Why I Buy on TPT

Ever see something on Teachers Pay Teachers and think, "I could make that."  It's true, you probably could make some of the great products on Teachers Pay Teachers yourself.
But you know what?  This past weekend, I watched the first Harry Potter movie with my family.  My younger daughter had just finished the first book and almost came out of her skin with excitement to see this book come to life in front of her.  2 1/2 hours.
I took my girls jeans shopping.  Felt like 10 hours, but more like 3 hours.

I watched my niece, so my sister could get something done without a baby attached to her.  Four hours.
That was a lot of time I had this weekend to enjoy my family.  I could have let the girls watch the movie with my husband.  I could have begged my mom to take the girls jean shopping.  I could have skipped offering to babysit my niece.  I could have made all the resources I need for the next week instead.

I'm not saying I never make things for the classroom.  I do enjoy making resources for my students to use, but I also enjoy not having to.  I love this product from Jodi Southard from Fun in First.
This product will be a huge chunk of my October plans for my second grade groups.  I just bought a ton of time for $8.55.  Time to do things like sip coffee and sit on my butt and read blogs.

Here's one that probably would have taken me 20+ hours to make.  Which means it never would have happened, and my students would have missed out on this great site word practice from Miss DeCarbo.
And this one from the amazing Jen Jones.  It's got over 400 pages, and I'll use it all year long, every single week with my 3rd and 4th grade friends.  No matter what text I'm reading, there's something in here to support it.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know my students flipped out over this main idea and supporting details activity.  
Except their teachers probably hate me because we did the hashtag part at the end right before I sent them back to class.  They were hashtagging everything.  "Hashtag that was awesome" "Hashtag see you later" "Hashtag bye".  

These purchases add up.  I know teachers aren't making football money.  In some states, you aren't even making garbage truck driver money.  Spend wisely.  Start by buying products that you can use all month or year long.  They cost more, but you get more bang for your buck.  Wishlist items you like and buy during sales.  If you follow stores, you'll get a notice.  And if there's a site wide sale, your social media and Bloglovin' accounts will be blowing up, so no chance of missing those. ; )

What do you buy on TPT?  Any great products I'm missing?

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Five on the Fifth

Hey y'all! It's October 5th, which means it's time for Five on the Fifth again.  
There are so many great blogs out there, and let's be honest, September is a bit of a blur for teachers.  Here are five great posts that you might have missed in that back to school haze.  There's even a Five on the Fifth Pinterest board if you want to see more great ideas.
First up is the first in a series from Teaching Maddeness called Maximizing the Minutes.  Amanda shares how she very quickly reviews high frequency words and reviews skills in a fast warm up.  Every minutes counts and this series will help you do just that!
Melissa from Inspire Me, ASAP! has a great fact and opinion lesson (that would also be great for inferencing!)  She practiced with this photo, and then connected the lesson to a mentor text.  Hop on over to read just how she did this.
I love how Ashleigh from Ashleigh's Education Journey got her kids working on multiplication word problems.  Engaging, higher level thinking, and low prep.  Everything you want for a great lesson!

Holy smokes this is a good blog post.  Cara from The First Grade Parade dives down deep into the guts of small group instruction.  It's a loooong post and worth every minute  you'll spend reading it.
One more reading lesson for you! This time for the upper elementary crowd.  Jen from Hello Mrs. Sykes shares some great tips for supporting struggling readers.

Bonus! Rachel from The Tattooed Teacher shared this super cute freebie at Owl-Ways be Inspired.  Hope you have a fang-tastic day today!

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Silhouette Tutorial and a Sale

Happy Saturday all!  I shared a picture of some letters I cut out on my Silhouette on Instagram recently and got several questions on how I made these with my Silhouette.  I love these letters with the white border so much that I'll probably do this even when I'm now using a sketchy style font.  It really makes them pop on my bulletin board.

Here's a quick tutorial on how I did this.

I needed these letters because I became completely obsessed with this bulletin board from The Tattooed Teacher and knew it had to be mine.
Rachel shared this on her Facebook page, and I feel in love with it.   Which means I had to shamelessly copy it.  Fans of RHONJ will understand.
Here's my version.  I love how it turned out!


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