Monday, November 14, 2016

Let us spread kindness

November 13 is World Kindness Day.  This is a movement that has been growing since it started in Japan in 1998.  Its mission is to inspire individuals and nations to connect to create a kinder world.  

In an effort to pay it forward, I have made all my Random Act of Kindness products free in my store (usually $8).  I know its only a very small thing that I can do, but I hope it is downloaded thousands of times and fills the halls of our schools. Kindness is what makes our communities great.  

Share far and wide so all of your friends and colleagues can grab it while its free. 

I don't want any credit.  I hope my product can bring a moment of joy to a student, teacher or someone in the community to bring peace and harmony.


xoxo Sarah Anne 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Sarah-Anne





 #TpTClassroomCommunity
#ResourcesThatGive
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#RAK

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Inspirational & Motivational Posters supporting Values & Character Education

Original Inspirational Posters for your school, classroom, church, office or home. High Resolution posters prints up to 16x20 size. Click on poster to download free preview to see the posters up close. Six Posters for $12 - posters are $3 each when purchased individually.

Download Preview and Purchase Poster Here

Perfect for your school, classroom, church, office or home. The photo is taken by a professional photographer and matched with beautiful quotes focused on Character Education Traits and National Values Framework. They aim to inspire students and build their confidence, motivation and self belief. 


Easy Print options for printing at home or school  300dpi
JPG File suitable for printing from 8x10, 11x14 or 16x20 Size
(Really affordable printing at school, home or any photo or print center) 






Your welcome to use this file in photo center gift items (postcards, mugs, calanders etc) for gifts for students or colleagues.

SarahAnne reserves the copyrights on the photograph. So please do not use it for any commercial purpose, reselling or calling it your own work of art. 

Enjoy :)


 #posters #values #inspirational #quotes #character #education #printable #meme #quotes #motivational #classroom #decor  #compassion #happiness #kindness #determination #curiosity #acceptance #imagination

QUOTES 

#Happiness
IT IS NOT HOW MUCH WE HAVE, BUT HOW MUCH WE ENJOY, THAT MAKES HAPPINESS. - Charles Spurgeon 

#Imagination
THE TRUE SIGN OF INTELLIGENCE IS NOT KNOWLEDGE BUT IMAGINATION. - Albert Einstein 

#Compassion
TRY TO BE A RAINBOW IN SOMEONE'S CLOUD. - Dr. Maya Angelou

#Determination
OBSTACLES ARE THOSE FRIGHTFUL THINGS YOU SEE WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR EYES OFF YOUR GOAL. - Henry Ford 

#Acceptance #Difference
STRENGTH LIES IN DIFFERENCE, NOT IN SIMILARITIES. - Stephen R. Covey

#Curiosity
THE IMPORTANT THING IS NOT TO STOP QUESTIONING. CURIOSITY HAS ITS OWN REASON FOR EXISTING. - Albert Einstein

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Puppet Pals 2 Tutorial

Puppet Pals 2 Tutorial for Teachers and Students



If your looking for an engaging and versatile app for your classroom, Puppet Pals 2 is a superb app to invest in.  This app is an award winning app created by Polished Play...take a look at the app trailer.



If you'd like to use Puppet Pals 2 in your class, but are not sure how... take a look at this
 Interactive Story Telling iPad App-tivity {Movie Making & Narrative Story Writing} 

Sarah Anne :)


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Librarians - Do We Really Need Them in a 21st Century School?

I was inspired to write this post after reading a range of thought provoking comments in the TeachersPayTeachers forum.  I found myself reflecting on my time as a teacher-librarian and wondering if I would return to a teacher-librarian role in the future and more importantly, if such a role would exist in schools in the future.


 I have heard many teachers question the value and relevance of librarians now that we have the digital world at our fingertips.  The role of the school library and teacher-librarians is constantly evolving and it often falls to the teacher-librarian to keep it relevant in our schools.   It was precisely this challenge that inspired my passion for technology.   realized on my first day as a Kinder-Grade 6 teacher-librarian (switching from a classroom teaching role) that I was charged with the duty to build the love of books, develop curiosity, nurture blossoming imaginations, teach critical thinking skills, encourage creativity, inspire students to be lifelong readers, whilst also help students navigate the online world safely and effectively and so much more.  I was puzzled as to how I would do that in a 45 minute lesson
and when do I possibly return books and buy new ones??   In my first year as a teacher-librarian I was overwhelmed by this responsibility and the vast job description, so I turned to my comfort zone – technology.  I quickly realized that by using technology in the library, I had a better chance at being in 10 places at once.


In my first few years I had many failed library lessons and a handful of remarkable learning moments for myself and the students.  I’ll spare you from the details of my failed lessons ;)  but will share my first success.  It  was with a 2nd Grade class 7 years ago.  I had eight boys and two girls who did not want to borrow because they ‘hated reading’.  Over a ten week period we contributed to a collaborative Book Review Blog with a 2nd grade class in outback Australia in a school of 14 students.  They had limited books in their library and were eager to hear about books from other kids their own age.  The technological challenges were vast for both schools but we persisted through the computer glitches, failed connections and dial up internet.  At the end of the 10 weeks I was worried we had wasted everyone’s time and not achieved a single thing with the students (except for teaching patience and problem solving with technology). But on the final lesson of the term I had 100% of students eagerly borrowing a bundle of books.  Most importantly, my ten reluctant readers borrowed books without me encouraging, nagging or begging them to be excited about books.  They borrowed books that their ‘new buddies’ in remote outback Australia had read and blogged about. The kids loved it!

This was a moment when I realised the power of technology in the library, schools and children’s lives today.  Over the subsequent  years I included: QR-coded videos about books to support students who didn't know what book to borrow; QR-Coded videos guiding students through the non-fiction section;  a range of apps and youtube resources to support critical thinking, collaboration and organisation  when researching;  and most amazingly the introduction of a 24/7 library.  Students were able to share ideas, ask questions and research when they were ready, not when they were told they had to.  After a number of years immersed in the excitement of a busy elementary school library, I can categorically say that technology is worth the chaos and disruption that it brings.  It is exposing students to and preparing students for the world they live in.  Technology in the library – YES I’m convinced!  Do we need librarians in schools now that we have the internet at our fingertips? YES YES YES.  I believe the role of a teacher librarian in a school is more important today than it has ever been before.

:) Sarah Anne

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Valentine's Day Random Act of Kindness Activity Bundle with Video and QR Codes



Spread love and kindness across your whole school community this Valentine's Day.
 A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people. Challenge your students (and staff) to commit to at least one Random Act of Kindness this Valentine's Day. Use this activity bundle to inspire, challenge and show them how they can make a difference in your community... and decorate your classroom or school in the process.  Suitable for 6 - 60 year olds.



  • 7 Minute Powerpoint Slideshow (46 Slides), introducing the concept of Random Acts of Kindness and sharing ideas, videos & quotes about Random Acts of Kindness; 

  • 2 pages of teacher notes about how to use the Random Act of Kindness Bundle in your classroom , school, or staffroom;

  •  6 Student activity worksheets about Random Acts of Kindness;

  •  11 Heart templates for the 'Tree of Kindness' display* 3 Valentine's Day card templates;
  • 15 QR Code Hearts s – with links to 15 videos showing examples of Random Acts of Kindness – linked via QR codes (using SafeShare). Plus video reference file.


PS: Don't forget to follow me on TpT to get notified of my regular flash sales and freebies.


#ValentinesDay #RAK #randomactsofkindness #valetinesdayactivities #classroomactivities #valentinesdayideas #valentinesdayhighschool #valentinesdayrandomactsofkindness



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness - Update

As mentioned in previous blog posts, I promised to use money earned from my Random Acts of Kindness Thanksgiving Bundle towards helping  people in my community.  I have purchased a collection of Christmas gifts for Giving Trees around town and donated food for charity food hampers.  My Thanksgiving Bundle was lucky enough to feature in the TPT newsletter and sold a lot more than I expected.  In the spirit of Paying it Forward and Random Acts of Kindness I was inspired by a fellow tpt seller 'Literary Sherri' who has been supporting a site called KIVA.  Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty through micro-financing. Kiva lets individuals lend small amounts of money to help create opportunity around the world.

Sarah Annes Creative Classrooms (that’s me :)  has just started 2 loans with the profits from my Thanksgiving and Christmas bundle.  The loans will be helping  Oahn in Vietnam  http://www.kiva.org/lend/644038  and  Kanha in Cambodia http://www.kiva.org/lend/643997  both women are seeking loans to fund higher education.  A wonderful cause!!

What a wonderful way to spend my profits from my random act of kindness bundle - it just feels right! 

Thanks to everyone who purchased it, if you are yet to purchase - feel free - i'd love the chance to make more loans in the future.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Random Act of Kindness Holiday Activity Bundle {Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa}



 A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people. Challenge your students (or staff) this Holiday season to commit to at least one Random Act of Kindness. Use this bundle to inspire, challenge and show them how they can make a difference in your community... and decorate your classroom or school in the process.

BUNDLE CONTENTS: {304 Pages in total}

•7 Minute Powerpoint Slideshow (46 Slides), introducing the concept of Random Acts of Kindness and sharing ideas, 14 videos & quotes about Random Acts of Kindness;

•Teachers notes about how to use the Random Act of Kindness Bundle in your classroom , school, or staffroom;

•6 Student activity worksheets;

•15 Student Activity Template Pennants – with options to suit Pre-K (blank with drawing space) to 12th Grade (lined for writing or typing template) and everything in between;

•15 QR Code Pennants – with links to 15 videos showing examples of Random Acts of Kindness – linked via QR codes (using SafeShare). Plus video reference file;

•Pennants with ideas for your students to commit to their own Random Acts of Kindness. 25 Color, 25 B&W, 4 blank;

•Pennants with quotes about kindness. 18 B& W, 18 Colour, 2 blank;

•Pennants with Holiday graphics and colors. With 2 B& W & 35 Color;

Happy Holidays!

If you'd like to share it with your colleagues or whole school – that is wonderful I would be so grateful if you could add additional licenses if you plan to do so. I have made additional licenses 50% off.

PAY IT FORWARD WITH KINDNESS this Holiday Season!

Sarah Anne :)

#RandomActofKindness #Christmas #holidays #craft #holiday décor #Chanukah #Kwanzaa #powerpoint #slideshow #writing #videos #preK-12 #bunting #QRcodes #pennants #kindness #decoration

Musical Christmas Ornaments / Gift Tags for Craft w/ QR Codes to Holiday Music






Bring your Christmas Tree to life with these cheerful Musical Christmas Ornaments. 26 Ornaments included. 12 color, 12 blackline for Holiday Craft and 2 blank. All ornaments link to 3 hours of wonderful holiday music. Hang them in your classroom, hang them around your school, use them as gift cards or send them home as gifts for your students. Decorate and hang your ornaments and all you need to do is scan the QR code with an ipad, ipod, iphone, tablet or smartphone and listen to one or all of the 70+ holiday songs. Fill your classroom, school & home with wonderful Holiday music!

Happy Holidays!!

Sarah Anne :)

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Musical-Christmas-Ornaments-Gift-Tags-for-Craft-w-QR-Codes-to-Holiday-Music-932143

My Primary School Memories Booklet - Year 6 Graduates




My Primary School Memories is a memory book for year six students to complete at the end of their primary school years. This is a great keepsake for the students and a gentle and reflective activity for enthusiastic year six students as they drift towards their last day.

Included in this this resource:

+ 4 versions of the booklet cover page
+ 21 activity pages {I have also included a blank lined and unlined page for you to create additional activities if you desire}
+ Pennant template. This can be used to create decorative Year Six Graduates Bunting to hang around your class or school, celebrating each graduating student. 

Download the free preview to see the full contents of this resource.

Don’t forget, you can customize your booklet using as many or as few pages as you like :)

Good luck with Year Six Graduation and
the end of your school year :)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Thanksgiving decoration bunting / pennant for office, foyer, hall or classroom


Create a string of bunting to hang on your door or all the way down the corridor. Every student in your school could have their own pennant. There is no limit to the possibilities, just print or copy as many as you need. 
Create a string of bunting to hang on your door or all the way down the corridor. Every student in your school could have their own pennant. There is no limit to the possibilities, just print or copy as many as you need. 

Enjoy your decorating and Happy Thanksgiving!
Sarah Anne :)

28 Pages Including: 


*Tutorial showing you how to create your string of bunting. 
* 12 pennants with Thanksgiving / fall graphics on beautiful fall colors. 
* 12 pennants without graphics on vibrant fall patterns. 
* 1 pennant template outline to use with colored paper in photocopier 

{Students could write short stories or facts about Thanksgiving on these pennants}



Thanksgiving Random Act of Kindness Decor and Activity Bundle




A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people. Challenge your students (or staff) this Thanksgiving to commit to at least one Random Act of Kindness. Use this bundle to inspire, challenge and show them how they can make a difference in your community... and decorate your classroom or school in the process.

BUNDLE CONTENTS: {265 Pages in total}
•6 Minute Powerpoint Slideshow (46 Slides), introducing the concept of Random Acts of Kindness and sharing ideas & quotes about Random Acts of Kindness.
•A few teachers notes about how to use the Random Act of Kindness Bundle in your classroom , school, or staffroom.
•15 Student Activity Template Pennants – with options to suit Pre-K (blank with drawing space) to 12th Grade (lined for writing or typing template) and everything in between.
•15 QR Code Pennants – with links to 15 videos showing examples of Random Acts of Kindness – linked via QR codes (using SafeShare). Plus video reference file.
•Pennants with ideas for your students to commit to their own Random Acts of Kindness. 25 Color, 25 B&W, 4 blank
•Pennants with quotes about kindness. 18 B& W, 18 Colour, 2 blank
•Pennants with Thanksgiving graphics and colors. With 2 B& W & 24 Color.

Happy Thanksgiving!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, every cent I raise from this product will go towards Random Acts of Kindness in my community. If you'd like to share it with your colleagues or whole school - I would be so grateful {if you could add additional licenses if you plan to do so I have made additional licenses 50% off}

PAY IT FORWARD WITH KINDNESS THIS THANKSGIVING!
Sarah Anne :)

#RandomActofKindness #Thanksgiving #powerpoint #slideshow #writing #videos #preK-12 #bunting #QRcodes #pennants #give thanks #kindness #decoration

Sunday, October 6, 2013

75 Story Time Read Aloud Picture Books with QR Codes Cards

Scan (or click) the cards and enjoy 75 popular children's books on YouTube. Children from pre-K-fifth grade will enjoy these famous stories. Independent on an iPod, small group on an iPad or whole class on the active board. Instantly boost your classroom library by 75 books. 

Ideas for use:

* Silent reading time (hang posters on the wall, students walk up,scan with their ipod or ipad and listen with headphones)

* Perfect early finishers activity for literacy centers, pass out the cards before the lesson commences and students scan and listen when they ready. 

* They are very handy to give you a few minutes during the transition time between lessons, while you get organised. 

*Brilliant for children who are not yet reading. 

* I have also sent a full set home with reluctant readers to increase the frequency and enjoyment of story time at home. Very successful!

* A wonderful way to inspire the next book to borrow in the library.

Download the preview file to see the full list of 75 stories included.

 They include many of my favorites!!

Stellaluna, The Hungry Caterpillar, A Bad case of Stripes, Where the Wild things are, Strega Nona, The Doorbell Rang, The Gruffalo, The Tiny Seed, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom... and many more!

Also included is an excel file with all references and publishing details of the books and a full reference to the YouTube videos.

Enjoy your story time (or moment of peace while your class enjoy a story)

Sarah Anne :)




Short Vowel Sound Bookmark & Poster Bundle with QR codes to Vowel Sound Stories

This bundle includes 5 bright and colorful posters and a bookmark with word and picture combinations representing each vowel sound. 
Buy this for $6 or the Short & Long Vowel Mega Bundle (4 products in 1) for $14.Short & Long Vowel Sound Mega Bundle $14


Vowels are the building blocks of words and are essential when learning to read and write. Understanding and hearing vowels properly will improve spelling, reading, speech, and comprehension. This resource supports students in developing their phonological awareness {CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.2} and phonics and word recognition {CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3}.


Included in this bundle:- Five Posters with attractive pictures and four words representing each short vowel sound. There is one poster for each short vowel sound (a/e/i/o/u/).- Seven QR Codes linking to loving2learn’s Short Vowel Sound books on YouTube- One bookmark representing all of the short vowel sounds
A: apple, cat, hat, batE: net, hen, shell, eggI: pig, fish, sick, mittenO: dog, frog, sock, lockU: sun, duck, drum, bug


The bookmark will provide additional support for your students and can also be used when reading (or even glued inside the students writing workbooks or folder).


I recommend hanging your posters down a long ribbon in your classroom. If you’re lucky enough to have access to a mobile device (i.e. ipad) in your classroom, students can scan the QR codes and listen to the vowel sound stories. This is a great literacy center activity, or you can send them home with the students for home practice. 
Check out my Short Vowel Sound Interactive Flipbook. This is a perfect home-learning activity which also includes the QR codes. 

Happy reading, writing and spelling!
Sarah Anne :)

Short Vowel Interactive Flipbook with QR Codes - Common Core Aligned

This interactive flipbook is designed to help students master their short vowel sounds. The flipbook is five pages long and is very simple to construct (and successfully tested on a 5 year old). It is especially beneficial for auditory and kinaesthetic learning styles. 

Buy this for $6 or the Short & Long Vowel Mega Bundle (4 products in 1) for $14.
Short & Long Vowel Sound Mega Bundle $14


Vowels are the building blocks of words and are essential when learning to read and write. Understanding and hearing vowels properly will improve spelling, reading, speech, and comprehension. This resource supports students in developing their phonological awareness {CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.2} and phonics and word recognition {CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3}.

Interactive component:


Seven QR codes: Each short vowel sound links to a specific short vowel sound storybook created by Loving2Learn viewed via YouTube. The story is approximately three minutes long and introduces the vowel sound and reads aloud a collection of words (with visual cues) focusing on the specific sound. 

Word lists: The Short Vowel Sound Interactive Flipbook is five pages short with one page per vowel sound (see preview for a look). Each page includes multiple images and lists four words with that vowel sound (see word lists below).

A: apple, cat, hat, bat
E: net, hen, shell, egg
I: pig, fish, sick, mitten
O: dog, frog, sock, lock
U: sun, duck, drum, bug

Room to write: Each page includes a large space for students to write their own words with short vowel sounds. This is the basis for a terrific literacy centre activity. Students could find words around the classroom library, in readers or on a word wall and write them in their flipbook. 

This flipbook is great activity, resource and assessment tool for the classroom, but also perfect for home-learning. The QR code links are a great home-learning activity, especially for early and emergent readers.

Check out my Short Vowel Sound Poster Bundle, it complements the Interactive Flipbook with 5 posters and a bookmarks. 
Happy reading, writing and spelling!

Sarah Anne :)

Long Vowel Sound Interactive Flip book with QR codes - Common Core Aligned

This interactive flip book is designed to help students master their long vowel sounds. The flipbook is five pages long and is simple to construct (and successfully tested on a 5 year old). It is especially beneficial for auditory and kinaesthetic learning styles.

Buy this for $6 or the Short & Long Vowel Mega Bundle (4 products in 1) for $14.
Short & Long Vowel Sound Mega Bundle $14
Vowels are the building blocks of words and are essential when learning to read and write. Understanding and hearing vowels properly will improve spelling, reading, speech, and comprehension. This resource supports students in developing their phonological awareness {CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.2} and phonics and word recognition {CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3}.

Interactive component:

7 QR codes: Each long vowel sound links to a specific long vowel sound storybook (created by (loving2learn.com) viewed via YouTube. The story is approximately 3 minutes long, and introduces the vowel sound and reads aloud a collection of words (with visual cues) focusing on the specific sound. 

Word lists: The Long Vowel Sound Interactive Flipbook is 5 pages long with 1 page per vowel sound (see preview for a look). Each page includes multiple images listing all spelling patterns for the vowel sound, and a list of words (see spelling patterns and word lists below).

Room to write: Each page includes a large space for students to write their own words with long vowel sounds. This is a terrific literacy centre activity. The students could watch a vowel sound story, find words around the classroom and then write them in their flipbook. 

This flipbook is a great activity, resource and assessment tool for the classroom, but also perfect for home learning. The QR code links are a great home-learning activity, especially for early and emergent readers.

Check out my Long Vowel Sound Poster Bundle. It complements the Interactive Flipbook with 28 posters and 5 bookmarks. 
Happy reading, writing and spelling!

Details of word list: 
Long /a/ sound:
a: acorn, table, angel, apron
a_e: space, cake, rake, lake
ay: pay, day, crayon, tray
ai: snail, rain, trail, fail

Long /e/
ea: seat, ear, eat, beat
ee: seed, need, feed, bee
ey: key, money, alley, monkey
y: happy, cubby, hobby, sunny

Long /i/ sound: 
I: spider, lion, idol, iron
i_e: bite, kite, mice, site
igh: night, right, high, knight
ie: pie, die, tie, lie
y: cry, my, sty, fly

Long /o/ sounds:
o: go, so, ghost, no
oa: toast, goat, road, toad
o_e: home, nose, globe, bone
oe: hoe, toe, foe, roe
ow: bow, snow, low, tow

Long /u/ sounds:
u: unicorn, unicycke, ukulele, uniform
u_e: june, cute, tune, huge
ue: blue, clue, glue, due
oo, rooster, zoo, food, boot
ew: grew, blew, dew, stew