Desktop Organizer Tutorial

A few weeks ago I made this desktop organizer for my computer.  My son would always give me a difficult time when he would see my computer.  I would download things and just leave it on my desktop until I got a chance to look it over or print it for my classroom.  Needless to say, my computer desktop was a big mess!  I should have taken a snapshot of what it looked like before but I would have been too embarrassed.  Here is a picture of what it looks now.  The adorable clip art is from Melonheadz.

It is really easy too make if you are familiar with creating things in PowerPoint.

Step 1:  First you need to go to your control panel on your computer.  I know you are asking yourself why?  You need to know the dimensions of your computer display.  This is an important step or otherwise your desktop will be too small or distorted.

Step 2:  For my computer, I need to go to the Appearance and Personalization tab and go where it says adjust screen resolution.

Step 3:  This is where you will get the dimensions of your display.  It will probably be in pixels.

Step 4:  Convert the pixels into inches.  Here is a website that will do it for you.  All you need to do is insert the pixels and it will convert it to inches.  Go to

Step 5:  Open  a blank PowerPoint.  On the top you will need to go to the Design tab and to the right where it will say slide size.  Go to the bottom for custom size.  This is where you will put the numbers in from step 3.

Step 6:  Now you are ready to create your slide for your desktop.  When you are finished creating your slide, save it as a PowerPoint and save as a JPEG.  The JPEG picture is what you will need.  Go to your picture that your created, right click on the picture and set as background.  Now that I have the template made, I can easily change the colors and clip art whenever I want to change the background on my computer.  

I am linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics.  


Teachers Pay Teachers Conference

I am linking up With A Burst of First to give you the highlights of my Vegas trip.  It was a whirlwind of a trip beginning with the Teacher/Blogger Meet-Up hosted by What the Teacher Wants.  I got to meet many amazing bloggers and had an amazing time!

The first half of the conference my phone was dead so I didn't get as many pictures as I wanted.  I learned many things from the sessions that I attended.  I was able to met Jen Jones from Hello Literacy and Rachel Lynette.  I did snap some pictures from the conference but spent most of my time talking to fellow bloggers.

My evenings were spent enjoying the sights of Vegas.  I put in twenty dollars into the video poker machine and doubled my money.  I stopped while I was ahead.  Needless to say, I am not a big gambler.

Going to the fine restaurants in Vegas is one of my favorite things to do. 

It is always fun to go out of town, but I missed my furry babies.  This is the first time I have been out of town since I adopted them.  My son thought I was crazy when I called and told him to put me on speaker so I could talk to them. The minute they heard my voice, their tails started wagging.  


Back To School Math

I just finished my Back to School Math  packet for second grade. It can be used throughout the school year for extra math practice to reinforce the skills that have been taught in class. 
2nd Grade Math

Skills that are covered in this packet include:
Simple Addition and Subtraction
Missing Addends
Adding 3 Numbers
Fact Families
Expanded Families
Place Value
Comparing Numbers
10 More/10 Less
100 More/100 Less
Word Problems
2-Step Word Problems
Length Word Problems
2-Digit Addition and Subtraction
3-digit Addition and Subtraction
Skip Counting
Ordering Numbers
Telling Time
Counting Money
Money Word Problems

Click on the picture above and it will take you to my TPT store.  Click on preview for your free Back to School Math Freebie .

I had requests for my Back to School PowerPoint.  It is editable so you can make it to fit your rules and procedures.

I hope you are having a relaxing summer!

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