Five For Friday

Phew-Wee what a week. This may have been the most trying, tiresome, rewarding week I have had in the last 7 months. My sweet little one was not the happiest baby this week which is completely NOT normal so anything that got done happened while holding her and trying to make her happier which was NOT an easy task. She did however have a lot of firsts this week which included saying her second word “dada” (her first was mama :) ) getting two teeth (hence the cranky baby) pulling herself up onto her knees but not knowing what to do once up there, and army crawling backwards.

Anyway I thought I would hop on board 5 for Friday with Doodle Bugs this week. :)


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As I mentioned above, doing anything without a 7 month old on my lap was pretty much non-existent this week. I was working on a few projects and to appease her I let her play with my scraps…Who needs expensive baby toys when your daughter is perfectly content playing with paper…and bottles…and baby washcloths.


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I was able to get a couple projects finished. I managed to get my Thanksgiving Thematic Unit updated to match my other units. It received lots of extra pages as well as some font overhauls. A post will be coming this weekend with a more detailed look at it.

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I just finished uploading my Thanksgiving Flip-Flap book that is a perfect compliment to my Thanksgiving unit or any Thanksgiving unit for that matter. It includes 6 pages (2 differentiated versions) for students to complete.



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This week was a week of digging up the road in front of our house and making one heck of a commotion. I was not a happy camper between having a pounding headache, little sleep, a baby who couldn’t nap because of the noise, you get the picture. I was sooo glad to see them go after 3 days of noise.



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And lastly, I was so excited to get a couple of our little one’s first Christmas presents in the mail. She will not be getting many and what she does get holds multiple purposes, but its so exciting to be buying for a little one and i cannot wait to share our first Christmas morning as a family of three :)


No-Prep Alphabet and Number Printables

Life is always an adventure with an infant (who will be 7 months old this week…how in the world can that be…ahhh time slow down please) and I find myself thinking that I have done something when indeed I have not. Just like this post. I thought I had posted a long time ago about my Alphabet and Number printables, but as I went back through my posts I couldn’t find one anywhere. So that brings me to the reason for today’s post.

I wanted to share my printables with you in case you are looking for a little something extra to do with your students as morning work, homework, assessments etc. You can click on the pictures to find them in my TPT store. 

My alphabet printables pack includes 26 alphabet printable pages to help your students learn/practice their alphabet. 

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The page includes the following activities:
-Trace and Write the Capital Letter
-Trace and Write the Lowercase Letter
-Draw a picture that begins with the given letter
-Color the pictures that begin with the letter
-Rainbow Write the letter


My number printable pages are set up in a similar way.


This pack includes 21 number printable pages to help your students learn/practice their numbers 0-20. 

The page includes the following activities:
-Trace and Write the Number
-Trace and Write the Number Word
-Show the Number on the Ten Frame
-Show the number using tally marks
-Color the given number of pictures for 0-10
-Color the number given amount of base ten blocks for 11-20
-Find and Color the number


Both sets of printables can be printed out for each student and used as morning work, extra practice, assessment etc. You could also print one out and put in a page protector and use dry erase markers to save paper.

Don’t forget about the chance to win 3 of my most recent units from yesterday’s post. You have the chance to win my Veterans Day Unit, Veterans Day Flip-Flap Book, and Pumpkin Life Cycle Flip-Flap Book just by answering a couple questions. You will be helping me out by answering the questions and entering yourself to win the three units :) Head over and check it out HERE.

Veterans Day Activities, Flip-Flap Books, & More

Veterans Day is just around the corner. I recently got done completing my Veterans Day unit and also decided to start a new product series as a compliment to all of my units. More on that in a few. First, here is a closer look at all that is included in my Veterans Day unit. You can find each of the files mentioned in this post by clicking on any of the pictures.

3 different writing prompts: “What is freedom?" "What does it mean to be brave?" "What is Veterans Day"


7 different military "Dear Veteran" letter writing pages that feature 7 different military branch clipart images



Interview a Veteran writing page


Veterans and Veterans Day KWL, Veterans Can/Have/Are Chart, Let’s Talk About Veterans Day student filled fact page, Veterans Day and Veterans Bubble Map, and Chart Parts for the activities, Do you know a veteran? graphing activity


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Characteristics of a Veteran worksheet


Veterans Day Reading Passage with comprehension questions


Veteran Labeling Posters (Color and B&W) and 3 differentiated student labeling activities



Veterans Day Themed Vocabulary Posters and Vocabulary Cards




All About Veterans Day classroom "Big" Book featuring real life pictures and a student black and white little reader that is offered two to a page and reads exactly as the colored classroom Veterans Day book does so students are able to follow along.



As I mentioned above, I am starting a whole new series of products (several in fact although a couple have been out for a while and will continue to be added to). My latest line of products is Flip-Flap books that will coordinate with all my thematic units, as well as many others. These are such fun books to put together and are a great way to have all the important information at your fingertips for a given topic.

The first two flip books I have available are a Veterans Day flip book and a Pumpkin Life Cycle flip book.

My Veterans Day flip-flap book is a great addition to any Veterans Day unit. 2 versions of the book have been provided to best suit the needs of your class and can be used for differentiation within the classroom.


This flip book is 6 pages long including the cover. Students will have the opportunity to complete the following pages:
-What is Veterans Day?
-When is Veterans Day observed?
-How is Veterans Day observed?
-What is a Veteran?
-Characteristics of a Veteran

The one set of pages includes pre written sentence starters for students to complete on kid writing lines. The second set of pages includes blank space for students to complete on their own.


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The second flip-flap book I currently have to offer is a Pumpkin Life Cycle book. I am hoping that I can still catch some people finishing up a study on the Pumpkin life cycle. If you are already finished with your unit, this would be a great tool to reevaluate your students learning, especially since this week is Halloween and still all about pumpkins :) I had a Pumpkin Life cycle unit in the works, but life happens and it didn’t get finished in time for this season, but don’t fret it will be available next year :)

Here is a look at my pumpkin flip-flap book.


This flip-flap book is a great addition to any Pumpkin Life Cycle Unit. 4 versions of the book have been provided to best suit the needs of your class and can be used for differentiation within the classroom. This flip book is 8 pages long including the cover.

The versions included are:
-Blank pages labeled with ordinal words: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Draw the Pumpkin Life Cycle
-Blank pages labeled with the stages of the Pumpkin Life Cycle: seed, sprout, vine, flower, green pumpkin, orange pumpkin, Draw the Pumpkin Life Cycle
-Simple Sentences with space to draw on life cycle stages labeled pages
-Simple Traceable Sentences with space to draw on life cycle stages labeled pages






I hope you have found something that can be useful for you in your classroom in the coming month. (Again you can find any  of these files by clicking on the pictures or links in this post.) Now I have two questions I would love your help with. I have a HUGE list…upwards of 30+ flip flap book ideas… I am going to create.

So here are the questions:

1. What themes/ideas would you like to see for a flip book?

2. Would you want me to create a “growing bundle” file that you can buy now for a discounted price and as I create new flip books you can get the updates by going to TPT and redownloading?


I would love to hear your thoughts and will give away one of each of the files in this post to one lucky commenter. I will choose the winner on Friday, October 31st, aka Halloween.


Happy Fall :)

Apples! Apples! Apples!

Happy almost Fall friends. It’s been a while. Life has been crazy and things have been changing around these parts, but I will save that for another post sometime soon.


I wanted to take the time to share some of my favorite Apple Themed/Johnny Appleseed resources with you. Apples is one of my most favorite things to teach and I cannot wait until my little girl is a bit older so we can start having all sorts of apple themed fun.


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The apples unit is such a fun hands on unit to teach. It is a thematic unit you can teach across the curriculum. Sorting apples is math. Testing the sinking/floating capabilities is science. Learning about Johnny Appleseed is history/social studies. Reading stories is literature. Now that is my kind of unit to teach.


One of the many activities that is great to do for any unit, is using graphic organizers. Teaching our students to organize their thoughts is a vital skill that they will need throughout life.




My thematic units include individual student graphic organizers as well as chart parts to complete the organizers as a class.




Labeling is a great skill for students to practice. Colored and black and white posters are included as well as two student labeling activities for both Johnny and Apples to allow for differentiation among students.






The Classroom “Big” books and student readers both read the same. The full colored version of the books (one for apples and one for Johnny) included real life pictures to make learning more fun. The student readers are in black and white to allow your students to follow along and then take the story home with them.




Real life pictures are a feature among the posters and vocabulary cards included in this pack. Vocabulary cards for Johnny Appleseed include clipart by the very talented Melonheadz.




The unit also includes a variety of different ways to complete an Apple Life Cycle activity. An individual student cut-and-paste activity, as well as a colored and black and white version to complete an apple life cycle poster, are included. This will allow you as the teacher to use which one works best for your students and your classroom.




My most favorite part of the entire apples unit is being able to complete hands on activities with the students. Students LOVE using apples and when they realize they are actually learning their little minds are blown :) This section of the unit includes a variety of different pages to perform a variety of different apple investigations. Students will have the opportunity to bring in an apple from home in order to help complete the activities. A letter to parents asking for apples is included. Students will work on sorting the apples, determine if the apples sink or float, determine if the apple seeds sink or float, taste 3 different colors of apples to see which is the class favorite, poll the class on their like/dislike of apple pie, make predictions, and more. Graphing pages and classroom chart/graph parts are included in the unit. An apple investigations booklet is also included (2 to each page) so students can compile all of their data/findings in one easy to locate place. This book also includes pages for students to describe an apple using their 5 senses.




Students get to use various forms of writing throughout the unit as well. They will get to make crock pot applesauce (recipe included) as well as read and write about their apple and apple sauce making experience. A family involved class apple pie recipe book activity is included that you can choose to do with your class as well.


To finish off our apple unit, we love to make crafts and I recently created a Johnny Appleseed that I cannot wait to make with my little girl someday. He is in a separate pack and can be found by clicking on the picture below.


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This unit pack is 144 pages long and PACKED with hands on learning fun. You can find it (and see a detailed preview of the file) in my TPT store by clicking on the picture below or any of the pictures above. I hope that you can find some inspiration for you classroom studies on Apples.