Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday- Smart Board Word Work Station

I'm linking up with Miss DeCarbo for Wordless Wednesday for the first time today...YAY! 

Here's my picture for the week: 
SMART Board Word Work Fun!!!

Do you let your students use the SMART Board for Word Work? My students love using it! We are working on spelling words with suffixes this week. You can find the fridge magnet Smart Board file shown in the picture here

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Let's Practice Telling Time! {with free download}

I began teaching telling time to the hour and half hour a few weeks ago. While I was lesson planning, I felt a huge need to pull all of my favorite games and resources into one updated, fun telling time packet. Most of the activities we used to become time experts were always in some sort of hands-on game format. This is my #1 strategy for engaging my little learners...who doesn't like to play a game?? Here are some examples of the activities and games we played while learning and practicing how to tell time! They are all from my Let's Practice Telling Time (to the hour and half hour) unit.
Click on the picture for a closer peek into this telling time unit.

One of our favorite activities from this unit was playing "I SPY Telling Time". Click here or on the picture to download a free copy for your class! 

Here are some of the other online resources I used while teaching time... 

BrainPOP Jr. has a couple of short videos we loved watching...I typically use these at the very beginning of a lesson to "hook" my kids! 

And YouTube was packed with lots of goodies that I sprinkled throughout and over & over while teaching time...

My sweet friend, Amy from Step into Second Grade, also has some great ideas for teaching telling time...check them out here

Monday, April 13, 2015

Surviving until Summer!

I'm linking up with two of my blogging besties,  Katie @ Queen of the First Grade Jungle and Michelle @ Fabulous in First to share my plans for surviving until summer!! I actually only have 28 days....28 days...28 days left of school! Ahhhh...that is so hard to believe!!

Here's what is going to help me survive....

1. Counting down to our first family of 4 vacation to the beach! We will be sitting on this porch to kick off summer very soon! Can't wait!!  

2. GoNoodle....lots & lots of GoNoodle!

3. Hands-on activities are a must to keep my students engaged during these last 5 weeks of school. Since the majority of our curriculum is taught by now, my kiddos will be playing a lot of fun learning games to review skills!  

4. Field Trip!!

Not kidding y' my team and I crazy, but we just booked a field trip for the week before the last day of school to our local park/zoo! It's so much fun to make end of the school year memories outside of school! 

5. Project Based Learning
We all know that once summer fever hits, students tend struggle with motivation and engagement. This is the main reason my school participates in school wide, cross grade level project based learning during the last couple weeks of school. Project based learning gives students the opportunity to experience something they would never get to learn about during a regular school day. The classes offered range from STEM to service related to content focused projects. It also allows teachers to teach about something they are passionate about outside of their usual curriculum.  Win-Win! 

6. Drinking lots of coffee!!! 

7. Family Time- Hanging with my family always brightens up my day! 

What do you do to survive summer fever??

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Five for Friday

I'm still alive and linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for a little Five for Friday fun...on a Saturday! You know how I roll... 

Since we met our fundraiser goal at school, this happened....a BMX bike jumped over my brave principal!! CRAZY, but so much fun!!!

One of my favorite highlights of this week was having a dinner date with my sweet friend, Kim. Check out her blog, Kindergals!!! She is AMAZING!!

 We were busy bees in my classroom this week. Here are just a few snapshots of some of the activities we did....

Animal Research Flipbooks

Contraction Surgery

HOTS Reading Response Sheets
For more info, click here!
Last night, Parker and I had a blast at our school's Mother/Son Minute to Win It event! Loved every minute with my precious boy! Can't believe he turns SIX on Tuesday!!!

My Blog Hoppin' friends and I are celebrating spring with a SALE! Everything in my shop is 20% off!! Check it out here!

Hope you have a good weekend!! I'm spending mine savoring my snuggle time with these cuties....only 5 more days until Spring Break!!! YAY!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Word Work Stations

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.  This 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 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>!

What kinds of activities are in the word work station tower? I'll let these pictures do the talking tonight...

Click HERE to download a few freebies!

If you are interested, these activities are in my TpT shop right here!

Thanks for the adorable button, Amy Lemons!

Teachers pay Teachers is having a site-wide sale tomorrow to show their appreciation for all the heroic acts that YOU do each and every day! My entire store will be 20% off, but you get an additional 10% off using the coupon code HEROES at check out! 

"Not all SUPERHEROES have capes, 
some have teaching degrees!"


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

My Heart is Full {a writing freebie}

Are you ready for Valentine's Day? I can't believe it's just around the corner. My first graders and I have been busy celebrating everything about LOVE! 

Today we talked about the things we love most....the special things that make our hearts full! 
Me: "What fills your heart with love?"
My first graders:
"my family"
"the world"
"my teacher" 
"my dog"
"my cat"
"my house"
"my Barbie jeep" 
It had to be one of the sweetest {and funniest} discussions of the year...seriously loved every single minute of it!! 
After our amazing share time, I gave each student a big, pink heart to illustrate their ideas. To go along with it, they wrote about what made their hearts full and why it was special/important to them. You can download the writing printable freebie 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, February 7, 2015

Watch Out for the Editing Police!!

When I was at RCA a couple of weeks ago, I observed Kim Bearden's middle school class having a blast with a "grammar police" lesson. It inspired me to find a way to tweak it to make it work for my first graders. Editing is challenging and sometimes a boring skill for them to practice, so I wanted to bring a little magic and fun to spice it up...Kim Bearden style!! 

 I divided my class into two groups-editing officers and offenders. I gave the officers editing citation sheets and the offenders each a sentence that needed editing. As I played the Chipmunks COPS theme song, the editing officers found an offender with a sentence. After they read the sentence together, the officer issued a citation for the error made {capitalization, punctuation, or spelling}. The officer corrected the sentence on the citation with the offender. Then the offenders were placed in their error's holding cell....haha! This is where I act as a judge and released the offenders if the sentence on the citation had been properly corrected. You could also assign students to be judges at each holding cell. We will probably try that next time.

Small, inexpensive props added just the right magical touch to the activity. The kids had badges and I bought a police light, hat, handcuffs {don't worry...I didn't actually use them...just for show} and crime scene tape. Fun!

I bought everything from Amazon!

During the activity, I made sure to switch the students up so they were able to experience each part. They had so much fun that they begged me to let them keep "playing". Now that's what I call a successful lesson!!! It's an activity that I will continue to use throughout the year with my class....perfect for a review! 
Want your students to become editing police?? 
Everything from my lesson is right here!

And a BIG thank you to Kim Bearden for inspiring me to bring editing to life with this lesson! I can't recommend her book enough to y'all! Every single teacher needs it!! 

Happy Editing!!