!

At the end of the year, I wanted to give them each a little something for such an incredible year together... so I grabbed some Reese's Pieces and tied them up with the same binder twine I had from the beginning of the year.  This was a fairly inexpensive coworker gift idea, but a great way to show my appreciation to my teammates!

Get ready for back to school with these adorable team gifts!  Simply print the free gift tag, and you’re coworker gifts will be all set!  Here’s to a NOTEWORTHY school year that I’m sure your team will be thrilled to PIECES about!

If you'd like to give your team or coworkers a similar gift, you can grab the tags HERE!  I made sure to add tags for the beginning and end of the year for both the "NOTEWORTHY school year" and "thrilled to PIECES" tags.

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Get ready for back to school with these adorable team gifts!  Simply print the free gift tag, and you’re coworker gifts will be all set!  Here’s to a NOTEWORTHY school year that I’m sure your team will be thrilled to PIECES about!

Don't forget to check out my "Back to School Tips & Freebies" post!

Save your sanity with these 5 back to school tips! So many great ideas for classroom management and classroom organization! Do these now to help manage your time and make your first day of school stress free!

Plus, you can find more back-to-school ideas on my "Back to School" board on Pinterest.




Sunday, May 15, 2016

Opinion Writing with "The Day the Crayons Quit"


Hi, friends!  We're in the home stretch!  Just a few more weeks!  Since we just wrapped up our opinion unit, I thought I'd post all about how we used one of our favorite stories to learn all about writing a persuasive letter.

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My kiddos are absolutely obsessed with The Day the Crayons Quit!  They love the structure and format of the text, as well as each crayon's unique personality.  Their favorite was the peach crayon.  I won't ruin it if you haven't read the story, but that peach crayon is sure a hoot!


Of course, we had to graph our favorite colors after reading the story.  Then, we each got to work creating a list of things we could draw with our favorite color.  We used this list to help us organize our opinion about whether our favorite crayon should or should not quit.  This little craft was also the perfect opportunity to review the three parts of a letter... heading, body and closing.


Our crayons turned out so cute, and the kiddos did such a nice job stating their opinion, providing reason(s) for their opinion, and then restating their opinion!


Don't forget to check out my "Writing Workshop" board on Pinterest for some great writing activities to complete in your classroom!


If you're looking for more writing tips, head over to this post all about creating independent writers.

http://www.onesharpbunch.com/2016/02/creating-independent-writers.html

Read my other Books Teachers Love posts here!

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Giveaway

Hello, fellow teachers!  We all know how hard teachers work and the endless number of hours we spend prepping lessons, gathering supplies, working in our classroom, and so much more!  Some of my friends and I would like to make your teacher life a little bit easier with a chance to win our favorite teacher must haves, as well as $100 to TpT!


Jillian from The Starr Spangled Planner and I are giving away a Scotch personal laminator and a Carl rotary paper trimmer!


I've had this paper cutter for far more years than I can remember.  I'd have to guess at least seven or eight years.  It's very light weight, making it super easy to transport to and from school.  I usually just carry it in my teacher bag... along with a bunch of other things that I tell myself I will work on at home. ;)


The reason I like this paper cutter better than my big one at school is because the guide along the right edge ensures that I get a straight cut every time.  This makes my OCD heart happy, especially if I am trying to leave a perfect white border around my CVC Sliders that my kiddos will use during small groups.

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It also worked great to cut apart our color coded CVC Puzzles.

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When I say this paper cutter has taken a beating, I am not kidding!  It has been my go-to for cutting apart labels, gift tags, bulletin board pieces, posters, vocabulary cards, literacy stations and math centers, like these rekenrek cards.

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I honestly cannot imagine using any other paper cutter.  The rotary blade even cuts through lamination, and it's so easy to change!  Yes, I am seriously attached to this paper cutter... and you can be too!  Just enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win!

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And you know what goes perfectly with a brand new paper cutter.... why, a brand new laminator of course!  Head on over to The Starr Spangled Planner to see how she uses her Scotch laminator in her classroom!  To laminate is not even a question!


Don't forget to enter the GRAND PRIZE giveaway below for a chance to win $100 to Teachers Pay Teachers!

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Now, hop on over to these other blogs to enter the giveaways for their favorite teacher must haves!




Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!