Friday, August 30, 2013

They're here...

YAY!! September Math Journals for first grade!!
These are all aligned with the CCSS & have been field tested in my own first grade class! :)
I will have them on sale until I remember to take them off!!
I am also putting my August set on sale in case you missed it...

Remember...this is the FIRST GRADE set!

I also have them for kindergarten & you can find them for every month or in a bundle for the entire year! 

Happy LOOONNNGGG weekend to all!!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Super "e"

I know that many of you have just started back to school & this post will seem a little premature...but I have been in school for 6 weeks & we are ready to go! :)
This week I am teaching about the super e. 
So, here is how I introduced the lesson during our word study block...
I started with this super e video that my kiddos LOVED!

I then showed them some examples of words that change by adding a super e.
After that, it was up to them...
I gave them a strip of pictures, they cut them apart, glued them into their word study notebooks, and wrote the words being sure to add the super e!
Here is what the journals looked like...

Every kid got slightly different words so that they had to really stretch the words & spell them without being a cheatey Petey. :)
They did such a great job!! 

What's even better is that I saw them trying out the skill during writer's workshop & they were so happy that they knew this super e trick! 

If you want a copy of the pictures that I used for the activity you can find it on my Facebook page under the freebie tab! 

Yay!! Have a super hump day tomorrow!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Hello everyone~
We have been stuck inside for the last week or so because it has been raining like crazy here! Well today it looked like we would be able to finally break free from our classroom only to get outside & the rain started up again...BOOOOOO!
So, I thought I would share some of the brain breaks that I do during the day to keep my kiddos from losing their minds!
Do you know Koo Koo Kangaroo?
If not, you are definitely missing out!!
Here are some of our faves...

These are so fun!
We also LOVE the Gummy Bear song...

Use them & I promise your kiddos will think that you are the best teacher EVER!! 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

They're Here!!

Soooooo.....after a gajillion billion requests I FINALLY got around to bundling ALL of my monthly math journals!
And not a moment too soon because the big TPT back to school sale starts TODAY!!
Click the pic to go straight to them!
The bundle includes ALL math journals for the months of August through May! 
That's a lot of math ya'll!!
They are my best sellers & I have used ALL of them with my own kinders & they LOVED them! 

Snatch them up while they are all sale & you get an AWESOME deal!! 
Happy Shopping!! 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Fill Those Carts!!

Yay, yay, yay!!
It's finally here!!
The Teachers Pay Teachers Sale!!

I know that I have lots of goodies that I have had my eye on for a while & now is the time that I jump in there & snag them up!!
Here are a few of my newest packets in case you're interested....

Click the pics to go directly to the products! 
Don't forget to use the code BTS13 to get the deal!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

This Week in Math...

 I know that I have posted about math centers already this week but, those were the centers that I did LAST week. 

Remember me, the one who is trying to get caught up on posting stuff??

in 1st grade we are really hitting CCSS 1.OA(represent & solve problems using addition & subtraction) really hard! 
We have been introducing & using MANY different representations to solve equations. know me...
I just had to make some math centers to help us along!
Here they are...

This one is counting on. They start at the given number & count on using the markers on the card. After they figure it out they record their equations & answers on the sheet & color the marker to match the color on the card. Easy peasy!

Here they are writing equations that are represented on a tens frame. They pick a card, record the equation in the correct place, & solve it.

This is my trickiest center...I don't know if you are familiar with math mountains- they are kinda the same as number bonds. Anyway~ they have to trace the mountain to match the mountain on the card. Then, they write the given numbers & solve for the unknown number.

Number Line addition. They choose a number line, write the equation that is represented,  & solve. 

So, there you have it, FOUR representations that are kid friendly & that my firsties are finding success with!


I must say that there is nothing fancy about them. They're just plain, simple, & straightforward math centers. If you were looking for cute, it's just not in this one...sorry! 

With that being said...

I'm feeling generous...

you want a copy of them??

You can have them for free! Woo hoo!
Just leave me a comment with your email & I will send them out to ya! 

But hurry...I'm only sending them out to those of you that comment before I get home from school on Thursday (8/15)!!

Oh, No! Time is up! So sorry you missed it...maybe next time!! :)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

More Random Room Pics..

Hi everyone!! 
Lots of randomness ahead...get ready!! 
Like I said yesterday, I am trying to get my blog all caught up....
I have been meaning to post these room pictures for a while, but 1st grade has been CUH-Razy!
Anyway~ I posted some classroom pics HERE & I wanted to post a few others that are around my room...
We really focus on rules & being good citizens the first few weeks of school (who doesn't??). To wrap up the the unit we made this bulletin board as a class. I hung our rules & our "good citizens" chart. Then the kids each drew a rule on an index card to go on the board. It turned out seriously cute! They really got into making those cards!! 

This is a shot of my listening center & reading bulletin board...

Here is my writing center....

I just love my sink area with the zebra rug & mirror! It makes me smile! :)
Here is my door. I love the banner!! It is from April at Wolfelicious! 

 This was a phonics activity that I thought turned out too cute! 

This was a super fun activity from this packet by First Grade Fever By Christie...
First Grader at Last! Back-to-School Unit
Sorry the picture is blurry...just click the link to get there! 

Okay~ randomness over...
Let me know if you have any questions/comments!!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Back To School Math Fun!

 Hello Everyone!!
I have been REALLY behind on posting so I am trying to get all caught up! 
Here is a little glimpse at the math centers that I used last week.

This subtraction center has them matching up the picture cards to the equation cards. After all the matches are made they have to record the info on the recording sheet & figure out the answer.

 Here they are filling in the missing number in the sequence. The missing number can be at the beginning, middle, or end. This one was more challenging than I thought it would be but they did it!

  This was a favorite...they thought they were so fancy because they know how to count on from 10! After they filled in the values for each card, they had to color the item that was the greatest. 

They were REALLY good at this one! They had to fill in the numbers for each school supply & then record the result.

If you like what you see, you can get these & a couple of more centers in this little packet! (click the pic)
You can rest assured that all the centers have been tested in  my first grade class & they were all awesome!! 
I wouldn't put anything out there that I hadn't field tested first! :)

Have a marvelous Monday!! 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Rules are Cool!

I love the this little rules chant...

Rules, rules they are so cool!
They help us to be safe at school! 

I'm not sure where it came from, but I have been using it every year that I have been teaching. If you know the source please let me know so that I can give credit where credit is due!

Anyway~ rules at school, at home, & in the community has been our focus for the last week. 
So, I made this little booklet as a quick assessment piece. 
I just love how they turned out! 
My kids really got into this!!

She wrote "doing chores" for the home rule & "respect others" for the school rule. 

Her community rule is "no throwing trash".

Like I said, it made a great & meaningful assessment piece. 
I also loved that every kid's booklet was different! 

Well, do you want a copy for yourself?
Ok, no sweat! :)

Here you go....

I copied the pages back to back, folded it in 1/2, & wa-lah I had only used one piece of paper!