January Giveaways, Freebies, and More!

We all LOVE break and dread look forward to going back to school!  No matter if we like it or not it will come!  I just love putting together these monthly posts to help prepare for the new month!  This posts will be filled with ideas and giveaways…yippee!

Last January was the first edition of my Taking Back Weekends packets!  They are now 100% complete for the year!  January is by far the best month to try out one of these packets!  They truly are lifesavers!  If you are a new or veteran teacher they will provide new and fresh ideas.  They are great for those “oh gosh what am I going to today? moments.  Not that we ever have those! 😉 If you previously purchased this packet be sure to click below to downloaded the slightly revised version!

You can view below a preview of the packet, but here is an overview of what is included!
Writing Activities {30 pages}: All About Winter Books, Making a Winter List, Snowman How to Writing, Opinion Writing Story Starters, Winter Pictionary, & Writing Journals, winter break sequential story organizers, guided story starters.

Math Activities {35 pages}: Snowflake Line Up {whole group & independent}, Snowflake Ten Frames- Teen Numbers, Penguin Addition/Subtraction {whole group & independent}, Winter Addition/Subtraction Practice Sheets, Analyzing Graphs, Place Value Practice Sheets

Word Work Activities {20 pages}: Winter Sort –beginning & final sound versions, Vowel the Owl Sort {short vowel sort- a, e, i, o, u}, Digraph Sort- th, sh, ch, Silent “e” Word Match Ups, Penguin in the Middle-medial sounds, Snowball Change Up-manipulating beginning sounds

Content Activities {8 pages}: Ideas and writing activities for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, simple science experiment ideas

Recess Ideas {5 pages}

Simple Print Sub Plan Activities {12 pages}: Instruction page for substitute and activities for read aloud, writing, math, & word work. All needed materials included.

Teacher Organization {10 pages}: Ideas to stay on task in 2014, January 2015 calendar, winter thank you cards, to do lists.

 You will have a chance to win this packet below!  If you are interested in the bundle for the year you can click directly below!

Up next are my winter literacy centers!  They were also a new “product line” I started last year!  I now have my literacy centers for the year completely finished and bundled! 🙂

Here is a look at the centers included…

Snowball Line- a fun and engaging center to practice sight words!  Students will also record their answers on the corresponding sheet.

Magical Snowflake Silent “e”- a way for students to practice writing silent/bossy e words.


Digraph Penguins- sort the penguin picture cards as th, sh, or ch.  Record their answers on the recording sheet.

Final Sound Mittens- Students will listen for the final sound in each word and record their answers.

CVC Snowman Match-Ups- students will read the CVC word then match it to the correct hat.  They will also record their answers on the corresponding sheet.

If you are interested in my winter literacy centers you will have a chance to win them below!  You can also view my literacy centers for the year you can click HERE.  Also, included in the giveaway below is a set of my Winter Math Centers!  You can see below a preview of the 5 math centers including the math concepts- shapes, teen number, one more, combining sets, and teen number place value!  You can view the math centers by clicking below or HERE!

Now it is time for the giveaway! WOOHOO!!  Enter below for you chance to win all THREE packets!  I will choose the winner by Thursday!

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Now for my some freebies!  Grab these freebie opinion writing story starters for your winter months! Just click below to download them.

Are you wanting to jump into close reads?  This FREEBIE nonfiction penguin close read is a fantastic place to start!  Click below to snag it!

Keeping with penguins….you have seen these ADORABLE penguin crafts from Miss Kindergarten?  We made these last year and they are ….FAB!  You can download this freebie by clicking below!

Below is my dated writing paper for January 2016!  Download it by clicking below!

If you are needing some additional ideas for January in your class you can click below to view my Winter Pinterest board!

Have a SUPER and FANTASTIC end to your winter break!  You deserve it! 🙂


  1. Good evening Tara,
    I absolutely love what you do. It is so well thought out and systematized into a doable thing for us over worked, short on time teachers.

    I am interested in the snowball line up piece. Is it possible to get that particular literacy center alone?
    I would love that. Let me know. Thank you for all that you do. It is appreciated by us!!!!!

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