Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from my family to yours!  I hope you all have a very fun, relaxing, and safe holiday break!  I will be taking a much needed blogging break for now but will be back to ring in the New Year with some teaching goodies so be sure to check back in January!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Moment of Silence and LOTS of Prayer!

Please take a moment today to say a prayer for those little ones and their families!  My heart goes out to all those families and the community!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Santa Sequencing and more Freebies

I love this time of year!  So many activities planned but I find it so hard to fit it all in this year!  Our last week is next week and I am still trying to fit it all in!!  I wanted to share a few activities I have been doing with my class this week.  There are also some freebies to help get you through your last days before the holiday break.
I have loved the book "Santa's Stuck" by Rhonda Gowler Greene and have seen some activities posted on Pinterest.  Cara at First Grade Parade has a cute one from last year.  Here's the one we did.  The students have been learning sequencing in their writing so they wrote about what happened in the story starting with First, Then, and Last.

CLICK HERE to grab a copy of this activity for your students.  The clip art is in my newest set available at my TpT store.

We also did an activity with Santa's New Suit by Laura Rader.

The students colored, cut, and assembled Santa.  Then they wrote about how they did it.

CLICK HERE to grab a copy of this activity for your students.

I'm having an end of the year sale at my TpT store Friday (Dec 14th), Saturday(Dec 15th), and Sunday (Dec 16th).  Click the link below.

  Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Grinch,Gingerbread Cowboy,and a Freebie!

It's been a busy couple of weeks!  I've been getting ready for the holidays by doing tons of shopping and just about the same amount of decorating!  I feel just as busy in my classroom!  One of the traditions I started last year came from an idea I found on Pinterest (SO ADDICTING!!).  It was posted at What the Teacher Wants.  My students love coming into the classroom to check their boxes for notes.  Each student has a box.  I got these boxes at Michaels.  As they finish their assignments they can get a small paper to write a nice note to someone in the class.  The idea is that since the Grinch's heart is 2 sizes too small, we will try to make his heart grow bigger by saying nice things about each other.  Each week we notice the Grinch's heart growing a little bigger.  They love it!!!

This week we finished up an activity I have in my Holiday Literacy Center Unit.  They love the Gingerbread Cowboy!  It is a favorite here in Southern Arizona!  After reading the story, the students came up with a different ending to the story.  Here's how a few turned out!

You can download the Gingerbread Cowboy activities and other literacy center games and activities by clicking the picture link below.

We also got started with the Christmas Math Centers!  Here is a fun game that they love!!  They are learning how to add 3 digits so they play this Gingerbread game for practice. 

You can download it by clicking the picture link below.

 If you are needing more Math center games you can check out my Holiday Math Centers.  Just click the picture links below.  The 3 digit Gingerbread math game is part of this larger unit. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

You Might Be a Shop-a-holic Teacher When....(And More Sales)

I don't do Black Friday but I am still guilty of being a Shop-A-Holic when it comes to teaching materials!  I know I'm not the only one who is a "Shop-a-Holic Teacher"!  I've heard teachers tell me the things they do and it is so funny because I do it too!  Here are a few I am guilty of.

5 Reasons You Might Be a Shop-a-holic Teacher....
1.  The first place you flock to at Target is the $1 section and say, OH that would be great to have in my classroom!  Oh, so guilty of this one!!
2.  You buy at least one (sometimes more) item(s) a week for your classroom.  Mine are from TpT..HA!
3.  90% of the catalogs you receive in the mail are teacher related.
4.  Most of the things Amazon suggests you might like in addition to your non-teaching order are teaching items.
5.  If you have young ones at home then you know you have to share if you teach Kinder or First Grade...You find yourself buying 2 of the same book or craft materials so one can stay at home.....I'M GUILTY during the holidays!
I would love to hear what makes you a Shop-a-holic Teacher because I know there is one in every teacher...Ha Ha!
Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) is having their annual CYBER SALE Monday, November 26th and Tuesday November 27th.  You can get savings up to 28% on thousands of teacher stores.  I have already started filling my wish list so checkout is so much easier!

I am offering an early bird sale on Sunday since so many of you like to shop before the "Back to School" grind Monday.  All products are 20% off Sunday, then TpT will add extra savings (up to 28%) Monday and Tuesday with promo code: cmt12 at checkout!!
Here are a few of the holiday items that will be on sale at my TpT store!
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Holiday Math Centers 
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HOP OVER To Blog Hoppin and join us in a TpT LINKY PARTY and find more savings!

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!!!!!!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fun with Owl Pellets

I know it is almost Thanksgiving and turkeys are on the brain but I couldn't resist doing Owl Pellets with my first graders this year!  Our story of the week in our Reading Street unit was "Life in the Forest".  I wanted to make it entertaining when learning about the animal life around us, so I got online and bought the pellets!  I did it with my daughter and her friend just to see how it might go with Kindergartners before doing it with my First Graders.  They had a blast! 

I purchased Deanna Jump's Owl Unit and LOVED some of her ideas.  I also added a few of my own so it would go great with what we are currently learning.

I found this poem that I used when I first introduced our project.  We currently use poems to work on our "Phonics Chunk" identification.   I couldn't find who the author was so if anyone knows, please share:)  You can download a student copy by clicking HERE.  Deanna also has a cute poem in her unit.

We read "Owls" by Gail Gibbons which is a great informational book!  We used the information from the book to complete a tree map using "have, can, and are" and then made these super cute owl books which is also in Deanna's unit.

The students did some center activities with "ow".  They had to read sentences around the room and write the words with "ow".  Then they went back to the table and made a new sentence with the words.
They also made "ow" sentence books by unscrambling sentences and  adding them to the pages.
You can download these center activities by clicking the picture link below.
Then it was time for the pellets!  The kit came with posters of the Owl Food Chain, and the kinds of bones found in the pellets.  The students used the posters and matched the bones so they would know what it was they found.  It was a blast!!!


I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

Gobble Gobble Giveaway!!

Hey blogging friends!  Just giving you a heads up for another giveaway!  This time it is happening over at Blog Hoppin! The authors of Blog Hoppin, including myself, are giving away some awesome units just in time for Thanksgiving!  To enter, just click the picture link below!

There will be 2 lucky winners to receive a MEGA prize consisting of 15 Thanksgiving Themed Units and 5 graphic bundles including my Thanksgiving Math Center Unit!  All you need to do is stop by our Blog Hoppin Blog and enter to win.  It's that simple! Contest ends November 13th!! 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Thanksgiving Fun and a Treat or Treat Sale!

I can't resist... I have to share this about my Kinder, Olivia!  She loves to read and I was trying not to laugh out loud when I looked up only to see this image in the corner of my classroom after school yesterday.  Aww... my little reader!  My students are doing character pumpkins again this year and Olivia fell in love with one of them!  This is definitely one I'll be framing!  Notice the headphones for her pumpkin pal..haha!

I can't believe October is almost over and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! If you are like me you are already planning for Christmas!  I never can wait to put out the holiday math games in my centers and I already have some of my Thanksgiving games in their math tubs..HA!

If you are still looking for last minute pumpkin items or Thanksgiving Math and Literacy ideas, stop by my store for 20% all my units and clip art.  Sale ends Sunday, October 28th!

My Pumpkin Unit has fun activities to go with the Spookley the Square Pumpkin book.  The students make pumpkin vines to tell about Characters, setting, problem, and solution with this book!

Pumpkin Math - Doubles
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Here's just one of the games in our math centers from my Thanksgiving Math Centers Unit.  They learn their math facts to 12 by giving turkey feathers to match the numbers on the turkey bellies.
Click the link below to see more on this unit.

Here is another Thanksgiving Math and Literacy Unit with Pilgrim glyphs and more!
 Click the link below to see more on this unit.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and a fun halloween week next week!