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Friday, December 20, 2013

Freebie Friday

Use this free download, "Find the Missing Number," to practice working with missing addends in equations. Use only addition, subtraction, OR mixed + and - equations.
Completely common core aligned 1.OA.8. Click the picture to download!


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Happy New Year!

New Year's Activities for Reading and Writing...
Includes classroom decorations and printable student gifts.Activities for Reading & Writing
with Classroom Decorations 
& Easy, Printable Student Gifts. Enjoy!


Love, Mrs. First Grade View my profile on Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Homeschooler - TeachersPayTeachers.com

Freebie Friday - On Tuesday

Use this activity to:

1. Learn the difference between two commonly mistaken words-- went and want!
2. Use context clues to determine the missing word! 

My kids always confuse these words! Even my strongest readers mix them up in isolation and in context... That's why I made this sort! Sort "went" and "want" as isolated words and in sentences using context clues.

2 versions included... One for stronger readers, one for newer readers.


1.RF.3.g 1RF3
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Friday, December 6, 2013

Freebie Friday!

Magic Word Squares are great practice for spelling patterns my kiddos have worked with before. They love these activities. The kids don't even realize the great practice they are getting! Here's one freebie. The rest are available at my TPT Store. Enjoy!



Monday, December 2, 2013

Non Fiction Text Features



We've all taught non fiction text features about 100 times... Table of contents, glossary, index, etc. My school has noticed that many of the grades teach the same features again and again. But never fear, Common Core to the rescue!

The CC standards indicate which features should be taught in which grades:
- Kindergarten - text, illustrations/photographs, front cover, back cover
- 1st Grade - headings, table of contents, glossary, electronic menu, icons
- 2nd Grade - captions, bold print, glossary, index, diagrams, electronic menu, icons

Anyone else notice the electronic features?? I've never taught them before! Have you??

I'll be spending some time on these electronic features and much less time on non fiction features. There are so many other standards in the CC that have nothing to do with the features! That will be a big change for me and my school. We've been very feature-heavy thus far.

Anywho... I've made a little something to align with the K-2 CC standards for nonfiction features. Check it out at my TPT store.




Love, Mrs. First Grade View my profile on Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Homeschooler - TeachersPayTeachers.com

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Cyber Monday

Check out  my TPT store for BIG sales on Monday and Tuesday... 20% off most items!!

Also take a look at new winter, holiday, and Christmas themed items:





Love, Mrs. First Grade View my profile on Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Homeschooler - TeachersPayTeachers.com

Friday, November 29, 2013

Freebie Friday!

Who doesn't love FREEBIES?!


Did anyone else's jaw drop when they changed the school calendar to DECEMBER?? That's right! December. Time to put away the turkeys and pull out the snowflakes. Check out my winter newsletter on TPT. Type right into this document... In black and white to ensure no quality lost through photocopying... Space for upcoming events, dates to remember, classroom updates, homework, and reminders for each day of the week.



Love, Mrs. First Grade View my profile on Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Homeschooler - TeachersPayTeachers.com

Monday, November 25, 2013

Must Have Monday

I use this app every day during reading conferences. I select the child or children I'm working with and take notes on their strengths, my teaching points, and ideas for next steps. Then I can plan my small groups by having the app sort my notes by common teaching points and next steps.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Syllable Sorts





1st grade Common Core requires students to learn that all syllables have a vowel sound... Before my kiddos get there, we need to talk about syllables! We used our robot voices to hear how many syllables were in words. We started with one and two syllable words. They did a great job using the picture sorts below. Check them out at my TPT store:





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Friday, November 22, 2013

Freebie Friday!

Freebies are fabulous! This is my morning work for Wednesday... Kids can create place cards for the guests at their Thanksgiving feast. You can use it for school or home feasts. Enjoy!






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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thankful Thursday


Today my class and I talked about the reason we have Thanksgiving. We have learned about the story of the first Thanksgiving, but hadn't talked about how it relates to our Thanksgiving. Today we talked about the word itself: Thanksgiving. Giving thanks.


It was amazing how many of them didn't think about the meaning behind the holiday's name. Loved seeing the lightbulbs go off as they realized.

We brainstormed things we were thankful for (no ipads, please). They were very good about being thankful for special people, places, and events. Thankfully (no pun intended), they left out ipads, computers, and i-whatevers. We sorted wants and needs, read about being thankful, and made a class book "We are Thankful: A Book of Thanks." I plan on copying the class book to send home for Thanksgiving. Next week we're going to make "A Plate Full of Thanks" to show off one thing we're most thankful for.






Click the pictures to go to my TPT site to check out these activities. Happy Thanksgiving!!

















Click the pictures to go to my TPT site to check out these activities. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Love, Mrs. First Grade

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What I'm Pinning Wednesday

Obsession 1: TPT
Obsession 2: Pinterest






You're a pin-aholic too, admit it! I could get lost on there... Thank goodness my wedding is over, because between school pins, house pins, dog pins, and wedding pins... It was just too much! Anywho... Here's a few of my favorites:






Favorite Home Pin: I'm fairly new to homeownership. I used to stick to decorating pins only. Just recently got into the home improvement type. The fireplace upgrade is on the very top of my home-wish-list. This seems like a summertime job for me and my husband! Click the picture to link to this handy homeowner's site.

Makeup: This makeup artist's name is Cara. Her website is called "Maskcara." Need I say more? Her video tips are fantastic. She transforms her face in the most unbelievable ways. In the picture below, she's showing off her "Victoria's Secret model" look.

Brady: This last pin just screams my dog's name. He is the cutest 8 month old puppy I've ever seen. And he's the reason we aren't putting up a Christmas tree this year.











Back to pinning...

Love, Mrs. First Grade
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Monday, November 18, 2013

FREE Thanksgiving Turkey Handprint Poem

Check out this FREEBIE at my TPT store...


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Must Have Monday

This is my number one MUST HAVE.... The Scotch Thermal Laminator is the best purchase I have ever made. It makes the BEST laminated materials. You can cut them, they don't peel or bend, they last for years. If you spend your own money on one thing, this should be it. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Writing Like Todd Parr

We LOVE Todd Parr's books. We've read Reading Makes You Feel Good, The Family Book, and It's Okay to Be Different. I love his ideas, illustrations, and the way he ends each book with a note to the reader. We modeled our writing off of Todd Parr's style... We chose a topic, wrote a different message about it on each page, and wrote a note to our readers at the end. I love the way they came out! Please check out part of one student's first draft:

Cover: "The Food Book"


One of the inside pages: "A apple is a food. I like the yellow ones."
Other pages included... "Some people eat sausages. They can be spicy"


The author's note to the reader: "Dear Reader, It's okay to like different food or have different food. Being you is being unique. You should always be proud of yourself. Love, -------"



Freebie Friday!


Don't you just love FREEBIES??!

MATH NAMES: This printable activity combines word work and math... Using his or her name, the child will color to show consonants and vowels. This includes several versions for the math component. You can choose whichever is more appropriate for your kiddos... Includes equations, and either number bonds or fact families.



CVC & CVCE: Today's freebie is an easy to print sort. CVC words are listed for students to read. Students add a magic E to each CVC word to change it to CVCE... Then they decide if the word is real or not. Click the picture to download. Enjoy!

Monday, November 11, 2013

New!

Click the picture to see my newest item on TPT... Long and short vowel sound word work using pictures. More than 10 pages of resources plus 10 picture sorts.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

New Downloads!


Visit my TPT Store for a bunch of new downloads... Lots of them are FREE!! 


Equivalent Equations are ready to print and go! Sorts include:

- making ten
- doubles
- doubles +1
- three addends
- add to 10, 20
- subtract within 10, 20
- tens and ones, making numbers using 10

mixed addition and subtraction
It is oh, so very Common Core aligned!!!
1.OA.B.3, 1.OA.C.6, 1.OA.D.7, 1.OA.D.8, K.OA.A.4, K.NBT.A.1, 2.OA.B.2 

6 different autumn themed word searches... Columbus Day, Halloween, Election Day, Thanksgiving, Veteran's Day, and autumn. Great for morning work. Enjoy!
 


Fall themed Reading Bingo! ...I've sent this home as an optional assignment to encourage kids to read at home! This reading motivator has been very effective.


My kiddies LOVED this! Sort items that go with Halloween and Thanksgiving:




Visit my TPT Store for a bunch of new downloads... Lots of them are FREE!! 



Strategies for Addition and Subtraction

I've been searching for posters that I can use to teach strategies for addition and subtraction... Something that would be bold, easy for kids to identify and reference, colorful, and helpful for students. I finally broke down and made it myself! Check out my posters for addition and subtraction strategies! I've just started using them with my firsties. They have been very helpful to get students to remember and ready to select their own strategy for + and -.




 addandsubtractposters




Includes posters for strategies such as:
- count on
- use fingers
- doubles
- doubles plus 1
- fact family
- flip flop facts
- draw a picture
- use counters
- use a ten frame
- number line
- number grid
- fingers
- make 10
- cross out
- take away

4-in-1 Thankful Pack for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving activities about being thankful. Includes an emergent reader, emergent writer, read aloud, wants and needs sort, and student sized reader. Perfect for enjoyable holiday activities that still align with Common Core standards. 

 Giving Thanks

Sight Word Printables... Use with your own sight word lists!

I use this as a sight word station. I give each student his or her own list of sight words to practice with these printables. Includes 12 pages of options. Check it out here:

 Sight Word Printable Center

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Thanksgiving Persuasive Writing

Lots of primary teachers LOVE holiday activities... But with all this common core stuff, who has the time to fit it in?? Problem solved! Check out this Thanksgiving writing activity that requires students to form and opinion and support it with reasons:



Click here to download: Thanksgiving Persuasive Writing Free Enjoy!

Taking Our Classroom Outside!


We're learning about force and motion in science. We've covered push, pull, force, motion, and friction.  Today we sat outside to observe things around us that are moving. The kids used the sentence starter "I notice" to record their observations. They noticed cars, tree branches, kids, leaves, swings, and even their papers moving. We talked about the force that caused the motions we observe. My favorite was when a student noticed that the wind was causing her hair to move into her eyes! Awww firsties!



Tomorrow we're observing the sun as it appears to move throughout the day.

Fingers crossed for a sunny day...