Monday, July 16, 2012

I Win ~ You Win {Freebies!}

I won a contest!  As many of you know, Michelle @ Making it as a Middle School Teacher just hosted her big birthday bash, and I was one of the winners!   But that's not the best part - there's more! 

So here's how it went down:
  • Michelle gave my email to Tracee Orman who had agreed to gift one of her Hunger Games lessons. 
  • Tracee emailed me and offered to swap that out if I wanted. (Since I teach 5th grade in a conservative Catholic (redundant?) school, AND I love her clipart, I was more than thrilled by her generous offer.)
  • I emailed Tracee back, and said I would love any clip art she chose to send me.
  • Tracee emailed me TONS of clip art - AND, as if all that weren't enough (it totally was), a copy of one of her best sellers Creative Activities & Project Ideas to use with ANY Novel, Story, or Unit!  OMGenius - this thing is chock full of great ideas and templates!  She was over-the-top GENEROUS!! 

People ~ You must go visit Tracee's store and check out her stuff!!  And if you do teach older students, you MUST check out her HGs lessons - she's a rock star! 

To spread the bloggy love, I've created two new writing aides for my students and can't wait to share them with you as FREEBIES! 

The first was inspired by Emily at I Love My Classroom.  Don't worry, I asked permission first!  I plan to print these on sticky paper and stick them in the students writing folders.  The file prints two to a page, so they'll fit on the pockets very nicely.

I know it's fuzzy, but I promise the real one is crystal clear.

The second thing I want to share I came up with while I was writing the Rainbow Editing page.  Spelling is always a challenge for my students.  And I liked Emily's idea for using spell check, but I don't want my students to rely on it.  So I created the following anchor chart.  Again I will print these two to a page on sticky paper and add them to the writing folders.

Click either picture to download from my TpT store.

BTW - I love to print to sticky paper rather than glue stick things down.  Glue-sticked (love making up my own words!) papers never stay all year; the corners curl up and get gross.  Sticky paper works better for me and is totally worth the investment!

And, since I made these, I'm  thrilled to be linking up with Tara for the first time ever!

Let me know if you download these and what you think!


Andi said...

Very cool! How much more expensive is the sticky paper? I'll have to look into to it. I don't like the curling, either. Thanks for sharing!

Miss Nelson said...

Love this!

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KRISTA said...

I love these! Thanks for sharing! I am a new follower of your blog. I love the design.


Liliris said...

I love rainbow editing! Great posters!

Fourth Grade Garden

Jill said...

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Emily said...

Those turned out great!

Thanks for the link up. =)

I Love My Classroom

Nikki Lutzke said...

Wonderful ideas! I'm your newest follower and a former Catholic School teacher. I am glad I had the opportunity to work with REAL "magicians" who make something happen from nothing every single day. I sense you are one of these magicians! I'd love to have you stop by my fourth grade site at

Nikki :) An Uncommon to the Core Teacher

Tracee Orman said...

Thanks so much for the shout-out, Lynn! :) I was more than happy to accommodate because what's the point of winning something you can't use! LOL I'm so glad you'll be able to get some use out of them.

I totally agree about the glue-sticked papers! So much humidity accumulates in my classroom and their collages always fall apart early in the year.

I cannot believe I hadn't seen you blog before. Love it! I'm going to post your button on my other blog: Mrs. Orman's Classroom (

Thanks, again, Lynn!

Allie said...

Thanks for the freebie! I'm your newest follower!

The Gypsy Teacher

Krista Carlson said...

Love the Rainbox editing! How fun for the kids and productive as well! I am your newest follower- looking forward to sharing ideas!

The Second Grade Superkids

April Walker said...

I love your signs. Where do you get the sticky paper?
The Idea Backpack

ThinkWonder Teach said...

I love the rainbow editing. I have had the same issue with glued on papers. Never thought of using sticky paper. Thanks for the tip!

Think, Wonder, & Teach

5th Grade Rocks, Fifth Grade Rules! said...

I love these. Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower! :)

Mrs. Reimann said...

Thank you for sharing what you made. I think I can make it work for some of my second graders.

Little Treasures

A Teacher Without a Class said...

I love the rainbow letters. A great idea for editing. I am also your newest follower. I would love to have you come and visit my blog.

Inside this Book said...

Thanks everyone for the sweet words! A lot of people asked about the sticky paper. I buy it at Staples, and it comes in sheets you just run through the printer. I don't remember how much it is, but it's totally worth it!


Mrs. Woods said...

Hi, I am a new follower. I love Rainbow Editing. I tried to download from TpT, but it wouldn't let me for some reason. I will try again later.


Karen said...

Thanks for the Rainbow Editing notes. I am going to print them off for my 4th graders. What a great idea!

Tara said...

Hi there!!! Welcome to my linky:) So glad you could link up and hope you can come back next week! Love your editing goodies and so sweet of you to share them for free:) Thanks bunches:)

4th Grade Frolics

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