Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy 100th Day! 


We celebrated the 100th day of school a couple weeks ago. This is always one of my most favorite days! It's jam packed with lots of fun, revolving around 100!
100th day mystery homework--- This is one of my favorite traditions. I send home these sheets with a paper sack and a directions page. Students are to fill the bag with 100 of something. And then write clues about their item. Each student takes turns getting up and giving us their clues and we try to guess what their mystery item is. Some items this year included toothpicks, marshmallows, dry beans, cotton balls, pennies and Captain Crunch. So fun!
Another fun tradition are these 100th day balloons. I hang balloons from the ceiling... but not just for decoration. I've put activities inside each balloon! Throughout the day, we pop the balloons and complete the activity inside. Some activities are skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's, 100 jumping jacks, 100 high fives, 100 second dance session, 100 leg lifts, and my all time personal fave is 100 SECONDS OF SILENCE!!!! PURE BLISS! HA!
Students come decked out in a 100th day of school shirt. Here are a few from this year. So cute!!
This year we added something new....100th day photo booth! I found these adorable props from Oriental Trading and just knew we had to do this! I think we enjoyed it more than the kids! So many laughs!
I also set up my 100th day stations and students took turn work through these with a partner. 

We ended our day with special 100th day cupcakes... These cupcakes are a tradition too and always a super, yummy hit! 



My 10th 100th day is in the books and as always it was the BEST day ever as my sweet firsties always like to put it!! Here's to many more 100th days to come! :)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Anchor Charts Made Easy!

Hi friends! Happy Friday! I enjoyed another snow day today and we also had one this past Monday and two last week! So I've been able to be really productive these last two weeks. I've started a new little product line, called "Anchor Charts Made Easy." And I wanted to pop in tonight to tell you a little bit about them! If you are like me... you love anchor charts, but struggle with making them look great due to messing up the drawings or the handwriting or storing them once you have used them. I am the world's worst to throw anchor charts I've made on chart paper away, after I made them because they just aren't easy to store... and really once you have used them one year and stored them they don't look so hot when you go to pull them out the next year. So, I decided to whip up some simple, print and go anchor chart packs to help me out with this problem! These print and go anchor chart packs have color and black and white options {you can print on colored paper}, as well as some mini versions that are perfect for your focus walls or to put in student homework folders/binders to use as a reference tool. If you have a student who is really struggling with verbs, simply put the mini version in their take home binder as a reference tool to help them out with their homework, etc.

How to "Anchor Charts Made Easy" work? It's so EASY! All you do is pick the option that best suits {either printing in color or B/W} cut the pieces out, glue them to a poster board... and BOOM you have yourself an instant anchor chart that you can laminate and use year after year! I like using poster boards, instead of chart paper because they are much more durable and much easier to store. I get the 4 packs of colored poster boards at Wal-Mart to use for mine. The 4 packs have green, orange, yellow, and navy blue for $2.97. I also like to laminate mine for some extra durability. 



So far I have this print and go anchor chart packs for Nouns, VerbsAdjectives, Antonyms, Types of SentencesPronouns, Compound Words, 2D Shapes and 3D Shapes. AND I have MORE in the works that will be posted really soon so be on the outlook! :) Is there something certain you would like to see in my "Anchor Charts Made Easy" product line?? Shoot me a message and let me know!





























Saturday, November 4, 2017

Apple Week!

Where does the time go?? I blinked and it's November! I went to blog this morning and realized there were several things from September that I didn't even post about it. I'm going to try to back track with some catch up posts. So, first up I wanted to pop in today to share with you some highlights from our apple week! :)

We started our unit with a good ole apple KWL chart. Our interactive read aloud for this week was Apples by Gail Gibbons. I love her books!

These Johnny Appleseed cuties are one of my favorite crafts every single year! They make me smile!
These cuties and much more can be found in my Bushels of Fun with Apples packet.

We did apple investigations on Friday! The fabulous Cara Carroll has an awesome little Apple Investigations packet that I love using every year.

We also had an apple feast on Friday! So many yummy apple treats to munch on. Which is your favorite??
We did an apple taste test and the votes are in... red was the favorite in room 4!

We labeled the parts of an apple. You can find this in my dear friend Tiffany Gannon's September Interactive Read Aloud pack.

Well friends... that was just a little peek at our apple week! Have yourself a happy, happy Saturday!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fire Safety Week!

We had our fire safety week a couple weeks ago. We learned about all fire safety and a firefighter's job and tools. 


Abby from the Inspired Apple's monthly anchor charts are my absolute favorite! They are so cute, tie in with your monthly themes, and are super easy and quick. You can find this one in October Anchor Charts and Posters.

I used these firefighters from my sweet friend Jenny at the Multicultural Classroom's Community Helper Research Project packet. Be sure to check her out! She has great products.

I've been using my sweet friend Tiffany from The Lemonade Stand's monthly interactive read aloud lessons this year for my core reading instruction. Her lessons are amazing! This little guy can be found in October.

We ended our week with a visit to our local volunteer fire dept. One of our firstie parents was so kind to give us a tour and tell us all about his job as a volunteer fire dept. 

Well friends, that's all I got for today... Don't forget to stop, drop, and roll! Happy Sunday!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Classroom Reveal 2017-2018 {And a HUGE Giveaway!!}

Hi! I'm popping in today to share with you my 2017-2018 classroom. This is my tenth year in this little classroom, and I love it more and more each year. Last year I completely redid everything with a woodland/camping theme from Creative Teaching Press. I loved that theme so much that I decided I wanted to keep it, BUT I spiced it up with a few new things and some new decor from the Bold and Bright Collection from Creative Teaching Press! What I love about the Bold and Bright Collection is that it could easily be mixed and match with themes you already have to add a little extra touch. One thing I did was added a border from the Bold and Bright Collection to the borders I already had up form the Woodland Friends Collection. I thought it turned out super cute!
I'm so lucky and thankful to partner with my favorite teaching company, Creative Teaching Press again this year as a Brand Ambassador!! Creative Teaching Press is my go-to for all things classroom decor!! 


First up on the tour is my little reading corner. This is where my reading focus wall is, our classroom library, and our reading camper.

Camper is from IKEA
Focus Wall Headers are from Learning in Wonderland
Library Book Bins are from Target Dollar Spot
Stools are from IKEA
Library Book Bin labels are from Missing Tooth Grins
Student Groups-- I group them by colors.
Shelves from Wal-Mart
Chair Pockets by Seat Sack
Colored Caddies and Tubs from Target Dollar Spot

The shelves on the back wall are student cubbies and also where I store my teacher manuals, books, etc. On top you will find some of my collection of Kohls Cares animals and books.


Math Focus Wall
Strategies for Math Poster is from Really Good Stuff
Mini Shape Posters are from Cara Carroll

Writing Station
Mammut Table is from IKEA
Mammut Stools are from IKEA (my mom made the cute little cushions.. I love them!)
Woodland Friends Extra Large Library Pockets from Creative Teaching Press
Woodland Friends Toadstools Border from Creative Teaching Press
Writing Station Cards from Deedee Wills
Woodland Friends Peek-Overs Bulletin Board from Creative Teaching Press

Camper of the Week Display
Welcome Felt Banner from Target Dollar Spot
Woodland Friends Toadstools Cut-Outs from Creative Teaching Press
Woodland Friends Jumbo 10" Cut-Outs from Creative Teaching Press
Chevron Uppercase 2" Letters (on sign) from Creative Teaching Press

If you are interested in learning  more about the Camper of the Week you can find the pack here Camper of the Week Activity :)



Well friends I hope you have enjoyed the tour of my little home away from home! I would love to give ONE LUCKY WINNER the COMPLETE Bold & Bright Collection from Creative Teaching Press!!!!! HOW EXCITING!!!!


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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Giraffes Can't Dance

A few weeks ago we read the book Giraffes Can't Dance for our Interactive Read Aloud. We had so much fun reading this book. It's one of my favorites and has such a great message! Here is a little look at what we did during the week!

We made these adorable Gerald the Giraffe crafts that make me smile so much!
We wrote all about real giraffes after reading National Geographic Giraffes book.
We compared and contrasted Gerald the Giraffe to real giraffes.
We wrote about something that we can't do YET!
We discussed what real giraffes can/have/are.
This year I'm doing something different for reading... I'm using Tiffany Gannon from the Lemonade Stand's Interactive Read Aloud journal activities. If you are a first grade teacher you need her monthly interactive read aloud packs in your life! They are amazing and so is she!! :)

If you are interested in the other activities you seen in this post you can find them in my Giraffes Can't Dance Literacy Companion Pack in my little TpT Store

Happy Saturday friends!! Go out today and dance like no one is looking! :)