Friday, February 27, 2015

It's Friday! It's Friday!


I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the famous Five for Friday!
I hope you all had a fantastic week!

We finally celebrated our 100th day of school. 
100 exercises. 
100 red solo cups to build a tower. 
100 words. 
Counting, counting, counting. 
We had so much fun!!!

The album for the wedding that my partner and I photographed in October came in.
It is GORGEOUS!!!!
Thank you Graphi Studio!!!


We have been trying out the recipes in the back of REAL SIMPLE magazine. 
I haven't had one I don't like yet...and I am PICKY!!!

They tell what kind of a meal it is...gluten free, vegan, etc.
So easy!!!

I got in the pool yesterday!
It was the first time since...well, I really don't remember!
I loved it!
It's just like falling off a bike, right?

I made it a full week!
And the days are getting longer. 
Spring...please come soon!

Have a wonderful day!

Follow on Bloglovin

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

TpT Sale up to 28% OFF

Head on over to my TpT store.
Everything is on sale!!!!

Woo Hoo!
I am going to empty my wishlist and cart today!!! :)

Have a wonderful day!

Follow on Bloglovin

Friday, February 6, 2015

True/False Math Game/Activity

I am so excited to share this with you. 
We use Investigations in our school. I LOVE< LOVE>LOVE it!
There are many times in first grade when True/False activities come up. 
I don't think my firsties are that ready for it when it shows up. 
So, I created a product to help introduce True/False and practice the skill. 
My firsties know how to do this in a snap after working with this. :)
They LOVE it!

Students place all pieces face up. Student one chooses numbers to make an equation (either true or false) and places them on the sheet. Student two makes a decision whether it is true or false and chooses a T or F card. Both students decide if the answer is correct and record it on the recording sheet.

There are also practice sheets available. 

And some extension sheets. 

Head on over to grab it. 
Just for today, it's on SALE!

Have a wonderful day!

Follow on Bloglovin

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Love, Love, Love Freebie Valentine's Day Unit

Have you checked out my Valentine's Day Unit?
74 pages of FUN!!!!

Included in this unit:
February Song
Ordinal Numbers Match
Sweet Heart Graph
Graph Results
Making SweetHearts
Letter Writing
Poetry and Writing Paper
Making Words
Recording Sheets for both
I LOVE... (Five Senses)
Valentine Math Problems
I have. Who has?
Guess My Number
Valentine Patterns
Fact Families (11-20)
Color By Sight Word (A Listening Activity)
Bossy E
Recording Sheet
Real Words/Nonsense Words
Recording Sheet

Click on any of the pictures to head to my TpT shop and download. 
You could be set for next week! :)

I hope you enjoy it! 
Have a wonderful day!!!

Follow on Bloglovin

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Product Swap with The Weekly Sprinkle

 I am so excited to be linking up again for another product swap with Melissa from Jungle Learners.

Jungle Learners

I am so lucky!
I was matched with Ashley from The Weekly Sprinkle.
Just to tell you a little about Ashley:
1. She is so stinkin' cute!
2. Her writing is fabulous!
3. She LOVES her "littles"!

Interview with Ashley…
Me: "What are three things you like to do outside of school?"

Ashely: "Thrifting (may have just made that up)
I love to root through thrift stores and swap shops looking for a great deal."
I love to be outside at the beach or by the creek with my family. We are definitely all beach bums!"
I am a total do-it-yourself kind of girl. I am willing to try everything from computers, construction, crafts, and seeing. Anything crafty and I love it!"

Me: "What are three things you like about school?"

Ashley: "Kids
I am genuinely a person who loves kids and especially how funny and entertaining they can be!"
I love how each day you never know what you are going to get! There is always something new and fun to teach or the kids make it different and exciting, but each day is something new."
I am really a nerd and love learning. I think it is my type A personality, but how everything seems to come full circle and connect to other things just makes me happy!"

First of all…I want to be in Ashley's class. 
Second…I want Ashley to come and teach in my school. :)

I chose Ashley's Common and Proper Nouns PPT and Printables.

The PowerPoint is so easy to follow and fun to do on the SmartBoard.
My firsties loved going up to circle and cross out proper and common nouns. 

Another part of the powerpoint has some common and proper nouns to identify. I had the students stand if it was a proper noun (uppercase letter) and squat if it was a common noun (lowercase letter). It was a good way to get them moving. 

They loved the sheets that were available for reteaching/extension/practice. 

There are a variety of papers to print out to practice common and proper nouns.

I had been teaching this the week before. Ashley's powerpoint and papers helped my firsties to really understand and practice hands on activities to get it into their brains. 
They get it now! :)

So, now that you know all about the product… here's a chance to win it!!!

Don't forget to head on over to Ashley's blog to see her swap product. 
It's Still Winter (Math Common Core Standards)
You could win it or it is on sale until Tuesday!!!

Follow on Bloglovin

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Today I had two meetings. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. I was only in the classroom for about an hour and a half.
Our first meeting was a data meeting. We went over our AIMSweb results and discussed who needed to be serviced and pulled out of the classroom and who would benefit from staying in the classroom and not be pulled out for services.

Who uses AIMSweb?
We are thinking about moving to STAR. We are already using STAR in second through fourth grade.
Who uses STAR in Kindergarten and first grade.

I think the whole school should be on the same assessment system, but I am not sure how STAR will work for my littles.

My second meeting was our Writing Committee.
We are working on our K-4 writing curriculum. Last week we gave a benchmark assessment for each grade. We used Informational Writing in all grades. It was very interesting to see all the different writing that came in and what we did as administrators of the test.

Everyone of us gave little hints, guidance, modeling, or something else in addition to the script we were suppose to read. It is so hard to sit back and let them "be". We all know we have to do it in order to get the best and most reliable results, but it is soooooo hard!

We discussed how the assessment worked, how we could tweak the rubric to fit our school's needs, and what we needed to do next.

When we meet next, we are going to go over some of the writing pieces together, choose some samples for the school, and score them.

Two meaningful meetings in one day! Woot Woot!!!

Have a wonderful day!

Follow on Bloglovin

Monday, January 26, 2015

Morning Meeting Greetings and Activities

Do you do Morning Meeting?
Whether you use the Responsive Classroom approach in your classroom or you just use Morning Meeting, I have some information for you.
Are you tired of the same old greetings and activities?

Help us out! What do you do for Morning Meeting? What is your favorite greeting or activity? What works for you?

Take a look at this article on the Responsive Classroom Website.

After I took Responsive Classroom 1, I was so energized about Morning Meeting. This enthusiasm carried on for months and months. :)
Then you come to a time when you are trying and trying to think of what to do for the greeting and activity. Here is my thinking sometimes, "let's just do an elbow greeting because there is so much stuff going around in the classroom.". I am not saying that the elbow greeting is nothing, but if I am feeling this way about the greeting, how are my firsties feeling?

I have a Pinterest Board just about Responsive Classroom stuff.
Check it out here.

The other thing that I have to remember is that the "typical sharing" is AWESOME, but there are so many other ways to share.
I will be discussing that tomorrow. :)

Have a wonderful day!

Follow on Bloglovin

Sunday, January 25, 2015

My Alphabet Exchange…Finally

This is the third year I have participated in Chirssy's, First Grade Found Me, Alphabet Exchange.
This is so much fun! Sometimes I think I have more fun going to my mailbox each day to see if we got any letters. :)

Here is how I displayed them this year. I added the class and where they were from beneath. My firsties love to look again and again at where they are from.

We had so much fun doing this project.

We got the letter Q this year. After much deliberation, we decided on Queen. :) The kiddos had a lot of fun decorating their tiaras and using GLITTER!!!! Yes, we did it. That dreaded material. I know it's a mess, but they LOVE it!

We sent a little letter about our class and school district. I really enjoy hearing about all the different schools. 

I can't wait to do it again next year!
Thanks Chrissy for all your HARD work!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Follow on Bloglovin


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Animated Social Gadget - Blogger And Wordpress Tips