Monday, July 28, 2014

#COLORIZEYOURCLASSROOM With Astrobrights {Giveaway} and a {Freebie}

I was fortunate enough to be contacted by Astrobrights  to help launch their #colorizeyourclassroom campaign.  I think we all know how I feel about color…LOVE it!  But it isn't just about what I love…there is research to support the use of color!  The Color Marketing Group found that color:
·       Increases retention by 18 percent
·       Accelerates learning by 55 to 78 percent
·       Increases comprehension by 73 percent
  • Astrobrights Papers knows that every resource counts when it comes to creativity in the classroom.
  • Color can make learning a more fun and impactful experience.
  •  Color paper can add creativity to everything in the classroom, from lesson and curriculum to charts and project displays.

To help colorize my classroom, I decided to create a banner!

I simply copied the banner onto colorful Astrobrights paper and cut the triangles out with a paper cutter, then taped them to ribbon.  EASY!
Since Open House is obviously on my mind, I thought about how I could use the colorful paper for typically boring parent handouts!
If you'd like a copy of the banner, Click {HERE} for the FREEBIE!
With my $50 Office Depot gift card, I was able to purchase MORE paper (you can never have too much!), plastic sleeves, paint, and my favorite Azure blue bulletin board paper!
Which I used to create my new door display:
Oh, and I may have also splurged and gotten a set of Flair Pens!

Each giveaway winner will receive a customized package of Astrobrights Papers and a $50 gift card to Office Depot, which carries the largest selection of Astrobrights Papers of any retailer – all aimed at helping you colorize any project.
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Ready for more chances to win and a chance to share your own creativity? Astrobrights is helping teachers in every state get started sharing their COLORFUL ideas with a Back to School #ColorizeYourClassroom contest.
Entering is easy! Just share a photo of how you Colorize your Classroom at the Astrobrights Facebook page now thru September 12, 2014. If your winning idea is selected, Astrobrights will help you Colorize Your Classroom ALL YEAR LONG! One winner per state will be awarded, PLUS a Grand Prize winner. You can also earn bonus entries for each original lesson plan you upload to the page. 
For complete information, visit

This is a sponsored post. First Grade Blue SKies has received payment, trade and/or products from Astrobrights in exchange for promoting, however all opinions stated are my own. Open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen and posted on this original post within three days of contest end.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BUStin' into School! Back to School Craft and Bulletin Board {Giveaway}

It's almost THAT time again….Back to School!  If you're like me, you need an easy, fun, cute craft to start the year off right….something you can get up on your bulletin board asap and have everyone loving how cute it is, while only you know it was easy peazy!
This pack is for you if you need all of the above!
It may be a little cheesy, but the wording on the bulletin board CRACKS me up!

I added washi tape to the bottom of some of them…I think it's cute!  Keep in mind my 5 year old did most of these for me, since it's summer…she did a good job, right?
There are 10 pages of writing/activity pages included with the patterns for the craft.
You can find this BUS Craftivity {HERE} on TpT!
And don't forget that the AL Blogger Meet Up, hosted by yours truly is this Tuesday!!  
Email me for details!!

And if you've made it here to the bottom of this lengthy post, then you deserve a bonus!  Let's work together to chase away those Back to School Blues with a SALE!
I hope you love my BUS craft as much as I do!  This is the perfect time to get it and stock up on everything else you need for Back to School, since it's all on SALE! 
OH, and leave a comment below and I will choose a winner in the next day or so!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Jaguar Close Read {Giveaway}

Continuing on with my close read series, here is my Jaguar Close Read… I have to say while creating this pack, I actually learned A LOT!  Like, how can you tell the difference between a leopard and a jaguar's spots?  Or did you know that jaguars are one of the few cats that like to swim…they actually swim a lot!  Your students will love to learn all about jaguars (like I did) using this pack!
 You can find it {HERE} on TpT

I've been pretty busy with brochures and working in my classroom…
I will give you a hint of something I am working on:

You can leave a comment below for a chance to win my new Jaguar Close Read and have a GREAT Saturday!  I only have a little more than a week left of my summer!!!  It's getting close! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What I've Been Up To Wednesday

Some of you have seen this already on My Instagram…but I had to share it  here since it took SO much of my time and energy the other day!  Good news: My Jack approves! 
I also painted my stool AGAIN…the bottom half used to be white, with the red top and dots….but I am loving the blue!
And what about this light-up arrow?  I got it at Target and was thinking of letting my students turn it on when they have a great idea!
Just the beginning of my hall display….just a start!!
And I had to share these panoramic views of my classroom, not because I am finished but because it took SO much work to unpack my closet and get everything where it goes (for now!)

My shark door was inspired by an adorable shark found photo on my Pinterest Board {here} but it is a dead link =(  I will keep looking for the original source and update it when I find it! =)
And if you haven't entered my giveaway for a classroom brochure, you still have time {here}
What have you been up to?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Custom Classroom Brochure for Open House {Giveaway}

Are you getting ready for Open House or Meet the Teacher?  Are you at least thinking about getting ready, like me?!! Meet the Teacher is one of those things that is a whirlwind of informations, meeting your parents and kids, and so much fun….but let's be honest, it can be super stressful, too!  SO much information to try and remember to tell them in such a short amount of time!
One of the things I've done for many years is to provide parents a brochure that introduces me, outlines my grading and homework procedures, supply list, snack and lunch details, etc.  It is a lifesaver, I can just give them one of these brochures and even if I forget to mention something that night, it is still in there for them to review later!!  
About 3 years ago I started selling custom brochures on TpT and it's been a great adventure to see so many different styles and information for teachers across the country!
You can check out my Custom Classroom Brochures on TpT {Here

I've used my printer at home to print them over the years, but this year I used Best Value Copy and they turned out perfectly…for a great price (they usually have coupons for color copies)!
This is what my student desks looked like last year at Meet the Teacher:
Here are some examples of brochures I've done in the past:
(I deliberately left it small to protect the information of the customers)
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Would you like to win your own?
Hope you love them as much as I do!  Happy Sunday Y'all! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Photo Albums for Math Review is a Bright Idea!

I've seen this idea used over the years, but was reminded of it on Pinterest a while back {here}… how smart is it to use flash cards in a bragbook with a dry erase marker to review facts?  So smart!
I got the brag books from Target and Walmart =)  This idea would also work with handwriting flashcards, or ?? The sky is the limit!
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