Teacher Appreciation Blog Bargain Bonanza!!!!!

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Click on the links below to shop 'til you drop!!

HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!! I'm so excited to be teaming up with ten AMAZING bloggers to honor all that YOU do for your sweeties, but also for us! You all make teaching SO MUCH FUN! Please enjoy 20% off all of our products on Tuesday, May 3rd, PLUS an additional 20% off from TpT using the discount code TAD11!! That's a total of 40% off everything!! OMGosh!! I can't wait to take advantage of this myself!!

 Y'all are a constant source of inspiration for me!!! Thanks again for everything you do!! I'm working hard on finishing my pirate packet so that you can get it during this super sale! I should have it up and running over at my TpT store by tomorrow night! It would be a great addition to your classroom when you teach r-controlled vowels!!

Happy TpT Shopping!!!


Don't forget to enter the Summer Spectacular Giveaway!!! It ends at midnight!!

Happy Saturday Y'all! Just wanted to remind you that today is the last day of the "Summer Spectacular Giveaway"! You have until midnight to enter {HERE} ! Thank so much to everyone who has already participated in the contest!! Alicia and I will announce our lucky winners tomorrow!!

Also, a BIG THANK YOU to Kristen at Ladybug Teacher Files for teaching me how to number my comments. I'm about to get that going in just a minute!! YAY for a quick and easy way to find our winner!!


Check out Erica's Whimsy Doodles Giveaway!!!

Check out Erica Bohrer's AWESOME Whimsy Doodles giveaway HERE!! You could win a $20 giftcard!! The contest ends Sunday at midnight!!! Crossing my fingers for some new and free clipart!!!

Summer Spectacular Giveaway with First Grade Factory!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Alicia from First Grade Factory and I are teaming up for a Summer Spectacular Giveaway!! WOOOHOOOO!! You could win Alicia's awesome My School Memory Book AND my Under the Sea Math and Literacy Center Packet! Please note that if you have already purchased these items, you may pick something else out in our stores for the same value! We are each hosting this contest and will be giving away these prizes to two lucky followers (one from each site)!! You have 5 chances to win!!
To enter, follow these directions.....
1. Follow my blog and post a comment!
2. Follow my TpT store HERE and leave a comment!
3. Follow Alicia's blog HERE and leave a comment!
4. Follow Alicia's TpT store HERE and leave a comment!
5. Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with a link!!! (Please help us spread the word!)

Don't forget to go to Alicia's page and enter there, too!! The contest will end on Saturday, April 30th at midnight! We will announce the winners on Sunday!!

Good Luck!!

Label Love

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

These crazy, unorganized, messy, embarrassing baskets full of "stuff"-mostly crafts- finally got on my last nerve y'all! I couldn't take it anymore so....

I went out to Big Lots and bought a ton of these organizational babies....love me some plastic containers!!! I seriously had an adrenaline rush when buying so many at once! I knew it was worth every bit of my personal moola!

What would go perfect with them?!?!?....LABELS!!! Not just your ordinary ole' boring labels, but cute and colorful Lettering Delights inspired labels for all my stuff...and I mean ALL (there's actually more than what's shown below) !! Okay, I'm really showing the world right now what a dork I am......

I laminated, cut out, and glued the sweet labels on the containers. Once my kiddos left for the day, I had a sorting party on my classroom floor!

OMG!! It's a dream come true!! Can I get a woot woot??!!!

They look so happy in my cabinet!!! Sorry for the bad pic...it was dark!!!

Want the labels for your stuff?!?! Just click on the picture to download them!!

Hope everyone is having an awesome week so far....only 3 more Tuesdays for me before summer....woooohoooo!!! Love every minute of what I do, but I can't wait to spend the summer with my sweet son!!!

Under the Sea Center Packet

Sunday, April 24, 2011
Happy Easter, Sweet Friends!!! I hope y'all have had a wonderful day!! I'm so excited to finally have my ocean themed "Under the Sea" math and literacy center packet up and running over at my TpT store!! I had SO much fun making it!! The 71 page packet includes 10 printable centers (5 math and 5 literacy) full of adorable fish, dolphins, whales, sharks, sea turtles & more!! All of my centers come complete with a coordinating recording sheet. You can get your copy of all of the fun HERE! Click on the picture to preview the packet!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011
It's a challenge to explain how I manage my centers. It's one of those things where you really have to be there to completely understand how it works. However, I'm not going to let that hold me back from sharing what I can with all of you! Here it goes.....

This is my center board. Students go to the board to see what they need to work on each day. We work on centers Mon.-Thurs. for about 1.5 hours. If needed, Friday is our day to continue working on centers. When students have completed all of their center work, they get to have "Free Friday". This is a time when they can play a math or literacy game of their choice.

As you can see, I have four center group posters above the centers (on the fish). I move the group posters each day. I use push pins to hang them up so I can easily move them around the board. However, I think next year I'm going to use some sort of clip instead!

Students might go to a center more than once a week depending on how many activities are in the center. For example, the red fish on the board is my math/science/social studies center. During the week, students will have 3 opportunities to work on the 3-4 activities in that center.

Here is a list of all of the centers in my classroom:

-Math, Science/Social Studies






-Listening/Reading Response Station

-Pocket Chart

-HOTS (Higher Order Thinking)

I'm very lucky to have these amazing wooden shelves to store my center materials. This shelf is sectioned off by skill, spelling, and math/ social studies/science centers. Did I mention how much I love this shelf?!?!

Here is a picture of my listening station! I actually have two of these to accommodate more students. Nothing spectacular, but does the trick!

Here is a picture of the pocket chart center. Again, very simple-just a pocket chart on a stand!! I have a little basket on the floor beside it that holds the recording sheets. I love using this pocket chart for sorting, making words, and matching games!!!

Here's a pic of one of my kiddos at the computer center. He is working on his math facts using a program my school purchased called "Math Facts in a Flash". It's great for practicing math fact fluency!!

This is my HOTS center!I ran out of room to put things so I made a pocket with a file folder, labeled it, and hot glued it to the side of my desk!! I put activities in the pocket that promote higher order thinking in reading and writing. This week, my students are working on an activity on their "Think Dots" board. A TpT HOTS center packet is on my summer project list!!

Everyone has a center folder to help them stay organized. One side is for completed work and the other is for incomplete work. My little loves keep up with what they've completed using a center checklist. The checklist is a wonderful tool! It keeps everyone on track & allows me to open a folder and immediately see what a student is working on. It did take a good couple of weeks at the beginning of the year to train them to use the checklists, but now they are center checklist pros!!

I meet with my leveled reading groups at this lil' table while everyone's working on their centers. I also have a parapro or parent volunteer working with students at this time.

I stole this idea from my super organized team member...I use labeled expandable file folder pockets to store all of my center cards and recording sheets. L.O.V.E this!

Whew! I know I probably just confused the heck outta ya! If so, I apologize!! Please let me know if you have any questions in the comment section!!


The Easter Egg

I love anything by Jan Brett! She is one of my favorite authors!! I was so fortunate to receive a copy of her book, The Easter Egg, from a student during our book fair!! Too sweet, huh?!?! If you haven't read it, it's a story about an adorable bunny named Hoppi who can't decide how to decorate his Easter egg. If Hoppi wins the Easter egg contest, he'll get to help the Easter Bunny deliver eggs. Hoppi discovers that it isn't easy and gets discouraged. He goes into the woods to think when a blue robin egg falls out of a tree. He keeps the egg safe and warm until the baby bird hatches, and when the Easter Bunny arrives, he chooses the empty blue robin egg as the winner to reward Hoppi for his kindness. A.W.E.S.O.M.E!!

After I read this sweet story, my students decorated their own egg. I just cut eggs out of white construction paper and put every crafty thing out for my students to use to decorate them-glitter, pom poms, sequins, ribbon, etc. Fun stuff!!!

Then students used this writing paper to write about their egg!! Click on the picture to download it!

I thought they turned out super cute!

Hope y'all are doing well! I'm on a mission to post how I manage my centers next....

Guest Post on Once Upon a Time in First Grade!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Hey Everyone!! Just wanted you to know that I'm a guest poster on Once Upon a Time in First Grade! YAY!! I blogged about using Reading Think Dots boards!!! You can even download a few different boards I've made to use with your sweeties:) Make sure to swing by there & check it out!!!

Don't forget you can get 15% off my Hippity Hoppity and Spring Math and Literacy Center Packets through today!!! Make sure to grab these before my sale ends at midnight:) THANK YOU to everyone who has already purchased them!!!

Hope you have a wonderful evening!!!!

Hoppin' into Centers

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
We are back from Spring Break and have hopped right into our spring/Easter themed centers. My students are having so much fun learning with the flowers, chicks, and bunny activities!!!

Check them out..........

Chunking Chicks

Students take these chick cards and use the chunks to make words!! This is a great phonics center!! I'm so proud of how well my my students are doing with this activity!! YAY! You can get this in my Spring Math and Literacy Packet!

Check out this ginormous egg container I found at the Dollar Tree to store my springy center cards in. I won't tell you how many I bought...

Read the Room- /ir/, /ur/, and/er/
We are a Read the Room lovin' class! It's such a fun activity to reinforce the phonics chunks (we use Phonics Dance) we learn in class. This Read the Room is on ir, ur, and er. I tape them all over the walls and students go on a word search. After they read the word, they sort them on their recording sheet! You can get this in my Spring Math and Literacy Center Packet!

Hop into a Sentence

My kiddos had to unscramble the words to make a sentence in this literacy center. The cards are color coded so they know which words will make a sentence! They wrote all of the sentences they made on their recording sheet. You can get this center in my Hippity Hoppity Math and Literacy Packet!

Making Words with Springtime

In this literacy center, students move the eggs around in the pocket chart to make words using the letters in the word Springtime!! Fun stuff!!! This is a classroom favorite and it's so easy to prepare!! You can get this making words center in my Spring Math and Literacy Packet.

Rabbit Time

Students match the analog clock to the digital clock in this math center. This has been a great activity to review telling time to the hour and half hour. You can get this center in my Spring Math and Literacy Center Packet.

You can get 15% off both my Hippity Hoppity Math and Literacy Center Packet and Spring Math and Literacy Center Packet on TpT through tomorrow! Together they'll give you about 2-3 weeks worth of centers(22 centers), which is perfect for the rest of April!!! I like to sell my centers in packets because you'd spend a fortune buying them individually for $2-$3 each. One of my packets (10-12 centers) usually cost $8.00, but with the 15% discount, they are only $6.80!! All of the centers come with a recording sheet. These are great to keep your students accountable for completing their work & seeing who does or doesn't understand a concept!!

A lot of AWESOME followers have asked how I manage my centers/centertime! It's hard to explain without you seeing it in action, but I'm going to do my best to share what I do in my next post using a ton of pictures!! Until then.....

Have a wonderful evening!!


Spring Themed Fun Contest WINNER!!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

On April 7th at 1:38pm she said "I follow your blog!".

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our contest! If you didn't win, I have a little special going on for you at my TpT store!!! You can get 15% off my Spring Math and Literacy Packet AND my Hippity Hoppity Math and Literacy Packet until Wednesday!!! You can also get Erica's Jelly Bean Math and Spring File Folder & Writing Prompts at her TpT store!

Thanks again everyone and CONGRATS GLADYS!!!!!


Last Call Y'all....Spring Themed Fun Contest with Erica Bohrer!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Just wanted to remind everyone the Spring Themed Fun contest I'm throwing with Erica will end tonight at midnight!!! You don't want to miss your chance to win all of the spring themed goodies we will give away tomorrow!!! Click HERE to enter!!

Also, head over to TpT and get your 10% discount using the discount code A3F9D!!!

Yay for the weekend!!! Hope you are enjoying it!!!

Fun in the Sun!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Howdy Everyone!!! Just wanted to let you know that I finished my "Fun in the Sun" Math and Literacy Center Packet!!!! Woooohooooo!!! It includes 10 centers (5 math and 5 literacy) that are sure to brighten up your wonderful classroom! It's on sale right now at my little TpT store!! Don't forget that you can get 10% off your TOTAL purchases through Saturday with the coupon code A3F9D.

Put on your shades & click the picture for a sneak peak of the packet!

Happy Friday! I hope y'all have a GREAT weekend!!!



Hey friends! I love those cheapO plastic eggs that are everywhere right now. Lately, I've been trying to brainstorm ways to use them that I've never used before. Here's what I came up with...... This math center is called "EGGcellent Number Match"! My spring sweeties will match the number clues to the correct number. To make this for your class, you'll need 10 plastic eggs. I would make sure to have some of the same color to make it more challenging. All you do is write a number (I use a paint pen)on the smallest side of the egg and the clues on the largest. Break them apart, put them in a basket, and you're ready to go!! I used a variety of different clues for my eggs.

Here is recording sheet that goes with this fun activity. Just click on the picture to download it!

This literacy center is called "Eggtraordinary Endings" and focuses on making words with inflectional endings. To make this center, you will need 10 plastic eggs. Write a root word on the largest side and an inflectional ending on the other smaller side.Break them apart, put them in a basket, and your students can have a blast making words.

Here is a recording sheet you can use with this center! Click on the picture to download it!!

Hope you enjoy these activities!!!! Don't forget to enter the "Spring Themed Fun" contest if you haven't already!!! Only two days left before the winners are announced!!!Happy Friday Eve!!!!