Updates, Thanksgiving FREEBIES, and Thanksgiving Served Up Common Core Style

08 November 2012
First, I need to thank all of you for the outpouring of love and support you have shown me and my community.  I have had a terrible few weeks, between my friend, a police officer, being killed in the line of duty, Hurricane Sandy, a former student passing away suddenly from cancer, and the aftermath of Sandy.  I am trying to stay strong and these events have really given me some perspective on life.  Life is short and I want to make the most of it and DO the most good I can.  I want to be the type of person who when I pass on, people say kind words about me, the way they were said about my friend, Artie and about my former student.  My former student was only in third grade and she was the sweetest little girl and so helpful.  My heart hurts that the world has lost two kind individuals.   In order to do what I can to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy, I have started a fundraiser for victims in my town, of Lindenhurst. Long Island, NY.  You can click here to read the post.

I wanted to say thank you to all of my loyal followers with two freebies.   Just click the pictures to download them from TpT.  I appreciate all of your feedback and pins!  Comments (nice ones - not those spam or mean ones) on my blog posts really make my day.

First up is my Your Teacher is Thankful for You! packet.  It comes with two versions of the teacher certificates and one student writing certificate.

The cute turkey on the cover is from MelonHeadz!  I love her graphics.



Next up is my Thanksgiving File Folder Word Wall with Pictures.  This item was made mostly with graphics from my sweet friend, Ashley Hughes.  I don't think she ever sleeps!  She is amazing and you must follow her blog, The School Supply Addict.  Plus, she has two little rescued dogs and lives in Switzerland - pretty cool in my book!

These file folder word walls are great for writing centers.  I print the pages, trim, and then glue to a file folder.  I laminate for longevity.   I usually make two folders and then have the students share them at centers. 

I also have a 129 page Thanksgiving Packet in my TpT store, which you can purchase for
$9.  The math activities in this packet are aligned to the Common Core.  Below are some pictures of some of the activities included in the packet.   Click the images below to go to my TpT store to check out the packet.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Thank you so much for the freebies! So sorry to hear about the losses in your life. I live in a South Jersey beach town and have a new understanding of thankful! Thoughts and Prayers

    1. Family First believes public finances should be diverted from expensive (high tax) government bureaucracies to families and Family First also believes property rights, free markets and voluntary arrangements provide the best opportunity for Australia and Australians to prosper, so keep in touch with http://www.vic-familyfirst.org.au/

  2. Erica,
    Thank you for the freebies. Your blog was one of the very first ones I got hooked on. I have been teaching for a long time and blogging has made me excited about teaching again because of the fresh ideas. My team is fairly young, so they laugh at me because my "old" stuff is new to them and they don't understand my excitement. Anyway, I'm thankful to you for helping me stay young at heart and a better teacher.

  3. Wow! You've been through a lot! Prayers for you and your friend and former student's families!

  4. So many great Thanksgiving ideas in one spot! Love them. You're too sweet for giving me a shout out. :)

  5. Oh, Erica, I'm so sorry for all that you are all going through. AND, you're still putting together amazing freebies. You are one special lady. Thank you for everything.
    Growing Firsties is having a Pete the Cat Giveaway that also donates to Hurricane Sandy Relief!

  6. Thanks for the great freebies! I can't wait to fill out the certificates for my firsties.
    Hope things are getting better where you are. We are all sending good thoughts your way!!
    Colleen :-)
    Fun and Fearless in First

  7. Hi Erica. I'm sorry for all that is happening in your area. I'm a first grade teacher in westchester and I was wondering if there are Any children who are in need of toys that were lost in the hurricane. My girls scout troop would like to donate gently used toys to them. I was wondering if you can contact me at bafonso@tufsd.org or benitadsaa@aol.com for more info. I look fowArd to your message. Thank you

  8. Hang in there! So many prayers in reno are said for you and all the other Sandy survivors! Love your stuff and you are already making a huge impact and legacy for so many people!! Lori @ www.teachertakeaways.blogspot.com

  9. Erica,
    Prayers for you. I lost a student this past summer and it was heartbreaking. My only advice: Be happy for the positive influence you had on her life, and be grateful that she graced your life as well.
    First Grade is Fantabulous!

  10. WOW Erica! Despite your curbs right now, you continue to walk a straight line of giving and kindness! Stop by anytime! SMILES

  11. Hi Erica!
    This post is stocked full of amazing ideas! Thank you so much for sharing your activities with us! I am LOVING the Thankful cards to the kids. I have mentioned it on a new post so stop by and take a peek!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  12. I'm having a giveaway!
    Stop by soon to enter!
    My Heart Belongs in First


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  14. when Family First see cronyism, wastefulness, backstabbing, price gouging by government agencies (water prices, power prices, land prices) and politicians spending millions of dollars on themselves while hospitals are being closed and pensioners can’t afford to heat or cool their homes, Family First know there is a lack of values and a failure of leadership.

  15. family first should be at the centre of our Australian way of life, not government bureaucracies. With the rising cost of living putting more and more pressure on families they need more income to function properly and make ends meet.


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