Our Favorite Back to School Resources!

The whole Back to school season is such an exciting time, but it can also be really stressful! Let us save you some time (and your sanity) by showing you some our very favorite back to school resources that will help make the beginning of your year run more smoothly!

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3rd Grade Guided Reading Mini-Lessons

Does guided reading in 3rd grade seem daunting or maybe even boring? Or maybe you catch yourself doing the same thing every day? Are you ready for a switch? The 3rd grade team at my school is LEGIT and I idolize them (second only to my team, of course). SO... I teamed up with one of my favorite 3rd grade teacher-friends Brittany and we made this 236 page pack JUST FOR OUR 3RD GRADE FRIENDS! She's going to use it lots in her classroom and I know you will too. I actually had some super high 1st grade readers who could have benefitted from this last year.

This pack is full of ideas to help you plan for your guided reading mini-lessons for 3rd grade. These lessons are perfect for your small group, but many can be used in whole group!  This goes great with the Common Core State Standards and goes with ANY book (informational and narrative).  Included in this pack:

Narrative Spinner
Informational Spinner
Narrative Story Board
Informational Story Board
Comprehension Question Rings
Questioning Necklaces
First, Then, Next, Last
Making Connections Posters
Informational Text Feature Posters
Comprehension Questions {Graphic Organizer}
KWL  {Graphic Organizer}
Venn Diagram {Graphic Organizer}
Question Words {Graphic Organizer}
Sequencing Events{Graphic Organizer}
A Story Takes Flight {Graphic Organizer}
Author's Point of View {Graphic Organizer}
Cause and Effect {Graphic Organizer}
Moral of the Story {Graphic Organizer}
Book Club
-Job Card
-Book Club Bookmark
-Book Club Booklet
Making Inferences Task Cards

*Word Work/Phonics*
Consonant Blend Chart {for remediation}
Spelling Pattern Chart {for remediation}
Spelling Pattern Posters {for remediation}
Vowel Chart {for remediation}
Consonant Digraph Chart {for remediation}
Vowel team Fill-In {for remediation}
Decoding Word Questions
Decoding Word Bookmarks
Word Parts Posters (prefix, suffix, root)
-re, un, dis, pre, mis, er, est, ful, less, able
Word Part Riddle Board Game
Word Stairs Game
Multi-syllable Freeze
Monster Munch Game

EARS Posters (expression, accuracy, rate, smoothness)
Fluency Rubric
Fluency Self Rubric
Silly Voices Cards
Sight Word Zap
Fry Phrases {Remediation} (8 lists)

New Word {Graphic Organizer}
Super Word {Graphic Organizer}
Word Wizard Poster
Word Wizard Book
New Word Fold and Cut

Teach Kinder or 1st Grade? 

Pictures from the TPT Conference!

It's been 2 weeks since our trip to Orlando for the TeachersPayTeachers Conference and I want to make sure that we document this trip. It was such a good time and we made so many fun memories! We've had this blog since 2010 and over the past years we have formed some of the best friendships with bloggers from all over the country! It was so fun to meet all together and share a fun-filled week together in Orlando!

Here's a little rundown of the week:

Rachelle and I left Salt Lake City on Sunday morning. Deanna Jump was kind enough to open up her house to us and let us stay in her beautiful home. She literally only lives about 7-10 minutes away from Disney and where the TPT Conference was being held so it was the perfect location. Monday we spent the whole day at Disney (read about our day in The Magic Kingdom here).

Then on Tuesday, after most of our friends arrived, we met with the Orlando Meet Up Organizer crew to fill over 700 swag bags and get them ready for the meet up. These ladies are truly incredible and so great to help us plan this meet up every year!

Here we are sporting our matching shirts that my friend Jessie (a teacher here in Utah) and owner of Beautifully Broken Boutique made special for us. 
(From L-R: Susan, Anna, Katie K, Vera, Stephanie, Katie M, Traci, Michelle, Holly, Erica, Hope, Amanda, Rachelle, Kim, Deedee, Krista, Deanna, Christie, Tammy, and Karen.)

After we filled the swag bags and registered for the conference, we all went to Deanna's house for a pizza party! I didn't take nearly enough pictures of the party (or the pizza), but someone snapped this cute picture of the two of us together.

The next morning we woke up super early and headed to the Swan and Dolphin for the TPT Conference! 

These 3 beautiful girls, Michelle (Fabulous in First), Rachelle, and Hope King (Elementary Shenanigans) gave a fabulous presentation called the Super Powers of PowerPoint. Love their cute costumes that added some fun and excitement into their session.

Here we are with Amy from TPT! Amy is a wonderful person and exemplifies all that TeachersPayTeacher stands for. We love her and all she's done to make the company what it is today!

Another great session from the conference was this one here by Erica (Erica's Ed-Ventures), Deedee (Mrs. Wills Kinder), Deanna (Mrs. Jump's Class), and Chris (Kesler Science), called "What I Did Right and What I Did Wrong." 

And here is the amazing man, Paul Edelman, who started it all! Because of him and his vision, teachers everywhere can go home a little earlier from work each day and can spend more time with their families and loved ones. TPT has been a blessing to so many teachers out there! Thank you, Paul, for everything you've done for the education world!

(Krista from Creative Clips and Rachelle)

After all the sessions were over, we got to have a TPT Happy Hour where we had the opportunity to mix and mingle with all the amazing sellers. It was fun to meet new people and catch up with so many people we've met through the online teacher blog world.

Jen (from Teacher By The Beach) has been a good friend of mine for years! We were finally able to meet for the first time and it was truly a happy moment! 

I just love and adore these ladies! Kim Adsit and Deanna Jump are two of the most kind, knowledgable, and generous people I've ever met. It was wonderful being able to spend so much time with them over the week!

If you've been following our blog for a while, you might know that three years ago we randomly started this fun little "circle" picture! We love this tradition and look forward to it every year! 

After the conference ended and we all needed some food, so we headed to eat some yummy Mexican food. You can probably notice the look of pure exhaustion in our faces. It was a fun week, but also an intense week of learning, growing, and becoming better TPT authors. 

We just want to give a giant THANK YOU to Team TPT for putting together such a wonderful conference and to Deanna for hosting us for the entire week. We had an incredible trip and can't wait to hear more about when and where the conference will be held next year!!


Back-to-School Teacher Gift Idea with Tag

I actually used this gift as an end-of-year gift to all the teachers at my school (I put it in the faculty lounge)! I bought a few packs of Flair Pens when they were on sale on Amazon! I really do appreciate the fabulous teachers at my school and I wanted to show them that I care.  I thought this could make a great gift for your child's teacher at the beginning of the year OR if you are a teacher you can give this gift to your team as a back-to-school welcome! There are a lot of options.

You can also get this download in small tags or in an 8X10 print. 

I got the pens on Amazon, the frame from Hobby Lobby (8x10)and the small bucket from Target Dollar Spot. 

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