Thursday, December 19

January ELA Common Core Crunch

Can I get a Woop Woop?!

January Crunch is ready to go!

After a much needed break, my class will be ready to Crunch it up!

Here's an overview of what January includes...

Don't forget...when you download the preview, there are three FREEBIE pages...kind of a Try It Before You Buy It deal.

January is part of Bundle #2, in case you'd like to purchase January to May at a cost-savings in one fell swoop! It's been on the Top 100 Seller K-2 list on TpT!!!

I've also begun making MATH Crunch the pic below to check them out on TpT January Math CCC. Or click {RIGHT HERE} to read the blog post about January ELA CCC.

Here are pics of all the pages included this month's ELA pack...

New Years

Martin Luther King, Jr...






The rest of the pages are un-themed...but still so helpful...





You can check out Crunch over at TpT by clicking the cover picture above or by clicking right {HERE}.

And...just a hint...I love giving things away on Facebook...especially when I upload a new make sure you "like" me if you haven't done so yet... :)

Sunday, December 8

Facebook Freebie Hop & a Freebie

Just droppin' in quick here to let you know that there's a wonderful facebook hop going on with a bunch of First Grade begins at 2:00 EST today!

Come back and snag a bunch of FREEBIES! But make sure you do it while the hop is live...cuz once it's done...the freebies will be done, too.

Here's a sneak peak preview of mine...

And a map of the hop! Click the pic to download a pdf with clickable links to each participant...

I also loaded this freebie over on my recent post at Primary Chalkboard...

You can start your hop at my Growing Firsties fb page by clicking right {HERE}.

Don't ya love freebies???


Tuesday, November 26

Take It Back Tuesday --- Syllable Freebie

Here's a little "Take it Back Tuesday" post for you...originally posted in early November, 2012.

Hope you enjoy the freebie!!!


Why not take a little advantage of all the sweet stuff {from Halloween} and incorporate it into some syllable work? This sweet freebie includes a work page (and key) that can be used in class or as homework as well as a literacy station (it includes a recording page, as well).

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Click the first picture to download it. 

The station can be used in two different ways...a simple matching up of the words with the pictures or to sort the pictures into number of syllables and try spelling each sweet on the recording page. If done the second way, the word cards could be used for students to check their spelling.


Since making that freebie, I posted two Syllable either pic to check them out...


Hope you link up to Hope's awesome Linky Party over at Second Grade Shenanigans!

Couldn't ya just cry over the 80s pix?? Love me some Melonheadz!


Monday, November 18

TpT DIY: User Instruction Pages

I am very excited to teaming up with some of my favorite blogging buddies to give tips and advice on creating amazing products for Teachers Pay Teachers!  I sure wish I had this information when I first started out!  

If you want to get started on TpT or improve your products click here for some tips from top sellers

I have the privilege of talking about User Instruction Pages...

How to write amazing explanations and allign your products to the Common Core so that your units are teacher friendly and sell like crazy-from Growing Firsties

My goal is to always create with the user in be as explicit and teacher-friendly as possible!

1st up...
Background: Jen Sykes   Frame: Jen Jones   Fonts: Kim Geswein
Why include a Table of Contents?

For me, as a buyer, I LOVE them for two big reasons...

1.) Since packs get disassembled once they're printed...ya know...some pages go to the copier, some to the laminator, etc...a Table of Contents will help you re-assemble your stuff so you know what goes with what.

2.) A Table of Contents helps me save my file in all the right places while the ToC page is open when I save.

For example, if the pack contains a combination of Literacy and Math activities, like in Plenty of Love, I like to save it in multiple folders on my computer and a ToC comes in handy...
While saving, I'd have the above "What's Included?" page open on my screen to my different folders...based on the contents of this particular pack I would save it to these five folders...

Monthly Activities/February

Word Work/Synonyms & Antonyms

Math/Fact Families

Math/Place Value


I probably wouldn't save them specifically to my Math/Addition or Math/Subtraction folders because I have so much in those folders already...

Without a ToC type page, in order to save I have to scroll through the pack and save as I go. Sometimes the packs I buy are huuuuge and a ToC makes the saving process so much more efficient.

And being a teacher, I'm alwaaaaayzzz looking for ways to increase efficiency!!!

Can I get an Aaaaaa-men on that??!!

I don't always call it a you can see here, too...

Sometimes I include mini-pics of the pages, too...but I more often do that in the other part of my topic...

Next up...
Background: Jen Sykes   Frame: Jen Jones   Fonts: Kim Geswein
Some products are truly "print & go." In my opinion, those packs don't need Explanation pages...especially if they are 30 pages or less of use-able content.

If it's not a truly "print & go" pack, put some time into making Explanation Pages...they'll help the buyers that want it tremendously, which will really help your ratings, too!

An introductory page, such as this one from Finding Proof, can help explain your thinking...

So can a page of "Big Ideas" that a unit is trying to impart...

Building STAR Readers Pack is a huuuge pack with several there are a variety of instruction pages...

Here are some of the pages in the Mini-Lessons Outline...

In larger packs, it can really help to have a page at the beginning of each section such as... 

Simple pages like these can help, as well...

Referring to & citing specific Common Core State Standards is helpful for many of your buyers. 

Not all states implement CCSS and not all districts require teachers to cite the specific CCSS, so I tend to keep the list of included standards within an explanation page or two in order to appeal to the majority of buyers...and to keep it simple and uncluttered for buyers that don't use/want the CCSS.

Thanks for sticking with me!!! I wish you happiness and success as you begin or continue your TpT journey!!!

Do you want more amazing tips on how to make your Teacher’s Pay Teachers products sell, sell, sell?

Or even some CLIP ART FREEBIES?????

Click any link below to learn from my sweet friends...

   How to make a TpT cover from Teacher to the Core   How to write amazing explanations and allign your products to the Common Core so that your units are teacher friendly and sell like crazy-from Growing Firsties
Do you want your TpT products to sell sell sell- Swap out fonts and clip art to make your units more appealing    The term TOU can be confusing-click for an easy explantion   How to make a credits page that will make your life easier and can be used on all your products.

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