And the lucky winner is......

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Congrats to Mrs. Sienknecht!!! You just won a $25 OfficeMax gift card and 3 of my TpT products (of your choice)!!!!
E-mail me at to give me your mailing address and to let me know the products you would like from my TpT store!!!

A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway!!! Y'all are the BEST!!

Fall Math Journal Prompts and Centers!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Happy Fall, Sweet Friends!! Just wanted you to know that I just posted my Fall Math Journal Prompts on TpT! You can check them out {HERE}! 

Also, check out my fall themed math and literacy center packets. Click on the pictures to go straight to my lil' TpT store!

Have you enter my Fabulous Fall Giveway to win an OfficeMax gift card and 3 of my TpT products? If not, go {HERE} now!! The contest ends on Wednesday!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!!

Graphics courtesy of Scrappin' Doodles.

Fabulous Fall Giveaway with OfficeMax!!

Friday, September 23, 2011
I'm teaming up with OfficeMax to throw a FABULOUS FALL GIVEAWAY! You could win a $25.00 OfficeMax gift card AND 3 products of your choice from my TpT store!

There are 5 ways to enter! Please leave a comment for each one you have completed.

1. Follow OfficeMax on Facebook and tell me how you would spend the $25 gift card!
2. Follow my Facebook page!
3. Follow my blog!
4. Follow my TpT store!
5. Blog about this giveaway! 

 The contest will end on Wednesday, September 28th. I will use Random Generator to determine the lucky winner!!!

Thanks for playing with me!!! HAPPY FALL, Y'ALL!!!

Classroom Jobs

Thursday, September 22, 2011
 Hey y'all! It's day thirty-one of school and I'm just now implementing a classroom job routine..HA!...I guess LATE is better than never, right?!! I've always had my students help me out, but decided to add a little structure to it!! Luckily, we've been learning about goods/services & consumers/producers, so introducing our job chart fit right in with our social studies standards!!

Everyone has a job each week! At the end of the week, I rotate the names. My kiddos are SUPER pumped up about their service to our classroom!! Love it!! Here is a picture of my classroom job chart.....

Here's a little description of each job:

Center Inspectors-make sure centers are put back in their place after center time.
Clean Up Crew -makes sure that there isn't trash on the floor and  puts trashcans outside of the door before dismissal for pick up service.
Pencil Helpers -make sure to collect unsharpened pencils at the end of each day.
Teacher's Assistant -helps me pass out papers, send things to the office, etc.
Library Helpers- make sure that the library is organized and our books are taken care of in the classroom.
Line Leader- *self explanatory* helps lead our line.
Door Holder-*self explanatory* holds the doors for us when needed.

Click {HERE} to download the classroom job labels!
 Graphics courtesy of Scrappin' Doodles.

Also, many of you have asked about my next set of math journal prompts! They will be ready to post this weekend!! Can't wait!!!


I want to give a BIG HUG and THANK YOU to.....


for giving me the Versatile award!! WHAT AN AWESOME HONOR!!
Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

Tomorrow I have a special giveaway planned for YOU! Stay tuned SWEET bloggy friends!!!!

Happy Last Day of Summer!!

Weather Part 2 *finally*

Sunday, September 18, 2011
I'm BACK and excited to share with y'all some more activities that made teaching weather ohhhh so much fun!!

*Homemade Rain Gauges*
These are super simple to make with your sweetie peas! Just ask for 2 liter bottle donations for a couple of weeks before you plan to do it with your whole class. 
 Cut the tops off of the bottles before you pass them out to your kiddos. The cut should be done just where the slope starts. Cut all the way around until the top of the bottle can be removed. Place the cut-off bottle top down into the bottom so it creates a funnel. Now, tape around the edges where the two bottle parts meet. Then pour a little  water into the bottle. It should be filled just past the bumpy bottom legs of the bottle. The top of the water will be your base point. Mark the top of the water line with a permanent marker. You can print out a paper ruler for your students to take home with them {here}.
Now, it would be really nice if it would just rain here in Watkinsville, Georgia so we could actually measure the rainfall..HA! Rain or shine, my students absolutely loved making their own rain gauge! Maybe...just rain dance will work this week!!!

*Rain Poem Fun*
In the writing center, we wrote "Rain Poems". This activity reinforced the color words we've been learning about to help us describe things in our writing. I used the umbrella die cut at my school & scrapbooking paper to make the umbrellas. The little girl was also made with a die cut at my school. If you don't have these die cuts available at your school, I would just let your students draw them on their own picture!
Click {here} to download the Rain Poem writing paper!

*Weather Fun Math and Literacy Centers*
To integrate our weather theme into center time, I created Weather Fun Math and Literacy centers! My first graders loved working on them!!! You can get your copy at my lil' TpT store {HERE}!!  It's on sale for 20% off TODAY!!
Here's a sneak peek of everything you'll get in the packet!!

We are HUGE fans of reading the room in my classroom. Here's a weather themed Read the Room that focuses on /ai/ and /ay/ sounds for YOU. Click on the picture to download it!

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful Sunday afternoon!! I'm loving the crispy cool Fall weather we're having here....can't wait for Parker to wake up from his nap so we can go play outside again!!!
Speaking of my Parker...check out these pictures of him playing while I worked in my classroom yesterday! At one point, I looked over and all I could see were his little legs poking out of the cardboard box...didn't get the camera in time...dang it!!  Too cute!!!

Under the Weather...

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Hey Sweet Friends! I was planning on posting more weather activities, but I'm actually feeling a little under the weather right now...YUCK! All I have to say is thank goodness tomorrow is Friday!! Can't wait to catch up on my blogging this weekend!! Happy Friday Eve!! 

Weather Fun!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
We just wrapped up our weather unit last week! It was so much fun to start the year off learning about something we experience every day!! Here are some of the activities we loved....

We made the cutest cloud flipbooks. The kiddos created cumulus, cirrus, and stratus clouds out of cotton balls and labeled them in their books! Click {here} for the labels!

We learned about dangerous weather and weather safety! Then we made a tornado in a bottle!! COOL stuff! The children couldn’t get enough of this activity…they wanted to do it again and again and again…

We also enjoyed learning about weather instruments. Everyone was so excited to work with a “real” thermometer! And putting them in cold and warm water to explore temperature changes was a BIG hit!!
 Hands-on learning ROCKS!!
We fell in love with these precious lil’ wind vanes!

Super easy and cheap to make! Here’s what you’ll need:
-wind vane pointers {Click here to download}
Step 1- Decorate & cut out the pointers.
Step 2- Tape the pointers to the ends of a straw.
Step 3- Stick a pin in the middle of the straw.
Step 4- Stick the pin into the middle of a pencil eraser.
 Step 5- Go outside and test them out!!
Stay tuned for more weather activities tomorrow!

Happy *almost* Hump Day!!


First Grade Common Core Essential Question Posters!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Hey y'all~Several sweet people have ask me if I had a Common Core essential question poster set for sale on TpT after posting pictures of the posters in my classroom! I just uploaded them on TpT tonight! You can check them out {HERE}!

 The First Grade Common Core Essential Questions packet includes 150+ essential question posters (8.5 x 11) that cover all 1st grade Common Core Standards. They are full of adorable graphics that are sure to get your students' attention!

I'm also working on my next packet of math journal prompts! I plan to have it uploaded in about a week!!

We just finished our weather unit and I have lots of goodies to share tomorrow...can't wait!! As for now, it is time for this teacher to get some sleep!! Sweet Dreams!!! 



Monday, September 5, 2011
Happy Labor Day!!! Teachers pay Teachers is having a flash sale today. The promo code is FLASH and it offers 5% off all your purchases today!!! I just put all of my products on sale to give you an additional 10% off!!! Hope you have a GREAT 4 day week!!! :)


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Heidi at Swamp Frog First Graders just made my day! She was SO SWEET to put my blog on her Top 10 list!!! What an honor!!!! THANK YOU, HEIDI!!!

If you haven't hopped on over to Blog Hoppin' to check out all of the classroom community ideas, go now!! I posted a couple of things I do with my kiddos last night that I'd love for you to check out!!


Back to School Fun and Literacy Center Freebie!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011
 Hey y'all~ I've been having a blast s-l-o-w-l-y teaching center procedures and routines to my kiddos the last couple of weeks! They're doing an incredible job! We started off the year with my back to school centers! The majority of the activities reviewed kindergarten skills to refresh all the little summer brains. My sweet first graders loved them!! They proved that learning is FUN right from the start!! *Mission* accomplished!!! YAY!!

 School of Numbers- Students matched the picture, number words, and numerals 1-10.
Missing Number Puzzles- Students find the missing numbers on each bus to complete the puzzles.
Base Ten Chalk Fun- Students match the base ten blocks and numbers.
Read the Room- Students read and sorted the /sh/, /ch/, /th/ words on the wall.
Alphabet Puzzles- Students find the missing letter to complete each alphabet puzzle.
Rhyme Time-Students match the rhyming words.

You can check out these centers and more in my Back to School Math and Literacy Center Packet  {{HERE}}

And here's a lil' literacy center freebie fun for you- Noun Sort!! Students sort the nouns by people, places, and things. Click on the picture to download it!!

Don't forget to head over to Blog Hoppin' to read all of the wonderful ways to build a classroom community!!!! Awesome ideas!!!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Tomorrow is the first Sat. in three weeks that I don't have to go to grad school from 9-5!! I can't tell you how excited I am to spend the day with my family!! We are taking Parker to his first movie~ Winnie the Pooh!! Wooohooo!! He can't wait to go see the "big t.v."!!! Crossing my fingers that it doesn't freak him out!!!