Tuesday, March 8, 2016

FREE St. Patrick's Day Styled Images

Top o' the mornin' to ya!
Sorry about that - I may or may not have Irish on the brain because of my latest project that I can't wait to share with you!

Do you know what a styled photo is?
You most likely do - even if you don't know that's the name for it.

Styled photos are stock photographs taken for use online - for blog posts, social media, product covers, etc. It's a growing trend that's really gaining popularity - especially among teacher bloggers and product creators. 

Here are some examples of how I've used styled images recently:
You see - the possibilities are ENDLESS! :)

Because I love the versatility and crisp clean look of styled photos, I decided to jump in and try my hand at taking some. I have created this set, just in time for St. Patrick's Day - and they're FREE for you!

This download includes 10 crisp images that are cropped to square (for social media) and 4:3 (for product covers) so that you have easy formatting options.

Here are some ideas of how you could use these St. Patrick's Day themed styled photos:
These styled photos are available for personal or commercial use - so what are you waiting for? Download them HERE and start creating! :)

Like what you see?
I have another set of school-inspired styled photos - in a fun NEON theme! :)

Happy creating!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

FREE Opposite Day Activities for Monday, January 25

Good-bye teachers!
Sad similar night no one!

While that may read like a bunch of gibberish - it isn't! I'm practicing for National Opposite Day! :)
You see, that's how I greet my kiddos every year on Opposite Day - which happens every year on January 25th. So what I'm really saying to them is:

Hello students!
Happy Opposite Day everyone!

Get it? :)

As a 5th grade teacher, one of my goals was to engage my students to such a degree that they wanted to come to school each day. One way of maximizing student engagement without compromising learning time was creating packets that capitalized on their interests and let them have FUN while developing and practicing important skills.

Here is one of those packets:
National Opposite Day (yes, it is a real thing) is coming up! This year it's Monday, January 25th. Carve out some extra time to have {structured} fun with your students. It will be a day they won't soon forget! This *FREE* packet includes a poster to hang on your door as well as some ideas for celebrating Opposite Day in the classroom/home.

It also includes 5 activity pages that will stretch their imaginations while reviewing important skills.
1."My Opposite Age" asks students to imagine that the numbers in their age have been switched!  They must write a journal entry about what their life is now like – and include a picture!. (For example if they are 06 years old, they pretend that they’re 60! If they’re 12 years old, they pretend they’re now 21.) Note: If they’re 11 years old, they can choose to be 1 or 110 :)
2. "Antonyms are Amazing" gives students practical experience with opposites - antonyms!
3. "An Opposite Adventure" tells a strange story - the students must read it and switch out the underlined words for their opposites - and re-write the story so it makes sense.
 4. "A Day of Opposites" is a creative writing prompt that asks students to write about a day they have in which EVERYTHING is OPPOSITE
And finally, 5. "Opposite Learning" gives kiddos some practice with basic skills - but with an OPPOSITE twist :)
This was good practice, even for my 5th graders - they were a little rusty on their alphabet and basic math facts. It's good to brush up every now and again :)

You can download this packet for FREE here:

If you use this packet and enjoy it, please leave feedback! Also - if you take any pictures of your students' work from this packet, I'd love to feature you on my blog! Please e-mail me at joyinthejourneyteaching@yahoo.com - and I'll send you a FREE product as a thank-you! :)