Sunday, May 3, 2015

New for me!!!

I tried my hand at some phonics packets.
Free until tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM.
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy Friday...Happy May!

Good grief!
Have no idea where April went but my classroom is alive in May already!
Our plants are really reaching tall and we just planted a week ago.  For someone who does not have a green thumb that is a miracle.  I have started using the little seed starter pellets where you add water, they puff up, and you plop the seeds in.  I then transfer them into the smaller pots once they have started.  We have really seen each stage of growth and I am thrilled!! We have not made the craft yet but I will post as soon as we do.

Next, two of our butterflies have hatched!  We are waiting for the others.  Watching the complete life cycle is so amazing.  Metamorphosis is a miracle in my opinion!!

And how can you forget moms and their babies.
Next week we celebrate moms along with what they were like as a baby.  We include asking parents to write a letter and also send in pictures.  As a class we each get an egg to care for.  LOL that is a learning experience.  Some are so very careful and others...well let's just say they have a great deal of maturing to do!  The baby pictures are always such a joy.  I am including the sheets so you can do it with your class.

For mom we are inviting her to a Magic Show. 
This entire packet is free!
Show mom a little magic like she works on YOU!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Start your "wish list"!!

Teacher Appreciation Sale!!

Stop by May 2nd to May 4th to check out the SALE.
What is a First Grade Teacher?
A first grade teacher is the leader of children, none of whom look, act, think, behave, talk, or grow the same way.  They welcome their students, that make up their class, who have loose teeth in their mouth, questions on their mind, and Band-Aids on their knees.
A first grade teacher is able to collect more things from their students during the first minute of school than most grades could accomplish in a full day.  A few of the items shared might be a flower, wilted leaves, a homemade cookie, a pretty stone, a note from mom, lunch money, or a book for show and tell.
A first grade teacher is eager to listen to the latest developments of every student’s life.  They know when a family member has a birthday, what sport each child plays, vacations that are planned, a brother or sister who is a bother, or an event that caused disappointment.
A first grade teacher cleans glue off the tables, picks up scraps from the floor, spends hours planning lessons, spends a fortune on special projects, and gives all their attention to meeting the needs of their unique class.  They leave after school exhausted with a headache but return each morning with a warm smile on their face ready to greet each student all over again.
A first grade teacher brings joy to their students each day throughout the year.  They are devoted to seeing that each student succeeds socially, emotionally, and educationally.
 A first grade teacher often feels unappreciated  and overworked UNTIL found on their desk, written in messy manuscript, they find a note with the deepest feeling…I LOVE YOU!
First grade teachers you ARE appreciated!!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mother's Day is on the way!

A little freebie for you...
Totally updated and improved.
I hope you can find time to allow your class to share a little "magic"!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Reading practice...Tic Tac Toe!

I love watching my kiddos read with one another.
This activity allows for differentiation and fun while practicing vocabulary, punctuation, or expression.
Because it is quick and easy the kiddos read and reread soooooo it really is helpful for those who struggle with the text the first time through.
How do I differentiate?   Just add different text for each level you need.
I made one sample for you.  It focuses on vocabulary.  Then I made an editable one for you so you can add your own text.  
Practicing with a partner is always more fun!!