Totally Free Tuesday

Totally Free Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! The thought that tomorrow is hump day and the week half-over is lovely. This Tuesday I’m bringing to you a new product: my Writing Assessment Bundle for the Primary Grades. I talked last Friday on the blog about how intimidated I was by planning writing lessons for my grade level this quarter. After sitting down with the standards and district pacing guides and perusing the teacher blogosphere, I dove into it headlong and haven’t looked back since. My class’ motivation is my motivation here. ūüôā Each week, we delve into a new writing project. The first two weeks of school were devoted to creating biography class books about different students in our class. This week, we jumped into our first big project. After reading¬†The Apple Pie Tree¬†by Zoe Hall, we are working to write five steps for making apple pie. Each student will then make a mini-book with step-by-step directions. My hope is that on Friday (Grandparents’ Day!), we will be able to make our own apple pie. I still need to check if I can bring in my toaster oven for the project. Fingers are crossed! I know the project would bring writing, science, and math to life for the kiddos, so hopefully I can get the go-ahead.

Anyway, back to the (rather fast) evolution of this bundle. I needed a way to assess the students’ writing in a developmentally appropriate way that can play to each child’s strengths. At our school, first grade is the first year with numerical grades, and I didn’t want to use a rubric with a confusing format or weights that pretty much guarantee failure for the typical six-year-old. I also needed a quick conventions checklist to use for our SLO (Student Learning Objective) required by the district. Thinking I’d just go ahead and use what I had already created to develop checklists for use throughout the year, I made a list of the major writing projects primary students encounter. And that is what brings my bundle to you!

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The bundle includes checklists for the following projects:

  • How-to
  • Persuasive/opinion
  • Personal narrative
  • Story
  • Informative

Each form also includes a student self-reflection. The bundle has a printer-friendly format of just student reflection sheets as well as a more broad conventions checklist for use across the curriculum. Also, you’ll find two checklists for each project. The first of each is for writing booklets of 1-3 sentences per page. The second is for all other projects.

Please download the product TODAY–it might not be free forever!–and please, please leave feedback so I can learn how to better serve my customers!

And remember what tomorrow is….

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Erin Condren Teacher Planner Review + A FREEBIE!

The Planner

Last week, I got an exciting delivery in the mail:

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My Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner!

I wasn’t sure if I could justify spending that much on a planner, but there was a¬†sale. How was I supposed to turn that down? I’ve always been a Lilly girl, but I found last year that I just didn’t have enough space for everything. Enter Erin Condren. Let me just say, I am in love with this planner and the school year hasn’t even begun yet. I am an obsessive organizer and I don’t go anywhere without my precious planner… which will be especially true this year with wedding planning! Eek.

So, without further ado, here is my review of my beautiful little delivery.

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The cover of the planner and the coils seem extremely durable, which is great because there is nothing more annoying than your coil unravelling and having your pages and/or cover half-hanging on for dear life. There is also a plastic ruler attached to the front, and you can customize the cover with your name and school (which I photoshopped out for safety reasons). I ordered the Bloom pattern in yellow, which is my favorite color.

FullSizeRender (18)The inside of the planner is super colorful and bright.

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It also came with some cute little stickers.

Erin Condren PlannerThe tabs also seem sturdy and include:

  • Dates
  • Absent
  • Graph
  • Tabs for each month
  • Lessons
  • Checklists

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This is a sample of a monthly spread page for December. The planner comes with sticky date dots, organized by month, for you to put in the planner. This can be helpful if you end up not using the planner during the year you ordered it in, but you do need to be careful putting the dots down. I accidentally started March on the wrong day and didn’t realize it until¬†after I had put down all the other dots for that month.

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This is your weekly lesson view, organized across the top by subject/period and down the side by day. I type my lesson plans, but I’m planning on jotting down my daily walkthroughs in this section for quick referencing throughout the day.

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There is a full-sized, double-sided pocket folder at the back of the planner.

Erin Condren Planner

At the very end of the planner is a zipper bag for hanging on to smaller items. It came filled with some freebies and samples from the company.

I opted to have two clear plastic page protectors and an extra set of checklists inserted at the back of my planner, as well (not pictured). Also not pictured are the colorful stickers you can use on your monthly view. Three pages of stickers were included:

  • assembly
  • IEP
  • duty
  • staff meeting
  • furlough
  • holiday
  • two pages of blank stickers for you to customize

I plan on using my monthly view pages to keep track of work and personal commitments, and if I have an extra section in my weekly lesson planner view, I may use it as a “personal” column for scheduling wedding planning, half marathon training, and social events.

So long as the planner hold up well during the school year, I definitely think I will be sticking with Erin Condren next year. If you’re interested in ordering one for yourself, here is my referral link. If you order, I will receive $10 towards a future purchase. If you’re not a teacher, don’t despair! There are a ton of other adorable products. I have my eye on a desktop calendar, clipboard, and the wedding planner (so cute)! I haven’t bought a wedding planning binder yet. Other brides I’ve talked to said they never used theirs and instead opted to use WeddingWire or The Knot. However, I am very much a paper-and-pencil type of girl, so I might buy one anyway.

The Freebie 

Totally Free Tuesday

(On a Wednesday…oops.)¬†

When I got into my classroom, I was delighted to find that I have a sink at the back of the room. However, the paper towel dispenser has a not-so-kid-friendly poster about hand-washing on it that looks like it’s been water damaged from years of splashing. ¬†I put together a differentiated poster packet for other teachers in the same boat. I plan on laminating the primary level poster from my packet and covering the old poster.

Click the picture below to grab your freebie today! There are options for primary classrooms (Pre-K–first) and older elementary (2-3)! Please remember to rate the product after downloading!

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Totally Free Tuesday, Meet Makeover Madness

Totally Free Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! Totally Free Tuesday is colliding with Makeover Madness today to bring you a very special, limited-time only offer!

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I could have done this clip chart’s makeover¬†and¬†created a new freebie, but let’s be real here. There’s only three precious weeks left before school starts back up, and I’d like to maximize my pool time. This bundle includes:

  • Clip chart with seven sections
  • Weekly Behavior Log
  • Better Choice Form
  • Superstar Status Certificate

This bundle is typically priced at $3.00, but I’ll be giving it away TODAY ONLY for FREE! All I ask is that you please rate it so I can better my future products!

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Five for Friday + FREEBIES!

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It’s that time of the week again! I’m 90% positive that my Five for Fridays will continue to revolve around food, reading, and my dog until school starts back up and I have a life with responsibilities again. Before we get started, if you haven’t a clue about what a linky party/Five for Friday is, click¬†here.


Summer Salad Summer Salad

Raise your hand if you feel like cooking on the stove or in the oven during the summer… Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Nope, me neither. I found¬†this recipe¬†on PopSugar and oh my goodness. It’s delicious and definitely fills you up. It also makes A TON of salad, so it could work for a backyard barbecue or for some make-ahead meal prepping. I modified the recipe slightly and used corn off the cob and fatboy tomatoes from Jeff’s Dad’s garden, and instead of squeezing a lime, I drizzled Newman’s Own Lime Vinaigrette dressing over it. I bet you could also throw in some grilled chicken or shrimp to make it even heartier as a main dish.



She’s a strange dog. I don’t really have much else to say about her besides that she makes me laugh.


Summer Reading

I just dove into Mary Kubica’s book¬†The Good Girl¬†after seeing Kristin at¬†A Teeny Tiny Teacher¬†mention it. While I’m only a few chapters into it as of right now, it’s pretty engrossing. I think if you’re a fan of¬†Gone Girl¬†or¬†The Girl on the Train, you’ll like this one. The best part is that since it’s not a new release, I wasn’t waitlisted at the library (because libraries are wonderful and yes I do utilize¬†mine regularly).


The Ladies at my Church

While at the pool earlier this summer, I got to talking with one of my neighbors and learned that she is a retired teacher and attends my Church. We talked for a while about teaching, and I told her about how I’m starting in a new state and new grade this year. She pounced on that and asked me for my supply list so she can buy things for my classroom! She’s now gotten several other women at our parish involved, so it’s pretty much Christmas in July over here. ūüôā Thank you, kind Church Ladies!


Makeover Madness, Day Three

I finally got started on the whole Makeover Madness thing this week (yes, I’m aware I’m way late). Missed the previous makeovers? Here they are!

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Today, I bring you not one, but THREE made-over products. Click the previews below to access them in my store!

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Be sure to grab your freebies today, and leave your feedback for TpT credits!

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Introducing: Totally Free Tuesday!

Hey there!

Totally Free Tuesday

This week, I’m starting a new series here at The Planning Fairy called Totally Free Tuesday. Every Tuesday, I’ll post a new freebie or make a paid product free for the duration of the day. Sound good?

For the inaugural Totally Free Tuesday, I’ve just uploaded a new freebie: Throw It Up, a classroom management system.


I use this in my own classroom because it dramatically reduces interruptions while the students are learning. Simply print on cardstock for durability, laminate, and display! I have mine hung in a vertical banner next to the rest of my behavior management visual aids.

To download, click the preview image above, or here.


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Five for Friday

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I’m excited to be joining in on the fun over at¬†Doodle Bugs Teaching¬†for my first linky party! Five for Friday is a weekly post where bloggers write about five favorite memories, products, or happenings from the week and link up back at Doodle Bugs Teaching. Here goes!


Awkward Photo Poses

Raise your hand if you feel like you see pictures of yourself always in the same pose or two. You know, the hand-on-hip pose (AKA the skinny arm)? Right before this photo was taken of us last weekend, I decided to [attempt to] spice things up and go for the old-school prom pose. The result was some awkward “I don’t know what to do with my hands” look. Also it appears that Jeff might be attempting to bear hug me and throw me over the railing. I assure you, he didn’t. ūüėČ


Outlet Malls 

Can I get an AMEN for outlet malls? While visiting my FullSizeRender (2)mother this week, we visited¬†Tanger Outlets¬†for some necessities cute bargains. Let’s face it: teachers may not get paid much, but we do know how to make the most of coupons, sales, and that beautiful thing known as a teacher discount. Seriously,¬†J. Crew Factory¬†has some amazing finds, and unlike some other outlet stores, their teacher discount still applies! I’d like to give this pair of earrings from New York & Company¬†a special shout-out as well. These babies cost me $2.99. $2.99?!! I’m not sure what I’ll wear them with yet, but I’d have to be insane to turn that down.


Summer Reading

FullSizeRender (3)I feel like summer reading will probably remain on my Five for Friday posts until August. It’s finally the time of year when I have time to read as much as my heart desires! I first heard about Liane Moriarty from Julie over at¬†Peanut Butter Fingers. I’ve read other books recommended by Julie in the past and really enjoyed them, so I picked up¬†The Husband’s Secret¬†a couple weeks ago. After I finished it, I ordered¬†What Alice Forgot¬†from the library and haven’t been able to put it down. The author has a very witty style of writing and does a wonderful job using stream of consciousness to develop her characters. Next on tap after this book is¬†Big Little Lies, also by Moriarty.


Runner’s World Yoga Center

I was never a runner…until this past New Years when Jeff decided we were going to run a 5K together. Once I got over the feeling that I was going to pass out and die while attempting to jog .5 miles, I realized something. I really¬†like¬†running. Disclaimer: I am by no means fast. There are senior citizens passing me on the regular. For me, it’s just about increasing my mileage and pushing myself to do something I never thought I would be able to. I recently discovered Runner’s World’s¬†yoga page, and woah. It’s amazing. If you’re a runner, or just interested in some yoga videos that aren’t over-the-top¬†“zen”, check it out!


My New TpT Freebie! 

Let’s talk about something else I’m slow at: making products for my TpT store. I realized yesterday that I haven’t loaded any new products since last November, prompting me to sit, brow furrowed, for over an hour making a 3-page document. Whatever. If you’re interested in downloading this FREEBIE, pop on over to it¬†here. Please leave feedback! ūüôā

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