Monday, May 4, 2015

What Works? Teacher Tips and Giveaway



Being a successful teacher involves little tricks of the trade we pick up from other teachers.  I for one am always on the look out for new and easy ways to make my teaching life easier.  Work smarter not harder!  I'm so excited to be linking up with my 2 sweet friends to share some tips that work for me in my classroom and hopefully you will be able to use them too.
 My first graders have trouble with learning high frequency words from our reading stories.  To help them learn these easier I place them around our door.  Every time we leave our room we read our words.  I also change up the way we read them each time too.  


I use to be worried my kiddos would use the last copy of a recording sheet for our centers.  I now write copy or put a big X on my sheet so they know not to use that one.  Also the yellow highlighter doesn't show up when I copy it.  


Now for our awesome giveaway!  School is coming to an end for some us and this giveaway has some pretty great items to help end out the year or start you thinking about next year.  Yes I'm one of those teachers that is already thinking and planning next year.  The more entries you have on the rafflecopter the more chances you have to win.  Check out these prize bundles!!!
Just take a look at everything you could win...One lucky reader will win this entire prize package!!!
Prize Bundle #1 Includes
PLUS....$140 Gift Box of Fabulous Teacher Supplies sent to you from Amazon
We aren't finished yet....take a look at everything a second lucky winner will win!!!
Prize Bundle #2 Includes
PLUS....$140 Gift Box of Fabulous Teacher Supplies sent to you from Amazon
Be sure to enter both rafflecopters for a better chance at winning one of these amazing prize bundles!

Enter to Win Prize Bundle #1 Here

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You won't want to miss out on all the other great secrets being shared by successful teachers!  Be sure to check out all the other great posts below.








Sunday, May 3, 2015

May Pinterest Pick 3

I'm linking up with two of my bloggy buddies for May Pick 3 Pinterest Linky.
I love checking out what everyone else have pinned on Pinterest.  
This summer I'm hoping to get my Pinterest game organized and ready but until then I'm going to browse what everyone else's creative ideas:)

Here are my top 3 Pinterest picks.

This would be a cute and easy bulletin board to have the kids create for the end of the year.  Get them prepared for Summer Reading:)



Another cute and easy idea for end of the year.  I'm for sure doing this but of course my tag will say second grade.



I love this little lightening bug!  Or do you call them fireflies?  I'm thinking these would be really cute with a camping theme writing idea.  


I'd love to connect with you on Pinterest!  My Pinterest feed is below:)


Heather ByersHeather ByersFireflies made with band-aids! Isla LOVES bandaids. Read Eric Carle's "The Very Lonely Firefly" with itWooden Spoon Wands for spying on faerie folk by PixieHillStudio,Free Clip Art for Summer at Charlotte's Clips can be used to create bulletin boards like this one "My Summer Bucket List"Classroom Tour 2014-201524 day challengeWho Wants to Go to VEGAS?!?!Grass Heads...fun to do with the kids. Grass grows up through for their hair!Holly's Arts and Crafts Corner: 2012: Mommy Art Camp--Paper Bird Cages Cute for spring.Spring Crafts for Kids: Coffee Filter Butterfly...made these at preschool!DIY Front Door Makeover | http://wallums.com/blog/new-designs/diy-hello-door-decal-before-and-after/Peep Science Experiments (how fun!) - Re-pinned by @PediaStaff – Please Visit http://ht.ly/63sNt for all our pediatric therapy pinsCelebrating Earth Week. What do you want to protect most? A handprint activity great for building critical thinking, fine motor control, and making connections.Earth Day activity - students write how they'll do their part on band-aids, would be a great character ed lesson.My Pet: Desk BuddyDesk Buddies are a unique writing and craftivity product.Each monthly packet will have at least 4 different desk buddy crafttivities.  Each desk buddy also comes with 5 different writing pages. *circle thinking map*5 senses writing box page*Can, Have, Are map*Story map-topic, details 1,2,3, closing*Themed lined writing pageThese pages can be used as daily writing pages in a writing center, time fillers, morning work, homework, or for early finishers.The different types of ...Art Drops: VESELE BUBAMAREBuilt-In Office Nook. Small house or basement project.March Desk BuddiesDesk Buddies are a unique writing and craftivity product.Each monthly packet will have at least 4 different desk buddy crafttivities.  Each desk buddy also comes with 5 different writing pages. *circle thinking map*5 senses writing box page*Can, Have, Are map*Story map-topic, details 1,2,3, closing*Themed lined writing pageThese pages can be used as daily writing pages in a writing center, time fillers, morning work, homework, or for early finishers.The different types of ...Leprechaun traps!  Cute homework idea for March!So many Dr. Seuss activities and ideas.  Will be great for Read Across America Day.sprigtime bulletin boards | Pin it Like ImageGuess Who I am silhouettes for open houseWacky Wednesday! "It all began with that shoe on the wall." This would be so fun to do in the classroom. I love this book!Horton handprint Dr. Seuss - Fun Way to Celebrate Seuss Birthday.  Charlotte's Clips10 apples up on top headbandMy Favorite Book writing piece--photo of child holding book--how sweet!Dr Seuss Vinyl Decal by CountryCraftandVinyl on Etsy, $18.00  Love this for reading cornerKindergarten theme: dr.suess game and then have a group of his books ready for check outDr. Seuss classroom door decorationADORABLE Dr. Seuss Party via Karas Party Ideas | Ton's of ideas! KarasPartyIdeas.com #SeussDR. SEUSS The Fabulous First Grade: Seuss Week, Leap Day, and more! (For the "How many feet do you need?" page)Dr.Seuss Balloon Decor - would be great for my twins birthday!inspirational wall for classroom....so fun!So cool! Reminds me of oobleck but less messy. Just in time for Dr. Seuss week!Lorax Weekdr. seuss decorations for classrooms | classroom decorating ideas classroom door decorations dr seuss ...Dr Seuss Balloon Pop #Game for #kids via The Frugal Navy WifeHow cute would this be in the hallway at school!!!!Dr. Seuss' Lorax Door Decorations by Miss Lovie. Perfect for Dr. Seuss/Read Across America Week!Dr Seuss inspirational quote DIY sign! Super cute idea for a playroom. Just print out vinyl with your Cricut and apply it to a wood board. Template included in the post!Dr. Seuss Fox in Sox. The 3D effects are phenomenal and the mix of vibrant colors really catch the eye!I million Dr. Seuss ideas!! Look up for Read Across America day and Earth Day (Lorax).Green Eggs & Ham door DecorGingerbread house door decorationMiss Lovie: Dr. Seuss Door Decoration: I Can Read With My Eyes ShutWizard of Oz Bulletin Board- There's No Place Like 1st Grade!Dr. Seuss Classroom Door | My Awesomeawesome! They picked their favorite book used a piece of cardstock folded to look like a book with a binding. They illustrated the cover, and wrote a brief summary on the back. LOVE!Catch kids reading and add them to a school board to promote good reading habits.Create an underwater ocean habitat in your classroom.Skinny Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Bell PeppersSee On 





Saturday, April 18, 2015

Five for Friday {Saturday Style}


I'm finally linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.  I never seem to be able to link up on Friday.  I always mean to but in reality it probably isn't going to happen. #truth
Before I get into my Five for Friday I want to remind you that I have a giveaway happening right now for a signed copy of Maria Dismondy's newest children's book Chocolate Milk, Por Favor! Click here to enter for a chance to win.

My class is hatching eggs this year!!!
One of my former students have chickens and they have been so wonderful to allow my class to hatch 7 eggs.  The 2 white looking eggs are actually a green/blue color and they are called Easter eggs because of the color.  The kids have been making predictions as to how many with be boys/girls and what color they will be.  They have also been thinking of names for our future chick.  I just hope at least 1 hatches.  


This center was giving some of my cuties a really hard time.  In hindsight I really should have put out about 4 sentences for them.  They started to complain that it was just too hard so I told them to make silly sentences and read them.  Instant success!  They had so much fun making the sentences and reading them to me.  What could have turned out to be a disaster, turned out to be a win/win situation after all.


Thursday was my Birthday.  So I decided to throw myself a party at school.  I had treats and we played gonoodle for the afternoon.  My kiddos were so sweet!  Some of them made me cards and pictures.  When I had to run down and grab the ice cream they all hid under their desk and jumped out and yelled surprise and then started singing Happy Birthday.  The kids were so surprised because I hadn't told them until they came into our room and saw all the decorations.  I think this will be a tradition each year now:)


I came across some great deals this week.  Walgreens had Mr. Sketch scented markers 2/$6.  Of course they only had 2 so I will be checking out the other Walgreens nearby today for any more.  Highlights sent me these wonderful foam math cubes for FREE.  And lastly one of my cuties brought back enough Wikki Stix packs for everyone in the class even me.  I will definitely be getting some of them to add to my centers for next year.  I did learn that they don't work if you get them wet.  My son was playing with some on the carpet and they picked up some dog hair Yuck.  Once he washed them off they weren't sticky anymore:( 


I finally got around to taking some pictures of my Synonyms flap books.  They kids had a great time making these and they still yell out synonyms for words all the time:)  This is included in my packet A Unit on Synonyms available in my TpT store. The picture will take you to my store to check it out if you would like to see what all it includes:)


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