Sunday, May 27, 2012

New (to me) blogs!

Are y'all feeling as overwhelmed as me right now?? This time of year is just beyond crazy! But it's also such an exciting time. I love thinking about new ideas and different ways to decorate my classroom. I've got a whole new color scheme and classroom layout that I can't wait to show y'all, so be sure and look for my classroom makeover posts just as soon as the wax on our floors dries and we are allowed back in our building! haha :) 

In the meantime, I've been finding some really fabulous new (to me anyways) blogs out there and I wanted to share a couple with y'all. I stumbled on this first one via pinterest and have been scrolling through her blog for about 20 min now, pinning ideas. It's called First Grade Wow

Wow! I felt like typing that in the description every time I pinned something. Nancy has some great ideas like the speller tellers and I'm loving her ice cream similes. Head over there now and start pinning away.

This next blogger emailed me and gave me her blog link and I'm so glad she did! Ms. C's blog is called Just Wild About Teaching
She also has some great ideas, but my favorite is her Father's Day activity. We get out way before Father's Day so I've never done anything with this holiday, but I feel like I should. Now I want to go back and have my kids do this activity because it is so stinkin' cute. Go look at it now y'all. You'll love it! 

If you have a new blog, email me the link so I can check it out! :) :) I'd love to start featuring new blogs this summer. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Big End of the Year Giveaway!

Can't y'all believe it??? Summer's almost here! In honor of this fabulous event, I've teamed up with some blog friends to giveaway some really neat packets. Here's what you get:

My Junie B. Jones Aloha-ha Reading Unit

Common Core ice-cream graphing activity and any one item of your choice from Mrs. Wheeler's TpT Store:

"Take a bite out of summer" craftivity from Mrs. Cupcake

Any 2 items from Miss Kindergarten's TpT store!!

"Surf's Up" Literacy Pack from Queen on the First Grade Jungle

Aren't these units fabulous??? Head over to Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade Tidbits to enter!!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Phone Patterns and Some S'mores!

When I saw Cara's precious s'mores craft, I knew I had to find a way to add those to our last few weeks of school. They fit in perfectly for our writing activity about what we learned in 1st grade. 

Here's the patterns for the phone craft seen here. Click the pic to get this freebie!
Are you following my TpT Store? When I hit 900 store followers I'm having a big giveaway so follow me if you don't already. :) :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Telephones: Landlines v. Cell

Our story this week is about Alexander G. Bell. I *love* this story, but hate that it falls during the last two weeks of school. There's so much you can do with it and it has so many good, interesting facts, but my kids attention is just not there. To help, we created some telephones (and apparently learned a new vocabulary word: landline :) )
Contrary to popular belief among my first graders, Alexander G. Bell did not invent the iPhone. :) :) 

If you want the pattern for the telephone or iphone, just let me know and I'll post! :) 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Eloise Literary Companion

I had two concerns before I started teaching our book study on Eloise. 
1. It was too above their heads and they wouldn't concentrate
2. The boys wouldn't like it.
I was wrong on both accounts. My kids LOVED this book. And I was pleasantly surprised at how well they understood it. It's quickly becoming a class favorite. We made our own Eloise, but I forgot to take pictures! The only ones I have are these:

This one has some hair issues. HAHA!

We also charted ALL the characters and places in the book because there are a LOT!

Recording sheets that accompany these anchor charts can be found in the literary companion
I've broken the book into 5 different parts (13 pages each) because the book is "rawther" lengthy ;) There are also comprehension questions for each section, bubble maps, writing prompts, abc order activities, recording sheets and a venn diagram activity. I meant to upload Sunday afternoon, but misplaced the patterns for the craft. I hate that I missed two days of the sale, so I'll place this item on sale for an extra two days. But remember, you get the extra 10%, plus my 20% off if you buy today!:)
Click here to get it! 
***First three to comment get a free copy. Just make sure you leave the correct email address. I've been having problems of emails being returned due to incorrect addresses.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Say It, Spell It, Stamp It Center

Just posted Say It, Spell It, Stamp It. Click here to get it on SALE!! :)

TpT Sale!

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, everything in my store is 20% off! If you use the code above, you'll get additional savings.  My Eloise Unit will be uploaded this afternoon, so be sure and look for it!
Click here to visit my store and save! :)