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FREE Printable Posters!

Are you getting ready for the new school year? Check out these free printable posters available on my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Again, these are 100% free! There is also a free growth mindset poster that’s a sample of a larger project!

Enjoy!

 

 

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My Favorites

I want to share with you some of the clipart, fonts, etc. that I use in my classroom or in my designs. There are a LOT of great sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers or other sites. I can’t possibly browse them all, so let me preface by saying that these are just a few that I’ve found that I enjoy so far. I hope that you can browse these sellers and find some things you like as well.

Common Core English with Ease – There are so many great English resources that align with Common Core. Seriously, there’s something for everything you need to teach. It’s very comprehensive and has frequent updates. The materials are engaging and to-the-point. there isn’t a lot of “fluff” or filler in her creations. They teach to the standard and every part of what you buy works GREAT!

Krista Wallden (Creative Clips) – I LOVE Krista’s clipart, and she always has freebies. Her clipart is very cute, and there is something for every occasion and clipart need. Make sure you check out what free items she has to see the quality, and I’m sure you’ll be buying more soon!

revidevi Clipart – With frequent sells, cute clipart, and digital paper, it’s hard not to love revidevi and her designs. There is a wide range of available clipart. The colors are bright and eye-catching. Her designs work great for upper grades because they tend to be less “cutesy,” but I don’t discriminate, good clipart is good clipart!

Lovin’ Lit – Lovin’ Lit is amazing. Another great resource for English Common Core resources is just a click away. Her interactive notebook templates are AMAZING and work great for middle grades. She has so much more to offer besides those, but the interactive notebooks is what made me start following her!

Kimberly Geswein Fonts – Not only does Kimberly sell some of the most amazing fonts, she also sells some clipart. Her fonts are definitely her shining glory though, and they’re ALL free! If you plan to use them in your own shop, you do have to pay for a license to use them, but it’s only $5 per font.

Don’t forget to leave reviews on Teachers Pay Teachers and you get credits toward purchases! I have bought quite a few font licenses with my free credit. I hope you find some great items you can use from some of these sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers. They’re WONDERFUL!

I hope that you are having a great summer!

Posted in Templates

Flipbook Templates – $1.50 for FOUR different sizes!

I love a good flipbook. It allows you to get a lot of information in one compact space. If you let students color and decorate their flipbook, it’s great for creativity, and if you can get students to use it, it’s a great study tool. At the end of a unit, it’s a great way for students to show what they learned.

You can incorporate writing on one page, explanations, plot diagrams, how to solve equations, timelines, and I could go on. The flipbook possibilities are ENDLESS.

Which is why I am so excited to offer FOUR different sizes as a template! There are four different sizes: a three different 8″ wide templates – one with six sections, and two with 12. One of the 12-sections features skinny 4 inch sections for when you do not need as much room to add information. There is also a template that has two pages per page, but they are a skinnier 4″ wide size (great for saving on copies). The image below shows you a six-section template printed out to show you how it looks when completed.

**And you don’t have to use all six or twelve sections if you only need say five or eight. Print what you need!

Purchase here!┬áIt’s only $1.50, which is about 40 cents a template.

Feel free to use my template to make your own flipbook for other teachers and sell it on Teachers Pay Teachers or other comparable site. Just know, you cannot download and resell a blank template. It should be one with original content for teachers to essentially download and print.

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FREE Rewards for Middle and High School

Slide1Motivating high school and middle school students can be TOUGH. I’ve found that there are a few things that motivate them – food, freedom, and extra credit. These can work how you want them to work in your classroom. BUT! These can work for all grade levels!

You may want to use them as behavior rewards, rewards for a good grade on a test, or you may just want to use them for daily use. There are bathroom passes, snack passes, drink passes, extra credit, headphones passes, etc.

I like to give out a few bathroom passes each quarter, so I use the ones from this packet to copy and give students. If a student is doing well, I may give them extra passes to use throughout the year.

Or let’s say a student earns extra credit. I’m the worst at keeping up with it. Make them responsible. Give them an extra credit slip and tell them to staple it to the next assignment.

There’s a spot on each pass for the teacher to sign and initial and to record who the pass was given to and when. This way, students don’t share passes. It’s totally up to you how you choose to use them in your classroom. Share your ideas in the comments!

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“I Can” Statements – English Language Arts (ELA)

Okay, let’s admit it, the Common Core standards are SO DAUNTING! Some days, I think, “YES, I FINALLY CAN!” and other days I feel like I’m reading Latin (and no, I don’t know Latin), so it’s extremely frustrating.

And as crazy as it sounds, breaking down standards and putting “I can” in front of them helps ME. I also know that I should make my students aware of the language in the standards because it helps them grasp the concept not only for me, but for their other classes. Basically, it’s a universal ELA language. If we teach our students the language of the standards, it’s easier to help them be college ready.

I mean, I can tell my kids all day long to tell me what details from the story led them to their answer, but if I use words like “cite” and “evidence” (words in the standards), I am helping them as they progress from Kindergarten to 12th grade and even into college.

Anyway, to help ME, I made “I Can” statements for my 8th graders. I use “I Can” statements on my board daily, but sometimes I felt like, “I’m sooooooo tired of writing these every day. So I worked from 12th grade down to make pretty “I Can” statements from 12th grade down. I currently teach 9th through 11th, so having them is super helpful. I just printed, laminated, and I change them out on my board daily. So much better than having something else to write. I can also do multiple I can statements this way based on what standards I’m working on that day. And when my administrator walks in and asks students what we’re working on, it gives them a nice cheat sheet to help them remember and explain.

I currently have 5th grade through 12th grade posted with plans to add K-4 in the coming months (hopefully by the end of summer). If you’re a teacher looking to make his/her life easier, check them out! There are preview images below!

There are designs to match your decor. Each grade level has the following designs:

  • Polka Dots
    • Black
    • Jewel Tone
    • Rainbow
  • Stripes
    • Gray
    • Jewel Tone
    • Rainbow
  • Chevron
    • Gray
    • Rainbow
  • Damask
  • Houndstooth
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Growth Mindset

With a lot of uncertainty in education these days, we all know there needs to be changes, and we hope that those changes will benefit our students and make them better learners. At the end of the day, I know that as a teacher, I truly just want my students to grow and find success.

That’s why I created these growth mindset posters. I want my students to focus on doing better as a learner and learn how to grow and succeed. I made them with bright colors to draw in interest and used a variety of texts to make each one unique. The frames were purchased from another TpT user.

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My goal with my students is to help them learn to be better learners. I am not really concerned with their test scores as long as I see them growing and adapting their understanding to try to understand better. I want them to be problem solvers, so that when they do get into the “real world,” they have tools at their disposals that they can use to fix the problem.

If you haven’t checked them out, you can here! I even offer a free sample that you can see here.

If you’re interested in the page backgrounds, the rainbow collection in pastels, jewel tones, bright, and primary can be found here as a bundle. If you’re just interested in the colors featured in these posters, those can be found here.

Stay Fabulous!

– Shannannagans

Posted in Templates

Dodecahedron Template

Okay, so today during professional development, I saw some teachers making a cool dodecahedron project. I thought, “HOW COOL! I WANT TO DO THAT!” I came home and figured out a template and design and created my own. Talk about tedious! I researched to see the basic shape and saw that a lot of cool projects can be made using them!

I’ve created a blank template available at my TpT store, that link is below. Here are the basic instructions.

First, have students color and decorate according to your instructions BEFORE you cut, fold, and attach (I used glue, but a stapler or tape could be just as effective – and less messy). I cut and folded first before I wrote the note you’ll see below. Guess it’s a warning for me.

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Then, cut out the circles and fold along the dotted line.

Next, start to glue the pieces together. You can glue three flat before you add the fourth one at the top of the three. Once you glue the fourth one, the 3D begins to take shape. Keep gluing, stapling, or taping each rounded part as you go, connecting each piece. It will begin to take shape. Each rounded tab should be connected to the next rounded tab. I suggest trying it a few times first before starting with students in order to ensure you have the process ready to go to help students.

Once you’re finished, you end up with a pretty awesome, albeit big, decahedron. These would be great to have students write something positive about themselves on each side to hang up in the classroom! It would serve as a constant positive reminder. In the file, I also included a template that is half the size of the big template in case you have a lot of students! The tabs need to line up, but it does not have to be perfect. there may be small holes or places where the sides do not line up – don’t worry! It will still work as long as it is not COMPLETELY off-centered.

All done!

You can purchase this template for $1 HERE