July 28, 2013

A Smorgasbord, 200 Continuing, and a FREEBIE

I'm linking up with Fabulous in First for Sunday Smorgasbord for a little bit of randomness for the first time! Not that I'm being random for the first time... well, you know what I mean.

I am into punches! Not that kind... paper punches. A few years back I purchased some really large round punches that allow me to cut out circles up to 3" in diameter. They really help me with my TpT products. I wrote about them last week for Must Have Monday. This week I found some new punches. I purchased two of  the kind that cut patterned borders and one that creates holes through which you can lace ribbon. I can NOT wait to try them out! Now, what I can make?

This is what I quickly whipped up just to try out a punch... a PQA poster. I use this acronym with my fifth and sixth grade Language Arts students to help them write extended responses. I needed to make a PQA poster to match my new classroom theme of polka dots and monsters, so this is what I came up with. Notice the lacy borders on the long sides? That was done with one of my punches. LOVIN' it!

If you'd like a copy of my PQA poster, you can download it HERE or by clicking on the above snapshot.

I was delighted this past week when Smilemakers, a company dedicated to helping teachers make a difference in their classrooms, invited me to preview then review one of their products on my blog. Of course, I accepted. This is the product that will soon be arriving at my home. I can NOT wait to see it! It sounds perfect for my sixers!

And finally, please stop by to help me celebrate reaching 200 Followers. You can win three products of your choice from my TpT Store. It's easy, peasy! Just leave a blog comment HERE telling me which ONE product you would really like to receive. On July 30, 2013, I will randomly select a number. Whoever wrote the comment with the matching number wins the prize stated plus two more of his/her choice. Like I said... easy, peasy! I look forward to reading your comments.

See you tomorrow for Monday Made It and Monday Must Have!

Happy Teaching,
The Teacher's Desk 6
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


  1. Hello Angela! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting today! I have to say that if I had those punchers above, I'd be punching everything in sight! They're so pretty.
    Whimsy Workshop

    1. LOL, Susanna! You should see all the scraps of paper I have here lying about with all my test punches.

  2. I love the PQA poster. This is definitely a skill I teach my fourth graders. Thank you.

    1. You're very welcome, Mary! Thank you for stopping by.

  3. I really love the PQA poster...sorry but I am gonna have to steal it...just a heads up. Where do you get those type of paper punches? Love your stuff...from one 6th grade teacher to another.


    1. Steal away, sweet co-6th grade teacher! Most of my punches have come from Amazon... gift certificates and thank you points (credit card). Although a few have come from JoAnn Fabrics and Michaels.

      Have a great week!

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    1. You're VERY welcome, Brandee! I'm so glad you stopped by and left a message. I always enjoy hearing from you!

  5. Thanks for the poster. I can't even begin to count the number of times I have told students to restate the question in the answer. This poster and acronym is perfect.
    Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. I love the punch border idea for the poster! Thanks for sharing the post at Manic Monday!

    1. You're welcome, Debbie! Thanks for stopping by!


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