Tuesday, August 30, 2016

GIVEAWAY! Silly Sam Brag Tags & Classroom Compliment BUNDLE!

$10 Value GIVEAWAY!

T-A-G You're It! Teacher-Author GiveAway Day!


Use the hashtag to find great deals on great TPT resources on sale, 5%-20% off all day on AUG 31st.

Here's what's on sale at Silly Sam Productions...

20% off...

1) Nouns, Verbs & Adjectives AUGUST BACK TO SCHOOL Activities

2) My Learning Colors Wheel

3)  Color Book with Numbers Activity with BONUS 3D Crayon Display


My New Classmates Scoot FREEBIE for the 1st Day

This is a great fun activity for the first day 
or the first week of school!

Students play Scoot with Classmates' Names and go home with a list of all of their new friends.

There is also an interview activity for students to get to know a few friends even better.

Great for an introduction to speaking and listening skills.

Friday, June 3, 2016


Grab a FREEBIE every FRIDAY FUNDAY right here at Laugh and Learn with Silly Sam @blogspot.com


These are thoughtful Bookmark Gifts for a Special Dad or other Special Person that can be recognized on Father's Day!

They are a nice compliment to the 
I Can Count on My Dad or Special Person 
Keepsake Book 
also found at Silly Sam Productions

Sunday, May 22, 2016



For all of my faithful fans with Silly Sam Classrooms, 
I have some big news for you! 

The newest version of the Silly Sam Classroom Management System is HERE!

This is the same premise as the original Silly Sam System with some important additions and fun new twists!

First of all, my own Silly Sam has been drawn by artist Tonja Irvine from Ta Doodles! He is now in 3D and is also rockin' some very cool green shoes!

This version of the program still has GOOD CHARACTER awards that can be easily filled out for students that are displaying these positive behaviors. New twist **this set is editable and you can type in the Teacher Name on each tag so that when you print or photocopy that is already filled in. The editable version has a text box in the teacher name position. The student name is still a blank to write in, however, in this editable version, you may choose to add a text box in PowerPoint and type in a name.

Print on white paper or colored paper and have students 
                         COLLECT THEM ALL!

Here's how I use them. Each day I give out Silly Sam Classroom Compliments to students that are Good Examples or Good Sports, etc. Students collect these compliment awards at home. When they have 20 Silly Sam Classroom Compliments of any assortment, they bring them in to school and receive an ice pop during our movie on Friday Funday. Each of the 20 "Sammers" gets stamped on the back that it was already submitted for a prize. 

Now, with our newest program: These same Sammers can still be saved up for a different prize. If a student saves up 10 of the same Compliment Cards, for example 10 Good Sport Cards, they can now bring those in and receive a GOOD SPORT BRAG TAG! Even if there is an ice pop stamp on the back, the same award can be counted toward the Brag Tag. So, students can try to collect each of the 10 Good Character Brag Tags. Color Coding the papers can help students see which ones they have and which ones they are trying for. If your students are anything like my guys, they will LOVE the challenge of collecting each and every one. In my classroom, doubles are welcome as well, however you can adapt the rules any way that you like!

The Lemonade Award is for any student that shows that they are using COPING SKILLS and dealing with disappointment or an 'upsetment' in a grown up way! Making Lemonade out of Lemons is a wonderful skill to learn!

Other Classroom Compliments and BRAG TAGS include GOOD CITIZENS, Super Helper and Super Kinder or 1st-5th Grader!

 Collect BRAG TAGS on binder rings for backpacks or metal chains for necklaces. We are using backpack rings so that students can show families and friends how their GOOD CHARACTER skills are growing!
 All of the current SILLY SAM Packs will also be created in this new version soon!

If you have already purchased ANY Silly Sam Pack at all, please email me at sillysamproductions@gmail.com. I will be so happy to send you this new version FREE to try out in your classroom! If you have any requests or preferences on which pack you would like to see next, leave me a comment here on the blog and I will try to get that one ready for you!

For anyone new to the SILLY SAM family, think about having a little character join you in your classroom for the end of this year, or for next year! Try this BONUS FREEBIE from Silly Sam Productions at TpT.

Thanks for reading about a Silly Sam Classroom! 

Friday, May 20, 2016

FRIDAY FUNDAY FREEBIES! Manatee Bulletin Board!


Grab a Freebie every Friday Funday from Silly Sam Productions right here at LAUGHANDLEARNWITHSILLYSAM@BLOGSPOT.COM


Friday, May 13, 2016

FRIDAY FUNDAY FREEBIE from Silly Sam Productions: Color Coded Fact Families!

Grab a Friday Funday Freebie at Silly Sam Productions!

Here's this week's FREEBIE...

This is one of my most popular freebies. This is a great time of year to review Mental Math Strategies and try out my Color-Coded Fact Families!

These are great for:


My color-coding technique was designed to help a struggling student see the patterns. It worked wonders for him, but I knew all learners could benefit from this strategy too. So, you will find many COLOR-CODED lessons at Silly Sam Productions.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Featured Teacher Tuesday: Meet Heidi Neels from FLIPPING for First!

NOOO!  It’s come to an end!  This is the last blog post for a while of the Featured Teacher Tuesdays!
Heidi Neels from Flipping for First is a spunky and organized first grade teacher!  
Years of tumbling, cheerleading and a passion for teaching made her blog name come to life!  She has been teaching for 9 years, 6 of those being in first grade!  She has truly found her teaching niche!
Heidi has been married for 15 years (yep, he’s tied up in the basement) and has two beautiful girls ages 15 (don’t do the math) and 10!  Faith brings joy in her life each and every day!  God has blessed her family and teaching career!  She is a middle child (typical middle child syndrome) and requires lots of attention from those around her!
Organization fuels Heidi through first grade!  (It may be a disease!)  Check out her blog for some amazing tips on how to organize Words Their Way, Listening Stations, Behavior Management, Erin Condren Planner, Common Core Assessments, Classroom tips and so much more!

Laughing is important to Heidi!  Mo Willems, first grade quotes, and National Lampoon movies can put a smile on her face.  Just like Wimberly, Heidi can worry a lot!  Therefore Heidi clings to
Psalm 46:10  “Be still, and know I am God!

Heidi’s best seller is her Editable Daily Behavior Chart!  This is an amazing product that every teacher who has a student with challenging behavior needs!!  Heidi loves to hear success stories about teachers using this in their classrooms!!
Fry’s First 100 Sight Words came about when she had 30% of her students struggling with sight words!  Yikes!  To overcome this obstacle, Heidi created a product that focuses on teaching the words in context using pictures, repetition, and motor skills!  She ended that year with 100% of her students knowing all first grade sight words!  Love it!
Heidi’s First Grade Common Core Math Assessments are a full year’s worth of assessments!  She even has a blog post with a yearly calendar to help you plan!
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Check out one of Heidi’s freebies!
Don’t forget to join me in following Heidi!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Featured Teacher Tuesday: Meet Karen Wasdin from Silly Sam Productions

Meet Karen Wasdin from Silly Sam Productions!


Karen has been teaching 1st Grade for almost 30 years. She is a Baseball Mom from New Jersey and loves to watch her son play for the High School team and travel teams. Her husband is a Videographer/Photographer and she enjoys assisting him in producing sports and educational videos in his business, MoonGate Video Productions.


Finding ways to help her young learners understand the trickiest concepts has driven her to create multi-sensory approaches and engaging lessons that MAKE LEARNING FUN! These techniques can be found in her products at TpT.


Color-Coded Fact Families Mental Math uses the color-coding technique to help learners make connections to math strategies.


is an integrated Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop unit that has students look at the story of the Three Little Pigs through the eyes of different characters. Then they do the same with their own personal narrative about their first day of school. This helps them truly discover and empathize with others and recognize feelings other than their own.


is an extensive unit covering the heart of the first grade phonics curriculum. Word Houses use patterning chunks and vowel sounds to help students become stronger readers and writers. Creating their own Vowel Books helps students celebrate all that they have learned.

You can find and follow Silly Sam Productions here:
Blog: Laugh and Learn with Silly Sam        Twitter:  @sillysamprod
TpT: Silly Sam Productions                          Pinterest:  Silly Sam Productions
Facebook:   Silly Sam Productions                   Instagram:  sillysamproductions

Wednesday, February 24, 2016



This week our Featured Teacher is Stephanie Darling from Special Adventures!


Stephanie Darling is currently a 1st Grade Teacher in Central Arkansas.  This is Stephanie’s first year in 1st grade, she previously taught special education for 5 years.

Stephanie is married to her husband Kenny, who is also a teacher.  They work in the same elementary school where they met just a couple years ago.  They were engaged and “ran off to Vegas” to get married.  Their little family has grown by 1 as they have a yellow lab, Ozzie keeping them on their toes.  
Stephanie loves teaching!   She is having a blast this year in first grade and is very passionate about helping all students learn in fun and engaging ways.  Stephanie has really enjoyed learning so many new things from teachers in her online teaching communities such as facebook, blog, tpt and more. You can find Stephanie on
Instagram @specialadventures
Periscope @StephaneDarling
Blab @StephaneDarling
Twitter @StephaneDarling
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/darlings123/

Besides running her blog, Stephanie is also a TpT Author!  You can find her store at Special Adventures with Stephanie Darling. Some of her newest products include…

*Seasonal Mystery Passages for fun close reading practice.* Click the link to check out Stephanie’s latest Winter Themed Passage.
These packs are perfect for working on reading comprehension and close reading as well as vocabulary development.  

Stephanie also has created an entire year of 2nd Grade Math Curriculum and has a growing bundle that when completed in June will be an entire year of 1st Grade Math Curriculum.  These sets are aligned to CCSS and have all you need, games, hands on engaging lesson plans, reinforcement pages, differenciation, assessments, explicit instructions for use, to save any teacher time, money and energy in planning and teaching math.