Author Archives : Sarah Phillips

Future Followers Fest: First Dozen Downloads Free!

Dear Future Followers,
Do you enjoy using carefully crafted free materials in your classroom or in your homeschool space? If so, thank you for clicking the Follow Me button at the top of my shop on TpT! 

That little effort is about to pay off in a big way, I hope: The first DOZEN downloads of every new product in my store will now be free to followers. Additionally, the first ten raters who send a ratings screenshot to me at will receive directly from me any nonbundled item in my store for free.

Since you’re about to be a follower, there is good news for you. If you’ve ever wanted one of my products but were tapped out already on your personal school spending–I get it—this is your chance! Every product in my store that hasn’t yet been downloaded a dozen times is now free. As soon as I hit the magic number of downloads, the price will be changed.

Also, be one of the first 10 to rate the product fairly, send me a screenshot at, and earn yourself whatever other unbundled item you request in that note.

Teachers Pay Teachers has been a blessing to me and my family from both sides of the storefront. Through purchases, it has given me back tons of time that I could spend with my family and friends. Through sales, it offers me the chance to reach far beyond the walls of my own classroom to, hopefully, enrich the lives of students—and save their teachers that magic “T” word. (Time is absolutely a teacher’s most prized possession. NOT all of it should be spent on schoolwork!)

Of course, TpT has also been my “side hustle” and has given me just a teeny bit of financial confidence. However, since after 5 years of uploading my heart and soul, I’m still only earning a cup or two of coffee each day and need those coffee funds in retirement now more than ever, I’m eagerly looking for ways to boost my sales.

Did you know that the fewer ratings a product has, the lower it appears in a search result? Awesome products may be on page 132 of a search! I don’t know about you, but I never had time to go digging that deeply for an activity. I’m hoping that this scheme of mine will be mutually beneficial, so please spread the word about this amazing opportunity! #FDDF:FirstDozenDownloadsFree

With love,
Sally Phillips
Teaching’s a Joy!

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MATH PRACTICE – TEK 5.7 and CCSS 5.MD.A.1: Measurement Conversions Super Bowl

Football season is in high gear, AND it’s time to teach measurement in fourth and fifth grades!

Product Cover:  Giant Football on Football Field Background

One buyer said, “Converting isn’t really all that fun and this made converting fun! Some of us (me) learned about goal lines and end zones!!”

Full of engaging, entertaining Super Bowl and NFL trivia, “TEK 5.7 and CCSS 5.MD.A.1: Measurement Conversions Super Bowl” includes ideas for differentiation, a lesson song and “dance,” teaching strategies, 2 versions of 24 task cards (multiple choice and open-ended), 2 answer keys, a football field diagram, and a Roman Numeral chart.  (Gotta know what all those X’s and I’s mean, right?!)

TEK 5.7 and CCSS 5.MD.A.1 expect children to apply mathematical process standards to select appropriate units, strategies, and tools to solve problems involving measurement. The student learns to solve problems by calculating conversions within a measurement system–customary or metric. Though this product is written specifically to fifth grade, it is suitable for advanced fourth grade mathematicians as well.

One buyer said, “Converting isn’t really all that fun and this made converting fun! Some of us (me) learned about goal lines and end zones!!

Follow me at, and you’ll be the first to know when this product is available in digital, no prep, no grade format!

Happy teaching,
Teaching’s a Joy

Make Ten, LEARN Ten!


Fourth grade teachers LOVE it when their students arrive moving into and out of ten with fluency and ease–something students are expected to learn in Kindergarten and First Grade. This zero prep, digital product has your students practicing reaching the sum of ten with addends 1 through 9, using ten frames (with drag and drop counters) and If/Then thinking. Product is suitable for repeated (REPEATED) use by any age student.


Happy teaching!


Teaching’s a Joy!