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Word Work Centers Freebie!!!

I just love freebies!!!!!!!! They really do help my classroom go 'round. That's why I try to make a lot of the products in my store free for many teachers to use. And here's my newest freebie: 

I love centers!! And even more, I love coming up with ideas for centers!!!!!
I have drawers for all my Word Work supplies. I print out these posters and laminate them. Then I print out the recording pages I use and make class copies. I put the pages along with the original in a large brown envelope with the Word Work Poster. Students can then take the envelope and supplies with them to an appropriate work space. 

The posters are as follows: 
Magnetic Letters - 2 recording pages
Wikki Stix
White Board - 
Playdough - 4 recording pages, also included is editable PowerPoint file to create workmats
Rainbow Write - 4 recording pages
Word Wall - 1 recording page
ABC Order - 2 recording pages
Markerpalooza - 2 recording pages

Parents - this is a great way to reinforce what we are doing in school, at home! 

I hope you can use and enjoy this little freebie for a limited time!!

These are all pretty simple centers featuring a variety of recording pages from which to choose. Most of my centers are self contained with minimal prep time. We may however create a themed Word Work center focusing on words in our content area or we may put a phonics game in the games drawer every once in a while. The children like to see things changed up, so I try to keep it updated. 

If you want your own FREE copy, click on the picture below and make sure to leave feedback!! Thanks so much, and Happy Teaching!!

Me on the Map!

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Hello all!! I know it has been an unbelievable amount of time since my last post and I have an excellent excuse:

I hurt my neck. :(
I don't know how or when but about two weeks ago it just started hurting like crazy. I've been to the doctor twice and I am now on a strict regimen of doing nothing - I'm not supposed to walk or drive or go to work but I'm supposed to rest, to medicate, and to not be on the computer (oops) or text, email, browse, play games on the phone (yeah, oops for that too!) either. And I've done really well the past two weeks!!! But I'm going a little crazy with cabin fever. Anyway, my newest round of medicine and home therapy should have me all healthy and healed by Monday, fingers crossed!

I wanted to share a simple activity that we did last year to finish off our Me on the Map unit!! We are currently planning it right now.
It's our Map Walk Treasure Hunt!
At the end of the unit, we get together with the music teacher, cafeteria, library teacher, computer teacher, and principal and give our kiddos clues about where to go in the school. They use the clues and the school map to go about collecting items from each station. They end up on the playground with the principal who is there to give them popsicles as their end of hunt treat!

The clues are as follows: 
Computer room


Music room




Playground where Principal is

Each destination gives the students a little treat: 
Computer: Bubbles
Music: Kazoo
Cafeteria: Water 
Library: Gummy Worms
Office: fun, colorful bandaids
Playground: Popsicle

We divide the children into five groups of 5 or 6 children each. 
Each group is given a different clue to begin and they are off!! At each destination students get a new clue until they all end up on the playground. 

When we are done, we write about what we did and make a map using the items as symbols for our map key. 
We invite parents to come and walk around with us. 

We allow the children to play for about 10 minutes on the playground at the end. 

It's a great way to finish off our map unit. 

Please feel free to download your own copies of my clues and rotation chart and letter below: 
I've made them editable through Google drive for you to change if you wish! 

Thanks for reading and happy teaching!!

Class Newsletter - The Weekly Ozmopolitan

Happy Labor Day friends!! So far I am loving my first day off (weekends don't count!!)!!! I've got cookie dough chilling in the fridge and I'm about to start on a Red Velvet Cake. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!

Here is a quick look at my class newsletter, The Weekly Ozmopolitan. 
Obviously, since my theme is Wizard of Oz, I've duly named it. 
The front page has a note from me, our WOW, and some information for parents about what we will be doing in the classroom on things they may not exactly know about like the Daily Cafe. 

I plan on posting one every Friday via email to my parents and here on the blog. I've never done a class newsletter this way. We send home our {Weekly Assignment Sheets} in the {OZ binder} every week but this year I thought I would try this as well. We shall see! I've heard back from one parent about how much she loved it!! 

In the middle pages I included some pictures from the first couple of weeks. 

On the back page I put some fun trivia and our class wish list. There is upcoming news and events listed and some helpful learning websites. 

I hope my parents find this newsletter useful!! 

If you click {HERE} you can grab a template for yourself. 

Thanks for reading!!!