Tuesday, April 15, 2014

15% off for the 15th!

Happy Tax Day My Friends!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Firstie Friends Product Swap! with a Little Giveaway!

I am beyond excited to be a part of this Firstie Friends product swap!  I was lucky enough to work with both Cassie from Adventures in Teaching and Kristy over at The Phonics Phenomenon.  This swap came at the perfect time because we were not only working on genres but needed something to mix up our weekly small group Math instruction!

I first had my small group kids work with Cassie's Manipulative Task Cards.  My kids LOVED them. It was exactly what we needed to mix it up for my struggling learners.  

I printed them all out and categorized them by task.  We still have friends with 42 days left of school that struggle with tens and ones.  I pulled them to my table and had them work with matching them first.  This would be the simplest thing that you could do with these cards but you could actually have students take tens and ones and put them on top each of the cards.  

Check out these hard workers!

I recommend these Manipulative Task Cards for anyone that needs to check their student understanding as we finish out this school year.  They are awesome and I can use every single one of them!  Cassie has a ton of great ideas over at her blog, Adventures in Teaching! Check it out!  

The second item swap that I did was from Kristy at The Phonics Phenomenon.  Her Teaching Genres in Small Groups is AWESOME!  I printed these out, of course our color printer was out of ink so I had to do them in black and white. Boo to that.  I cut them and threw in all the genres that my students knew on a ring.  I loved reviewing the ones that we knew in our small group and can't wait to teach all of the other awesome ones that she has as we finish out the year!

While catching one of my friends up, he was re-reading his book for his research project on Cheetahs. 
He was so excited to look through them and match up what he was reading about to the genre.  

Check him out!

 These are so great to add to whatever you are reading!  I am so excited to start using them at the beginning of the year instead of half way through!  My kids will be sure to be genre experts!  Check out Kristy's blog for more awesome ideas at The Phonics Phenomenon.

Check out all of the great products from the Firstie Friends Product Swap with this great giveaway!

Have a great rest of your weekend!!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Book Flix! Bright Idea (K-5)


Have you ever heard of Book Flix?  If you are a school in Pennsylvania, you can access this great children's resource through Power Library which is Pennsylvania Electronic Library.

Book Flix pairs a Fiction story with a Non-fiction piece and it reads them to students as they follow along.

These are all of its awesome features:


You can also find out more about BookFlix as it is a Scholastic resource by clicking here Book Flix

Check out the pictures below to access them through Power Library:

Check out E-Resources and then click on Children's Resources
Click on the BookFlix Link!

All students have to do is hit Go!

This has been such a great tool for students to use for exposing  studnets to both Fiction and NonFiction pieces and fits in perfectly with our Daily 5!

I hope you and your students are able to enjoy Book Flix as much as mine do!

Hop on over to Frog Spot: A Bright Idea from the Pond with her Bright Idea!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's April Fools!

To be completely honest, I did not even realize that it was April Fools Day today.  Until one of my little guys first handed me a jewelry box and THEN a Godiva box.
The chocolate box was filled with pictures of chocolate and the jewelry box was filled with flowers. THE flowers of SPRINGTIME so I will take it.
I have since wanted chocolate like no ones business.  I WILL get some by the end of this day! Promise!

I am so excited to help Stephanie over at The Learning Chambers kick off her new blog design.
She has a pretty great giveaway going on through the remainder of the day.
Head over and check it out!

We are 12.5 days away from our Easter break here and CAN.NOT.WAIT!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Poetry Blog Hop!

I am so excited to Hop on this Friday with Rebecca Reid!

My kids absolutely love poetry and for the month of April, my first grade team and I have collaborated to make it part of our Oral Presentations.  We send home a poem with each students based on their reading level, a calender as well as rubric in which they will be graded.  I have used the poems from my April is Poetry Month from my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.

We expose our students to a poem weekly through our Reading Curriculum and my goal is to hopefully become as awesome as my teammate Erin who makes it a weekly center.  At the end of the year, each of her students has their own poetry book. She is awesome. Maybe next year!

This has proven to been the perfect time of the year for poetry since MOST of my students have mastered the art of Nouns, Adjectives, and Verbs.  I have this little freebie you can find in my store to use with your students.  We brainstormed as a class a list of Nouns, Adjectives, and Verbs that are associated with Spring and then I let them each fill in their individually.

Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to email me and I can share the rubric along with letter we send home with parents about Poetry Month!

Check out Mrs. Plemons who is up next on the blog hop!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nonsense Word Practice & A Dollar Bin Find!

Happy Tuesday almost Wednesday!  

I just finished these little nonsense word flashcards and have been using them for my students who need a little extra practice on their letter sounds and blending.  They love grabbing the ring of them out of their bins to practice.  

On my Target trip this weekend, I of course looked through every.single.bin. in the dollar spot to find these gems.  Although I had no idea what I could use them for, I bought quite a few packs.

My little friends have not completely mastered ABC order so I used these for the perfect opportunity to reteach and practice.  I copied for words onto the board and they put them in alphabetical order.  This was the perfect time filler since we had to cancel our weekly RTii.  

What would you use these little post it notes for??

Have a great rest of the week! Tomorrow is Wednesday!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

And the winner is...... plus the Liebster Blog Award!

Last Sunday I began my Rafflecopter Daylight Savings Giveaway and today I am back to announce the winner of this great little prize!


Thank you all for entering!!!

Now onto the next exciting thing I could not wait to share!

Liebster Blog Award


After having one of those weeks where you have been fearing your principal may hang up your picture and throw darts at it, because of all of your silly little problems, I opened my email one last time before heading to bed and found a comment on my blog from Leslie at Fashionable in First.  I was so excited, mainly for the comment, but then to see she had nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award.  I was pretty sure that the only people that have read my blog were my friends but I guess I was wrong!

The Liebster Award is presented to upcoming blog authors with less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, welcoming, valued, cute, and beloved! Leslie is right, Who wouldn't want to be named any/all of those things!?

So she asked me these questions & here are my answers!

1. Who is your hero?
My hero is my mom.  She is pretty much like a saint, raising 3 kids on her own and we all turned out to be normal!  She did an amazing job and I wouldn't be the person I am today without her.
2. You are a zoo animal.  What are you?
This is hard because I feel like I would be a couple of different animals based on the day of the week.  So today, I would be a penguin. I love black and white, they look good on and they go at their own pace.  They have the ability to walk (or waddle) and swim which I love to do as well.
3. Who is your favorite children's book author?
Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Good Night Moon and The Run Away Bunny
4. When did you realize you wanted to be a teacher?
The day I followed the little yellow smiley faces down the hall to my Kindergarten Classroom.  Mrs. Buckley was amazing and the reason I became a teacher.
5. Fast forward ten years. You run into a former student. What do you hope he/she remembers about you? I hope that they would remember me as kind and compassionate towards other students.
6. The afternoon bell has rung. What do you most look forward to doing after a long day at work?  Getting into a quiet car, windows down, and driving the back roads home, mainly if it is nice weather, of course!
7. What is the next goal you have set for yourself? (Personal or professional)  I am just about to embark on another Masters Program to become a Reading Specialist which I am super pumped about.
8. What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you in your classroom?  I have spilled an entire Nalgene bottle of water all of over me, the carpet, and student papers. Don't even ask!
9. What is your guilty pleasure? Don't think too long on this one! First thing that comes to mind...go! Anthropologie.
10. What accomplishment are you most proud of? Finishing college in 3.5 years!
11. Who is your celebrity crush? (Totally went "high school style" with this one!) I loved THE Justin Timberlake in High School.  

These are my nominees for the Leibster Award
should you choose to accept see my questions below!

 This sweet girl probably has well over this many followers but she is awesome!

Ok and I am stinking it up and actually need two more!                        I will be back soon with two more!

Until then, I am so excited that I have met my bum ankle, 1st grade teaching, Steeler loving friend through this little award!

Check out some giveaways over at these great blogs as well:

Have a great week!!!!
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