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! :)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Kwik Stix Math Ideas {And a Giveaway!}

Hi friends! I wanted to pop in today and share with you a couple of ways that I have used the amazing Kwik Stix in my class recently for math. 

The first couple of weeks of school we focused on counting to 10. We read the books Ten Apples on Top and when I was looking for ideas to go with this book I found a super cute freebie from Mrs. Thompson's Treasures. I thought it was the perfect activity to use our Kwik Stix with!


This week we have been working with different ways to make numbers. We used Kwik Stix for this super simple idea. Students picked a number and showed how to make that number using two different colors of Kwik Stix and then wrote the problem beside of it.


So what are Kwik Stix?? I've blogged about them before, but in case you missed those posts or haven't heard of them I will tell you a little bit about this super, amazing product that I was introduced to last year. 

Kwik Stix are solid tempera paint sticks that dry in 90 seconds. (FABULOUS!!) Kwik Stix look like a glue stick and work very similar.... simply uncap, twist, and get busy painting! No water and no brushes necessary! Kwik Stix make painting projects so much quicker, easier, and mess free. I love that I can incorporate more projects like this into my week because Kwik Stix take up very little time and no prep! All I do is get out the container and some paper and they are good to go.
Kwik Stix work great on regular paper, construction paper, card stock, poster board, cardboard, canvas, wood, and more. Kwik Stix are AP certified! This means they are non-toxic and perfectly safe for young children.
Kwik Stix are available for purchase on Amazon and come in 6, 12, and 24 packs of classic, assorted, neon, and metalix colors and also available in a thinner, longer version called Thin Stix.

Kwik Stix are now also available for purchase at BJ's Wholesale Clubs!

Kwik Stix are one of my absolute favorite classroom supplies and I would love to give one of my blog readers a FREE pack to use in your classroom! Enter using the rafflecopter below! 


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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bubble Gum Words {A Fry Words Fluency Building Program Giveaway}

Hi! Happy Wednesday! I'm popping in today because it's day 18 of the new school year and I've already had one of my sweet firsties learn ALL 1,000 of Bubble Gum Words (Fry Words) and I'm so proud!!! So I thought I would do a blog post to tell you about how Bubble Gum Words work in my first grade classroom and why my kids get so excited to learn these words.

Here is my display in my classroom. Each student has a gum ball machine that they color/decorate and I hang up. 
Each student starts out on the 1st sheet of 100 words. I print these on different colors. For example the first sheet might be yellow, second sheet might be green, third sheet might be orange and so on. I add these to their BEAR Books (take home binders) so they can practice at home in their spare time.
 Students learn these words at their own pace. Some move faster than others. 
When students know a list of words inside and out, forwards and backwards, standing on one foot hopping with one eye closed (ha!) they get a hole punch for that list and then can move on to the next list on that sheet.
If along the way they miss a word, I simply circle it to show parents that they need to study that word and this lets me know which words in that list they need to be asked again so they don't keep telling me already mastered words.
When they get the word right I put a check mark in the circle so parents as well as myself know that word as now been mastered.

And once all five lists on the sheet has been mastered they will color in a gum ball in their machine and they earn a piece of bubble gum!!! They love this! I will then add the next sheet of 100 words.

They love twisting the knob and watching the gum come down! So exciting!
And when they master all of the words I give them a certificate.

They will then move on to Bubble Gum Phrases! The Bubble Gum Phrases program works just like the words. Students have a gum ball machine and begin on sheet 1 and work their way through all of the sheets learning all of the Fry Phrases and earning bubble gum along the way. 

 I've never had a sweetie learn them as quickly as this little gal did, but I'm so proud of her and excited for her to start on the phrases next! My students get so excited about learning their Bubble Gum Words and are always asking if they can read them. I love their love for learning.... and bubble gum! ;)

I would love to give one lucky blog reader/follower my Bubble Gum Words and Phrases packs to use with your students, as well as a gum ball machine with a some packs of gum balls to get you started!!! 
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

First Week Fun!

Hi friends! I finished my first full week back of year #10 this past week. I have 14 sweet, new firsties this year and I'm looking forward to a great year with them. 

We made this guess whoo owl the first day. They turned out super cute! You can find this craftivity HERE.


I also gave them these brownies as a first day of school snack... When I saw these I just knew I had to do something with them since I have a camping/woodland theme classroom. You can grab the tags as a freebie HERE! :)

I also gave these to my students on the first day. This keeps students busy the first part of the morning while I sort through supplies and paperwork and meet with parents. You can find these adorable tags at Around the Kampfire

We hit the ground running in math this week with numbers to 10.

We read the book 10 Black Dots and students created something using dots. I found this adorable idea and freebie at School is a Happy Place.


Well friends that's all I have for now! If you are back to school I hope your year is off to a great start! If you are not back yet... enjoy what's left of your summer. It flies by so quickly!