Five for Friday {Nashville, Numbers to 120, Daily 5, Labor Day Sale & More}

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Thank you sweet Jesus for the 3 day weekend. I'm tired...and sleeping in sounds better than a million bucks right now. Not kidding.
Here's a random recap of my week...
Happy 1st Birthday, Rosie!!
My sweet family and I went to Nashville to celebrate my niece's first birthday! My sister did such a cute job planning and decorating for the party. Best part {other than being with my whole family}- they had a snowball truck in their backyard...yum.yum.yum.

P's First Homework Assignment
We had a huge milestone moment in our house this week....Parker had his first homework assignment! We had to put pictures of things our family loved around the letter B {for Brantley}. He was so excited about it, which melted my mama heart:) 

Daily 5 Coaching!
Our Daily 5 stamina is getting stronger by the minute. One of my favorite parts of Read to Someone is the time or coaching strategy. I made bookmarks with our reading strategies to help them coach each other. You can grab your free copy {here}!
Numbers to 120!  

My firsties are having fun learning all about numbers to 120. I'm using many of the activities and games in my Numbers to 120 math unit.
Yesterday, we read and made Thundercake to add a sweet touch to our weather unit! We cooked it in my Crock Pot, so our classroom smelled like chocolate heaven!!!
Crock Pot Thunder Cake: {recipe found here}
1 package chocolate cake mix (a no pudding added one)
8 oz. sour cream
1 ½ cups chocolate chips
1 cup water
4 beaten eggs
¾ cup oil
1 small box of chocolate pudding

Directions: Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into a crockpot and cook on high for about 2 1/2 hours. Don't let it burn! Use a large spoon to take out. Put on paper plates. Top with whipped cream.

I hope you enjoy your 3 day weekend!! I'm having a little 20% off Labor Day sale in my TpT shop tomorrow to celebrate!



Rewind.... The First Week of First Grade!!!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Today I'm rewinding back to the highlights of my awesome first week of school...

This year for morning work, I decided to make a little "Welcome to First Grade" coloring sheet. It kept my new first graders engaged and happy! This was especially helpful while I was running around putting away supplies, greeting parents, easing nerves, drying tears {not mine;)}, taking attendance, lunch count, etc. 
You can download it {here}.
 The kids loved getting to know me right away with my All About Mrs. Brantley slideshow! Afterwards, I gave them their first true/false quiz..all about me!
 "Grab a Question" was a big hit to help us get to know each other! I put these different questions in a bucket for students to pull out one at a time & answer! Easy and fun icebreaker activity!! You can download it {here}.
 We read First Day Jitters and made delicious Jitter Juice. You can grab Jitter Juice activities from Abby's Fun with Firsties packet!!

I read Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. This was a great book to talk about treating each other respectfully, how to be a good friend, etc. We also did a ton of name activities- sharing why our names are special, name puzzles, graphing the letters in our name, and....

"Rainbow Names" from  Deanna's Literacy & Math Fun with Names unit was a blast! 

 We also made our precious "All About Me" paper dolls from The Teacher Wife's Back to School packet!! Love, love, love them!!!

We brainstormed what we need to do for everyone to have the best school year. Then we created our classroom guidelines. We discussed what each guideline would look and sound like in our classroom/school! This process is based from Positive Discipline in the Classroom.

 We started learning Read to Self procedures & building our stamina. Seriously, I'm so proud of how hard my sweet readers are working! They are rockin' the Daily 5!!

We didn't waste a minute learning problem solving strategies and math journal procedures! I'll have a separate post coming soon all about math journaling. You can check out the math journal prompts I use {here}!

As you can see, we were busy, busy the first week of school! I'm one happy and EXHAUSTED teacher....Can't wait for the 3 day weekend to finally get some much needed rest!! 


New Common Core Numbers to 120 Unit & BTS Sale!!

Sunday, August 18, 2013
I'm so excited to share my latest labor of love........
 This unit is a collection of all my favorite activities to teach numbers/counting to 120! It's aligned to the Common Core 1.NBT.A.1 standard {Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120. In this range, read and write numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral.}.This is the first standard I teach my little mathematicians! Many of the activities in this packet offer suggestions and printables to make differentiating instruction easier for you.

Here's a sneak peek of the teaching goodies in this unit...

You can grab your copy <here> for 28% off during the TpT Back to School sale!! Don't forget to use the BTS13 coupon code!

Happy Counting!!

It's *ALMOST* Here....TpT Back to School Sale '13!!!!

Saturday, August 17, 2013
Are you as ready as I am for the HUGE TpT Back to School sale?!?! It starts tonight at midnight!!! YAY! You can grab your favorite products for 28% off--- just make sure to use the BTS13 coupon code at check out. My wish list runneth over & I'm sure yours is, too!!! I'm also busy getting credits for leaving feedback on previous purchases because I can use them during the sale to get an even better deal!!!
You can check out my TpT shop {here}!

Classroom Reveal {w/ LOTS of freebies}

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Hey y'all!! I'm joining the fun over at Blog Hoppin' to show you my little home away from home! This year, I decided to change my classroom theme to primary/rainbow colors with a mix of my two favorite patterns- polka dots and chevron. I really love how it's turned out! 
A lot of the decor in my room is from my Editable Keep Calm & Chevron decor packet. The desk caddies are from Really Good Stuff. I absolutely love them because they don't take up a lot of precious desk space.

 Meet my new rug. Isn't it beautiful?!! 
I bought it from Amazon {here}....Unfortunately, I didn't get away with hiding the cost from my hubby...*sigh*

My chevron alphabet and number posters add an educational splash of color above my whiteboard/SmartBoard! 

My word wall is looking pretty wordless right now, but it won't be long before that changes! Download the decorative letters that spell out "word wall" and "anchor charts" {here}!
  I made "I can" posters to describe each stage of the writing process. And they match my dots on black border, which makes me a very happy teacher. I'm planning to display student created examples under the posters for each stage. You can check out the writing process posters {here}!

  The adorable pencil is a freebie from my friend, Lindsey over at the Teacher Wife!

 Here's my Daily 5 board...we haven't started rotations yet, so the posters are blankety blank at the moment....gotta build our stamina and learn those procedures/routines first!! You can grab my Daily 5 cards for free {here}.

These are my book baskets! I bought the white magazine files on Amazon and jazzed them up with polka dotted labels!!

Just for fun and because it's cute, I made a READ banner. You can download it {here} to make one for your room!!

My biggest summer project was organizing my library! Of course, I had to make polka dot library labels to go along with it. You can check them out {here}!

I'm super blessed to have a parapro who can sew like a pro!! Her amazingness made me curtains this summer!!! I die.

Behind my reading table, I made mini versions {due to lack of wall space} of the Beanie Baby inspired reading strategies.You can download them for free {here}!

My Common Core Essential Question posters are located at the front of the room on my magnetic whiteboard. I just take them on and off with magnets!! Easy Peasy!

 I'm so excited about my new bucket filler space!! Compliments in my room are going to be flowing in style this year!! My buckets were made using Cheryl from Primary Graffiti's editable bucket filler pack , which is awesome!!! Grab the "Be a Bucket Filler" poster for free {here}!

My goal every year is to get organized. With the help of my chevron supply labels and $1 Big Lots tubs, I'm feeling pretty darn organized. I do need to alphabetize these suckers though, which is on my to-do list tomorrow!! Hello, Type A personality!!

 Every morning, my kiddos check their Daily folders {folder that goes from school to home} for notes, money, or homework. I have these plastic drawers for them to turn everything in to me. If you like these chevron labels, you can grab a copy {here}!

My little pencil cups got a nice makeover, too... I bought the chevron cups at Wal-Mart {99 cents}! You can download the pencil cup labels {here}!

Last, but not least...brain kisses. I won't tell you how many I've had this week. I picked up the glass jar from the beloved Hobby Lobby {$4.99}. Of course, the label I made is {here} for you to download!

I hope you've enjoyed taking a peek into my classroom!! Make sure to link up your classroom digs at Blog Hoppin'!!
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