“Snapshot of Fall Break” Graphic Organizer

Thank heavens for fall break! It can’t come soon enough and it never lasts long enough! At least you can have an easy way for everyone to share their fall break adventures with this easy printable! Have your students write or draw something to answer each prompt.

Click here to download the PDF: Snapshots of Fall Break

 

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“Snapshot of Summer” Back to School Writing Activity

As an elementary school kid, I always looked forward to telling my classmates all the cool things I did during the summer. I also usually wanted to tell my teacher about my summer… and so did everyone else! Teachers can facilitate a mass “share your summer experience” activity with this simple (self explanatory!) page. Depending on your grade level, have your students draw or write about each of the 5 prompts.

Click here to download the PDF: Snapshots of Summer Break

Some students don’t have amazing vacation stories to tell, so I tried to include things that every kid can write/draw about (like “things I ate”) when I was creating this page.  Good luck on your first day!

Using Birthdays At School to Create Positive Classroom Culture

 

Birthdays can be distracting at school. But if you play your cards right, you can use birthdays to create a positive classroom culture. By focusing on positive characteristics of the birthday kid, you can allow for natural discussions on topics such as friendship, being polite, following directions, etc. I’ve got a simple page we use to acknowledge a birthday kid’s positive traits. I start by writing mine for the whole class to see (using the document camera). I talk about something the child does well, and praise them for it (subtly reminding the rest of the class of that expectation). Then I have each student complete the page for that student as well. I challenge them to use a vocab word (from the current week or past) in their writing and only let them do the picture AFTER they’re done writing.

Click here to download the full size PDF: I like ____ because

Click here to check out my other thoughts about celebrating birthdays at school.

Santa’s Elf Application (Writing Activity)

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Kids crack me up. They say, write and do the silliest things! Here’s another opportunity to capture all that creativity. This writing activity asks kids to apply to be one of Santa’s elves. Be sure to give kids an opportunity to share their application with other students. Maybe have the kids collect “endorsements” from classmates (Have students write their name on the back of a classmate’s paper to indicate that the student shared it with them). Merry Christmas!

Click here for the free printable PDF: Santa’s Elf Application

Squarehead Teachers Birthday Giveaway!

Happy 3rd birthday, Squarehead Teachers!

Let’s kick of this school year right! Another giveaway to celebrate the 3rd birthday of this blog!  I’m so thankful to all my family, friends and readers for making this blog such a fun success!

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The Prize: 2 winners will each receive 2 Stamp Stations! Stamp Stations are new and unused. Each has 6 self-inking stamps in one, all centered around a theme (writing, for example). This blue one is all about motivating good writing traits, with stamps like “Topic sentence?” and “Sentence variety please!”

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Here’s the detailed image of the stamps:stamp detail - blueEach Stamp Station has a theme, and the winners will each receive 2 Stamp Stations.
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Participating in this birthday giveaway is simple. All you have to do is follow this blog. If you’re already a follower, then you’re already entered! If you still need to follow this blog, you can accomplish this one of two ways:

OPTION 1: (Available to WordPress members only), click the “follow” button at the top of the page to follow with your WordPress blog reader.
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This giveaway ends at midnight (PST) on Friday, August 21, 2015. Don’t wait!

The Fine Print: Participation is optional. No purchase is necessary to participate. Available to US participants only. There will be two winners. Winner will be randomly selected. I will email the winner between Saturday, August 22 – Sunday, August 23. 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!

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Interview A Classmate (Back to School Printable)

Class icebreaker activities are always fun. Here’s a simple way to get to know your students while assessing their writing. It’s a simple “Interview a Classmate” activity, free over at my post on We Are teachers. Click here to hop on over there!

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What Good Writers Do (Graphic Organizer)

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I’ve posted another fun freebie over at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store! This time, it’s a graphic organizer all about what good writers do all throughout the writing process. Click the button below to check it out! Thanks!Visit my store button

Paragraph Practice – Getting Ready for School in the Morning

Here’s another of my paragraph practice pages. This one is about getting ready for school in the morning. The focus of this page should be the structure of the paragraph, including transitions. I intentionally chose a topic that kids wouldn’t have a hard time thinking about.

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Click here for the free printable PDF: How to Get Ready For School in the Morning – paragraph practice