Monday, November 17, 2014

Movember Giveaway and FREEBIE

How cute is the Mustache Mania line from Creative Teaching Press?  It's perfect for Movember and promoting men's health!
I took pictures (this idea was Jessica's) of my kids in the photo booth and plan to attach them to the writing activity I am sharing below.   Jack looks thrilled, right?
My friend, Jessica from Tales of a First Grade Teacher are hosting a giveaway for a ton of CTP Mustache products! The winner will get Mustache border, postcards, stickers, cut outs, labels, and the photo booth board set!  So cute!
Enter to win!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Reindeer Close Read

We are ALMOST to Thanksgiving which means before we know it, there will be the mad dash to Christmas and the holidays.  I am trying this year to be ahead of the game, and with the push for complex text, I decided to work in a little informational text by way of the reindeer (aka caribou).  I plan to have this printed and ready to go for the week after Thanksgiving.  
A lot of great learning is included, with facts about reindeer that I had no idea about...they're fascinating!  I know my students will be thrilled to be learning about Santa's favorite animal!
You can my newest close read all about Reindeer {HERE} on TpT!
I also added it to my Close Read Bundle #2!
Find the Bundle {HERE} on TpT  (it's a great deal!)
Hope your Sunday is a happy one and if you'd like to win a copy of this close read, leave a comment and I will choose a winner this week!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Little Scarecrow Boy *Book Companion* {Fall Craft}

I cannot believe that November is already here and that in a couple of weeks, it will be Thanksgiving.  Where did October go?
I'm not sure where October went, but I wanted to do something new and cute for fall this year and decided to go with a classic....
Are they not adorable?  I love how they turned out!  Each one is a little different. The Little Scarecrow Boy Book Companion is FINALLY finished and uploaded to TpT {here}
Are you familiar with the book, The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown?  If you don't have it, you need to get it.  It isn't a new book, it's a classic.  It's one of those books that when you read it to your kids, they stop and listen.  
 The craft works as a companion to the book, but can easily work as a stand alone craft.
 The pack includes the pattern for the craft and also an optional tongue for The Little Scarecrow Boy's 6th face!
Find the pack {here} on TpT!

Want to win the pack?  Leave a comment and I will choose a winner!

Happy Sunday!  I am actually out of school until Wednesday...
woop, woop!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thanksgiving {Fall} No Prep Just Add Dice Games

Hooray for me!!
I FINISHED my latest No Prep Just Add Dice Games for Thanksgiving and Fall!
Find the pack {HERE}
Yay for the cutest clip art ever from Melonheadz
This is the LAST pack included in the Just Add Dice BUNDLE 
I am thrilled at how the bundle has turned out.  It is SO easy for me to just print these games each season and that's it!  NO PREP...and my kids already know how to play the games...they are so excited about the new clip art and theme, they don't even notice that they are the same games.  Around 30 games in each pack...simple and more difficult versions of most games included.  Can't et much easier than print and play!
Want to win my Thanksgiving Dice Game Pack?
Leave a comment below for a chance to win! =)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A Look Ahead {and Behind} Thanksgiving Pilgrims and Polar Bears

It's November....really??  
Time seems to be flying by this year, is it for you, too?
A Look Ahead:
This week we will be making our pilgrims.... you can find my Let's Make a Pilgrim Pack {HERE} on TpT

And our reading story this week is Land of Ice, so we will be using this FREEBIE to study Polar Bears Get it {HERE}

A Look Back:
And as I look back to last week, I can share some of our pictures of our Spider Week..I wish I had take more shots of what we did!!  I used a lot of the pages from my Spiders Close Read, but not one picture of any of it!  Bad Teacher, Bad Teacher!! lol
"Frank"ly we had a great week, even if I didn't take a lot of pictures!!
Hope you had a great week and survived Halloween on a Friday...and that your upcoming week is stress-free and delightful!  =)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trick AND Treat with Freebielicious

Fall is upon is and that means it's time for some Teaching Trick & Treating!

That's right - I have teamed up with my Freebielicious friends again to share some 
teaching tricks and special free treats for you!  
For your Trick of the trade, so to speak, I am sharing an oldie but goodie.
Word Wall on the ceiling when you have limited space.  YES, I am aware that some areas are not able to do this because of fire marshal rules, etc...but it's just a little tip in case you ARE allowed to use that space! 
Now I will say that these are not all the words we do during the year...and this picture is from the first of the year when I got my class list last year.  I would add words to the ceiling monthly or weekly and my students also have mini-kid dictionaries at their tables where they record our sight words.  They use these during writing more than the ceiling words. But I do find that they look up to spell words when they are writing and need a word quickly.  
For your treat, I hope you can use this FALL printable for singular and plural nouns:
You can find the FREEBIE {HERE}
Don't forget the sale that ends tonight!!
Hop along to the next Freebielicious friend to see what their Trick & Treat is!
Click {HERE}

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Odd and Even Webs Freebie! {and my week}

Need some fun practice for odd and even numbers?  I got all these items from the Target Dollar Spot, even the foam stickers.  I just wrote numbers on them and created a recording page to go with it!
Such a fun math station! Something about a spider's web makes math fun!
You can find the FREEBIE {HERE}.   Hope you can use it!
What else did my week consist of?  Oh nothing much...just Bat Week, a character parade, a carnival and the Pumpkin Patch with my family.
The above idea is from First Grade Parade and the board below is from Wild About Firsties Stellaluna Pack {HERE}!
Our character parade, not the best picture, but it's what I got!
 To get ready for the carnival, we decorated the friend Kelly from Kelly Hearts 2nd did an AMAZING job!  Follow her {HERE} if you don't already!!!
 My other friend, Jada, from Daisy Days for Learning did these adorable scarecrows...go follow her, too!!
 Our hallway...
 And here are my kids on their way to the carnival in our gym... (Maggie has something in her boot...we call her the Princess and the Pea!)
 A scarecrow I made for the door to where our story time and school pumpkin patch were!
 Oh, and just ONE shot from last weekend at the local Pumpkin Patch my family goes to each year (since my kids were born)...we never miss!  Gotta love a "good" family picture like this one!
Hope you have a great Sunday!  We're on our way to the park to eat lunch and take a hike!  
My TpT shop {HERE} is on sale today and tomorrow, and there's also a giveaway on my Facebook fan page {HERE} faor any two of my packs =)