Category Archives: Printables

Groundhog Day Activities {Pop-up Craft, Mini-book and More!}


I have to be honest, I’m really hoping that Punxsutawney Phil does not see his shadow this year!  I love warm weather and I’m already ready for some sunny days and gardening.

I created this Groundhog Day Unit as a fun way for students to learn some facts about groundhogs and make an enjoyable craft at the same time.  I almost squealed with delight the first time I had the groundhog pop in and back out of his burrow with the craft stick.

There is a groundhog reader included that has an easy reader version and a little more advanced version.  I love having the options to challenge more advanced readers while meeting the needs of the up and coming readers as well!


Here’s what you’ll find inside:

*”All About Groundhogs” Non-fiction mini-book (2 different leveled books, 2 styles- 1 with illustrations/1 without)

*”Groundhogs” Can-Have-Are Brainstorm

*All About Groundhogs/ Happy Groundhog Day! Writing Pages (2 Different writing line options for differentiated learning)

*”Groundhog Craftivity” (includes: pop-up groundhog template, groundhog burrow printout/labels, & instructions)

*Take-Home Groundhog Review Game (game board, question cards, directions/answer key, groundhog game pieces)



You can find my unit HERE if you’d like to purchase it!

Aspire to Inspire!


MLK Day Craftivity Giveaway!

i have a dream mlk character craftivity

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day I’ve created a character craftivity!  I absolutely love the quote by Dr. King where he says “…they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  During this MLK craft and printables students will explore different attributes that make up good character, discussing why it’s important not to judge others on their outside appearance.

i have a dream character tag close up i have a dream good character close up IMG_4521

Inside the Character Counts {Martin Luther King Craftivity & Printables} you’ll find:

-”Character Counts” Posters and descriptions

-”I Have Good Character” Mini-Book

-”Good Character Is…” Web Brainstorm

-”I Have a Dream Character Craftivity” (includes: instructions, writing prompts w/ 2 different line options (one with no lines for drawing and labeling), printouts & templates

i have a dream craftivity preview.001I’m also having my very first giveaway!!  Follow the directions below to enter to win this MLK Craftivity (You must leave a comment for each entry in order to win).  This contest ends on Sunday, January 13 at Midnight, so enter today!

You have 4 chances to win! 

Leave a comment below stating each entry you have completed. Be sure to include your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win!

1.  Go to Michaela’s TpT Store and click “follow me” (Mandatory entry).

2.  Follow this blog i{heart}edu by e-mail.

3. Follow Michaela on Pinterest.

4. Share this giveaway post on Facebook or Twitter.

That’s it!  I will announce the winner Monday morning.

Welcome Winter TpT Sale and 7 Habit Craftivity #3!


Thank you Casey for this cute poster!

Winter is upon us and what better time to sit inside, enjoying a hot drink, and shopping on TpT in your PJ’s!  This weekend I will be joining a number of other TpT Sellers to offer a Welcome Winter 20% Sale.  Friday, December 21st through Sunday, December 23rd every item in my store will be on sale.

Included in the sale will be my newest 7 Habits Craftivity “Put First Things First {7 Habit Craftivity #3}”.

work first then play preview pics.001In this 7 Habits Craftivity students will learn to “work first, then play!”  Included in this unit are:

-”First Things First” Craft Templates & Directions

-Writing Prompt Page & Cutouts {“First Things First” Prompt and work/play cutouts} (2 sheets to differentiate learning)

-Work First, Then Play “TO-DO List”

This is a great craft that helps students prioritize their tasks and decipher between work and play.  The goal is to help them put those first things (not always the most fun, but the most necessary) first and then they can really enjoy their down time or fun time.

Enjoy the Sale!


Nativity Themed Math Centers

Welcome Baby Jesus {Nativity Themed Math Centers and Activities} Religious/Bible Based Centers

I absolutely ENJOY Math Centers!  I know the kids do too.  There’s something so great about turning the concepts you’re learning about into more of a fun game, then a required workbook page.

During the year it seems easy to find centers based on Seasons and Holidays, but I find it difficult to find many Bible based centers.  That’s why I came up with “Welcome Baby Jesus! {Nativity Themed Math Centers and Activities}”.  These are fun centers that hit Math concepts that students need to be learning in 1st and 2nd Grades and have the characters represented from the first Christmas like Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Shepherds and more.

Bible based center activities

Here’s what you’ll find inside:

* “Welcome Baby Jesus!” Nativity Counting Mini-Book and Class Book Idea

* Magi Skip Counting (Count by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s)

* Sheepish Doubles (Adding doubles 1-9)

*“Time” to Follow the Star (Telling time to the hour and half hour)

* Silent Night Sums (Addition)

* Donkey Differences (Subtraction)

*Addition and Subtraction True and False

The fun thing is, these don’t even have to be only for your students, you can give them for your own kids, grandkids, church kids.

Enjoy sharing the greatest story on earth about Jesus’ birth in a fun, cross-curricular way!


Michaela Peterson 🙂

Journey to Bethlehem {Christmas Literacy Centers}

Journey to Bethlehem Jesus Christmas Activities

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas!  There’s something in the air that makes most people seem happier, there’s salted caramel hot chocolate to be had, family gatherings to take place, but most of all it’s the perfect opportunity to share more about Jesus with our students and others.  There is something so beautiful about young children seeing the beauty in the story of Jesus’ Birth that really can rekindle the love of Jesus for any adult!  If you teach in a Private school, Homeschool, or just want to share Jesus with your own kids this “Journey to Bethlehem” unit is perfect for you!

journey to bethlehem jesus christmas activities preview

* “On the way to Bethlehem” Mini-Book and Class Book Idea
* Bethlehem ABC Order Sort
* Memory Verse Puzzle (Isaiah 6:9)
* Nativity Nouns (sorting Person, Place or Thing)
* Stable Sort (Long/Short Vowels)
**Each Activity involves a corresponding student recording sheet!

I really wanted to extend the Nativity Story beyond the reading books, and bring the characters into everyday Literature learning topics like; ABC Order, Nouns, Sight word reading, Short/Long Vowels, and Memorization.

Click on over to my TpT Store for a closer look.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

-Michaela Peterson 🙂


Veterans Day Craftivity

Happy Veterans Day!  There are so many individuals whom have served our country and even given their lives for our freedom.  We can never say “thank you” enough!  It’s so important for us to lead our young one’s to see what men and women military branches have really sacrificed and done for our nation.

This fun little Veterans Craftivity is a great resource when you celebrate Veterans Day!  You can read books with your student’s that highlight our nation’s heroes and then proceed to a fun writing page about them.  Your students can decide whether they want to make a man or women hero with the templates provided.

Veteran's Day Craft

Easy to follow steps for a fun Veteran’s Day Craft!

How do you say “thanks” to our Nation’s Heroes?

OWL-standing Behavior {An Owl Themed Behavior System}

Owl Behavior Clip Chart System

Click on the picture to purchase the Owl Clip Chart System

I know I know, I have an owl obsession!  There is just something about themes and those cute little owls that are so exciting to me.  I love when everything matches and flows together.  This OWL-standing Behavior System, came from my desire to give the students a visual of the choices they were making.  Then I figured if they could SEE that they were headed in a downward spiral, they would have more of a chance to change their behavior for the better.  After much research and years of card charts, stop lights, treasure chests and more, I landed on this clip chart idea.  I loved so much how it gave the students plenty of visuals and opportunity to be responsible for their own behavior and choices.

Owl Behavior System

OWL-standing Behavior Clip Chart (2 color options), Parent Letter, Student Behavior Log, Owl Themed Punch Cards, Reward Binder Cover and over 25 Reward Insert Pages!

Since I have an owl obsession, I adapted the clip chart to an owl theme and created an Owl Themed Rewards Binder.  The rewards binder is full of fun “experiences” rather than things.  From “Whooo’s Desk is it Anyway?(Trade desks with a friend for a day) to “Owl Just Pass”(Get a free pass for no homework) students will get a hoot (couldn’t resist) out of the fun wording and rewards they can earn.  Meanwhile, I just loved not having to buy any little trinkets for a treasure chest or handing out candy as rewards.  The students get punches on their owl themed punch cards and save them up to purchase the Owl Rewards that they want.

Owl Clip Chart

The Owl Clip Chart at work in Angie’s Classroom!

I hope you all have an OWL-standing year and that this Behavior System can help you manage your classroom smoothly this coming year!

Happy Teaching,

Michaela Peterson