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Monday, October 29, 2012

Word Work ideas and a Great Find!

It has been a crazy two weeks! I had my very first picture day! Had one of those "I want to go home and never come back here" days. My school had a fall festival on Friday! Today, I had my first formal evaluation. And, today one of my cuties gave me the cutest little gifts!

Every Friday we wear out school shirts! Every Friday one of my cuties comes in with the cutest red and white (our school colors) bows on her head! Every Friday I tell her to be careful because I just might want to take one and wear it! So this is what I received this morning when she walked into the room! I cannot wait until Friday! I may be an "adult," but I am still a total child at heart!

Anyone else out there have troubles coming up with fun activities for word work each week? I sure do! This week it took me a while to come up with enough ideas, but this week my kiddos are so excited! I found three old keyboards in the cabinets in my room so Type your Words came to be! I was at the dollar tree this weekend and found those bingo dot markers, TOTAL HIT! My teammate had these wonderful construction paper crayons! 

They show up so bright and colorful on black construction paper! Those are the kiddos favorites this week! I also did the activity Trash or Treasure for nonsense words! Hop on over to Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten to check that out!

I have also been needing to start read to someone! I have been trying to figure out partners and reminding kiddos who reads when and all that! At the dollar tree this weekend I found these beauties! Are they not the most adorable things ever? 

These definitely saved me time from printing and cutting! All I did was laminate and cut! I hope the kiddos love them as much as I do!

I cannot wait for Halloween! I am at a small school so K-1 is doing a group costume! Here is a sneak peak at what I will be wearing on Wednesday! Some old white vans...turned PINK and SPARKLY!

I hope you all have a great Halloween, come back to check out our awesome K-1 costume! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

We have winners! & a Monday Made it!

Oh my! I am so excited to finally be announcing winners of my week of giveaways!

The Fall Bats - Delighted & Casie S.
The Pet Vet - Rachel M & Yvonnee G.
Pig's Pit Crew - Sum D. & Jen L.
The Cop's Dog - Lori R. & Sum D.
Bumbling Bugs - Lori R. & Ellen Y.

My goal is to email you all by tomorrow or earlier! Congrats and thank you for your continued support!

In other news, I created a Super Pack of all of my short vowel games! It will be on sale until tomorrow at midnight! Click here to snatch it up before this deal is gone! Total savings 50%!

And a Monday Made it! I have had the crates since this summer, My honey cut the wood like 2 months ago, and they are finally completed and in the classroom! My jungle themed crate seats!

The "blue" crates are actually teal, but thank you iPhone for making the color a little funky! =] I hope you all have a wonderful Monday night! 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Week of Giveaways! Short Vowel U!

It is the very last item up for grabs! This is my personal favorite....Bumbling Bugs! Click here to check it out in my TpT store!

You have a little over 1 day to enter all of the rafflecopter giveaways! The Fall Bats, The Pet Vet, Pig's Pit Crew, The Cop's Dog, and Bumbling Bugs! Make sure to scroll down to enter!

I also create a super pack where I combined all of the activities into one pack for a cheaper price then if you were to buy each activity separately! You can check that out by clicking here!

Please enter this rafflecopter to have the chance to win Bumbling Bugs! REMEMBER I do check and make sure you actually complete the task I am asking!

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Week of Giveaways! Short Vowel O!

I am having a blast creating a new resources! Doing this week of giveaways has really helped me get things done! So today I have made The Cop's Dog! You can check it out by clicking here!

Enter the rafflecopter below! I will be giving away 2 copies of this on Monday! DO NOT FORGET to scroll down and enter to win The Fall Bats, The Pet Vet, and Pig's Pit Crew! I will also be giving away 2 of each of these on Monday as well!

Good luck and have a wonderful Friday! Be sure to check back tomorrow to see my last creation!

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Giveaway Week! Short Vowel I!

I am back again with another activity! Today's vowel is short i and so I introduce to you Pig's Pit Crew!  You can check it out by clicking here!

I will be giving away 2 of these beauties on Monday along with my other mini units The Fall Bats and The Pet Vet! Be sure to scroll down to enter those and be sure to come back tomorrow to see what I come up with next! 

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Giveaway Week! Short Vowel E!

Hi all! I hope you are having a great day! I thought I was going to be super productive and go into school today for a few hours...FAIL! Just so happens electrical people were there today and just happened to turn off the power for about an hour or more while I was there. Totally working in the dark, but I made the best of it!

Back to my week of giveaways!

Today I have for you a pack on short e! The Pet Vet! It is very similar to the short a pack just with a few changes! It still has the two games, a recording sheet, and three printables! Check it out in my TpT here!

I will be giving away 2 of these come Monday! Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win! Don't forget to scroll down and enter to win The Fall Bats! 

I also had a giveaway the other day for my Which Witch Homophones. The winners are...Ellen, Teacher Kirra, and Lori R. I will be sending you all an email soon so keep an eye out!

I hope you are all having a great week! Be back tomorrow for another short vowel!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Short Vowel A and a week of giveaways!

It feels like months since I have created a resource! Since I am on fall break I figured this would be the perfect time to start! Most of my kiddos are beginning to master the short vowels, but practicing is always important! So, I started with short a cvc words. Here is what I came up with!

In this pack there are two games, a card game and a board game. There is a recording sheet that can be used with both games. There are also three printables to help work on short a word families and rhyming. Click here to check out the product in my TpT store.

(Image with graphics from Graphics From the Pond and Scrappin Doodles!)

I will be giving away two copies of this on Sunday night! Check back tomorrow to see what I have come up with next and continue with the week of giveaways! Enter to win The Fall Bats with rafflecopter below! 

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Math Ideas & a Giveaway

Yay! It is fall break! I know why people invented fall break, parent-teacher conferences can really wear a girl out! It was well worth it though! I really enjoyed meeting all my kiddos parents! With parent teacher conferences each day Tu-F was early release. I wanted to review a bunch of math concepts before break and do it in a fun way! So here is Tu-F in math!

Last week I was teaching the rule boxes in math, a simple version of input/output. So I made this beauty! Rule Machine generation2! I made one during student teaching and because I had no where to store it at the time and told my cooperating teacher I was going to throw it out she kept it! Here are my kiddos loving our Rule Machine!

They kept asking my when we could use the "math box" again? Too cute! And grading their math tests it seems like it helped a ton on them understand! Yay!

I took a simple home depot moving box and used some wrapping paper! Wallah! Super easy and really kept the kiddos engaged!

This week we did w few fun things! My favorite was our number line practice. We took chalk and went to the basketball courts!

Each student made their own number line and I would write a math problem on a whiteboard and hold it up! All of the kiddos would solve the addition problem by using their number line! It was a fun way to get us outside (which in AZ can't happen all too often, until like Oct/Nov)!

Another thing we did was practice our doubles facts! I do these in the morning with calendar, but I really wanted the kiddos to get more practice with them! I used the common doubles rap and the kiddos loved getting up and singing! Sorry I don't have a picture of this! We also made iPod's for them to keep their flashcards in. You can find the idea here over at First Grade Fresh! My kiddos loved the rap and making the iPods! 

Lots of hands on math this week in my class! What are some of your favorite ways to teach math? 

Now, many of you have been giving away awesome things for Fall/Halloween! I kept thinking I need to make something! Well, I already have and forgot about it! My Which Witch Homophones activities. Click here to check it out!

I am going to be giving away 3 copies to my wonderful followers. The giveaway begins now and will end on Wednesday! Good luck! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Subs, Conferences, and Kiddos OH MY!

Hi All! This week has been a blur so far for me. There are so many new things happening and so many firsts for me. To start off I was at a training on Monday so I had my first sub! Ahhh, I had never written sub plans and the whole day at the training I was worried if the sub had enough to do, how were my kiddos doing, what were they doing AHHHH! I hope this is normal! From the notes she left the kiddos did great! Yay!

Then on Tuesday I had my first conferences back to back to back! They are not as scary as I had thought (or had nightmares dreams about!) Thanks to my very supportive colleagues who are keeping my spirits up/giving me advice/letting me vent! I am really starting to feel like a part of the team at my school! Two days done and two more to go! Then fall break!

I hope you all are having a great week! Here is a piece of work from one of my kiddos from the day I had a sub! When I read it today I seriously laughed out loud! Too cute!

(Translation: I did not like Oh No because the pictures were ugly the author would be fired.)

I hop to post soon about all of the fun math activities we have been doing this week! The kiddos and I are having so much fun! Our rule machine, number lines, doubles rap! So much to share very soon! Have a great night!