Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Giveaway and a Freebie!

I don't know about you, but I love FREE stuff during the holidays!  Christmas is already filled with tons of shopping, baking, and trying not to max out the credit cards at the same time.  But let's face it, we love us some great deals!  So it is GIVEAWAY TIME and a FREEBIE! 

Teachers have great lessons and activities you can purchase at Teachers Pay Teachers(TpT) so I am giving away 2 giftcards to shop any TpT store of your choice!  This Giveaway begins today and ends Sunday, December 11th.  Winners selected by Random Generator and announced Monday, December 12th.  

Here is how you can enter yourself 3 times for this giveaway and remember to leave a comment on this post that you are a follower:

Entry #1  Follow my Blog

Entry #2  Click to Follow my Teacher Store

Entry #3  Click to Follow me on Facebook

Here is a Math tub activity I made to help my students practice adding three numbers.  Click the picture link to download.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Math and Literacy Centers - Holiday Edition!

I am so ready for the Winter Break!!  Thank goodness I finally finished my Math and Literacy Centers Holiday Edition to keep my students engaged until the break!  These new products have been added to my Teacher store!  And just in time for the huge Cyber Monday Sale going on at Teachers Pay Teachers!  Hundreds of teachers have their products on sale!  My 20% off sale ends Tuesday but you can only get the additional 10% on Monday!

The Literacy Edition has 6 Word Work games with Long Vowels, Nonsense and Real Words. and inflected endings. There are also 5 writing prompts for writing centers and a whole group writing activity with The Gingerbread Cowboy.

The Math Edition has 5 games that include place value, addition and subtraction, and doubles.

Click the links below to shop these items on sale at Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) and don't forget the promo code CMS28 when you check out!  Happy Holidays!!!

Math Centers: Holiday Edition

Literacy Centers: Holiday Edition

Thursday, November 24, 2011


And you thought Black Friday was the only day to save!  My teacher store is on sale beginning tonight and ending Tuesday!!!  Save the dates and get 20% off all my teacher created resources just in time for the holidays!  To top it all off you can take an additional 10% off with the Promo Code: CMS28 on Monday, November 28th only!

Click the link below to go to my store today!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

It is definately beginning to look a lot like Christmas around our house!  Cinnamon scented candles and fresh baked cookies in the air!  My daughter can't wait to set up the Christmas tree and decorate this weekend!  Can you tell I am ready for the holidays and winter break!!  Oh, I might as well include my students in that last sentence as well.  OMG they will be a handlful the next 3 weeks!  I know I'm supposed to enjoy the Thanksgiving break (which I still am), but I had to create a little something to keep my students engaged when we go back next week and have it ready for you all to include in your classroom before our break!  So, here it is, as requested by a few wonderful teachers who enjoy my teacher store and especially my math centers.  My newest product is "Math Centers Holiday Edition".  Come by my store to see more.  I want to mention that I also offer freebies so, if you follow me at my teacher store, you will get email updates whenever I add new products and any freebies!  Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pilgrims, Turkeys (FREEBIE), Pie...OH MY!

I am so excited to share our Pilgrims!  My class really enjoyed learning about the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Native Americans!  Here's how their Pilgrims turned out.

The students learned how to follow a recipe!

Turkey Table Toppers were a big hit with my class.  They are taking them home and using them as a way to save a place at the Thanksgiving table.  This is a FREE DOWNLOAD at my TpT store. Click the link below.

Click the Link to Download
If you are interested in any of these activities, my Thanksgiving Unit has Math Centers along with the Pilgrims and Pie!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

NEW! Thanksgiving Math Centers and Writing Unit

I finally finished the final touches on my new Thanksgiving Unit!  I am always looking for fun math and writing activites to keep my students engaged and learning during the holidays.  Let's face it, the number one goal for all teachers is to keep students on task this time of year.  I already feel like my students have checked out and are ready for Christmas break!  There is still so much to do!!!!
This new unit is filled with Pilgrim fun, math centers with doubles, tangrams and odd/even.  There is also a few writing activities with Pilgrims and Pumpkin Pie!

Click the picture link and check it out today!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Busy As A Bee!

I wish I had more time to post these days!  Busy!  Busy!  Busy!  We have been enjoying some fun things these past few weeks!!  I am so proud of my First Graders for all they have accomplished so far!  They surprise me everyday with their improvements in reading and math!

Here are a few things we have done these past couple of weeks to make learning fun!

My students learned about why leaves change colors.  Here are pictures of their tree glyphs! 

We also did a leaf observation book.  We wished we had the pretty fall colors here in Southern Arizona but did our best to enjoy what we could from pictures.  This was a great book to use!

For more on this math and literacy unit, click the link below.

As part of our Scott Foresman Reading Street this week, we learned about communities of insects: Honey Bees!  We did a compare and contrast with Ants and Bees.  Then we used the Bee and Ant glyph templates for our writing activity.

Our Word Work and Math Centers were filled with more fun with bees!
Here is a differentiated addition and subtraction game.

I made the flower out of felt fabric and used laminated honeycombs (with felt on the back) with long /ee/ words for the students to use to build the pollen in the middle of the flower.

For more on this Math and literacy unit, click the link below.

Check back to see what we are doing with these little guys next week!

New Thanksgiving Unit coming soon!

Have a great Veterans Day!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Black Friday!

That insane day called "Black Friday" is just around the corner!  Alarm clocks set to go off at a ridiculous hour, people camped out at the malls to be the first through the door, and the overall mad dashes to find the best deals for the holidays.  Well, because October flew by so fast, I thought I would start the shopping trend early this year!   My Black Friday Sale begins today! Stop by my Teachers Pay Teachers store  for 20% off all my products including a few new ones!  Sale ends Monday! 

Since we live in Southern Arizona, we don't get the beautiful fall colors like most of you all might.  So, I tried to bring as much of it to my students as possible.  Here is a quick glance of what kinds of things we did with my new math and literacy unit "Why Do Leaves Change Color".

This was a very kid friendly book and my studnets really enjoyed it! 

I started them out thinking about what they already knew about leaves and why they might change.  Then we came back to our chart after we learned a little more.

The students are finishing their tree glyphs like this one to hang around the classroom.

For more on this unit and more, click on the link below!