Thursday, December 20, 2012

Free Christmas Jokes

Let your kids have fun while waiting for Christmas dinner. 

What did Adam say on the day before Christmas? 
Answer: It's Christmas, Eve!

On Christmas morning the coy boy said what? 

Answer: Mooooey Christmas.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

All aboard!

Are you ready for another ride on the Polar Express?
Click on the images to download these freebies!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Teaching Sight Words - some ideas

There are many ways to practice Sight Words. These are some of them:
Select 5 to 10 new words each week to teach.
Make your own cards or print my cards onto hard cardboard.
Show the word to the child.
Say: This is the word /XXXX/
Ask: What letter is at the beginning of this word?
ABC order

Let children place the cards in abc order.

Word formation
Use plastic letters to "write" the words.

New sentences
You can use the cards with your children to create their own sentences.

Tic tac toe
Allow them to play tic tac toe, either with colored chalk on the board or with colored pencils on paper. you can also make tic tac toe games with manipulative pieces. Before a children can place an "x" or an "o" on the grid, he or she must spell a sight word correctly.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Letter Games Give Away!

Hi Everyone! I needed some games and flashcard activities for my little students who are still struggling with letter names and sounds so I put together a spider-themed packet of letter games and assessments that I think my students will really have some fun with! There are a bunch of flashcard games included!

I'm giving this packet away to three random winners! I hope you'll join in the fun! 

Come stop by my blog! 

Teaching First

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Spelling ideas

These are clothespin  cards, too. In this case children have to count letters and clip one clothespin per letter.
I just added yellow cardboard to small clothespins.

Download the free set in my blog

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Charlotte's web ideas..

July, 11th was Elwyn Brooks White's birthday. We celebrated her birthday doing some Charlotte's web related activities.

I focused on animals on the farm. You can get some freebies and ideas in my blog.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Writing sticks

I love writing and love thinking new ways to improve my kids writing skills. These are some writing sticks I made for my older kids. They loved talking about their favourite things. I printed, cut and laminated them for durability. 
Kids picked up one of the sticks and wrote a few sentences using it. They changed sticks when finished.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Jackpot Give Away

Come join the fun over at my blog! I'm joining with 150 other bloggers to give away one of my TpT items away for free this Sunday!! It's all my way of saying THANK YOU for being an incredible teacher and blogging friend! 

Come check out my TpT Store and pick your favorite items that you'd like me to choose from for the give away and leave me a comment on my blog! I will select an item from the votes I receive!

You deserve to be appreciated! 

Love and Hugs,

Monday, April 30, 2012

Great App!

I have a great app that you've got to add to your iPhone! It's the Magic Grader! It's a grading slide like the one you buy at the start of every school year and end up losing somewhere in your room before December. (I never wind up finding it either!) It's only 99¢. I've had this on my phone all year and I love it! The best part is that it was created by a student in my district. His mom is a teacher! I just love that!


S is for Spring

Spring is here and I  finished a complete collection of A letter a week filefolders. From A to Z your children can practice and reinforce the alphabet while having fun. I also added an ASL mat to practice signs.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Magic E for Smartboard

This quick and fun activity works well for Magic E practice!  Use as a whole group, or have your students work on this at a station/center.  We used this in the winter, so it might be a great activity to save for next year as well.  Click on the link, or click on my blog link for more!

First Grade Friends

Friday, April 6, 2012

Worm Day! Freebie!

I thought I would share something fun and science related that I do each year.  
What, you ask?

Well, maybe not the real ones, but we certainly get up close and personal!
I usually get a parent to volunteer and bring earthworms for us to use during our 'Worm Day' fun!
I have also been known to dig them up out of my yard and bring them myself.
I created a fun freebie for worm day...or any study of earthworms!
Find your freebie here on TPT!

Here are some pictures of our fun, which includes special snack, graphing, and more!
Our snack: "Dirt and Worms" pudding with crumbled chocolate cookies and gummy worms...
tiny sandwiches with slivers of cooked hotdogs (that look like worms)... 
and mealy- worm cookies (oatmeal squares with gummy worms)

I also always let my kids choose to have their picture taken with a real worm 
(to look as if they are going to eat it!)  The kids have a blast!  
(me, not so much because I have to pick up the worms!!)

 And of course, I have the gummy version for those of us who are not into the whole, 
'touching a real worm thing'!

I will admit, a couple of years ago I was doing this activity of taking their pictures and as a student held up the wiggly worm for me to snap a picture, she dropped the heart stopped in that instant.  Her mouth was WIDE open and all I could see happening was her dropping that worm in her mouth and me having to make that call. ('umm....yes, Ms. So and So, Little Susie ate a worm today...sorry')   Fortunately, the worm just went on the floor and I learned a valuable lesson...have them hold the worm in front of the mouth, it still looks good for the picture and no one is in danger of eating a worm!!

In case you missed it, I am guest posting over at Little Miss Kindergarten here (freebies over there, too!!)

AND, I have a great Creative Teaching Press Giveaway going on right now ends tonight!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Luck of the Irish Addition Game Freebie

Hey Gang! I created a 27 page St. Patrick's Day addition game! The game covers 0-12 facts. My kids would much rather play a game then practicing their facts with boring flashcards! Here is a sneak preview. 

I put this little pot of addition gold over at my blog! Stop by for a visit & a freebie! 

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