Sunday, November 29, 2015

Teachers' Notebook Cyber Monday + Sale!!

Everyone loves a sale, right? Well, Teachers' Notebook is running their Cyber Monday + Sale beginning November 29-December 2nd. I have marked my products 20% off regular price. Use TN's promo code PLUS15 at the checkout and get an additional 10% off your entire order! It's a great time to shop for those items you have on your wish list. Click on the link below to get to Imagination Station:

Enjoy your shopping! Susan :-)

Saturday, November 28, 2015


'Tis the season for sales!! TPT is having a sale beginning November 30-December 1st. Everything in my store is marked 20% off, and when you use the code SMILE, you will get an additional 10% off. What a deal! Happy shopping to everyone! :-) Susan

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Halloween Writing: Primary and Intermediate

Hello Friends!! Holiday writing is when I like to have my students practice reading/writing skills. I have developed 2 products--both are Halloween themed; one is primary and the other is intermediate. Student writers can choose from writing packet sets that include toppers: bat, cat, Dracula, Frankenstein, ghost, mummy, and witch. Big shout-out to Rebeccab-Designs for these really cute toppers. You can view more of her designs at:

Each set--no matter what level--includes: a cover page; p. 1 writing with clip art; p. 2 full sheet writing; p. 3 illustration (half page) and writing lines; graphic organizer for students to use the 6+Trait of organization for setting ideas, character choices, character traits, and possible problems. The set also has a Halloween Vocabulary Word Bank.

You can decide what further 6+Traits (beyond organization) you wish to include in your instruction, whether you want to take the writing through the full process, and how you wish to assess or not. Most of all, I hope your students have fun creating a Halloween story. Many times I have students sit in small writing circles of 5 or less to share their story. Then, they look great on the bulletin board or in the hallway to share with others.
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Enjoy! Susan

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

FREE 2015-2016 Calendars Available

Good morning!
Are you looking ahead to the upcoming school year? Well, I have updated my 2015-2016 calendar sets with these themes: bugs, cupcakes, frogs, monsters, sports, and woodland animals. You can find these sets at either of my stores:

Enjoy!!  Susan

Monday, March 9, 2015

Biomes Research Project

Earth Day is not too far away. About this time of year, I like to have my students study the different Biomes on earth. They learn vocabulary like ecosystem, biome, and landform. . They also read, research, and record notes on their particular biome. I try to get as many special research books as I can from the media center to supplement what I have in the classroom library. The library also has films about some of the biomes. There is always the possibility of finding some really good slide shows, virtual tours, power point presentations, and information on the Internet.

Kids love doing this kind of project. It is related to reading, research, social studies, science, geography, and they will have a product they are proud to share when finished. 

I am posting today my Biome Research Project. The biomes include: Arctic Tundra; Beach; Cactus Desert; Cave; Coniferous Forest; Deciduous Forest; Freshwater; Grasslands; Mountains; Prairies; Rain Forest; Saltwater; Sandy Desert; and Savanna.

Students select or assigned a particular biome. Each student gets a note sheet to use for research. They will also get a booklet made specifically for their biome. They research to find out where it is located, what cities might be close, what landforms might be around the biome, what businesses are located in the area, what animal life lives there, what plant life grows there, what is the climate like, and a place for special facts. There is a cover sheet, a resource or bibliography sheet, and a page for their own illustration.

You will find two pages with ideas included as well. I also have included fact cards that would make a great display. You can either staple the booklet, use yarn or ribbon to bind, or one of the binding machines. Teachers have a variety of areas for assessments they might choose to use. 
Have fun with research!!  Susan J

Projects can be found at either of my stores:

Friday, March 6, 2015

6 Trait Writing: Word Choice for Colorful Writing

Teaching Word Choice as one of the 6 Traits is also a vocabulary builder for students. One activity I do is very simple, but the kids really like it. We talk about the "value" of words and "boring" words that are so often
repeated in their writing.

A box of crayons has so many colors today with creative names the companies have developed. Our crayons are in a table baskets--one for each table to use. I give them a few
minutes to dig out the crayons and read the names. We discuss how our writing can improve if we use more "valuable" words. I give them the example of using "scarlet" for "red", and "sapphire" for "blue". Then, the activity begins.

Students will be able to use the basket of crayons to find creative names for any shade of red, purple, pink, blue, yellow, green, orange, and brown. They record the names in the color boxes. Sometimes, tables trade baskets just to look for more names. They like this detective work!

When finished, I have them turn to the last page in the packet that has flowers and stems. Students can color the flowers, however, they must use the "valuable" words they found for crayon names. If they decide to make the flower two colors, then they have to provide two names. Names, of course, are written in the box at the bottom of the flower.

This packet can be used for reference while writing. It can be stored in a writing folder or whatever organizational tool you use for your students. It can even grow into a writing assignment beyond the vocabulary. It's a great hands-on activity in teaching only one aspect of Word Choice, and the children love it!! Have fun with Word Choice!!  Susan J

You can find this activity at both of my stores:

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Activities Packet

This holiday is 2 weeks from today. Always a fun holiday--dress in green, have treats even though it's not an official party, and somehow those little Leprechauns run through classrooms when students are gone just to leave treats!! (Great office staff)

I'm posting a new activities packet for this holiday. It's filled with both primary and intermediate levels. Skills include: acronym poems; number order; story writing paper; making words activity; synonyms; and antonyms. You will also find word searches, crossword puzzle, word scrambles, coloring sheets, and picture puzzles.

You will find this packet in both of my stores. Have a lovely green day celebration!  Susan J

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

TPT Sale Begins Today

Today is the big day--TPT Teachers are Heroes Sale! Click the button below to take you there. Have a tremendous amount of fun shopping through stores! Thanks for stopping by at Imagination StationSusan J

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Teachers are Heroes Freebie!!

In honor of all of the hard-working teachers out there, I have a new Math Meeting Form that is a Freebie at my TPT Store. Please click the link below to get your free product. My teachers were my heroes when I was in school, and I was honored to teach 31 years thanks to all of them! Susan J


Teachers Pay Teachers loves sales, and so do I!! Time to gear up for the big sale tomorrow--Wednesday, February 25th! You can save 20% on items in my shop. And, by using the promo code, you will save an additional 10%. Happy shopping! Susan J


Just click on the link to take you there!!

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Monday, February 23, 2015


It's time to do some serious shopping folks!! TPT believes teachers are heroes! So, they are sponsoring a sale in our honor. Use the Promo Code for a savings of 28%!! How cool is that?

Be sure to click on the button below to take you to my shop where you can create a wish list to use on Wednesday. My cart is already filling with great resources!    Susan J

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Research Project!

This is the time of year I especially liked to have my students work on research projects. Since students love animals, I decided to make a "Researching Animals from Africa" project packet. This project includes ideas, note-taking sheets with research subtopics, final research forms that include illustrating the habitat and marking the location on a map, and each animal is on a cover sheet that includes realistic clip art pictures. I think students will love to dig into this research!! The product is in both of my stores. Enjoy!! Susan

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Antonym & Synonym Matching Kisses download

Hello friends! If you have downloaded this activity, please download it again. It has been corrected in both of my stores. I appreciate the kind person calling my attention to an error, and I apologize for the mistake. Thank you so much!! Susan


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

FREEBIE!! Alphabetical Hearts

Need some quick practice with alphabetical order? Head over to my stores to grab this Freebie product!! Alphabetical Hearts has 4 pages for students to practice this skill. Word hearts are in mixed order in a row. Students write the words in a-b-c order on the row line provided.
Enjoy!!  Susan

Monday, February 2, 2015

FREEBIE!!! Antonyms & Synonyms Matching Kisses

I always like teaching with word study materials. I thought with Valentine's Day not far away, I would design a word study for students to practice antonyms and synonyms. There are two sheets for antonyms and two sheets for synonyms. Great practice with the holiday theme. Best of all? It's FREE!!!

 You will find this delightful project in both of my stores. Happy Shopping!                                                                                                                             Happy Valentine's Day!! Susan

Friday, January 30, 2015

Valentine's Day Bonanza!!

January is almost over, and February is arriving shortly. I have just posted a new product "Valentine's Day Activity Packet". This 40 page Valentine's Day themed product is packed with activities such as story writing using both process and 6 Traits; Graphic Organizers; final copy paper with illustration page; Writer's Checklist; Character List; Character Trait List; Award Ribbons for Creative Author; Word Search; Scrambled Words; using Rimes in words; Making Words Activity; 6 designs of a half card and a quarter card; and 3 different Picture Puzzles. It is indeed a Valentine Bonanza!!   


This packet is located in both of my stores:

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!  Susan