Farmhouse Style Classroom Freebies and Updates!

21 August 2017

I am back with some Farmhouse Freebies just in time for back to school!

Last year, I started changing my classroom over to my Farmhouse theme.  You see all the photos {HERE}.  Slowly, I have been creating more farmhouse style packets to go with the theme.   This post contains some awesome freebies and links for my latest resources.  As always, feel free to pin.  I have included tall, pinnable images at the bottom of this post.

Disclaimer: This post contains sponsored links for the Target items.

Free Back to School Student Gift Tags

I love to give my students something to play with on the first day of school while they wait to unpack. The Target party section is a great spot to find items.  I found these suction cup balls and mazes there last week.  I made tags for them (I realized after I photographed them that that I forgot the "a," I updated the file and will have to rephotograph) and placed them in clear party favor bags, also from Target.  You can grab these tags for free by signing up for my email list.  Don't worry, I won't spam you.  I can barely keep up with blogging and teaching full time!




Free Water Bottle Gift Tags
When it is meet the teacher night, I like to leave a water bottle on each desk for the parents.  I have this free tag for you.



New Farmhouse Items

I just made the above display for Meet the Teacher night.  You can check it out on TpT by clicking {HERE}.

Bathroom Passes

I updated my Farmhouse Bathroom Passes to include diverse clip art.  You can redownload if you have already purchased the bathroom passes.  I put twine on the tops of the passes so that the students won't be able to pump out too much sanitizer.  I use the Purell sanitzer from Target because the labels peel off easily.  If you are interested in them, click {HERE}.




Also, new to my store are the Farmhouse Inspirational Quotes Posters above. 

Colored Pencil Organization
Colored pencil organization was a disaster last school year.  My solution:

I found the above caddy at HomeGoods and filled it with the small mason jars and colored pencils (only 97 cents) from Target!

I will be updating my General Information Packet with a Farmhouse Cover and be finishing up a Meet the Teacher Night Slide Show.  Both will be available in my TpT store, so be sure to follow my store for updates!

You will receive everything I ever make Farmhouse by purchasing my Farmhouse Decor Bundle!

Here are some pinnable images for you!
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Thanks for stopping by!

Wonderful Words of the Week: A Complement to the First Grade Wonders Reading Series

01 August 2017

This past school year our district adopted the Wonders Reading series for grades K-5.  That means we had to scrap our First Grade Words of the Week phonics program.  I was not a happy camper.  To make the transition a bit smoother, Janine Every and I created the Wonderful Words of the Week packet that you are reading about now.  We utilize the activities from this packet for morning job and center work.  You could also use these pages for early finishers, word work, and for homework.  We took the spelling words and high frequency words from the Wonders series to create our word lists.  The word lists start with 10 words (Smart Start Week 1, Smart Start Week 2, Smart Start Week 3, Unit 1 Week 1, and Unit 1 Week 2) and then they go up to 12 words for the rest of the Units.

You can click and download the preview file on TpT to get Unit 1, Week 1 to try for FREE.  We have also included the Word Lists for all six units and Smart Start in the preview file.



Each week includes the following activities, which can be used as literacy centers, morning work, word work, early finisher work, or homework.
·      Flash Cards
·      Word Search
·      Sentence Unscramble (three different ones each week, two to a page)
·      Word Unscramble
·      Say It – Trace It – Stamp It (two pages)
·      Cootie Catcher
·      Spin a Word (two pages)
·      Tiny Word Search
·      Search-Read-Write the Room (three pages)












This is currently a growing bundle.  The other units are done, we just need to proof before posting and we did not want you to miss out on the TpT sale.  The price will go up with each unit we add to the packet.  

Included so far:
·      Smart Start Week One – High Frequency Words
·      Smart Start Week Two – High Frequency Words
·      Smart Start Week Three – High Frequency Words
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·      Unit One, Week One – Short a and High Frequency Words
·      Unit One, Week Two – Short I and High Frequency Words
·      Unit One, Week Three – L Blends and High Frequency Words
·      Unit One, Week Four – Short o and High Frequency Words
·      Unit One, Week Five – R Blends, S Blends, and High Frequency Words

Coming Soon!
·      Unit Two, Week One – Short e and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Two, Week Two – Short u and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Two, Week Three – Ending Consonant Blends and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Two, Week Four– Consonant Digraphs and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Two, Week Five –Consonant Digraphs and High Frequency Words
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·      Unit Three, Week One–Long a (a_e) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Three, Week Two –Long i (i_e) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Three, Week Three –Soft c, Soft g, and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Three, Week Four –Long o (o_e), Long u (u_e), and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Three, Week Five –Vowel Variants (oo) and High Frequency Words
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·      Unit Four, Week One –Long a (a, ai, and ay) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Four, Week Two –Long e (e, ee, and ea) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Four, Week Three –Long o (o, oa, ow, and oe) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Four, Week Four –Long i (I, y, igh, and ie) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Four, Week Five –Long e (y and ey) and High Frequency Words
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·      Unit Five, Week One – R-controlled Vowels (–ar) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Five, Week Two – R-controlled Vowels (–er, -ir, and -ur) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Five, Week Three – R-controlled Vowels (–or, -ore, and -oar) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Five, Week Four – Diphthongs (ou and ow) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Five, Week Five – Diphthongs (oi and oy) and High Frequency Words
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·      Unit Six, Week One – Variant Vowels (oo, u, u_e, ew, ue, ui, and ou) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Six, Week Two– Variant Vowels (au and aw) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Six, Week Three – Silent Letters (wr, kn, and gn) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Six, Week Four– Three Letter Blends (scr, spl, spr, str, and thr) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Six, Week Five – R-Controlled Vowels (air, are, and ear) and High Frequency Words

Feel free to ask any questions.  If you purchase this file we ask that you not share this file with colleagues.  Our terms of use are for one classroom use only.  Districts are encouraged to purchase multi-user licenses.  For more on district purchases, click {HERE} to go to the TpT blog.

As always, feel free to pin this post. 

Happy Teaching!
-Erica Bohrer & Janine Every






Glitter Slime: Three Ingredients and Kid Safe

25 July 2017


Want something fun and safe to do with your kiddos this summer or with your students when you get back to school?   Why not try some no mess glitter slime!?  I tried it out this summer with my friends' children.  It was an absolute hit.

This recipe contains no Borax and is kid safe.  You will need Elmer's Glitter Glue, contact lens solution, and baking soda.


The Elmer's Glitter Glue is the key ingredient.  It already has the glitter and color in it, so there is no need to add messy food coloring or glitter.  Your custodian will thank you! All my ingredients were purchased at Target and can be found easily at other stores.

You will need two containers of Elmer's Glitter Glue.  They come in a variety of colors.  I picked two of the same color but it might be cool to mix the pink and blue and see if it makes purple.

You will need 1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda.

You will need 3 to 4 Tablespoons of Contact Lens solution. 


 Glitter Slime Recipe
Ingredients:

  • Two Bottles of Elmer's Glitter Glue 
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of Contact Lens Solution

Directions:

  1. Pour the two bottles of Elmer's Glitter Glue into a bowl.
  2. Add one tablespoon of baking soda.
  3. Add three tablespoons of contact lens solution.
  4. Stir the mixture.
  5. If the mixture still seems loose, add another tablespoon of contact lens solution.
  6. Mix the mixture using your hands.  If the mixture sticks to hands, use contact lens solution to help get it off. 
  7.  Let kids play with slime.  Keep slime in a sealed bag or container when not in use.


Follow Up Activity - Slime Recording Sheet:

Click the image above to download the sheet from TpT.  

If you want a little more accountability or perhaps any easy way to introduce "How To" writing, utilize the free "How to Make Slime" recording sheet I have for free in my TpT store.   

I used PRISMACOLOR pencils to color in the title and draw the picture.  These pencils are of amazing quality.  From now on, I am going to use these beauties to draw my samples and decorate my banners.


I used Mr. Sketch Scented Crayons to color in the illustration.  These are the coolest crayons ever!!!  I cannot wait to put these scented crayons in the spelling center!  


You can find more ideas and join the Go teach! Community on Facebook by clicking {HERE}. Go teach! is the new incredibly loud and proud community with project ideas, resources, classroom tips, giveaways and more to inspire and help teachers.  Brought to you by teacher fan favorites such as Elmer's, EXPO, Sharpie, Mr. Sketch, Paper Mate, Prismacolor, DYMO, and X-ACTO.


*Thank you to Go Teach! for sponsoring this blog post.  All opinions are my own.  I received compensation and free products in exchange for writing this post.  I only support brands and products that I use and that I believe in.

**Thank you to Morgan and Gavin for being my models.  They were compensated with Glitter Slime for this post. 

As always, feel free to pin!

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