Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Things That Make You Go Hmmm...

Today I went to a presentation from textbook publishers for new Reading/ELA books.  These series are all based on NC Core Standards so I am not sure if there will be too many of you who have information  on  them.  If you do though, I would love to hear your thoughts!  I have to give the information to each grade level at  my school.  Thanks in advance for any advice.  The choices are...
Journeys from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Reading Street from Pearson Scott Foresman
Treasures from Macmillan McGraw-Hill

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Time 4 FUN!

My awesome co-worker made this for me for my birthday!  She hot glued crayons around the edges of a basic clock!  The kids really love it.

Check out her blog here.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Organization Linky Party

My First Linky Party!!!
These are the drawers that I use for daily organization.  They were purchased at Wal-mart in the summer of 2010.  They have pencil die cuts that have clear labels on  them.  They are labeled for each day of the week with the last drawer labeled "next week".

The picture below is for monthly/weekly organization.  Each drawer has a similar label as above but these are for months.  There are only 9 drawers.  I combined August & September and May & June.  There is not a drawer for July.

These sets of drawers have been the best investment I have made in my classroom!!!  I plan to add to them next year to help me organize specific supplies and themes or units that are overflowing with  materials. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Word Problem Practice

Sunday night we meet again  :)
My picture won't upload......the link still works!

My class will be reviewing addition and subtraction word problems soon!  I have created a practice book for them to work on all week.  It was created to be 1/2 a sheet of paper staples as a booklet.  I am giving the refresher lesson using the amazing addition and subtraction key words from  The Teacher Wife! Thank you!  I will give students strips of word problems to glue into their books and show their work.  Also, note that we will be learning about plants the same week so the cover and words problems will be plant related.  By the end of the week I hope for them to be writing their own problems.  Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

X Marks the Spot!

For the past 2 weeks my class has been learning about maps.  We have finally reached  the creative part where we are making our very own islands where we have hidden a treasure!  Attached are pages to go along with this activity.  First, students use the divided Circle Map to brainstorm their ideas.  Next, they will actually make a treasure map (pictures soon!).  Then they will write about their make believe island and their hidden treasure.  Last, but not least they will hook their header onto their map!  Click below for each page

Sunday, March 20, 2011

More Math :)

Also, for morning work I gave students these quick pattern extension sheets for extra practice!

Math on my mind...

Our state math assessments just passed and for our review week I tried to spice things up a bit.  My students loved the alike/different activity once I put monsters in front of  them! 

Sound It Out

Goodbye weekend and hello Monday! At least spring is here! Check out my Sound it Out activity.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The First Grade Sweet Life: Giveaway!!!!

The First Grade Sweet Life: Giveaway!!!!: "Alright, Y'all. So  I think it's high time I had my first giveaway.  Sooooo overdue!!!!  And let me tell you.... I. Am. Exci..."

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