Friday, March 29, 2013

Five for Friday- Free Background Paper and Border and a New Linky

Happy Good Friday!!

Did you have off of school today?  We did.  There's something about a 3 day just makes you feel like you have sooooo much time.  We are still counting down to our spring more week to go!

Five for Friday, here we go!

1.  We are still slowly adding to our geometry terms {kinesthetic} bulletin board.  You can see it's a slow process since I'm so stinkin' behind in math and I'm trying to get through decimals and geometry at the same time.  I'm fairly certain I won't get through everything before the stupid state test in 10 days but I'm not worried (I'm lying- if you watch "The Middle" you know exactly what I did there).

2.  Stacia had the idea to do an egg writing activity.  We gave the students a paper with an egg outlined and had them decorate it.  We then told them that they could make a choice on what they wanted to write about it.  They could either write a very descriptive paragraph using amazing adjectives and figurative language to describe their egg OR they could write a story about finding the egg that they decorated anywhere and suddenly it cracks open...what is inside?  A lot of them were very excited about creating a story with something crazy coming out of that egg!!

3.  We had the book fair this week at our school.  I've already told y'all I'm a bookaholic.  Here's the proof:

I bought all of these with my own money except 3 of them.  I told you.  I have problems!!!!  And the proof is in the 900+ books I have inventoried in my classroom library (and there are bunches that aren't on that inventory!).  Problems, I tell ya!

One of the books I got is not pictured.  I'm going to tell you about that book tomorrow in our new linky about Mentor Texts because it is too cute!!!!  I'm gonna leave ya hangin'!

4.  We are starting a linky!  We are very excited about it and can't wait to see what books everyone links up!!  It will be a weekly linky that will be posted on Sundays but you can link up anytime.  It's all about mentor texts (books) and how you use them in your classroom.  We are planning on creating a page on our blog that will link all of these books (posts) in one place and will be a place that anyone can come to and find books they can use with ideas on how to use them, plus great bloggers with great ideas.  For this week, since it's Easter, we will start the linky Saturday and anything goes!  Any book!  Any subject!  Starting in April, it will be a little more organized.  We want it to be fun, quick, and easy!  We'll explain all of that tomorrow, so we hope you'll come back and link up!  If you don't link up, we hope you'll at least come and see all the great books that will be shared!!  I obviously have a ton that I can share!  ;O)

5.  And last, but not least, our Friday Freebie!!

Here are some background polka dot papers and free frames and borders! You can use them on any of your products! Just click on the picture to download for free from our TPT store.
Polka Dot Papers
Border Freebie
Frame Freebie
And........if you want some more borders, our colorful scalloped borders are only $1.00! Yep, only $1.00! Click below to check them out...they come in white and transparent centers....
Scalloped Borders
And..........Finally......Very excited to share our new *SPARKLY* polka dot papers! Only $2.00 in our TPT store...Click below to check them out!
Sparkly Polka Dot Papers

A big thank you to Kacey  and Amanda for letting us link up to her for our short week!



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  2. Ahhh, your book pile. Jealous! I'm feeling the need to add to my collection in the very near future.

    I love all of the frames, borders, and backgrounds. Your talents are so great! :)

    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

  3. Thanks for the freebie!! I will totally link up with y'all tomorrow! Sounds like a great resource! :)

  4. I'm the same way at our book fair. Our PTA actually gives each teacher a small "gift certificate," and then they give us each a "wish box" where we can put desired books. A lot of my parents have picked a cheap book out of there for their kids to give me for Christmas or the end of the year, and it works so well. Somehow, even with all of that, I end up spending some of my own money on books. I just can't help it! :)

    Junkyard Wonders is one of my favorite read-alouds. I just read it to my class this week, and while it's terrific- beware that it's kind of surprisingly sad in the middle.

    The geometry terms board is an amazing idea. I am definitely doing that next year!

    It's so hard to get through everything before The Test, isn't it? Our testing started in the first week of March, so I know we didn't hit it all... but that's okay. We got to most of it WELL, so that shooould (theoretically) make up for the couple of things we hadn't gotten to yet. Plus, we will take the multiple choice test later in April, so that will help!

    Thanks for the great freebies! Have a great weekend, girls! :)

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  5. L-O-V-E the polka dot papers! I can't wait to use them.


  6. I wish I had more room for books!! I am need of some new titles and am really looking forward to your linky! I have an old post that I will link up this week :)
    I love your borders!! I grabbed the freebies and put the others in my wishlist!

    Surfin' Through Second

  7. Love the papers! I go crazy at book fairs too, but not that crazy. Our school didn't even have a book fair last year! I hope we do this year!

    The Bender Bunch

  8. The borders are so cute! I just downloaded them - thanks for the Easter perk!

    Learning in the Little Apple

  9. Thanks for the freebies! I can't wait to use them in upcoming products and projects.

    Ohh awesome idea for a linky - I share your passion for children's books and have TONS I'd like to share :)

    What system do you use to inventory your 900+ books?

    Joy in the Journey

  10. I love your freebies! Thanks for sharing! Our Spring Break has come and gone! I can't believe yours will be next week. (although it makes since for the break to actually fall during the season of Spring...ha!) I can't wait to read your Mentor Text linky! I am excited to get more ideas from you two :)

    The Frizz

    The Frizz in First Grade

  11. Love your idea of having a book mentor linky! I will definately be stalking and maybe even joining in! Enjoy the long weekend!
    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

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  13. I can't wait to read about all the great mentor texts in the linky tomorrow! Yay!!

    I have a little book problem too. No one in my family will go in a bookstore with me because I never want to leave!! I also trap my family members at inopportune times (like moving day) and read them my favorite books!

    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  14. I LOVE your kinesthetic geometry bulletin board. I will definitely have to do that next year. Thanks for sharing!

    Eclectic Educating

  15. I have a HUGE book problem! There's just so many lessons to teach with great literature! I can't wait to see your new book tomorrow!Can't wait to go pick up my freebie! Thanks!!!!!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  16. I WOULD have a book problem if I had more money!! I dropped a few hundred in the scholastic warehouse some years back when I was single and childless! Now I'm married with child and broke. I still have lots of books though thanks to my obsession years ago. =) I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of your CUTE, CUTE, CUTE clips, borders, and papers!! You're both SOOOO talented!! Can't wait to see more!
    Sister Teachers

  17. I LOVE the egg writing idea! I will have to remember that for next year! Great creative writing practice! I can't wait to see the mentor text linky! Thanks for sharing the freebies too!

  18. Thank you for the freebies!! I love "The Middle" and book fairs, too. Your new linky looks awesome. I'll be back!

    HokIe Teach

  19. The kinesthetic geometry wall is amazing! So perfect for visual learners too! You girls are a great blogging team. I am super jealous of your classroom library...mine is mostly inherited and I am slowwwwwly adding to it.

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  20. I came across your polka dot backgrounds today and Pinterest and was SO happy to see the source! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that set!

    Take care,

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  21. Thanks for the freebies! ADORABLE!! I'm a book addict too! I don't even know how much I've invested over the years! Looking forward to the linky. There are always new books to learn about.
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  22. Love your newest Linky idea! I am always interested in what books teachers are using and I LOVE BOOKS, TOO! I'm your newest follower-see you on Sunday!

  23. Used the super cute background paper to make one of my FREEBIES for the big TBA celebration! I saw yours posted on the same page as mine! Thanks for sharing...what you made was JUST PERFECT for my Test Taking Tips bright and cheery and encouraging! Thanks again for sharing! (of course I put your cute button on my product with a link back to your blog)

  24. Thank you so much for the freebies! I love your vocabulary bulletin board idea. I'm so glad I found your blog! Such clever ideas!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings


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