Thursday, April 21, 2016

CTP Exclusive Blogger Woodland Friends {HUGE Giveaway!}

I'm back this year as an Exclusive Blogger for Creative Teaching Press and I couldn't be more excited!!! Creative Teaching Press stole my heart when I first started teaching eight years ago with their super cute and trendy classroom decor and I've been a huge fan and loving their products ever since!

I love everything from Creative Teaching Press! Currently my classroom is decked out in the super cute Monkey Business collection. Those silly monkeys make me smile! :) Besides loving all their borders and bulletin board decor, some of my other favorite items from that collection are the Monkey Calendar Days--- I use these to label my cubbies. Another favorite from this line are the 1" Monkey Designer Cut-Outs as classroom money called "monkey tokens." To check out my room and see more of the cute monkey line you can click HERE.

A newer item that as been added within the last year that I'm loving is the Jumbo Library Pockets. I use these in my writing station to hold the writing papers. 

Creative Teaching Press currently has two new classroom collections this year--- Upcycle Style and Woodland Friends. Plus there are tons of other new products including Emoji Fun, STEM inspired posters, content bulletin boards, books and new additions to Painted Palette and Chalk It Up!

I'm loving all of the new products, especially the new Woodland Friends collection! Those cute woodland friends will soon be taking up residence in my classroom and I couldn't be more excited! As soon as I saw this new line, I knew that I had to change my classroom theme for the upcoming new school year!! The Woodland Friends collection is SO.STINKIN.CUTE!!! Those little critters make my heart happy.... and soon they will be making my classroom walls and bulletin boards happy!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!
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Here are some of the items from the new Woodland Friends collection. Prepare to drool over and fall in love with this super cute collection! :)


Woodland Friends Happy Birthday Mini Bulletin Board Set
Charming toadstools give this Woodland Friends Birthday mini bulletin board a whimsical look. The seasonal toadstool "cupcakes" and woodland-themed candles can be displayed atop a cute tree stump decorated with birthday pennants. This 58-piece set includes a happy birthday headline, a tree stump pedestal, 12 month toadstool cupcakes, 36 student candles, a "Today is Your Day" squirrel accent, and a fox with a blank sign. The playful designs are perfect for a variety of classroom themes and displays including camping, nature, outdoors, science, animals, and more.

This Woodland Friends lesson plan book offers 2-page lesson plan spreads for 40 weeks of teaching. 8½" x 11", spiral bound. Includes the following helpful resources: student contact information list, substitute teacher information, seating chart, student transportation chart, weekly schedule, birthdays chart, class news template, notes from the teacher templates, long-term planning calendar, 40 weeks of lesson plan pages and a notes page


This Woodland Friends record book will keep you organized and prepared. The record book has the following helpful resources: student roster, behavior and observation logs, parent contact notes template, parent contact checklist, 26 record-keeping pages, and a percentage chart for grading


The fun Woodland Friends on this award will help students feel special about their accomplishment or effort! This award is perfect to use for reconizing student achievement, graduations, promotions, and more. The award measures 5½" x 8½" and each pack contains 30 awards.

These fun Pup Tents 6" designer cut-outs are great for highlighting student work on a bulletin board and for cubby tags. These could also be used to label containers, etc. Perfect for use in a variety of classroom displays and themes: science, nature, outdoors, animals, and camping. There are 6 different designs and a total of 36 cut-outs per pack.



Furry animals and colorful patterns combine to give these Woodland Friends library pockets a friendly, playful look. Animals featured: fox, raccoon, bear, hedgehog and owl. The playful designs are perfect for a variety of classroom themes and displays including camping, nature, outdoors, science, animals, and more. There are 35 library pockets per package (5 designs--7 of each design). Standard Size: 3¼" x 4½"
These cute and furry Woodland Friends 10" Jumbo cut-outs will add charm to bulletin boards, doors, and any classroom space. These colorful woodland animals (owl, fox, hedgehog, squirrel, bear and raccoon) are perfect for use in a variety of classroom displays and themes: science, nature, outdoors, animals, and camping. These would be great to use for groups----Hang one of these above each group and call them by the animal-- hedgehog group, bear group, fox group, etc. 


This super cute Woodland Friends border will add charm to bulletin boards, doors, and common areas. This border features colorful woodland animals (owl, fox, hedgehog, squirrel, bear and raccoon) on a leafy green background. Perfect for use in a variety of classroom displays and themes: science, nature, outdoors, animals, and camping. This border is 3" wide and comes 35 feet per package.


 Playful evergreens stand in a row on this Patterned Pine Trees border. With subtle patterns of plaid, polka dots, leaves and stripes, these pine trees will complement a wide-variety of bulletin board displays including those related to camping, science, plants, nature, animals, winter and more. The cute patterns add the perfect touch! This border is 3" wide and comes 35 feet per package.

This Golden Plaid border has a simple patterned look to give bulletin boards a golden glow. This border is perfect for fall or summer seasonal decorating and a variety of bulletin board themes (science, nature, outdoor activities, sun, etc.) This border is 3" wide and comes 35 feet per package.



Do you love these items as much as I do?? Are you looking to change up your classroom theme for the upcoming 16-17 school year?? If so, you're in luck...because I'm giving one lucky winner this woodland friends prize pack! That's right... you could be the winner of all 10 of these super cute woodland friends items! EEEK!!! Enter below! And....to spice things up and make everyone a winner, I will be giving each person an item of their choice $2.00 or under from my tpt store when you enter the giveaway by sharing a pic on Instagram or Facebook of a Creative Teaching Press item(s) in your classroom! Use #showmeyourctp and send me an email to elisabethdelk80@gmail.com with a link to the post and the item you would like for free! :)



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And if that wasn't enough...There are even more new items coming soon that will be added to the Woodland Friends Collection! A new set of classroom essential charts for the Woodland Friends Collection will be coming very soon! Here is a little sneak peek that you seen here FIRST!! There will be more info coming soon about all of these new items and plus more!! So stayed tuned! :)





Total cuteness, right??

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Creative Teaching Press now has coordinating items to Zazzle! Say what!!!?? That's right, you can now purchase items like pillows, lamps, post-its, and more to match your favorite Creative Teaching Press collection!

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And if that wasn't enough me and my exclusive blogger friends are having a blog hop! You can hop to the next blogger to read about some other amazing products from Creative Teaching Press and enter a different giveaway while you're there! 
And that's not all! You can visit Lindsey at Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten for another giveaway and learn all about some other CTP goodies!
Live, Laugh, I Love Kindergarten

Good luck and happy giveaway blog hopping! :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

We LOVE Kwik Stix! {Giveaway!}

Hi! I'm popping in today to to talk about a new product that I've been using the past few months with my class that I'm totally loving... Kwik Stix! I recently wrote a post about the classic and neon Kwik Stix and today I want to show you the metalix! 

Last week my after school kinders and firsties tried them out for a parts of a flower project.... and they LOVED them!! They thought Kwik Stix was the next best thing to sliced bread! :) HA!








Finished Metalix projects... I love how awesome they turned out!

Here are some of my after school sweeties using the classics.






Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint Sticks take the mess out of painting while keeping all the fun! Simply uncap, twist, and paint! Easy peasy, right!!?? Kwik Stix have a fast drying formula that allow them to dry in 90 seconds while still leaving a paint-like finish! The best part is that there are no cups, smocks, water or brushes required. Kwik Stix come in assorted vibrant colors with coverage that won't crack. They work great on poster paper, cardboard, wood and canvas....even Easter eggs! :) My students love creating projects with them and their Kwik Stix creations have been turning out super cute!! I'm so happy that I have added this product to my classroom resources... I now actually enjoy the idea of my students painting, because it is mess free and requires no setup! All they need is the Kwik Stix and some paper and they are good to go! The best part is my students love them and keep asking to use them. 

Be sure to check out the Kwik Stix Pinterest board for some more great ideas of how to use this awesome product!

Want to win a 6 pack of Metalix and a 6 pack of Classics Kwik Stix for your classroom?? Enter the rafflecopter gadget below! The winner will also get to pick out 5 items of their choice {excluding bundles} from my little tpt store. :)






In the meantime, while you are waiting to see if you win some free ones for your classroom, you should totally check them out on Amazon or at The Pencil Grip, Inc!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

All About Plants!

This week were all about plants in room 4! This is one of my favorite units to do each year. 

We planted flowers on Monday. 

We made these cute flower friends by the sweet Cara Carroll. This is one of my favorite flower/plant activities that I do every year! I love how cute they turn out!

We also labeled the parts of a flower. 

We made a Cara inspired chart with our schema, our new learning, and misconceptions. We read lots of non-fiction text this week to add to our new learning. We had one misconception-- Bees get honey from flowers. We cleared that up real quick and learned that bees get pollen from honey! :)

We completed a are/can/have/need chart about flowers. This is also from Cara's Flower Friends pack. I didn't get a chance to make a cute chart, so I just projected this on my smart board. Works like a charm! :) Ignore my terrible smart board handwriting. ;)

On Friday, we watched The Magic School Bus Gets Planted and enjoyed a plant inspired snazzy snack... dirt cups! yum yum! :)


Well friends that's all I've got for tonight! Have a great week!!




Sunday, April 10, 2016

Five for Friday! {April 8, 2016}

Well I started this post last weekend and got side tracked and never finished it... and then the same thing almost happened this weekend! But I remembered I never finished it and well better late than never.. I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs with 5 random things from the past two weeks since I started this post last weekend. :)




Last week we read The Three Billy Goats Fluff and completed lots of activities from Deanna and Deedee's Guiding Readers April pack.  We LOVE Guiding Readers!!! I love the adjectives they came up with to describe Mr. Troll! 


For April Fool's Day I made my kids some "Brown E's" and told them that morning that I had spent my night before making some brown e's for them and told them I would pass them out after lunch. I got some very puzzled looks when I passed them out and they weren't impressed. I said you mean you don't like them?? I worked so hard on them! One sweetie said "Of course we like them! Thank you for this!" HA Later I did pass out some real brownies for them being such good sports! :)  I also gave them a word search that didn't have any of the words in it! :) I've been doing that for the past several years and the kids are completely fooled and they think that is the best trick ever! 

This week we read Tops and Bottoms. Another super cute book! We also completed more of Deedee and Deanna's April Guiding Readers activities. We did a little tops and bottoms taste test on Friday and then did a class vote to see which was the favorite. Tops it was!


Eric got 6 baby chicks the other day.. and they are so stinkin' cute! 


We found the first dry land fish for this year! Just enough to make us NEED some more because they are so darn yummy! We love them! Do you have them where you live?? 


Well friends that's all I've got for now. Don't forget to link up with Kacey if your like me and still haven't! ;)

Have a great week!!