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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fall Activities - FREE Pumpkin Letter Match

Today in Southern Ontario it is 28 degrees and feels like 36 (which is 82 feels like 97 for my American friends)! I am still on maternity leave but I am definitely thinking of my teacher friends who are in their ridiculously hot classrooms (most do not have AC). Yikes!
HOWEVER, it is officially FALL... and I think I am finally looking forward to cooler weather. 

Check out some of my fall related activities below and help yourself to a FREEBIE! 

Thanks for reading,
Ms. Makinson



Sunday, February 5, 2017

$10 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card GIVEAWAY!!

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My wish list is 8 pages long... yikes! But, the number one thing I want is this clip art set by Whimsy Clips - SO CUTE!
Winner will be emailed the code for their gift card when the giveaway closes! :) Good luck!!!

-Ms. Makinson

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February Pick 3 Pins

I am linking up with Pawsitively Teaching, Just Reed, and Inspired Owl's Corner to share my top 3 favourite pins for the month of February!

Aren't these Love Monsters adorable? What a fun Valentine's Day craft!

This is a great idea for a class party. Cutting the cheese into little hearts makes it that much more appealing! :)

I love the idea of non-candy valentines and I think this would be a great option to give to students! It looks like this particular pack has 8 crayons in it and is from Target (hopefully from the Dollar Spot!).

Thank you for reading! Make sure to check out all of the other fantastic pins by clicking on a picture below.

-Ms. Makinson

Monday, January 18, 2016

January Pick Three Pinterest Pins

I have taken a few months off, but I am so glad to be back! This is my favourite linky. Thank you to PAWSitively Teaching, Just Reed, and Inspired Owl's Corner for hosting.

I thought this idea would be a super cute project for a 2D shape unit! It would make a fantastic bulletin board display. It would be neat to see how different each student's final product looks.

Wow... don't you think this cloud dough would smell delicious? I like to make sensory bins with edible ingredients (just in case) but maybe this one would be too appetizing! :) 

This is a great project for those students needing a little extra fine motor practice! Instead of using the little dot stickers, you could also use q-tips and paint (or the end of a pencil).

Thank you for reading,
Ms. Makinson

Sunday, November 1, 2015

2000 Followers Celebration Giveaway

First of all, thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of my 2000+ followers! I am so grateful for your support. I can't believe it and I am so excited! :)
This week, I am celebrating YOU by having giveaways, flash freebies, and a sale. Be sure to check out my Facebook page and Instagram for announcements about flash freebies and product giveaways! I will be having a 20% off sale for my entire store from Thursday, November 5th until the end of Friday, November 6th. I am also giving away two $10 TpT gift cards. The gift card giveaway will start November 2nd and run until November 9th. I will announce the winners shortly after! :)

Thank you for celebrating with me!
-Ms. Makinson

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Five Freebies for Friday - Classroom Procedures

As a sub, I have had the pleasure of being in many different classrooms. It is always a treat to enter a classroom with well-established procedures and routines. In my experience, a class that is organized runs more like a machine and this makes my day less hectic!
Here are some FREE ideas from some amazing teacher-authors that will help you get your class up and running!

I love this mini poster made by Proud to be Primary.  It is a great reminder of the expectations for a good listener. I have seen posters similar to this in different classrooms I have been in and I love being able to say "Give me 5" and know that the students will understand what I am looking for. 

If you are lucky enough to have iPads in your classroom, you MUST check out these posters made by Mrs. Beattie's Classroom. Unfortunately, you can't expect your students to know how to properly care for technology in the classroom. These posters are a great visual reminder throughout the year for those who need it!

I love these labels made by Ship Shape First Grade. This classroom supply procedure is simple enough and it works really well! I thought these were great because they will match any classroom decor.

Here is a very useful freebie from I like using this technique to dismiss students from the carpet but, is it just me or does anyone else draw a blank when deciding "what" to dismiss by? I always resort to "if you're wearing..." but that gets boring very quickly! I also like to use current curriculum topics to dismiss students. For example, "give me a word that rhymes with ....?".

"How to use glue" seems like a easy enough procedure but, save yourself the stress of unclogging glue bottles by explicitly teaching this skill. Check out this awesome freebie from Math Coach's Corner.

Thank you for reading! I hope you have found something useful for your classroom.

Have a great weekend,
Ms. Makinson

Friday, August 14, 2015

Five Freebies for Friday - Back to School

I am BACK! After a few weeks off, I am excited to start up this series again. I hope that you find something you can use in your classroom. Be sure to check out all the other great things these creators have to offer! :)

This is a must have freebie from Stomping Through First! Get to know your students' reading preferences by having them fill out these surveys during the first week of school. These three pages were designed with emergent readers in mind!

Check out these super cute printables from Amanda Parker and Family. These are perfect for back to school or a "meet the teacher" night. What a fantastic freebie!

I absolutely love this activity made by Ashley from Just Reed. This is a really neat way for you and your class to get to know each other.
Also, take a look at Ashley's Teachers Pay Teachers store!

MUST. STAY. ORGANIZED! Check out these cute binder covers made by Maria from Kinder Craze
Maria's Teachers Pay Teachers Store has loads of great ideas so be sure to check it out.

Here is a fantastic activity from Mrs. Gilchrist's Class for the first week of school. 
Make sure to take a look at Cindy's blog to see how she used this activity with her class and many other of her great ideas!

 Thank you for reading! I hope you have a great weekend.

-Ms. Makinson