Five for Friday


Hurrah for Friday!  It has been such an exhausting week and I could not be more happy that we have a beautiful fall weekend before us!  I think I may have overdone it a little bit this week.  I was so tired that I accidentally slept right through my alarm and was an hour late for school yesterday...  Yikes!  I was totally embarrassed, but thank goodness for my awesome team who thought it was hilarious and willingly took care of my kids for that hour!  I might sleep the whole weekend just to make sure this doesn't happen again!





Anywho, as it is Friday, here are my Five for Friday!


Please note that my life was utterly consumed by school this week and the following are tidbits from my classroom, not my utterly cool personal life...which is totally non-existent as of right now.  Hopefully I can change that up a bit this next week :).













1. We started learning about informational text.  My students can now confidently tell you (and they are very anxious to have listeners) the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts.  They can also recognize and use basic non-fiction text features very well!  Here are a few anchor charts that we used this week:










2. We talked a lot about bats.  I have never taught thematically until this year and I am simply loving it!  I find that my kids as well as myself are more excited and engaged when our standards are somehow linked into a theme.









3. I am also pretty new to teaching blogs and I am just loving finding so many amazing ideas out there!  One teacher that I admire so much is Cara Carroll, the inspiration and source for this bat pictograph activity.









4. We played a few of my October Packet dice games throughout the week!  These have been great for quick and easy ways to reinforce number recognition.  The kids loved this one because with each roll of the dice they got to color in one part of a costume.






5. I have to confess that I have a great love for the standards I am expected to teach.  I love trying to work them into meaningful activities for my students.  That being said, I do think that in first grade (and probably any grade!) there has to be a place for just plain fun.  My kids loved making these simple but darling styrofoam cup spiders this week!  Don't worry, we totally worked it into non-fiction book comprehension with a few choice spider books!








That's my classroom this week!  Have a great weekend!


p.s. 2 more days to enter the giveaway! Leave a comment on this post!

Five for Friday

Hurrah for Friday!  It has been such an exhausting week and I could not be more happy that we have a beautiful fall weekend before us!  I think I may have overdone it a little bit this week.  I was so tired that I accidentally slept right through my alarm and was an hour late for school yesterday...  Yikes!  I was totally embarrassed, but thank goodness for my awesome team who thought it was hilarious and willingly took care of my kids for that hour!  I might sleep the whole weekend just to make sure this doesn't happen again!

Anywho, as it is Friday, here are my Five for Friday!
Please note that my life was utterly consumed by school this week and the following are tidbits from my classroom, not my utterly cool personal life...which is totally non-existent as of right now.  Hopefully I can change that up a bit this next week :).



1. We started learning about informational text.  My students can now confidently tell you (and they are very anxious to have listeners) the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts.  They can also recognize and use basic non-fiction text features very well!  Here are a few anchor charts that we used this week:



2. We talked a lot about bats.  I have never taught thematically until this year and I am simply loving it!  I find that my kids as well as myself are more excited and engaged when our standards are somehow linked into a theme.





3. I am also pretty new to teaching blogs and I am just loving finding so many amazing ideas out there!  One teacher that I admire so much is Cara Carroll, the inspiration and source for this bat pictograph activity.





4. We played a few of my October Packet dice games throughout the week!  These have been great for quick and easy ways to reinforce number recognition.  The kids loved this one because with each roll of the dice they got to color in one part of a costume.




5. I have to confess that I have a great love for the standards I am expected to teach.  I love trying to work them into meaningful activities for my students.  That being said, I do think that in first grade (and probably any grade!) there has to be a place for just plain fun.  My kids loved making these simple but darling styrofoam cup spiders this week!  Don't worry, we totally worked it into non-fiction book comprehension with a few choice spider books!



That's my classroom this week!  Have a great weekend!
p.s. 2 more days to enter the giveaway! Leave a comment on this post!

My Three Headed Dragon and a Freebie!


Do you ever have a teaching day where you know you are just off your game a little bit?  That was me today.  Maybe I can blame it on the fact that I stayed up past midnight reading (um, oops!).  Spending your day with 26 energetic first graders is a little bit challenging when you are going on 5 hours of sleep...





At about 2:30 this afternoon I was at my limit.  Student after student needed me for one reason or another while I was attempting to do guided reading groups.  So-and-so had lost their glue stick, so-and-so had to go to the bathroom AGAIN and I couldn't help but thinking over and over, We have routines for these things, people.  Haven't we discussed what to do in this situation a zillion times? I must be the worst teacher in the world!  I know this is all ridiculous and I apologize for the complain fest...I'm almost done...





The last straw came when one of my sweet students came up to me and confessed he'd just dropped one of our new KindleFires on the floor.  I literally closed my eyes and took a deep breath. The Patience Fairy thankfully appeared and allowed me to handle the situation well, but it seriously took all I had!





I'm really note entirely sure where this bad day came from and I'm going to stop talking about it soon because my eye is starting to twitch at the thought of it.  





After my kids had been dismissed for the day I started looking over some of their work from a few days ago when I had been gone at a training.  I read this paper and couldn't help but laugh out loud and smile to myself in that empty classroom.










Sometimes that is what teaching feels like.  There are so many things being asked and expected of us, but when you come right down to it, our job is to nurture and enlighten sweet little children.  How lucky are we to be surrounded by them each day?  At the end of my super-grouchy-teacher day I feel grateful for the opportunity that I have to be with these precious friends!










p.s. I got that awesome "Where is Mrs. Gardner" writing idea from Cara Carroll.  I highly recommend putting this in your sub plans if you are going to be out.  It is HILARIOUS to read the responses!  Click here for a free template to use!





p.p.s. We have a few more days for my giveaway so go to this post and leave a comment.  Free stuff!



My Three Headed Dragon and a Freebie!

Do you ever have a teaching day where you know you are just off your game a little bit?  That was me today.  Maybe I can blame it on the fact that I stayed up past midnight reading (um, oops!).  Spending your day with 26 energetic first graders is a little bit challenging when you are going on 5 hours of sleep...

At about 2:30 this afternoon I was at my limit.  Student after student needed me for one reason or another while I was attempting to do guided reading groups.  So-and-so had lost their glue stick, so-and-so had to go to the bathroom AGAIN and I couldn't help but thinking over and over, We have routines for these things, people.  Haven't we discussed what to do in this situation a zillion times? I must be the worst teacher in the world!  I know this is all ridiculous and I apologize for the complain fest...I'm almost done...

The last straw came when one of my sweet students came up to me and confessed he'd just dropped one of our new KindleFires on the floor.  I literally closed my eyes and took a deep breath. The Patience Fairy thankfully appeared and allowed me to handle the situation well, but it seriously took all I had!

I'm really note entirely sure where this bad day came from and I'm going to stop talking about it soon because my eye is starting to twitch at the thought of it.  

After my kids had been dismissed for the day I started looking over some of their work from a few days ago when I had been gone at a training.  I read this paper and couldn't help but laugh out loud and smile to myself in that empty classroom.


Sometimes that is what teaching feels like.  There are so many things being asked and expected of us, but when you come right down to it, our job is to nurture and enlighten sweet little children.  How lucky are we to be surrounded by them each day?  At the end of my super-grouchy-teacher day I feel grateful for the opportunity that I have to be with these precious friends!


p.s. I got that awesome "Where is Mrs. Gardner" writing idea from Cara Carroll.  I highly recommend putting this in your sub plans if you are going to be out.  It is HILARIOUS to read the responses!  Click here for a free template to use!

p.p.s. We have a few more days for my giveaway so go to this post and leave a comment.  Free stuff!

My Biggest Giveaway Yet!


Hello, friends!  Do you know how much I love you?  Because I do.  So much! I feel so blessed to be a new part of this blogging and teaching community.  It is amazing the amount of creative ideas and helpful resources that are out there and I'm grateful for all you do and for the support that I've received for what I am trying to do!  I've gained a few more followers and I just wanted to throw out a big THANK YOU!  And there is no better way to say thank you then to give out free stuff!  So keep reading...





The wonderful folks at Creative Teaching Press (don't you love them?) would like to give away to one of you lucky readers one of their great award-winning products, Easy Daysies! Easy Daysies are these adorable magnetic schedulers that help keep children organized and aware of the tasks that are expected of them.  













This is perfect for my sweet little ELL students and some of my kids who just get a little flustered with everything their minds need to take in each day.  It can be so overwhelming to receive multiple instructions throughout the day and the little magnetic schedule cards really help to keep things visually organized.  I love them!





My husband and I don't have any children of our own (someday I hope to have some exciting news for you :)), so I adopted my cute nephew to try these out!  Owen is in Kindergarten and he LOVES using this!  My sister is pregnant and has horrible morning sickness.  She is on bed rest right now and the Easy Daysies schedule has really helped the morning and evening routines go smoothly and with so much less stress!  Owen loves having it up on his wall and he loves sliding the little magnets over to the "done" side!










On a whole class level, Creative Teaching Press also has schedule cards that you could display for the whole class to keep track of things.  These are so great!  The kids LOVE knowing what is coming up next.  And my favorite thing?  These are made of the most sturdy magnetic material I have ever seen!  And they have a ton of variety and blanks to write in whatever you need.























Interested in a chance to win an Easy Daysies magnetic schedule set for kids of your own?  All you need to do is follow my blog and leave a quick comment with your e-mail address!  In a few days I will randomly select a winner! Oh, and it would be so great if you showed some love to the awesome folks at Creative Teaching Press and like their Facebook page, here and follow them on Pinterest, here.





And we're not done yet...


I want to throw in some love of my own!  I will give you ANY TWO products of your choice from my TPT store absolutely free!  I just want to say thank you!  Here are a few of my favorites...
































Leave a comment below! Good luck!









My Biggest Giveaway Yet!

Hello, friends!  Do you know how much I love you?  Because I do.  So much! I feel so blessed to be a new part of this blogging and teaching community.  It is amazing the amount of creative ideas and helpful resources that are out there and I'm grateful for all you do and for the support that I've received for what I am trying to do!  I've gained a few more followers and I just wanted to throw out a big THANK YOU!  And there is no better way to say thank you then to give out free stuff!  So keep reading...

The wonderful folks at Creative Teaching Press (don't you love them?) would like to give away to one of you lucky readers one of their great award-winning products, Easy Daysies! Easy Daysies are these adorable magnetic schedulers that help keep children organized and aware of the tasks that are expected of them.  



This is perfect for my sweet little ELL students and some of my kids who just get a little flustered with everything their minds need to take in each day.  It can be so overwhelming to receive multiple instructions throughout the day and the little magnetic schedule cards really help to keep things visually organized.  I love them!

My husband and I don't have any children of our own (someday I hope to have some exciting news for you :)), so I adopted my cute nephew to try these out!  Owen is in Kindergarten and he LOVES using this!  My sister is pregnant and has horrible morning sickness.  She is on bed rest right now and the Easy Daysies schedule has really helped the morning and evening routines go smoothly and with so much less stress!  Owen loves having it up on his wall and he loves sliding the little magnets over to the "done" side!


On a whole class level, Creative Teaching Press also has schedule cards that you could display for the whole class to keep track of things.  These are so great!  The kids LOVE knowing what is coming up next.  And my favorite thing?  These are made of the most sturdy magnetic material I have ever seen!  And they have a ton of variety and blanks to write in whatever you need.





Interested in a chance to win an Easy Daysies magnetic schedule set for kids of your own?  All you need to do is follow my blog and leave a quick comment with your e-mail address!  In a few days I will randomly select a winner! Oh, and it would be so great if you showed some love to the awesome folks at Creative Teaching Press and like their Facebook page, here and follow them on Pinterest, here.

And we're not done yet...
I want to throw in some love of my own!  I will give you ANY TWO products of your choice from my TPT store absolutely free!  I just want to say thank you!  Here are a few of my favorites...








Leave a comment below! Good luck!



CVC Freebie!


Hello, friends!  I was sifting through some old computer files just now and I stumbled across this little page...










I made this weeks ago for my students and I intended to put it up here as a freebie for you all to enjoy!  But somehow I promptly forgot that...





Sign of an overworked brain?





Anyways, do enjoy it!  Click the picture above or click here! This was great practice for my little guys.  And a word to the wise, discuss the definition of a "yak" before beginning this page ;).  Some of my little friends had no idea what that horned creature was...





Have an amazing and relaxing Sunday!  Oh, and please check back soon...I've been reviewing some products and I have got an exciting giveaway coming up for you! 

CVC Freebie!

Hello, friends!  I was sifting through some old computer files just now and I stumbled across this little page...


I made this weeks ago for my students and I intended to put it up here as a freebie for you all to enjoy!  But somehow I promptly forgot that...

Sign of an overworked brain?

Anyways, do enjoy it!  Click the picture above or click here! This was great practice for my little guys.  And a word to the wise, discuss the definition of a "yak" before beginning this page ;).  Some of my little friends had no idea what that horned creature was...

Have an amazing and relaxing Sunday!  Oh, and please check back soon...I've been reviewing some products and I have got an exciting giveaway coming up for you! 

Giant Pumpkins and ANOTHER Giveaway!





Today was such a happy day for my kids!  The parents of one of my students emailed and asked if they could come show my first graders the giant pumpkins they had grown!  Um, yes!  





We waited with GREAT anticipation...







While we waited we did some impromptu literacy activities.  We read these adorable books, here and here.
















We brainstormed a list of things that might be necessary or useful when growing a giant pumpkin.  Our ideas ranged from healthy soil and sunshine to fish guts, classical music, and electric blankets!  I had the kids write down and share what they would do if they had the chance to grow a giant pumpkin and then we made some quick tissue paper "giant" pumpkins. Special thanks to my sweet husband James for making me a quick pumpkin outline for this activity!















My student's sweet parents were running a little late (they had just come from a weighing contest!), but they were so good to let my kids get up close and personal to these orange beauties and to ask as many questions as they wanted!










These pumpkins were INCREDIBLE!  I thought my kids would die, they loved it so much!  Later on they were allowed to climb up on the trailer and touch the pumpkins, give them hugs, and we took some hilarious class pictures with these giants! Thank goodness for spur-of-the-moment schema-building!  They loved this so much, as evidenced by their subsequent journal entries for the day.















This was the perfect random educational blessing in my day today! I've already mentioned that I am trying my hand at thematic teaching and I'm working on planning a pumpkin week for my sweet kids so this was the perfect launch!





I can hardly wait for more pumpkin fun!





By the way, if you are looking for some great pumpkin activities check out my October Packet!  It has loads of pumpkin-themed literacy and math pages.  It will be on sale for another day or two!  Click below or right here!










What are your favorite pumpkin activities?  Leave a comment with your email address! And don't forget to follow my blog! I will randomly choose 2 comments and email you my October Packet for FREE!