Saturday, December 31, 2011

Chinese New Year Unit...TPT!

I'm so excited about teaching the Chinese New Year this year. This is something I've always wanted to teach but never seem to find the time to do so. I've created a unit to help me get organized for this holiday and I've just uploaded it to TPT. Click here to get it on SALE!!! 
And while I'm excited about teaching this holiday, it certainly isn't my favorite holiday. I'm giving away this unit to the first two people who can name my favorite holiday/celebration! Comment below....
 Good Luck! 

UPDATE: Y'all know me...I love Halloween!
Freebies go to Jennifer @First Grade Blue Skies and Mrs. Johnson
But....since it is Karyn's birthday and she did know how much I love pink, she gets a freebie too! Happy Birthday Karyn!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Fun Spelling Strategies...TPT!

I've just uploaded Fun Spelling Strategies onto my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I use these in my word work center and my kids love them! This unit includes 10 different task cards(strategies) and the recording sheets. I put all the task cards in a box and the kids pick one to do at that center. It's a favorite in my classroom and really helps with spelling and decoding words. 
Click here to get it on SALE!

I'm having a sale! And Eskimo Patterns Freebie

In honor of the new year, I'm having a sale at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store! Everything is 15% off! Click the link below to visit my store.
Hurry! Sale ends January 1st!

I've also just added the patterns for the Eskimos as a freebie! Click the pic below to get them. Thanks again to everyone who has purchased units from me or follows my blog. Y'all have helped make 2011 a truly FABULOUS year! :) :) :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Giveaway Winners and Fairy Tales Nonsense Words

First off, I want to thank everyone for their kind words in the entry comments. Y'all are too sweet! :)
Giveaway Winners are............
Becky and Jessica! Jessica, send me your email address and I'll email you my Fairy Tales Unit.

I've also just posted fairy tale themed nonsense words.
Click here to get them!

I'm almost finished with a new spelling strategies packet that I'm super excited about! I'll be back tomorrow with it and maybe a giveaway???
Hope everyone's having a wonderful winter break!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fairy Tales Unit Posted-Let's do a GIVEAWAY!!

I finally finished and uploaded my new fairy tales unit. :) :) :) I don't know about y'all, but I love fairy tales so I had so much fun creating this unit and cannot wait to use it! This 81 page unit includes 5 math centers, 3 literacy centers, and 5 fairy tale themed writing prompts. Click here to get it!
I'm also loving hosting giveaways so let's do another one, shall we? :) 
I'm giving away 2 of my newest units. 
How to enter:
Simply comment below. I'll randomly pick the winners tomorrow night. Good Luck!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Giveaway Winner!

Melissa, send me your email address and I'll send the compound words packet to you! :) :)
If you want to check out my newest unit on TPT, click here :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Giveaway Time!

I'm in the mood for a giveaway, aren't you?? I just posted my new winter themed unit on compound words so I figured that would be perfect to giveaway. Here's a preview of what's included:

How to enter:
Super Simple! Just comment under this post. In the words of my favorite food network chef from Barefoot Contessa, "How easy is that?" :) 
Bonus entry if you blog about it (be sure you leave me the url of the post in the comment)
Giveaway ends tomorrow (Friday) night.

Fairy Tale Fry Phrases...TPT!

To kick off my fairy tales unit, I've created fairy tale themed fry phrase flash cards. Click the pic to get them :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Poetry Help Needed!

I really want to start incorporating more poetry into my reading centers, but am kinda clueless as to where to begin... I found a great book a few weeks ago and copied some of the poems out of it and put them in my reading center for the kids to read and I was amazed at how well even my strugglers did with them. I really think they would help with fluency but I don't really know what kinds of activities I should have for my kids to do with these great poems. I need help! Please email or comment below with any suggestions or send me the link to a post about your poetry center. :) :) I know I'll find some fantastic ideas from y'all!! :)

Unit 3 Reading Street Questions-Freebie!

Just uploaded the questions of the day for Unit 3 of the Scott Foresman Reading Street series. They're on my Teachers Pay Teachers store, but they are free! I'd love to hear from you if you use them! :) Click the pic to get them.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wow! Tired doesn't even begin to describe it....

Goodness gracious! I don't know about y'all, but I'm one tired teacher right about now. This past week has been a blur. We've had a Christmas breakfast with our wonderful parents, a field trip to the movies, and to top it all off- Polar Express Day today. The month of December has gone by so quickly that I haven't had much time for blogging as you've probably noticed by my lack of posting. I'm so looking forward to a fresh new start in our classroom in January. In a way, this is my favorite time to teach because we don't have any major holidays to distract us. I'm planning on doing a fairy tale unit in my classroom during January and using these fairy tales to enhance some of our reading skills so look for ideas and a unit soon! :) I did fairy tales last year around March and it has been my favorite thing to teach so far. My kids loved it so I think my sweeties this year will too. :)
We made eskimos and graphed how we liked our hot chocolate this past week and I forgot to share pictures of how well they turned out. This could go into January so if you want the pattern, let me know!

**Update: I've posted these as a freebie onto my TPT store. Click here to get them

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Elf Patterns!

I just posted the patterns for the elves on Teachers Pay's a freebie! Merry Christmas!! I'd love to hear from you if you are able to use them in your classroom :) Click here to get them.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Cute Little Elves

Here's a look at our Christmas door. Aren't those elves cute? If you'd like the pattern, let me know and I'll post it! :)

Update: I've uploaded these as a freebie onto Teachers Pay Teachers. Click here to get them. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Honey Bees

We just finished up the story Honey Bees in our reading story, so we made these cute little bees to go along with a chart we made. Aren't they cute?

We drew names to see who got to be the queen bee and they got to make their bee out of scrapbook paper. 

I also made this helper chart for one of our phonics skill this week. Making this helped so much! I felt like my kids understood this skill so much better than the way I taught it last year. 

*****Be sure to head over to Amy's blog The Land of 2nd Grade. She was kind enough to send me some of her centers and she's having a giveaway for a chance to win them! Go enter now!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Math and Literacy Centers...TPT!

I just uploaded my Christmas Math and Literacy Centers on Teachers Pay Teachers. Click here to check it out!