Sunday, December 30, 2012

Mr. Y the Robber Guy

Looking for ideas to teach "y" as a vowel?  Check out my new unit on TPT!  Mr. Y the Robber Guy is packed with over 50 pages of activities to help your kiddos understand this phonics skill.  You can grab your copy by clicking on either image below!

My Penguin packet is in its final stages and should be complete within the next couple days!  

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!  Our family was blessed this holiday season and our sweet Parker was definitely spoiled.  I have been enjoying the extra time with my family but I've also been hard at work.  I just finished my Winter Centers packet and it's now posted to TPT.  Click the image below to check it out!

On my project to-do list for the rest of the break is a unit on Penguins, Arctic Animals, and Magnets.  Keep checking back for updates!  We're in the process of cleaning and fixing up our house so we can hopefully put it on the market very soon so I'm sure that'll slow me down some! We'll see how much I get done before school starts back on the 7th.  Again, Merry Christmas and I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their winter break!  

Friday, December 14, 2012

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

We have been hard at work these last couple weeks having lots of holiday fun.  Here's what we have been up to...

We read "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell" and practiced sequencing the main events of the story.  We created a whole group chart first (sorry forget to snap pictures of it) and then the kids completed this sequencing activity individually.

We have been working on creating lists so the students were able to write their own holiday wish list!  They were supposed to be able to cut pictures out of magazines but I ran off and left them at home so they drew pictures instead.

It says "I want a ninja" and "I want an iPad."

"I want a dinosaur."

Today was our "Grinch Day".  One of my favorite activities (and the only one I remembered to take pictures of....what is wrong with me!?) was our writing on how to make the Grinch grin.  We've been working on verbs so our kiddos wrote about what they would do to make the Grinch grin.  Super cute!

"tickle him"

"go trick-or-treating with him"

"marry him"  Love it!!

"play with him"

"play a game with him"

Here are some of our math stations from this week.  All of these can be found in my Very Merry Christmas packet on TPT, except Roll a Snowman.  That's a part of my Winter Centers unit that should be posted some time this weekend.

Students roll the dice and color or dot the number.

Students practice creating patterns with their snap cubes and then recording them on their recording sheet.

In this game, students draw a number card and string that many lights on their pipe cleaner.  They then find the number on their recording sheet and color in the correct number of squares on the ten-frame.

Students work on subtraction from 5.  This game is similar to the combinations to 5 game in my Christmas packet.

Students roll the die and draw the correct part of the snowman.  Their snowman is complete when he has a hat, head, face, middle and bottom body and two arms.

I'll be back next week with updates on our Polar Express Day!  If you're interested in any of the activities you saw in this post, click on the image below to see the packet on TPT!  It has recently been updated to over 150 pages with 5 new first grade level math stations.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Primarily Plants

We just wrapped up our plants unit this week.  Check out some of the fun activities we did!

First we created these adorable grass head guys/girls for us to watch grow throughout the week.  We then recorded our observations in our Grass Head Journal.


This little friend named his T- Rex.  Love it!

Here they are labeling the parts of their grass head (grass, seeds, soil and water).

We also discussed the life cycle and basic needs of plants as we created our "My Seed Book".


                                                                                               "There is a little plant inside of me."                                                                                                

"The sun helps me grow more."

These are just some of the pages from the book.  You can find the whole book as well as the Grass Head Journal pages in my Primarily Plants unit on TPT.  Click the image below to check it out!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday (Plus Tuesday) Sale on TPT!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break!  I enjoyed the time off and being able to get together with my family.  I'm sad to see it come to an end but there's only 20 more school days until Christmas break!    I'm excited to share I will be participating in the Cyber Monday sale on TPT!  My whole store will be 20% off and you can get an extra 10% off if you use the code CMT12 at checkout!  It's time to move those items from your wish list into your cart!  I have two new units posted just in time for the sale!  You can check them out by clicking the images below.

I'm hoping to have my winter centers unit posted soon.  There are also some fairy tale units in the works so keep checking back for updates!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Oh My Gobble!

Is it really the week of Thanksgiving!?  This month has flown by!  Here are some of the fun turkey-themed activities we've been working on this week.

The kids are sorting the cards by the number of syllables during Work on Words.  They then sort the pictures in their flip book.  I didn't snap any pictures of that but it looks like this...

In this game students are working to be able to identify which set has more/less.  They choose a set of cards, either pilgrims or Indians and their partner uses the other.  They each turn over a card and create that set on their mat.  They will show their number as well as their partner's number using snap cubes.  One of the students then spins a spinner.  If it lands on more, the person who had the larger number keeps the cards.  If it lands on less, the person with the smallest number keeps the cards.  The person with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

Students practice adding fluently within 5 in this game.  Each student gets 5 turkeys, a sorting mat and a recording sheet.  They place the turkeys, however they like, in either the barn or the hay.  They then record their number sentence on their recording sheet.

Students practice instant recognition of dice configurations while playing playing Roll a Turkey.  Their turkeys have all turned out super cute and very different....I love that!

Students work on number recognition while playing Roll and Cover Up.

After reading The Legend of the Bluebonnet, students wrote about things that they would sacrifice just like the girl in the story sacrificed her doll.

I would sacrifice my DS.

I would sacrifice my iPod.

All of these activities can be found in my Thanksgiving pack on TPT.  Click on the image below to check it out!

We only have 2 days this week!  I am so ready for a break and  to be able to spend time with my family.  What are your plans for Thanksgiving??

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Let's Talk Turkey...

I absolutely love this time of year.  The weather, the food (especially turkey and mashed potatoes), spending time with family and of course COLLEGE FOOTBALL!  So proud of my Aggies for defeating top-ranked Alabama on Saturday!  Whoop!  And yes I did take my 19-month-old to meet the team as they arrived back from Tuscaloosa last night at 10:30.  You can never start too early right?  Ok back to the classroom....

I posted my Thanksgiving unit on TPT!  My camera is packed and ready for school so I don't forget to take pictures of all the holiday fun we are going to be having this week.  We also have our field trip to Dewberry Farm on Wednesday so this should be an exciting week of learning for the kids....and teachers!   Check back mid-week to see some of these Thanksgiving activities in action.  You can check out the packet by clicking the image below!

P.S.  I also discovered this week that one of my fonts had not been embedded properly in any of my files.  If you've purchased something in the past, make sure to go to your My Purchases folder and re-download the corrected file.  Thanks!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hooray for Election Day!

I know it's not even Halloween yet but with all the Presidential debates and political talk it's hard to forget just how fast the 2012 Presidential Election is approaching.  If you're looking for some literacy and math activities to keep your little voters motivated then check out my new Election Day packet!  Click the image below to visit my TPT store!

Speaking of packet is still available on TPT so if you're looking for some fun and engaging activities to get you through these last couple weeks in October then check it out!

I'll be posting pictures of our Halloween-themed fun this week as well as some graphing activities we did a couple weeks ago!  Lots of learning to catch up on so check back soon!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Popcorn Words

We refer to sight words in our classroom as popcorn words.  We call them popcorn words because they "pop up" everywhere.  We do lots of activities throughout the year to help them master these words.  I recently purchased Heidi's Sing and Spell Sight Words DVDs so I am really excited about using them in the classroom.  My kids love her alphabet, numbers, and shapes songs so I'm sure her sight word songs will be no different.  Click the image below if you are interested in purchasing her CD or DVDs.  You can also check out her blog by clicking here.

We also play lots of games with our words in whole group such as monsters and babies or cowboys and chickens.  In order to play these games I have made a PowerPoint with all of our popcorn words.  Mixed in among the words are pictures of monsters and babies.  When the monster pops up the kids roar like a monster and when they see the baby they cry like one.  They LOVE this game and it keeps them really engaged!  Cowboys and chickens is the same concept except they say "Yeehaw" when they see a cowboy and they "bawk" when they see a chicken.  I believe these ideas came from Kim Adsit but I can't remember!  Click here to visit her website and here to check out her blog!  

Leave a comment and let me know how you teach "popcorn words"!

If you're interested in some activities to use during word work check out my new Popcorn Words Unit!  This is the first of several units I will be doing on popcorn words.  It includes 12 weeks of flashcards, word work and assessments.  I have also included popcorn word wall headers with kernels for each of the 30 words in the packet.  Click the image below to visit my TPT store and check it out!

Sorry I didn't get a chance to post about my Dollar Tree finds!  I forgot to take pictures but thanks to my friend Hillarie I was able to grab some Halloween Scentos markers!  I also saw them today at Wal-Mart so if you are Scentos fan then go check them out!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Long Time....No Post

Sorry I have been neglecting this poor blog lately!  I promise to be better about bringing my camera home so  I can upload pictures from all the wonderful learning that's been taking place in our room!

My Halloween unit is ready and available on TPT.  Click either of the images below to check it out!

I'll be back tomorrow with a post on my recent Dollar Tree finds!