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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

Friday, July 24, 2015

Five for Friday

Five for Friday is one of my favourite linkys to read so, I finally decided to join in! Thank you to Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting.

This has been a busy week ...summer!! My mom came to visit for a couple of days and as always, we had a blast! We are thinking of having a local bakery make some sandwiches for lunch on our wedding day so, we had to try them out! It was a beautiful day so we sat outside at what is called "Market Square". The top picture is our view of city hall from our table.

Guilt-free wedding cake testing! I think we have decided on which cake we want but we should probably test some other bakeries just in case, right? ;) So delicious! 

Wedding planning is stressful and I am so glad that we decided to get married in the fall rather than the summer. Two months "off" to plan those last details has been wonderful! The groom is slacking on his to-do list and still hasn't bought his suit! ;) Although, I THINK the one pictured above might be his final choice! I think he is handsome no matter what. Also, I found this cute headband on sale for $7. It is hard to tell from the picture but it has two rows of little crystals. Can't beat the price!

My friend Christina from Hanging Around in Primary came up with this fantastic idea to help us "little fish teacher bloggers" find each other (and support each other)! If you are a little fish in this big ocean of teacher bloggers, be sure to click on the picture and it will lead you to her blog post. 

As you may know, I have been a "home school teacher" for a family for over 5 years. After a little summer break, we are back at it! Their kitty, Marshmallow, was so excited to dive back in to school work. We like to call him our "class pet". 

Thank you for reading, I hope you have a great weekend!! :)
-Ms. Makinson

Friday, June 19, 2015

Five Freebies for Friday - Canada Day

This first freebie was created by Mrs. W (Mrs. Watts' Little Lights) who just happens to be MY sister! :) This packet has eight fantastic print and go pages to help you and your students (or your own kids) celebrate Canada Day! I can't wait to use these with my homeschooler this year. 

Looking for something for older kids? Check out this freebie from Diana Bailey.  Included are 8 discussion or writing prompts about national identity. One of my favourite topics that Diana included is about whether or not it is important to know about your country's history, geography, and culture. I think having a class discussion or debate would be a great end of the year activity! 

If you are looking for something that is more in depth, check out Diana's larger unit on Canadian Identity. It includes 14 informational texts with activities and is perfect for grades 5-7. Diana also has many other units with Canadian content in her store. I purchased her unit for Remembrance Day about John McCrae last fall and I used every single page!

This freebie made by Elyse from Proud to be Primary is jammed packed with awesome activities! These printables are perfect for primary grades. One of my favourite pages is the Canadians... "Can, Have, Are" graphic organizer. It would be neat to see what each student comes up with as they reflect on what it means to be Canadian! :)

 The freebie above is a sample of a larger unit that explores Canadian symbols. It includes 160 pages worth of activities that look at 12 Canadian symbols (the Canadian flag, hockey, etc.) I have put this unit on my wish list!! 

This reading comprehension freebie from Ashley Lafleur is written from an American's perspective and is perfect for students who are learning about Canada. Don't forget to leave her some love!

Finally, I thought I would include a freebie with printables that you can use if you are hosting a get-together! :) This set is from A Little Pixel

Happy Canada Day!! 

Thank you for reading! I hope you have found something that you can use. Don't forget to leave a comment to let these creators know that you appreciate that they have shared their hard work with you!

-Ms. Makinson