I also used these to do a great activity with my kiddos today. I introduced each poster, taped them up all around the room and then gathered up some different non-fiction books I had in the room (dictionary, weekly reader, biography and just normal non-fiction books). I would project a part of the book (a text feature) on the SmartBoard using the Elmo and my students would walk and stand in front of the poster that identified the text feature. They loved it and compared it to 4 corners.
Also, I had an e-mail from a sweet follower asking how to make a preview. I wondered the SAME thing when I started making things for TPT and there seemed like there wasn't a tutorial anywhere to be found. I'm not good enough to take and edit a video so I figured I would just post the steps on how I make a preview. I'm sure that some do it differently, but this works for me!
*Let me say that I use a Mac and Microsoft Office 2011. I am pretty sure the steps are similar in other versions of Office but they may differ slightly*
1. Make your packet in PowerPoint. I always used word until I found out I could change the orientation of PowerPoint (page layout) and now I only use PowerPoint since it lets me move things around so much easier. If you want to copy and past something you made in word to PP, make sure you copy it and then select PASTE SPECIAL or it won't have the right formatting.
2. Save your created PowerPoint presentation as a JPEG, not a PowerPoint presentation. You can change this when you click SAVE. This is in the same spot where you would usually save it as a PDF. There is a drop down menu. This works so much better than a screenshot, since screenshots usually end up being fuzzy. This will save each slide as a picture, I usually put it on the desktop so they're easy to retrieve.
4. Open the folder where you saved the pictures of each slide. Drag and drop the pictures you saved from your presentation into the new presentation.
5. Resize the pictures until they look how you would like. You can rearrange them to bring them forward or send them behind other pictures by right-clicking and choosing ARRANGE.
6. Once you have finalized the slide, save it again as a JPEG.
7. Upload the JPEG preview to TPT or your blog.
If that is confusing or you would like more clarification, just let me know. Feel free send this link to anyone who is also wondering how to make a preview!