Read Across America Ideas

27 February 2017



This week we are celebrating Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Week.   In my classroom we read as many Dr. Seuss books as we can and we learn about Dr. Seuss himself.  In past years, I was able to find affordable books and items at Target and Kohls.  I threw together this quick post to let you know about my latest freebie and banner packets.   I also wanted to share my Dr. Seuss Pinterest board which contains a ton more ideas.

Teacher authors are not permitted to create anything specifically for Dr. Seuss books but I am able to provide you with some generic reading themed resources.

The banner below can be used at any time of the year but I thought it would work well this week.  The packet also contains banners to spell out "Read."  These banners are perfect for PARP, Read Across America, or just anytime you want to celebrate reading.


You can click the image to check out the banner:

We love BrainPop Jr. and luckily my district subscribes to it.  BrainPop has a great video on Dr. Seuss.

I made another free homework pass for you.  Feel free to give it out on March 2nd!



I ordered this shirt from Amazon and I plan on wearing it March 2nd.
Here are few other great Amazon finds (affiliate links):

You can find many ideas and printables from other bloggers by checking out my Dr. Seuss themed Pinterest board:

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great time celebrating reading. 

Last Minute Valentine's Day Printables and Freebies

11 February 2017


I don't know about you but I feel like Valentine's Day snuck up on me!  We had two snow days last week and now I am behind on lessons.   Plus, the 101st Day has been moved back two more days, too.  It is going to be a crazy week. 

Here are some ideas, freebies, and activities I will be using this week!  Click on the images to download from TpT.


The above banner is a new freebie to my store.   I would love to see what you do with it.  Tag me on Instagram @EricaBohrer


The cards above are an update of a REALLY old TpT file in my store.  I hope you like them.  I used the fabulous, Babbling Abby's fonts for all of these Valentine updates!



We are a candy free school and it can be hard to find things the kids really like as a gift.  Homework passes have been my Go To gift for the kiddos.  They love them.   I have made them for almost every holiday so far.  Be sure to follow my store for email alerts, as to when I post new ones!

Here are the math centers we have been doing and will continue to do this week:










Other units I will be utilizing:










Valentine Themed Books:

Amazon affiliate links:


 Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Valentine's Day.

My rescue dog, Harrison.


Winter Ideas and Freebies

17 January 2017


I don't know what type of winter you have been having but this pretty much sums up the weather here on Long Island:


We did have one snowy weekend and of course the kids were so very excited.   I decided to make them these banners to complete in class.   They are a freebie so, just click to download from TpT.


While the students were making these banners, they were so quiet and engaged.  I was able to set up the centers for the day.  I plan on making banners for every month.  Comment below if you have ideas.   I hung the banners on twine with mini-clothespins.



This week, we started our winter math centers.   We reviewed "Make a Ten to Add," "Number Bonds with Missing Parts," "Take from Ten to Subtract," and  more. 


In science, we are just finishing up our States of Matter Unit.  





Here are some more activities that we will be doing this month:

My kiddos also love these "graphtivities" or "craftivities."  They love to see which choice "won." Since I make a different "graphtivity" for each month, the kids require little teacher support by this time in the year!

This penguin math craftivity is from my Penguin Packet, you can check it out {here} and you can check out a free version of it {here}.

More from my penguin packet:



I added interactive science notebook pages to the Penguin Packet above.  You can also purchase the interactive notebook pages separately in my Penguin Interactive Notebook File.








I just grabbed this book from Amazon.com last year and I LOVE it.  Click {here} to check it out.  It is perfect to use with our States of Matter unit. 

Last year, we did the snowman glyph above from First and Kinder Blue Skies's TpT store.  I paired it with the "Make a Ten to Add" Mugs from my First Grade Winter Math Centers packet to create the display above. 

Of course, no winter theme is complete without winter/snow themed read alouds!


Here are a few more of my favorite winter/snow themed books:


I hope this post gave you some ideas, don't forget, you check out these packets in my TpT store !  I hope you are enjoying your school year. 

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