Friday, August 26, 2011


Hello blogging fans!  TGIF!!!!  I am wanting to share a freebie with you this wonderful Friday!!  "Short Vowel Four in a Row" is a game that I use in my Word Work Center during the Daily 5.


Glue the game sheets side by side on a file folder then laminate to make a game board.  Laminate and cut out the game cards and peices.   Students shuffle and put cards face down.  The first player turns over the top card, reads it, then puts a counter chip  on the game board for the one that matches their card (there are 4 different colored chips). Each time a player has a turn, that player puts the card in a discard pile.  The first one to get 4 in a row (including diagonal) wins.
Wild Cards:
The Parrot is a wild card.  If a player turns over this card, they can go on any space.
The Blue Bird is also a wild card.  If a player turns over this card, they can remove one chip of their choice.

Now it's your turn to share a Freebie on Blog Hoppin!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Show off your classroom Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday!!!  Whew...only 2 more days!!  I love what is happening over at Blog Hoppin today!  Lots and lots of classrooms being showed off!!  Here is my classroom!  I had an earlier post on my Pirate themed classroom for FREE!  Click Here to see more.

 Now it's your turn.  Go to Blog Hoppin and link up today!  And yes, this time the link works.  Sorry about the others.  It was early in the morning!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Advice for New Teachers - Behavior!

Hey all!  We are in full swing with Teacher Week at Blog Hoppin.  I am inviting you to link up with us today!  Today's topic is "Advice for New Teachers".  I know the first year is VERY stressful: following objectives, working in a new environment, and having to manage a classroom full of students! 

I'd like to share a behavior management tool that another teacher shared with me.  It was created by Rick Morris and doesn't always focus on the "bad" behavior.  All the students start the day on green.  If they are making good choices they can move up into blue and purple.  If they are making poor choices they move down, but have the opportunity to move back up if they change their behavior. 

If they reach purple, they get a sticker on their behavior card that is taped on their desk.  If they get 10 stickers, they get to choose a reward from the "Treasure Chest".  The Treasure Chest is just a notebook with rewards such as extra time on computers or lunch with the teacher.  I use index cards with a tens frames as the behavior card.  This does take effort on your part as a teacher but in the end it is worth it!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Meet the teacher Monday!!

Wow!!!  I hit 100 followers over the weekend!  Thanks to all for showing an interest in little old me!  I know I don't have an "about me" page and wanted to introduce myself a little.  This is my fourth year teaching First grade and I LOVE it dearly!  I taught fourth grade for 1 year before moving into the position I am in now!  I live in Rio Rico, AZ and for those of you who don't know where the heck that is, it is 50 miles south of Tucson and 10 miles from the AZ/Mexico border.  Our district has a high population of Spanish speakers.  75% of those starting Kindergarten do not speak English. In spite of this, the teachers do a tremendous job getting them ready for First grade!!  About 80% become proficient!

How I got Started
Teaching wasn't my first career.  I was a massage therapist in a Chiropractors office before the life of a teacher.  I was diagnosed with MS and decided I would pursue what I loved most!  Teaching!
I became pregnant during my student teaching with my beautiful daughter Olivia!  That didn't stop me though!  She is now in Pre School (right next to my classroom).  I love having her so close!

My Accomplishments

Last year I was Teacher of the Year at my school and a County Teacher of the Year Nominee.  I work with some AMAZING teachers so I feel there are so many others deserving of these awards!
I took my school on the Pepsi Challenge last year and entered into the Pepsi Refresh Project for a $250K technology grant.  We ended up in 42nd place nationally and even though we didn't win, it brought much needed awareness to the community about the needs of technology for our schools.  I had no lap top, no projector, an overhead with no light bulb, and 2 very old PCs that worked only part of the time.  I now have a laptop and projector, and there is more coming to us!

My First Grade Crew

I have to admit I will have my hands full with my 25 first graders this year.  They are a testy bunch but I love them just as well!  I will be focusing on Reader's Workshop this year and work one on one mostly with my struggling readers.  This is my favorite part of the day!  I love sitting on the floor with them and encouraging  them to be the star!

Well, now you know a little more about me and I would love to hear about you all as well!  I'd love for you to leave a comment with a link to your page telling all about you!  I would also like to invite you to link up with us on Blog Hoppin and share your story with hundreds of others as well!!  I hope you all enjoy your 2011-12 school year!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Great Resource for Teachers and Bloggers!!

I am proud to share another new teaching blog called Blog Hoppin!  It was created by some wonderful teachers to help teachers and bloggers share and gain some great resources for their classrooms!! I love that more teaching blogs are poppin up!  That means more and more resources for teachers!!
Hope you will Hop over and join the fun!!  Click Here for more info!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

My First Week Back with a new class of First Graders!

Well, this has been our first week back to school and boy has it been busy!! We have been focusing on classroom rules and routines and what better way to do this than with Pete The Cat!  Here is what we did with my new product, Pete the Cat as Pete the Pirate!

 Pete the Pirate is following the classroom rules in his Pirate boots!  Does Pete complain?  ARRGGG NO!

 This is the Part-Part Whole Math game to get the kiddos started thinking about math facts and families!

 My students have been learning about the classroom rules and made their own Pirate boots to go with the Pete the Pirate story.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

20% TPT Sale and Introducing Pete The Cat as "Pete The Pirate"

It's Back to School and CRUNCH TIME!  My little ones will be visiting our classrooms Friday!  Wowsers!  In honor of this celebration I am having my first Tpt sale!  Enjoy 20% off all my products until Sunday! 

As you probably know, I am having loads of fun with the Pirate Theme so I decided to bring Pete the Cat into the mix.  Inspired by the books, I decided to write and illustrate a story about Pete the Pirate who loves following school rules in his Pirate Boots!  I am going to be using this as just one of many back to school activities with my first graders.  Enjoy it yourself at 20% off as well!
                                                        Check Out Pete The Pirate!