Last Minute Valentine's Day Printables and Freebies

11 February 2017


I don't know about you but I feel like Valentine's Day snuck up on me!  We had two snow days last week and now I am behind on lessons.   Plus, the 101st Day has been moved back two more days, too.  It is going to be a crazy week. 

Here are some ideas, freebies, and activities I will be using this week!  Click on the images to download from TpT.


The above banner is a new freebie to my store.   I would love to see what you do with it.  Tag me on Instagram @EricaBohrer


The cards above are an update of a REALLY old TpT file in my store.  I hope you like them.  I used the fabulous, Babbling Abby's fonts for all of these Valentine updates!



We are a candy free school and it can be hard to find things the kids really like as a gift.  Homework passes have been my Go To gift for the kiddos.  They love them.   I have made them for almost every holiday so far.  Be sure to follow my store for email alerts, as to when I post new ones!

Here are the math centers we have been doing and will continue to do this week:










Other units I will be utilizing:










Valentine Themed Books:

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 Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Valentine's Day.

My rescue dog, Harrison.


Winter Ideas and Freebies

17 January 2017


I don't know what type of winter you have been having but this pretty much sums up the weather here on Long Island:


We did have one snowy weekend and of course the kids were so very excited.   I decided to make them these banners to complete in class.   They are a freebie so, just click to download from TpT.


While the students were making these banners, they were so quiet and engaged.  I was able to set up the centers for the day.  I plan on making banners for every month.  Comment below if you have ideas.   I hung the banners on twine with mini-clothespins.



This week, we started our winter math centers.   We reviewed "Make a Ten to Add," "Number Bonds with Missing Parts," "Take from Ten to Subtract," and  more. 


In science, we are just finishing up our States of Matter Unit.  





Here are some more activities that we will be doing this month:

My kiddos also love these "graphtivities" or "craftivities."  They love to see which choice "won." Since I make a different "graphtivity" for each month, the kids require little teacher support by this time in the year!

This penguin math craftivity is from my Penguin Packet, you can check it out {here} and you can check out a free version of it {here}.

More from my penguin packet:



I added interactive science notebook pages to the Penguin Packet above.  You can also purchase the interactive notebook pages separately in my Penguin Interactive Notebook File.








I just grabbed this book from Amazon.com last year and I LOVE it.  Click {here} to check it out.  It is perfect to use with our States of Matter unit. 

Last year, we did the snowman glyph above from First and Kinder Blue Skies's TpT store.  I paired it with the "Make a Ten to Add" Mugs from my First Grade Winter Math Centers packet to create the display above. 

Of course, no winter theme is complete without winter/snow themed read alouds!


Here are a few more of my favorite winter/snow themed books:


I hope this post gave you some ideas, don't forget, you check out these packets in my TpT store !  I hope you are enjoying your school year. 

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:

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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.



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