Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 31, 2016
To kick off the new year, I'm having a sale in my TpT shop! Grab what you need in 2017 for 20% off! Even my already discounted bundled resources are on sale. Just click on the button below to head to my store! 

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Cheers to a new year FULL of health and happiness! Bring it 2017!!!

My Favorite Holiday Brain Breaks!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

It's here! The last week before our holiday break..
Sweet treats galore, ornament crafting, letters to Santa, gingerbread house decorating, elf madness, jingle bells, hot cocoa mustaches & so much more! It's one of my favorite times of year, but in the spirit of keeping it real, it is also EXHAUSTING managing a class full of kids hyped up on the holiday fun!

 One thing I do to survive the craziness is give my kiddos a few minutes in between activities to get their wiggles out. Today, I just want to quickly share with you some of my favorite brain break videos that are perfect for this time of year! You can find them all on YouTube!

Hope you found a brain break you can use with your class as you countdown to your well deserved break! 

Happy Holidays! 

Holiday Math Scoot Games and More

Sunday, November 27, 2016
It's right around the corner, y'all! DECEMBER!!
With the holiday buzz that is currently taking over my classroom, I have been trying to incorporate movement as much as possible into my lesson plans. Since we are learning about solving addition and subtraction equations, I made a couple of holiday themed Scoot games to use during math workshop. They'll be a lot of fun, but also a great formative assessment to see how everyone was doing with addition/subtraction facts, mental math, and applying strategies. 
Click here to download your free copy of Santa Scoot!

Click here to download your free copy of Gingerbread Scoot! 
The Dollar Tree is one of my favorite places to shop this time of year! Last week, I found these adorable Santa and Snowmen candy holders that I turned into dice shakers. They made the cutest addition and subtraction math stations! Maybe your Dollar Tree has them, too! If so, you can download the recording sheet I used to go with them here

Happy Teaching!! Falalalala:) 

Winter Super Sentences in a Snap: Mentor Sentence Printables

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Do you use mentor sentences in your classroom? If not, it's never too late to get started! I just finished and posted the winter edition of my Super Sentences in a Snap pack! It has everything you need (minus the books) to teach your students about sentence structure, grammar skills, and writer's craft using mentor sentences! In just a 10 minute daily lesson, you will cover so many ELA skills! The best part is that these mentor sentence lessons are designed to support all levels of learning. The sentences included were selected from popular winter themed books (see the list below). Everything is print and go ready to save you tons of prep time! 

What's included?
Print and Go.....
*Teacher Guides
*Sentence Posters
*Sentence Pocket Chart Cards
*Sentence Journal Strips
*Sentence Building Strips (two options: in order and mixed up)
*Editing Eyes activity (for each sentence)
*Journal Labels
***Students will need a composition book for their "Super Sentence Journal".

I picked the mentor sentences from my favorite and popular winter themed read alouds!!

Gingerbread Baby
The Polar Express
The Snow Globe Family
Sneezy the Snowman
Tacky the Penguin
The Mitten
Substitute Groundhog
Grace for President
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

For more info and a free sample, click here 


Word Work Made Easy!

Monday, November 21, 2016
I believe in doing anything and everything to encourage and inspire my students to fall deeply in love with words! Each day we explore phonics, our spelling words {these follow a specific spelling pattern}, and sight words during word work time.  Last fall, I finally updated and spiced up our word work activities by creating one of my favorite new word work resources. It's made changing out stations EASY...like print and go easy...and my students can't wait to work with them! Of course, we still also enjoy word building games, letter magnets, letter tiles, dry erase boards/markers, etc., but our new and improved word work tower is a BIG hit!  It's where I organize 10 different word work stations every few weeks. There's something for everyone! Each station has a recording sheet to keep students accountable. 
Download my word work tower labels <here>!

Here are some of our word work favorites...

You can find all of these activities in my 
Spelling in a Snap pack here
        Click here to download a few freebies!


Let's Add!

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Learning to add numbers is a huge (and hard) part of first grade! First graders need a lot of practice to master addition facts! I have found that the best way to incorporate addition fluency into my classroom is through playing games. My students love them! They're much more engaged in their learning when they have hands-on games that allow them to move around, work with a partner, talk about math/adding numbers, and most of all have fun! Dice, spinners, cubes, counters, and game boards are always staples in my room...probably used almost every day! I have several addition games and activities in my Let's Add pack that my kids play throughout the year. They can be used in small groups, with a partner, independently, and even for homework. Many of the games also have differentiated options to support all levels of learning.

Addition Bump is a class favorite! Each partner takes turns rolling the dice, adding the numbers, and covering the sum on their game board. If a number already has a counter on it, the other partner has a chance to "bump" it off. If a player gets the same number twice, then he /she can stack two counters on that number to freeze it. When a player freezes a spot with two counters, their cubes can not be bumped off. The first player to use all of their counters first, wins the game!

Four in a Row is another fun game! Players take turns rolling the 2-3 dice (depending on how many addends), adding the numbers, and covering the sum on their game board. If the number is not on their board, they lose their turn. The first player to cover four sums in a row wins. 

Players take turns spinning each of the two number spinners. They write an addition  number sentence with the numbers from the two spins. The player with the greatest sum gets the win for that round. The game continues until the recording sheet is completed. The player with the most wins at the end of the game, wins! Three different game boards are included to differentiate this game! 

This is a great game for students to work on math fact fluency independently, with a partner, or in a small group. To play, students need a die, counters, dry erase board or math journal (to work out problems), and “Roll, Add, & Race” game board. Players roll a die and solve the problem in the row that matches the number they rolled. Once the problem is solved, they cover it with a counter.  The game continues until players have a row that takes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! 
             A variety of different game boards are included to differentiate skill/ability levels.

Dice make everything nice to my first graders:) I also might have a slight addiction to buying different kinds of them on Amazon. I justify it because they just about make anything a game and are so great to use to differentiate activities! To play Roll & Add, students need 2-3 dice (depending on how many numbers you want them to add) and a recording sheet. Students roll the dice. Then, they write and solve a number sentence using the numbers on their recording sheet. To differentiate this activity, two different recording sheets are included in the pack. You can choose whether students will roll and add two or three numbers. Also, you can use this activity to practice adding two digit numbers by rolling two dice to make a two digit number! For example, if I roll a 2 and a 4, that would make 24.

For this activity, students can work in groups of 2-4. They each need a Spin and Match game board, counters (cubes, tiles, etc. to cover up spaces on their game board), and a paper clip to use as a spinner. The players take turns spinning and finding a match (an equation that equals the number the spinner landed on) on their board. If they spin a space that is already covered up, they miss their turn. The first player to cover all their spaces wins! There are four different game boards included to differentiate this game. 

Grab, Roll, and Solve is another math tub favorite! I love this activity because you can instantly differentiate it to meet the needs of your students by using higher or lower numbers for them to "grab". It's also an activity that can be used in a variety of situations-students can work independently, with a partner, or in small groups. To play, students grab a number card and roll the die. Then, they record the numbers on their recording sheet and solve the equation. Need to make less copies?
 Stick it in a page protector and let the kids use a dry erase marker to show their work!

I've never met a kid that doesn't like playing Tic Tac Toe! To play Addition Tic Tac Toe, players take turns solving an addition fact to be able to put an “X” or “O” on the spot. First player to get 3 in a row, wins! I always have them laminated and ready to play as a math game. They also make a great homework activity! 
There are a variety of different game sheets included in my Let's Add pack- addition to 5, addition to 10, addition to 20, doubles facts, plus 10 facts,  and two digit addition without regrouping. Each sheet has 4 Tic Tac Toe games. 

Throughout the year, I'm constantly referring to these addition strategy posters! I love that they serve as a reminder to my kids that their are multiple strategies you can use
to solve an addition problem.

I’ve included a variety of no-prep printables to give your students extra practice with adding numbers. These are great to use for morning work, math tubs, sub plans, and/or homework! Here are just a few from the pack...

I'm a huge fan of anything that will get my kids up and moving around the room while learning at the same time! The I SPY & SCOOT addition games that I created do just that! After placing the cards on the wall or on desks. Students move around the room to solve the addition equations. 

Happy Adding! 

Erin Condren Teacher Planner!!!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Everything about Erin Condren planners make me happy! I've been obsessed for years now, so I about died when they contacted me to write a review on their amazing teacher planner. 

And then this beauty arrived on my front porch...
Y'all, even the packaging details are amazing! 
But it gets even better...look at the teacher goodies inside... basically, teacher heaven in a box! Yep.

Even the pens are inspiring:)

Let's just say that every page in my teacher planner is my favorite! HA!

There's a place for your long-range planning! 

A place to remember birthdays! 

Throughout the planner, there are inspirational messages! I'm planning on framing these to put in my office or classroom (when I've used all I can use of the planner). 

Absolutely love the calendar pages, especially when they are decorated with EC stickers! 

These lesson planning pages won't be blank for long! Although, I mainly use digital lesson plans, I still use these pages to take notes of what I need, reminders for the lessons, etc. I love that they are color coded and that there is plenty of room to write! 

Tons of student checklists-great for keeping up with assessment scores! Again, a big YAY for the color coding!

And the stickers....oh my goodness, the stickers! They seriously thought of everything (blank ones are included, too)! 

Thank you, Erin Condren, for making my teacher heart so happy with this planner! I love it! 

Are you ready to get one of your own? 

Click here to check it out for yourself and receive $10 off your first purchase! 

Trust me, you will love your planner!