Friday, August 10, 2012

Back to School Product Premiere {TpT Sale Preview}

Have you heard? Teachers Pay Teachers is having a huge back to school sale Sunday and Monday?  I know that my shopping cart is full, and I'm so excited to purchase goodies from some of my favorite teacher authors to use with my kiddos.  My store will be 20% off, and TpT is offering buyers an additional 8% off, for a total of 28% off ALL items in my store. :) Just use the code in the image below when checking out. :)

Some of my teaching blogging pals and I have joined forces for a special blog hop today to showcase some of our back to school essentials, and hopefully introduce you to helpful products and ideas that will make this school year your best year ever! :)

When I found out I was moving to fourth grade, I really started thinking about the structure of my day.  One thing I really wanted to change this upcoming school year is my math intervention/math tutorial block.  Most in my school do this whole group or by splitting the class into two larger groups.  Since my math tutorial is right after my math block, this just never worked for me.  My kiddos are just done, and needed a break from large group activities, not that I do a lot whole group in math class, but my math tutorial time being at the end of the day doesn't help matters either.  My second graders always loved centers, so I thought I would incorporate centers into our tutorial block for my fourth graders to work on while I worked with my intervention group.  

However, there weren't lots of math center packs available for older kiddos, so I spent some time this summer working on my first set of math centers for this school year.  

My Back to School Math Centers for Bigger Kids has 8 different math centers included, and review a wide variety of math skills.  From place value, to solving simple algebra equations, comparing numbers, addition with regrouping, continuing number patterns, subtraction with borrowing, multiplication and division fact families, and a multiplication fact family sort.  

I love using centers as they are a great way to students to students to get continued exposure to previously learned concepts in a fun way.  Continued and repeated practice is SO important in all grades, but I especially love it in a high stakes testing grade.  

Through the year, I'll be adding more math centers to my store, which will all be Common Core aligned. :) 

If you'd like to add my Back to School Math Centers for Bigger Kids to your shopping cart, you can head straight to its listing by clicking on the cheerleader below. 

Also, when I think about back to school, I automatically start thinking of ways to build a caring classroom community. I have two very special best sellers in my store that do just that. 

Cooking up a Great Year Together is hands down one of my favorite activities I do with my kiddos all year long.  It combines two of my favorite things, books and food, and leads to some awesome discussion about the character traits essential for a great year together.  You can read more about how I implement this week long activity into my classroom {here}
Click on the cheerleader to check it out on TpT. 

I feel that it's so important to take some time during the first few weeks of school to really get to know your kiddos, and it's equally as important for them to get know each other.  The years where I've spent more time on community building at the beginning of the year have been my best years in the classroom, and those years where starting hitting the pavement right away and didn't give as much time to community building were my hardest years.  You can read all about my Fabulous Back to School Fun packet {here}. My favorites are always the time capsules and the toothpaste words activity.  :)

If you want to check it out on TpT, just click on the cheerleader below. 

I hope that you click around and check out all the wonderful back to school essentials featured by my bloggy friends below.  I know I will be. :)  

Happy Friday and Happy Shopping! :)


  1. Love everything! I already had two items in my cart :)

    Fun in Room 4B

  2. Love these packets!! Now only if I taught 4th! or 3rd! My kinders are missing out!!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  3. I love this- I'm not teaching math this year but it's on my wishlist just in case!

    *Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge*


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