April 15, 2016

Five For Friday {April 15th}

It’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to link up or even just blog, but I’m excited to return and share some of my favorite things from this week! It’s been a bit of a whirlwind these last few weeks over at the our household (you know, that whole had a baby thing...) and I couldn’t be more tired or thankful. I’ve been busy transitioning into becoming a new mom, doing the whole stay-at-home gig caring for our one month old (see below), preparing back to school products, and managing to somehow shower and get a bite to eat in between it all.

Thanks to Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting and I can’t wait to see what everyone else was up to this week!


ONE //
I am in the process of getting Back To School ready and this means going through all of my favorite products and resources for the classroom and giving them a much needed facelift! I’ve been quite busy and am very excited to share the newest products I’ve made - and even a bundle & GIVEAWAY! Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to enter to win this BTS bundle!


BACK TO SCHOOL STUDENT POSTCARDS {FREEBIE}
I love sending postcards to my kids at the beginning of the year telling them how excited I am to meet them and what’s better is that they love receiving mail! I always get comments from parents as to how their kids loved getting a handwritten note from me, which made them that more excited (and less nervous) about the first day of school.

I love sending postcards to my kids at the beginning of the year telling them how excited I am to meet them and what’s better is that they love receiving mail! I always get comments from parents as to how their kids loved getting a handwritten note from me, which made them that more excited (and less nervous) about the first day of school.


STAR STUDENT OF THE WEEK RESOURCE PACKET
Every classroom celebrates a Star Student throughout the school year and get prepared for your year ahead with this cumulative packet! This download also comes with blank editable templates just for you to customize for your classroom needs. I also love the Star Student pendants that are hung in the classroom after each week - by the end of the year you have such a lovely classroom display. This download is meant to accompany those Scholastic Star Student Posters, which can be sent home for your students to fill out.

Every classroom celebrates a Star Student throughout the school year and get prepared for your year ahead with this cumulative packet! This download also comes with blank editable templates just for you to customize for your classroom needs. I also love the Star Student pendants that are hung in the classroom after each week - by the end of the year you have such a lovely classroom display. This download is meant to accompany those Scholastic Star Student Posters, which can be sent home for your students to fill out.

Every classroom celebrates a Star Student throughout the school year and get prepared for your year ahead with this cumulative packet! This download also comes with blank editable templates just for you to customize for your classroom needs. I also love the Star Student pendants that are hung in the classroom after each week - by the end of the year you have such a lovely classroom display. This download is meant to accompany those Scholastic Star Student Posters, which can be sent home for your students to fill out.


BACK TO SCHOOL PARENT PACKET
How tedious is preparing all of those BTS forms for parents? Not necessarily my favorite part about the return of the school year, but I love making the necessary parts of teaching easy and less stressful. I’ve created a Parent Packet that includes everything you’ll need for Back To School and collecting all of that important info about your students, their families, volunteers, permission slips, etc.

How tedious is preparing all of those BTS forms for parents? Not necessarily my favorite part about the return of the school year, but I love making the necessary parts of teaching easy and less stressful. I’ve created a Parent Packet that includes everything you’ll need for Back To School and collecting all of that important info about your students, their families, volunteers, permission slips, etc.

How tedious is preparing all of those BTS forms for parents? Not necessarily my favorite part about the return of the school year, but I love making the necessary parts of teaching easy and less stressful. I’ve created a Parent Packet that includes everything you’ll need for Back To School and collecting all of that important info about your students, their families, volunteers, permission slips, etc.


THE WRITING PROCESS POSTERS (V2)
The best decision I made was turning my writing process posters into a useable part of my classroom by making into a clip chart! This year I’ve spruced up my posters and made them more grade appropriate for my second graders, but yet perfect for any upper grade.
Get the updated version of my shop’s favorite product: these Writing Process Posters! Turn them into an easy-to-use clip chart by laminating them and using clothespins!



The best decision I made was turning my writing process posters into a useable part of my classroom by making into a clip chart! This year I’ve spruced up my posters and made them more grade appropriate for my second graders, but yet perfect for any upper grade.

YEAR-ROUND CALENDAR CARDS
Another favorite new product I’ve just included in my TpT shop are these calendar cards! I’ve always opted for the store-bought cards that came with the generic looking calendar and have found myself needing specific holidays - so I decided to create my own calendar cards! I love how bright they are and the clip art just pops. Read more about how I use this product here.

Another favorite new product I’ve just included in my TpT shop are these calendar cards! I’ve always opted for the store-bought cards that came with the generic looking calendar and have found myself needing specific holidays - so I decided to create my own calendar cards! I love how bright they are and the clip art just pops.

Another favorite new product I’ve just included in my TpT shop are these calendar cards! I’ve always opted for the store-bought cards that came with the generic looking calendar and have found myself needing specific holidays - so I decided to create my own calendar cards! I love how bright they are and the clip art just pops


BACK TO SCHOOL DAILY SCHEDULE CARDS
Every year I love to update the look of my classroom and that also comes down to the little details such as these daily schedule cards. I’ve included many different subjects to accommodate every classroom and grade. Of course, if I’ve missed something I’d be happy to make a card for you - just shoot me an email and I’d be happy to get in contact.

Every year I love to update the look of my classroom and that also comes down to the little details such as these daily schedule cards. I’ve included many different subjects to accommodate every classroom and grade. Of course, if I’ve missed something I’d be happy to make a card for you - just shoot me an email and I’d be happy to get in contact.


TWO //

I can’t believe it’s been a month since welcoming our little guy and oh, how our lives have been changed. I no longer have any kind of routine, sleep is a foreign concept, and I feel as though I could be compared to a cow given that I feel like I’m a milking machine. However, all of that is worth it when I get to stay at home and stare at the beautiful miracle that is our son. Read all about his one month update over on my lifestyle blog!

THREE //



Our downtown district has a new ramen place and this new mama couldn’t be more happy! When my husband and I lived back in DC we had the luxury of having all kinds of restaurants at our fingertips, which had spoiled me in a way. Living in Ventura we don’t have a lot of food diversity aside from your typical Mexican, sushi, fish tacos, or Thai joints. But, ramen has been an answered prayer and I couldn’t be more excited!

FOUR //



As new parents my husband and I love spending time with our new little nugget, but that also means we don’t get to leave the house very often as a couple and do our favorite pastimes like happy hour or brunch. However, now that our baby Greyson is a bit older we ventured out to one of our favorite places, Cafe Nouveau, and enjoyed a brunch on their patio. This mama enjoyed her first non-virgin Bloody Mary while munching on beignets and pancakes and taking in that we are beginning to enjoy and remember that our pre-baby outings are not a distant memory.

FIVE //
Looking for a bundled option for all of the products I showed above? Be sure to check out my NEW Back To School Teacher Bundle download where all of these products are in one .zip download! Did I also mention it’s on sale? And there’s a giveaway?! Be sure to enter below for your chance to win a copy for yourself and get BTS ready!


This bundled edition of all of my favorite and popular Back To School products are now featured in one simple download!


Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching and have a wonderful weekend!

March 30, 2016

Getting Organized for BTS

I hope everyone had a very happy Easter and hopefully many of you are on a much needed Spring Break. I’ve been enjoying the stay-at-home life with my Greyson, who will be 3 weeks old tomorrow! I can’t believe how time flies - definitely enjoying every moment because in a blink he’ll be off to kindergarten before I know it!

Be sure to check out my lifestyle blog where you can keep up with me on a more personal level and my adventures into motherhood over at Primarily Inspired. You can also follow me at Primarily Inspired on: 

Swaddle Blanket: HowjoyfulShop via Etsy
also featured at Scoutmob
Onesie: Baby Gap
Onto the goodies...

Every year I find myself wanting to spring clean not only my own home, but my TpT store as well. So, if you haven’t noticed already I’ve been doing a bit of sprucing up of my favorite products all in preparation for BTS, which is just a few months from now. Also, I wanted to get these newly updated products ready for download before TpT hosts their annual Back To School Sale (which is highly anticipated every year)!

Today I have for you a peek into my most recent update, which is of my daily schedule cards. Every classroom needs to display their daily schedule and these cards are colorful, vibrant, and use lovely clip art from Melonheadz Illustrating! This upcoming year I want to streamline everything and am going with a more simple, but colorful approach. 

Get back to school ready with these Daily Schedule Cards, which are now updated to include more subjects!



After some research and feedback, I’ve created schedule cards that should accommodate most classrooms, but if there is a card that isn’t included in your download I’d be happy to make one for you. Just email me at kellyjdaniel1@gmail.com with what you’d need and I’ll be happy to get it to you!

This download includes the following schedule cards:
+ arrival
+ morning work
+ morning meeting
+ calendar time
+ reading workshop
+ reading centers
+ ar reading
+ ar quiz time
+ free reading
+ daily 5 centers
+ science
+ social studies
+ writing workshop
+ outdoor recess
+ indoor recess
+ lunch
+ snack time
+ math
+ math fact quiz
+ school assembly
+ special
+ special guest
+ p.e.
+ music
+ art
+ guidance
+ health
+ field trip
+ word study
+ poetry
+ computer lab
+ library
+ class buddies
+ testing
+ class testing
+ class assessments
** Testing Poster for hanging outside your classroom door!
+ 2 hour delay
+ late start
+ mystery reader
+ read aloud
+ handwriting
+ spanish
+ spelling pretest
+ spelling test
+ pack up & dismiss
+ clean up
+ dismissal
+ carpool
+ early dismissal
+ star student share

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

March 8, 2016

How To Writing: Introducing Informative Writing & Catching A Leprechaun!

With March in full swing and St. Patrick’s Day just next week I thought it would be fun to share out one of my favorite thematic writing units: How To writing! This type of informative writing allows students to become experts in a topic and hone in on specific writing skills such as adding details, writing for an audience, and continuing to practice the writing process.

How To writing is a very specific skill in that students learn to write step-by-step directions on how to do something. I always have fun with this unit because it allows for the teacher to demonstrate how authors should add detail where the writer assumes the reader knows what they’re thinking!

One example of this is my introductory lesson on How To. The topic I chose to demonstrate to the class is: How To Blow A Bubble. It’s a skill that all students should know and I can easily model my thinking for. I begin with a poster sized copy of my planning paper (included in download) where I think about the steps to blowing a bubble:

First, I put a piece of bubble gum into my mouth.
Then, I chew really hard for a while.
Next, I use my tongue to flatten the gum in my mouth.
After that, I chew some more to make it flexible.
Last, I blow a bubble.

Obviously you’ve noticed that my steps are very basic and include little detail. This is done on purpose as I will continue to model throughout the unit how to make my writing more engaging. However, this is typically the starting place that many of your kiddos will themselves be at in their writing. As we move through the unit and I introduce the next steps in their writing, I continue to use my blowing a bubble example to model for my kids how it evolves over time and eventually into a more cohesive and understandable piece of writing.

After I discuss this example I introduce to the class that the writing topic we’ll be practicing together is Catching A Leprechaun! Every year a pesky and mischievous leprechaun visits our school and plays tricks in our classroom. Students are instructed to develop and create a leprechaun trap in attempts to catch this little guy!



CREATING THE TRAPS
One thing that I’ve changed about this activity is no longer creating the traps during the school day. I found that having the parents involved with the creation of the leprechaun traps really helped students get creative and spend quality time with their families. This also frees up a lot of in-classroom time for students to begin working on the writing piece of this activity.

Send home the provided parent letter, which outlines the intention of the project and gives explicit directions on how to create the traps. Make sure it’s explained that this is their CHILD’S project and not theirs ;) I love seeing the traps come to school and how over the top some of them can be!


BEGIN WRITING
Now that the traps are made and the planning sheets that were sent home to be completed are returned to school, all students should be ready to begin their first drafts or finishing sketching their steps. It’s important that students have an opportunity to sketch how they built their traps because their illustrations will help them remember key details when they’re writing the directions.



EDITING THEIR WORK
Now that students have worked hard on their illustrations and writing out their directions, they are able to move on to edit and revise. This simple checklist allows students to ensure they’re looking for any mistakes and know how to fix them. Editing and revising is always an ongoing skill in my classroom and these checklists make it so much easier on my kiddos.



PUBLISHING & SHARING!
Once students have completed the writing process for this piece of writing they are finally able to publish their work! In this download there is a blank cover page and corresponding coloring page that students will color, cut, and attach to their covers. I recommend stapling their book along the top so when you display them their books flip up to read.

In their publishing, students not only want to use their best handwriting, but this is the time where they can spend a little more attention to their illustrations and color them in.


March 7, 2016

BTS: Writing Process Poster Set!

Writers Workshop has always been a subject where I really see students struggle and I am always looking for ways to engage my kiddos and reveal to them the creativity that is hiding inside. Every year I am always excited to launch my workshop and one way I do that is by teaching my kids about the process in which writers go through in order to publish great work. 

In kindergarten and 1st grade, typically students learn to form sentences using proper spelling and making sure their work begins with a capital and ends with punctuation. By second grade students are expected by the end of the year to write paragraphs. What a leap!

This writing process poster set doubles as a teaching resource when launching your writers workshop, but it becomes a clip chart and usable part of your writing block! Here’s how!

In kindergarten and 1st grade, typically students learn to form sentences using proper spelling and making sure their work begins with a capital and ends with punctuation. By second grade students are expected by the end of the year to write paragraphs. What a leap!  This writing process poster set doubles as a teaching resource when launching your writers workshop, but it becomes a clip chart and usable part of your writing block! Here’s how!


 As I introduce each step to my class they have an opportunity to practice the skills that go along with it.

Brainstorming
This step teaches students that they must plan out their ideas using graphic organizers. This gives teachers an opportunity to expose students to various organizers depending on the writing they’re wanting to create.

First Draft
The first draft is the starting point in a student’s writing where they are putting multiple sentences together to form paragraphs. They learn to write and get their ideas down on paper and worry about fixing any mistakes later in the writing process.

Self Editing
Editing ones work is an important skill that students will learn and will help them become productive partners in the peer editing step that comes next. Editing requires students to look for those spelling, capitalization, and punctuation mistakes in their work. This is also a time where teachers have the opportunity to show students the resources they can use to enhance their writing such as children’s dictionaries, classroom word walls, etc.

Peer Editing
Now students are able to help each other by reading over their peer’s work and help them fix any mistakes they find in their writing. It allows them to share their work and openly discuss their ideas.

Revising
Like editing, revising can be tricky for students since it requires them to add details to their writing for it to become more engaging and concise to their readers. Often times it’s hard for students to think about how others understand their writing since they’re so in their own minds about their stories. However, this is always a fun step to teach them and one where I see the most growth once the light bulb goes off.

Teacher Conference {this step can be inserted anywhere in the writing process}
This is an extremely important step because it allows you to touch base with each child and see what they’re working on. It also allows you to work with them to set writing goals and share a skill for them to practice independently. Keep a writing conference binder where you can easily access your notes or keep copies of student work.

Publishing
Possibly the most exciting step for any child in the writing process- publishing! Not only does a child take pride in writing their final drafts, but with all the work they put into this piece they’re probably ready to be done with it and move on. Publishing has students write their final drafts in their best handwriting and it’s always fun to have special publishing paper at their disposal.

A Celebration!
This step isn’t necessary to teach, but I think it’s important for students to celebrate their work and have an opportunity to share their published work with their peers or even parents if you’re able to have a quarterly get-together. Seeing themselves as student-authors is an important step in building their confidence as writers and to prove that although everyone has different writing abilities, everyone has work they should be proud of!

I love using these posters as a clip chart of sorts in my classroom since they make a wonderful resource display, but also makes it a useable part of our classroom. I find that students really enjoy moving their clip through the process and gives them ownership over their progress.


I love using these posters as a clip chart of sorts in my classroom since they make a wonderful resource display, but also makes it a useable part of our classroom. I find that students really enjoy moving their clip through the process and gives them ownership over their progress.

It’s also great for me to glance over and see who has been stuck on one step for a while or those who seem to steamroll through their writing. I am able to conference, or touch base, with those kiddos and see what goals they need to establish in order to get the most out of their writing.
It’s also great for me to glance over and see who has been stuck on one step for a while or those who seem to steamroll through their writing. I am able to conference, or touch base, with those kiddos and see what goals they need to establish in order to get the most out of their writing.

March 6, 2016

BTS: Classroom Job Cards

An easy way to implement classroom management and instill citizenship all year-round is through classroom jobs! It’s fascinating to see just how interested my students get when assigning (or choosing) their jobs for the week/month. Giving students an opportunity to help around the classroom and be responsible for something generates confidence within themselves, but also gives them purpose amongst their peers.

Establish classroom management and citizenship within your classroom with these easy to implement class jobs! Now with an updated look and new jobs!


ORIGINAL JOB CARDS INCLUDED
I’ve really enjoyed using these cards in the past and it made assigning the jobs every week very easy when using with clothespins. This download continues to include these original job cards as well as the new additions such as job descriptions for parents, newly updated formats, and bright clip art and fonts!

I’ve really enjoyed using these cards in the past and it made assigning the jobs every week very easy when using with clothespins. This download continues to include these original job cards as well as the new additions such as job descriptions for parents, newly updated formats, and bright clip art and fonts!

In my classroom I have always used clothespins to help with organization and easily swap student jobs every week. I placed our job cards on our classroom bathroom door since it is a visible spot and it allowed me to maximize the wall space I had in my room!

How do you display your class jobs?



NEW JOBS & UPDATED LOOK!
This download now includes a new look AND new jobs! 


These classroom job cards have a fresh new design and includes NEW jobs!


This most updated version of my job cards now includes new jobs and 2 formats for easy implementation in any classroom.

POSSIBLE WAYS TO DISPLAY CLASS JOBS: