How about a Free Printable for Cause and Effect?

It's almost Monday ! Time to join everyone in the Manic Monday linky at Classroom Freebies! Would you like a Cause and Effect printable for your kiddos to practice those skills? No prep, just print and copy ! Follow the link below to grab it from either of my teacher stores and be sure to go to Classroom Freebies to see all the other super things teachers are offering this week!

Also, don't forget I am running a giveaway for one of those awesome Classroom Friendly pencil Sharpeners! Yes, the ones everyone has been raving about!  Go here to the blog post where you can enter that giveaway.
THE GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED! Thanks to all who participated!
Get the Cause and Effect Freebie at my TpT store  
Get it at my Teachers' Notebook shop 
 
 Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener Giveaway!



Everyone! I lucked out and the owner of Classroom Friendly Supplies, the maker of the quietest pencil sharpener ever, agreed to donate one to a lucky winner of this giveaway! Look around the internet and you will find many, many people raving about this sharpener. It is manual, but quiet. It is sturdy and dependable. It sharpens pencils to a long, sturdy point and does colored pencils too. It also has a great auto stop on it. It won't disrupt your lesson like those electric sharpeners and I am sure you and your kiddos will love it! Head over to Classroom Friendly Supplies to take a closer look. The Giveaway starts April 11 (tonight) at midnight and runs until April 18 !


 There are a bunch of ways to enter the giveaway. Take a look at the rafflecopter and decide which ones you'd like to try!

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Is Your Classroom Pencil Situation Driving You Insane?

So are you seeing lots of these in your classroom?


Are these the sharpeners kids are trying to use to get their pencils ready for the day?

Is your classroom pencil sharpener like this oldie?

Is your electric sharpener always breaking and  really really loud?


Well stay tuned!  I have a surprise coming for you in the next few days !!

Guest Post by Jenna from Diving into Learning

Hi everyone, I'm Jenna from Diving Into Learning! I'm guest blogging here today and I hope that you enjoy my post! Today I'm going to share with you one of my favorite items to use for math (and literacy) centers- file folders! I love using file folders to hold games and activities for centers. The folder keeps all of the pieces together, it is easy to store, does not take up a lot of space, plus they can be used for individual or group activities. They are great for individual activities because they will easily fit on a students desk or the student can sit on the floor and hold the game/activity in their lap. File folders are great for group activities as well because it can become the game board, it is durable, and it makes for easy clean up. Here is an example of a file folder game I have for my pre-k students (the activity is not one that I created).
Here is an example of a math activity (this game is not one of my creations).
you can get this game here from TPT
Here is an example of one of my file folder games that I created (it is available here at my TPT store). To make the file folder game, I usually put the title and directions on the front of the cover. Then on the inside I put the game board/sorting mats/whatever needed to play the game/activity. If possible I try to make a pocket to store the pieces as well, or I keep a paperclip with the game to help hold the pieces. 
front of the game with the game pieces
inside of the file folder
after the game is complete
Here is a freebie from my TPT store, Frog Theme Math Game-Sorting Even and Odd Numbers. It can be used as a file folder game or you can laminate the pages to use for the sorting mats. Do you use file folder games/activities in your classroom?

April Currently

It's April today ! How can that be? It sure doesn't feel like it, weather wise. In any case I am excited to be back on the "Currently" bandwagon with Farley at Oh Boy Fourth Grade. Head over there to see everyone else's Currently! Mine is below.