Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Last day!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thankful Sale

We are so very thankful for all that continue to follow our blog even though we are MIA more than not these days. We are throwing a sale for the remainder of the weekend. You can receive 20% off everything in our store. Click on the pic to go straight to our TpT store.

Thanks for your support!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful for our Followers Giveaway!!

 This Thanksgiving we are Thankful for YOU!!  We are giving away 4 AMAZING giveaways:

1.  Steps to Literacy Desktop Word Walls (class set of 30)
Upper Emergent Grades1-2  These have been so wonderful in the classroom.  The children have all the information and concepts they need right on their desk.  They work great on tables and individual desks- we have used them on both.  Win a class set of 30!!! You will wonder how you ever taught without them!  Make sure you visit Steps to Literacy's website and check out the fantastic products they have.

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2. Steps to Literacy Desktop Word Walls (class set of 30)
Fluent Grades 2-3 Incredible reference up close for 2nd and 3rd graders.  My 3rd grader loves using it during his writing time.  Win a class set of 30!

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3. 1 set of classroom behavior stamps includes purple, blue, green, yellow, red.  Remember this post about our love for the stamps we made?: STAMPS
We loved them so much we bought another 2 sets to give away!! These are so easy for the students folders to report their behaviors. We have LOVED them!! Love, love, loved them! And we want you to have them too.


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4. 1 set of classroom stamps includes purple, yellow, red


     Happy Thanksgiving from 2 Crazy Texas Teachers to you!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Welcome November

Now that our students are really grasping these concepts we've been working on for the past 45 days, below are some packets that are really great for this time of year and the level our students are at right now!  Check them out!!   *ps Christmas break is 32 school days away!!

CVC Puzzles & Recording Sheets
Gobble Gobble Good Thanksgiving Writing Packet

Thursday, September 11, 2014

freebie for your super scientist in the science lab

What a super fun day it was in Kindergarten at our school today.  We had fun in the science lab working on our concepts of our five senses and science tools.  These two work great together.  If you haven't explored the marshmallow using science tools and your five senses then you. haven't. lived. No joke! These kids are so funny and they don't even know it.  When we got to use our sense of smell to explore the marshmallow we had words used to describe it like....get ready..... banana and  crackers.  Love their excitement.  Love their truth.   Below is our recording sheet they used as they explored the marshmallow with their five senses. The students picked a descriptive word to write on the finger under that particular sense.  Have fun with it!
Click on the picture to get the worksheet.  The lab idea we got from Pinterest it is below also.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It WAS a full moon


Can't. Even. Describe. It. You must be a teacher to fully understand days before and after a full moon.
It was a rough day.
However the kids would disagree.  They would say 'today was awesome' 
They are brilliant: they can open their lockers!  That is huge!
Struggle: two step directions.
Me, " Put your chairs up on your table, and sit on your carpet squares"
my class: All chairs went up. YEA!!! BUT then.....4 went to work in my 2 person ipad station, one started writing on the table with his markers, 1 got his lunch box out of his locker (that he was able to open by himself because my students are brilliant!) and started eating the rest of his lunch and 2 gave each other a piggy back ride. 2 step directions are hard.  I get it.
Rough day for me.
Mother Nature can't touch me tomorrow.  Bye bye full moon. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Who is ready for another sale??

These girls are!! We are so happy that TpT has decided to have one more back to school sale ALL DAY TOMORROW. Whoop whoop!! Click on the pic to go to our store.

Friday, August 8, 2014

I Spy Tiny Things

We love having our work stations that are the same yet grow with the kids all year.  Meaning they learn how the station works at the beginning of the year, then as the concepts change as we teach them the stations concept changes alongside of that but the activity stay these same.  Less time teaching how the station works.  This packet is exactly that.  It is an I Spy Tiny Things station.  It has three different activities per month for reading AND math, and enough activities to run August through June! It covers a huge amount of concepts.  
The topics covered in this packet include: sight words, color words, 2D shapes, 3D shapes, numbers to 10, teen numbers, vowels, beginning sounds, subitizing, ending sounds, spelling CVC words, identifying the vowel in the word, number that comes before, number that comes after, identifying the blends, syllables, 2 more, 2 less, consonants and vowels, and tally marks!!  114 pages!!  The kids love using their magnifying glass as they work!  Check it out!!


More Freebies

Today's freebies come from one of our most favorite bloggers, Little Miss Kindergarten. Click on any of the pictures to go to her products. Haven't checked our her blog? Where have you been??? :)  Click on her button to check out her awesome blog.
Little Miss Kindergarten
Teaching those kiddos how to use bottles of glue is such an important thing. This freebie is super fun to practice those glue skills at the beginning of the year!
This next product is a staple in my science workstation. It helps the student have good science discussions with their friends.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Freebie Favorites

After some wild and crazy days of trying to decide what to buy in the latest TpT sale, I decided I want to share some of my favorite TpT freebies. These aren't our freebies, but some by some amazing other bloggers. The picture will take you to their TpT store.

Tattling is so huge in Kindergarten. When I student comes up to tattle, I always ask them "Is it a tattle or report?" This poster will be great to hang in the classroom as a point of reference during these times.
My kids have always loved "bye bye butterfly" "toodle-oo kangaroo". This freebie gives you great color strips of 25 different goodbye sayings to display in your classroom. It would be fun to have a student pick a different one each week and rotate through the year.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Want a little math help?

Today we will spotlight some of most favorite math packets. Clicking on pics will take your to our TpT store.
This is really a lot of info and fun activities for teaching 2D and 3D shapes. Here is the original blog post. CLICK HERE

This packet for teaching that tricky teen numbers has great center activities and great rotation activities. Here's the original post. CLICK HERE

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Have you been shopping?

We have one problem with TpT sales. It is incredibly hard to pick what to buy! There are so many amazing choices out there! We want to highlight some of our favorites from our store over the next few days. Today is the 2 items we could not live without. They have really changed the learning in our classroom. Clicking on any of the pics will take you to our TpT store.

Here is the blog post where we discuss how we use it. Click here. 

The other packet is our Literacy and Calendar Journals. We have them in the store in 3 different ways: monthly, quarterly, and yearly. One of the hardest things is trying to fit everything into a day. These journals give us a small opportunity to review common tasks daily. Last year was the first full year of using these and we saw a HUGE improvement in our students progress.
We have blogged about these several times, but click on the next link to see our original post about how they work. Click Here.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Puzzles Please!

This is ready just in time for the HUGE Back to School sale on Teachers Pay Teachers. This packet is 270 pages for just $6 (that is regular price! Buy in the next two days and save 28%.) It has 68 different scenes for each of the following concepts: numbers 1-10, numbers 11-20, counting by 5's to 50, and counting by 10's. 

I started using these puzzles last year and my kids loved them! I didn't have vary many, but they didn't seem to mind playing a thanksgiving puzzle in the spring! ;-)

We recommend printing on card stock and laminating. If you have your own laminator (the film is thicker) then printing on regular paper would be fine. Cut apart and put into an envelope or bag. The pictures serve as a self checking piece for the students. Click on the first pic to go straight to our store!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Student Monthly Picture Dictionary

We are super excited about our latest product. Over the years I have used various types of picture dictionaries in my class. The students LOVE to use them. The dictionaries are a perfect compromise between giving the students a writing prompt and letting them pick their own topic. I do not plan on using this every day, but it will be kept in their desk and used several times a week.

Included in this packet is a page for each month of the year with words associated with that month. The months of December and March have 2 pages you can choose from. For December, we included a page with holidays. The other page does not include holidays. For our fellow Texas teachers, March has an additional page including Texas clip art.

 We also included blank pages for those teachers that want to give their students the opportunity to add their own words. You can copy these independently and create a book or use them as needed individually. If you have a lot of kids that say "How do you spell...." then these pages are for you. You can even copy them on the back side of the picture pages so the students can have both, pictures/words, and the ability to add their own.
 The color picture at the top will take you straight to our TpT store. Snatch this up before the end of the month to save 20%. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Is July really almost gone??

I am always sad to see the end of July. Once we get to August there is no denying that school is about to start. I love summer, but definitely don't like how fast it goes.
So, for the next couple of days (and just possibly for the rest of the month) our story will be on sale. Now is the time to snatch up all those things on your wish list and get to printing! Happy Shopping!

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Well we didn't intend to post so little this summer..... it just happened.  Currently we've been quite busy creating new fun classroom stuff, vacationing, and most importantly: watching the Bachlorette ( well me- I can't get Tamara to watch it with me) I know!  I don't even understand it.  Feel free to comment here to her telling her how a piece of her life is missing by not watching.  I hate DRAMA~ unless it is reality TV and THEN; I just can't get enough.   My head is spinning... and just from excitement peeps.  I had a party every Monday this summer.  Not really.  But should on the final rose on Monday- it's not like I have to get up the next morning for school.  However I will just say that the guys tell all was a tad bit... boring. Just sayin'.  All I really pay attention to is if Chris Harrison has chemistry with the ladies during this part of every season anyway.  It's the best work I have done all summer.
It's Friday.  Did you know that?  I had to look at the calendar to figure it out.  2 more days until the Final Rose!  In honor of the final Rose here is a Final Rose Freebie for our fellow teachers.  So grab some old school scrabble letters and get to word building- its fun!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Try It Tuesday #4

Try It Tuesday #4 comes from our Kindergarten Settings packet. We created this 2 sided document to help teach the reading components of setting, characters, prediction and order of events. Included in this freebie are Pete the Cat and The Kissing Hand. Clicking on the picture above will allow you to download this freebie.

This full packet includes 36 of our favorite Kindergarten books along with 1 blank so you can customize to any books we missed. The picture above takes you to our TpT store.

Enjoy the freebie!