Sunday, September 9, 2018

Farm Animal Research & LIteracy Park

Happy Sunday all.   We are super happy over here as football started today.  There's lots of screaming, cheering and unncessary cursing on my husband's end.  And I am over here all excited because I finished my newest and latest pack!  This really took me allll summer to make.  It is beyond difficult to create and watch a baby at the same time.  How do mommy's do it?  I am exhausted just thinking about doing that again. LOL

The inspiration behind my newest creation was my son's first birthday party.  It was farm themed and we rented farm animals and had pony rides.  And I was like I can totally make this a cute unit for my first graders when I get back to school in September.  Hooray!  I finished.  Here is it.

The animals included in this set are sheep, goats, donkey's horses, cows and pigs.

This pack is loaded with farm animal research and literacy printables. Help your little ones build literacy concepts by learning about each farm animal. You can use these activities as morning work, center or buddy work, early finishers and even homework. Throw these in a bin in each group and have them complete it as a reward. The printables are cute, engaging and so much fun. Your little ones will enjoy learning about each farm animal. The farm animals in this set are: cow, pig, horse, donkey, sheep and goat. This would be perfect to implement before or after a trip to the farm.

Here are some of my favorite activities..

I love that these printables can be used in a variety of ways.  You can print and toss them in a bin for whatever you'd like.  It's that easy.  I know my little ones will like the riddle sheet because it will definitely get them thinking and talking.  Would totally be fun to do as a group.

Ever heard of "What does the fox say"?  Well this is similar to that.  Be prepared to have a lot of animal noise making for this lesson. =)

This is a really good opinion writing piece.  The first printable explains the differences, from there they get to write about which animal they letter better.  I even offer a printable to compare/contract horses and donkeys.  It's a great way to work on student's writing, brainstorming, opinions and more

Gather your information from what you learned about these animals and put your mind to work with these printables.  Great way to see what they can remember from the lesson.

Grab this pack by clicking here 

Topics covered in this set 
(pigs, cows, goats, sheep, horse and donkey)
explanatory writing
opinion writing
abc order
reports for each animal
assessments for each animal
sequential order
fact vs fiction
making text connections
farm animal fact fun
can have are
word bank stories
class graph
name that animal
match that sound

Make sure to check out the preview also to get a better glimpse of what to expect.  I hope you gran and love teaching it with your little ones.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Early Finishers Literacy Pack

Happy Thursday all.  If you are like me then you started school today with the kids.  It was so hot!  I felt so bad for the little ones because we could carely get through the day without drinking water every 15-20 minutes.  But year 11 is in the books!  I can't believe I have been teaching 11 years.  That flew by. I feel like every year I get better and more organized as a teacher which not only helps me but helps my class as well.  

I have created a new set that is super quick and are fun printables to get those early finishers still working while the class is still on task.  These printables are perfect for the beginning of the year for your little ones to see where your students are at and what they are capable of doing.  It can also be used for buddy work, center time and homework if your feeling risky.  

here are some snippets of what you will see inside...

I like these printables is much because it follows a theme and gets the kids excited about the season or holiday.  These two printables above go with back to school and also the Fall/Halloween theme.  It's a cute idea to get the early finisher working and thinking of fun ideas.

These ditto's have to do with reading, reading comprehension sounding out and cutting/pasting.  I think these are perfect for center work so the students can work together and share their thoughts and ideas.  It also incorporates coloring which is always a hit in my classroom. Some of these printables can be used over and over again as they are generic and can be applied to different stories read in the classroom.

BONUS!  I have included a few sheets implementing some math strategies.  There's always those few students that love Math and working on practice skills.  Keep these ditto's in handy specifically for those students and for those you want to challenge.

This pack includes
*alphabet fun
*all about me
*following directions
*reading and coloring
*making statement, question and exclamation sentences
*cutting/pasting/sorting with living&non living things, nouns/verbs/adjectives, color words and holidays
*identifying beginning,middle and end sounds
*lower case and upper case identification
*adjective fill ins
*writing a letter
*writing and drawing with retelling a story [beginning,middle and end]
*author's purpose
*somebody wanted but so then
*story elements
*parts of the story
*relating to a story
*opinion statements
*comparing and contrasting
*coloring by code
*short vowels [cut and paste
*main ideas
*making predictions
*character web

Bonus Math printables include
*sorting with numbers & number words [1-5}
*color using color codes
*true false with addition sentences
*odds and even

Go ahead and grab this pack by clicking here. It will have you set for the upcoming season and holidays. Your little ones will enjoy working on these strategies and topics working independently or with a buddy!

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Writing with Word Banks

AH.  I am posting a new product!  I am so excited for this because I know I will use this each and every month.  It's a simple print and go kind of a thing and requires no effort on my end now that it's complete.  

Every year my I start the writing process with my little ones.  It's hard.  I mean really hard for them.  I am thinking they will get it and then they throw me for a loop when they get confused.  It's hard for the little ones to create their own stories and write a sentence without some help or guidance.  But they always seem to get it a little bit faster and quicker when there is a word bank involved.  Somehow and someway the word being there right in front of them gives them the little bit of encouragement and help they needed.  Then from there it becomes a little bit easier.  So here is my sweet idea.

This is the perfect resource for me to have on hand for my little ones.  It will encourage them to write with the fun topics and ideas for each month and it will also give them that little boost of confidence they need to get writing with the word banks.  Here are some of what is included inside.

  Each month has 4 writing printables (possible one sheet a week) that have the holidays, theme or important dates for that particular month.  The students can get excited for writing as that particular holiday or date is approaching.  Some printables have an option for drawing as well.  

This is an example of a holiday sheet perfect for December.  I know my little ones will love it as they get excited to read all of the Gingerbread stories.

Get your class ready for the year with this fun writing pack.  You can grab it by clicking here.  Let me know what you think of it when you do.  I know this is one less stress I have to worry about as writing is always tricky at the beginning of the year.  Make it easier on you and your kiddies by grabbing this.  =)

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Really Good Stuff - Teacher Box

Happy Sunday everyone!  As the summer quickly is coming to an end, it's time to start thinking of ideas for back to school. Every year I like to buy myself a few small things for the classroom.  I try not to over do it as I usually do.  I usually see and want everything.  But I think online, I seem to have more control of my buying as I can try to talk myself out of buying things I don't really do.  Does anyone else feel that way? 

My first stop was Really Good Stuff.  I get all my school supplies there as well as incentives for the little ones. Some recent purchases have included the ever so popular privacy shields.  

I use these for everything.  I use them during snack time, (if they are being too rowdy), tests, centers, etc.  They are great quality and last for years.  I have gotten super lucky the last few years.  As teachers have retired or teachers have gotten different positions, I always ask them to have their shields.  I am set for a good decade with this sweet resource.

I also have been in the hunt for some bins.  My room has been mostly neon for the last few years and I do not see that changing anytime soon.  I love coming in to my room and everything is bright and engaging.  I have purchased most of these bins from here.  Really Good Stuff has the bins, pencil holders and book cases all to match.  

These square bins are also perfect for chapter books or leveled readers.


What I recently just discovered and am super excited to have joined was the Really Good Stuff Teacher Box.  It's a subscription box that comes with really useful resources and activities for the kids.  You can choose the grade level you want.  It's offered for K-6.  The activities and products can be used in a variety of ways.  You can use them to introduce the theme for the month, or separately.  It's up to you.  It includes tools, instructions and materials for up to 36 students.  
Here are some sample pictures of the box. 

By participating in this monthly box, you will also be joined in the Loyalty Program which gives you discounts on future purchases.  You can't go wrong with savings.  

Here is a clip of the box in action.
clip.  Check it out and don't wait.  You'll be set for the year with activities and resources for your little ones.  The themes seem exciting and interesting for their age group and offer a lot of different products to go along with it such as prompt cards, writing tasks and post it's to match the theme and skill.  It's only $29.99 a month.  Free shipping is always included.  

Want to read more.  Click Here to learn more and see if it's something you would enjoy doing with your class.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

How to Write Using Sequence Words!

Ever struggle with teaching your little ones how to start using sequence words? I do too!  It's always so tricky trying to teach and model it in a way for their little minds to trap and understand.  So I came up with a little something just for that.

With this How to Writing Pack, you have all you need to start and finish your lesson.  This is just one part, or idea to get things going. This pack using sequence words has everything you need from anchor charts, visuals, printables and so much more to introduce, reinforce, model and review to your students this very tricky topic. This lesson is exclusive to how to build a sandwich. Check back for more topics and printables in the future.   Take a peek at what's inside

I love me some anchor charts!  Especially when I want to refer to when modeling a new lesson.  I have a bunch of anchor charts for the board and even for your little ones to keep in their folder and refer to when they need a little reminder.

All printables in this set are geared towards strugglers, beginning learners and advanced learners.  That means theres a variety of different printables to suit your student needs and perfect for them to go at their own pace.

I love printables that you can toss in the center bin and see how the students are grasping what your teaching them during whole group instruction.  And who doesn't love a little brainstorming map to get their minds going about what they will write about in order.

To check out more on this How to Write Using Sequence Words pack, click here to take you there.  Make sure to check out the preview to see more of what's included.

This How to Build a Sandwich pack includes:
*examples for first, next and last for beginning learners and first,next,then,now and last for more advanced learners
*anchor charts/visuals for modeling sequence words
*cut and paste activities for sequencing 
*drawing using sequence words for writing strugglers
*listing/ordering using writing and draw
*write and draw picture prompts 
*center activities for sequencing
*sequencing guide for students to keep in folders when referencing
* read, write and highlight sequence words
*sequence words strips for modeling
*sequence words for ring binders (one on one student action)
*listing/brainstorming picture printable

and so much more! 

Stay tuned for more topics coming soon:
How to Build a Snowman
How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
How to Make Lemonade
How to Make a Fishbowl
How to Make a S'more

Happy Sunday!

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Parent Wish List with Oriental Trading

Happy Monday all!  It's back to school time and I am excited for a brand new school year with little students to get to know.  We have our full first week back so I need to be energized! I have a big group this year but they are so cute, I forget all about it once they walk through that door!  They are so smart too.  So I'm excited to see what they are capable of!

Before school started, I was stressed.  I had to go back to school shopping and that requires me getting supplies, rewards, decorations and so much more.  It's hard to do it all on a budget. Right?!

I was able to team up with Oriental Trading and come up with a wish list.  There's so much we would love to do for our class, but it's hard to do it all.  With a wish list for parents, your able to let parents know what exactly you want and hope they can donate something off your wish list.  
This could help a ton, especially at the beginning of the year! 

A great way to showcase a parent wish list is this cute little display…

You can grab this cute freebie from Teach Create Motivate here.  I'm going to set this up and show the parents at Back to School Night next week.

I created my wish list and then got everything on my list! I'm not patient. LOL  
Instead of having parents donate, you can always make a list of what ya need and grab and go.

So what did I get? So many goodies that I can't wait to use!  
First lets start with my most favorite thing ever!

My storage baskets!  These baskets are perfect for markers, pencils, reading phones and so much more. I love the way it looks behind my reading desk.  Check out these storage baskets by clicking here.It comes in a set of 6 and it's the perfect amount.

What do you spy in those baskets?

I always have a shortage of pencils.  They are always missing, stolen, or broken. With this mega stack of pencils, your little ones will always keep these safe.  They have such cute designs, wether it's smiley faces or hearts or soccer balls.  These pencils are cute and I can't wait to use them as an incentives for those hard workers!

What else do we spy in those storage baskets

Okay seriously, my little ones LOVED these last year!  My cuties would go to their reading center and pick up a phone and read to themselves.  It was so nice to see. It's excellent for phonemes awareness and the kids are able to monitor themselves as they hear themselves reading on their own.  
What a great buy!  And who doesn't love the bright colors ?

I also added dice to my wish list.

I use these all the time for math centers, roll and cover and bingo.  It's a great way to reinforce number recognition, addition and more. Check out these foam dice here.  The size is perfect for the center bins!

The last item on my list will probably be used daily!  

These will be used so much, I already know.  We work on number lines at the beginning of the year and use it all throughout the year.  I love that you can write on it as you jump up and down the number line and then ERASE!  Easy Peasy!

Okay, so after I received these products and loved them, I had to go back to Oriental Trading for some more supplies.  I can't wait to receive them in the mail and put them to use!  Stay tuned for that next.

To check out the awesome products Oriental Trading has to offer, click here!

What's on your wish list?  

I was provided Back to Schoolproducts featured in this post from Oriental Trading for review purposes. All opinions are mine alone and based off of the experience I had with the products I reviewed.

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