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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Printable Sticky Notes for Writing: Say What?!

Hi Y'all ~
  I have mixed feelings about Sundays.  I love the laziness of some Sundays. Even when I have to do a lot of schoolwork (don't we all?), I at least get to do it in my comfy clothes and with some really cheesy TV to keep me company. 

   I do not love the fact that it signals the end to another weekend, and time to set the alarm clock again.   This week is a short week for me, since we have Friday and Monday off for our "Fall Break", so I'm holding on to that. 

  Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but who doesn't love weekends??  Ahhhhhh......

  Anyway, on Thursday, I posted this picture to my Instagram...

Those are printable sticky notes...YES, printable! A colleague of mine showed me how to print little notes on stickies, and I was HOOKED

I just knew the idea would be perfect for making easy-peasy writing checklists for my kids' writing. 

This week, we used Ninja Turtles for our study of verbs & I used these little gems to assess their writing, and how well they met the 5 criteria we set before writing.
These sticky notes have been a huge time-saver for me!  So, how do you do it??
You start with a template. This one is for your standard size Post-It Notes, 3x3.  
{You can click the picture for your own copy. It is a PowerPoint file}
First, print a blank template.

Now, just put a text book in each square. Make sure you don't move the square.
Type what you want each sticky to say.

Then, you place your notes STICKY SIDE AT THE TOP in each square on the blank one you printed out.
You have to make sure the sticky end of the note is at the top of each page or it will hang in your printer. 
Use the arrow to help you.
Feed your paper arrow down. I have a top load printer, so this is how I do it. 
I am not sure how to do it with other types, but you just need to make sure the arrow is pointing in the direction that the paper pulls.

Print what you typed.

*I also recommend using cardstock for your template. It is sturdier when being fed through the printer time and time again*
Voila!!!  Your sticky notes are printed!

Now, just pull them off & there you have it :)
These are the ones I made for our verb unit, so they include a line about using verbs in their story.
Here are some examples of how I used them...

You can really do anything with them, which is why I am in LOVE with this idea!

I use them for all of our first grade writing: narrative, informational, and opinion.

I also use them to put cute little notes on work & write my own comments.

   I have all of these in my newest product.

This is what is included:
*Narrative Checklist: Self Reflection & Teacher Assessment
*Opinion Checklist: Self Reflection & Teacher Assessment
Informational Checklist: Self Reflection & Teacher Assessment
*Six cute little notes for your own comments
*A blank template to put your own stickies
*A blank template with a table to write your own checklist
*Instructions on how to make your own stickies!

I just love how easy it makes my teacher commentary!! Plus, I can just pull them off and save them for documentation and STILL send home their writing! Click either of the above pictures to check it out, or you can click {here}!

And, it makes my hallway display look good, too! 
Our ninja turtle writing turned out great, and the kids have visible and easy-to-understand feedback.
It's a Win-Win!

So, that's it for me, friends. Happy Sunday!
I'm about to go drag out all my Fall decor & spice up my living space a bit! :)

As always, thanks for stopping by :)

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  1. Such a great idea. Your sticky notes are so cute and so practical! And thank you for the directions and template. Can't wait to try this!

    Sara J Creations

  2. I am a post-it queen! I can't wait to make some printable templates of my own. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    The Super Sparkly Teacher

  3. I love the variety of notes you've made. So colorful and to the point!

    Must try this idea again...last time I printed on post-its I jammed the printer. At school. Ummm...


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