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Apr 28, 2014

Open House and a Few Freebies

Tonight was our annual OPEN HOUSE. It is always a fun event!  I soooooo love seeing the children take their families on a tour of the classroom and proudly "show off" their work. It is a celebration of the year - but that also means many hours getting ready for the night. Here are a few pictures of our ocean-themed open house.

One of the favorite items the children left with for the night was a camera-shaped photo album filled with 4x6 photographs that I had taken of them during the year.

To make these, I simply printed the page below. Then, cut out the lens of the camera and laminated. Finally, I cut out the 2 laminated camera covers and used our school binding machine to punch and attach the 6-ring combs.

They were a hit! Grab a copy of the photo album covers HERE.

My students also left with a packet of poetry they had written. They loved their poetry unit! You can grab a copy of the Diving Into Poetry cover HERE.

Last but NOT least - the FREEBIE several of you have been waiting for...
the May spelling tic-tac-toe is finally available. 

Grab yours HERE



  1. Holy Smokies!!! Your room looks AMAZING!!! I'm a parent and a teacher and I would just LOVE it if my kids were in your class.
    xo, Liza

  2. How do you do it!? Your room is incredible and you still have time to put together freebies?? Amazing... Thank you!! My students love the Tic-Tac-Toe spelling!

  3. I echo the above comments...we are studying the ocean currently, too, and I just love the inspiration your classroom provides. Way to go and thank you for the freebies!

  4. AnonymousMay 03, 2014

    I just discovered your blog and LOVE it!!! My printer can't keep up with all the items I am printing. Thank you for the freebies! My second graders are going to love the May Tic-Tac-Toe.

  5. I LOVE the photo album covers. I've been looking for a fun way to send photos home and this might be it. Do you have a blank copy of the album covers? Or covers for different grades?