Freebie and Lots of Pinterest Ideas!

This week we are working on compound words and we did the cutest activity as a center! I have seen these little eggs used as many things on pinterest so I decided to use them for compound words. This really reinforced the whole concept of 2 words coming together to make 1 word.

It was very easy, I just used a black sharpie and mixed up the colors.
I also made a recording sheet for the answers. You can download your freebie here!
Next, I made a notebook of all of my reading comprehension sheets. I put them all in a notebook in sheet protectors and made several copies of each sheet. I can just pull them out as needed and use them  during my guided reading small groups.
I got this idea from my friend Katie over at dishing it out. She uses them for listening centers and centers. You could let the students take them as needed or use them for your own distribution.
I like the sheet protectors because I can see every sheet and flip to them as needed depending on the book we are using.
Next on Classroom Freebies  I got a great product from Laura Candler. Click the link to download and see her great system! I just started it and so far it is working great!
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There is an envelope laminated for each assignment due. I started with 10 just in case my grading streak slows down! lol I can just write the activity on the envelope and the kids go there to turn it in. Then they check off their name on the back. So I know exactly who didn’t turn it in. It also makes things SO much easier to grade!
 I also have a paper drop helper that checks periodically for no names. It has really help cut down on no name papers and students not turning in work. I love it!
Next is one of my favorite pinterest finds! The love book! I was running out of space for all of my notes and pictures that my kids draw for me daily! So when I saw this I knew I needed it! Fill a notebook with sheet protectors and just add them in!
Check out the note on top, my kids loved my new highlights! Funny!
This pinterest find has really helped my students with writing! I always ask them if their writing is a 5 before they turn it in. They know exactly what a 5 looks like! They can aslo see what the work they have done is currently rated. They know if they want an A paper it must be a 5! Love it!
So can you tell I am ADDICTED to pinterest?! Be sure to follow my boards!


  1. 1

    Love the eggs!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. 2

    So GLAD that one of my ideas has worked in your classroom!! I know I've found many great things on your site!

    I'm constantly checking out Pinterest. I'll be checking out your boards.


  3. 3

    Laurie -The rate your writing idea was wonderful!!! Thank you! I love it!

  4. 4

    This is so cute! I'm starting a recycling blog and wanted to post a picture of this with a link this post. Is that fine?

    FlapJack Educational Resources

  5. 5

    Of course! Thanks! Sr. Carro!

  6. 6

    Thanks so much! Just wanted to let you know I link the post and you can see it here – Your Green Classroom

    Let me know if you have any other great, green ideas I can link!

  7. 7

    I teach Sunday School and just love your site, blog, store, and ideas. I love the eggs!! So many applications for them. I am going to look in Target for those plastic pockets, love those too. Perhaps the greatest thing I saw was your calendar. I hope to win it!!!!

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    How am I just now seeing the Paper Drop!!! This. Will. Change. My. Life!!!
    So you tried out this method last year? Did you love it?

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    I am going to pin the compound word eggs to my Pinterest board. Please let me know if this is not okay! I love your ideas!

  10. 10

    That is fine! Thanks!

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    Aynslee Rakochy says:

    Hello, I was wondering how you laminated the envelopes and were still able to use them? I really like the idea of having the envelopes for handing in assignments I am planning on implementing this idea with my high school students.

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      The Lesson Plan Diva says:

      Laminate them and then use an Xacto blade or razor blade to cut it where it opens. :)

  12. 13

    Great information. Lucky me I discovered your
    website by chance (stumbleupon). I’ve book-marked it for later!

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