Monday, December 31, 2012

Preparing for the 100th Day! (freebie)

Looking ahead to the 100th Day.  Here is a little "freebie" for you and a peek at what is in the packet I have on TpT.
How many days for you until the 100th Day?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Dental Health Freebie

Looking at February plans we just can't forget about Dental Health.  Here is a little "freebie" for you with a most delightful book!

This is now available on TpT.  

Snowman Fever!

Just finished up these little "tasty" treats to ship off to Florida where my mom, dad, 3 sisters, mother in law, brother in law and sister in law live.  Also going to send them a picture of my first snowman of the season.  Just want them to know what they are missing!  (ha)  Hope all of you are enjoying your vacation.
They just need to be wrapped, boxed and shipped off.  

Labor of LOVE on a chilly day!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Brrrr....It's Cold Outside! Freebie too!

For those of you that do not have to deal with snow and ice...I'M JEALOUS!
The only good thing I can say about it is that it has encouraged me to buckle down and prepare my materials for January and February!  It has been "slow sledding" (get it!?) but I think January plans are in place and now on to February.  Here is a sneak peak for all of you.  Hope your holidays were the best!!
I decided to combine New Year and Chinese New Year so we can make some connections.
Happy New Year..Visit here
 And my freebie for you is a darling story with activities and a craft provided...Paper Lanterns.

A favorite unit I teach each year...Penguins (Tacky included)
Penguins...Click here

And finally Arctic Animals...This focuses on reporting using informational text.
Arctic Animals...Click here

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Let it snow!

Just had to share the sock snowmen we made at our party today.  We had so much fun.  One of the games was we took playground balls and tissue paper.  Each team had to cooperate and make a snowball.  When they were finished they added the nose and eyes. What fun it was to watch.  Happy Holidays everyone!  This truly is my last post for awhile.  I may have to break down and put my boys picture up.  For the first time in 5 years we will all be home together for the weekend.  It's not Christmas but close enough.  Michele

Who knew a sock could look so cute??!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Final "freebie" before break! Happy Holidays!!

Well tomorrow is the last day for me and I have so much to do.  So happy holidays to you all and I hope you enjoy the "freebie and post! Michele

Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday Freebie!

Three days until break.  I cannot wait as I have a tremendous amount of family visiting from Friday through Christmas and house needs serious attention before that happens.  In between "to do" lists I have been working on some MLK activities and a packet.  Here is a little sneak preview and a "freebie".  

Sunday, December 16, 2012


The calendar says that winter arrives on January 21st.  You would not know it looking outside my window!  for us in the Northern areas it is still relatively mild.  But just to provide a little "snowy" fun with some great books I created this packet.  I think the kiddos will love making the little "dressed for snow" character. One of the freebies is available for you below.  Michele

        Click here to download.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Download Information for freebie!

Winter lights! Friday freebie!!

We have been traveling around the world this week.  It was a perfect opportunity to get in facts about other countries and traditions.  Each child created a passport and we visited 6 different countries on several continents.  I did not include all the fact pages but each country had a fact page as well as a student work page with a "mini" craft.  We loved it.  Below the video is a little "freebie" related to this.  Michele

Thursday, December 13, 2012

"Snow" much fun!

Today we are making our parent gift.  My husband cut the boards for me.  We painted them white.  Today we are adding the final touches all from Walmart.  Ribbon, buy one get one free, socks were 50% off and buttons I paid full price.  I used orange foam for the noses.  Keep your eye open throughout the year and purchase with the sales.  This makes a cute but inexpensive gift.  You could probably even go to the lumber yard and ask for their scrap lumber.  Just a thought!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday 12-12-12

My kiddos were so excited today! 12/12/12 They thought that was just about the neatest thing.  Me I just kept thinking 6 more school days and then I can focus on the holiday and all the people I have coming for three days.  I frazzled at school because we still have not made our gifts for our parents, tomorrow I have promised myself, and since I had not one parent volunteer to head up our December party guess who is in  charge...yep me.  But I've decided we'll make our snowman socks, wrap a ball to look like a snowman head and play pin the nose on the snowman.  Keep posted for pictures of all of the above.
Now...for today's freebie I am posting one of the pages from our Classroom Elf project.  What a success it has been.  The class named him Rockie and they really believe he keeps a "lookout" for me.  Who said a little trickery would not work?  I also know for a fact that bribery works!  Happy 12/12/12 everyone!  Michele
Oh my goodness!  I just took a look at all the new blogs on TpT.
It could be a full time job looking at all of them.
No wonder it is tough to find followers.
A wealth of ideas though.  If I was a beginning teacher I would be in "Blog Heaven"!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Gingerbread Friends...and Tuesday freebie

Seven more school days for us and that means 9 more freebies for you!  Hope some of them are helpful to you.
Our Gingerbread friends are returning.  I am amazed at the creativity of the people returning them from around the United States.  I thought you would like to see a few of them and then try this using the freebie below.  Enjoy!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday's Freebie

This is what I plan to give my kids for a holiday gift.
Thought you might enjoy the idea.

Monday, Monday...

After being gone two days I feel a bit overwhelmed but I wanted to share some cute things going on in the classroom.
First I love the reindeer and Pete crafts we completed after our stories.  Thank you First Grade Blue Skies.
Next today we begin two really fun projects.  Our Holidays Around the World begins today with Diwali.  We also will have fun with our Classroom Elf.  Today we are naming him and deciding on naughty and nice.  So busy times in 1st grade.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A winter warm up...freebie!

Filled with literacy activities and a little math for a surprise!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Saturday Spin and Add..."freebie'

My son sent me pictures from up north and UGH it is snowing.  I am thrilled that I am here in Lauderdale enjoying sunshine even though I will return to the cold tomorrow.  Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. Pictures of my classroom projects coming Monday.
I think the children will really enjoy this!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday "freebie"!

Have spent the last two days in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with my parents.  Needless to say I am unsure what happened the last two days at school.  I did request a sub that I just love.  She sent me a text...Your class is very ACTIVE this year.  I thought yep!!  So with my parents we were brainstorming how people and snowmen are alike.  My father, who raised 4 daughters, says...They both have meltdowns!  You gotta love it.  Guess what is coming next week?  Michele

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed ..."freebie"

So excited!! Love this story despite the fact that we have had NO SNOW!
If you tried this yesterday try again today!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Classroom Elf "freebie"...

Our classroom elf is arriving on Monday.  I turn him into a "classroom elf" who reports to the teacher.
Here is a little freebie that can be found in my packet from TpT.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Facts for 10 "freebie" game.

My class has had so much fun playing this game this week.  It is perfect for practicing the facts for 10.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Jan Brett...Home for Christmas "freebie"

In the spirit of giving I am hoping to keep this promise.  Each day from now until December 25th I will provide a "freebie" for you.  As often as possible I will try and include pictures.  Today we begin my Jan Brett Holiday Stories.  
It has four of my favorite Jan Brett Stories.
Today is Home For Christmas.
I have included a sequencing page for you.  Enjoy!!