TpT Teacher-Authors are finishing the year strong with 20 brand new milestone achievers. You’ll find 10 of those Teacher-Authors right here, showcasing everything from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities to math and literacy resources to winter-themed fun. Plenty of great ideas and inspiration for your 2015 classroom. Be sure to also head over to our Finish 2014 Strong With December Milestones: Part 2 post to learn all about 10 more magnificent milestone achievers.

10 December Milestone Achievers: Finishing 2014 Strong

1. Hello Becky Castle – The Barefoot Teacher from Illinois

Try her: Morning Work, Daily Work, Homework – Common Curriculum Everyday (January) – FREE

Her tip: “Try a free sample of my monthly Common Curriculum Everyday packs, using the link above! These daily math, literacy, and writing activity sheets were made with the Common Core Standards in mind, to be independent practice sheets for students doing morning work, homework, center work, or for use in any other way you choose!”


2. Congrats, Kalena Baker from South Carolina

Try her: Fractions

Her tip: “The fraction standards in Common Core are some of the most potentially frustrating standards for students at the elementary age. This fraction product provides scaffolding that guides students into a true understanding of fractions, as well as several activities that make fractions more fun!”


3. Susan Morrow is awesome in Montgomery, Alabama

Try her: Snowflake Bentley: A Winter Themed Unit Integrating Literature and Science

Her tip: “Use biographies to teach about individuals who have made great contributions to the world and have demonstrated character traits like persistence, dealing with failure, and overcoming obstacles. This Snowflake Bentley literature guide is filled with activities about the science of snowflakes and the life of the first man to successfully photograph them. It accompanies the Caldecott award-winning book, Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin.”


4. Just great, Stacy from Georgia — she’s Funky Fresh Firsties

Try her: 8 Famous African Americans Unit

Her tip: “The Famous African American packs in my store help ensure you’re ready for Black History Month and are also great for any other time of the year. Check out the reading passages, comprehension checks, coloring pages, graphic organizers, and pages for your interactive notebooks. Learning about famous African Americans should be fun and engaging… and that’s what you’ll find in my store!”


5. Brilliant, Barbara Evans from Champaign, IL

Try her: Poetry Possibilities – Winter

Her tip: “Because I’m passionate about poetry, I use it daily as a vehicle for teaching content and skills. Each poem in this unit has a teaching point and a number of ‘possibilities’ (skill lessons and activities) designed just for it. The poetry and possibilities accommodate a range of reading abilities, thus providing easy differentiation for the teacher. It’s just possible that you and your students will become poetry lovers, too!”


6. From California, it’s Miss V’s Speech World

Try her: Social Skills Group Curriculum – 40 Lessons, 252 Activities – HFA ASD Elementary

Her tip: “I think my Social Skills Curriculum is the most useful and comprehensive item in my store. It’s designed to allow the user to jump right into a social skills lesson and features many ready-to-use activities that require minimal prep.”


7. Meet Mary Hopkins from Sierra Madre, CA

Try her: Martin Luther King 32-Page Thematic Lesson Plans Booklet

Her tip: “Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 19th. Celebrate with our 32-page unit featuring: reading comprehension, ‘The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.,’ MLK ‘I have a dream’-theme book report form, alphabetizing, sequencing, sentence construction, manuscript and cursive handwriting practice, editing/proofreading practice, poem for choral reading with matching finger puppets, and creative writing prompts.

Math includes: numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, basic facts/color page, ordered pairs, and higher-level thinking word problems.

Other pages include: January calendar and calendar notes, MLK word search, scrambled word puzzle, MLK state of Georgia page, recipe for hush puppies, MLK punctuation review, fill-in-the-blanks, MLK secret code, paper brad art, word search with MLK background study, two Washington, D.C. pages, and a crossword puzzle.”


8. Wonderful in Washington, it’s Stories by Storie

Try her: Spelling Worksheets Bundle

Her tip: “When it’s time for spelling, students need a variety of engaging tasks to practice their words. This pack includes 21 different tasks for any list of 10 words. Nearly all of the tasks have editable files, which you can personalize with your own list of spelling words and save for future use. You can pick and choose which pages to use with your students each week to keep it interesting and fresh. Another idea is to print off multiple copies without the list of words, place at a center, and offer student choice.”


9. Let’s hear it for Las Vegas’ Susan Johlfs — School Bells N Whistles

Try her: Sentence Helpers-Emergent Writers or Special Ed

Her tip: “Use colored pencils or markers to circle the words when using this resource to help organize your sentence-building!”


10. Huzzah for Karen from Annandale, NJ! She’s MsRazz ChemClass

Try her: Lesson Plan Bundle: Atomic Structure

Her tip: “This lesson plan bundle is one of my most downloaded resources from my TpT store. It features great graphics, organization, and easy-to-follow lessons that will ensure students understand the content with ease.”


We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about these terrific Teacher-Authors and their unique resources — head over here for more! We’ve more than doubled our Milestone Achievers in 2014 as TpT continues to celebrate educators and their efforts! Now you can keep in touch via Instagram at @TeachersPayTeachers.