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Teachers Pay Teachers Sale and a Ten Dollar Gift Card

Happy February!

Ground Hog’s Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, National Children’s Dental Health Month, and African American History Month.  Did I forget anything?  Whew!  It’s a busy month!  Fortunately, at the Teachers Pay Teachers website, educators have access to thousands of resources on all the topics I’ve mentioned.  Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sale on February 7th and 8th.  They’re just a few hours left to take advantage of the sale.  Use the code:  LOVETpT to get a discount on everything that you purchase.  Don’t forget to press the APPLY button when you enter the code at checkout.  In addition discount code, everything in my SHOP will be 20% off during the sale!

More good news!  I received a TEN DOLLAR gift card from Teachers Pay Teachers.  I can use the gift card to promote my business.  One lucky educator will receive the gift card good toward items at Teachers Pay Teachers.  I want YOU to have a chance to win!  Please visit the blog post HERE to enter.  The contest ends on February 14th, 2017 so don’t delay!  I don’t have many any entrants so your chance to win is high!  TBOTEMC boasts that is has THOUSANDS of page views so I’m hoping for entries!That’s all for now!

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Ten Dollar Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

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Happy December!

In my LAST POST, I mentioned a giveaway on a post from my own blog for a ten dollar Teachers Pay Teachers gift card.  “Tori” is the winner of the giveaway.  She has an extra ten dollars of spending money or she can give the code to another teacher as a gift.

I am happy to announce that I am running ANOTHER GIVEAWAY for the same prize!  This contest has a very easy requirement and you don’t need to follow anyone to enter!  The giveaway ends on December 15th and the winner will be announced that same evening.  This way, the lucky winner will have the code to use while we’re still within the Christmas season!  Of course, he/she can keep the gift card for later use because Teachers Pay Teachers gift cards NEVER EXPIRE!  Click on the word CONTEST to enter the giveaway.

That’s all for now!

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Ten Dollar Teachers Pay Teachers Giveaway

Hello readers!

I hope you are enjoying the CYBER DAYS sale over at the Teachers Pay Teachers website.  It ends at midnight (EST) on Tuesday, November 29th.  Everything at my shop is 20% off until then.  Use the promo code:  CYBER2016 to get an additional savings.  Don’t forget to hit the “APPLY” button when you go to check out.

I’m having a GIVEAWAY at my blog!  A ten dollar Teachers Pay Teachers gift card is up for grabs.  Use it to buy items at the website or give it to a teacher.  It’s the perfect gift for every educator.  There’s just one question you’ll need to answer to enter the contest.  You’ll know the answer to it!  Answer question two to get an additional entry to the contest.  It’s something you won’t want to forget to do when you go through check-out on Teachers Pay Teachers today.  Click on the image shown to go to the contest.

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GIVEAWAY – Ten Dollar Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Happy Fall, Happy Late Saturday Morning, Happy Johnny Appleseed Day!  I’m all kinds of “HAPPY” today and I’m having a giveaway.  One lucky person will receive a ten dollar Teachers Pay Teachers gift card.  It’s good toward educational resources, clip art, and anything else on the Teachers Pay Teachers website.  Best of all, TPT gift cards NEVER expire!

The giveaway is open worldwide and I will send the winner an email with the code for the gift card.  When you go through “check out” at Teachers Pay Teachers, there’s an option that says, Redeem a Gift Card”.  Enter the code and hit “APPLY”.  There’s one thing you’ll need to do to enter the giveaway on the Rafflecopter.  Increase your odds of winning by doing the second task as well.  Click on the image shown below to go to my blog and enter the contest.  Hurry!  The give away ends on October 1st, 2016.

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Free Language Arts Lesson “Clip Cards and a Gift Card”

It’s “Back to School” season and I have a few goodies for you!  I’m excited to let you know that I am hosting a giveaway!  Teachers Pay Teachers issued a gift card to me so that I could promote my store.  Thank you TpT!

One lucky contestant will win a $10.00 gift card good toward teaching resources (or clip art) at the Teachers Pay Teachers website.

There’s only one requirement on the Rafflecopter to enter the contest.   A second task can be done to increase your odds of winning.  You’ll need to hurry!  The contest ends on August 23, 2016!  Although the contest will be short-lived, Teachers Pay Teachers gift cards NEVER EXPIRE!  They may not be used with purchase orders.

Click the image shown below to visit my blog and enter the Rafflecopter contest!gift cardIf you’re a kindergarten or first grade teacher, you will like the second goodie.  It’s a complete set of FREE alphabet clip cards.  If you’ve never used clip cards as a center activity, I highly recommend them.  They’re easy to put together and provide hours of learning engagement.  You’ll need a package of clothespins and some bright colored cardstock paper.  This file prints with black ink.  letter identification activityChildren match the uppercase letters with the appropriate lowercase letters by “clipping” the clothespins to the appropriate answers.  It’s best to program the answers on the backs of the cards with a highlighter or circular stickers.  This way, the center becomes self-checking.  tips for creating literacy centersLetter knowledge is a kindergarten skill.  However, there are many first graders that require additional practice . . . especially at the beginning of the school year when they are recovering from the “Summer Slump”.  Additionally, many children enter first grade feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by their new grade level requirements.  Providing struggling first graders with a center that they can complete at 96% to 100% accuracy builds their confidence in working independently.  teaching alphabetClick on the image shown below to get the alphabet center freebie!free alphabet clip cardsThat’s all for now.

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Back to School – Number Counting Posters

It might be “Christmas in July” but it’s “BACK TO SCHOOL” in August!  Here’s a photo of my boxwood bushes done up with lights during the past holiday in july freebieWell, it’s not Christmas yet but I do have a FREEBIE for you.  Read on.

I’ve just finished a GIANT file of numeral and number counting posters.  The posters have mosaic backgrounds.  I purchased these papers from Bev’s Learning Hut and I couldn’t be more pleased with how beautiful they turned out!  Best of all, mosaic designs have been in existence for a long time and they NEVER go out of style!

There are a total of SEVEN sets of colors in the priced file.  I’m offering one set as a FREEBIE.  (Merry Christmas in July!)  The colors included in the larger file are red, blue, green, pink, orange, purple, and light blue.  You’re getting the red set with blue fish!

Each set of posters includes numerals zero through twenty.  There are colorful fish displayed on the posters to match each numeral shown.  The children can practice counting skills by counting the fish on any given poster.  If you display the posters at the children’s eye level on your classroom wall, they can practice counting during their spare time.

Each numeral is approximately 7 centimeters tall.  The numeral font that I used is a ideal for modeling correct numeral formation.  The numeral “4” is formed with straight lines.  The line on the numeral “9” is straight so that is does not appear like an upside down “6”.

I have created these poster with simplicity in mind so that educators can use them to focus on a few of the related Common Core Math Standards for kindergarten.  Those are:

1.  Writing numerals 0 to 20.

2.  Reading numbers 0 to 20.

3.  Counting up to 20 objects (with numbers 0 to 10 in scattered formation) and naming the corresponding number.

You will need colored ink to print the posters.  I recommend printing them with white cardstock paper.  If you’d like, laminate them for long lasting use.

The slide show below shows some of the posters from the large file.  You might notice that I was able to print without a white edge around my pages.  The mosaic backgrounds are very attractive when there is NO WHITE BORDER.  Plus, printing without the white edge means that you won’t spend any time trimming.  I’ve included a tutorial on how to print without the white border.  You can also view this blog post to see picture directions:  Borderless Printing Tips for Teachers.

Click the FIRST image to view the posters at my Teachers Pay Teachers shop.  Click the SECOND image to get the FREE, 0 to 20 number posters with the red mosaic style.number-postersnumber-counting-postersI hope that you are enjoying your summer break!  School will be coming soon!

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FREE MISC. Lesson – “Leap Day Birthday Certificates”

If you teach for 30 years 7 to 8 of those years will be “Leap Years”.  If you teach for 30 years in a self-contained classroom with 20 students per year, you’ll have taught a total of 600 children!  Odds are that you’ll have at least one child during your teaching career that will be born on February 29th.

I’ve made a birthday certificate for that eventuality.  There are color and black ink versions.  Some of the certificates can be used this year (2016) which is a leap year.  I’ve also made some that can be used when it’s not a leap year.  Click on the second image to download it from my Teachers Pay Teachers shop.

Here’s some leap year trivia:  Do you think leap year is every 4 years?  Well, almost.  While it’s true that a leap year must be divisible by 4, it’s not the only requirement.  According to a Gregorian calendar, the beginning of a new century must also be divisible by 400 in order to qualify as a leap year.  The year 2000 was a leap year because it’s divisible by 400.  The next century will begin in 2100 and it won’t be a leap year!

leap-day-birthday-certificateHappy Leap Day!

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FREE MISC. Lesson – Kindergarten End of the Year

High school seniors are not the only ones that will be wearing caps and gowns this May and June!  Did you know that some kindergartners will be dressed as little graduates too?  They wear these for the closing ceremonies at the end of the school year.  But . . . technically, they have a few more years of school before they can get a high school DIPLOMA!

FREEBIE ALERT!  I made 4 printables with a few kindergarten skills in mind.  I know that you have worked on these types of skills all year long!  It’s a “Cap and Gown” theme.  There are two language arts review sheets and two math review sheets.

The printable in the photo shown below is a coloring activity.  The children read the color words and color each gown appropriately.

end of the year kindergarten gowns

Identifying Color Words

The next printable will review with the hard /c/ and hard /g/ sounds.  Children look at the picture and circle the letter that has the same beginning sound as in the word “cap” or as in the word “gown”.


Caps and Gowns

How many times did you practice counting this year?  Here’s a printable to practice that skill once again!  Children count the number of caps within each group and circle the appropriate numeral.


One to One Correspondence

The last sheet is a graphing activity.  Children create a horizontal bar graph to show more caps than gowns.  They answer a few basic questions about the graph they made.


Graphing Caps & Gowns


If you’re a kindergarten teacher, I hope your students will enjoy using these printables during one of their last days of school this year.  To get the freebie, click on the image shown below.  Then download and save it to your own computer or flash drive.

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FREE MISC. LESSON – End of the Year Alpha-Numeric Codes

“Have a safe summer”, “See you next year”, “Don’t forget to practice your multiplication tables!”  These along with many goodbye hugs are the send-off messages teachers and principals use on the last day of school.  By the time children are in the third grade, they can easily finish these farewell messages for you.

Students LOVE solving alpha-numeric codes!  My latest FREEBIE combines end-of-the-year expressions with alpha-numeric codes.  These can be used with grades first through third.

end of the school year expressions

End of the School Year Messages

Here’s how it works.  Students are given an alpha-numeric key.  The letters from the year-end message are included in the key.  A letter is used once in the key regardless of how many times it is used within the message.  Then, the letters are assigned numerals.  One numeral is positioned above each letter.

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Read Lots of Books!

Blank lines are printed below the key.  There is one blank line for every letter within the message.  Blank lines are grouped together to spell one word.  Space is placed between groups of blank lines to separate words.

alphabet-numeral codes

Last Day of School Send-off Messages

Students use the alpha-numeric key to find and write the appropriate letters in the blanks.


An End-of-the-Year Message!

The finished work reveals the end of the year message which the children can then read!

We want our students’ activities to be rich and meaningful.  In order for alpha-numeric decoding activities to transcend to that level, we MUST provide students with the opportunity to CREATE their own codes!  Otherwise, it’s just a fun activity without causing higher order thinking to take place.  Included with this freebie is a page where students finish writing the numerals above the designated letters.  The numerals can be written in random order or a number pattern such as skip counting could be used.  Then, they write the numerals below the blanks to create the coded message.  They trade papers with a classmate and solve the message.

make your own code

Finish the Code and Plot the Message

Get your FREEBIE by clicking on the image shown below:

end-of-yearIf you have students that are ready for the challenge of creating a coded message with little on no support, you can also grab the page shown below.  It will provide students with detailed directions on how to create a coded message.  Due to the level of difficulty, this page is not included in the file above.  If you have advanced students that are gifted in this area, they will eat this up!


Make a Coded Message

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Free Mother’s Day Flower Craft

May is magical, memorable, and magnificent!

For teachers, it can also be draining with end of the year report cards, testing, record maintenance, ceremonies, field days and packing up the classroom for the summer!  On top of all that, Mother’s Day is in the month of May.  Our students deserve to take home something special for their moms/mums for Mother’s Day.  Finding the time to put together a thoughtful craft for our students to make can be a challenge during this busy month.

I created a tropical flower pattern which is super simple and inexpensive.  Best of all, no two flowers turn out the same because the children add their own unique designs to the flowers.  If your students are first graders or older, they can also create their own leaves for the flowers with green construction paper and a black markers.  It will be best to model a leaf drawing first.

The photo below shows how a few of our tropical flowers turned out.


Mother’s Day Flower Craft

If you plan to use glue, I recommend that you start EARLY during the school day so that the project will be dry by the afternoon for dismissal time.  I stapled the stems, leaves, and flowers together.  We used glue for the “seeds” inside the cupcake liners.  If you need a copy of the pattern, follow this link:

Tropical Flower Pattern

If you need a complete tutorial on how to make this craft, follow this link:

Mother’s Day Flower Craft

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Teacher Appreciation Sale!

Let’s Go Shopping!

The Teachers Pay Teachers “Teacher Appreciation” Sale takes place on May 5 and May 6, 2015.  I can hardly wait!  Everything in my store will be discounted at 20% off.  Don’t forget to use the COUPON CODE to get an additional discount.  The COUPON CODE is:  ThankYou.  Remember to click on the “APPLY” button when you are ready to make your purchases.

One thing that I love about Teachers pay Teachers sales is that the coupons are endless!  The coupon code works no matter how many times I shop.  If I go shopping on May 5th and forget an item, I can always go back later and use the coupon code again.  But . . . once the sale is over with, the coupon code won’t work.

I’ve been busy creating new products and am excited to show you a few here.  This is my first post on The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative WordPress blog.  Therefore, I am not sure how all the bells and whistles work but it will be fun to take her for a test drive.

Sight words sheets for instant word recognitionpractice.

Sight Words Practice

Alphabet recognition practice

Letter Recitation Practice Sheets

Number identification

Numeral Recognition


Concept of Word Tracking Sheets

Teachers are a-MAY-zing.

  Thank you for making an impact on future generations.

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