Celebrating 2017 in the Classroom {Freebie Included!}

31 December 2016

When do you go back to school?  We go back January 3rd.  I'M NOT READY!  I need to get all the December projects down when I get back and usher in the new year.   I am sure you are planning on doing the same.  I am here with a freebie and some resources to help you celebrate 2017 in your classroom and to make your transition back after break a smooth one.

The above and below image is an easy New Year craftivity and hallway display.  It actually was one of the first products I posted on TpT, so if you already own it, redownload to get the update for free.   

I like to read Squirrel's New Year's Resolution and then discuss resolutions.  I also discuss what it means to "start on the right foot."  We chart our resolutions on the Smartboard and the students write and illustrate their resolutions inside the card.  After that, we trace our feet and add it to the outside of the card.   I write the names on the feet in a fancy handwriting.  

Included in the packet is a banner for you to print out and add above your display.  I like to print the banners on bright colored card-stock and string with twine or ribbon.  

Print and go activities require little prep; just what you need after holiday break.   I utilize the printables below from my New Year Blackline Printables packet.  Just click to check out the packet.  It is on sale right now, along with my whole store. 

Here is a FREEBIE for you!  It is a 2017 pendant style banner.  You should have each student complete one banner flag and decorate it.  String the banners around the room or in the hall!  Click the image to download from Google Drive.

Looking for Common Core New Year themed literacy and math centers?  Check out this packet:


Also, check out this Graphtivity.  My students love to share whether or not they stayed up to watch the ball drop.  Personally, I am in bed!  

Here are some read alouds for you to check out:

As always feel free to pin and I want to wish you a Happy New Year.

Gingerbread Classroom Ideas

27 November 2016

Gingerbread is my favorite December theme and a favorite of my students.  They cannot wait to read a different version of the story and see if they follow the same pattern.   I hope you find some ideas in this post to help you and your students get immersed in all things Gingerbread!

I just created the above Gingerbread Interactive Reading Notebook packet for Teachers Pay Teachers.  You can check it out by clicking the image above!  I am trying to focus more on using an Interactive Reading Notebook with my students, since the Science Notebooks are a hit. 

After we read all our favorite gingerbread books, we have a gingerbread themed afternoon and parents come in.  We make the glyph below and the gingerbread dough. 

The gingerbread glyph activity above is included in my Gingerbread packet on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Also included in this packet is the Gingerbread Ways to Make Ten Craft and so so much more!

We make Gingerbread Dough with parents using this free recipe below.  Just click on the image to download from Google Drive. 

After the kiddos make the gingerbread dough, they use cookie cutters to make fun shapes with the dough. 

My students LOVE this Gingerbread Where I Took the First Bite Gingerbread Graphing Activity.  I utilize Little Debbie Gingerbread Men Cookies for it.  They are nice and big!  They also work wonderfully for the "What would happen if the Gingerbread Man gets wet?" experiment (see the interactive notebook packet).

Here are a few of my favorite gingerbread themed read alouds.  You can click through the affiliate links below to check them out on Amazon. 

Here is another freebie for you!  Here are some gingerbread themed holiday homework passes.

Thanks for stopping by!  Feel free to pin!

Holiday Gift Guide

24 November 2016

Hi Everyone!  I am here with a holiday gift shopping guide.  This post was super fun for me to write because well...I am addicted to online shopping.  I hope you enjoy my gift picks and they help make your online holiday shopping easier!

For the teacher in your life:
  1. Lunch Tote - Amazon
  2. Amazon Gift Card
  3. Dino Memo Holder - Amazon
  4. Kate Spade Pencil Case - Nordstrom (on sale!)
  5. Teacher Pay Teacher Gift Card
  6.  Kendra Scott Earrings - Nordstrom (on sale!)

Gifts for Her:
  1. Kate Spade Necklace - Nordstrom (on sale!)
  2. Toms Slippers - Nordstrom
  3. Echo 'Touch' Stretch Gloves - Nordstrom (on sale!)
  4.  Kendra Scott Earrings - Nordstrom (on sale!)
  5. Clinique Perfume Set - Nordstrom 

Gifts for Him:
  1. Uggs Slippers - Nordstrom
  2. Kiehl's - Nordstrom 
  3. Cable Knit Cardigan - Target (on sale!)
  4. The Walking Dead: Compendium One  *I got this and the second compendium for my dad last year and he loved it!!

Gifts for Kids:
  1. Giant Peppermint Snow Tube - Nordstrom
  2. Hazel Village Stuffed Animal - Nordstrom
  3. Toms Cuna Crib Shoe - Nordstrom
  4. Melissa and Doug Clean Up Set - Amazon
  5. Cargo Vest - Amazon

Gifts for your Classroom:

  1. ABC Mouse : Right now you can get 50% Off ABCmouse.com Annual Subscriptions during their Black Friday Event! Now Only $45 from 11/21 through 11/28!
  2. Bouncy Bands - My students LOVE these.  Use coupon code: ERICA to get 20% off. These are life changing for fidgety students.
  3. GoNoodle Plus!   I have GoNoodle Plus for my classroom and the kids love it!  If you want, you can apply for a grant for your whole school {HERE}.
  4.  Differentiated Instruction Cubes - Amazon These are great for centers. 

I hope you found some holiday gift selections you could use.  Please, note that this post contains affiliate links.   As always, feel free to pin!

Tips to Help Fidgety Students

20 November 2016

We all have fidgety students and it is natural and normal.  Kids need to move!  Unfortunately, there are times where movement can be distracting or not appropriate.  This post has ideas to help you and your fidgety students.

First, let me say that my classroom allows for lots of movement.  We do literacy centers, math centers, and we transition to different areas of the room multiple times a day.  If my students want to stand they can, my only rule is "push your chair in and stand behind it." I know I can't stand it if I have to sit still for long periods of time (except for Netflix binges; Gilmore Girls anyone?)!   So my first tip for you is:

1. Build Movement into Your Schedule!

My favorite center activities involve searching, reading, and writing the room. 

I have a few freebies in my TpT store for searching the room and you can check them out {HERE}, I also always included Search the Room in all my phonics based literacy center packets!  You can even order a whole class set of clipboards from Amazon.

Buddy reading in the book nook also promotes movement.  The students can lay down, sit criss-cross applesauce, or sit on a bench to read with their buddy. 

Don't forget to schedule breaks into your day!  GoNoodle is FREE and great for brain breaks. 

2. Give Visual Reminders for Expected Listening Behaviors.

You can read more about Whole Body Listening {HERE}.  *I might have white out the feet are down and still now that I have #3 below. 

3. Let Them Fidget!

Yup, you can let them fidget.  I have found the perfect fidget band for you, too!   When I was in Orlando for the TpT convention, I was at the blogger meet up and we were giving away these things called Bouncy Bands.  I had never heard of them before but I was intrigued.   So I got ONE set of desk bands and I put them on a desk of a really fidgety kid.  Guess what? We both loved them.   I emailed Scott and asked if I could get a discount code for myself if I blogged about them and he suggested we offer the discount code to all my readers.  So very generous of him!  The code is super easy to remember: ERICA.   

To order: 
1. Click the image below.
2. For 20% off (this is a HUGE discount for them) use the coupon code: ERICA 

Still not convinced?  Check out the video below of me explaining how to use Bouncy Bands:

If you are looking for ways to fund Bouncy Bands for your classroom, why not write a Donors Choose grant.  Check out this post on Bouncy Bands for tips on how to do just that!

I hope this post helped you.

Feel free to pin this post!

What I Wore: Fall

11 November 2016

Here are some of my looks from October and early November.  It has still been warm here, so not exactly jacket weather but I am loving vests and cardigans.

My friend Deedee Wills took the photo above when we were in NYC for the weekend.  My dress and cardigan are past season from the LOFT, but I have found some similar items below.  
  1.  Hat - Old Navy (kids department)
  2. Dress, past season LOFT - similar dress from Nordstrom
  3. Cardigan, past season LOFT - similar cardigan from Nordstrom
  4. Tory Burch Bag - Nordstrom
  5. Frye Boots - Nordstrom
  6. Leggings - LuLaRoe MariaMelissa
On a rainy day, I paired Hunter boots with a buffalo check plaid dress and a cozy sweater. 
  1. Dress - Shein
  2. Sweater - LOFT
  3. Hunter Boots - Nordstrom
  4. Tights - Target 
I was not sure if I was too old to wear these fringe boots, but I do love them!  This is a weekend outfit.
  1. Boots - Minnetonka, Nordstrom
  2. Jeans - AG, Nordstrom
  3. Lace Trimmed Thermal Shirt - Target
  4. Vest - Old Navy

I wore this for a dress down day at school.  I love how comfy my Frye boots are!
  1. Plaid Shirt - Target
  2. Vest - Ralph Lauren, Nordstrom
  3. Jeans - AG, Nordstrom 

  1. Dress - Old Navy
  2. Boots - Hunter, Nordstrom
  3. Vest - Past Season J.Crew Outlet

I wore the outfit above to present on conference day.  Most of the outfit is from a few years back.  The LV bag was a splurge from many years ago (when I was not house poor).  It is still my favorite bag.
  1. Bag - LV
  2. Jeans - AG, Nordstrom 
  3. Shirt - Lush, Nordstrom 
  4. Blazer - Two seasons past from H&M
  5. Boots - Two seasons past from Nordstrom Rack
  6. Necklace - Kendra Scott, Norstrom

This is what I am wearing to do report cards as I watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix.

    1. Leggings - LuLaRoe MariaMelissa
    2. Slippers - Muk Luks from Amazon
    3. Sweatshirt - Mens' from Old Navy

    You can see more of my outfits over at my Instagram account: EBTeacherStyle 
    *This post contains some affiliate links. 

    Have a great weekend!

    Thanksgiving Thank You Notes Freebie

    05 November 2016
    Each year, I write a little individualized note to each student telling them why I am thankful for them.  I created these freebies (a while back) for you to use with your students.  Just click the images to download from TeachersPayTeachers.com. 

    If you are not sure what to say in your note, here are some quick ideas:

    Your Teacher Is Thankful for You Because...

    • you always follow the rules
    • you are a great helper
    • you are kind
    • your drawings and cards make my day
    • you are a hard worker
    • you are funny
    • you are polite
    • you are a wonderful student
    • you are an enthusiastic learner
    • you raise your hand in class
    • you add interesting thoughts to our discussions 

    Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving books:

    Affiliate links to my favorite books and fun things: 

    If you are looking for a few more Thanksgiving resources for first grade, check out these packets from my TpT store:


    Thanks for reading!  I would love to see pictures of you using my products, tag me on instagram @EricaBohrer!    

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