Monday, September 23, 2013

Scarecrow Cuteness

I triple puffy heart LOVE the fall & the fun activities that we can do with it...
I recently added this one to my list of awesomeness!

To get started we did a quick brainstorming activity of Fall characteristics...
{please excuse my lame drawings}
The next step was to write about the Fall. 
We are working on our non-fiction writing unit, so this played into it really well.
They wrote down fall facts.

After the writing came the fun part...
{I did NOT complete this all at the same time- this was done in 2 sessions}
We created the scarecrows.

Take a look at the cutenesss!!!

This display was up just in time for my parent/teacher conferences. They loved reading them while they were waiting...

 This is the girl scarecrow...the hair is made from raffia. I didn't have a lot of it so the girls' hair is kinda sparse...still cute though! I love the eyelashes!

Here is the cutie boy scarecrow....I love these & the kids loved them too!

Do you want to know where to get this for your very own??
It comes from the awesome Amanda at 
Mrs. Richardson's Class

Best of all~ it is only $2!!!!
Go grab one! 
It is well worth the fun you will have making it with your class!!
Visit her cute blog & tell her I sent ya!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Lots of Good News!!

October math journals are all loaded up & ready to go! Thank you for the emails reminding me to get my tail in gear! 

**If you wanna win it leave me a comment on my Facebook page telling me your favorite thing about Fall & that you would like to win the journals. I will chose some winners later tonight!!**

More good news...
I have 5 more days until I get my 2 WEEK FALL BREAK!!
Boy~ do I need it!!
In honor of that I will be putting my TpT store on sale to get me through the week! So from Sunday to Wednesday you can jump to my store & get all your Fall/Halloween stuff! 
Don't forget to follow me while your there! 

Jennifer Elliott

And last but not least...
the Winner of my birthday extravaganza giveaway is...


CONGRATULATIONS and thank you for following me!! 
I will be emailing your goodies shortly! 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Magnet Fun!

What's more fun than learning about magnetism?
We had a blast with our magnet unit. In our district we get a science kit for each standard so we automatically have all of the lessons & supplies needed to teach the standards...nice, right?
It makes it easy peasy prep for me.
Anyhow~ we did all sorts of stuff with magnets, but our absolute FAVORITE was making them float on our pencils! 

They had to figure out how to make them attract, repel, & float...they did a great job!

Then we got to the challenge experiment &, well, that was enough magnetism for this teacher! :)

The challenge experiment was to make the magnets pop off of the pencil...and then it got crazy! I had magnets flying all over the place, sticking to desk legs, scissor blades, etc... END. OF. LESSON!
First grade science is pretty fun though!! 

Don't forget to enter the giveaway to win the $20 TpT gift card & all the packets...

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Moment You've All Been Waiting For...

Drum Roll, Please....


I hit the big 4-0 today! Yikes!!

And that means a GIGANTIC giveaway!!


So let's get to the party!! 

Some of my super best friends decided to help me out on this one!! 

Here are the presents...

To start us off we have the ever talented Tamara from
and she is sweet enough to gift you this fun apple themed writing unit!

Next up is the hilarious Haley from
Her product donation hasn't even hit the store yet!! She is creating this fabulous unit just for the lucky winner!!

My friend, Faith, from
wants you to have this awesome math unit!!

The cutest thing, Jennifer, from...
donated this super cute packet! You & your kiddies will love it!

Who doesn't love everything from the awesome, Shuna at
Seriously, she makes some great stuff & this one could be yours...

Then there is the super sweet Ashley from
Flying High in First Grade
She donated this fun little math unit with a craftivity!! 

My awesome first grade friend, Becca from
Foxwell Forest
sent me this little beauty to give to the lucky winner!! 

Don't forget about the fabulous Stacey from 
Teaching Ever After
She donated this great behavior management packet! 

I also have Terrific Tammy from 
She says the winner needs this one...I agree! 

This is the sweetest Amanda from
Mrs. Richardson's Class
& she donated this gem! 
How much fun is your class going to have with this one??

Kayleigh the cutie pie from 
made this perfect packet for the lucky winner!

My pal Kristy from
is gifting the winner with this fabulous packet!! I've had my eye on this one myself!! 

That is 12 totally terrific, amazingly awesome, super-duper incredible products!!

And to end all of the wonderfullness that turning 40 is...

I am donating a $20 gift card  to TpT & any 5 products from my store! 

Whew...this is wearing me that my age already catching up to me??

Anyway leave a comment & enter the Rafflecopter to win this birthday loot! 

I will choose the winner on Sunday! 

Good luck to you all!!!

P.S. Please do me a solid & visit the blogs of  my friends listed above & show them some bloggie love!

We all love to read comments from our blogland friends!!

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Oh, Noooooo!

It's coming...
what do you think it is???
There may be some surprises in it for you.... hmmmm?!?!.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Finally...Literacy Centers!!

So, last time I told you that I just started with literacy centers in my classroom. 
I only have about 15-20 minutes for center time...really quick center time!
Here are some VERY simple centers that I have started with so that I can establish expectations & procedures.
FIRST CENTER: Here my students had to build ALL the word wall words with magnet letters first. After building, they ALL had to write the words under each one. They LOVED this one more than I thought they would! There's just something about writing on the teacher's big white board!

SECOND CENTER:  This is a simple writing center where they write the story to go along with the picture prompt.
(The kids was paying to to much. The boys stopped playing. The boys was looking at her because she made a goal.)

THIRD CENTER:  Anytime I can break out the magnifying glasses is a great time! This was a freebie from A Differentiated Kindergarten. The words are hidden on the bus & they are tiny

FOURTH CENTER:  My other group was on the computer listening to books on BookFlix or Tumble Books.

Right now I am only running 4 centers with 5 students in a center. As I teach more centers & the procedures for them, I will have more groups so that I can have fewer per group. I will add a guided reading group & a guided writing group to the mix.

I hope everyone has a SUPER weekend!! :)

Don't forget to leave me some comment LOVE!!  

Sunday, September 8, 2013

My week in math...

I don't know why, but I am loving math centers this year! I am totally getting adjusted to our pacing guide & the CCSS for 1st grade. We are working REALLY hard on problem solving strategies! Here are how my centers looked this week...

Here, students choose a blue equation card. They solve the equation using cubes & tens frames. Then, they record the equation & the answer in their math journals. My are really finding it tricky when the answer box comes first, so I had a lot of cards in this format just to get them more comfortable with it! 

We had a really hard time using Think Addition. This is where you think of the subtraction problem as an addition problem. So instead of 8 take away 2, they would ask themselves, "if I have 2 how many more do I need to make 8"... This is super tricky, but they are getting it!! 

And, a little geometry...we are working on triangles & their defining attributes. They had to create triangles on their geoboards & record the creations on the recording sheets. I made them draw them EXACT. They had to make sure that the drawn triangles were on the exact same pegs as the created triangles. It was tricky, as you can see from the pic! 

You can get these triangle mats from
Here they were creating a bigger shape by using the smaller shapes. They thought it would be a breeze to make the triangle 6 DIFFERENT ways...haha! I only had 7 kids that could make it 6 different ways. It was a great center that got those little brains fired up!


I have JUST started literacy has taken me FOREVER to get used to my schedule & the fact my literacy center time is only about 15-20 minutes....makes it a little tough to get those puppies going! Hopefully, I will be able to post about them soon! 

Happy Sunday!!
Have a GREAT week!!

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Don't Miss It!!

Don't forget about the AWESOME deal from Educents
24 super-duper, perfect for KINDERGARTEN, products for 78% off...this one is amazing!

Happy, happy Saturday!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Teaming Up With Educents!

Kindergarten teachers... are you tired?  {Silly question right!}  

Well... we know this time of year can be exhausting and yet you still need great resources to keep your students engaged in learning and so I am very excited to share this amazing opportunity for you to stock up with Educents!

Over 1400 pages of activities for literacy, math, and even a little social studies!

 From my store you will get my Wild Weather Math & Literacy Unit.  I know you will love it because it has great weather themed math & literacy activities to enhance your weather unit!

But that's just one product.  With this bundle you get 24 products from some other amazing sellers as well!  So we have linked up blog hop style for you to see what's included in this great bundle from Educents!  So hop on to the next blog to see what else is included!

If you love what you see as much as I do, go ahead and head on over to Educents to stock up!  
Happy Shopping, Friends!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Have you heard of Educents yet?

This web site is completely awesome! 
They have great stuff for deep discounts that is classroom ready, but you have to act fast because the deals come & go quickly! 

Check them out & be ready for a big surprise from me & Educents
Coming Soooooon!!!