Tuesday, November 06, 2012

It's Election Day!

I voted today, and I hope you did, too!
Happy Election Day!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Trick or Treat... A Sale That Can't Be Beat!

It's no trick! It's a treat for you! I'm having a sale over at my TPT store. All of my items are 20% off now through October 31st. Click here to get to my TPT store.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

First Grade Memories

The school year is coming to an end, so it's time to say good-bye to my little firsties! Before I do, I want them to create a memory book for them to take home and cherish forever (or at least until July).  There are soooo many creative memory books out there, but just in case you're still looking for one, you can download mine for FREE on my TPT page. Click here for the webpage.

Only ten school days left and... it's SUMMER! Then, it's time to start thinking of Back-to-School ideas!

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Sale

I'm having a sale on all of my TPT products from May 6th through May 8th. You can purchase any of my items at 20%. Use the code below for additional savings from TPT. Click here to visit my TPT store.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Shamrocks Making Words Activity

I uploaded my latest making words activity on TPT. This one is using the word "shamrocks." We've been learning about using the suffix -s in words so I made sure I added the s to the word shamrock. Plus, it helps them come up with more words! You can click on the picture to get it at my TPT store for only $1.00.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leap Year Sale

I'll be having a Leap Year Sale on all of my TPT products. Every item in my store will be 20% off on February 29th only. Don't forget to use this promo code from TPT to save even more- L2P9Y. Click on the link below to get to my store.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy President's Day

Today was my favorite kind of school day. It was a Teacher Work Day, which meant no kiddies today! I was able to finish up my report cards, change desks around, fix up my reading group plans from the last six weeks, file papers from my "file pile," and plan some things for this week and next week.

Tomorrow when the kids come back, we're going to be learning about George Washington. Here is an art project I usually have them do. I'll have them write a short paragraph about George that I'll attach to the bottom. I've been doing this same George project for about the last ten years. I believe it was from a Mailbox arts & crafts resource book that I used to own. It is one of my all-time favorite crafts. I love the addition of the cotton balls and the doily.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

What do Lincoln, Sundaes, and Goods & Services have in common? They're all included in this post!

President's Day is officially on Monday, but we started our president's day unit last week. We kicked it off using one of this month's Time for Kids on presidents. I added some extra information about the presidents found in the magazine and one of my kiddies asked me how I knew so much. That made me smile! They were all fascinated with the fact that the teddy bear was named after Theodore Roosevelt. We haven't gotten to Lincoln yet, but I wanted to share this cute craft with you. The three pages underneath the cover have blank lines under them so the students can list facts they learned about Lincoln.

On Valentine's Day, my students got to make ice cream sundaes for their special treat. I did this specifically because we are learning to write "How To" stories in writing. The students wrote their own version of how to make an ice cream sundae. Here is a word bank I used to help them use better word choice, especially since they like to overuse the word "put."

Here are their edited versions of their ice cream sundaes, which includes their topic sentence, three details, and a conclusion. These look so cute hanging in the hallway for everyone to read.

We just finished up our unit on Needs & Wants and Goods & Services. Here is an activity we did for Goods & Services that I tweaked from an idea from Mailbox magazine. We brainstormed a list of places under the headings Goods and Services before we began this activity. The students made two streets out of black construction paper and used a white crayon to label them Service Street and Goods Road. I had them attach them to a piece of manila paper. Then the students were to draw three buildings on each road. I, also, had them fill out a sheet I had typed up so they weren't just doing a coloring activity.

Now there you have it! Did you ever think Lincoln, Sundaes, and Goods & Services had anything in common before? Unless Lincoln went to an ice cream shop and used money to buy a sundae! It could of happened. Right?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cute Picture Frames

Well, since we live in sunny South Florida, my students never get to have a real snow day. The first grade classes decided to create our own snow day. The student dressed up in their winter gear: jackets, gloves, hats & scarves. We had hot chocolate and snowballs (white powdered donuts) for a morning snack. We read "The Snowglobe Family," made snow globes out of construction paper, and wrote & drew about what we would do if we lived in a snow globe. We made snowflakes out of paper. Many winter-related books were read as well. We even had a snowball fight with cotton batting! My favorite thing about snow day is having the students make a snowflake decorated frame. I take each kid's picture in the "snow" to put in it. I attach a magnet to the back so they can be hung on the fridge.  I bought the foam snowflakes from Oriental Trading and just used an oval die cut to make the frame from black foam. They always turn out so cute! See for yourself.

Another great picture idea that I do is one for Valentine's Day. My students completed this one today. I took pictures of the kiddies wearing heart sunglasses in front of a red background last week and had them developed. I bought red foam hearts, valentine's ribbon, and self-stick foam hearts and sayings to make the frames. All of these items were bought at the $1.00 spot at Target. So, for only $6.00 we were able to make these terrific Valentine's frames as presents for our parents. All I had to do was punch a hole at the top of the heart, loop a ribbon through, hot glue the ribbon, use a circle cutter to cut out the pics, and glue the picture to the heart. The kiddies then decorated them using the hearts and sayings (love, kiss, hug, & xoxo). Look at these adorable frames!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

100th Day Done...Only 80 More to Go!

Last Friday was our 100th Day of School! Phew! This school year is just flying by. I finish planning one holiday or special day and another one's around the corner. I'm already behind on getting my Valentine's Day stuff out. Anyway, one of the easiest and most creative things we did on the 100th day was making pictures using the numbers in 100. Here is my favorite one. The little girl who created this picture told me it was a boy lifting weights and that his face was all red because it was heavy! Too cute!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Oops...Better Late Than Never

I'm a little late on this one. I was cleaning out my email inbox and noticed I had forgotten to post about this. I received a Versatile Blogger award earlier this month from Haley over at Following Optimism. It was very sweet of her to give this to me.

After accepting the award, you are supposed to follow these rules.

1. Thank the person who gave it to you. 
Thanks again, Haley! Thanks for thinking of me and my lil 'ol blog!

2. Share 7 things about myself. 
-I am a native Floridian, and I hate cold weather. I wear flip-flops year round. No joke!
-I have been teaching for fifteen years. I have taught both first and second grade.
-I love creating teaching materials on the computer. 
-I started a Walking Club at my school. I get paid to exercise.
-I love buying things from Amazon. They make it too easy.
-My brother is a teacher, too!
-My favorite band of all time is the New Kids on the Block. 

3. Pass this award on to 15 other bloggers who deserve such a great award!
Oh, goodness! I have to find 15 bloggers that didn't already get this award.
Sounds like a challenge to me. Stay tuned!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Capitals Anchor Chart and FREE Valentine Making Words Activity

Oh, how I just love pinterest! I made an anchor chart for my kiddies to refer to on when to use capital letters. I had pinned a couple of capital letter anchor charts and combined things I liked from each to make my own. Here is how it came out.

Here is a freebie for ya! I created a Making Words activity for the word {valentines}. You can find it at my TPT store HERE.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

January Is Flying By!

Here's what we've been doing since we came back from winter break. First up is our New Year's resolutions. We reviewed what a resolution was, brainstormed some goals for this year, said what we needed to do to achieve our goal, and told if anyone was going to help us.

Last week, we read tons of stories about Martin Luther King, Jr. The students were really interested in learning about him and had lots of questions. I had the students write some important facts about MLK, and then had them complete the TLC-inspired portrait of him. I always love how each one looks slightly different than the rest. The mustaches always get me!

Another activity we did was read the story, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. We used lots of different skills while reading this book, including making predictions, inferring, and using our schema. After we finished reading the book, we wrote an ending to the story about what Peter and his friend did after the story was over.

I looooove how they turned out! I used the snowsuit patterns from The Snowy Day unit from  The Chalk Talk blog. You can find the patterns for free here. The writing part was from Finally in First . You can find the writing sheet here.