Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Little Bit of This... and That (And a Vista Print giveaway?!?!)

I have been super busy this past week.  It's now been a week since I've had my new laptop back from school, and I gotta say WOW!  I just love it.  Love how fast it is... Love how pretty it is :P

Anyway---I created a few things that I have been fortunate to be able to upload to TPT.  I spruced up my "Word Jails" that I created for my classroom last year.  {See the post here} I found this adorable little graphic set and KNEW I had to make this little beauty POP in my room for this year!


Unfortunately I couldn't make this an "editable" version.  I tried various ways to make it work for you, but it just didn't work out :(  However, I have a blank page in there for you to print out and put your own words on there----BUT if you just email me, I will add it to the packet and re-upload!  IT'S NOW AN EDITABLE FILE!!!  Here's a sample of the words that will be hanging next to each other on my wall:
I have the wrong spelling in black and white and the correct spelling in color so that students' eyes quickly go to the correct one.

Another packet that I just created and uploaded is my 'Scooper' Adjectives!  It's my first 'craftivity' that I have up in my store.  Students will create ice cream cones--either on their own or using the glyph I have included--and then they will choose sprinkles (or jimmies) that have adjectives on it.  They need to decide which words are adjectives because not all of the words I have are!  I also included a bulletin board header because I'm sure this will be a SWEET bulletin board!  ;)

We've also been working the last few years about keeping kids engaged (who isn't talking about that?!)  My teammate and I sat down during one of ours and created a Spelling Practice Choice Menu.  We are planning on giving it to the kids to complete each week to practice their words.  Our original one had more choices.  I downsized it to get my students used to the idea during the first month or so.  I created this one to be a Tic-Tac-Toe.  I changed the heading to be a Word Tic-Tac-Toe so that you could use it in your room however it would fit!  (Spelling, High Frequency Words, Vocabulary,  etc.)  Once we get started on these and I see how they do, I will create more---maybe even monthly/seasonal specific?!   

What you'll do is give this sheet to your kiddos at the beginning of the week.  They need to complete AT LEAST 3 items to make 3 in a row.  (Of course they could do more if they want!)  You can prewrite all of their words on this recording sheet BEFORE handing it out to them, or you could have them write what words.  You could even leave it up to them and have them pick words they want to learn!  Possibilities are endless!!!!  And your kids will be engaged and feel empowered :)

Click on the picture to grab yourself a copy!  {I do have spell with Scrabble Letters on there----but there are lots of things you could use or print that would be the same.  I found a great little set at Fancy Dog Studio, but there are a lot of others out there too.  I plan on asking parents for a Scrabble donation once school rolls around----and I'll be keeping my eye open at the holiday sales and yard sales!}

Borders and Scrabble Letters from Fancy Dog Studio; font from Hello Literacy;  AND-the typo that you see in the picture is fixed on the copy you will download.  I just hadn't had time to create a new pic of the page and re-upload. =)

Last-----who doesn't LOVE Vista Print?!  Well, I have an extra Groupon that I want to gift to one of my lovely followers!  If you win, you'll have $80 to spend at Vista Print!  Just in time for the school year!!!!  Click on the rafflecopter to enter to win!  I'll announce the winner next Sunday, August 12th!  {I'll be without a computer again till then and can't do everything as well with the phone} I'll email the winner the certificate!  Good luck!

  a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I love the new units you have posted on TpT! The Word Jail is going to be a favorite for sure. I also love the Tic Tac Toe Word Work printable. It will be great for my word study center!!!

    1. Thanks so much! I'm excited to give the tic-tac-toes a try this year. I'm hoping my kids like them and that they work for them! :)

  2. The Word Jail unit is so stinkin' cute! It's in my wish list and I will definitely be purchasing it soon!

    1. Thanks so much! When I saw those graphics, I just KNEW what I had to do! I'm super excited to use them this year. The kids liked them last year, but now that they are so much cuter--i think they'll be a bigger hit!!!

  3. I love the Word Jail and my team was just talking about a spelling menu.

  4. I have a word jail in my room. During the year we put different words in jail that break the rules! I'm your newest follower...Thanks for the giveaway!
    Owl Things First

  5. Just blogged about it! I also am dying to get that Word Jail packet. I was really wanting one for my room but didn't feel up to creating it..but editing and printing it...totally doable. :)

    You Might Be a First Grader...

  6. I love you blog and your giveaway! I am your newest follower. I will be blogging about your giveaway in a few. Hope you can check it out!

    Mrs.G's Kindergarten in Heels

  7. I love the word jails. What a great idea! I'm your newest follower & would love for you to stop by sometime! :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  8. The word jail is a cute idea!

  9. Hi Angie,
    I’m your newest follower!. Your products are great! I am a Newbie Blogger, so I appreciate all of the sharing of advice and ideas. Come on over for a visit sometime. Thanks!
    Corinna :)
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

  10. Hey there Angie! :)
    Just posted about your fabulous word jails on my brand new blog! :) Thanks for the word work freebie! :) Love that! ;) Stop by and see me sometime!
    Your partner in education,

  11. I'm your newest follower. I love your jail words. The adjective scooper is darling! Thanks for the great freebie! I'm glad I found your blog. You have a lot of great ideas. I'm having a giveaway on my blog too, if you want to check it out.
    The Hive

  12. Love the word jail! I am a new follower.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  13. Hi, I could not get the Tic Tac Toe sheet to download. :( I was wondering if you could email me a link?

    Thanks for sharing!!

    1. email me! :) rubin1stgrade(at)

  14. I can't find your word jail o TPT. Are you able to get this yet. It looks awesome:)

  15. You can find it here:

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

  16. I’m your newest follower!. Your products are great! I am a Newbie Blogger, so I appreciate all of the sharing of advice and ideas. Come on over for a visit sometime. Thanks!
    banner printing


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