Saturday, August 24, 2013

Free Time Fun & Birthday Goody

As I'm gearing up for Back to School, I'm trying to get all my ducks in a row! One of my big projects this summer was creating the B.A.T. Book for Early Finishers!

 I've found that first grade can be tricky - kids are finishing projects & assignments at all different times. What are early finishers to do while they wait? Pull out their B.A.T. Book!

B.A.T. stands for Brain's Always Thinking! Using this book, your students can complete a variety of fun & appealing activities as they finish their work or can sneak in a few minutes of Free Time! 
For each child, you'll photocopy the pages back to back, add the cover of your choice and bind it all together! Students keep their B.A.T. Book inside their own desks so it's always ready to go! 
Each of these three {editable} covers are included!

Simple directions for each activity make it easy for students to complete on their own. Kids can track their progress in their B.A.T. Book with the Progress Page in the front of their books. 

The B.A.T. Book is filled with 90 Common Core Language Arts & Math Activities to challenge and engage your students! 

Check it out on TpT

Now, here's an aptly timed goody because today's my birthday! 

Another thing on my to do list this summer was to create a birthday goody for my kids. We have a strict no-treat rule.  At first I was sad kids wouldn't be able to bring in donuts, cookies or brownies to celebrate their birthdays.  Then, I realized that the kids really weren't bothered - it was just me missing those yummy treats! Parents have gotten really creative with erasers, smencils, bouncy balls, etc. 

To go along with the no-treat rule, I picked up some pencils and a cute bucket in the Target dollar spot.  I used this super fun birthday clipart from KPM Doodles

I made this set in the summertime when I didn't yet have my class list, so I used some fake names & birthdays! However, when I make these for my own class this weekend, I plan to print on cardstock so they won't be so see through :) 

You can snag the Editable Birthday Cupcake Toppers {here}
* I don't love that these print out just a little blurry! However, you can actually type right into the top of the cupcake! 

You can snag the blank Birthday Cupcake Toppers {here}
* These simply say Happy Birthday, with no option to personalize. 

Enjoy the goody! Make sure to head over to Lucky to Be in First to see what else is happening in my classroom! 



  1. That BAT book looks awesome!!! Do you give them guidelines as to which pages they can do based on what skills you have or haven't taught yet?
    Thanks for the birthday working on them this weekend!

    Lori @
    Bee the Change
    Mrs. Faas’ First Grade

    1. Thank you so much, Lori! I actually let them do whatever page they like. My only rule is that I will not help them! Sounds mean, but the whole point is that the book needs to be an activity they can complete on their own so that I can use the time with others!

  2. Happy Birthday!! Hope you've had a fabulous day!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies