Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sunday Super Sale!

I'm throwing a sale!  Everything in my store will be 20% off.  Join me and many other fabulous TpT sellers on Sunday, February 3, for some "super" savings!

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Here are just a few of my latest units - Click on the picture below to check it out!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Great Giveaway!

I just entered a great giveaway!
Lisa Mattes has reached 400 followers!  What an AWESOME accomplishment!  I'm just looking for 25. :)  
She has already helped me with some things on my blog and I am very grateful for her generosity!
Check it out for yourself - 

I hope I win! :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Grad School Homework = new TpT Unit!

Soooo, I'm sitting here doing homework for my LAST Masters class - did you hear me?  LAST class!!!!! Oh, sorry - I'm a little too excited!  Anyway, I was doing some homework and the mini-lesson I was putting together kept screaming "turn me into a TpT product!" so TADA! - Here's a new little game for you to check out!

Toss an Ending

Here's what's included:

Common Core Standard – 1st Grade - Language
L.4.c – Identify frequently occurring root words (e.g. look) and their inflectional form (e.g., looks, looked, looking).

Strategy– Identifying Root Words
Skill– using root words to decode and spell words.

Toss an Ending!

The student will pull a root-word card from the basket and then roll the die.  

The student will write the root word and the new word on their recording sheet.

Add an Ending!

The student will pull a root-word card from the basket and then write it on the recording sheet.

Then the student will write the word with each inflectional ending.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Informative/Exlpanatory Writing

I just finished and posted another informative/explanatory writing unit.  I'm working on taking some of our Social Studies standards and integrating them with writing.  Take a look!

What's Included:

The Wright Brothers – An Integrated Unit for 
Social Studies and Writing

Informative / Explanatory Writing
Common Core - 1.W.2
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic,
supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.

*Bubble Map, Topic-Facts-Closure Page, and Handwriting Pages

Social Studies:
Economics Literacy
Common Core Standard 2 - The student will describe
the characteristics of the American economic system.

3. Summarize how historic inventors and entrepreneurs contributed to the prosperity of the nation including Samuel F.B. Morse, John Deere, Alexander Graham Bell, Orville and Wilbur Wright, and Thomas Edison.

~Plus some centers extras!~

*Read and Write the Room Cards and recording sheet
*Making words
*Math – “Counting On” and “One More – One Less”

Feel free to download the preview on TpT to see more.

Have a great rest of the week!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

MLK + Winter Centers

Our 3 day weekend was really nice but back to business today!  We started our MLK unit and my firsties were sooooo excited!  We added MLK to our timeline, made a "smart art" of him and read our fluency stories with our 2nd grade buddies for the first time today.  It went really well and my kiddos were very excited to read with their new buddies.

All of the ideas came from the very talented Katie Knight's 13 American Heroes Unit.  Check it out below!

It is AmAzInG!!!!

Here are some of the centers we're working on this week.

Roll and Graph from my Winter Math Centers.

Winter writing stories - These are vocabulary cards and writing sheets taken from my Winter Literacy Centers and Winter Writing Centers Pack.

You can also check out my Winter Mega Pack which contain all 4 Winter units combined for a cheaper price.

Here's our MLK center for the week.  There are many books, pictures and past weekly readers for the students to read and discover.

We are working on Gladys' ABC order from her Peace and Dreams Unit.  

We are working Tally Marks for math also.  Here is a few cuties working with Kelly and Kim's Monster Cube Game.  Check it out here.

It's going to be another GREAT week - I'm excited!  Hope your's is productive!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Buddy Reading and MLK!

Oh my word, we were sooooo busy this week!  I totally forgot to take the pictures of centers I wanted to this week.  Oh well, I did manage to get a few of our buddy reading today.  On Friday's we do a comprehension page that goes along with our decodable readers.  The last few weeks I have let them read their stories and do the comprehension page together with their reading buddies.  They have really done a pretty good job of  working together and talking about the questions and answers together.

Next week is all about Martin Luther King Jr.!  He is one of my absolute favorite units to cover with my firsties!  Even in their naive little minds they totally do not understand how someone could treat another person that way.  They have such tender hearts about the subject of segregation.  I love reading all the books about him.  I will be using several pages from Gladys' unit - Peace and Dreams.  Check it out!  It's a great unit and I'm super excited to use it.  I know you will love it too!

Have a great weekend!  We get a 3 day weekend! ( I really need it to get caught up at school and home)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Super Psyched!

I am soooo super psyched about a new unit I bought!  I purchased Katie Knight's 13 American Heroes Packet and I am in AWE!  I love it!  
She has taken 13 American Heroes, given pictures and dates for you to make a timeline, written differentiated fluency stories, and some worksheets to go along with each.  I am pumped and I really think my firsties will LOVE it too!

I got my timeline up yesterday and we talked are talking about Johnny Appleseed this week as a practice (since we've already done a unit over him).  Next week will be the real thing starting with one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES to talk about - Martin Luther King Jr.
Here's a few pics of our timeline. (not the greatest of pics - I took them with my phone)

Here's Martin Luther King Jr. - ready for next week.

Here is Johnny Appleseed that we're "practicing" with this week.

I will put each Hero up as we get to them each week.

I talked to my daughter's teacher today (she's in 3rd grade) and she is going to "lend" me her class to be our reading buddies for the fluency stories.

PLEASE check out Katie's Unit - I know you will love it too!  (click on the image below)

Have a GREAT week!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

February Making Words

WOW! What a busy week!  I don't know about you, but this week seemed really long.

Next week is going to be a crazy week for me because I have to give the mid-year DIBELS to my kiddos.  UGHHHH!  I'd much rather be teaching but - oh well - comes with the job!

I did manage to create a new "making words" unit this weekend.  Check out my February Making Words Unit in my TpT store.  Here's a sneak preview.

Here's two sample pages:

Next week we will be learning about Polar Bears.  I created an Informative/Explanatory mini-writing unit to go along with Melvin and Gilda Berger's "Polar Bears Live on Ice"

Click on the picture below to snag your free copy.  

Please leave me some feedback and let me know how you liked it.  I'm working on some Social Studies units incorporated with writing that are similar to this one and would like to know your thoughts or suggestions.  Thanks and ENJOY!

Have a great rest of the weekend! (and stay warm!)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Back in the Groove w/Winter Fun!

Well, We've been back for 4 days now and are back in the groove!  We have been working hard on our Winter Centers.  Take a look!

Here is our word family snowman.  Matching the word buttons to the word family cap.
This is in my Winter Literacy Centers Unit.  Check it out here.

Here my students are working on compound words.  Matching word mittens to snowball words and pictures.  Check it out here.

The sweet firsties are working on our Roll and Graph Center.  It is part of my Winter Math Centers Unit.
Check it out here.

This is the 3 digit addition portion of the same unit.

This young lady is working on a page from my Winter Making Words Unit.
Check it out here.

I don't have any pictures yet, but we started on Snowman Writing with some pages from my Winter Writing Activities Unit.  Check it out here.

If you like what you see, I have all 4 units compiled into one Winter Mega-Pack Unit.  (It's cheaper to buy the Mega-Pack than each individual unit! :) )
Check it out here.

This cutie is working on Read and Write the Room.  We have -ow words this week for "snow"!

I hope you are enjoying your time back with your kiddo's!  I know I am.

It's definitely hard work but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE my job!

Have a great rest of the week!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Year's Fun!

Today was our first day back and my kiddos did an AWESOME job!  They worked really hard for me today!  We worked on a New Years packet I put together and they really enjoyed it.

Here's some highlights of what we did today.

I used Amy Murdock's Super-Cute templates that my students decorated and hung up.  Check it out here.

I used a few pages from Mrs. Key's New Year's Packet.  Check it out here.

I used Teach With Love and Laughter's Tens and Ones Mystery Picture.  Check it out here.

I finished up the day with a "Just for fun" book - Puppies in the Snow.  We found 10 adjectives describing the puppies in the book.  The kiddos really enjoyed it! 

I also just entered an awesome giveaway.  I hope I win!  Check it out!

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