Classroom, Math, Reading, Writing

Happy Teacher Appreciation SALE! May 9th and 10th only!

I may be a little biased, but teachers have one of the most difficult and underpaid jobs in our country. I won’t get on my soapbox. I’ll just leave some of my favorite teacher memes here for you to enjoy.

It’s funny because it’s true. I could choose sooooo many more that sum up exactly what the real world of teaching is like, but then you’d be reading this post forever.

The bottom line? TEACHERS ARE AMAZING. I’m not saying that because I am one, I’m saying that because I had some amazing teachers, I work with them everyday, and they deserve some recognition!

Click the photo to shop our sale on TpT!

As teacher-authors on TeachersPayTeachers, we are ready to throw a sale for all those amazing teachers out there. Visit our TpT store and receive 20% off our products May 9th and 10th only!  Stay tuned for the rest of the post to see some of our best-selling products!

  1. Paraphrase It! A Workshop for Paraphrasing and Note-taking Skills
    Click the photo to see Paraphrase It! in our TpT store!

    This is our best-selling product! I have personally used it in so many ways-centers, small group, prep work for a research project, main idea and detail…really, you can use these cards for all kind of things. Definitely a must-have product.

  2. Poetry Made E-Z!
Click the photo to see Poetry Made E-Z in our TpT store!

This product meets the need in my room for a poetry portfolio the kids can mostly manage on their own. Each poem (there are 9 to pick from) has instructions and examples so that you can give a brief mini-lesson on each type and then have your kiddos work on the poem during a center or small group. You can also use the publishing page provided for each poem to publish final drafts and assemble into a portfolio or mount on construction paper and hang in the hallway. My students have had a lot of fun with these!

3. Animal Cracker Math, Literacy, and Science Bundle

Click the photo to see our Animal Cracker bundle in our TpT store!

THIS BUNDLE GUYS. It’s so much fun. All you need is a bag of animal crackers. With this bundle, you can count, sort, graph, and catapult your animal crackers. There are math lessons, a stem activity, writing templates…and more! We originally posted in on National Animal Cracker Day, which is April 18h, but it’s been so much fun to use other times of the year.

We have lots of other products for sale, so head on over and treat your classroom to something fun. For all teachers everywhere, WE APPRECIATE YOU!

–Kelli and Sara, 2BrightBlondeTeachers


Super Symmetry Fun and a FREEBIE!!

Click here for a FREE download of Super Symmetry!
IT’S FREEBIE TIME!! We are post-MAP test season right now, which means we FINALLY have time for some of our fun, end of the year things in math and reading. One of our traditions in third grade here is to do some symmetry activities, culminating in a neat project involving staff yearbook photos 🙂 I created a couple pages this year for my class to use, mostly because I still need grades for the gradebook! Please click on any of the previews below to download the PDF.

The next activity the students always love-working in partners never fails to engage. I had mine do it with a ruler or a pencil but you can easily do the same activity on the page as well. You’ll need:

-crayons, markers, colored blocks or tiles (I used fraction tiles, just because it’s what I had close by and BONUS you could make them tell you what fraction of their design is pink, what fraction of their design is yellow…etc. )

-printout of the activity may OR ruler/pencil/something straight for the line of symmetry

The kiddos had a TON of fun making their designs. You should have seen how difficult they tried to make it! Super creative.

Last but not least, we wrap up symmetry with a project using staff yearbook photos (with permission, of course). We print, cut in half, and attach to a white piece of paper for the students to draw on to complete the other side. I talk to my class about how the picture is NOT supposed to look pretty-it’s supposed to look weird if you truly make it symmetrical! This year’s class did an amazing job of following the line of symmetry. Now, I’m not saying the teachers are super flattered that we do these pictures every year, but they’re good sports. Some more than others 🙂

Here are some shots of the kids working SUPER hard on their symmetry project.

Do you do anything extra fun after testing is over? I’d love to hear your ideas!