Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Place Value {Quick Tip}

Hey, long lost blog friends! Hope everyone has had a fabulous spring break and a blessed Easter! 
We are in the home stretch now!!!! 

Here is a quick change that I implemented this year and it has made a WORLD of difference with my firsties understanding of place value! I saw this tip on Pinterest many moons ago, but when I went back to try to find the source, I didn't have it pinned and a quick search left me empty handed. If you know who to credit, let me know!

Instead of using straws to count the number of days in school, use place value tens towers and ones cubes! Is that not GENIUS?!

Even though we don't formally explore place value until late winter/early spring in first grade, the kiddos see ten ones cubes being traded for a ten tower on the 10th day of school! By the time we started studying place value, they had seen this trade about 10 times! I swear, y'all, it has made the BIGGEST difference in my firsties understanding of place value! 

Easy change, big impact! LOVE!

My favorite Place Value resource is from Cara Carroll - check it out!

Have a great week, y'all!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Three Million STRONG Sale!!!

Y'all!! I can't believe TpT is three MILLION{?!?} teachers strong!! How amazing is that??

My shopping cart is FULL to the brim and ready to check out on Thursday!! This sale is Thursday AND Friday, February 27 and 28. 

Click below to head to my store!
Happy shopping…and SAVING!

I LOVE this clip art from WhimsyClipArt - check her cuteness out! 
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

FB Giveaway!!

Its Hump Daaaay, friends! 
It is coooold here in Bama! We are bracing for another snow storm…we are going on our fifth snow day! In my nine years of teaching, we have NEVER had so many snow days!! I am loving it! :)

It is time for another giveaway on Facebook! I would really like to post more on Facebook! It's quick, easy, and you can see pics and get info just like on the blog! What's not to love?! :)

Click on the f to head over to my Facebook page for a chance to win my newest TpT unit: Now Showing {long vowel o ~ oa, ow} Word Work. 

LIKE the page and COMMENT for a chance to win! 

I am planning a 100 FB follower giveaway!! 
Thanks for the likes, friends!! 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Facebook Giveaway!

Happy Sunday, friends! 
Hope y'all have enjoyed your weekend! Lots of relaxing and going out to eat - my perfect weekend! :)

My next few giveaways will be on Facebook! I would really like to post more on Facebook! It's quick, easy, and you can see pics and get info just like on the blog! 

Click on the f to head over to my Facebook page for a chance to win my newest TpT unit: Tweet, Tweet {long vowel e ~ ea, ee} Word Work and my newest updated unit: Cherry Pie {long vowel i ~ ie, igh, y} Word Work!!!

LIKE the page and COMMENT for a chance to win! 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!!! 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Roll and Write {January} Giveaway!

Happy 2014, friends! Hope you had fun ringing in the new year {if you stayed awake ;)}! 
I just LOVE the new year!! The fresh new start, the goal setting, the organizing!!! I am SO like Monica on friends! Organizing makes me HAPPY! I even have a 'Monica closet' in my house! Did you see the episode of Friends where Monica has a locked closet and they all try to get in to it…only to find that is stuffed FULL of stuff! My house is neat…but be careful opening the Monica closet under my stairs…things may fall on you! :)

I am SO excited that is fiiiinally Juanuary! Can't wait for this new season! 

And in other news, I just started watching Revenge on Netflix and I am OBSESSED. Where have I been???????????

With the new year comes new products! One of my all time favorite items in my classroom is DICE! You may have caught on to this with my Roll and Read and Roll and Graph units! :) 
Next in the line up is Roll and Write

Around this time of year, I feel like Work on Writing in Daily Five is getting a little stale!  My kiddos are very comfortable with the nonfiction can-have-are graphic organizers in my Write On! {Nonfiction} Graphic Organizers and Paper. They are comfortable with the Opinion graphic organizers and all of the writing papers used in our units of study in the fall. 
I like to introduce a lot of new materials to use in Work in Writing spring semester…but nothing too complicated or that requires a ton of directions! Roll and Write fits this bill! 

Spice up your writing time with Roll and Write! All you need is a die, a color or black and white copy of the Roll and Write January page, and a Roll and Write printable writing paper. 
Your kiddos will roll the die and write about what they rolled. 

This activity pack includes:

6 picture cards {3 black and white, 3 color}

6 sentence starter cards {3 black and white, 3 color}

7 writing pages {1 graphic organizer, 3 with handwriting lines, 3 with regular lines}

Comment below with your favorite soup and your email for a chance to win one of three copies of this unit! I am all about some soup these days! 
We are delayed two hours in the morning due to the 'Arctic Blast!' 
I am off to watch another episode of Revenge! :)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holiday Party ideas

Hi, friends! Only 13 days til Christmas!! This month is flying by!!! 
Our holiday party is next week! Would love to hear what you will be doing in your rooms!

We have one hour for our party. I like to do stations! I have done a gingerbread theme the past few years to go along with our Flat Gingerbread project! 

We will have 4 {15 minute} stations:

Station One: Gingerbread Cookie Decorating
Pretty standard!  Cookies and kids! No brainer :)

Station Two: Pin the Nose on the Gingerbread
OLD SCHOOL! My kiddos absolutely loved this last year! Good ole blindfold, spin your partner round and round, and let them have at it! Lots of laughs at this one!

Station Three: Gingerbread Sticker House
This is the BEST party craft, hands down! No hot glue guns, never ending 0.00001 inch foam pieces that DON'T STICK with Elmer's glue!! Love, love these from Oriental Trading!

Station Four: Book Exchange
I ask each student to bring a wrapped $5.00 book marked TO BOY or TO GIRL. I have my groups in groups of girls and groups of boys. The kiddos sit in a circle. A parent reads a gingerbread book and every time they say the word gingerbread, the kiddos pass the book to the next person. At the end of the story, you keep the book you have!

What are your tried and true party tips? 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Opinion Writing Freebie

Happy TG-almost-F!!! 
We are headed to the farm for a field trip tomorrow, so today was our last school day this week! :) The farm is my most fave trip of the year - it is so much fun! It will be in the low 60s here in Alabama - perfect fun fall weather!

We started our Opinion writing unit this week! 
With the implementation of the Common Core standards, firsties must now write an opinion piece. 

CCSS ELA-Literacy W.1.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion and provide some sense of closure. 

Here are a few popular opinion texts:

This week, we started with Hey, Little Ant! LOVE this book!!! 
It sparks such precious conversation with littles and their sweet hearts of gold! 

Here are some awesome printables I found to use with 
Hey, Little Ant!

LOVE this creativity from sweet Cara!

We used this paper from Dots and Spots to help us organize our ideas!

Here is a little freebie with pictures of the mentor texts and four generic printables to use with TOPIC or TEXT. 

***Legend of the Five Corn Kernels update - 
Several friends have asked me to repost this activity to TpT. I decided to take it off TpT this summer due to copyright reasons. I don't want to have any resources that I didn't create…I obviously did not make up this little lesson! Here is a link to a blog that features The Legend of the Five Corn Kernels. 
So sorry to disappoint! :(

Hope you have a fab Friday and a wonderful weekend! 
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