Category Archives: Back to School

Sharpen Memory Skills

Worksheet Free Wed

You know those moments in the day where you have just enough time for students to go crazy but not enough time to actually work on something? One of my students’ favorite things to do during those moments is to play a memory game. We sit in a circle on the carpet and I name a topic. Their absolute favorite was food… they were always hungry! Sometimes the topic is more specific, such as fruits or animals that live in the woods. The tricky part of the game is that everyone has to remember what all the people before them said.


1. No talking unless it is your turn

2. Stay in your spot

3. Do not give hints to other people (unless teacher says it is okay)

4. When it is your turn, start with the first person from the game (usually the teacher) and go around the circle naming everyone’s item. When you have named all the items before you, add your own item to the list.

sharpen memory skills

Here is an example of how the game works:

Ms. S: pancakes

O: pancakes, strawberries

X: pancakes, strawberries, yogurt

….we would continue going around the circle listening carefully to our classmates and strengthening our memory skills. Of course sometimes someone would say something that was “hilarious”… one of our friends ALWAYS said ramen noodles. And every time the class would burst out laughing.

What activities to you use as time fillers?


Big Savings!

We are so excited to announce that we will be joining in on the huge site-wide Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale on August 18th-19th! This is such a great opportunity to grab any items on your wish list for an awesome price!

All of our products will be 20% off and if you use the TPT promo code: BTS13 you will get 28% off everything in our store!

Have you checked out our store recently? We’ve added some fantastic new resources this summer. Our biggest selling items this month have been all about behavior. We have over twenty themed behavior charts available and a set of editable behavior charts!


We had so much fun creating these colorful Special Days Calendar Cards! When you purchase calendar cards from a teacher store, you typically get a couple of holiday cards but they do not even begin to cover all the “special days” like book buddies, field trips, or early release days! Our Special Days include 168 cards and cover nearly every special day possible. As always with any of our products, if you would like us to add something additional to this pack we would be more than happy to accommodate to your needs.

If you missed our fabulous August Facebook Frenzy last weekend, then you missed out on grabbing this fun paper bag book activity for the beginning of the year. This is a great way to get to know your students – but it is also a fun reminder to pull out at the end of the year to see how much your students have grown and changed. We have included directions on making the paper bag book and guarantee it is simple! The book creates ten pages on the inside if you use all of our inserts.

This is the best time of year to grab our Magic School Bus resource. So many teachers use and see the value in these fun and educational videos, but some concepts are hard for students to pull from the story line. We created this with those wandering minds at heart! After watching all 52 episodes we created a note-taking page for each one. There is also a little extension activity included for each episode. We know the price tag is a little higher on this resource, but it is definitely worth the money! Normally you pay $0.39 per episode, but with this sale each episode will only cost 28 cents!

We’ve been diligently working on our Classroom Job System. We’ve seen many teachers attempt to delegate jobs to students and seen their plan backfire. Essentially the success of setting up classroom jobs is all about approaching students in a way that makes sense to them. We have spent the summer researching and developing a way to introduce jobs and build a working community in your classroom.

This weekend we’ll be posting more about the philosophy behind our job system and how to set everything up. Here is a sneak peak at the upcoming product!

Tell us one thing from our store that is on your wish list and why in the comments below. We will choose one person at random to win their wish-listed item today! Be sure to leave your email address in your comment so we can contact you if you win!