Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year!

Why must all good things come to an end?!? 
The longer I teach, the harder it is to bounce back from breaks.
This time its particularly difficult because I'm taking off for maternity leave in March and I'm so stressed about getting my kids ready for the state tests & prepping for a sub.
I don't even know where to begin :(
However... it's time to face the music!!! 
I will be working on a maternity leave packet in the next few weeks and promise to share it with all of you.

Now on top of that I have to get ready for New Year activities, MLK, Presidents Day, 
Literacy Day, 100th Day of School, Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, and Dr. Seuss Day. 
(Did I forget anything?!?) 

It's def. crunch time & I'm feeling the pressure!

I wish tomorrow was a teacher planning day just to give myself a chance to get organized.
I need a check list & plan!

Here's a mini writing pack I created today in collaboration with the wonderful creative help of Tracy over at

Tracy spiced up the pack with all the cute fonts & clip art :)
In her store you'll find a younger version of this pack appropriate for lower elementary, whereas in my store you'll find the pack appropriate for grades 4th-7th.

The pack includes directions, template, and a double bubble thinking map graphic organizer for a
Dear Future Me letter
& 35 writing prompts for the new year that can be incorporated into a writing center or done as a whole class.

Here are snapshots from the pack :)

The first 3 comments on how you will use & incorporate these activities in your classroom 
will win this pack for free. All I ask is that you pin it to your boards :)

Also, here are some of the activities I did to celebrate Martin Luther King day with my kids last year. I plan on going with the same ideas this year but might spice it up a bit this coming week.

Now... I just remembered that tomorrow morning when I get back I have to schedule my formal observation as well. Do you hear the excitement in my voice?!?
I sure could use another week (or 4) of vacation!!!

Good luck tomorrow!!! I sure will need it :)


  1. In this new year, I plan to actually START teaching writing formally and your prompts give me a great way to begin! So cute!

    1. Leave your email address or send me an email to for your free copy :) I hope you & kiddos enjoy it!

    2. Yay! Thanks a bunch! So excited to try these out with my "reluctant" 4th grade writers.....

  2. I have never done anything for new year, I might this year

    1. Randi, leave your email address or send me an email to for your free copy :) I hope you & kiddos enjoy it!

  3. I like to use writing prompts for a morning warm up

  4. Hey Mor! Happy New Year! I would use this to add to my now very blank bulletin boards :) I love everything you have included :)

    1. Thanks Elizabeth!!! Email me to for your free copy :) I would love to see pictures of your BB when its up & ready! Happy New Year!

  5. I would use them to give variety and choice in their writing center activities tomorrow when we go back!

  6. Oh, just missed out! I would use them with my two-week sub for my upcoming absence. Maybe I will have to buy them :)

    Fifth in the Middle

  7. Mor, this is amazing! The double bubble map is a great planning tool. I also love that you use sentence stems... that's perfect for my ESL students. And the prompt cards will be great in my writing center!

  8. Good luck with maternity plans! So overwhelming now, but the complete relief when you are finished is a great feeling.

    Crofts' Classroom

  9. I love all of the options for the kiddos to choose from. I love that they get choice so they are more motivated. Thank you :)

    My Life as a Third Grade Teacher

  10. Wow! What a busy time you are having! Good luck getting everything done you need to!


    Teaching Maths with Meaning

  11. My students (grade 8 French Immersion) really enjoyed writing a letter to themselves... we added the element of an online back-up plan as some are convinced their parents will lose the letter, and they're old enough to type it easily, so one copy gets printed & sealed & a second gets copied into so that they can have it emailed to themselves!

    Thanks so much for your awesomely creative writing prompts too! Great to have so many options!

    Mme Aiello @ Teaching FSL


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