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!!!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Tops and Bottoms

This week we read Tops and Bottoms. This is one of my favorite springtime stories and the kids always love it each year! Many of them didn't realize the different ways that vegetables grow. We discussed which vegetables were tops, bottoms, and middles and which veggies were are favorites. We also discussed how to plant a garden and what plants need in order to grow.

I picked up a bag of broccoli and carrots and on Friday we did a little taste test to see which my students prefer... tops or bottoms? Many of my kids said they had never tried broccoli! One sweetie told me she was excited to eat them because she is supposed to have 5 different colors of fruit and veggies everyday. :)

The votes are in and bottoms it is! :)
We discussed the vocabulary word lazy. And students did a text-to-self writing activity where they thought about when they feel lazy like Bear.
We also discussed Hare's character traits. We decided that although he is very clever, he was also a really hard worker. Students completed a text-to-self writing activity where they thought about when they work hard like hare. 

I just added a new little companion pack for the book Tops and Bottoms to my little TpT store. You can snag it 50% off for the next couple days! It has all of these activities, plus lots more! 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Seuss Week 2017

I'm a little late with posting our Seuss week fun. But better late than never! :)

Keep reading to find out the details of our super fun week that we had celebrating reading and Dr. Seuss' birthday. 

Monday: Fox in Socks Day
We wore crazy socks, read Fox in Socks, made a silly fox wearing socks, and did some rhyming words activities.

Tuesday: Green Eggs and Ham Day
We read Green Eggs and Ham, completed a SWBST, made Sam I am, and had green eggs and ham and Sam I am juice for snack.
Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday
We wore wacky, mixed up clothes, we read Wacky Wednesday, we spun wacky words, and ate a wacky snack (banana dogs!)
Thursday: Cat in the Hat Day
We read Cat in the Hat and Cat in the Hat Comes Back, we brainstormed a list of adjectives to describe the cat, we imagined what it would be like if the cat came to our house, and we ate cat hats for a special snack!

Friday: Favorite Book Character Day
We ended our week long celebration of reading with a favorite book character day. Students and teachers dressed as their favorite book character and we read some of the favorite books that students brought in. We also read Horton Hatches the Egg and worked in teams to build nests for Horton. We ended our day with a party... We watched Horton Hears a Who and munched on trail mix and red fish cupcakes! :)

This is always such a super fun and memorable week!! How do you celebrating reading with your students?

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Happy 100th Day!!

We celebrated the 100th day of school last Friday. This is always one of my most favorite days because the kids get so excited about it!

Every year I put activities inside a balloon and hang in them around the room. Throughout the day we pick a balloon to pop and do the activity inside the balloon. Some examples are 100 jumping jacks, write your numbers to 100, count to 100, do 100 high fives, 100 second dance session, when I'm 100 years old writing, if I had $100 writing, 100 seconds of silence {heavenly!}, and much, much more! They love this!
When I'm 100 years old... "I would let my grand kids come up to my house and my husband will help me walk." LOVE IT!

100 second dance session to a little cupid shuffle! Notice the sweetie in camouflage up front.. he is getting down!

I also set up stations around the room. Each student has a sticker chart... when they visit a station they put a sticker on their chart.

We also have our students make shirts {if they choose to} with a 100th day theme. This is me and my sweet co-teacher. 100 days popped on by and 100 days flew by. :)

If your looking for some fun activities for your 100th day celebration check out this little pack in my tpt store! :)