Saturday, March 31, 2012

More Henry and Mudge, Pop the Pig, and a Freebie

I had a few requests that I am finally finished with!  I have added 5 more Henry and Mudge books with activities to my Henry and Mudge Literacy Unit to total 11.  If you have already purchased it, you can go back and download it again for the added items.  If you haven't purchased this unit, you can get it at 50% off for the next 12 hours. Click on the image below.

Also, I had a request for a math version of my Pop the Pig Literacy Game.  You can grab both versions at 50% off for the next 12 hours.  Click on the images below.

Spring is here in Arizona and so are the flowers!  We have been talking about plants and starting to plant our seeds!  That inspired my daughter and I to start a garden!  So far we have planted Tomato seeds, Spinach seeds, and Carrot seeds.  We'll see how they turn out!  Here is a free download of a book your students can use in a writing center or whole group to go with your study of plants!  The pictures can be cut out and pasted to the book.  The pages can be copied double sided and folded to save paper.  CLICK HERE to download.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spring/Easter Math Center Activities

I am sad that my Spring Break has flown by and we are back at school tomorrow!  The weeks leading up to Summer Break are going to be sooo long!  That is why I have made some fun Math activities to go with Spring and Easter to keep my First Graders focused on the last few units: Measurement, Geometry, and Time.  They are in color and B/W!

 You can click the link below to grab this for your students!

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Giveaway Winner!!

Thank you to all who entered this awesome giveaway!  I am jealous of our lucky winner who will take home The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pack to use in the classroom!  And the winner is Sandra from
Sweetimes in First

And for those of you who are doing Butterflies this Spring with your students, you can grab my Butterfly Unit at 15% off until Monday!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Giveaway!

March 20th is The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day and I am proud to be a part of another giveaway!  This time it's an AWESOME Very Hungry Caterpillar Prize Pack from Carson Dellosa!  Here are some ways to enter to win this pack!

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Blog about this and receive another entry!

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Drawing will be held Friday, March 23rd!  Good Luck!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Henry and Mudge and a Spring Sale!!

I finally finished and posted my Henry and Mudge Math and Literacy Activities on Teachers pay Teachers!  And it is 20% off along with everything in my store right now! 
Our Henry and Mudge week was a lot of fun because my students were introduced to Book Clubs (aka Literacy Circles).  I purchased 6 Henry and Mudge chapter books from Amazon.  These books are a great intro to chapter books.  They are easy for them to read this late in the school year.  It also prepares them for what's ahead in Second Grade.  We are planning to continue our Henry and Mudge Book Clubs for the next couple of weeks following our Spring Break.  Here's how they work.

I intoduced the clubs as a whole group with Henry and Mudge: The First Book.  There are 5 jobs for the students to choose from so I picked 5 students to have a job: Characters, Setting, Main Idea, Problem, and Solution.  When we finished reading the book, we "Shared the Pen" and had the students with jobs write on the worksheet.  Then all the students answered questions about the story on an independent worksheet.  When we did our first book club with the student groups, they were able to choose from 5 different books with worksheets for each book.  They really liked it and didn't need a lot of help!

Mudge Glyph
We were learning about Adjectives that compare and using words with -er and -est.  The students made their dog Mudge and compared it to another dog using words with -er and -est.

You can download these literacy activities plus Henry and Mudge Math games by clicking the picture link below.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Traps Are Set!

I am laughing right now as I type this post because my students are SOOOO into the Leprechaun that has been visiting our classroom.  I wish I had a video of the student who found the first Leprechaun mess in the class bathroom a few days ago!  I tried so hard to keep a straight face while looking surprised at the same time!  Then students kept smelling the foot prints that were left on a few desks!  Then one told me the Leprechaun has stinky feet!  (Okay, I have teary eyes from laughing so hard right now!)  Okay, I'm better! They also go hunting for Leprechaun clues outside during recess! 
The students brought in their traps today and they are all set and ready on their desks.  They turned out Super Cute!!  See for yourself!

Here is our St. Patrick Week so far:

We did some data collecting with Lucky Charms thanks to Made for First Grade!  Stop by their blog for this freebie!

We did a very fun experiment with pennies, salt, and vinegar today!  The Leprechaun sneaks in and takes the shiny pennies then leaves a note for each student!  I am leaving notes for them to find when they come to school tomorrow!  "Luring Leprechauns" is a freebie from my friend and First Grade co-worker!  CLICK HERE to download and try it with your class!

The students had fun this week with Math Centers from my Lucky Clover Math Center Games

 I hope you all are having as much St. Patrick's fun as we are!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

More Blog Awards!

I have been awarded 2 more awards!  How Lucky am I?

Thank you to The Teched Out Teacher for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!  In order to accept this award, I have to tell you 7 things about myself and pass the award on to more wonderful blogs!  So, about me:

1.  I am married to another First Grade Teacher!
2.  I have a beautiful 4 year old daughter!
3.  I teach at a school in Southern Arizona that is about 15 miles from the US/Mexico border.  The students  
     are a mix of ELL and English only students.
4.  I was 2011 Teacher of the Year last year and nominated for the Arizona Teacher of the Year. 
5.  Having a child, I would have to say my favorite animated movie would be Spirit!  It was the first animated
     movie that made me cry at the end!
6.  I love music and do not know which artist would be my favorite: Train, Adelle, Colbie..... the list could go
     on forever!
7.  My hobbies include spending time with my family, sewing (I'm learning), drawing, and of course blogging
     when I have time!

I am passing this award on to these wonderful blogs as well

Traditions, Laughter, and Happily Ever After

The Reading Buddies

The Polka Dot Patch

The First Grade Diaries

Teaching My Calling

Teaching in the Early Years

School Box Treasures

I also want to thank Sarah at Mackey's Classroom  for nominating me for The Top 10 award!  Stop by and check out her super cute blog design!!!

I am passing this award on to these wonderful blogs as well!

Rockin Teacher Materials

Quench Your First

Oceans of First Grade Fun

First Grade Shenanigans

First Grade Owls

Creative Classroom

Confessions of a Primary Teacher

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Disaster Relief for Teachers

I cried when I recently learned about a mother who lost her leg saving her children from death during a tornado in their hometown.  The kids just kept telling their mother they didn't want to die and she didn't want them to be without their mother.  Those kids will always know how much their mother loves and cares for them.  As teachers, we love and cherish what we do for our students, no matter how hard the times are. 

Krystal at Kreative in Kinder is having a Link Up for teachers who want to help the teachers who lost everything in the recent tornadoes.
What can you do to help? Please join me and the many other teachers who are willing to help other teachers who have lost everything in these recent Tornadoes.  I will be donating products from my TpT store and mailing them to those teachers in need.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Lucky Clover Giveaway Winners and a Freebie!

Congratulations to the two winners of my Lucky Clover Giveaway!!  Karla from Life in Special Education and Molly from Lessons with Laughter will walk away with a $20 gift card from Amazon and my new St. Patricks Math Centers bundle: Lucky Clover Math Center Games. And there are freebies for everyone else!  Scroll down to take a look!

I want to send a huge thank you to all my followers, new and veteran, for taking the time to participate!  You will not go empty handed!  To show my appreciation, I am offering another Freebie for St. Patrick's Day. This is a small sample of what is offered in my Lucky Clover Math Centers Product  that was given away.  It will be 10% off through Sunday!  Click on the picture to download the freebie.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Lucky Clover Giveaway!

March is finally here! And you know what that means?  Warmer weather, Spring Break, and Summer just around the corner!!  Wow, this year has flown by!
Since St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, I am holding another giveaway!  Do you feel lucky? You can enter up to 3 times!  Contest begins today and ends Friday March 9th. The winners will be selected via Random Generator and announced on March 10th!  When you enter, make sure you comment on this post for each entry and please have a way for me to contact you.

2 lucky winners will be drawn and this is what you'll win! A $20 Amazon Gift Card plus my new St. Patricks's Math Product! (If you have already purchased this from me, you will be able to choose something else)

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