Monday, May 2, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Sale & My Latest Labor of Love!!!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! 
THANK YOU to all of you amazing, wonderful teachers for going above and beyond for your students each day. Please know that your dedication, time, energy, money, laughter, tears, joy, love, and passion for making a difference in the lives of children is APPRECIATED! 
You are a gift. 
You are a blessing.
You are a life changer.
You are a hero. 
(Thanks for the adorable graphic, Mel!) 
Starting tomorrow, everything in my TpT store will be on sale! Use the coupon code CELEBRATE to save 28% on all my resources-including already discounted bundles! 
Click here to check it out!

Here are some of my favorites....

This All About Fractions unit is my latest labor of love. It's PACKED with hands-on fraction fun for you and your students! The games, activities, and printables included cover equal/unequal parts, as well as identifying and writing/shading a variety of fractions (1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8 & more). Everything is ready to go- easy to prep and differentiate! Perfect for whole group instruction, small groups, math tubs, independent work, and homework! 

Are you looking for engaging math resources for the entire year? This yearlong Math All Year Bundle is FULL of games, activities,and printables that cover first grade math standards.

NO-PREP Ready, Set, Print packets
 (individual and bundle sets)

Hope you have a great rest of your week! 
You deserve every bit of it and more! 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Five for Friday!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for some Five for Friday Saturday fun tonight! 

Hello, again! It's been a busy few months in the Brantley household! We moved into our new house right before Christmas... I'm still unpacking and nesting!! I also presented for the first time <insert GASP> at the SSTAGE conference! This was a huge deal for me and took so much preparation time on many levels. For weeks, I talked to myself in the shower, in front of the mirror, in the car, etc. all about how we intertwine character education and the RTI process at my school! HA! Facing my biggest fear ended up being pretty darn awesome!! Other than that, I've been savoring my family time...snuggling up with my babies as much as I can when I'm not in the classroom! 

This week, we were wild about animals in first grade! Each student researched an animal, wrote a teaching book about it, and made an animal habitat diorama! We also enjoyed learning about different animal groups, sorting the animals we were researching into groups, creating animal group flip books, and so much more! Here are several snapshots of the fun and some of our favorite resources we used....

LOVE All Things Animal TV...great for snack time or quick minilessons on animals! 

PebbleGo is an amazing research tool for first graders! Packed with tons of e-books on different types of animals! You do need a subscription to use it, but I think it's worth every penny! 

After many requests, I decided to create a growing math pack bundle. A growing bundle means that you will get all of my current math units, as well as the ones I will be adding in the future. Please click on the link below to see what is included and details about what will be added soon! I'm so excited to finally release this and can't wait to share my other units with you. They will be packed with hands-on games, activities, printables and more to keep your students engaged and having fun during your math time!
 Check it out here

I have 5 more days until Spring Break...need I say more!! It's going to be a week full of gym duty, our first grade play performance, and our first field trip!

Are you ready for Easter? We sure are here! On my way to go run the rest of my "bunny errands" before tomorrow morning!! 

Hope you have a BLESSED weekend!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

TpT SALE>>>>Start Your Year Off Inspired!!!

Thank you for the cute graphic, Deana Kahlenburg!

Did you hear the news? There's a big TpT sale going on right now!  Everything in my TpT shop will be 28% off when you use the code START16. This includes bundled sets that are already discounted! 

Check out these resources:

NO-PREP Ready, Set, Print packets
 (individual and bundle sets)

Plus, SO much more!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Place Value Practice!!

I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving break! I know I enjoyed every single second of spending time eating with family and friends! It went by so fast and now I'm scrambling to get ready for next week! #teacherproblems

One thing I'm really excited about is using my new Place Value Practice pack with my kiddos! Call me a big dork, but place value is one of my favorite math skills to teach! I don't think first graders can ever have too much place value practice. I pretty much start teaching it as soon as they walk through the door and we continue reviewing it all year long in as many different ways that I can think of and then some. That is what inspired this pack.... I wanted new, engaging, and of course, FUN place value games and activities to spice up our place value practice when they came back from break! 

Here's a little sneak peek of some of the activities in the pack....

Spin and Match is an activity that can be played in groups of 2-4. The players take turns spinning and matching the number representation on their board. The first player to cover all their spaces wins! Three different game boards are included in the pack: base ten blocks, tens and ones, and expanded form.

Place Value BUMP is such a fun game! Partners take turns pulling a place value card from a bag and covering the correct number with a counter 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 student gets the same number twice, then he /she can place two counters on it. If a number has 2 counters, it’s frozen and cannot be "bumped" off.  The first player out of counters wins the game!

I love it when my students can move around and learn at the same time, which is why I'm a huge Scoot fan! Place Value Scoot is an activity where your students move around the room and write down the number shown on each Scoot card. The Scoot cards are a mix of base ten, expanded form, and tens/one review. 
Brain break + math activity = Win-Win! 

Place Value Bags is a great math tub or small group activity! Students count the number of base ten blocks in each bag. Then they show how many tens and ones are in the number and write the expanded form on their recording sheet. 

There are also several different Place Value Flap Books to give your students extra practice! 

Four in a Row is class favorite! Players take turns picking a number card and covering the same amount on their board.  The first player to cover four sets of base ten blocks in a row wins! 

There are also a dozen different no-prep place value printables in the pack! They are great for homework, morning work, math tubs, and sub plans!

If you're looking for other math activities to add to your classroom, I also have these packets available in my TpT shop... Just click on the graphics for more information about them! 

Hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend before the holiday fever takes over all of our classrooms!!