Thursday, September 18, 2014

Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie craftivity and more apple activities!

Hi first grade friends! My concentration has been focused on my fifth graders here lately and I'm afraid I've neglected my first grade blog. I wanted to share with y'all an activity that I made last year for Johnny Appleseed Week features the adorable Amelia Bedelia :) My literary companion includes printables to go along with the book and the patterns for this adorable craft.


You can grab the unit here.

Don't forget about my Happy Birthday, Johnny Appleseed Math and Literacy Centers. They were a favorite of mine when I taught first grade!















Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Where I teach: Classroom Reveal 2014 and SALE

As part of Teacher Week 2014, I'm sharing my classroom with all of y'all! :) Join in the fun and share your classroom pics. Link up over at Blog Hoppin'! Don't forget about TpT's big one day sale! Click here to shop :)


Here's where we store our Google Chrome Books. A friend gave me this great idea of buying two shoe shelves at Walmart and putting them together. Works great! :)

This is part of my Dollar Store Challenge with Teacher Created Resources. It's where I store all my CCRS lessons for the week. You can read more about it here. 


These great book bins came from Steps to Literacy this summer :)

These dollar tree containers are IDEAL for storing task cards and it is so easy to organize them by skill







Aren't these mini pocket chart stands great? I found them at Wal Mart last year for $5 each! They came with an ABC sort activity, but they work so well for everything!

Last year I did away with my teacher desk, but I kinda missed it. I found my small group table becoming messier and messier so I added the desk back this year. :)



















Monday, August 18, 2014

It's here! It's here! Teacher Week 2014

I LOVE Teacher Week! This year we decided on a 5 W's theme. How fun is that? Since today is "Who Monday" you'll be learning a little about me :)
The title of my blog may be Life in First Grade, but if you've been a long time follower, you know my teaching life is now in fifth grade. I made the move last year and couldn't be happier. While I loved teaching 1st grade, I feel I'm much better suited for older kids. I do miss the excitement 1st graders bring though. You have to work a lot harder to make 10 and 11 year olds excited about find the main idea of a story or determining whether a clause is independent or dependent :) :)
I only teach 5th grade reading, language arts, and spelling, which is wonderful! I'm an avid reader, so I get to spend all day doing just that! If I hadn't became an elementary school teacher, I would have gone into English and taught high school, so being able to teach grammar is also great! It's the best of both worlds! 

I love color, which is why Lilly Pulitzer is one of my favorite designers. I love the classic black, white, and tan look, but it always looks so boring to me that I find myself reaching for the brightest thing I can find :)


I would love to be a fashion/beauty blogger in addition to a teacher blogger. I blog over at Southern Belle Inspired, but I usually the term "blog" loosely. I haven't posted in months, but it's always on my list! I am obsessed with fashion blogs. If I can ever make more time in my day, SBI will become a priority! For now, I will stick to occasionally posting a fashion pic on my instagram like these:







What else should you know about me? I own the sweetest, cutest, Maltese on the planet. Her name is Reese, named after my favorite actress, Reese Witherspoon. 







I am a big TV watcher. Right now, I'm *obsessed* with Scandal. I discovered this on Netflix and cannot wait for season 4. Who else is in love with Fitz? And how gorgeous is Jake?! I didn't want to like him, but I do. I'm halfway thru season 3 and I don't want it to end!!



I recently purchased my first house (!) and I am loving decorating it :)






I'm also instagram obsessed, which is where most of these pictures came from. I do what I call #laeveryday2014, where I post one picture everyday for the entire year. It's fun looking back and remembering everything that's already happened this year! 
Follow me here!

Be sure and link up with us over at Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week 2014!!!!