Happy Anniversary to Teacher to the Core!

I cannot believe it has been a year already!  I have learned so much about blogging over this last year, and I want to say thank you for being along for the ride and for loving me and my over use of the ellipsis ….
with no further ado…..
I.....have..... some...... goodies..... for..... you…..

Here is what I have in store for you in this blog-aversary post!
~Tutorial on adding clip art to your lettering!
~New Earth Day unit with 5 winners!
~Another pencil sharpener up for grabs!

Are you ready to Rock and Roll?
Here is how to add pictures or your digital scrapbook paper inside your Power Point lettering!!! I am loving everything from Michelle the 3AM Teacher. She is amazing!

1 Get a new slide in power point

2 Click the “Insert” tab

3 Choose “Word Art”


4 Select the style you want (1 or 2 work best)

5 Type your phrase, and adjust the fonts and size to your liking.


6 Choose “Format/Drawing Format” tab

7 Click “Text Fill”

8 In the drop down menu choose “Picture”


9 Power Point brings up your “my Pictures” file, you go to the spot where your keep your clip art or digital paper. Find the paper or clip art of your choice, choose it, and click insert/OK.



Polka dots can go wonky, so if need be, do this one letter at a time
This works for shapes as well.

1. Create a shape on the slide

2. Choose shape fill instead of text fill and proceeded to fill your shape with a picture.


I used the skill above to create bulletin board lettering for my new unit. 
Now, when you buy one of my units with Smart Art, I will be able to provide AmAziNG board lettering for you! This unit has 3 art projects and the most adorable Earth Day bulletin board titles. Are you ready to hug the Earth? Hop on over to TpT and check it out.

Easy Ecology Needs Art

Check out the sweet art from the unit!

The unit is another of my Common Core Informational Reading and More.  If you like Mammals, American Symbols, American Heroes, and Chinese New Year, then you’ll love this one. 

Here’s the goods on the new unit.

Easy Ecology

Little Book
Interactive Student Little Book- sample pages


4 Differentiated Fluency Passages:

Easy and harder text provided.
The easy text has shorter sentences and simplified vocabulary.

Ecology ( Master Fluency Text)



Recycle (shown)


Common Core and More

Easy Earth Addition and Corresponding Subtraction Facts.

120’s chart is provided for first graders who need to "count on".

Second graders will use their regrouping skills. 


Helping or Hurting Activity

Word Work pages (10, 12, and 20 words) Pencil, Pen, Marker


Earth Day Writing:

Drawing page, Smart Chart (shown) , Lines for Writing


10 question multiple choice and free response

Smart Art


Saving Water with writing prompt

Saving Electricity with writing prompt

Hug the Earth with writing prompt


Family, School, Community Connection Project:

Teacher directions and parent letter.


Classroom “bin” signs.
Certificate/ Award for community service

I had a great time taking a lofty topic like Ecology and making it 

accessible and FuN for first and second graders.

To celebrate my blog-aversary, I am giving away this unit and more!!!!

5 of you will win my new Easy Ecology unit!

In celebration,  I am also giving away another of the
Quietest Pencil Sharpener ! Win sharpener
Read about my love affair with this sharpener {here}

Good luck on all the giveaways and many thanks for the support, comments, and bloggy joy this last year! This has been a life changer for me, thank you for being with me on this delightfully wild ride! 

OK now that was way more than 5 photos, so we will go with 5 topics!


  1. I totally just followed your tutorial and can now put clip art in my letters. Go ME! You have no idea how "geeky" excited I am right now! Thanks so much for sharing!


    1. Erin I am dying.... isn't that the coolest!?! I about freaked out when I figured out I could do this!

  2. Congratulations on reaching your one year anniversary!
    Thanks so much for the clip art to font tips. Can't wait to try it out.

    School Is a Happy Place

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  4. I lover Gerbera daisies, so that would be my pick. Thanks for this tutorial, I have all next week to get it right before heading back to school!

  5. What a fun giveaway! I love the tutorial as well! I would want a bouquet of gerbera daisies or lilies!
    Enchanting Elementary

  6. Congratulations to you! I love lilies!!! Any lilies with fragrance are my favorites. I have about 10 different types of lilies growing around my yard and it is a heavenly smell each spring!

  7. Happy Blogiversary!!! Your Ecology unit looks AMAZING!!!!!! {No surprise there!}

    I would love a bouquet of peonies or cabbage roses to remind me of my wedding bouquet :)

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

  8. Congrats!!

    I am a huge Beauty and the Beast fan so I have to have roses!

  9. A bouquet of cake pops would be sinful but oh so yummy!

  10. Wow, great font tip! And I would love an actual bouquet of fresh colorful flowers! Love them!

  11. I love whatever my girls bring me from the yard! Definitely best (and most thoughtful) kind!
    Karen Rowland
    Adventures With Firsties

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  13. I would love any colorful flowers like roses or tulips or just a mixed bunch!

    Thanks for offering the giveaway! I REALLY am dying to get this pencil sharpener! Congratulations on you blog anniversary!

    Compassionate Teacher

  14. I love your tutorial! So clear and easy! I'm not exactly sure how I found you, but I'm glad I did and I'm your newest follower!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  15. Congrats on your blog anniversary! I adore any color of snapdragons and deep pink roses. Take care & Happy Spring! :)

  16. Congrats on the anniversary!! I love calls lilies :) but was also wondering what font you were using to create the word "earth" for your tutorial pic? And also where did you get the clip art of the boy and girl bc they are adorable? Thanks!!

  17. Your blog design is fabulous! Thank you for sharing the VERY helpful tutorial!
    I would love to get a bouquet of purple irises!! They're my favorite!

  18. Love your blog design. I need to have Michelle design one for me! I would love a bouquet of daisies!


    First Class Teacher

  19. Love the pencil sharpener too! Great tutorial ~ love that too!

  20. A bouquet of tulips and hyacinths!

  21. Happy Anniversary!!! There are some great prizes up for grabs! :)
    I would love daisies anyway!
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  22. So excited about the word art tutorial ... I have always wondered how people made their lettering look so adorable! Thanks for sharing and Happy Anniversary!

    Let’s Get Fancy in First

  23. I used the tutorial to make some super fun bulletin board letters/titles, thank you!!!! I didn't realize it was that easy. I missed whatever flower question there was...I was so focused on the "how to" I guess I read over it. So, if it was something like- what flowers do you like getting...I'd say yellow roses or a lei of plumeria.
    Happy Anniversary!

  24. Love the tutorial! Happy bloggyversary :)
    First Grade Dual

  25. Actually, I would rather get dinner than flowers! :) Thank you for sharing the tutorial. It was easy to follow. Happy Blogiversary!

    Adventures in First with Mrs. Key

  26. Happy Blog-a-versary! That's such a cool techno trick! Love it!!!

    This Little Piggy Reads

  27. Oh yea, I forgot to tell you...I'd love a big bouquet of Candy Biana's {they are pink roses that turn white on the tips}, I carried them on my wedding day.

  28. TULIPS!!! Spring may never arrive in Northeast Ohio, but when it does, I love to see the tulips blooming :0) I really want that sharpener!!!!

  29. Congratulations, Katie! Thanks for the great tutorial, too :)

  30. I love stargazer lilies and daisies.

  31. Love a great power point tutorial. This is wonderful. Your unit looks amazingly cute.
    Primary Paradise

  32. Great tutorial! Happy One Year Anniversary!

  33. Thank you for the great ideas! I love them! It was so great to meet you today at the blogger meet up.

    A Basket Full of Apples

  34. Katie-I really enjoy reading your blog posts. It makes me feel like maybe, just maybe, I can handle all of the "rigor" that comes along with the changes our state will be/has been implementing with the Common Core. Congrats on your one year anniversary. I would love to get a boquet of flowers that are all different. I love "vintage" looking maybe some sunflowers mixed with some white roses and some green thingys. I can't grow them and I can't name them but man I can display them! Sorta...till little fingers find them. Anyways-congrats and thanks for the opportunity for the pencil sharpener. My sister is a 2nd grade teacher down the hall from me and she has one so now naturally I must have a pencil sharpener from heaven too!!

  35. Love your tutorial, Katie!!! AND your Ecology unit!!! You are SO fantastic!!!
    Smackeroos - Lisa

  36. I'm in an OZ kinda mood-poppies!! Lovin' the new blog girl!!

  37. Katie, your ecology pack makes me want to celebrate Earth day! I absolutely love it!!

  38. I'm loving your ecology unit!! As far as flowers, I love getting bouquets of pink & white roses, or lilies!

  39. Looks like you all had a great time at your meet up! The Ecology unit is adorable! Hard to think about Earth day when it is supposed to SNOW tonight. So ready for spring to spring! Thanks for all your cute ideas.

  40. Did not read the drop down box until after I posted - I would love to get an assortment of Calla Lilies. I eloped, so when my husband and I renewed our vows the first time, we had calla lilies at the 1st re-wedding. (It was in a blizzard if I remember correctly) the 2nd rewedding was on a cruise ship! Don't know where the 3rd will be but I have 3 years to decide! Fun Fun!

  41. How fun! I love giveaways and I have been wanting to try this sharpener.

  42. Hey, you sure know how to have fun :) As for the flowers, I love red roses!!!!!

    Sweet Blessings & Learning Treats

  43. I love hydrangas and all your stuff!!

  44. Love your social studies packs!! This one is sitting in my cart in case I dont win :)

    PS - your post about your son was on my son's 1st birthday and mirrored our story in more ways than one. You wrote everything I was feeling :o)

  45. Thanks for the helpful tutorial and the great giveaway! I want to play around with word art a little more and try it out! I would love to get a bouquet of tulips for spring (if it ever gets here) brrr... :)

    Creative Lesson Cafe

  46. Thank you for the tutorial! Can't wait to use this new bit of info in my room!

  47. Thanks for the tutorial! Love your Ecology pack! If I don't win it I am just going to have to buy it this weekend!

    I LOVE having spray roses on my desk at work!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  48. Wow! I LOVE the tutorial. I just tried it and it was so easy. I can't wait to make some cute letters. Thanks so much for sharing this and creating such an easy to follow tutorial! I also added your earth day unit to my wishlist. Hoping to get it soon! It looks fantastic. I'm your latest follower and loving all the great ideas here. :)
    Teacher Treasure Hunter

  49. I have been wondering this for a while. Thank you for sharing. It is so much easier than I thought it would be.

    Ms Richards's Musings

  50. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing :)

    Mrs. Wiley
    @ Wiley Teaching


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