Monday, December 30, 2013

Sketchy Family Doodles with FREEBIE Kitty

I've been trying a new style of drawing and just finished my newest set:  Sketchy Family Doodles.  This clip art set includes these black and white, full-color, and LINE ART images:  34 images included in this set.  Line art images may be altered to add your own colors, etc.  Credit must be given to me as the artist:  Clip Art by Carrie.  Terms of Used included in the zip file and also found at the bottom of my blog:

kitty (orange, gray, BW, line art)
puppy (brown/black, white/brown, BW, line art)
baby crying (pink, blue, BW, line art)
old man (gray bald, BW, line art)
man with hair (blond, BW, line art)
lady (gray, red, BW, line art)
girl with curly hair (blond, brown, BW, line art)
girl with long hair (brown, blond, BW, line art)
boy (blond, brown, BW, line art)

Where you can find this set:
My TPT store HERE
My TN store HERE

Here's a FREEBIE of Sketchy Kitty:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Sketchy Christmas Doodles with FREEBIE

Here is my latest:  Sketchy Christmas Doodles!  I've been playing around with a new app on my iPad called iDraw.  I think I like it so far, but I'm still exporting my images into Art Studio to add the color fill.  In this set you'll find these sketchy/stick-like images:

sketchy ornaments (yellow, blue, green, red)
sketchy ornament with tree
sketchy ornament with candy cane
sketchy candy canes (green, red)
sketchy stockings (yellow, blue, green, red)
sketchy stocking with tree
sketchy stocking with candy cane
sketchy presents (red, green)
sketchy Santa
sketchy stick elf boy
sketchy stick elf girl
sketchy Christmas tree
line art images (elf boy, elf girl, stocking, ornament, gift)

Where you can find this set:
My TPT store HERE
My Teachers Notebook clip art gallery HERE

And a Merry Christmas to all!  Here's your FREEBIE:  Just right double click on the image and right click to do a save as.  Thanks for stopping into my blog!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Hanukkah & Kwanzaa Riddles

Laying in bed last night trying to unwind and go to sleep and I'm thinking of something else to make for our new Hanukkah and Kwanzaa mini-themes we are doing this year.  For most of our themes, we have a set of riddles cards that I usually do as a culminating activity.  So I decided I could whip those up quick and get them all ready for us to use.

You can find this HERE at my TPT store.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Months Doodles

Sorry for the double posting in the same day, but it was late last night when I finished this set and didn't want to upload at 2 a.m.  Yes, I was up until 2 a.m. on the night before Thanksgiving.  That's what happens when my brain won't shut off, when I know I can sleep in, and I have so many things I want to draw, create, or read.  And once I start something I have to finish it.  I hate having a bazillion projects going at the same time.  Especially when I've got drawing on the brain and also creating and planning for upcoming things in my classroom.  Sometimes I have to force myself to just go to bed.

This digital clip art set set includes the months of the year in my very own Sketchy Capital Letter Doodles in 5 different designs/colors:

  • Plain BW
  • Colored
  • Grayscale
  • BW with Graphic
  • Colored with Graphic

Use for calendar toppers for your calendar board or for creating calendars or newsletters for your classroom.

Where you can find this set:
My TPT store HERE
My TN clip art shop HERE

Presents Doodles with FREEBIE Bow

I'm on the drawing streak again and decided to add some presents that I have been wanting to make for some time.  Thought I'd start with these three colors that might work well for making cards for birthdays or what not.  This clip art set includes a few different varieties of presents in three colors (pink, blue, and lime green) as well as BW images that work great for layering in projects.  And of course I needed a few different designs:  Polka Dot, Stripes, Zebra Print, and Plain.

You can purchase this set HERE at my TPT store.
And you can find it HERE at my Teacher's Notebook clip art shop.

And for your FREEBIE that goes with this you go!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hanukkah Doodles w/FREEBIE Star of David

This next week we start a brand new mini-theme on Hanukkah.  Was scrambling to create things a few weeks back and purchased THIS awesome set from Melonheadz Illustrating.  I was a bit disappointed because I had to purchase the line art and the color bundles separately.  I thought they came together when I purchased it.  Spent $14.00 just on her Hanukkah set.  Wish I would have had more time and been able to draw my own, but ya gotta share the love somehow, right?  Don't get me wrong...SHE IS AMAZING and I wish I could draw as AWESOME as her.  Finally, this last week I got creative and decided to try my hand at drawing some Hanukkah clips.

I haven't been inspired for a while, but I just purchased a new drawing app called iDraw and I love it.  Great for nice clean lines.  The only downfall is I still like my Art Studio for coloring in and doing the filtering.  But how lucky could I get?!?  I can send the images I draw in iDraw to Art Studio right from my iPad.  Happy Dance!!!!!

You can purchase this Hanukkah Doodles set HERE at my TPT store.
You can also find it HERE at my TN store.

Well, I uploaded this file today before I was actually finished drawing the set.  I found the sit to be really fun and I think I just found my new place to edit and add filters to my images.  (That's me getting all giddy, getting another clip art set done.)  Here's the latest thumb that includes the added images:

Here's a FREEBIE BW Star of David for you:

Santa Craftivity FREEBIE

Looking through my documents folder this week and came across this project that I started last year about this time and never finished.  Thought I'd put it out there as a Christmas FREEBIE!  Have your student make this Santa craft after you do any creative writing around the Christmas/Santa theme.

Simply copy the Santa body parts on card stock or construction paper, cut a piece of colored construction paper to glue the writing sheet to, and you'll be all set!

You can find this HERE at my TPT store.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday Cards for Letter Writing: Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa

It's that time of year and wanted to put out a freebie for all my followers and people who come across my store.  Get your students excited about writing a special message to someone by having them write a Holiday Card for a friend or family member.  Cards options are centered around the Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas traditions.  Melonheadz has super cute Hanukkah and Kwanzaa clip art bundles.  Check out her store HERE.

You can download this Holiday Cards freebie HERE at my TPT store.  I would love your feedback!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Vocabulary Book

Still thinking of things to make for our upcoming new mini-units on Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.  Our first graders really are engaged when we do our thematic cut-apart sentences, so was very thankful to get those done. Finished up the word wall cards, cut them out, and sent them off to get laminated at the AEA.  Got two mini books done for the unit, and finally finish the vocabulary books:  All About Hanukkah and All About Kwanzaa.  I took clips from the cut apart sentences and the mini books as I wrote this, so that it would be familiar text and hopefully our first graders can make the connections after hearing a variety of different ways. These two unit have some tough vocabulary words, so wanted to expose them to the terms multiple ways.

Next step is to get some read aloud books ordered as well.  I think my co-worker, Sara, is going to take care of that for us.  Now looking on Pinterest for some video clips and maybe we'll be set!

You can find this set HERE at my TPT store.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Cut Apart Sentences and Stories Templates

I had a request for my cut-apart sentences templates today so I thought I would whip that up and make that as an item for sale in my TPT store.  It's nice to have a variety of sentences to choose from throughout the unit.  I love being able to customize things to meet my classroom needs, so thought this might be a great something to share with others.

These templates are for persona/classroom use ONLY and are NOT to be used for items that you create for commercial resale.  Please respect my design.  Thank you!

You can find this item HERE at my TPT store.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

First Thanksgiving Story Retelling Packet

This week we finish up our Pumpkins and Halloween theme activities and Friday starts our November Thanksgiving theme.  This has to be one of my FAVORITE themes to teach about and I LOVE making new things to use with my first graders.  Maybe because a lot of the things I've made use my very first clip art set I ever put together.

This packet I just put together includes three different options for writing to retell the Thanksgiving story:

  • Students write their own sentences to match the picture clues.
  • Students write the missing vocabulary words in the shape boxes to match the picture.
  • Students trace the vocabulary word in the picture.
It also includes a First Thanksgiving Cut Apart Story, where students read the simple text and use the picture clues to put the story back in the correct order.

And finally a set of pocket chart cards that can be printed, laminated and cut apart to use in a pocket chart to display the story  or you could staple together to have a color mini book for students to read.

You can find this HERE at my TPT store.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Mini Books

Still plugging along and getting some things made for the new upcoming unit in December.  Finished my Hanukkah and Kwanzaa mini books this week.  Can't wait to use I even learned a lot making them!  We've always done the Scholastic News each year that BRIEFLY tells about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, but I've never done any reading up on it until now.

These mini book are by NO MEANS an independent read for first graders.  They are more of a shared reading whole group or in a guided reading group for students to learn about the two holiday traditions. Older or more advanced first grade children will be able to read them.

You can find them HERE at my TPT store.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Sets

So excited!  We are planning two new mini-units to replace some "fluffy" stuff in our Holiday theme in December to beef things up a bit:  one week on Hanukkah and one week on Kwanzaa.  These are two customs that I never really knew much about, so its been fun learning some of the vocabulary and what not. Yea, I know, here were are only in October and I'm already thinking about and planning ahead for December.  Only a teacher plans that far in advance, right?  If it eliminates the stress level, its the way to go for me.

My plan was to draw my own Hanukkah and Kwanzaa clip art and use that but I decided that I didn't feel like it and Melonheadz Illustrating already had it done, so why reinvent the wheel right now when I need it fast and don't want to stress myself out?!?  So I went to my favorite place to buy "school" stuff and purchased both the color and black-line bundles.  You'll have to check her sets out.  They are SUPER cute! 

Here are a couple things I whipped up last night that we plan to use during this unit.

Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Word Wall Card Set

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Thanksgiving Story: What I Learned

This writing response journal can be used to assess students knowlege of the Thanksgiving story or as a "what I learned" after a a mini lesson you teach about the story.  Students use the picture clues to write their sentences and can color the sentences when they are finished writing.  My students just LOVE these books.  For first graders it is helpful to have a picture prompt to help them remember important details they can include in their writing.

You can purchae this HERE at my TPT store.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Pumpkin Unit Mega Bundle

You can purchase this MEGABUNDLE  at my TPT store HERE.

Or you can buy each item separately at my TPT store.  Click on the hyperlink to take you to each item at my store.

  1. How a Pumpkin Grows Cut Apart Story: Students cut apart the story and piece it back together using the picture clues and what they know about how a pumpkin grows. Can be used as an assessment piece after reading the mini-book.
  2. How a Pumpkin Grows Mini-Book: Easy reader with picture labels. Similar clip art pictures as the cut-apart story. Simply copy double-sided and have your copy machine staple on the left hand side. Cut in half with a paper cutter and add additional staples for reinforcement.
  3. How a Pumpkin Grows Writing: Picture clues included in the picture box to the left. Handwriting lines included to keep your early learners organized as they write the sentence to match the picture.
  4. Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Sequence Cards: Display in your pocket chart or on your bulletin board. Use at a center to have your students put back in order.

  1. Step by step with picture clues on how to carve a pumpkin writing sheet.

  1. Pumpkin skip counting cards. Some pumkins are missing the numbers. Students will write the missing number before cutting the cards apart to have for a "put the cards in order" activity.
  2. Write the skip counts on the 100 grid sheet.
  3. Write the skip counts through the pumpkin patch sheets.

  1. This is a riddles game that you can play whole group during your fall pumpkins theme and before Halloween. Teacher reads the riddle as students are holding the answer cards (picture cards). They have to listen for the clues for their picture and then come up and answer the riddle by reading the card.

  1. A pumpkin is orange and round.
  2. A pumpkin grows in a pumpkin patch.
  3. We will have a pumpkin tasting in first grade.
  4. Halloween is for trick-or-treating.

  1. Fall: acorn, squirrel, apple, leaf, leaves, scarecrow, crow, rake, sunflower, corn, apple pie,
  2. Pumpkins: pumpkin, seed, sprout, plant, vine, yellow pumpkin, green pumpkin, leaf, pumpkin muffin, pumpkin pie, pumpkin patch, jack-o-lantern, blossom, carve, stem, weigh, measure, paint, pumpkin harvest
  3. Halloween: witch, pirate, skeleton, vampire, astronaut, frankenstein, ghost, spider, bat, gravestone, haunted house, candy corn, treat bucket, treat bag, kettle, cowgirl, cowboy, trick or treating

How to Carve a Pumpkin Cut-Apart Story:
  1. Students put the simple story in order by cutting out the story parts and pasting them back in order.  Picture clues are provided to help young children do this on their own.

  1. This is a step by step hands-on activity to do for your Pumpkins theme. Students create a Pattern Block Pumpkin using a Pattern Block Template or stencil, construction paper, and Pattern Blocks. A great way to combine an art project with your math activity.
  2. Pocket chart direction cards for a visual for your students.
  3. 1 page directions that can be posted as a learning target.

How a Pumpkin Grows Packet

Just finished this tonight.  Wanted a mini-book to match my new cut-apart story for "How a Pumpkin Grows" that I made last weekend...then I started adding to it and it bacame this new "How a Pumpkin Grows" packet I just put up for sale on TPT!  I am so excited to use this new stuff!

You can purchase this HERE at my TPT store.


1. How a Pumpkin Grows Cut Apart Story:  Students cut apart the story and piece it back together using the picture clues and what they know about how a pumpkin grows.  Can be used as an assessment piece after reading the mini-book.

2. How a Pumpkin Grows Mini-Book:  Easy reader with picture labels.  Similar clip art pictures as the cut-apart story.  Simply copy double-sided and have your copy machine staple on the left hand side.  Cut in half with a paper cutter and add additional staples for reinforcement.

3. How a Pumpkin Grows Writing:  Picture clues included in the picture box to the left.  Handwriting lines included to keep your early learners organized as they write the sentence to match the picture.

4. Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Sequence Cards:  Display in your pocket chart or on your bulletin board.  Use at a center to have your students put back in order.




Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sketchy Capital Letter Doodles

Finally had time to sit down at the laptop and get this Sketchy Capital Letter Doodles set up and going.  Loving to draw, but lately I am feeling a bit overwhelmed because I have too many things I want to do and NOT ENOUGH TIME TO GET THEM ALL DONE!  Ahhh!  Yes, I did just put that in all caps!  Picture me pulling my hair out while shouting that out loud!  When I'm at home all I feel like doing is just relaxing and reading a book, but there's always "school work" to do to try and get caught up throughout the week.  Throw RTI stuff in there and data collecting and trying to get ahead with running copies and organizing lesson plans.  MAP testing, DIBELS testing and end of the unit sight words assessments are just about enough right now to send me to the looney bin!  :)  Just kidding.

Sketchy Capital Letters Doodles:
You can find it at my TPT store HERE and at my TN Clip Art Shop HERE.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Handwriting Practice Book Print Style

Just finished this Handwriting Practice Book to use in my classroom.  We just switched last year to print style handwriting from D'Nealian.  We had purchased a book to use last year and weren't happy with it, so this year we actually had the school purchase the ready made Zaner Bloser handwriting practice book.  And again...not happy with it.  So I decided to bite the bullet and purchased the Print Style font bundle from Fonts4Teachers on TPT to create one that I liked.  This is the style I came up with.

You can purchase it HERE at my TPT store:

Sample Page:


Friday, September 20, 2013

Sketchy Number Doodles Clip Art

I feel like its been forever that I've created a new clip art set.  Was kind of in a slump late this summer and wasn't inspired to draw. I've banked up a lot of the clip art I wanted/needed for my classroom and really hadn't felt a need or desire to draw for a while.  In the last week, I created a Math RTI Intervention packet to use with some of my students in my classroom and thought a set of numbers would be fun to draw to spice up the look of some of the pages.  So.....a "sketchy" set of clip art numbers came to mind.  I love the look of KPM Doodles and Graphics From the Pond's "Scrappy" clip art.  When I started drawing these numbers, I started just sketching bubble numbers like I used to draw during high school during cheerleading practice.  It was always fun making bubble numbers and letters for locker posters and spirit posters.  I started sketching the bubble letters, and I guess you could say this is how the name "sketchy" got attached to this set. Included are 50 images:  5 each of numbers 0-9 in gray black, BW, yellow, blue, and red.

Comin soon:  Sketchy Alphabet!

Sketchy Number Doodles at my TPT store HERE
Sketchy Number Doodles at my TN store HERE

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Math RTI for First Grade

This weekend I have been obsessing on getting a Math RTI packet together to use from year to year.  After searching Teachers Pay Teachers for something that was easy to use and just print, I couldn't find everything I needed or what I exactly wanted.  Guess that meant I just needed to create it.  I'm sure my husband wonders if I am ever going to get off the computer and get any housework done.  Oh, well.  When I get into one of these moods...nothing else gets in the way.

I feel like every single year once we get our RTIs in place I have to create things over and over again and it gets old, tedious, brain busting, and just NOT FUN.  I like to have a data collection sheet for our learner assistants to use that they can mark on and I can easily go and collect the progress from.  One thing I hate more than anything is going through TONS of stuff in a folder that our learner assistants do with the RTI kids and having to write down progress.  It takes FOREVER just for 1 kid!  Hoping this will help this year...I'm sure there will be some updating as needed, but this is a start.
You can download a preview to check this out and see if it will work for your classroom or purchase this HERE at my TPT store.

Here is a sample of one of the counting coins pages:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Continents & Oceans What I Learned Book

Just finished this "what I learned" book for our Continents and Oceans theme that we will do in the winter.  I created one of these for our Animal Habitats theme and our Space theme and the kids really seemed to like them.  Having the picture at the bottom as an illustration help them focus on what they were writing about.  And giving them handwriting lines with the numbers 1-3 for how many facts to write/remember helped keep them organized.

You can find this at my TPT store HERE.

Friday, August 16, 2013

TPT Back to School Sale Aug 18-19

It's that time of year!  TPT announced they are doing a Back to School Sale on August 18-19, 2013.  Stop on by and get some SUPER deals on clip art, school stuff for your classroom, and lesson plans.  I am offering a 20% off ALL products in my store.  You can get an ADDITIONAL 10% off everything store wide by entering the code:  BTS13.

Visit my store HERE.

Back to School classroom items and clip art at my store HERE:
  • Back to School Cut Apart Sentences
  • "I Can Do My Job At School" Vocabulary Book
  • Back to School Word Wall Cards
  • Back to School Riddles
  • Classroom Helper Cards
  • Math Calendar Board
  • School is Fun Doodles
  • School Time Doodles
  • Just Kids Doodles

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Math Calendar Journal Sheets for Daily Practice

I've kind of taken a little mental health break from "school stuff" this summer.  Not what my plan was, but sometimes you just need a bit of a break.  I'm spent a lot of time reading and just relaxing, going to the pool, going on walks, and trying to run/jog when I get a free moment to myself.  Got myself able to run at least 2 miles without stopping, so YAY for me for that, I guess!

Last week I started to get into school mode and tackled one of the projects I wanted to get done over the summer.  I wanted something that the whole class/each student could do each day to help them be a bit more "into" our daily math calendar time.  I knew that I needed it to be a bit transitional as they learn about 2 digit and 3 digit numbers.

I'm not quite sure how I want to use it, but my plan is to create a monthly packet for each student to fill in as we do the math calendar or after we do math calendar to transition into math.  I thought it would be a good way to teach it and keep everyone actively involved.  I feel like I always have those kids that tune-out during the time on the rug while one kid comes up to the board and does the activity.  Kids just aren't listening.  I'm hoping this way, they realize that they are responsible for all items on the math board and not just when they are chose to go to the board.

This Math Calendar Journal packet includes:
  • Blank Calendars (portrait & landscape) for children to fill in for each month. This would be a great cover page for a monthly Math Calendar packet.
  • Blank Calendars for Recording Temperature (portrait & landscape). Students will record the temperature each day and then the high & low temperature for the month.
  • 4 different “Write the Date” sheets to use throughout the year in the learning process. Beginning sheet guides them to choose the “day of the week”, the “month”, the “date” and the “year”.
  • “Write the Date” sheet that includes recording the daily “Temperature”
  • 3 “Days of School” sheets to work with the number of days in school that include: writing the number, even & odd, B10 Blocks, tallies, money, and number grid placement. Three different levels from 1-digit to 3 digit numbers to get you through the 180 days of school.
You can find this HERE at my TPT store.  You can download a preview of the entire packet to see what the whole thing looks like before you purchase it.  I would love your feedback here on my blog, even if you don't purchase it.  Let me know what you think!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Community Helpers Cut Apart Sentences

This cut apart sentence pack includes these Community Helper themed cut apart sentences. These work great for morning work or literacy centers. Students have to unscramble the sentence and put it in order, then write the sentences on the lines at the bottom of the paper. A great independent activity.

The teacher teaches the class.
A fireman puts out fires.
A policeman will help you.
A construction worker builds houses.
A nurse will give you a shot.
A farmer drives a tractor.
The dentist cleans your teeth.
The doctor helps you stay healthy.
A mailman delivers your mail.
A beautician cuts and fixes your hair.
A cheerleader cheers for the team.
An astronaut goes to space.
A cowboy works on a ranch.
A scientist works in a lab.
The weatherman tells the weather.
A gardener takes care of the flowers.

You can find this set HERE at my TPT store.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Shape Box Letters for Words Font

Per request from a customer on Teachers Pay Teachers, I just finished creating this font.  This font is a letter box font that has boxes around the entire word to show the "word shape".  There are NO lines in between each letter like my Shape Box Letters Font.  To complete the line around the entire word, there are a few extra keystrokes that you will need to insert.  The key is included in the zip file.

Check out this pin on pinterest that someone put together using this font:  HERE

Where you can purchase this font:
My TPT store HERE
My TN shop HERE

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summer Fun Doodles with FREEBIE Beach Ball

Well, I haven't been drawing much this summer and I know I should have done this during the time I was on medical leave for my breast reduction in May, but I wasn't motivated then, so here it is!  I guess I'll have it for next year to make some fun summer themed things for my kiddos!

Summer Fun Doodles includes these BW and full-color PNG images:

  • flip flops (different colors)
  • sand buckets (3 styles)
  • sunscreen
  • beach umbrella
  • swim trunks (different colors)
  • bikinis (different colors)
  • sand castle
  • sand dune
  • waves
  • life jackets (2 different colors)
  • water hose
  • goggles
  • beach ball
  • beach towels (different colors)
  • snorkel
  • sunglasses (different colors)
  • flippers
You can find this set:
HERE at my TPT store
HERE at my Teacher's Notebook shop.

I have to give credit to my daughter, MaKenna.  She colored in the Beach Girl.

Here's your FREEBIE:  Please remember to follow TOU included in the zip file if you purchase this set.  Basically give credit to me and flatten all products using my images so they can't be extracted!  Thanks so much for stopping into my blog!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Back to School Cut Apart Sentences

Finally feels like summer vacation!  I feel like a taxi this month bringing my two kids to ball practices, summer school, swim lessons, games, etc.  We've been banned from our classroom for June as they are getting rid of our flooring and they have it all sealed off to remove the asbestos.  But June is coming to an end and that means that its not long until I really need to be thinking about getting back in my classroom and doing those "summer to-do things" like reorganizing file-cabinets, etc..  This project has been on my to-do list all year to finish up and now its complete.  (Check one thing off for the summer!  Yay!)  

Sentences included in this set:

  • Line up quickly and quietly in the hall.
  • Raise your hand before talking.
  • Sit cross-cross applesauce on the carpet.
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  • Friends are fun to play with.
  • Write your name on your paper.
  • Some kids ride the bus to school.
  • Bring your bag to school every day.
  • Put the cap back on the glue stick.
  • Listen to the teacher.
  • You will learn to read.

Some of them might be a little hard for you beginning first graders, but if you do together as a class to teach them how to do it, they shouldn't have too much of a problem.  For Kindergarteners this might only be a whole group activity for the mimio.  I usually make a mimio lesson out of this and drill the sentences in their head so they can remember that when they go to put it back together.  They can use the beginning sounds to help with putting the sentence together.  I included some labels on the pictures to help with word recognition as well.

You can find this HERE at my TPT store.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Spring and Summer Cut Apart Sentences

Finally got motivated during the time I have been home on recovery from surgery to finally do something school related.  This week I finally feel more like myself and feel like getting back into the swing of things.  I go back to work on Thursday, which gives me 1 1/2 days left with my first graders.  Yesterday, I created these cut-aparts that can be used in the spring or summer or during summer school.

Sentences included in this set:

You can make a sand castle at the beach.
Bring buckets and shovels to the beach.
It’s fun to go on a hike in the woods!
Baseball is a fun game to play in the summer.
It’s time to plant your garden in the spring.
Bees like to buzz around the flowers in the garden.
Plants need air, water, and sunlight to grow.
Have a BBQ with your friends and family.
Don’t spend all summer playing video games.
Hang your clothes out on the clothes line to dry.
Let’s go tubing down the river!
Go outside and look for bugs and put them in a jar.
Take a trip to the zoo with your family.
Go fishing with your mom or dad.
Go on vacation with your family to Disney World.
Run through the sprinkler on a hot day.

 You can purchase this set HERE at my TPT store.

Clip Art used in this set:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Gardening Doodles Clip Art Give Away on Teachers Notebook

Have been home from school after having surgery the past two weeks and taking a break from napping and trying to do report cards.  Feel bad about not getting any clip art drawn, but I've been too tired to do anything.  My clip art shops have been neglected!

Just for Spring and Gardening season, I'm doing my first ever GIVE AWAY on Teacher's Notebook.  Stop on over to Teacher's Notebook and click on the link below, to enter this give away!  Give away ends May 28, 2013!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Weather Mini Books: Thunderstorms and Tornadoes

During our week-long Weather mini-theme we learned about the different types of weather (rain, hail, snow, sleet, freezing rain), the types of clouds, storms (blizzard, tornado, hurrricane), and how to stay safe during certain types of weather. We also did some fun literature based writing activies about what they saw in the clouds.  They created a picture in the sky using torn construction paper.

I only had my "Kinds of Clouds" mini-book this week for the students to add to their independent reading book baskets and wanted something more.  I didn't make these mini books until after the theme was over, but will plan to use these next year.  I really liked having something that my first graders could read on their own after they'd heard a read-aloud story.  Here are two books that I wrote about storms that I know my first graders would encounter.

You can purchase this 2 book set HERE at my TPT store.

"What is a Thunderstorm?"
--A thunderstorm has very big clouds that are full of water.
--Rain falls from the dark gray clouds.
--Lightning shoots from the thunder clouds.  It makes flashes of light in the sky.
--Thunder is the big boom you hear when the clouds bump together.
--You see the lightning before you hear the thunder.
--Sometimes thunderstorms bring strong winds and hail.
--Sometimes thunderstorms bring a tornado.  Go to a safe place if there is a tornado.

"What is a Tornado?"
--Tornadoes are a swirling cloud that touches the ground.
--Warm air rises up into the cumulonimbus clouds.
--The warm air meets the cool air in the cloud, and it starts to rain or hail.
--If the up and down moving air starts to spin, a funnel cloud is formed.
--A funnel cloud can form when there is a thunderstorm.
--It becomes a tornado when it touches the ground.
--Go to the basement of your house if there is a tornado.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Gardening Doodles and FREEBIE Flower Pot

Spent a few days last week at a teacher association assembly and had a bit of time to draw while I sat and listened to fellow teachers from other teacher associations discuss state issues on what the state teacher association is supporting.  If you understood that, its a lot of talking and parlimentary procedure stuff, so I had a little time to draw while I listened to that.  There were a few speakers that were pretty interesting.  It's always fun to listen to the teacher of the year.  Just makes me realize how I could do more.  Some teachers must have the Energizer Bunny motivating them and giving them all the energy they need to keep going and going!

Here is my Gardening Doodles set just in time for spring.  Nothing I really teach about, but thought it was fun to draw.  Might come in handy with a Mother's Day project of some sort?   This clip art set includes:

gardener girl, gardening gloves, dirt pile, seed, sprout, flower plant, daisy, daisy in a pot, sunflower, 4 different seed packets (sweet corn, carrot, pumpkin, daisy), garden sign, garden carrot sign, garden flower sign, flower petal, bee, trowel, garden rake, clay pot, watering can, garden hose

Where to find this set:
Clip Art by Carrie Teaching First store at TPT HERE
Clip Art by Carrie's shop on Teacher's Notebook HERE

Scroll down to pick up the freebie of the flower pot.  Thanks for stopping by!


Habitats I Have Who Has Game

You can always tell what I'm teaching about or going to be teaching about by reading my blog posts.  There's always something to update or revamp or change because you just want to do it a little different or better based on the students and needs of the kids you have in your class.

 Today I created an "I Have Who Has" game to for the end of our Habitats unit that will be coming up in a few weeks.  I thought this would be a great review of all the habitats and a few of the items in found in each of the habitats.  This game includes cards for these words:

  • desert, mountain, forest, ocean, grassland, Arctic, Antarctic, wetland, ocean, tree, water, sea shell, sand dollar, ice berg, sand dune, waterfall, butterfly, volcano, blizzard, lily pad, cactus, cattail, tumbleweed, rain, igloo, snow, hurricane

Pass out a card to each student.  Remind students they need to be GOOD listeners to listen for their clue.  Select a student to be the “start” card.  The student reads their card aloud.  When they hear the name for the picture card they have, they read aloud their card.  The game makes a complete circle to the “start” card.

If you like the clip art used in this set, check out my habitats digital clip art doodles available at my TPT store.

I would LOVE your feedback!

You can find this HERE at my TPT store.

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