Monday, May 18, 2015

Keeping Them Engaged and Busy To The END!

I don't know about you but I am in the final countdown. We have 8 days left and my firsties are high as kites! 
With all the dance practices, assemblies, parties, rainy weather, and activities it's hard to keep them in control. But a few of my packets have been lifesavers in keeping my kiddos engaged and busy.
There's no way my kids want to learn something new so we are reviewing and staying strong to the end but in a fun way.
 My kids LOVE to do a Find a Friend. It gets them up and moving and they get to talk to their friends while reviewing important skills.
 Anything that involves Do-A-Dot markers is a HUGE hit in my class.
 Another favorite is playing Tic-Tac-Toe. Again playing with a friend is the best!
Flip Flaps have been a favorite all year and the fast finishers even play a little game with it.
 We've been doing some reviewing with SCOOT! Another fun activity to get them up and moving while reviewing.
My kiddos love doing these a second time because they are more confident and think they are really smart because now it's 'easy'!
You can find these at my Teacher Shops. Click my side bar for a link to my TeacherPayTeacher  or Teacher Notebook shop.

I'm trying to enjoy every minutes with my little ones. All too soon it will be time to say good-bye and then I'll miss them terribly.

Happy End-of-the-Year Teaching!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Teacher Appreciation and a SALE!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Teachers!
Last week we were spoiled, pampered, loved, and appreciated by our wonderful PTA, parents, and students.
THANK YOU parents and students!

We were treated like Rock Stars!
We had lunch brought in every day, a dirty drink bar all week, flowers, candy, gift cards, presents, classroom supplies, and one PTA dad made everyone smoothies. 
What more could a teacher ask for?
A SALE you say? Okay!
Get ready to shop till you drop! 
300 × 300

My shops are 20% off. Enter the promo codes for extra saving!


Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Teachers Are Heroes SALE!

You won't want to miss the BIG TeachersPayTeachers SALE!
My whole shop is 20% off. Plus use the promo code: HEROES and get an additional 10% off.

Even my new packets are on sale!

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Milestone SALE and a FREEBIE!

I'm feeling very blessed and grateful today for this awesome profession that I belong to. 
Teachers are one in a million!

I never dreamed I'd ever make my milestone with TeachersPayTeachers.
But I DID!!!

You can check out all the other amazing TpT milestoners HERE.

So to say THANK YOU and to celebrate, I'm having a SALE!
Everything in my TpT shop is 20% off until Wednesday.

Also as a THANK YOU, here is a little February FREEBIE.
It's a fun little game for adding ten. It's simple and easy to prep.
Click HERE to download.

Again, THANKS everyone!

Monday, January 19, 2015


We've been working on retelling HARD and HEAVY the last two weeks.
 I'm trying to get my kiddos ready for the winter DRA testing.
I put together a little retelling packet with an ice cream chart and rubrics.
It's been a fun resource. I like to use the "to-with-by" model of teaching. I read several stories aloud and demonstrated how to retell. I showed them the rubric and what a great retelling should contain. Then I had my students score me according to the rubric. Sometimes I left a part out or mixed up the order to see if they could catch my mistakes. Then I read a story and had them help me do the retelling. After that, I had them try it with a partner. The packet has 2 cute little stories, one is called 'Anna's Book'. I put it on my document camera and we read it together. Then with a partner they got together and retold the story to each other and gave each other a score on the recording sheet. We did more stories on other days the same way from their leveled reading books. My firsties are loving it!

A few days later, we discussed Important Events and Connections. Then we did the whole activity again with the other rubric that added these components.

Next week I'm going to have my more advanced readers do a writing response to their guided reading books so they can get ready for the 2nd grade testing.

This is a great activity I'll use for the rest of the year to review retelling.

It's been fun to see how much better they are at retelling. I'm getting excited to give the DRA and see how well they do.

You can check out my new retelling packet HERE.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hearts for a Heart Warrior Fundraiser

If you want to support a REALLY good cause and get some REALLY great clip art, you need to CHECK  this out.
Natalie over on What the Teacher Wants has put together a wonderful fundraiser for an AWESOME family.
Jessie Cannon is a sweet and very talented teacher that I got to work with at Meadow Elementary when I was there several years ago. If you go to Natalie's blog HERE you can read Jessie's heartbreaking story about her darling little Ryder who was born with a Congenital Heart Defect. 
The financial burden has been huge and the bills keep coming in.
 There's nothing better than teachers helping teachers.
For your $25 donation, you will receive "The Ultimate Valentine's Day Heart and Love Inspired Graphics Mega Bundle with over 300 graphics! Natalie got several of her TpT friends together and put together this amazing bundle.
You can go to TpT and check it out HERE.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Barbara Leyne Designs
Blinkie courtesy of Barb at BL Designs!

Barbara Leyne Designs
I'm planning my first week back in January and needed a few more math stations.

I just uploaded them to my shops. You can check it out by clicking on my side bar.
It is on sale for 20% off at TpT this week!

I hope everyone has a wonderful NEW YEAR! 
And here's hoping I can stay up to ring it in!