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Resources

Tools For The Teacher

Finding useful resources for the classroom can take a lot of time. I try to keep it simple with a growing list of  the best of the best. These are products that I've used or are seeing other teachers use with great results. 

In the spirit of transparency and honesty I must disclose: 

 Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with, or have seen the value of all of these resources, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals. 

As always, if you have any questions about any of the resources found on this page I'd be very happy to help you.  I am here for you.  

Picture Books That Teach

The Blueberry Pancake Problem - Angela Kantorowicz

Written by yours truly, this is a fun counting book about the day Vashti ate too many blueberries.  Practice counting by 1s and 5s.  Click here to check out this fun book.  Lot's of freebie printables (see below) and even a YouTube Video to help facilitate learning in the classroom.  

Books For Teachers

Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess

In my opinion one of the best books for teachers.  It helped me to rethink my teaching “whys” and made me a better teacher.  I actually read it twice in one summer.  Packed with inspiration and challenge.  Click the image to go to the book. 

Latest Creations- Ocean Tube Inflatable

6 Mil Plastic

Cut to two pieces to your desired length. The 6 mil thickness is sturdy yet inflates. 

https://amzn.to/2Q5uMY5

Crystal Clear
Gorilla Tape

This stuff is amazing. Sticks like none other and is clear.  It will stand the test of time and not get brittle or change color.  

https://amzn.to/2YxjDlA

Black Chisel King Sharpie

The King Chisel Black Sharpie is great for this projects.  Nice thick black lines. 

https://amzn.to/2W7PUlK 

Measuring Tape

Happy measuring. Great for student use too. They won't cut themselves on metal and it winds up under human power.

https://amzn.to/2W7TaO2 

Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint

Make sure to use multi-surface acrylic paint. I think it will wear better. 

https://amzn.to/2EdsjpL

Paint Brushes

I used a few different sizes. Your will need a variety of sizes depending on how much detail you want to do.   I like the 3 biggest brushes.

https://amzn.to/2LM6y6D

20" Fan With Pivoting Head

I  recommend a fan with a pivoting head because then you can have some flexibility on where to place the air ducts on the side of the inflatable.

https://amzn.to/2VMPzWx

Clear Sealer

Add a little extra protection. A light spray of this will help protect the paint. Caution: Too much will make the black sharpie run.  

https://amzn.to/2W7PUlK 

Free Teaching Resources Made By Making The Basics Fun

Blueberry Pancake Freebie Pack cover

5 Printable Bundle

Be on the look-out for a bonus freebie in this bundle. Math, Reading, Writing Skills Practice

spring Color Sheet

Hello Spring

Free Spring Color Sheet!!
Enjoy!!

Songs For Classroom Management And Teaching

FreshBeat Band Freeze Dance

Freeze Dance

Freeze Dance by The Fresh Beat Band (#17 on this album) is a class favorite. Perfect for a brain break.

Charlie Brown Theme Song Album Cover

Charlie Brown Theme

The Charlie Brown Theme Song is 1:10 long. Perfect for fast transitions. This is one of my favorites.

beautiful life by Ace of Base

Beautiful Life

By Ace of Base. Starts slow and builds. I used only the first 30 seconds or so. Perfect for transitions. 3:39 long

Album Covershine your way by owl city and Yuna

Shine Your Way

By Owl City. 3:27 long. A happy song great for clean-up and other longer transitions.

Good Time

By Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen. A feel good fast pace song. I used it at the end of the day. 3:26 long

Album Cover Happy by Pharrell Williams

Happy

Happy by Pharrell Williams is a classic. Love it for transitions.

Album Cover touch the sky by Julie Fowlis

Touch The Sky

Touch The Sky starts off slow and then gets fast and loud. Great for transitions. 2:30 long

Dance Kung Fu

I used Dance Kung Fu after "rest time". It's like a guide dance. Great for getting the body moving. 2:46 long

Big Rock Candy Mountain by The Okee Dokee Brothers

Big Rock Candy Mountain

Big Rock Candy Mountain kid style. Love this song and love it's short length.-1:43

pink panther theme by Henry Mancini

Pink Panther Theme

I used this to "sneak" around finding students who were ready at the end of the day. 3:08 long. A Favorite!!!

Podcasts For The Classroom

The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd

Old time radio style. Teach story structure and history. Free Printable below.

pants on fire podcast

Pants On Fire

Can you spot the liar? Critical listening skills practice. Free printable below in "Free Teaching Resources"

The Past And The Curious

It's history for kids. (But you will love it too.) Free printable in "Free Teaching Resources".

brains on podcast

Brains On!

Brains On! is a fun kid centered science podcast. Science questions are answered.

but why podcast

But Why

By kids for kids. Questions and Answers. Great way to do a deep dive into content studied in the classroom.

Classroom Tech

Portable GGMM Speaker

Click The Image. This is the speaker I've used in a classroom. PS. I have two at home. Check it out to see if it fits your needs. 

https://amzn.to/2OgkWSc 

Classroom Management Tools

SitSpot Circles

SitSpots are perfect to show  kids where to sit and stand. I used to cut up the circles (because I'm cheap). Say good buy to tape on your floor.  Click The Image For More.

https://amzn.to/2OgmHig

PreK-2nd Grade Supplies

Alphabet Stamps

Alphabet stamps are a must-have in any primary classroom. I used these in my kinder and first-grade classroom.   Click The Image For More.

Magnetic Letters

These foam magnets have so many uses.  Easy to handle and they actually stay put on a metal surface. Must have for stations and small group instruction. Click The Image For More.

Free Color Sheets Made By Making The Basics Fun

spring Color Sheet

Hello Spring

Free Spring Color Sheet!!
Enjoy!!

Organization Solutions

Multi-Purpose Storage

These are perfect for materials that measure 4×6 inches.  Great for literacy and math center games and supplies.  Organize sight words, supplies, etc. Click picture for more information. 

Coming Soon

Apps For Teaching In The Classroom

Podcasts For Teachers

Art Supplies

STEAM And Other Content Area Supplies

Classroom Decor

Classroom Furniture

Teacher Self-Care

Online Training For Teachers

Fun and Frivolous

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