Top 5 Freebies of the Week 8/10/13

Happy Saturday!

I’ve been trying to tackle that unfinished project pile I mentioned the other day, and so far I’ve worked on two of them. Yay!

Painted Clips

The first thing I did was take my clothes pin tacks from last year (you can read about them {here}, and painted them. I think they look great! I will use these to hold student work on my bulletin board. I only painted the front of them. I saw people on pinterest using dye and spray paint, but I just painted these with plain old acrylic paint, and it worked just fine! πŸ™‚

Painted Popsicle Sticks

The other thing I did was paint my popsicle sticks that I use when I want to randomly call on students. I saw {this pin} on pinterest suggesting you put them on one color and then when you’ve already called on that student, you flip it over. For instance, they all start on green, but I put them back in blue side up when I’ve called on them. No more fumbling 20 popsicle sticks at once! Yay! πŸ™‚

I’ll have more to share with you in the upcoming weeks as I continue to finish up my back-to-school projects.

Until then, check out this week’s freebies!

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Number 5.


These cute monster themed certificates from Robin S-Teaching Tomorrow’s Leaders would be a great way to let mom and dad know that your student had a good first day of school. I especially think these would be great for kindergarten students who might be a little weary at the idea of going to school.

Number 4.

I Can Assessment

If you’re looking for a simple assessment for kindergarten or first grade for the beginning of the year, you’ll love this freebie from Lindsay Griffith. This packet assesses basic number sense and phonics skills and would be helpful to give you a baseline as to where your students are.

Number 3.

Sweet Class Bulletin Board

Check out this cute back-to-school cupcake themed bulletin board fromΒ Happily Ever After Education! You can type each of your student’s names on a cupcake because it’s editable and then have they write about why they’re sweet! So cute!

Number 2.

Jungle Theme Clip Chart

If you have a jungle themed classroom, your students will go wild for this jungle themed behavior clip chart from Curriculum to the Core. Once I switched from a red, yellow, green system for lower elementary to a clip chart, I never wanted to go back. I love that there is a chance for kids to go up for good behavior. πŸ™‚

Number 1.


I love these common core aligned writing prompts from Alissa Manning-Telisak! They’re perfect for back to school. This packet includes 10 writing prompts and covers narrative, informative and opinion writing.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Make sure you leave some love on these awesome products! Also, I’m looking for more 3-5 freebies for my Top 5 Freebies post, so if you have one, click here to fill out the simple entry form! πŸ™‚

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  • Shafer’s Shenanigans
    August 10, 2013 8:27 am

    Love the popsicle stick idea! I pinned it and am planning to use it…thanks!

    Shafer’s ShenanigansΒ 

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      August 10, 2013 8:53 am

      Thanks so much for pinning! πŸ™‚ It was not my idea, I found it all over pinterest and decided to give it a try.

  • 1966pirategirl
    August 10, 2013 9:17 am

    Great freebies this week. I wish I had painted my clips instead of trying to dye them. Yours are much prettier than mine!

  • Allison
    August 10, 2013 1:12 pm

    Thanks so much for putting these together and sharing with us. Our team found exactly what we were looking for!

  • Diane OC
    August 10, 2013 1:43 pm

    Thank you for your top five freebies!

  • Debra
    August 10, 2013 2:21 pm

    Thanks so much for the “I Can” simple daily assessments. I can’t wait to use them with my Firsties next week!

  • Robin
    August 10, 2013 2:49 pm

    Thanks for featuring my Monster Certificates this week! I hope people find them useful and enjoyable!

  • Monique S.
    August 11, 2013 8:43 pm

    Wow!!! Thank you so much for the freebies. I especially like the behavior chart. I had something similar “Tree”mendous Behavior …of course in the shape of a palm tree. But I truly love this more since my room is a jungle themed room. Thanks again!

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