Friday, February 6, 2015

Presidents' Day Fun!

The question of the hour is,... Are you all ready for Presidents' Day?  Yes?  Wow!  Heck, I'm not even ready for Valentine's Day!  Some of you are uber-efficient planners, and I do aspire to your efficiency, and skills of forethought.  However, I find myself severely challenged in this area.

Isn't that the truth?  Yes, well this is something that I am really trying to improve.  Lucky for you, I've been looking ahead to February 16th, Presidents' Day - Hey, that is a whole 12 days from now!  Woohoo!

So, one of the things I have been making lately are tabbed flip books.  My students love these!  So, I figured why not continue on, and make one for Presidents' Day? Oila! Click on any of the pictures below to see more.

This book is geared at 2nd/3rd grade, and contains 4 informational passages with text dependent questions.  It also has compare & contrast, persuasive/opinion writing, and a presidential research graphic organizer option.  My students are going to be so excited when they see this one!

Looking for some FREE ideas?  Check out my Presidents' Day Pinterest board! Click below!

Here are some of my Presidents' Day freebie favorites:
This is an awesome Informative Reading and Graphing freebie from Teacher to the Core.
A super cute Presidents Writing pack from Haley O'Connor.
Easy-Prep Presidents' Day Printables from Latoya Reed.
A fabulous Lapbook Pack from Simply Skilled in Second....FOR FREE!  

Along with some of my favorite paid products:
Ok, I have to admit that these powerpoint games from The Primary Techie are relatively new to me.  But, we have been using a few of her movement-based powerpoints for skip counting, and my kids LOVE them!

Love, love this packet from Sarah Paul!  It has kids balancing budgets, choosing leaders, passing laws, and learning how to problem solve.  (Ha, ha - if only that was the way it really worked. LOL)

This pack comes with everything you can ask for:  Foldables, Crafts, and Printables from Jessica Tobin!  Awesome!  I love one-stop shopping.

This little printable beauty has everything from math and measurement to bubble maps and little readers from Victoria Moore!

Awesome American Symbols themed vocabulary work from Laura Martin!

And last, but certainly not least, this fun Presidential Research Project from Kindergarten Smorgasboard.

I know you will find something amazing above!  


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Day 9 Goodies and a Grab!

Don't want you to miss out on Day 9 of The Primary Chalkboard's holiday celebration.  It's my day, and I've got some free goodies for you! Click on the image below to check it out :)


Monday, December 1, 2014

A Season for Gifting!

Happy Holidays! I just wanted to let everyone know that The Primary Chalkboard is celebrating this month with our own Advent Calendar. 

Each day we will have a little treat for our readers from one of our authors/bloggers. You can only get the treat on that day, so make sure you check back often. Click on the button above to take you over now, and find out which blogger has your special gift today!

So in yesterday's post, I was lamenting about how hard it can be to keep our little darlings focused at this time of year.  I shared my plans for mixing festive fun and academics together, to get through the month.  Happy teacher, happy students, and happy admin.  Should be "all good"!  I thought I would share something else that I will be using during the month of December. 

This month I will continue to reward my students for making good choices and keeping their eyes on the prize, by using my Differentiated Behavior Cards.  But, I be using the Holiday/Winter theme!  My kids love these!

You might want to check this out!  It is on sale today and tomorrow, along with everything else in my store!  Click on either button below to take you to my store :)

These cards a cute way to acknowledge students who are working hard everyday!  Half of them are decidedly "Christmasy" in theme.  But, the other half are winter-themed (Just in case "Christmas" is a no-no where you teach.) They are also EDITABLE (in case, you are not a fan of my silly little sayings - lol)  and include 3 class-size POSTERS, too!

All you do is give each child a card (there are four to a sheet) or let them pick their own design.  Then, as often you like, punch, sign, or stamp each student's card, if they have made good choices for the day.  (I collect cards at the end of the day, and they are tied into our classroom behavior chart.  But, these are completely flexible!)  When the child fills up their card, they can earn a small reward!

  I hope you will give them a try.  I know your students will like this novel way of saying "good job". (If you want to find out a bit more about these cards, I have a set available in my store, for FREE !)


Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Holiday Study, Fables & Folktale Fun, and Freebies!

First off, I wanted to let you know that I will be participating in the TPT CyberSale going on Monday, December 1st thru Tuesday, December 2nd!

But, come on!  We're teachers!  We like to get our things on Sunday, so we can be ahead of the game!  So, my store is on sale today, too!  Click the sale button below, to go to my store :)

Ok, with that being said.  I only teach for about 3 weeks in December, but let's be honest.  It can be a tough 3 weeks.  It can be hard to keep students engaged at this time.  So, today I am sharing some of my plans for the month.

This month my district's unit of study is on folktales and fables, so I will definitely be on the hunt for some fun things to put into my cart during the sale.  But, I already have some other ideas ready to go.

I just made this fun unit on Holidays Around the World.  This 120+ page informational text unit will whisk your around the world as they learn about Las Posadas (Mexico), Diwali (India), Chinese New Year (China), Hanukkah (Israel), and Kwanzaa (U.S).

So, my thought is that we will be spending some time going through this unit, and I found some great picture books to tie this in with our Folktale/Fables unit.  Here are some of my favorites.

When we are reading about Las Posadas, we will read these Mexican folktales…

When we are studying Diwali, we will also read…

When we are learning about Chinese New Year, we will read…


Finally, while we are learning about Kwanzaa and its African origins, we will read…


When we are reading about Hanukkah, we will enjoy…

I think this will keep us busy!  Don't you think?  Here are a couple of December-ish Freebies!

Have a great week!



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