Monday, November 5, 2012


We are thankful 

      Fun way to display Pilgrims...on the Mayflower!
We charted some ways the Pilgrims used their 7

  We charted the ways the pilgrims used the Seven

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Step Into My Classroom!

Angela painted this beautiful door sign for me a couple 
of years ago. I LOVE it!!

We post current vocabulary words outside our door so 
the Reading Coach, Principal, and other adults can use them when they visit our room. The kids go nuts when they hear them use one of their words!

Here's the view from the door.

 This is the Clip Chart Behavior System that I use. The students LOVE to move their clothespin up. They try to reach the top so they can be King or Queen of the Jungle!
Angela made the Tooth Fairy for me. I have zero artistic ability. The pocket contains big white teeth. When a student looses a tooth they get to put their name and the date on a tooth and tape it to the door. By the end of the year the door is covered with teeth!

 We have a restroom in our classroom, which is great!
 This is our class library with our Vocabulary Word Wall above it. I use Fancy Nancy to introduce vocabulary. Then we post our Ooh-la-la Words on the wall throughout the year, and put a shiny sticker on the word each time we use it.

 Here's our Interwrite board and class meeting area. I love my giraffe adirondack chair! It used to be in my daughter's room at home. The kids love to sit and read in it.

 Math manipulatives are stored in this bookcase. We are ready to graph our birthdays on the wall. The round table is used during Reading and Math stations.

This is a view of our computer area.

Decided to try a Tattle Notebook this year. After browsing around on Pinterest, here's what I came up with.

I used scrapbook paper to improve the look of my sterilite drawers (another Pinterest idea). Easy and Cheap!

Desks are ready!

I found these cool "Design Your Own" travel cups at Dollar Tree this summer! I inserted jungle design scrapbook paper inside and made a water cup for each student. They look great and the kids adore them! Hope I can find them next year, too.

Welcome bags for the first day of school!

I put animal crackers, a jungle bookmark, pencil, pen, and sucker inside. We use Safari Bucks as a reward in our class, so I also gave them their Safari Wallet in their bag. They will keep all their Safari Bucks in their wallet during the year. Each Friday they get a chance to spend their money on small prizes. They earn Safari bucks for outstanding behavior, A.R. points, helping the teacher, etc...

Nametags are ready! I made them with clipart from Scrappin' Doodles. The jungle print lanyards came from Oriental Trading. I put the students' lunch numbers on the back and they wear them to lunch for the first couple of days until they know their number.
Birthday Bucket!! Pixie Stick Birthday "balloons" are ready for each student's birthday gift. Thanks Pinterest and all you creative teachers out there for the idea!

Small Group Instruction Table 
(this is where the hard work happens!)

 Writing Station and Word Wall for Sight Words

Student Cubbies

 Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have the best year EvEr!!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Time for a SALE!!!

 Now's the time to stock up on all your holiday and thematic glyphs and writing projects for the coming school year! Our products are also on sale on Teacher's Notebook for 20% off through Monday. Take a look at some of the new glyphs we've add this summer! Click on the sale announcement above to go straight to our TpT shop.

AND don't forget to download your Back to School Freebie!
Click on the photo to go straight to it.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

She's Just Right!

Goldilocks, that is! We've recently added Goldie and Baby Bear to our collection of Glyphs. They are "just right" if you are studying Fairy Tales and Folk Tales. The girls can make Goldilocks and the boys can make the bear.

 For more ideas on using Goldilocks and the Three Bears check out Angela's post here. She always comes up with the most darling ideas. Whenever our creativity dries up at my school, we simply email Angela. She was our Reading Coach at one time and transformed our school into a Reading Fairyland! (She won't like that I'm praising her but it can't be helped!!) 

Anyway, there's all kinds of fun things you can do with this classic story and the glyphs make a fantastic display. Click on the photos to find Goldie on our TpT store!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hot Off the Presses!

FREE Back to School Glyph!! Just a little thank you to all the wonderful teachers who have encouraged us this year and helped get Glyph Girls off the ground. The pencil opens up so you can include a writing piece if you like.  

Click on the photo to download this freebie!

Thank You for Being Fabulous Teachers!!!
Have a Fantastic Year!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Pirate's Life for Me

Yo, ho, yo, ho, well... you get the picture. We recently finished up two different Pirate projects at the request of some faithful customers. Our first grade team plans to use them when we get to the /ar/ sound. I think Angela may incorporate them, also, into some Peter Pan fun she is planning for the beginning of the year. There will be more pics to come when we use them in our classrooms. Cross your fingers and Angela might just make a BIG pirate ship to display with her glyphs!

Click on any of the photos to go to our TpT Store!

Pirate Glyph

The first project is a Pirate Glyph with writing options.

Students make their pirate to look like themselves! They always turn out so cute and original!

 The Jolly Roger Flag can be made to lift up and hold a writing piece inside if you choose. Both the flag and the parrot are optional to the glyph.



Pirates Past Noon

The next project is called the "Pirates Past Noon Writing Project." It is not a glyph. (I know, how can the Glyph Girls make something that is not a glyph?!?) We have do other things some...times!! This is the Captain of the pirate ship. He/she is wonderful to use after reading the Magic Tree House book Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osborne. OR we've included plenty of other resources if you don't have time to read the book. Maybe you have some other fabulous pirate literature or you're planning a treasure hunt.

This project includes a Read and Respond page for each Chapter of Pirates Past Noon. We've created them with both primary and regular lines for you to choose from. Plus lots of writing templates.

Hope your 4th of July was full of family and fun! Next up -- Hollywood, Goldilocks, and Safari Animals!

Monday, June 18, 2012


Okay, all you cowpokes out there in blogland, we have finished our Wild West Cowboy Fun packet!! This one is especially for Mrs. Robinson and her fabulous firsties. She has a rip-roaring good time with her Cowboy theme and needed some glyphs to kick-off the year. Maybe she'll let us post some pics when she completes them in August. Her room is CuTe!

Click on any of the pics to go to our TpT store and take a closer look!

This one has TWO glyphs included (a cowboy/cowgirl and a horse), plus a ton of writing and data collection resources.

 We've had requests for photos of our classrooms. Angela is moving to a different room and my room has everything piled up in the middle of the floor (they just finished waxing). We'll soon get the itch to start working on them and we'll be sure to take Before and After shots to share with you. What would we do if we didn't have summertime to recharge, regroup, and redecorate for the new year? Soooo thankful for all the fabulous teachers out there who share their ideas on blogs and Pinterest!!

Next up -- PIRATES!!!! ArrrGh!

Happy Summer,

P.S. The first person to comment wins this packet for FREE!!