Cyber Monday TpT Sale!

It's that time of year again! Let's fill up our TeachersPayTeachers carts with ALL THINGS HOLIDAY for our classrooms (plus whatever else you want.... maybe I need more clipart?). 

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Cyber Monday sale! Use code CYBER2016 to save up to 28%!

Natalie has a Holidays Around the World pack for upper graders too! It is a fun Webquest that can integrate technology and ELA into your holiday celebrations. 

This 'Holidays Around the World' pack is the perfect way to mix technology integrated lessons, online research, and the fun holiday season! Your students will love using your computers or iPads to learn more about how different countries celebrate holidays in different parts of the world. 

A webquest is a fun way for students to conduct online research projects. Students will use inquiry-based learning to complete the six steps of a webquest: introduction, task, process, resources, evaluation, and conclusion.

Want your students to write a letter to Santa this year? Turn it into a persuasive Christmas essay! This Dear Santa writing project is aligned to the Common Core State Standards! In our state (Utah!), all 5th graders take a persuasive writing assessment at the end of the year. This is a perfect way to introduce or practice writing those persuasive essays.  Your students will love writing letters to Santa persuading him to add their name to the "nice list" this year! {Read more HERE!}

Do you teach American History? Try these American History Graphic Organizers!

A Note to the Teacher
Teacher Instructions
Teaching Tips
Teaching Ideas
A pacing guide sample
4 student book cover page options
-2 color choices
-2 black and white choices (to save ink!)
Table of Contents
40 graphic organizers



I can't believe we are already starting this pack TOMORROW!!!  I love teaching about Holidays Around the World (or HATW as I like to call it) and my students just soak it all up. 

Want to spread a little cheer at your school and in your classroom?  We've loved "RACKing"! Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (could go along great with an Elf on the Shelf)

Click {here} to check it out!

Can't do Christmasy things in your classroom or just want to do random acts of kindness all year?  Check out this Random Acts of Classroom Kindness pack that you can do all year round!
Click {here} to check it out!

And what about Guided Reading? Heaven forbid we talk about something other than Christmas? ;)
Teach Kinder or 1st Grade? 

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Behind the Scenes: Holidays Around the World 2016

Each year I do my Holidays Around the World, I like to give you a sneak peek of what it looks like in my classroom. This year I will complete ALL 13 countries (available in my bundle)! Did you know I just updated this pack last week? It's new and improved for sure (with lots added).

Something I wanted to add in my unit was a complete EXPERIENCE that the students get! Play the sound of an airplane taking off, dress like a flight attendant, pass out the in-flight snack, and fasten your seat-belts!  The WORLD AIRLINES will take off in 3, 2, 1.

  I really wanted to talk about Netherlands on December 5th and Sweden on December 13th because those dates are important to their holiday. Many of the other holidays begin either before we start our unit of the date that you introduce that country doesn't matter. I had to do a little rearranging to make it happen for those two countries, but it'll work!

This lesson plan template is also available in my pack!

These informational reading passages are EVERYTHING! It's nice to have all of the key points right there on one sheet of paper. SHOUT OUT  to my friend Carly who helped me!

Remember, in my pack, there is such a variety that each year you can change it up! You don't have to do all of the countries each year. The wonderful part about being the boss of applesauce is that you decided. With my new update of my pack this year, I've included more writing components and supplementals. It's JAM PACKED! Each country also has a reading passage to go with it so you can stop googling each country right before you "teach" it to your students (I'm talking to you Carly, hahah).  I've also included links to websites and books.... so I have pretty much done all the work for you. You're welcome. Kidding!!! ;) Kind of.

Here's a picture of just some of the extensions included:

Ok, ready to take a look? The best deal is the BUNDLED pack (which includes 13 countries). Or you can break it up and buy JUST Part 1 or JUST Part 2

Holidays Around the World

I'm so excited to finally update my Holidays Around the World Pack! I've added A TON of extension activities and fine-tuned what was already there. If you've already purchased any of my Holidays Around the World Packs (Part 1, Part 2, or the Bundle), go re-download!


Read about the BUNDLED pack (Part 1 and 2 combined):
Travel near and far to see a glimpse of Holidays Around the World. This is a great way to integrate the Christmas theme into your curriculum! There are 13 countries to learn about and a craftivity and/or game for each country.  This unit ties in literacy, social studies, art, writing, reading and even a little math. There's enough in this pack to use the whole month of December!

Countries included:
*Netherlands- (Clog Craft)
*Israel- (Dreidel Game)
*Germany- (Gingerbread Man Craft and Writing)
*Mexico- (Poinsettia Craft)
*Australia- (Koala Craft and Writing)
*Italy- (Broom Craft and Poem)
*England- (Stocking Craft and Card Writing)
*Sweden (Candle Craft)
*America Kwanzaa (Bead Bracelet)
*France (Game)
*Greenland (Santa Craft and Letter)
*India (Lamp Craft and Writing)
*America or Canada (Christmas Eve Craft, Rudolf Craft, Rudolf Mad Lib, and Writing)

Also Included in this pack:
Lesson Plan Template
Student Suitcase Cover
New Word Book
Airline Tickets
BINGO Review Game
Supplementals (KWL, web chart, fact writing, opinion writing)
Bulletin Board Letters and Graphic
Student Book (with fill-in-the-blank)
Country Posters (color and b/w included)
Informational Reading Passages (for each country)
Links to websites and books for each country

Click {here} to check out the bundle!

Teacher Binders, Forms, and More!

Today's Monday Management post is all about staying organized. Over the years I have a created a few different resources that helped me to stay better organized. I'd love to share some of these resources with you to help you stay more organized this year!

#1. Teacher Binder:

Having a teacher binder is a must! This is the place for you to store all your loose papers and anything you need to save for later. I usually use dividers in mine and have a place for extra grading sheets, important school papers, and whatever else you don't want to lose. 

Here is a copy of my new Binder Covers you can download, edit, and put in the front of your very own teacher binder. Spines are included and it is editable so you can add your own name and school year to the cover. I've also included 6 different color choices. Best of all, they will be FREE for the next week!

#2. Parent Communication Log:

At the beginning of the year I would make a 1/2 inch binder and create a  parent communication log binder. I would keep it next to my desk or close by my phone so that I could documents phone calls and other important conversations with parents. My old principal use to make it very clear that having detailed communications records were very important. Hopefully, you won't need to use them, but legally these records could help you out in the future! 

Feel free to print off my Parent Communication Log binder cover and recording sheets. You can print off emails, stick any notes from home, and jot down any notes anytime you need. Download for FREE!

#3. Curriculum Map Template:

I think it's very important to have an updated curriculum map. This will guide your instruction for the year and help you plan each month. Grab this Curriculum Map Template for FREE!

#4. Reading Forms

These reading forms are great to have on hand for for your reading conferences or small guided reading groups. You can keep track of running records, help students set reading goals, and keep track of your mini lessons. Grab these for FREE too!

#5. Sub Plans:

You never know when you're going to have an emergency come up or an unexpected sickness and have to miss a day of school. Keep a master copy of your sub plans handy with a schedule and general outline. Include a roll sheet, important information, and anything else that will save you time in the event of an emergency. No one likes to wake up sick in the middle of the night and have to hurry and write sub plans! 

 This Sub Plan Template from my TPT store is a great template to use to make writing sub plans easier.

Hopefully you can use one or more of these ideas to help you stay a little more organized this year! 

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