Tanja {Journey of a Substitute Teacher}

Hey everyone! Miss T here from Journey of a Substitute Teacher!

I'm so excited to be here and be part of this AMAZING group. Now you may be wondering, "Did she finally get  full time and is in 2nd or 3rd?" Nope, but I sub in those grades a lot! 2nd and 3rd are fun because they are more independent but still love learning. And they are still cute!

A little bit about me...

I love to read. Any kind of book basically. And I still have books from when I was in elementary school, from Little House on The Prairie, Boxcar Children, to Baby Sitters Club.

I love to go camping. My two favorite spots are by a lake or at the beach. But if you camp at the beach, it has to be in the summer, otherwise it can be rainy and wet.

I live in Oregon. About 2 hours to the beach one way and 2 hours to the mountain, the other. Smack dab in the valley and I love it. I also happen to be about 10 minutes back roads from the number one tourist attraction in Oregon. What is it? Our Premium Outlets. Sad day that it's not the beach, Crater Lake, or Mt. Hood. It's shopping. Lol.

When I'm not subbing, then I'm working on TpT stuff. Now that I've met Amy from TpT, I'm even prouder to be part of the family that has such a passion for teachers. My favorite part about it (besides designing the covers) is that my stuff is being used by kiddos all over! I still think that's the coolest thing.

Now I brought along with me a little freebie for you all and it's back to school themed! And it can only be found here on Owl-ways Be Inspired!

dice roll

You may know, if you follow my blog, that I love helping teachers be prepared for subs and this is a great thing to have in your sub tub/box/bin. Or it can be something that you have for the first week of school as an early finisher/fun math thing. 

All you have to do is make a copy (or a few) and grab some dice. There is something about dice that the kiddos just love.

I love these activities because they are simple and fun! With Roll and Race!, students partner up and each have a different color. They roll they die and color that many spots in. The color with the most spots filled, wins. You can even go a step further and have them tally which number rolls the most.

Roll and Draw allows them to design a picture. 

And Roll and Cover, they roll two dice and cover up the sum, so they have to do some addition. 

dice roll

Click here to grab it or click on either of the pictures!

So, there it is, my freebie just for you guys! I hope you enjoy it and that it helps make life just a bit easier when you go back to school. Talk to you soon!


  1. Thank YOU, Thank YOU, Thank YOU....for creating this grade-level blog site and for sharing all your ideas, tips and FREEBIES!!!

    There are a lot of AWESOME blog sites out there, but I don't always have the time to visit them all. Now, "OWL" just make a quick stop here. :)

    Hoot Hoot! Debra

  2. Very cool! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to checking out your blog!
    Teaching 3rd with Mr. G
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  3. I love this!! It will be perfect for the first week of school and to keep in my math stations. Thank you so much for sharing :)
    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second

  4. Cute freebie! I am definitely planning to use this the first couple of days of school LOVE it! Thanks so much!


  5. Thanks so much for the Dice Activities! Love it!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  6. Thanks so much Tanja! These are great activities for the beginning of the year and I know my kiddos will love them!

    Swimming into Second

  7. Thank you for the freebie, Tanja! I've always enjoyed reading your posts as a sub and now as a teacher. :) Very cute back to school activities that will help me be prepared for the beginning of the year!

    Cheers To School

  8. Thanks for the freebie! It'll be perfect for the first few days of school!

  9. I love, love, love your back to school freebie. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  10. Thank you! I love the drawing idea. So fun:)

  11. You have outdone yourself again! I ♥love this, I can't wait to use it the first week!!!
    Thanks a bunch,
    Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!
    Fern Smith's Pinterest Boards!

  12. these are awesome! I love this idea!

  13. Thank you so much for these freebies -- these will work awesomely for my second grade bilingual kiddos! Love it!

    Bitty Bilinguals

  14. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these!!! :) Thanks for sharing!

    Live Laugh and Love to Learn

  15. Thank you! These will be perfect for the beginning of the school year!

  16. Thanks for the freebie. I follow your blog and love the collaboration on this blog also. I plan on using this activity during the first few days. I love any activity that involves dice. This activity will allow me to model and teach dice rules.


  17. Mrs. T, as usual you are amazing! Thank you!!


  18. I gave the Roll and Cover pages to my 3rd graders today. They LOVED it. I wish you had some more! Such a great idea!


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