Sunday, June 28, 2015

5 Things to Do Over the Summer to Make Next Year AWESOME!

So if you're like me... you're just now starting to settle into to the relaxing days of Summer. But, before you get too relaxed, I wanted to share some tips with you about a few *little* things you could be doing this summer to make a HUGE difference for you in the new school year. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Prefix Word Study

What do you do when pictures and context clues aren't enough to help a child understand the meaning of a word? 

I had to tackle this very problem in my 3rd grade classroom this year. The majority of my students were proficient readers. They could sound out words that did not know rather well...even those tricky multi-syllabic words that littered our new third grade rigorous text. 

I noticed that most of my students relied too heavily on context clues and pictures to help them understand the meaning of the new words they came across. They'd make their primary teachers proud! But our problem was most of our "BIG" third grade text lacked pictures and the context clues weren't always enough. We needed a different strategy and fast! Help!  
Word Study: Prefixes

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer Buckets: Idea for Avoiding the Summer Slip

Can you beleive the end of the year is already upon us? I can barely believe it myself! I wanted to share a fun and engaging idea as an alternative to "Summer Review" packets.

summer buckets summer review

I started using this idea a few years ago when I was looking for an alternative to a huge summer review packet and I've never looked back! 

As soon as I brought in these colorful and fun buckets, my class was ready and intrigued. They were even more excited when they learned they get to fill these fun colored buckets with activities they make. 

So here's some tips on making them for your cuties to use this summer!


I found these cute buckets from Micheal's Craft stores. They are usually around $1 a bucket and with only 16 kiddos this year, buying one for every kid wasn't too bad. If you plan ahead, you can grab sand buckets for about 35-50 cents around back to school time. I didn't plan ahead this year, but next year, I'll be ready! 

You don't have to use these buckets, any larger bucket will do. 
Remember: the bigger the bucket the more "goodies" you can send off with your kids. 

summer packet alternatives


 Here's the fun and easy part of the whole idea. These babies can be filled with anything to help your students over the summer. This year, I sent home all our left over math consumables (Now they're not in the trash!) and any review work we didn't finish. I also sent home a cursive packet for them to practice their newly formed skills. 

Other suggested items:

-Science consumables
-Reading consumables
-Interactive Student Notebooks
-Flash cards
-Game ideas, online program log ins
-Summer reading suggestions
-Old books from your classroom library that are ready to be loved by someone else.

My thirds were most excited about making their own summer review supplies!  Spinner games are an old favorite and they are so easy to do at home. To make our little "Spinner Game Pack",  students filled a gallon size baggie with a pencil and a paperclip.  

easy math games

Then each day, I'd pass out a new spinner game. We'd play a sampling of the game with a friend, then tuck the spinner into our baggies for safe keeping. 

easy low prep math games

The best part of these spinner games is that most of them do not require a recording sheet, so students can truly play all summer! My newly minted 4th's have a healthy mix of math, reading, and writing games to keep them engaged this summer break! 

reading strategy game
Here's an example of a reading strategy spinner game!

You can grab these spinner games for your kiddos here in my TpT store.

Spin a review games

Flash cards are another great activity to put in your summer buckets! In years past, I had my students make their own self checking flash cards.

flash cards

self checking flash cards

student made flash cards
(You can grab these here

This year, I was blessed enough to have my school purchase a standard set of multiplication flash cards for each of my students. How cool is that? Even though I'm not a fan of skill and drill, flash cards are great for review in the car or for some math games. 

I hope you're inspired to keep your kiddos engaged this summer with summer buckets! 

So what are some other ways you help keep your students working over the summer? 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Main Idea, Similes, and Bird Nests!

Can you believe it is almost the end of the year? Where has the time gone???

Well... things have def not slowed down for this Applicious Teacher! Here's what we've been up to the for the past few weeks!

First up...


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

We {HEART} Teachers Winners!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week! I know I was showered with notes, small tokens of appreciation and more hugs then I knew what to do with! 

But, let's get on to the REAL reason you're here! You want to see who won all those AMAZING prize packs! Well... here they are!

Friday, May 8, 2015

We {HEART} Teachers 5- Organized Teacher, Primary Perfect, and Intermediate Fun

It's Friday guys! We made it! We made it! 

Sadly, this means it's our last day of our We {HEART} Teachers event

Of course we have to end on a high note, so we have not one, not two, not three, but FOUR amazing prize packs for you today! 

First up... are you ready to get organized for the new year? Like for real organized? The you'll love this #OrganizedTeacher prize pack!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

We {HEART} Teachers Day 4- Teacher Fashion and AMAZING Resources

We're on our 4th day of the We {HEART} Teachers event and can I just say... it's only getting better with time!

Today we have TWO Amazing prize packs up for grabs! 

The first is for all those teacher fashionistas out there!

This prize pack is stuffed with all my faves! Here's what in this pack!

Kendra Scott Elle Earrings- Perfect for every occasion, you'll want to wear these babies with every outfit! Your choice of color! 

Thirty One Zip Top Organizing Utility Tote- Get your stuff to and from school in style with this convenient and stylist tote! It even has side pockets! T-Shirt- Choose one design to sport your teacher fashion with a $30 credit towards any shirt of your choice! Be sure to visit their website and see their selection! 

Alex and Ani Apple Bracelet- Add this classic teacher charm to your arm candy collection!

$50 Tieks Gift Card- Now you can get a pair of the most comfortable teaching shoes! 

Keep Collective Leather Band Bracelet- If you're addicted to charms, you'll love this bracelet! Comes with your initial and a cute apple charm! 

Ready to win this pack? Enter below!

Now... we know you're a busy teacher and that means you need resources to pull duty ALL year! Enter this AMAZING digital prize pack of resources designed to take you from the beginning to the end! 

Need a closer look? Check out the links below! You won't believe what this pack contains!

1. Phonics Interactive Bundle from Hippo Hooray in 2nd grade. 

2. Social Studies Tab-Its  from Simply Skilled in Second

3. Math Strategies Posters from Flip Flops and First Grade

4. Editable Substitute Binder from Mrs. Richard's Class

5. It's Time to Work on Writing from Caitlin Clabby at Kindergarten Smiles

6. Comprehension Posters from the Tattooed Teacher

7. Fluency for 2nds Progressive Bundle from Tamara Russell

8. Reading Interactive Anchor Charts from The Applicious Teacher

9. School Year Bundle from Sunny Days in Second Grade

10. Prove It! Growing Bundle from Sticky Notes and Glitter

11. Custom Classroom Collection- from Learning is Something to Treasure

12. Student Brag Bracelets from Hands on Teacher in First

Yup... you need it all! PINKY PROMISE! Enter below! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Did you see the prices on those products... that's some BIG LOVE! 

and don't forget all our other prize packs are still up for grabs! Click the pics below to check them out!

Happy Friday EVE! 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

We {HEART} Teachers Day 3- Healthy Teachers

Happy Wednesday! You're half way through your week and we're half way through our giveaway!

Today is all about helping you find your inner #healthyteacher...

A healthy teacher is a happy teacher, and don't we all want to just be happy? ;) 

So, we've filled this awesome prize pack to the brim to help you reach any fitness goal (even if it is just to walk from the couch to the kitchen and back! ;))

Here's a closer look at what we've got in store for you!

1. Fitbit Zip- Easiest way to get active? Increase your steps! As teachers we seem to be up on our feet all day. Might as well let those steps between desks and walking students to lunch add up to something big!

2. Customized Water Bottle- How cute are these? Like seriously! Get that water in with your own personalized one! Now you'll want to go to the gym! ;) 

3. IPod Shuffle-  We're giving you a shuffle to help you get your groove thing on! Pick your color to match your favorite workout shoes! 

4. $10 ITunes Gift Card- Fill your new IPod Shuffle with your favorite work out jams! 

5. Hot Chic Sports Skirt- Perfect for walks, runs, or training sessions at the gym. Hot Chic Sports wants to you feel beautiful anywhere you go with these perfect sport skits. No ride bike shorts built in make it ideal for running errands or your first 5k! Be sure to check out their website to find your favorite pattern! 

So much to win in this pack! Enter for your chance to win below! 

Now, just in case you are just now joining us... be sure to head through the beginning of this event! All the prize packs are staying open until Midnight Monday! Click the pics below to check it out!

Day One...

Day Two...
Yeah, that's an Ipad mini! 

AND Don't forget! Today's the LAST day you can save upto 28% in all of our stores! 

Don't forget to use the code THANKYOU to take off that extra 10%! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

We {HEART} Teachers Day 2- Techie Teachers

It's time for day two of our We {HEART} Teachers Event 

and that means more fun stuff for you to win! 
But first, I am sure you are anxious to see if you won one of those 2 TpT Gift Certificates!

and the winners are...

CONGRATULATIONS! And thank you to all those that entered!

Today's prize is one for the #techieteachers... AND the not so techie teachers ;)

Yeah... you're reading that right! Here's an official run down of this totally awesome prize pack!

IPad Mini 2- Now you can bring technology to your classroom (or just keep it for yourself, we won't tell! ;)) with your own tablet. The miniature size makes it ideal for smaller hands or stowing away in a purse!

Chevron Stand Case- How cute is this case? Protect your newest accessory with this easy to find cover! The built in stand makes it ideal for video viewing while you're jet setting to Vegas this summer! (You are coming to Vegas, right? Can't wait to see you there!)

$10 Itunes Gift Card- Buy some educational apps, download a few books, whatever you want! You've got $10 to spend to help fill up your new toy, I mean educational resource, with new apps! 

Planbook Subscription for you and a friend- Ok, I shared yesterday that I LOVE Planbook because of how user friendly it is AND you can share lesson plans with your teammates. Now you and a teammate can enjoy easy planning for the year! You can check out more on   

Ready to get your #techieteacher on? Enter the Rafflecopter below! 

I am also excited to share with you that TeachersPayTeachers decided to join in on the Teacher Appreciation week fun!  They are having a site wide sale today and tomorrow as a way to say thank you for all your hard work this year!

Thank you Deana from Primary Punch for creating this cute graphic! 

So, from May 5th through the 6th ALL our stores will be on sale! Combine that with the coupon code THANKYOU and you can save up to 28% off your must have resources! Grab up some products to get your through the rest of this year or stock up for next year! It's all good when there's a sale! 

...And because we know your feet are tired at the end of a long day (and your brain!), we made it easy to shop! All your favorite stores all in one location! 

Don't forget to use the coupon code: THANKYOU!

Monday, May 4, 2015

We {HEART} Teachers- Day 1

Happy Monday! 

We are on our first official day of our We {HEART} Teachers event! 

I know as teachers, we don't usually look forward to Mondays... but this Monday is special! It's the first day of Teacher Appreciation week! That means you'll be showered with notes of thanks, tokens of affection and LOTS OF HUGS! <3! 

It also means it's time to giveaway some AMAZING prizes!

Today, we have this amazing #TeacherEssentials prize pack for you!

This is a small collection of items to help you get through your weeks! 

Here's a peek at what YOU can win..

1. Blair Turner Paper Notepads- How cute are these? Perfect for all those last minute lists! And the Fun colors are SURE to brighten up any paper piled desk! ;) 

2. Spring Bling Coffee Cozy from Miss Squirrels Shop- Now that the end of the year is starting, coffee is a must! keep it warm with this adorable bejeweled cozy! <3

3. 12 Pack of Flair Pens- So you can write beautiful "to do" lists on those notepads! ;)

4. Custom Designed Pencil Door Hanger from Tallahassee Sunday- They made the CUTEST apple door hanger for me! Now you'll get one too! 

5. Custom Water Color Print from The Teacher Print Shop- Rachel from The Tattooed Teacher has an eye for desgin and she'll make you a CUSTOM Water color type print and MAIL it you! YES PLEASE!   

6. Pampered Teacher Box- Every teacher deserves a little pampering! Pampered Teacher is a monthly subscription service that sends you special hand picked teacher items based on your likes and wants! They've graciously donated one box for you! 

7. $10 Starbucks Gift Card- So you can have a cup to wrap that ADORABLE coffee cozy around! Oh and help fuel you for a few more days! 

8. Planbook Subscription for a year- I switched from a word document style lesson plan book to using this online service and I LOVE it! User friendly, easy, and soooo convenient. I can even send my lesson plans to my teammates! 

That's an AMAZING prize pack! What to enter? Enter below using the Rafflecopter!

AND don't forget today's the last day for you to enter the chance to win one of three $40 GC for 

TeachersPayTeachers, just in time for their Teacher Appreciation Sale!

Click here to go enter that giveaway! We'll be announcing the winners tomorrow AND We'll have another AMAZING prize pack up for grabs... let's just say teachers love their apple... products... ;) 

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