Journal Tabs

There are many ways to organize subject journal. Here’s one way to separate a spiral notebook into sections, or a single notebook into two different subjects.

Journal Tab 3

Journal Tab 2  Journal Tab 1

Here’s a sample of how you can format your page: anchor chart tab for math journal. You can type whatever you want on the tab. Print and cut into strips.  Glue anchor chart/show my work tab in middle of spiral notebook math journal.  When you are making an anchor chart with the class, have each student copy what you are doing into their journal.  Or when you pass out math definitions, examples,  charts, or whatever that you want students to glue in their journal for future reference, have them start writing and gluing at the beginning of the book.  When the student is just showing work or writing different ways to write a number or story problems, etc., have them go to tab and then start that sort of work there.  That way, your student has the more pertinent information in the front of the journal and it will be easier for students to use their journals as a reference.


Dolch Sight Words Flash Cards – Printable

Dolch Sight Words Flash CardsI recently made these Dolch sight words flash cards for pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade all using Microsoft Word 2013. It’s my new favorite thing! Click below for the front and back to the set you want to download:

Dolch words flash cards – kinder – back
Dolch words flash cards – kinder – front
Dolch words flash cards – kinder 2 – back
Dolch words flash cards – kinder 2 – front 
Dolch words flash cards – 1st grade – back

Dolch words flash cards – 1st grade – front
Dolch words flash cards – 2nd grade – back
Dolch words flash cards – 2nd grade – front
Dolch words flash cards – 3rd grade – back
Dolch words flash cards – 3rd grade – front

Summer Reading Recommendations (End of the Year Book Report)

summer reading STICKERTeachers are always looking to motivate kids to continue reading throughout the summer.  I was pondering this challenge, and the following idea just popped into my head.. so I ran with it. The intention is to have each kid choose a book they read that year and write a “recommendation report” about it. Then they can share their report with the class and try to persuade others to read the book. Hopefully a few kids will be inspired and read something over the summer. But at bare minimum, students can identify classmates who share their same taste in books.

Click here for the free printable PDF:
Summer Reading Recommendation Report
Summer Reading Recommendation Report 2

Click here to view another book report printable. 🙂

Cool Reading Corner

A teacher friend in Utah snapped this cool photo of a first grade classroom’s reading corner. How cool!

reading corner

Have you seen cool classrooms? Get permission from the teacher and send me a photo!

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Characters and Setting Posters

I saw these posters in a first grade classroom and thought their simplicity made them effective. And they’re pretty darn cute! Click here to view this same teacher’s main ideas vs details poster.

setting postercharacters poster

Sorry this one turned out blurry!

WWII Worksheet for Upper Grades: Battle of Iwo Jima


February 19 marks the anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, Japan, in World War 2 (in 1945). This is an important part of American World War 2 history, which many upper grade students learn about. Here’ s a page I put together to teach my students about this landmark battle. It provides basic information (text from and asks students to write a 5-6 sentence summary using the information.

Click here for the free printable PDF: WW2 Iwo Jima article to summarize

Here are some additional interesting facts about the Battle of Iwo Jima:

  • The famous picture of the US Flag being raised on Iwo Jima was actually not the first flag raised by the US. Another smaller flag pole had been put there earlier.
  • Although the US had more soldiers wounded on Iwo Jima than the Japanese, the Japanese had many more deaths. This was because the Japanese had decided to fight to the death. Out of 18,000 Japanese soldiers only 216 were taken prisoner. The rest died in the battle.
  • Around 6,800 American soldiers died in the battle.
  • The US government awarded 27 soldiers with the Medal of Honor for their bravery during the battle.
  • There were six men in the famous picture showing the US flag being raised. Three were killed later in the battle. The other three became famous celebrities in the US.
  • The Japanese dug 11 miles of tunnels within the island of Iwo Jima.

A huge thank you to all the servicemen/women and their families who have and continue to fight for American freedom!

World War II Timeline Worksheet

WW2 Timeline STICKERHere’s a timeline that gives the overview of the major events in World War II (text modified from This is a great review activity for upper grades learning world or American history. It’s got 9 comprehension questions at the end.

Click here for the free printable PDF:World War II Timeline worksheet

Thank you to all the servicemen/women and their families for preserving American freedom!

Here are the answers:

  1. 1933
  2. Germany invaded Poland
  3. China
  4. Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan
  5. United States (Navy)
  6. Answers include any 3 of the following: Poland, Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, northern France (NOTE: this list is not comprehensive, but it what’s listed on the timeline)
  7. United States (Marines)
  8. Germany, Italy and Japan
  9. Allied Powers

Main Idea vs. Details Worksheets (Post 2)

Main ideas and details worksheet STICKER 2Earlier this week, I posted a picture of a poster that a first grade teacher submitted (click here to see the poster). This poster inspired me to make a series of worksheets that ask students to describe a picture with only the main idea and then using the details. The poster is the example of how to complete the worksheet. It seemed to work out best with my students if I did the first example with them, and modeled how to write a sentence for each one (main idea and details).

Click here for the next 2 printable worksheets:
Main ideas and details worksheet 3
Main ideas and details worksheet 4