If you're out of school already, CONGRATULATIONS!  You made it to SUMMER VACATION!
For those of you who are still in (like me), I know you're on the major countdown, right?
We have 7 days left, but this is how next week is looking...Monday - holiday, Tuesday - regular day, Wednesday & Thursday - professional development for the program I'll be teaching next year and 
Friday - Field Day.  I can do this right?  Right?  You can do this, too!  Right?  Right?

Some day when I have nothing better to do (Is there ever that day?), I want to conduct a study on whether children really bring out their most challenging behaviors at the end of the year or it just seems that way!  

My principal brought up a great point on Friday.  Think about an Olympic sprinter.  Let's say, this amazing sprinter...Usain Bolt.

Watch any sprinter.  When they are nearing the finish line, do they ease up or bring it?  Of course, they bring it...compare it to the end of the school year. 

Finish strong!  Point well taken.
I am not a runner, but I have many friends they are.  They agree that the analogy is a great one.  :-)

With that in mind, this is what we are working toward to end our year in style and help keep those behaviors in check so you can maximize the teaching time that you have left.

Click on photo to take you to my TPT store.
My students have been earning tickets for the past week.  It will continue on through the next to the last day of the year.  On that day, they will have to decide how they want to spend their tickets.  They need 10 for admission to the movie
and then they work on earning these tickets to use toward snacks and drinks.
This unit also includes a list of concession suggestions, but I'm sure all of my creative friends out there can think of more.

Then, and this is my kids' favorite part, they construct a cardboard car that they can sit in on the last day and enjoy the movie at the "drive in".

Here is the one my sweet son constructed.

 First, he spray painted a moving box that we got at Lowe's for a dollar and change.

Next, using a template that he found on the internet and scrapbook paper, he created 2 of these cool flames for the sides.

 COOL!  Looking good!
Then, he folded in the flaps leaving the front one slightly up.

 Next, he added some sparkling scrapbook paper headlights.  
(Afterward we thought how cool it would have been to attach tap lights!)

 A paper plate makes a great steering wheel.  He attached it using these huge brads that we found at Michaels.

Finally, he added four paper plates, using those same brads, for wheels.
How completely fun is that!  Best of all, you won't need to worry about anyone touching anyone else, because your kiddos will pretty much be contained, plus all of the mess from their feast will fall right 
into their car.  Smart, huh?

Also included in this unit is a pattern for creating a wallet to hold their tickets.
And there are movie trivia cards to use to entertain the kids during "intermission" aka bathroom break!

Finally, there are gift ideas for your students and volunteers to incorporate this theme as well as bookmarks and all of the directions that you need to make your end of the year a huge success!

 This is for one of my volunteers.  I got the popcorn container at the dollar store.  (I think there were 3 in a pack.) and filled it with that fun crinkly tissue shred stuff, 2 movie size candy boxes and a gift 
card to the movies.

This is the one for the kiddos.  Again, the popcorn bags came from the dollar store (10 for $1).  I also found the 3-D glasses there and they are GREAT!  I then filled the bag with treats and bookmarks as well as a list of summer reading activities.


First of all, HUGE thank yous to everyone who entered and everyone who became new followers.

This is the conclusion to the

Can we get a drum roll, please?



While we wait to hear who the winner of our HUGE Teacher Appreciation Giveaway is, I thought I'd whet your appetite with another contest! Sooo...

W-O-W!  We just flew right through the 200s and here were are just on the verge of 300 followers!  That is so exciting!  I am so lucky to be hanging out with all of you.

After a survey on my FB page, I have decided on these 3 magnificent prizes in celebration of the approaching 300 follower milestone.

Are you ready?  ;-)

 You asked for TPT Gift Certificates and here's your chance to win one!

 Are you ready for a new theme in your classroom?  You can win your choice of any theme in my store plus all of the matching accessories!
(If you click on the picture above, it will take you to your choices of themes.)

I thought this was so "teacherish", but also adorable.  This is what the bag looks like:
Isn't it cute?

Entering is SUPER easy!  Simply complete the Rafflecopter below and GOOD LUCK!

OH, and I almost forgot!  Now through Friday, one of my most popular games is FREE!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Add chocolate in there and you've got pretty much 3 of my favorite topics, with a little George Clooney or Blake Shelton mixed in there for good measure!

So, if you haven't heard it's time for one of those AMAZING Teachers Pay Teachers sales!
(Clicking the picture will take you directly to my store.)

I, along with many other sellers will have everything marked down 20% in our stores.  Then, TPT adds another discount on top of that to make your savings, a WHOPPING 28%.  
(Don't you just love a bargain?!)

BUT, only for YOU and my Facebook followers, do I have a SPECIAL, AMAZING DEAL!

For every 2 products that you buy, you can get one FREE!
This is how it works:  You purchase two items from my store and then email me at chalkoneupfortheteacher@gmail.com.  Tell me the username you used to purchase your products and the name of the item (which will be the least expensive of the three) that you'd like for FREE!  
Yep!  It's that simple.  And best of all, there's NO LIMIT!

So, what to buy...what to buy?  
Well, I happen to have some suggestions for you below.

Are you into theme-ing out your room?  Well, I'll bet I have something for you.  
I have tons of room themes and if you don't see it, just ask!

How about book boxes?  I have tons of labels that you can personalize yourself to fit whatever categories you need.  All you do is open up the labels and Powerpoint and then add whatever text you'd 
like in your preferred font.
Each set comes with 8 different labels. 
These look so great when they are all done up!

Units?  Well, I've got some of those, too.  Many seasonal ones and many that focus on Common Core Standards.  Pop on over and check them out!

How about a game or two to reinforce basic concepts or Common Core Standards?  I love these, because they are easy to download, laminate, cut and use in a center or for early finishers.

What do you use for behavior management.  This clip chart system works fabulous in my classroom.  Pick one out in your favorite theme or in a basic school theme.  I also have a ton of token boards that work well with behavior management as well.

Ahhh!  These Common Core organizers are some of my very best sellers.  You can find them with or without the "I Can" statements and in a couple of different styles.  I use these and they make displaying what your students are working on a snap!

I hope you find what you're looking for and are able to take advantage of the wonderful TPT sales!
Who loves teachers?
We do!!!

I have teamed up with 14 other bloggers to bring you the

This is the

Have you been collecting all of the amazing FREEBIES as you hopped along to each blog?  
If you missed one (or more) along the way, there is a button at the bottom to take you to 
my friend Christina over at Sugar and Spice to start the blog hop.

AND be sure to enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win one of these AMAZING prizes!

$100 gift card for Spa Finder
$20 for Starbucks
$20 for Barnes & Noble
$15 for Bath and Body Works
$15 for iTunes
$10 for Old Navy
$10 for Target
$10 for Amazon
$10 for Kohl's
$10 for Teachers Pay Teachers
$10 for a Macaroni Grill/Chilli's/Maggiano's/On the Border combo card
Tunes for Teachers by Susan Paul!

{$10 or less}

I SERIOUSLY wish I could enter!

Now, for the FREEBIE here on my blog.
I almost am afraid to mention it, but have you started thinking about next school year?

Here you can pick up a planning calendar for next school year.
(Click on the cover page to pick up your freebie.)
I hope that every day on your calendar is filled with happiness and success with your students! 

Here is the Rafflecopter to enter for a chance to win one of the amazing prizes listed above!

If you've missed any stops or want to start at the beginning, start here:

Finally, I am happy to announce that I, along with many other Teachers Pay Teachers sellers will be participating in another one of those amazing sales, so get your shopping carts all revved up!

Click on the sign above to go to my store. 

I am going to leave you by signing out by one of my favorite quotes:
The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort.  The tough problem is not in identifying winners:  it is in making winners out of ordinary people.  ~K. Patricia Cross

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