Saturday, September 6, 2014

Apple Time!

Yay! 

I am so happy that summer is almost over & we are heading into my FAVORITE season...FAAALLLLL!!

I am so ready for all the fun fall stuff that I made this math packet that is FULL of apple math stuff!
Apple Time Math

You can check it out by clicking on the pic.

You can win a copy by going here!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fall Freebie!

Hello bloggy friends!
I haven't forgotten about you. I have a super challenging class this year & I have been putting ALL of my energy into them! 
Anyway~
I am SOOO ready for fall!
I am ready for the cooler weather, the crisp autumn air, pumpkins, apples, Halloween....
Thinking of all those things inspired me to make this little freebie that I wanted to share with all of you! 

Fall Labels FREEBIE!

Enjoy & let me know what ya think!! 



Monday, August 11, 2014

Finding Solutions!

So~ I have been back to school for 2 weeks & I am already noticing that some of my cuties need LOTS of extra practice with literacy skills. Even my grade level kids could use some brushing up on things like high frequency words, conventions, spelling, fluency, letter formation, etc. 
Well, I knew I had to do something to help my cuties along so I made a fun little packet. 
I use this packet for a ton of things! It can be a shared reading activity, interactive writing, comprehension activity, visualization activity, ...there are so many possibilities! 

**There are 10 passages in this packet & I use one passage for an entire week! **

It is helping my cuties so much & I'm only in my 2nd week of using it! 
Here is how it works:


On day 3, the students get there own copy of the passage to begin working with. I add these to their reading folders so that they have things that I KNOW they can read! 
They get such a big confidence boost because they are familiar with the passage & don't need any help reading them! 

Here is one format that I have for the passages:
(click the passage to try it out in your class!)

As you can see, in the beginning of the year, the passages are pretty simple! They are also topics that most kids have some background knowledge about. It's always good to get that schema activated & build those connections! 

So, you can see that this is a repetitive skill & fluency building activity!
 My kiddos LOVE to write on the chart. It has brought many rich discussions to our lessons.
 I just LOVE that it is super meaningful to them! :)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Back To School Hop & Giveaway!

Hi bloggy friends! 
I am teaming up with some great bloggers for a Back to School Blog Hop!  Each day a new blogger will be posting Back to School tips, Freebie, OR both!
Today is my day!! Yippie!!

If you didn't see Sarah's post, check it out here & don't forget to enter for a chance to win some super terrific Back to School products!! Yay!! 

The Fabulous First Grade

Soooo...I have already started back to school & wanted to share some freebies with you for when you start back!! 

Here is a fun little math freebie...
Back to School Math Freebie!!

This one if for all my clip chart using friends! :)


Behavior Clip Chart~ Zebra Theme

Here is a freebie that I used just today, our very first day!! 

I hope that you all have a great start to your school year!! 
Don't forget to visit Ms. Smith tomorrow when she posts her tip/tricks/freebies for this awesome blog hop!



Don't forget to enter the giveaway!!
Good luck! 


Friday, August 1, 2014

Pictures & More Pictures!

Hello Friends!!
As promised, here are the pictures from my classroom.
WARNING: this post has LOTS of pictures!
I was going to arrange the pictures into some sort of order, but I am just too doggone tired from my first full week back! So, you'll just have to pardon my laziness! 
I decided to go with a rainbow chevron theme to bring a little happy to my room! 
I hope you like it!! :)

Off we go...

Here is the one lone window in my classroom. I am digging my chevron curtain & the dancing flowers on the sill. I do love the view!

This is the student cubbies & their mailboxes. I label the mailboxes, desks, & cubbies with sharpie because I HATE using those adorable little nameplates that start to look yucky after the 1st week of school.

 This is my leveled library & reading bulletin board. My anchor charts will be displayed here as we make them. I am loving the black bulletin boards! It really makes my colors pop!
 This is my counter/sink area. Again, I triple heart LOVE the chevron curtains that help to hide the stuff on my otherwise open shelves. 
 This is my math manipulative cart. It is loaded down with every kind of manipulative you can think of! 
 This is my easel/ read aloud area...ignore the little red stool, it's not supposed to be there! 
 We don't do calendar at my school, but I still have to have one just to keep myself on track! It also helps when we make our monthly timeline because I put up holidays, birthdays, special days, etc.  The table under it is my time out table. They go here when they get a time out & write a note about what they did & how they are going to do better. The grey cart to the right holds all the laptops for my class. The chart on the wall is our school-wide pledge. The green writing on the board is my "I can..." statements.
 Here is my job chart. I just love it! Simple & easy!
 This is where the magic happens! My small group area...no desk for me! Getting rid of that big clunker was the best thing I ever did! The red balls you see behind the table are brought out for my friends that have a case of the squirmies! 
 My math bulletin board & number line...
 Um...social studies
 This is the cutest little welcome banner and the picture turned out all wonky...fail.
 This is the view from my table...digging all the colors! 
 This is the view from the window...

 From the door....LOVING my paper fans!! :)
 From the door looking to the right.
 Daily schedule...again, simple & easy! 
 This is looking at the front of the room...
 Word wall & some table groups.
 Looking across the room from the word wall.
 From the front of the room...ignore the finger
 Another shot from the door.
 Back corner...
 I love the pennant banner above my promethean board. It adds so much color! 
 This is my door & a little close up of the nametags.
So, that's it!! I hope that you have enjoyed the show! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Markdown!

Hello friends~ 
I am linking up with

My Photo

for their Monday Markdown!
I have marked down my Back to School Fun Math Unit!!

Back To School Fun~ A Math Unit!

It will be 50% off!!


Get over to Kelly & Kim's Kindergarten Kreations & see all the other terrific products that awesome sellers are marking down this week!! 

Happy Monday!! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Paper Fan Tutorial...My Latest Obsession!

So- I am super into paper fans right now...

I used to have tissue puffy balls hanging in my classroom.
They looked like this...

Please excuse the bare bones, boring  classroom. Anyway~ I hang the puff balls over each table group & that's how I organize groups & centers & well, everything...

Sooooo, I got a little tired of the puff balls after 3 years & now I am switching to fans. 

Well, I thought I would do a little tutorial so that you can make them for your very own, that is, if you like them! :)

STEP 1:  Accordian Fold a 12 x 18 piece of construction paper (about 1" folds).
*You will need 3 of these.

STEP 2: Fold all 3 of them in half.


STEP 3: Get that hot glue gun fired up & start gluing the ends of all 3 sections together!

 Keep Gluing... REMEMBER, you are just gluing the edges together...see, it's starting to look fan-ish!
 Just keep gluing....halfway there...
 Almost done, just gotta glue those last two edges together! 
 Yay! All that gluing paid off!! A pretty 12" fan! 
 OPTIONAL STEP 4: Add a label to the fan. I put the label on front & back because mine will be hanging from the ceiling & turning around occassionally.
 STEP 5: Hot Glue a ribbon on & ba-da-bing you have yourself a paper fan!! Yippie!!
Here's my little bundle of colored fans. 
My room will be rainbow chevron this year & I am LOVING these bright colored cuties!! I cannot wait to get in my classroom & hang them all up!! 

Don't worry, I will post picks!!