Sunday, January 22, 2017

Valentine's Day Activities

It's hard to believe it's already time to start thinking about Valentine's Day! I wanted to share a few activities with you that I LOVE to do with my students to celebrate this sweet holiday! 

Compliment Posters
These compliment posters make my kiddos feel the love! I mean who doesn't like a good compliment, right?! You could really do these posters anytime of the year, but I think they make the perfect class valentine's gift! To make them, I just glue a large black & white picture of each student onto a large piece of construction paper. Super simple! Then, the kids and I walk around the room to write a "heartwarming" compliment on each poster! After they are all completed, I laminate each one for the students to take home! They are always so proud of them!  

My Heart is Full Writing Activity

To start this activity, I ask my students to tell me what fills their heart with love.

My first graders:
"my family"
"Jesus"
"books"
"the world"
"friends"
"school" 
"pizza" 
"chocolate"
"my teacher" 
"my dog"
"my cat"
"my mommy and daddy"
"tacos"
"my house"
"my Barbie jeep" 

This has to be one of the BEST discussions of the year...seriously love every single minute of it!! 

After sharing with each other, I give each student a big, pink heart to illustrate their ideas. To go along with it, they also write about what makes their hearts full and why it was special/important to them. You can download the writing printable here!
So simple and sweet!!!
I just can't help but to smile every time I see these precious hearts! 

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

To kick off the new year, I'm having a sale in my TpT shop! Grab what you need in 2017 for 20% off! Even my already discounted bundled resources are on sale. Just click on the button below to head to my store! 

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Cheers to a new year FULL of health and happiness! Bring it 2017!!!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

My Favorite Holiday Brain Breaks!


It's here! The last week before our holiday break..
Sweet treats galore, ornament crafting, letters to Santa, gingerbread house decorating, elf madness, jingle bells, hot cocoa mustaches & so much more! It's one of my favorite times of year, but in the spirit of keeping it real, it is also EXHAUSTING managing a class full of kids hyped up on the holiday fun!

 One thing I do to survive the craziness is give my kiddos a few minutes in between activities to get their wiggles out. Today, I just want to quickly share with you some of my favorite brain break videos that are perfect for this time of year! You can find them all on YouTube!













Hope you found a brain break you can use with your class as you countdown to your well deserved break! 

Happy Holidays! 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Holiday Math Scoot Games and CYBER MONDAY SALE!

It's right around the corner, y'all! DECEMBER!!
With the holiday buzz that is currently taking over my classroom, I have been trying to incorporate movement as much as possible into my lesson plans. Since we are learning about solving addition and subtraction equations, I made a couple of holiday themed Scoot games to use during math workshop. They'll be a lot of fun, but also a great formative assessment to see how everyone was doing with addition/subtraction facts, mental math, and applying strategies. 
      
Click here to download your free copy of Santa Scoot!

Click here to download your free copy of Gingerbread Scoot! 
The Dollar Tree is one of my favorite places to shop this time of year! Last week, I found these adorable Santa and Snowmen candy holders that I turned into dice shakers. They made the cutest addition and subtraction math stations! Maybe your Dollar Tree has them, too! If so, you can download the recording sheet I used to go with them here

Have you heard the big news? 
Teachers pay Teachers is having their annual cyber sale on Monday and Tuesday! You can save up to 28% off on your favorite classroom resources using the code CYBER2016. This is when I like to stock up on new resources to help me prepare for the holiday season and into the new year! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Winter Super Sentences in a Snap: Mentor Sentence Printables


Do you use mentor sentences in your classroom? If not, it's never too late to get started! I just finished and posted the winter edition of my Super Sentences in a Snap pack! It has everything you need (minus the books) to teach your students about sentence structure, grammar skills, and writer's craft using mentor sentences! In just a 10 minute daily lesson, you will cover so many ELA skills! The best part is that these mentor sentence lessons are designed to support all levels of learning. The sentences included were selected from popular winter themed books (see the list below). Everything is print and go ready to save you tons of prep time! 


What's included?
Print and Go.....
*Teacher Guides
*Sentence Posters
*Sentence Pocket Chart Cards
*Sentence Journal Strips
*Sentence Building Strips (two options: in order and mixed up)
*Editing Eyes activity (for each sentence)
*Journal Labels
***Students will need a composition book for their "Super Sentence Journal".



I picked the mentor sentences from my favorite and popular winter themed read alouds!!

Gingerbread Baby
Mooseltoe
The Polar Express
The Snow Globe Family
Sneezy the Snowman
Tacky the Penguin
The Mitten
Substitute Groundhog
Grace for President
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch


For more info and a free sample, click here 



Monday, November 21, 2016

Word Work Made Easy!

I believe in doing anything and everything to encourage and inspire my students to fall deeply in love with words! Each day we explore phonics, our spelling words {these follow a specific spelling pattern}, and sight words during word work time.  Last fall, I finally updated and spiced up our word work activities by creating one of my favorite new word work resources. It's made changing out stations EASY...like print and go easy...and my students can't wait to work with them! Of course, we still also enjoy word building games, letter magnets, letter tiles, dry erase boards/markers, etc., but our new and improved word work tower is a BIT hit!  It's where I organize 10 different word work stations every few weeks. There's something for everyone! Each station has a recording sheet to keep students accountable. 
Download my word work tower labels <here>!


Here are some of our word work favorites...


video

You can find all of these activities in my 
Spelling in a Snap pack here
        Click HERE to download a few freebies!


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Let's Add!

Learning to add numbers is a huge (and hard) part of first grade! First graders need a lot of practice to master addition facts! I have found that the best way to incorporate addition fluency into my classroom is through playing games. My students love them! They're much more engaged in their learning when they have hands-on games that allow them to move around, work with a partner, talk about math/adding numbers, and most of all have fun! Dice, spinners, cubes, counters, and game boards are always staples in my room...probably used almost every day! I have several addition games and activities in my Let's Add pack that my kids play throughout the year. They can be used in small groups, with a partner, independently, and even for homework. Many of the games also have differentiated options to support all levels of learning.

ADDITION BUMP
Addition Bump is a class favorite! Each partner takes turns rolling the dice, adding the numbers, and covering the sum on their game board. If a number already has a counter on it, the other partner has a chance to "bump" it off. If a player gets the same number twice, then he /she can stack two counters on that number to freeze it. When a player freezes a spot with two counters, their cubes can not be bumped off. The first player to use all of their counters first, wins the game!


FOUR IN A ROW
Four in a Row is another fun game! Players take turns rolling the 2-3 dice (depending on how many addends), adding the numbers, and covering the sum on their game board. If the number is not on their board, they lose their turn. The first player to cover four sums in a row wins. 


SPIN TO WIN
Players take turns spinning each of the two number spinners. They write an addition  number sentence with the numbers from the two spins. The player with the greatest sum gets the win for that round. The game continues until the recording sheet is completed. The player with the most wins at the end of the game, wins! Three different game boards are included to differentiate this game! 


ROLL, ADD, & RACE
This is a great game for students to work on math fact fluency independently, with a partner, or in a small group. To play, students need a die, counters, dry erase board or math journal (to work out problems), and “Roll, Add, & Race” game board. Players roll a die and solve the problem in the row that matches the number they rolled. Once the problem is solved, they cover it with a counter.  The game continues until players have a row that takes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! 
             A variety of different game boards are included to differentiate skill/ability levels.

ROLL AND ADD
Dice make everything nice to my first graders:) I also might have a slight addiction to buying different kinds of them on Amazon. I justify it because they just about make anything a game and are so great to use to differentiate activities! To play Roll & Add, students need 2-3 dice (depending on how many numbers you want them to add) and a recording sheet. Students roll the dice. Then, they write and solve a number sentence using the numbers on their recording sheet. To differentiate this activity, two different recording sheets are included in the pack. You can choose whether students will roll and add two or three numbers. Also, you can use this activity to practice adding two digit numbers by rolling two dice to make a two digit number! For example, if I roll a 2 and a 4, that would make 24.

SPIN AND MATCH
For this activity, students can work in groups of 2-4. They each need a Spin and Match game board, counters (cubes, tiles, etc. to cover up spaces on their game board), and a paper clip to use as a spinner. The players take turns spinning and finding a match (an equation that equals the number the spinner landed on) on their board. If they spin a space that is already covered up, they miss their turn. The first player to cover all their spaces wins! There are four different game boards included to differentiate this game. 


GRAB, ROLL, SOLVE
Grab, Roll, and Solve is another math tub favorite! I love this activity because you can instantly differentiate it to meet the needs of your students by using higher or lower numbers for them to "grab". It's also an activity that can be used in a variety of situations-students can work independently, with a partner, or in small groups. To play, students grab a number card and roll the die. Then, they record the numbers on their recording sheet and solve the equation. Need to make less copies?
 Stick it in a page protector and let the kids use a dry erase marker to show their work!

TIC TAC TOE ADDITION
I've never met a kid that doesn't like playing Tic Tac Toe! To play Addition Tic Tac Toe, players take turns solving an addition fact to be able to put an “X” or “O” on the spot. First player to get 3 in a row, wins! I always have them laminated and ready to play as a math game. They also make a great homework activity! 
There are a variety of different game sheets included in my Let's Add pack- addition to 5, addition to 10, addition to 20, doubles facts, plus 10 facts,  and two digit addition without regrouping. Each sheet has 4 Tic Tac Toe games. 

POSTERS
Throughout the year, I'm constantly referring to these addition strategy posters! I love that they serve as a reminder to my kids that their are multiple strategies you can use
to solve an addition problem.


PRINTABLES
I’ve included a variety of no-prep printables to give your students extra practice with adding numbers. These are great to use for morning work, math tubs, sub plans, and/or homework! Here are just a few from the pack...



I SPY & SCOOT GAMES
I'm a huge fan of anything that will get my kids up and moving around the room while learning at the same time! The I SPY & SCOOT addition games that I created do just that! After placing the cards on the wall or on desks. Students move around the room to solve the addition equations. 

Happy Adding!