Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Small Groups and Sequencing

Small group instruction didn't look fancy in my room today, but there sure was a ton of learning going on. We worked on the short e sound.  We started out writing short e words on our white boards and transitioned into sentence writing.  I gave them a short e word and they used the word in a sentence.  In the pictures below, we were using the word bed in a sentence.

Next week, we will be reading "Gus Takes the Train" in our Journeys reader.  I whipped up a sequencing activity for my students to do at one of our centers while I work with small groups.  It is shown below.  I will laminate and cut out the 4 sequence cards.  Students will sequence them in the correct order and then write the sentences on their recording sheet.  If you would like a copy of this activity, just click on the picture below.
Clip art courtesy of My Cute Graphics.

If you are looking for other word work activities for your students to do at centers for this story, you can check out my packet on TpT by clicking on the picture below.

Happy Teaching!


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I Have to Share!

Holy Cow!  I can't seem to find any time to squeeze in a moment to blog.  My hat is off to all you bloggers that can find the time to blog every week and I even follow a couple of bloggers that keep up with two blogs AND have their own young families!  Ah-maz-ing!!!!!  

We are starting week three in my classroom.  And let me say that I have a great group of kiddos!.  I have some kids with BIG hearts this year.  LOVE!

I'm curious if there are any Texas bloggers out there that are having to follow the TEKS Resource System Year at a Glance?  We are this year and it has been a  little LOT crazy around here trying to get all our adopted classroom resources aligned and find resources to supplement with when our adopted series doesn't cover a particular TEK in a certain six weeks.

For those of you who don't have a clue what I am talking about, it is a vertically aligned document (K-12) that is a map of the entire year's instructional plan and a pacing guide for units of study.  It puts our TEKS (standards) in a particular order to be taught throughout the year. Here is a snapshot of the first two six weeks of math:

There is a point to this conversation.  I want to share some things I have recently purchased on TpT that are saving my life right now.

One of my favorites is Reagan Tunstall's Guided Math First Grade Units 1-9 Bundle.  Her product has all the TEKS (and common core if use that) right on each activity.  Her product is not aligned exactly with the YAG we are using, but it has been super easy to grab exactly what I need out of it to match up with what I am teaching.
Since our school uses Go Math, I haven't used many of the whole group lessons, but I am eating up her small group lessons.  They are fantastic.  Here are a few pictures of us in action.

Another product I am loving is Miss Giraffe's Short Vowels.  When I do literacy groups, I have one group working with me, one group at centers and one group at seat work.  Her short vowel sheets are PERFECT for seat work and cover many ELA TEKS.  Sorry I didn't get a picture of us doing this.  :(

One of my go-to people on TpT for science and social studies is Robin at Class of Kinders.  It is easy for me to go to her store and grab whatever activity I need to meet a TEK.  We used her Mapping My Classroom Pop-Up Activity and here are a couple of my student's completed maps of our classroom.

You can grab a copy of any of the products I mentioned by clicking on the names of their products.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

One Day Bonus Sale

TpT is having a one day boost sale!  I am super happy because my wish list is packed full of goodies.  Everything in my store is 20% off and you can use the code:  MORE15 to get up to 28% off!

Happy Shopping!


Sunday, August 2, 2015

TpT Back to School Sale

Teacher Pay Teachers will be having their back to school sale on August 3rd and 4th.  All my products will be on sale at 20% off and you can get up to 28% off by entering the code BTS15.
You can go directly to my store by clicking on the banner below.

I got the cute sale banner from Tales from a Very Busy Teacher :)

Happy Shopping Everyone!


Monday, May 4, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Sale

Teacher Pay Teachers will be having their Teacher Appreciation Sale on May 5 and 6.  Most stores will be discounted 20% including mine and you can get an additional 10% off using the promo code: ThankYou 

Happy Shopping!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Work Work Freebie (er, ir, ur)

Do your students need more work on the sounds er, ir and ur?  Mine did so I made a couple of activities for my students to work on at their desk so I could work with small groups during my reading group rotations. 

Click on any picture below to grab yourself a free copy!

Happy Teaching!


Monday, November 3, 2014

Pumpkins, Witches, and Ghosts, Oh my!

Halloween and Red Ribbon week, aka "survival of the fittest" week, is over.  Can I get an amen?  
The whole week was filled with a whole lot of craziness, and yet, we somehow managed to get in some learning.  I was completely exhausted when I left school Friday and I took a 3 hour nap on Saturday to prove it. 

  We read some nonfiction books about pumpkins and then made this whole group circle map to help us get our ideas flowing for our pumpkin writing. 

We made the little jack-o-lantern craft shown below to display our writing.

We also made this life cycle anchor chart that students could refer to throughout the week.

We did a little bubbling boo and popping pumpkin experiment that the kids loved.  I got this idea from Crystal Underwood and you can get get more detailed directions for this activity HERE.

We also weighed and measured mini pumpkins.

The day before Halloween, we read this fun book:

After hearing the book twice, the students were able to do a sequencing activity easily and we attached it to the cute witch craft shown below that I got from April Larremore HERE.

And y'all, we did another writing on Halloween.  If you have taught elementary for very long, then you know how hard it is for kids to focus ON HALLOWEEN. {Can I get another amen?}
 Students had to write three reasons they liked Halloween and then we made the ghost trick or treater to display with our writing.  The ghost came from TLC lessons.  I added the little orange trick or treat bag to the craft that I got from My Cute Graphics.

My team dressed as M&M's for Halloween.

I am really glad Halloween week is over.  Really glad.

 Happy Teaching everyone!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Do Worms Like Light?

We recently did a science investigation to see if worms like light.
We started by graphing our predictions.  

Each student got a paper plate, a worm and a flashlight.  They had to shine the light on the worm taking care not to follow the worm with the light if it began to move. 
 (we had a discussion about this prior to the investigation and we discussed that if the worm moved away from the light and we followed it with the light, then we were not letting the worm make the choice)

Every student's worm moved out of the light so our conclusion was that worms do not like light.

If you would like a copy of the investigation sheet we used to record our observations on, you can grab it at this old blog post.

I want to share a fabulous find I found while on pinterest.  See the tubs that are holding my student's place value blocks in the picture below.     Worth.Every.Penny.

Those little jewels can be found at Dollar Tree.  
Here is the original blog post so you can grab the cute little labels too:

Happy teaching friends!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Farfaria app and a Giveaway

I have been using the Farfaria app in my classroom for a couple of weeks now and I must say that my students are loving it! What I love about this app is that your students have access to over 750 stories and 5 new stories are added weekly.  Every story can be read aloud to the student with a Read-to-Me feature.   

We were learning about spiders this past week so I made several spider stories available for my students to read.  

Students can also explore on their own and make choices about the books they want to read.  Here, one of my students is in the "explore" section of the app where he can choose the type of book he wants to read.  For example, he can choose from adventures, fairy tales, make believe, and classics to name a few. 

I used this as a center this week and told the students they had to use Farfaria during their center time.  
During the day, I also let my early finishers use the ipad and noticed that most of them were revisiting this app time and time again.

In the picture below, I have shown a couple of stories that I will definitely be using in the future.  "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" will go perfectly with the story "Jack and the Wolf" that is in our Journey's basil.  I will be having my students compare and contrast the two stories.  We will also be using the story "Ben Franklin and the Kiteboard" when we do our Ben Franklin study. 

You can download Farfaria for free and read one story per day for free with no obligation to pay by clicking on the picture below OR keep reading to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a free 3 month subscription to Farfaria.
Farfaria has graciously allowed me to give away one 3 month subscription to their app.  You can enter below.  The contest runs through Saturday Oct. 12 and the winner will be announced on Sunday.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you don't win the giveaway, Farfaria offers unlimited access to 750+ stories starting at just $4.99 per month.
(I noticed while visiting the app store about this product that they have a life time app fee of $49.99 which I think is great for teachers.)

Follow the links below for more information about Farfaria:

Happy Teaching Friends!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Apple Science

We have been learning about inquiry skills in science.  Today, we used our inquiry skills to do a little apple investigation.

Students used a balance to measure weight 
using non-standard units. 

 They then measured the circumference of the apple with a string.

Then they measured the length of 
their string with non-standard units .

They recorded their information on their recording sheets.
FYI:  I purchased the balance clip art from The 3 am Teacher 
and I got the linking cube clip art free from Charlotte's Clips.

If you would like a copy of the recording sheet, then click on the picture above.

Happy teaching friends!!!!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teachers Pay Teachers Boost Sale!!!!!!

Have you heard the BIG news?  TpT is having another back to school sale tomorrow! Everything in my store will be 20% off AND you can save an additional 10% using the TpT code BOOST at checkout.

The cute button above was made by For His Glory.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Working in the classroom

Our official first day of school with the students is August 25.  Faculty goes back tomorrow (*SIGH*) with meetings all week and "Meet the Teacher" on Thursday.

I have been working on and off in the classroom for the past two weeks. We've had to come up with some storage ideas since we will be team teaching this year.  My team teacher, Tammy Riggan, came up with this crate idea for storing our books.
I put 4 desks in a little pod.  My morning class will get one color crate and my afternoon class will get the other color crate.  To manage kids all trying to get books at once, I put a colored dot on each desk (blue, green, yellow, red) and each day a different color will be in charge of passing out books.  

As you can see in the next picture, the books are heavy and causing the crates to bow in the middle, so I will be turning these horizontal so they can sit on the floor.

I used zip ties to attach the crates.

My sweet friend, Tammy, got creative this summer and made all the first grade teachers a super cute name hanger for our doors.  How cute is this?

For all my teacher friends out there:
picture source:  Aesthetic Outburst Blog