Friday, November 15, 2013

Thanksgiving Bump

Whoohoo! (How do you spell that anyway?) It’s almost Thanksgiving. We get a whole week off around here. I love that about my district. It gives everyone enough time to travel to see family. We are lucky though that both my husband and I have our families here. Literally both of our parents are within 10 minutes from our house.
The best thing is that there are never any arguments about whose parents to visit. Since I am an only child and his family is bigger than mine, so my mom just joins us over at his folks’ house. I also love it because I don’t have to cook or do a ton of dishes. That’s just not really my thing. We do always bring something though & I try to help with the cleanup because it just wouldn't be right not to at least help.
 Since Turkey Day is on everyone’s mind around here I made a little Bump game for my students to play. Click on the picture if you would like a copy. Directions are included. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Classroom Schedule

With my older daughter  upstairs playing with a friend and the baby  asleep, it's the first time in months that I've been able to sit down at the computer long enough to write. My blog has been terribly neglected in these first few months of school. I've missed it and I've missed you all.

My schedule is packed this year, both at school and at home. I know many of ya'll are in the same boat, which is why I love the link up about schedules going on over at Thank God It's First Grade. I'm always curious about what goes on in other classrooms and schools.It's been really interesting to see how different classroom schedules can be.

7:15-7:45 Homeroom
(Since I don't have a homeroom, I have duty. On Monday I have bus duty which starts at 7:00. From Tuesday to Thursday I have car duty. On Friday I am duty free.)

7:45-8:00 Announcements and Morning Work
8:00-11:15 Resource reading/math/language arts for 4th and 5th grade
11:20-11:50 Lunch (Duty free)
11:50-2:00 Resource reading/math/language arts for kindergarten and first grade
2:00-2:50 Planning & consultations (Students are dismissed during this time and my daughter comes down to my room.)

Leave a comment if you link up. I'd love to see your schedule.

Monday, September 16, 2013

EN Family Spin and Graph

Here is another short e word family spin and graph sheet. This time it is for the word family -en. 
Starfall also has a short activity (click here) that deals with the -en word family and a story too (click here)! These can be used as centers on the computer or they are great to do with your whole group using an interactive whiteboard. 
You could also put up this video clip on your interactive whiteboard and practice blending together. It doesn't have any sound but it is perfect for having your students practice sounding out words.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

ED Spin and Graph

Here is another Spin and Graph. This one is for the -ed word family.
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Big Sale!

It's that time of year when many of us are back in school and others will soon be following. Thankfully, it's also time for back to school sales.
Teachers Pay Teachers is holding their annual sale on August 18th & 19th. Everything in my store will be on sale for 20% off. You can get an additional discount by using the code BTS13 to make it 28% off. Here are some of my best items for the back to school season. Just click on a picture to find out more.



Please take advantage of this opportunity to save yourself time and money while getting the products you need to get off to a great start this school year. I know I will be taking advantage of the sale.

Friday, August 16, 2013

AM Family Spin and Graph

This is the last short a word family spin and graph sheet that have made. I hope you enjoy it. 
Here is a video clip for -am family words. 
Kidz Phonics has a game that can be used to review short a CVC words. You can check it out here.

If you have any other free online resources you use for teaching short a CVC words I would love to hear about them. Let me know.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

AN Family Spin and Graph

Today I have another Spin and Graph sheet. This one is for the -an word family.
I also found this little video that I thought would work well with this word family. Starfall also has a great interactive story (click here) and activity (click here) that are great for the -an word family.

What are your favorite activities for teaching short a word families? I'd love to hear about them.
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Friday, August 9, 2013

AD Family Spin and Graph

Today I am sharing another Spin and Graph Freebie. This one is for the -ad family. You could pair it with the book "I Was So Mad" by Mercer Mayer and maybe have the kids draw or write about a time they were mad.

Monday, August 5, 2013

AT Family Spin and Graph

 We're back in school now and I am exhausted. The first week of school always kicks my hind end if you know what I mean. The kids have much more energy than me. A ton more! I need a nap, but before I crash I wanted to share this little freebie with you.
It is a spin and graph worksheet. Students spin using a paperclip and pencil. Then, they complete the frequency chart and bar graph using -at family words.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Summertime Bump

Summer is almost over and school is just around the corner. I will spending my days outside at the pool, the warm weather, and the extra time with my sweet girl. On the other hand I can’t wait to meet my students and get back into my classroom.
 As I've been getting things ready for the classroom and savoring the last days of my summer break I created a simple Bump game board. I love Bump because it is so easy for the kids to play. Once the kids have played it a time or two they become completely independent and they love it because they get to play with a partner.
 You can click on the picture to get your copy of this free math game. Directions are included. Just print, laminate, and you’re ready to play.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Ten Websites for the Classroom

Have you ever struggled to find online games and activities for your students? Well, I've done the work for you. Here is a list of ten sites to try out.

I am fortunate enough to have a classroom set of computers. Yes, there is a computer in my room for each of my students. We love them. Most of the time the computers are used with specific software tied into our curriculum, for typing reports, or for specific projects and assignments.

However, they are also great for indoor recess and for engaging my early finishers. These are some sites that can be used in the classroom. Please note that some of these sites have ads that go off site. My school has software that blocks most of them from showing up.

1. Funbrain

2. Sheppard Software

3. Funschool

4. Primary Games Arena

5. Kabongo

6. Pipo Games

7. Starfall

8. Turtle Diary

9. Spelling City



Monday, July 22, 2013

Teaching Map Skills With A Freebie

Although I now rely on my handy dandy iPhone and its GPS whenever I venture beyond my normal routes, I do know how to read a map. Even with all the technology around us our students need to know how to read a map too.

When I was first learning about cardinal directions I learned them using a mnemonic device that seriously grosses me out to think about since I hate, despise, and detest worms. Yuck! Anyway, I still use the same mnemonic device with my students. I have my students point up and then we move our arms clockwise as we state "Never eat soggy worms." Then we repeat the motion saying the directions "North...East...South...West."

We also learn about compass roses. A coloring sheet works well to start off this lesson. Here is a free one. We also learn to draw and read maps. When I taught first grade we even build islands out of salt dough showing land forms and then drew a map with a key and compass rose to go with it.

I also found this little song on YouTube to help teach cardinal directions.

How do you introduce your students to maps? Do you have any tricks or tips? Leave a comment and share them. It might just help another teacher out.

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This post has been linked up with the Manic Monday Linky Party at Classroom Freebies.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Getting Ready For The School Year

The school year is right around the corner and I've been thinking about my classroom. I'm going to keep my classroom theme the same this year. It will have an owl theme.

I've also made other classroom themed packs. Each is over 140 pages. Many pages  are editable. The packs include just about everything but the kitchen sink from alphabet letters and word wall cards to stationary and grade book pages.  Please check them out at my TPT store by clicking on the pictures.


I've also finished my Graphing Through The Month unit for August. Daily graphing is a great way to make sure my kiddos are confident with creating and reading graphs. Having the materials for the entire month planned and prepped makes it so easy to implement. Yeah!

This week I also wrote a guest post over at Learning Ahoy on ways to use play-dough in the classroom. I'm talking about using it to enhance learning the curriculum and not just for play. Although, it's great for that too

I would love to hear from you. What are you planning to try out this year? What's your classroom theme going to be? What kinds of resources are you looking for the back to school season? Please leave a comment and let me know.

Monday, July 15, 2013

If Your Administrator Wants To Know Where You Are Then This Freebie Is For You

Have you ever had someone looking for your class when you weren't in your room? It takes too much time to write a note each time we leave the room. So I made a sign to display by my door. I can just move the clothespin around to show where we are. Easy! You can find easy directions for covering clothespins here.
Since I am teaching resource this year my class isn't going to be going to specials. So, this version will go to one of my friends and I will update the locations with where I will be once I have my finalized schedule. I love how this turned out and I hope you do too.

If you like polka-dots Audrey from The Sweet Life of Third Grade has a similar sign that inspired my version. Hers also has a spot for the computer lab and other. Check it out here.

I also am sharing these free monkey themed binder covers that a reader requested. You can snag either freebie by clicking the picture of the one you want.
 How do you let people know where your class is when you leave the room? Do you have a system that works? Leave a comment and let us know.

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