Tangles: Art Ideas for Upper Grades

I’m not a super-awesome artist. And I’m not the world’s best art teacher either. But I try my best to give my kids exposure to a variety of art experiences. I recently came across the art concept called Tangles. These cool pattern drawings blow my mind! But when you see how they’re broken down into steps, they’re totally (awesomely!) doable. You can find of Tangle pattern ideas, by searching “Tangle Pattern” on Pinterest! I can’t wait to try these with my class! Here are some of my favorites:



Also check out my post on cool geometric coloring pages for upper grades!
You can find all kinds of cool pages like the one below!

geometric coloring pages

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Candy Thank You Notes

A friend recently sent me pictures of cute notes the principal gave each teacher during the “home stretch” of the school year:

crunch mint



They’re basically a double whammy of feel-good-ness! The recipient will feel good to know they’re appreciated and their taste buds will feel good to have a yummy treat! This would work for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, end of the year, thanking volunteers or for a mid-year pick-me-up. I decided to make my own version of these little thank you notes. Here they are:

thank you - crunch thank you - mint

thank you - mound


I left blank space at the bottom so I can attach a piece of candy to the bottom. Here are the free PDF files for your printing pleasure!
Candy Thank you note- crunch
Candy Thank you note- Mint
Candy Thank you note- Mound

Giveaway Winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in my recent book giveaway. I’m pleased to announce the winner:

Susan S.

Squarehead Teachers will celebrate its 2nd birthday in a few months and I’m planning a fun giveaway! Stay tuned!

Hooray! Hooray! Another Giveaway!

**This giveaway has closed. Keep checking back for more giveaways!**

Another giveaway coming at ya! :-)

Giveaway 4 STICKER The Prize: The prize is a collection of four Scholastic Little Leveled Readers. They’re perfect for PreK-2nd grade. The prize includes one of each book pictured above. They are each a different level (A, B, C, D) and increase slightly in difficulty as the reader progresses through the levels. Books are new and unused. Participating in this giveaway is easy-peasy, lemon squeezy!

All you have to do is comment on this post (scroll ALL THE WAY down to the bottom).  Please tell me one thing you like about teaching kids! If you’re not a WordPress member, please list an email address (I’m the only one who can see it) so I can contact you if you win.

This giveaway ends 1 week from now, at midnight (PST) on Thursday, July 24, 2014. **This giveaway has closed. Keep checking back for more giveaways!**

The Fine Print: Participation is optional. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase is necessary to participate. Available to US participants only. There will be one winner. Winner will be randomly selected. I will email the winner between Friday, July 25 – Saturday, July 26. The winner will have 72 hours to respond and provide me with shipping information so I can mail them their prize! If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, the winner forfeits the prize and another winner will randomly be selected (in which case the new winner will be notified and the same terms apply).  The winner will be announced on this blog once eligibility has been confirmed. This giveaway is solely sponsored by Squarehead Teachers and is not affiliated with WordPress or any other sponsor. If you have additional questions, please contact me!

Chevron Supply Labels/Tags

Supply Tags - Chevron - STICKERI saw some of these for sale on Pinterest recently. And I thought, “Shoot! I can make those easily and give them away for free!” So here they are, chevron print supply labels. I intentionally left them blank so you can use them for whatever you’d like. There are 8 on a sheet. Enjoy!

Supply Tags – Chevron – PDF

But why only use them in a classroom? Use them to organize things in your house too!

Giveaway 3 Winners

Drum roll, please! I’m pleased to announce the winners of my most recent giveaway!

Tricia Z.
Karen P.

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry!
There are more fun giveaways coming your way on Squarehead Teachers!

This giveaway’s prize, Candy Experiments, is available on Amazon. Get your own copy!

All About Mom (Mother’s Day Printable)

All About Mom STICKERI know we’re not anywhere near Mother’s Day, but I wanted to share it with you while I had some time. I love those pages where kids write about their parents! They’re so sweet (and often hysterical!). I researched questions often found on these forms and made one with my favorite questions. Here you go:

Click here to download the free printable: All About Mom