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Ring in the New Year with 20 % off!

We are ringing in the New Year and giving you 20 % off everything in our store.  We want to show our appreciation for your support and share with you some products that will make heading back to school a breeze.   

January Highlights 
This all inclusive Martin Luther King Jr. unit is one of our BEST Sellers.  It includes a Power Point, Timeling, Mini books and ELA activities to keep your students engaged for the entire week of Martin's birthday.   
                                   Martin Luther King Jr. Unit 

                                                                    Kennedy's Korner TPT Store 

Winter Wonderland of Words
My 2nd graders loved working on Word Work with these Winter Themed task cards, games and activites. 

                                       Link to Winter Wonderland 

China Unit 
                                    Check out the preview 

January Math Word Problems 
                                      Math Word Problems



                              Presidents' Day

Valentine's Day 

                                                        Valentine's Day Top Ten Booklets

February Math Word Problems
                                  Math Word Problems 

We hope you find everything you need to plan your winter months.  
Happy New Year!
We wish you all a healthy year filled with happiness.  

TPT HOLIDAY CYBER SALE Nov 30th and Dec 1st

It's time to get ready and put all of your favorite items in your wish list so you can purchase them as soon as the TPT CYBER SALE BEGINS.

Dont' Miss Out!  The 2 day CYBER SALE is on
Monday November 30th and Tuesday December 1st!

Head over to the TPT site during the sale to get all of the products you need for the New Year on SALE!  

Kennedy's Korner will have all of our products...even our bundles at 20% off too!  

Happy Holidays! 

Click on the photo below to take 
you directly to TPT to get your shopping started!  

Black Friday Giveaway from the Primary Pack!

Hey there! Can you believe that Thanksgiving AND Black Friday are just around the corner? I have been MIA lately.. this Back to School thing with my new teaching position this year and LIFE in general has certainly taken up a lot of my time. But that being said.. I often reflect on the fact that I HAVE a job that I love and am grateful for so many things in my life.  

I know what I'm most thankful for... family, friends, and of course, The Primary Pack! We are celebrating Black Friday again this year with all of you in a fun way (and a little early). There is no word yet if there will be a Black Friday sitewide SALE but regardless, we are sharing a few of our most wish-listed items in our personal wishlist, our carts and our own stores. We are also hosting a HUGE Black Friday giveaway, check it out below, you don't want to miss it!  

I'm going to start with my Christmas list,
there are a few things on here that I want but ultimately, I don't mind buying myself either!
  • Nike :  I need a new pair every few months. I love these Nike sneakers! Black goes with everything and who doesn't love Tiffany blue? 
  • New Bedroom set / bedding: We are redecorating our bedroom and I  like this look.  That way I can still accent in color. 
  • Target: I am obsessed with Target.. enough said. 
  • Michael Kors Watch: I do not own a watch.. so this is the one I have been wishing for!  Maybe Santa will come through this year! 
  • Under Armour Gym Bag: I definitely need a new one!  They tend to get a little.. well stinky.. so new is always good.
There are so many things on my wishlist but here are a few that I absolutely HAVE to have:

Here are a few products you gotta check out from my TPT Store, Kennedy's Korner 
These are my most wish listed products including some of my best sellers:
  • Maps and Globes:   BEST Seller.  Perfect for Gr. 2-4 to teach all about maps and globes.  Power Point, activities and assessments are included. 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Power Point and ELA Activities:  This product was on the TOP 100 list on TPT in 2013.. and was updated in 2014 to make it even better!  Check out the preview!  
  • Animal Research Report Projects: Looking for a new twist on research reports?? Animals are always a fun way to get your kids excited about researching for information. 
  • Non-Fiction Writing unit: Lucy Calkinds inspired, this unit has templates for you to use for your Non-Fiction writing center. Give your kids a variety to choose from when publishing their writing. Examples are included.  
  • All About Rainforests:  Everything you need to teacher your students about the rainforest and WHY it is so important to work together to save it.  
  • Math Word Problems Bundle: Monthly packets that will help your students inprove their problem solving skills.  These packets are perfect for Morning work or as a Warm Up in math class.  
  • Animal Close Reads:  Fun, interesting articles for Gr. 2-4 to use for Close Reading. Detailed directions, organizers and stationary are provided along with assessment and a craft idea for each animal.  
  • Community Helpers: This colorful Power point will be a hit with your students.  They will love all of the fun activites and TAB booklet that is included.  

Drumroll please.... Check out this HUGE giveaway package you can win by entering below! There is a resource from almost everyone in The Primary Pack, perfect for all primary grades!! Good luck, friends and happy shopping!

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Now It's Your Turn To Join The Fun! 

Just a few rules to follow and your on your way:

  1. Download the images above!
  2. Add your personal holiday wishlist to the image titled "My Personal Black Friday Wishlist"
  3. Add your favorite sellers products from your TPT wishlist to the "My Classroom Black Friday Wishlist"
  4. Add your own products to the "For Your Black Friday Wishlist"
  5. Link up below to share your Black Friday Wishlists!
  6. Don't forget to enter our fabulous giveaway above AND visit others linked up below!

Back to School Bash with the Primary Pack

Hey there.. It's time for Back to School.. yes.. we know - we don't want to think about going back to school.  I know that some of you have been back already for a few weeks, but here in New York we start Sept. 1st.  This summer has gone by way to fast for me... but reality is.. it's over and school starts next week.  

SO in honor of Back to School the Primary Pack is throwing a BIG BASH!  We are giving away a CAMEO!  

This BLOG Hop is going to be fun.. and It's EASY!  

To enter our BIG giveaway, you need to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK first!  As you "hop" through each of our blogs, you will collect a letter from each of us… 28 total. Those letters spell out a secret code that you need to enter our BIG giveaway! You will use the secret code to enter the rafflecopter on The Primary Pack at the end of the hop.
 You need to collect the letters from us IN ORDER, so please make sure that you start from the beginning of our hop. Click on the button below to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK and start our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH!!

Join us and Hop along with our other Primary Pack friends and you will get: 
3 Tips for Back to School 
2 Giveaways  
1 FREEBIE for Back to School 
Not only be able to get freebies and other fun prizes along the way - but you will also have a chance to WIN your very own CAMEO.  Be sure to COLLECT the letter at the bottom or every blog post and you will spell out the MYSTERY word that you will need to enter to win the big prize.
Our hop is a 3…2…1… BACK TO SCHOOL BASH because each member of The Primary Pack will be giving you 3 teacher tips, 2 giveaways (one on each of our blogs and one BIG one on the Primary Pack), and 1 freebie!

Be prepared for the first week by decorating your classroom and setting up desks before the first day. 
You should make name tags, locker tags, and your classroom library set up. Be sure to laminate your tags and book bin labels so they last longer.   I love to use bright colors and often decorate my classroom with a theme.  If you don't have a theme, then try to use color as your theme.  Last year I decorate my classroom with black and neon colors.  Here is just a sneak peek.  


Welcome your students by giving them a small treat or gift on the first day.  I love to see my student's face light  up when they walk in and find their "treat" on their desk.  It makes them feel WELCOME and excited to start a new year in my classroom. If you give them a snack, then it also takes care of making sure no one's tummy is grumbling on the first day.  

I also like to give WELCOME Back Gifts to the office secretaries, principal and my teammates or support staff.  
It's the perfect way to start the year off on a positive note and let them know that you are appreciative of the role they play in your school or classroom.  

FIRST WEEK Plans.. Well after 21 years of teaching  I have found that I always over plan for that first WEEK back to school. 
SO my TIP is to be prepared and plan enough but do not over plan. 
Teaching routines and procedures that first week will take longer than you think.  I also suggest taking the time to play an easy game EVERY day that first week  to help students get to know each other.  You will learn a lot just by watching the students interact during the game.  

My two favorite games to play that first week are:

Guess a Fib 
Students need to tell the class 3 things about themselves.  TWO things are true and the other clue is a FIB.  The class has to guess which one was the FIB.  You play this game until all students have a turn.   

Friend Finder 

So now the FUN part.. Write down this LETTER and be sure to SAVE it so you can ENTER the Mystery Word at the end of the HOP.  We hope you get some GREAT TIPS for Back to School along the way!  Wishing you a wonderful school year!!!  

Click on the letter O or on Mrs. Thomas's blog button to go directly to the next blog in this fun back to school mystery letter hop!
Click on the link below.

mrsthomaskinder back-to-school-blog-hop.

How to Handle Back to School Stress

Head on over to the Primary Pack BLOG today to learn how you can handle that Back to School stress we are all starting to feel.  

While you are here GRAB these fun Back to School FREEBIES from Kennedy's Korner!  

Thanks for stopping by!

We hope you have a GREAT school year!