Thursday, August 11, 2011

Jungle Boogie!

Hey y'all!! I started back on Wednesday and have loved every single precious minute with my new first graders!! Seriously, they are the sweetest bunch!! 

I had planned to post pics of my room last weekend, but instead spent every bit of my free time making labels and working in my classroom! It was a lot of work...AND a lot of fun!!

Here are a few pictures of my new jungle themed room. Let me warn you though...It isn't as elaborate as many jungle themed rooms out there. My district encourages us to only have educational decorations. Let's just say my room is a very simplified version of a jungle themed classroom...

 View from door (before Meet the Teacher)
back of the room...with center rotation board and shelf

Click {HERE} to download the small center cards.
Click {HERE} to download the medium and large center cards.

close up of my "Spelling Fun" center choices (please excuse the supply baskets)

Click {HERE} to download the "Spelling Fun" labels.

front of the room

The reading strategy posters above my board were created by Donna Glynn (Kinder Glynn) (love her). You can get them HERE!

 My differentiated reading response station in progress, but I think it's going to turn out cute!

Listening Station!

 Computers and Listening Stations

 Content Essential Question Ribbons inspired by Deanna Jump!! Does anyone use essential questions?

Click {HERE} to download the subject area labels.

Here's a close up of what was on my students' desks before "Meet the Teacher". I used Cara Carroll's student info sheet (LOVED IT) and was inspired by her to create a jungle themed to-do list for my parents! You can check out Cara's back to school post with a bunch of awesome freebies HERE! 

As you can see in the picture above, I gave each of my sweeties a cute animal print stationary set from Oriental Trading as a lil' welcome gift. They were a BIG hit!!

After our wonderful first day in first grade, I also treated my students to these ADORABLE jungle suckers (also from Oriental Trading)!!! They were an even BIGGER hit!! 

Click {HERE} to download the "Welcome to 1st Grade" & "Thank you for being so SWEET today" cards! 

Well, I better get into bed & rest up for the first Friday of the school year!! Hope y'all have a great weekend!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

TpT Sale Extended and Update!!!

I'm extending my TpT sale for 2 more days!! Check it out {here}! All of my products are 20% off = center packets are only $5.60 (with 10% off coupon code B1T1S)!
On another note...
Today was my first official day back at school! We have preplanning through Tuesday and the kiddies come on Wednesday. I'm working so hard in my room (and going to many meetings) that I keep forgetting to take pics of my new & improved jungle theme! BOO! I've got my camera ready to go tomorrow...can't wait to share it with y'all this weekend..along with a bunch of free printables-jungle themed labels, my center cards, and some other goodies I've made:)

Whew! I'm tired...and I have tons to accomplish tonight to be prepared for tomorrow...I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

Monday, August 1, 2011

TpT Back to School Sale Starts Today!!

The BIG TpT Back to School sale starts today! YAY!!!! Everything in my store is 20% off & you can get an additional 10% off using the TpT coupon code  B1T1S! 

If you're purchasing products on your wish list, make sure the sale price shows up instead of the price the product was when you put it on your wish list!!

Happy, Happy Back to School Shopping!!



Also, check out these my awesome stores!! Their products are amazing!!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Back to School TpT Sale & Promo Code!!!

Get ready for an awesome back to school sale on TpT!  Many bloggers, including myself, are offering 20% off in our stores on top of the TpT discount of 10% (use promo code B1T1S)!  The sale will run from August 1st to August 4th. Click below to check out our stores! I know I can't wait to get 30% off several awesome TpT products!!! Happy Shopping!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Back to School Bonanza Giveaway!!!

Are you ready to go Back to School?  Erica Bohrer is hosting a Back to School Bonanza Giveaway that should help you get in the mood!  Twelve fabulous bloggers have teamed up with her to give one lucky winner a huge back to school prize pack!  Scroll, down to see the twelve tantalizing prizes you could win.The contest will run until midnight eastern time, on Thursday, July 28th. You have 4 chances to enter HERE!!

All the links and prizes are listed below!  Best of luck to you.  We wish you a great start to the new school year!

Blogs (click on each button to go directly to each blog): 


Teachers pay Teachers Stores:
6. One Extra Degree's Store
11.Ms. M's A Teacher's Plan  (this store is not on TpT)

Follow on Facebook:

Here is what you could win!


5. Amanda of One Extra Degree's Sub Tub

6. Miss Kindergarten's Calendar Pack

7. A Teacher's Plan Pre-Made Lesson Template from Ms. M.

8.  Yvonne of Sassy in Second's Football Number Bonds Tiered Math Tub

9. Melissa Freshwater's Monster Mash Math and Literacy Fun

11. Cheryl of Primary Graffiti's Celebrating Yummy Birthdays

12. Michelle of Fabulous in First's Back to School Beginning Sound Sort and Back to School Word Work

Good Luck Everyone!!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Back to School- 2nd & 3rd Day

 Day 2 & 3 = lots of back to school fun! 

Day 2
For morning work on the 2nd day, my students will decorate the cover of their "All About Me" book. Super Simple! I'm currently using a book that my team passed along to me a couple of years ago...I think it's from a teacher resource book??
After the kids come back from activity, it's calendar time & another round of the name game. Another fun ice breaker I play on the second day is "Mrs.Brantley's True/False Quiz". On the first day, I tell the children a lot about family, where I live, my favorite hobby, etc. I quiz them on this information w/ a true/false game! For example, I might say "Mrs. Brantley has a son named Parker!" and they would all say "True!!!". It's loads of fun and gives the students another opportunity to get to know me better!
Then we have fun with our names all day long!! I'll begin our "Name Day" with....
After I read the Chrysanthemum, we'll talk about everyone's special name! I send home the printables below to help with this activity. Click on the pictures to download the parent letter and "My Special Name" homework sheet!

Here are some other fun things you can do with names:

*Graph the number of letters in your students' names and discuss who has the fewest letters, who has the most, who has the same, etc.

*Let students create an acrostic poem using their name.

*Let your students write & decorate the letters in their name with sequins, noodles, pom poms, etc....

*Play the name scramble game. Students make letter tiles with paper squares to spell out their name. Pair everyone up with a partner & ask them to try to unscramble their friend's name. Lots of fun!! 

 Day 3....
My students will continue to work in their "All About Me" books for morning work! After calendar time, they'll complete this learning profile questionnaire. I like to review these over the weekend to prepare for the following week! Click the picture to download it!
Then we'll play a game called "Find a Friend". I'm using the fabulous Babbling Abby's creation for this! You can get it HERE on her blog, The Inspired Apple! Thanks for the freebie, Abby!

For snack, we are making "Friendship Fruit Salad"! I found this idea online last year here. You have to scroll all the way down to the bottom to find it! Here is how you make Friendship Fruit Salad...

In a large bowl....
Add one can of fruit...."These are the kind kids in our room."
Add another can of fruit..."These are the hard workers in our room"
Add another can of fruit..."These are the kids who share" 
Add some marshmallows..."These are the kind words being said in our room." 

Talk about how good the salad will taste & then pretend to peel a rotten banana. The kids will usually look at you like you're crazy & yell "Stop!!!".This is a good time to explain to them that the "Rotten Banana" causes trouble in our happy classroom by teasing, not sharing, being off task when it's time to work, etc....YUCK! That's when I ask my students if we want a "rotten banana" in our classroom or fruit salad. We all agree that we want a rotten banana-free fruit salad and classroom:)
While they are eating their yummy salad, I'll read....
Then we'll have a class meeting about what makes a good friend and why friendship is important! Afterwards, they will illustrate four ways they can be a good friend!

At this point, I *hope* my kiddos have a good grasp on how to be a good friend so we move into some math fun! The first game I'll teach my students is called Roll & Record! This is a number identification game in our Investigations Math series. I found it online {here} if you are interested in using it, too! Students roll a die & record whatever number it lands on! During this time, I'll keep busy by going around the room & praising everyone for their great teamwork/friendship skills!! 

Then we'll wrap up our day with a classroom scavenger hunt! You can download the one I'm using with my kids here!

I forgot to add one thing to my 1st day plans yesterday! I give each of my students a "special bag" when they meet me at Open House! They put an object that means a lot to them in the bag to share with the class! The students love sharing what's in their special bags on the first day of school! Click on the picture to download the note I'm attaching to my bags this year (pics to come soon)!
I had many requests for the editable version of my lesson plan format. I had to ask permission to share it since one of team members created the format for me! You can thank her for being more than happy to share it with you. BUT the word doc format is going crazy on me! I've spent way too long trying to get things to look right on google docs, but it's just not happening for me right now...ugh! Click on the pics (page 1 and 2)to download it anyway...hopefully y'all can fix it up on your computer! If you can figure out how to keep the format, please help a girl out & I'll upload it here!!


Next week, I'll be in my classroom working hard on my jungle theme! I'll take lots of pics to share here...until then...
Have a GREAT weekend!