Friday, October 16, 2015

Fall Favorites and Freebies

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Hey guys!! I hope everyone is having a great week!  We are on Fall Break, so no complaints here!  Today I have some exciting news!  Today I have written a post at The Primary Peach all about my fall favorites and I am sharing a FREEBIE!!  This is an exclusive freebie only to the readers at The Primary Peach, so go by and check it out.  This whole month is full of some awesome teachers and their own freebies!  You can also be entered to win a $50 Amazon or TPT Gift Card!  What are you waiting for? 

 

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Columbus Day

Happy Columbus Day everyone!! I know some of you were lucky enough to have the day off…well not me!  I was there teaching away! LOL!  We do have a 3 day work week and 2 days for FALL BREAK!! WOOT WOOT!!

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Anyway, we still had a great time with some fun Columbus Day fun!  We made and read this book from my Christopher Columbus Little Learners TPT product. 

 

 

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We then designed our own ships!  So cool!  They really got into this and wrote some awesome stories!

 

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We made an anchor chart to remember all of the facts and watched a Brain Pop Jr. video. 

 

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Tomorrow we are going to write a how-to writing piece about how-to sail a ship.  Should be fun and interesting!

You can get the writing template for FREE!  Just click the image below or get the full product {HERE!}

 

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Halloween Estimation

 

I am always telling my 1st grade team that I need a little fun in my lessons.  We are always trying to find a way to add engaging and FUN elements into our lessons. 

 

I created this fun, engaging, and easy prep lesson that is all about estimation and making reasonable predictions!

 

 

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Present your students with a jar of seasonal candy.  I bet they are already engaged!!  Let them pass around the jar and make a reasonable prediction.  If this is your first estimation activity, you will have to talk about what is reasonable.   It is not reasonable to guess 2 or 200!

 

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Students will then write their prediction on the first recording sheet and hang it beside the bubblegum machine.

 

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Then count the candy (count by 2’s, 5’s, or 10’s).  Discuss who was the closet to the correct amount.  Students will then return to their seats to record the actual answer. 

 

 

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There are so many concepts that can be covered- one-to-one correspondence, skip counting, estimation, predications, reasonable answers, place value, etc.

 

 

If you would like to snag a copy for your own class just click {HERE!}

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Number of The Day

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Number sense and place value concepts are the most important standards in Math.  They are the basis of everything you will teach the remainder of the year.  A good solid number sense background will inevitably lead to confident math students.

I use many different strategies to teach these standards, but one rises above all the others.  What is this you may ask?  Well none other than Number of the Day.  Many teachers/schools use this, so I thought I would share my twist.


I have one of the templates on my SMART Boards every morning for my kiddos.  They have the paper version in a page protector in their desk.  They complete it with a dry erase marker during our morning routine.  It is quick , easy, and there is no need to make copies of random sheets. 

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I use this during the first two weeks of school.  This gets them use to routine of coming in every morning and completing it independently.

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We quickly move to the this template and stay till about Christmas.

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This is after Christmas until it is no longer needed.  This comes sooner for some kids than others.  Some students will continue for the remainder of the year.
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Interested in making your morning routine meaningful and easy!?  Check it out {here!}

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Plan With Me Sundays

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Happy Fall ya’ll!!  I am loving this time of the year!!  Today, and the last several days, have been super dreary.  We have had tons of rain!!  What better way to spend a lazy and rainy Saturday?  Of course, decorating my planner.  It has honestly become one of my favorite hobbies.  It lets me be creative and stay organized. It’s a win win!

I braved the rain just for you guys!  I scored some cute fall stickers and Project Life cards. 

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I decided to shop the rest of the spread from the comfort of my home.  I found these printable sticker on Etsy at Kittik Printables.

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I apologize for the horrible photos.  A rainy dark day does not go well with picture taking.  Sad smile
However, I am still in LOVE with how it turned out!!  I used stickers from the Etsy shop, stickers from Wal-Mart, and gold washi from The Target Dollar Spot. These pictures do not do the washi justice.  It is very pretty and sparkle in person!

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I love to section off my weekend with washi.  It is a visual that helps me separate the work week from the weekend.  I changed the morning, day, night sections to today, to do, and little things. 
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I used one of the project life cards and taped it to the ruler.  I will use this to write down special memories from the week.

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This is the final spread.  It makes me happy!!


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Jump on over and check out Meghan’s post!! We are so happy you stopped by!! Remember to link up with your own planner spreads/ideas!  We would love to see them!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Plan With Me Sunday



We are back with our now monthly Plan With Me Sunday!! Meghan and I are excited to share with you our planner layouts.  I will actually be showing my spread from last week.  I have been super busy and just finished day 20 of school.  I have some awesome kiddos and I am loving being a first grade teacher again this year! 

So let’s get right into all the washi, stickers, and planning!

This is my Erin Condren planner.  It is well loved and getting some age on it.  I will need to buy a new one after December, so that I exciting! I use this particular planner for my personal life and some school things.  I have a separate cheaper planner that use only at school.  I don’t decorate it.  I leave that to just this beauty!

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The last several weeks, I have been loving using FREE stickers from here.  They are fabulous!!  I highly recommend them!  I used a purple polka dot and turquoise striped washi. 

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This was my layout for last week.  I loved how it turned out.  Purple is my favorite color! I love the to-do lists at the top of each day.  Let’s also talk about how cute the coffee, cookie, and doughnut are!! I also added my meal plan at the bottom as usual.

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I then used a piece of scrapbook paper, cut off the tab, and used it for my to-do list for this weekend.

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I used the same washi as before and taped it to the ruler that come with EC planners.

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I taped a note pad page to the bigger paper.  Now the list can easily be removed and reattached if needed.

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And this is the finished look!!

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I hope you decide to link up and show off your planner!!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

My Week in Pictures- Week of August 24th

Wow three weeks down!  Crazy!  This was a SUPER busy week.  We had Curriculum Night on Tuesday, church Wednesday night, and PLC till almost 5:00 on Thursday.  Talk about exhausted!! I am hoping next week will be a lot more chilled out.

 

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So on to This Week in Pictures!

 

I am going to do this backwards this time starting with Friday.  I eat lunch with Andrew (my son) every Friday.  This is a HUGE advantage to teaching the same grade your child is in. 

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In Math we played a tally mark memory game with partners or small groups.  I am using Reagan Tunstall’s new Guided Math units {here} and I am LOVING them.  They are filled with games and high interest activities.

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We also talked about the differences between fiction and nonfiction.  I used Froggy Goes to School (which I had already read) and a nonfiction Frog book.  They did so well coming up with differences.

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Then they went back to their seats and wrote all about real frog facts in their journal.  We are still getting use to writing without support, so I got them started.

 

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On Thursday, we had STEM!  We are loving STEM this year.  We made pinwheels and anemometers to go along with our study of weather.

 

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In Math we went around the room and counted objects that were found in mystery bags.  We wrote the digit, number word, and tally marks.  This got out all of our wiggles and we practiced our number skills.

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We also took a short field trip outside of our school to see a real anemometer! 

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Wednesday during Writer’s Workshop we talked all about unfreezing our character’s and give them emotions.  I have the cutest picture ever of my class showing their emotions, but it of course shows their faces.  So that is a no go on this blog. Sad smile 

 

Tuesday we continued doing awesome at Making Words. This is such an awesome program!! 

 

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On Monday we talked about Paul Bunyan in Social Studies.  I made a really cute anchor chart, but of course forgot to take a picture.  Our H.O.T. question of the week was “Would you want to hang out with the main character?  Why or Why not?”  These are their responses about Paul Bunyan.  So cute!

 

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That is all for this week!! Have a great weekend guys!