Friday, September 8, 2017

Kwik Stix Math Ideas {And a Giveaway!}

Hi friends! I wanted to pop in today and share with you a couple of ways that I have used the amazing Kwik Stix in my class recently for math. 

The first couple of weeks of school we focused on counting to 10. We read the books Ten Apples on Top and when I was looking for ideas to go with this book I found a super cute freebie from Mrs. Thompson's Treasures. I thought it was the perfect activity to use our Kwik Stix with!

This week we have been working with different ways to make numbers. We used Kwik Stix for this super simple idea. Students picked a number and showed how to make that number using two different colors of Kwik Stix and then wrote the problem beside of it.

So what are Kwik Stix?? I've blogged about them before, but in case you missed those posts or haven't heard of them I will tell you a little bit about this super, amazing product that I was introduced to last year. 

Kwik Stix are solid tempera paint sticks that dry in 90 seconds. (FABULOUS!!) Kwik Stix look like a glue stick and work very similar.... simply uncap, twist, and get busy painting! No water and no brushes necessary! Kwik Stix make painting projects so much quicker, easier, and mess free. I love that I can incorporate more projects like this into my week because Kwik Stix take up very little time and no prep! All I do is get out the container and some paper and they are good to go.
Kwik Stix work great on regular paper, construction paper, card stock, poster board, cardboard, canvas, wood, and more. Kwik Stix are AP certified! This means they are non-toxic and perfectly safe for young children.
Kwik Stix are available for purchase on Amazon and come in 6, 12, and 24 packs of classic, assorted, neon, and metalix colors and also available in a thinner, longer version called Thin Stix.

Kwik Stix are now also available for purchase at BJ's Wholesale Clubs!

Kwik Stix are one of my absolute favorite classroom supplies and I would love to give one of my blog readers a FREE pack to use in your classroom! Enter using the rafflecopter below! 

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bubble Gum Words {A Fry Words Fluency Building Program Giveaway}

Hi! Happy Wednesday! I'm popping in today because it's day 18 of the new school year and I've already had one of my sweet firsties learn ALL 1,000 of Bubble Gum Words (Fry Words) and I'm so proud!!! So I thought I would do a blog post to tell you about how Bubble Gum Words work in my first grade classroom and why my kids get so excited to learn these words.

Here is my display in my classroom. Each student has a gum ball machine that they color/decorate and I hang up. 
Each student starts out on the 1st sheet of 100 words. I print these on different colors. For example the first sheet might be yellow, second sheet might be green, third sheet might be orange and so on. I add these to their BEAR Books (take home binders) so they can practice at home in their spare time.
 Students learn these words at their own pace. Some move faster than others. 
When students know a list of words inside and out, forwards and backwards, standing on one foot hopping with one eye closed (ha!) they get a hole punch for that list and then can move on to the next list on that sheet.
If along the way they miss a word, I simply circle it to show parents that they need to study that word and this lets me know which words in that list they need to be asked again so they don't keep telling me already mastered words.
When they get the word right I put a check mark in the circle so parents as well as myself know that word as now been mastered.

And once all five lists on the sheet has been mastered they will color in a gum ball in their machine and they earn a piece of bubble gum!!! They love this! I will then add the next sheet of 100 words.

They love twisting the knob and watching the gum come down! So exciting!
And when they master all of the words I give them a certificate.

They will then move on to Bubble Gum Phrases! The Bubble Gum Phrases program works just like the words. Students have a gum ball machine and begin on sheet 1 and work their way through all of the sheets learning all of the Fry Phrases and earning bubble gum along the way. 

 I've never had a sweetie learn them as quickly as this little gal did, but I'm so proud of her and excited for her to start on the phrases next! My students get so excited about learning their Bubble Gum Words and are always asking if they can read them. I love their love for learning.... and bubble gum! ;)

I would love to give one lucky blog reader/follower my Bubble Gum Words and Phrases packs to use with your students, as well as a gum ball machine with a some packs of gum balls to get you started!!! 
Enter for a chance to win below! 

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

First Week Fun!

Hi friends! I finished my first full week back of year #10 this past week. I have 14 sweet, new firsties this year and I'm looking forward to a great year with them. 

We made this guess whoo owl the first day. They turned out super cute! You can find this craftivity HERE.

I also gave them these brownies as a first day of school snack... When I saw these I just knew I had to do something with them since I have a camping/woodland theme classroom. You can grab the tags as a freebie HERE! :)

I also gave these to my students on the first day. This keeps students busy the first part of the morning while I sort through supplies and paperwork and meet with parents. You can find these adorable tags at Around the Kampfire

We hit the ground running in math this week with numbers to 10.

We read the book 10 Black Dots and students created something using dots. I found this adorable idea and freebie at School is a Happy Place.

Well friends that's all I have for now! If you are back to school I hope your year is off to a great start! If you are not back yet... enjoy what's left of your summer. It flies by so quickly! 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Worksheet Free Ideas {Oriental Trading}

Hi blog friends! I'm popping in today to share some worksheet free ideas with you. Recently, I got the opportunity to try out some amazing products from one of my favorite companies Oriental Trading! To say I was excited was an understatement. There are SOOO many great options for your classroom on their new education site!! I wracked my brain trying to think of what I wanted to pick out the *most* and I decided to snatch up some things to help me use less worksheets in my first grade classroom in the upcoming new school year.

I can't wait to show you what my sweet friends at Oriental Trading sent me that I picked out!!! Read on to check it all out. :)

The first thing I want to show you is this Story Elements Magnetic Set. These work perfectly for a magnetic chart stand. It comes with magnetic pieces for character and setting, problem and solution, cause and effect, compare/contrast, sequence events, and much more!

The next thing I picked out are these Large Dry Erase Tabletop Stickers. These come 15 to a pack and are semi circles that line up with a straight edge. Since I was using them at my U table, I decided to put two semi circles together to make full size circles. These will be great when I am working with small groups or my guided reading groups for spelling, writing sentences, working out math problems, etc.

The next thing I want to show you are these Dry Erase Paddles. I use Brainpop, Jr. all the time in my class and my students love the quizzes at the end of the videos. These would be perfect for the multiple choice questions on the quizzes.... students could simply write the letter A, B, C or D on the paddle and hold up for me to quickly check for understanding. The paddles would also be great for spelling and working out math problems.

I'm also loving these Dry Erase Number Line Sheets. I aways get desk plates with number lines and the kids quickly wear out the number lines by marking on them and then trying to erase. These will be perfect, because they can now mark on their number line and actually erase it with ease and not messing up their nameplates like in the past. These come in 4 different colors and will tie in perfectly with my group colors. Each group will have their own set to store in their group shelf to use whenever they need.

And last but not least are these Dry Erase Sentence Strips. These will be perfect for daily fix-its and sentence writing practice. Simply write a sentence on the board with mistakes and have your students re-write the sentence correctly. Then have them swap with a shoulder partner and have their shoulder partner double check it to make sure they found all of the mistakes.

Wipes clean with a tissue! :)

Well friends I hope you got some ideas from this post to help make your classroom more worksheet free. Head over to Oriental Trading to shop these products along with tons and tons of other amazing resources for your classroom! :)

**Disclaimer: These products were sent to me by Oriental Trading at no cost for me to try out and use in my 1st grade classroom. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

#ScholasticMagVacay CONTEST!!!

Hi there! I'm on week 2 of summer break and it's been great so far!! And speaking of summer break.... Did you know that Scholastic Magazine is having a super fun contest this summer???? Say what??

Simply share a picture or video {on social media} with your favorite Scholastic magazine on vacation with you and include the hashtag #ScholasticMagVacay to enter for a chance to win either a $1,000, $500, or $250 Visa gift card. Easy, peasy huh?? 

The contest runs from June 1st at 7:00 am and ends August 30th at 11:59 pm. So you have all summer to get entered in this super fun contest!

If you aren't a subscriber to Scholastic Magazine...don't fret! You can still participate! CLICK HERE to request a FREE sample issue so you can participate in this super fun contest.

My first stop with my Scholastic Magazine on my summer break was for a little stay-cation on Dale Hollow Lake!! I'm lucky enough to live on a beautiful lake and I take advantage of that as often as I can!

I've got a super busy summer planned and I can't wait to show you where I take my Scholastic Magazine this summer! So stay tuned! :)

Where will you take your Scholastic Magazine this summer?

Please CLICK HERE for the official Scholastic Magazine contest rules. 

And be sure to visit Scholastic at any of these locations! And while you are there make sure you are following them if you aren't already.


Good luck and happy summer break to ya!!!!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

You're A Champion! {Field Day Fun!}

Hi ya! Today was last day and I'm officially on summer break! Wahoo!! So... I thought I better knock the dust off of my neglected little blog and pop in to share some things from the end of the year. 

I planned several themed days for the end of the year to help make it extra special and fun. 
One themed day we had was our First Grade Olympics. 

Our firsties competed in events such as the crab walk {my fave as a kid}, wheel barrel race, egg/spoon relay, sack race, and the 40 yard dash to name just a few.

After our events, we had an official award ceremony and announced the winners and passed out their medals. They were so excited to celebrate each others accomplishments and cheer each other on. 

After the awards ceremony, students wrote about their favorite event or what made them a champion. This sweetie's favorite was the soccer ball punt... she won 2nd place!
And they ended the day by making these cutie field day champion kids. This little guy added a cape to his. SO CUTE!

This one has a tuxedo shirt on. Love it! It says he's formal...but still likes to party. {What movie is that from???} I will send you a copy of this pack if you comment first with the correct movie. ;)

If you are looking to plan your own end of year Olympics {Track and Field Day} I've got a fun little pack with medals, certificates, and a writing craftivity to help make your day a fun success. 

Happy almost Friday!!!