Friday, April 3, 2015

Is it a duck or a rabbit?!? FREEBIE

I've been doing this little project for a couple of years now and realized I've never posted anything about it! This fun book shows 2 different possibilities.... the animal as a duck AND as a rabbit. My kids loved forming opinions about this as I read it aloud.

After reading the book, I had my kids create a fun little project based on the book.







Grab a copy of the duck/rabbit heads here
Grab a copy of the writing paper here

FYI: The duck/rabbit heads and writing paper font turned out grey because I scanned them so I could get this up free in time for Easter! 

I hope you and your students enjoy this! Stop by my TPT store and follow me (I have quite a few freebies and creations up my sleeve!) 
Happy Spring!



Friday, February 20, 2015

Hundreds Chart Help!

Do you have students who just don't get how to navigate a hundreds chart? Well I sure do! That's why I created my newest product....click on the picture to view it in my store!

Don't you just love the froggy and rabbit? They are from Pink Cat Studio....so adorable! Take a look at the table of contents from this pack to see everything that's included!


The frog "hoppers" are a fun way for students to keep track of their hops on the hundreds chart. Take a look at how I made my frog hoppers...


I printed the frog hoppers page on cardstock. You can use bingo chips for this part, but I bought this bag of gems from the dollar store instead. 


I cut out the frog hoppers and hot glued them to the gems. They make a perfect little tool for students to use as they learn to navigate and take hops on the hundreds chart!

*This pack focuses on the +10 and -10 shortcut/trick on a hundreds chart 




Monday, February 16, 2015

Telling Time: 5 minute interval fun!

I'm super excited that I finished this huge pack BEFORE I actually teach telling time with 5 minute intervals! It's always such a tricky concept for my students to grasp. I do math centers every Friday and wanted to create some fun games that help students practice telling time. It's 100 pages in all!


Check out the preview below to take a peek into this pack!



My class loves playing Scoot to practice different concepts. So I had to create a Scoot game for this pack. I created 3 different versions of Scoot to help differentitate this concept. The first version just has analog clocks that students must identify the digital time for. The second version is the same except it has analog clocks with 5 minute interval helpers for students who are having trouble telling time with 5 minute intervals. The third version is for students who have already mastered telling time and need a challenge. These Scoot cards have elapsed time questions to answer.

A total of 7 fun games are included in this pack:
*Time Bump
*Memory
*Swat the Clock
*Scoot- 2 versions; one with interval helpers and one without
*Scoot- 3rd version is a challenge
*Clip Clocks- for independent practice
*Cuckoo Clocks

Also included in this pack:
*a clock poster labeled with the 5 minute intervals
*a clock poster divided into quarters to help with o'clock, quarter past, half-past, and quarter to
*5 minute interval circles to put around your classroom clock
*4 practice pages

Click below to get yours from my TPT shop!




Thursday, January 22, 2015

Valentine's Day: A gift for parents

Need an easy gift to give parents from your students for Valentine's Day? I created an easy, print and go poem book for students to write in and illustrate. 

Students fill in the blanks and illustrate
Take a picture of each student "blowing hearts" out of their hands and glue photo into last page. This is such a cute and easy keepsake to put together for parents!

Click below to get yours!





Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The best 2015 ever!

13 weeks pregnant

It's been so so long since I've even been on my blog!!!! I spent most of October and November in complete and utter shock! As you can see in the photo above, I've got a bump. This bump is truly an amazing blessing from God. Here's a little history on this blessing:
After spending years and years AND years trying to have a child, with several failed fertility treatments, my husband and I took a giant leap of faith and did IVF on 11-11-11. We were beyond happy when it worked, the first time! This led to the birth of our son in 2012.  In 2013, we wanted to expand our family so we tried 2 more cycles of IVF, which both did not work. We were disappointed to say the least. It wasn't until the fall of 2014 that I had finally made peace within myself that our boy was enough. He was the perfect boy I thought I'd never have and he was enough.  I was done with the fertility drugs. I was done with the long drives to my Dr. office. I was done focusing on the need to give my son a sibling. I. was. done.
Or so I thought!
In October 2014, I started feeling strange. I started having some of the classic early pregnancy signs; bloated belly, tiredness, etc. I took a VERY early pregnancy test (just a few days before my expected period) and was confused to see a very faint second line. I thought, "no.... it must be wrong." Little did I know, it was picking up the little amount of HCG that was developing in my body. So I gave it 2 days like the box said. I took it again and that darn second line was a tad darker! Still..... after not being able to get pregnant on our own for 7 years, I couldn't believe it. I gave it another day or so. I ended up taking a total of 4 pregnancy tests to be sure!


I'll never forget that last test. I woke up early, 5:00 a.m. because it was on my mind. I went into our bathroom, did the test and was shocked to see it so dark. In shock, I walked out of the bathroom towards my sleeping husband in bed with the stick in my hand. My arm was shaking. Through my tears I said, "Honey, wake up, wake up. There are two lines. There are two lines. There are two lines." I'll never forget my husband's face. He blinked hard to get his eyes ready to open. He looked at that stick and started laughing, "there are two lines, there are two lines baby, we're having another baby!" 

I wanted to share this story on my teaching blog for a reason. If my story can give one person/teacher out there hope, then I've done a very important thing. Struggling to conceive is one of the most difficult things someone can go through. It's such an emotional, personal, heartbreaking struggle that only someone experiencing it can truly understand. You feel like you're alone. You feel helpless. You feel sad when it seems that everyone around you is pregnant. You feel stressed about ovulation. Your heart breaks every month when you get your period. It's truly the most difficult thing my husband and I have faced as a couple. So if you are reading this right now and are experiencing infertility issues, hang on, don't give up, believe in miracles, believe in God's timing...just believe.

7 weeks



Saturday, November 1, 2014

Organization Station for Small Groups!

If you're anything like me, your small group area gets piled up with stuff rather quickly. As a first grade teacher, I'm always looking for fun and novel things to motivate my little readers. So where does one put all of this fun must have stuff???? Well.... I must admit, until this year I had no real system in place to store my small group materials. I'd find myself searching for my comprehension things, tearing apart a shelf to find my fun pointers, and had leveled books in a crate on the floor divided up with folders. I was so sick of feeling unorganized during my small groups time of Reader's Workshop. So I decided to create a little organization station near my kidney table. I went to Walmart and bought 2 three drawer carts (click on the picture to take you right to it!):

I wanted big drawers to keep each of my small groups' books for the week.  I usually visit our school guided reading library once every two weeks to check out leveled books for my small groups. This way, I'm all set to go for small groups for 2 weeks at a time.

I also wanted to have a place for my other small group goodies so I bought another Sterilite drawer cart, this one has 4 drawers:
I like the shallower small drawers on top for things like pointers and extra copies of my conferring forms. The bottom 2 drawers hold my comprehension stuff and word work materials. I took the wheels off of each cart so they would stay stationary and lined up in a row! 

I knew that I had to create some fun labels for my drawers and that Melonheadz kids would be featured. Click on the picture below to check out my Small Groups Organization Station in my TPT store.

You can see everything in this pack in my preview!


I love having all of my small group materials in one place!

I just used numbers for each group. But if you distinguish groups
by COLOR, that option is included in my pack.

I hope this organization station can help you organize your small groups too!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sensory Words w/ Applesauce :)

I'm excited to make applesauce in my first grade classroom tomorrow! I just love the smell of homemade applesauce on a cool Michigan fall day! Although the weather is going to be rather warm, 75 degrees... which I will totally take in September! During Writer's Workshop, we will be talking about sensory words and how writers use them to add PIZAZZ to any story. Click on the picture below to snag a copy of this applesauce sensory words recording sheet!
Happy fall!