Sunday, September 18, 2011

Weather Part 2 *finally*

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!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Under the Weather...

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!! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Weather Fun!!!

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!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

First Grade Common Core Essential Question Posters!

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!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Back to School Fun and Literacy Center Freebie!!!

 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!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Three for Thursday!!

Hey Sweet Friends!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Three for Thursday!! Today I'm going to share three of my favorites...fonts, blogs, and online resources. I've spent WAY too much time pondering what to post because I'm head over heals for so many fonts, blogs, and online resources!!!

I'm a font lover. I just can't get enough of precious "Elise" from Kevin & Amanda !!! I love, love, LOVE her!!! You can click here to check this beautiful baby out!

My Favorite Blog

I love a BAzillion blogs so this was a doozy question...but the sweet girl who inspired me to blog was Cara from The First Grade Parade! Love her!!!

My Favorite Online Resource

TpT is AWESOME! It's helped me find free or really affortable teaching resources to use in my classroom. My first grade babies can't get enough of the activities I find on TpT!! You can't beat finding tons of quality teacher created products to make our job(s) easier!!! It's my #1 online resource hands down!!

Link up with us Blog Hoppers HERE to share all of your favs!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Meet the Teacher Monday

Josh, Parker, and Me!

Hey Y'all! I'm so excited that it's Meet the Teacher Monday!!! I've been enjoying getting to know so many of you.... 
My name is Anna Brantley. I live in Watkinsville, Georgia, which is right outside of Athens (GO DAWGS!). I'm blessed to have an amazing hubby, Josh! We only dated for 7 weeks before he proposed to me!! Talk about love at first sight...never believed in it until I met him! God had been so good to us! We've been married for 3 amazing years...
About 7 weeks after this wedding picture was taken, we found out that we were expecting the most precious little boy, our son, Parker!

One of my favorite newborn pics with Parker!

First Birthday!!

and now he is such a big boy!!! Time flies!!

He is EVERYTHING to us!! His sweet, two year old energy keeps us very busy, but we enjoy every minute of it!

How long have you been teaching?
I just started my fifth year! I began teaching in 2007! I taught 2nd grade for two years, then I switched to 1st! 

You might not know....
I love making jewelry!!

I knew at a very early age that I wanted to be a teacher!

I lost 30 lbs on Weight Watchers after I had Parker!!

I'll finish my Master's degree program on October 15th.....counting down the days!!

I am addicted to Starbucks Lattes!

You might know.....
I'm obsessed with cute graphics....I have a problem y'all! HELP!

What are you looking most forward to this school year?
-watching my students grow
-graduating from grad school=pay increase

What do you need to improve?
--Using my time wisely!
--Classroom Organization....getting much better at this now that I have a system I like!
--Going on more dates with my hubby!

What teaching supplies can you *not* live without?
1. SMARTboard
2. Document Camera
3. Chart Paper/Easel
4. Magnetic Clips
5. Post It Notes
6. Baskets/ Bins
7. Labels
8. Pointers
9. Pocket Charts
10. Books
Don't forget to head on over to Blog Hoppin' to link up your Meet the Teacher post! We can't wait to get to know you better!!