Sunday, May 21, 2017

Email Freebies


I will be sending out my May FREEBIES very soon!  Be sure and sign up by email for your Oink4PIGTALES FREEBIES for May before May 27th! I will not be sending out FREEBIES again until the end of June. Just fill out the Follow by Email Tab on the right side of my blog to sign up!


Have you entered our Giveaway where five winners will receive one of Five $100 Gift Cards from either TpT Gift CardsAmazon Gift Card, Target Gift Card, or an Erin Condren Gift Card! Click on the link below to enter this MEGA TEACHER GIVEAWAY!

My Newest Products

Here are just of FEW of the newest resources I have added to my store. I have redone several products, so check your purchase and click on recently updated to download all the extras I've added to older products. In the future, I will make the additions in a separate folder labeled ADDITIONS, corrections in folder labeled Corrected, or if I have totally redone a product, it will just be left as is and you will choose RECENTLY UPDATED and download again. Then, you can choose if you like the old version, or newer version better.

Grab this YEAR LONG POCKET CHART and get it ready to use over the summer! This product is a DEAL compared to other sellers who are selling for $30. Grab this for only $8.50.

           POCKET CHART

What child doesn't like catching fireflies? Turn this fun activity into a learning opportunity with my FIREFLIES UNIT for Summer. You and your students will learn some truly amazing facts, make a Flip-It Book, learn about its life-cycle, and can even do online research.

Grab this FREEBIE and check out ALL the options you have with this cute, adorable, and educational center. Thank to Graphics from the Pond for such adorable clip art! This has been a huge hit with my PIGARROOS this year! 

My Close Reads are quickly becoming fastest and best selling resources. Try a SAMPLE of my Close Read on The Tiny Seed by clicking on the link below. 

I look forward to hearing from each of you soon and hope you find the surprise in your email OINKTASTIC! I've only got 8 days to go until summer break, and 1 1/2 of those are without students. I think I will make it! 


Saturday, May 13, 2017

May 13, 2017


If you want FREEBIES that will be only given away here on my blog, leave your email and I will send them to you when posted. You will not receive any other emails from Oink4PIGTALES other than FREEBIES and GIVEAWAYS!! You can keep up with my all my new products and sales by following me on TpT. Make sure you always check your monthly TpT inbox for my Newsletter. You never know what you will find! I like to keep things HOG WILD and OINKTASTIC! 
I hope this blog post will help you wind down your school year, and prepare you for a smooth Back to School! These are just things I have done for over 20 years to make returning to school so much easier!

End of Year

I always end the school year by copying the materials, I KNOW for sure I will be using the first six weeks. I get all my parent handbooks copied, assembled, and stored. Supply List, volunteer sheets, etc. I put all of these things in a file folder storage box. You can put these things in any things that will keep them flat, and wrinkle free.

I copy ALL my "Back to School Resources".  You know those resources you have on hand for the First Day of School. I usually will put out a coloring sheet, Get to know you sheet, or just plain blank paper and crayons. This will depend on the grade you teach. Still gather that plain blank paper and add it to your Back to School Resource Box. I include lots of  FUN ACTIVITIES that go over our "CLASS GUIDELINES" to do my first week.

The first several weeks, I go over our Class Guidelines during my morning routine, and have them discuss their understanding of these FOUR GUIDELINE. I promise you can fit any classroom RULE into these guidelines! The set I use comes with a Flip-It Tab Book for students to work on each day, and gives daily review of our class guidelines. If you do not establish a POSITIVE CLASSROOM from the beginning, you will spend ALL school year managing behaviors. 

I use Piggy Money as my rewards and Behaviors. By using money, I am able to teach and integrate Economics into my curriculum on a daily basis.  Students learn the value of money, the differences between wants and needs, how to keep up with their own money, and make change. These are Life Skills every student needs. I carry multiple theme sets in my store of Character Education Money.  If I do not have your theme, please email me and I will be happy to make them and add them to my store. Below is a picture of my Teacher Book and Classroom Money Set. Click on the link below to see the FULL PREVIEW of this resource. If you are interested in this Resource in another Theme, message me on TpT in the questions set and I will be happy to make it for you.

Pig Theme Classroom Rules Flip-It Book Rewards and Behavior Set

Back to School Books

Books I Use:

I gather all my Back to School Books and Close Reads that go with them, crafts, etc. and place these all in one box that is labeled 1st six weeks.These are the books I use the first six weeks of school for my Balanced Literacy, CLOSE READS. These books will be coming soon as Close Reads, 5 Day Lesson Plans, Phonics, Vocabulary, Concept Sorts, Comprehension Cards, Crafts, and Digging Deeper Questions for EVERY PAGE in these books. These Close Reads will be added to my Growing Close Reads Year Long Bundle. You have got to check out my Close Reads. My Close Reads are unlike any Close Reads you have purchased on TpT or anywhere else before. I started making these to sell in October, and these are my Top Selling Resources! 
Click on the link below to see the completed Close Read for Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon, a must read book for every grade!

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon Close Read

Coming This Summer in Close Reads:

Hooway for Wodney Wat by He
len Lester
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Mean Jean the Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill
Unique Monique by Maria Rousakis

 NONFICTION Close Reads Unit will be coming soon! Be on the look out to get it HALF OFF for the first 24 hours posted.

The First two week of school I read the following books to get students used to class guidelines, procedures, and fun activities to make them want to come back! I keep all of these in my First  Two Weeks of School Box. I do not do Close Reads with these books. I use these with lots of craftivities, games, and getting students used to sitting, digging deeper, and having fun with reading. I'm still cover ALL Story Elements, but they are just not putting it down in worksheets, and ELA Journals, yet. I will blog about my ELA Journals soon.

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
You are Special by Max Lucado
Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton
Dream Big Little Pig by Kristi Yamaguchi
Hogwash by Karma Wilson

I spend the first TWO WEEKS of school gradually working my students into our daily work routine. DO NOT get caught up in what other teachers are doing. It is NOT a race to finish the text book! Our jobs are to build a relationship with each students. Get to know and find something about each one that you LOVE! Those who need us the most are those that we have to look really hard to find that one thing. To do this, I have lots of fun things planned. I read LOTS of Books on Character Education, and we make LOTS of CRAFTIVITIES to go along with these books. You are NOT wasting time! Students are using fine motor skills, building relationships with their peers, learning how to use and store supplies, what they cannot do, follow oral directions, and build on Reading Skills.


I clean and pack all the things up so they are fresh and clean when I return to set my room back up. I store them in totes, or copy boxes from our school's paper boxes. I take larger items and store them in clear cheap garbage bags, like my lamps and lamp shades.
I clean out all centers, check for missing pieces, Clorox the manipulatives, and then pack them away. I go through my Classroom Library checking for books that need repaired, or replace. I do not throw away books that are falling apart. We will use these pages in the school year to Highlight parts of speech, find main idea, words we do not know, etc.  So many uses for these pages. I put things books back on bookshelves making sure they are in correct order, then I wrap the WHOLE BOOKCASE in SARAN WRAP. This way, nothing is moldy or dusty, doesn't fall out when being moved, and when I return, all I do is cut off the Saran Wrap and I am ready.

Purchase, Make, and Complete TWO resources this summer.

Find at least two TpT products, or store bought products over the summer that will make your return to school easier. Don't procrastinate! Work a little once a week getting this ready. Even if you only add ONE new resource, get it copied, laminated, and stored, that puts you one step ahead of where your were, and you will love being ahead of the game in August.

No need to consume your whole summer dreading back to school once you learn to end your school year as I have been doing for over 20 years! This really takes the stress, pressure, and tiredness out of those hardest weeks of the year.

Be sure and check out some of newest TpT products. I've got some great ones for Summer School, Preschool, and Back to School.

Check out a Sample Freebie of the Tiny Seed Close Read.
Freebie Sample Close Read


Check out North America's only luminous insect. Once a year in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, these Fireflies light up the night, for only three weeks. Find out why in this fun fact filled book!


Check out this Animals Around the World Bundle. I just  added this set in March, and it has quickly made its way to my number 16th best selling resource.

Animals Around the World K-3rd Grade Bundle

I hope you found this post useful and helpful to you! If you can't accomplish all of these things,  pick one or two things that will help YOU the most at the beginning of school, and each year, add one more thing to your to do list.