Resources

Hey Wonderful Teacher- 

Here are resources for you to use within your classroom. Please feel free to download and share them with as many teacher friends as you would like. 

Please don’t take them and sell them as your own.

Let me know any comments or feedback by emailing msnatashatheodora@gmail.com  

**Some of these might be set to A4 paper instead of Letter size. Please double-check before printing anything and click fit to page!**

Tap Someone Who- A Class Gratitude Activity

You work together every day as a class, and don’t take the time to say thank you and show appreciation. This activity takes time to appreciate one another and show gratitude.

Print, cut, add your student names, and go!

How to Use:

Students should sit in a circle with their backs facing the middle, and their eyes closed. The teacher will tap students and call them to the middle to show appreciation. Students not tapped will remain seated. The teacher will then read prompts. Students in the middle gently tap their peers on the shoulder if the descriptor matches them. After a few turns, students return to the circle, and new students are called to the middle. After the activity, there is a debriefing conversation.

This includes:

-Thorough directions to play including directions for the teacher and direction cards to read at the start of the activity

-Prompts to show gratitude

-Blank prompt cards to create your own

-Discussion questions

-Blank discussion question cards to create your own

On Demand Writing Assessment Covers

If you use the Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP/ Lucy Calkins) Writing Units of Study or just teach writing these On Demand covers are a life saver. 

Before each On Demand assessment I print off the cover so I know if it was the beginning of the unit or the end of the unit. This also helps parents see the growth their child made even if the writing isn’t perfect. These are available in both vertical and horizontal options. Choose which one is best for your grade level and print away! 

Substitute Teacher Reflection

Regrouping after a substitute can be a lot of work. Take the first 10 minutes of your day and have your students complete a reflection about their learning while you were out. This quick check-in is a lifesaver! 
 
How to Use:
Choose which reflection best suits the needs of your class.
Print out the reflection.
Have students fill it out.
Decide to meet with groups of students or 1:1 to address situations that came up with the substitute teacher.  
 
 

Classroom Library Labels

Organizing your classroom library in a kid-friendly way is one way to ensure reading success in your classroom. These library labels have a clear picture on each label to help our youngest learners gain independence in using the classroom library. 

How to Use:

You’ll need to print, laminate, and cut the cards. Next, you’ll need to sort your books into different categories and sort into bins of varying sizes depending on the number of books in each category. I have found success using velcro to attach the laminated labels to baskets. 

This includes:

There are many labels to meet the needs of your classroom library in the following categories- 

Library Organization, Months and Seasons, Animals, Science, Math, Places, Earth, Sports and HobbiesPeople and Communities, School and School Events, Literature, United StatesHolidays, Fountas and Pinnell Levels

Writing Helper- Letters

This little strip of letters is one of the most helpful tools I have in my classroom. I’ve used it in first, second, and third. Now that I use flexible seating I don’t have those cute little nameplates anymore. This is a great tool for writers to keep close as they write those amazing stories of theirs! 

Letter Bus

Learning and reviewing letter sounds has never been so fun! My first graders can’t get enough of the letter bus. Sung to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus, this song works to practice letter names and sounds with a bit of fun!
Twenty-six letter busses included with alphabet pictures matching alphabet below.

Alphabet Set

This includes:

-Alphabet posters in color and black and white

-Class alphabet linking chart in a variety of formats including color and black and white

-Student alphabet linking charts in black and white

All of the pictures are intentionally chosen to represent a specific letter sound. This way, each time a child looks at the picture, they hear the sound we want them to understand. All of the vowels are short vowel words (apple, egg, iguana, octopus, umbrella). Letters like c or g that make different sounds have a hard sound (cat, girl). X uses the word box- the only word in the alphabet set to end with the specific sound.

Class Valentines

Print, Color, and Hand Out!

Printable valentines to share with your class. Use for your whole class or print and save in case students don’t bring valentines to school.

28 different designs with cute punny messages

Horizontal Paper Choices

These paper choices are excellent for the elementary classroom. The margin on the left is intentionally left larger to help kids when they staple their stories together. Nothing is worse than writing a beautiful story but stapling it so no one can read the words! There are two versions of the paper choices — one with a large margin and one with the lines for staples. Sometimes our young friends need a reminder that you don’t need 100 staples to hold five sheets of paper together! The options range from 1 line to 9 lines with a picture box and 12 lines without a picture box. A table of contents page is included. Choose what’s best for your classroom.

Vertical Paper Choices

These paper choices are excellent for the elementary classroom. The margin on the left is intentionally left larger to help kids when they staple their stories together. Nothing is worse than writing a beautiful story but stapling it so no one can read the words! There are two versions of the paper choices — one with a large margin and one with the lines for staples. Sometimes our young friends need a reminder that you don’t need 100 staples to hold five sheets of paper together! The options range from 3 lines to 12 lines with a picture box. A table of contents page is included. Choose what’s best for your classroom!

Classroom Calendar

This resource includes:

Months of the year, days of the week, years 2018-2021, special event cards, happy birthday certificates, yesterday was… cards, the weather today is, seasons wheel