Saturday, August 30, 2014

Beat the Heat with a $1 Sale!!

In case you are not living in the midwest right now, it's HOT. 

As in indoorrecesseverydayduetoheatadvisory HOT. 

To beat the heat and reward everyone for surviving the sweat, I've teamed up with some blogging buds to bring you another fabulous $1 sale! 

Here are the products I've marked down to just $1 (discounted 50% or MORE)!!

First up is my BEST SELLER: Finish the Picture Writing Prompts

I gave my new group of STARS this one last week, and I love what they came up with! 

In case you're not fluent in First Grade-ese, I'll translate: "Mrs. Number had a tiny brain. It was filled with mischief. Her new class was coming into the room. 'Who's ready to do some ring fighting?' she said. 'I am!' said the class. She said, 'I mean learning!'" 

"One day I planted a seed in my garden, and I watered it, and I waited a couple weeks, and it grew big and beautiful. And I picked it, and I put it in a vase, and it smelled good in my house." 

"There was once a mother bird flying onto her nest. The baby bird was in the nest. The egg hatched that the baby bird was in. The mother bird taught the bird how to fly. The end. I love birds."


One little picture starter, so many stories!

This packet can be used with almost any grade level and includes several different versions of lined paper. Encourage your kids to be CREATIVE!!

Click the picture below to get it for just $1 today and tomorrow only! 

Next up are some fabulous Back to School packs for you!
Click the pictures to check them out!

 My kiddos LOVED these activities! The "I'm a Star" posters are hanging up in our room and make an awesome display!

 These activities are perfect to use as a quick assessment, morning work, to make a class book, or just to give you a few minutes to put some supplies away! Why wait till May to do a zoo theme when it's probably fresh in your kids' brains from summer fun? 

And finally, if you use National Geographic's Reach for Reading series, you have a star theme, or just want some cute headers, here is your Word Wall for the YEAR! 

Happy three-day weekend SHOPPING!! 

Check out all of the fabulous products below marked down to just $1 for two days! :) 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Five For Friday!

It's FRIDAY!!!

I just finished my third week of the school year. Looking back now, it seems like it's gone by quickly, but the days have felt very LONG. Especially with this midwest heat wave. 

Heat advisory + Indoor recess + Roofers constantly hammering + AC going out = One grumpy teacher and wound up kids! 

But we made it and actually managed to get a lot accomplished! 

Here's a snippet of my week: 

I started the week with a big change! 

I got nine inches of hair cut off and am sending it to Children with Hair Loss. I love my new short 'do! 

On Tuesday, we started our BLOGS! 

I am long overdue for a full-blown KidBlog post. I'll get it together soon! 

For now, just know that using KidBlog with my first graders was one of the best teaching decisions I've ever made! 

On Wednesday, one of my all-time favorite parents brought in caterpillars for us (and the other three first grade classes) on HER birthday! 

This never gets old. It is AMAZING watching these creatures transform. 

I also started #geniushour during our enrichment period last week. I let the kids brainstorm ideas for what they were interested in/wanted to learn more about, and then the research was on! This is also something that needs a post all of its own, but here is a shot of one of their presentations this week. This group's passion for Minecraft was infectious!  

This just made me smile this week: 

I'd totally "plik" all of you, too! :) 

And finally, today was the day I got to introduce my class to…

wait for it…

Our school's brand new iPad cart!!! 
{Insert singing angels here}

I'm beyond excited about it, and I'm sure you can imagine the squeals from my very eager kids! 

This cart has to be shared between 18 classrooms, but I'm hoping to be able to use them at least once a week! Send your favorite apps my way! 

Happy three-day weekend!! Give your brain a break! :) 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My Where, My First Week Back, and a Giveaway!

I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' to show you my "Where," and tell you about my first week!

And if you make it all the way to the end, you will find a little
*GIVEAWAY from A+ Images*!!

Whew! Is anyone else already throwing your alarm clock across the room in the morning??

"Ain't no tired like back to school teacher tired," is TRUTH, people. 

Add to that a sick husband, a mandated longer school day, AND a full first week WITH kids, and you'll find this teacher-mom wiped. out. 

BUT, we survived the first week, and I want to show you my room and what my brand new STARS and I did! 

This is my library/whole group area. I used to set my rug up in alternating colors because I liked the way that looked better, but this way is soooo much easier for turn & talk.

I can say "the red row turns and faces the yellow row and talks first, and the green row faces the blue row and talks first." No question about who their partner is. I LOVE IT. Student-centered learning is where it's at, folks.

This is the back wall of my classroom (it was overcast and rainy the day I took these, so I apologize for the super crappy lighting/quality). The clothespins hold student work, and of course I want my kids to know they are STARS!

This is the wall opposite the library/whole group wall. All ready for anchor charts and pictures of each week's STAR! Can you tell I'm hoping our "temporary" assistant gets to stay??

This is the view from the back of my room during a GoNoodle brain break.

I posted this photo on my Instagram, and GoNoodle used it in a blog post!! Click here to check it out! Seriously if you're not GoNoodling yet, start ASAP! Your kids will LOVE you for it! I'll be posting more about my GoNoodle obsession soon, but for now, just trust me and get started. You won't regret it!

OK back to the first week…

We practiced writing letters...

This is from my Back to School Zoo Review pack on TPT - I used it as a little first week assessment. 
They just thought it was a maze! :) 

And building words...

And writing numbers (I love the different ways of thinking about writing numbers)…

And practiced counting Marcy Cook style...

We also spent a lot of time getting to know each other, which is always my favorite part of the first week back!

You can find these posters in my Be A Star pack on TPT! I love how they turned out!

And of course I had to wear my new favorite shirt from A+ Images...

Because First Grade Rocks!!

A+ Images also ROCKS because they have agreed to give away a teacher shirt (up to a $20 value) to one of my readers! Check out their site here to shop! :)

These are some of my favorites (all $20 or less as of 8/19/14, and most can be found under "General Teaching")…
We all need this little reminder sometimes :) 

 For all my math friends :)
For any 'stache lovers :)

Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!! The giveaway closes Saturday night, so don't wait!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To those of you who are back in the swing of things like me, I hope it's going well! 

Good luck to those who are preparing to start! Stock up on your caffeine now! :)