Saturday, February 18, 2017

Frog and Toad

This past week my students have been immersed in the classic stories of Arnold Lobel. Frog and Toad are some of my childhood favorites and they still engage and entertain kids today. My students were practically rolling around on the floor with laughter at the antics of these beloved characters.

Once we completed the reading of the Frog and Toad Together stories, we completed some fun activities from the Frog and Toad Together Unit. Check out the pictures of the unit below and get the unit here.

There are many great activities that can be done with this story. Included in the Frog and Toad Together Unit are engaging activities such as comparing and contrasting characters, finding text evidence for character traits, sequence of events, central message, comprehension questions, and more!

                                 Get the full unit here!

Frog and Toad is also great to use for teaching the central message. There is a lesson to be learned from the characters in each story. We created this helpful anchor chart to help us keep track of the central message.

I can't wait to read more Frog and Toad to my students and check back soon for additional Frog and Toad resources!

Update!! I have uploaded the Frog and Toad Are Friends Unit. Click here to check it out!

Happy Teaching!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Penguins Penguins Penguins!!

Happy 2017 to you all! I am excited to get back into the classroom after a wonderful break and we have lots of exciting events happening this month in our classroom!

The cold January weather always reminds me of those adorable penguins and first graders LOVE penguins. Right when we get back from winter break, the first unit I always cover is the kids' favorite… the Penguin Unit!

Starting Monday we will learn about penguins by using this resource. We will first read about penguins with the informational coloring book. We make charts together to record new information and do lots of writing. We will also complete some great interactive activities such as diagrams, life cycles, foldables, comprehension games, art projects and more!

Grab this adorable penguin art freebie here!

I also love to teach the students how to draw a penguin. This skill comes in quite handy when students are writing about their new knowledge of penguins. I have a useful freebie that teaches the students each step of drawing a penguin. There is also space for writing in this free resource. Check it out here!

I also like to integrate penguins into our math lessons and we will be using many fun and interactive activities! We will review number bonds with these cute penguin number bond activities. We will also play penguin addition math games.

I am so excited to get started with all of our penguin fun this month! :) Happy teaching!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Celebrating Thanksgiving!

I love the fall! The leaves are changing and the cool weather always makes me so happy. It truly is the most beautiful season. Now that we are a week into November, it is time to start thinking about celebrating Thanksgiving.

My students have begun creating these adorable coffee filter turkeys. Here is an example from a few years back. 

I also have some great activities planned for my students covering a variety of common core standards for Thanksgiving. We will be completing a fun Thanksgiving Turkey Draw and Write Activity. This activity is perfect for practicing following step-by-step directions, drawing skills, and of course writing skills. My students love these activities and you can pick up this turkey freebie in my store.

We will also be playing these super cute Thanksgiving Games. We will use the phonics games and the math games with our parent volunteers to practice standards while celebrating Thanksgiving. Check them out here.

We will also be reviewing addition and subtraction skills with these engaging color-by-the-code activities. You can grab them here. I also have a freebie sample here.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Chapter Book Companion

I am so excited to talk about my latest resource! It has been great for differentiation in my classroom this year. My Chapter Book Companion has been a wonderful activity to help my advanced kiddos stay focused, while challenging them and allowing for differentiation within my classroom.

My high kiddos are already very advanced with phonics, high frequency words, and other foundational reading skills. I needed something for them to extend their learning independently, while providing me with time to meet with my kiddos that need more work with foundational skills.

This chapter book companion was a perfect solution! After my advanced students read a chapter of their chosen chapter book then they write a summary in their chapter book companion. This provides them with an opportunity to reflect on their reading, while keeping a log of important events. This is a perfect resource to help with retelling of important events. There is an opportunity for students to draw a picture of the chapter events as well. The students log the characters, setting, and write about how the character transforms throughout the book.

I have also begun to use these during literacy circles. I have chosen a book for my advanced students to read together as a group (soon they will have the choice). They then complete the chapter book companion together after reading chapters as a group. This is a great way to teach collaboration within the reading standards.

I am so excited about the level of work that my students have produced using this resource! If you are interested in this resource, you can get it here!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Crayon Bulletin Board

After posting my classroom reveal I had tons of questions about how I created my crayon bulletin board! Well… this is the place to come for details!

I was originally inspired by this pin and loved the way the box was created. I then decided that I wanted my bulletin board to be more 3-dimensional so I grabbed some construction paper and played around with it until I got the result I was looking for.

To make the box, I used a shipping box that my wobble stools came in. I cut the semicircle with scissors. I then covered the box with yellow construction paper. I just used glue sticks and tape. I folded it like a present and attached the green flap at the top. I glued on the green triangle shapes and used a marker to create the green lines. I then used push pins (lots of them!) to attach it to my bulletin board.

To make the crayons I took different shades of construction paper and rolled them into cylinders. I taped them lengthwise. I created crayon name labels with my students' names and glued them onto the outside of the cylinders.

I then needed to make a cone shape for the crayon points. I cut a square (approx. 8x8") and twisted it into the cone and taped it together. I then trimmed the bottom so it was flat.

Before attaching the cone to the cylinder, I stapled the crayon to the wall. I stapled the inside of both sides of the cylinder to the wall. I then attached the cone to my desired side of the crayon.

To attach the cone to the cylinder, I placed two tape loops (sometimes 3) inside the cylinder. I then wedged the cone inside the cylinder.

Stay tuned for a video tutorial!

If you are interested in the crayon labels you can download them here.

Happy bulletin board Creating!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Classroom Reveal 2016

I can't believe my new group of little ones will be in my classroom on Monday! The summer went by quickly but it was very relaxing and enjoyable. I spent the last few weeks in my classroom preparing for my new group of kiddos and I have my classroom all ready for them! It is always so much work, but it is well worth it!

 The biggest change to my classroom this year is the addition of new tables! I had groups of desks before and I already LOVE the tables so much more. They work better for my flexible seating options and it really opens up the room and gives us more space. Check out the photos of my classroom reveal below!

This is my cute bulletin board! It was hard work but it came out better than I had expected. The crayon box is a shipping box that my wobble stools came in and the crayons are just rolled up construction paper! I hope this bulletin board makes my students feel welcome on the first day! The inspiration came from this Pinterest pin.

This is the front of my room and carpet area. 

 Because we are a flexible seating classroom, we share all school supplies. My students do need storage for writing journals and work folders. These rainbow drawers were perfect for this task!

This is the front corner of my room. My calendar is to the right with white board supplies below. I have cardboard book boxes for my students to keep their books selected from our classroom library. The blue board is my Daily 5 chart. 

 This is a perspective of the classroom from my low table. You can see my new tables and flexible seating options I added for the year.

 This is my SWAG tag display. Students will earn tags for behavior choices, academic goals, and for displaying character traits. We will celebrate and wear them on Fridays. I purchased the cutest brag tag packs and I made a few of my own. To find out more about brag tags click here.

 This is my standing table that students will be able to choose to use for various activities.

This is photo of my community supplies found on my tables. All supplies are shared and there are many supply stations around the room for convenience. 

This is my classroom library. The only new part of this area are the cute red chairs from target and I purchased new book bins from Big Lots.

I am moving away from center rotations this year and I will be implementing The Daily 5 (although a non-rotation version) This is the chart that will help keep us organized and on the right track.

 I have two new wobble stools for my students this year! I am hoping to get more through my Donor's Choose project. They fit so nicely under the round tables and I know my students will love them.

This is my Welcome Book that I created for my students. It is a coloring book introducing myself and our year we will have in first grade. I think they are going to love coming into school on the first day and working on their new book.

 This is my collaborative conversations wall. The posters have been so helpful for guiding my students with having effective collaborative conversations. You can check them out here.

 I made new clip charts this year. I needed a new Daily 5 chart, and I wanted to spruce up my old 5 year old clip chart.

This is where my SWAG tags will be stored. I will tell the students when they have earned a card, and they will grab it out of the plastic box. Thank you to Angie from Lucky Little Learners for the great idea!

If you want to find out more about Flexible Seating you can check out some posts here.

I hope you have enjoyed the tour of my classroom! If you have any questions leave them in the comments below! Here's to a wonderful year! :)


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

"All About Me" Ideas for the First Week of School!

I am so excited to introduce two new products that will be perfect for Back-to-School! I have used "All About Me" books in the past as a way to get to know my students and provide them with some independent work for the first week of school. The books were very fun and engaging, but they always went home with the students and we didn't share or celebrate them. I created two different hanging posters that will accomplish that goal! Not only will students be able to share their favorite things with the teacher and their classmates, but it can be a decorative part of the classroom and allow for the practice of speaking and listening skills if students are given the opportunity to share them with the class.

Check out my Folding Hanging Poster and my Cube Poster!

Check out the video tutorials for each product below!

Folding Hanging Poster

Cube Poster Tutorial

Spinning Cube Poster Video

I am planning on having older kids, or a parent volunteer help with the creating of the posters for my first grade kiddos, but I have made these with 2nd graders and they were able to do the folding and gluing independently. If you are interested in the Foldable All About Me Hanging Poster visit my store here! If you are interested in the Cube Poster visit my link here!

Now I must decide which All About Me Posters I will have my kiddos complete this year! :)