Sunday, September 30, 2012

Reading Street games

This weekend I worked on some math students booklets.  I finally finished my addition booklet and I really like it.  I think my kiddos will like it too.  Here it is if your interested.

I started revising my subtraction booklet and let me tell you math is not my thing.  I have that thing all messed up.  Luckily for me Barbara @ First Grade Delight is helping me by looking it over and pointing out my mistakes.  I don't think she realized how bad I was at math until she looked over this thing.  So anyway after looking at it I decided to go back to something I feel more comfortable with ... Reading. 

At my school we have Reading Street and I like it fine.  I have made up a few little games for my kiddos to play on Fridays during centers to review the skill we had learned earlier that week.  I always play the game with my kiddos during guided reading time so they know what to do when they play it on Friday. 

This week we will be reading Get the Egg! and learning about short e and initial consonant blends.  I made this simple little game to go over this concept.  The idea actually came from my teacher's manual.  The game is Cracked Eggs and it reviews both the short e and initial consonant blends.  Students piece together cracked eggs to make short e or initial consonant blends words.
Students then record their words on the included recording sheets.

This game comes with 18 short e cracked egg puzzles and 18 initial consonant blends cracked egg puzzles.
On recording sheet for the short e words and one recording sheet for the initial consonant blends words. 
It's actually 2 puzzle games.  It's available at both my TpT and TN stores for only $1.50. 

Don't forget about Amy's 100 follower giveaway. 


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Math Addition and some Giveaways

OK so if you look back at previous post you can come to the conclusion that I do better with Reading and Sight Words than I do with Math.  I struggle coming up with cute fun things to do with math and I know that it is reflected in my teaching of it to my firsties.  So this year I have decided to try and do better.  I have stalked searched the bloggy world for ideas and as usual you all have been so generous and helpful that I am doing better.  We have started addition in my room so I made up this Karate Chop Addition Math Booklet.  It is used similar to my sight word booklets.  I think it turned out really cute.  I love the Karate kids that came *from the pond.  This is available at both my TpT and TN Stores.

addition facts up to 20

This Karate Chop Addition Facts {up to 20} booklet contains:
*1 boy and 1 girl cover
{facts up to 10 and facts up to 20}
{In a choice of color or B & W with the option
that students can color their own covers to
look like themselves.}
*42 different addition lists {21 lists contain facts 0 –10
addition facts and 21 lists contain facts 11-20.}
*42 total awards for mastering each list
{boy or girl option}
*2 Completion awards {I know all my addition facts up
to + 10 and up to 20 with boy or girl option}

I am giving away this booklet pack to the first 2 comments below and as always I would love your feedback. Remember to leave your e-mail so I can send it to you:)

Now for some AWESOME Giveaways going on in Bloggy World.  

Some has to win, it might as well be YOU!=)

Amy is having a 100 follower giveaway.  I'm offering any one item from my TpT store.

Amy is having a 1000 follower giveaway $25 GC to Target.

3rd Grade Thoughts
Stephanie is having a 1000 follower giveaway you could win an Organizing Utility Tote in the gorgeous Black Parisian Pop fabric.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fabulous Giveaway!!

I want to give a quick shout out to Amy @ What Happens in First Grade for reaching 100 Followers!!!  You Go Girl!!  She is having a fabulous giveaway and I'm helping out by offering any item from my TpT store.    There are so many other Terrific items in this giveaway that I wish I could enter.  But since I can't I hope you will.  Head on over and show her some love and don't forget to enter. 

Someone has to win, it might as well be YOU=)

Have a great night and c-ya tomorrow;)


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

An Apple Kind of Day

Do you know whose birthday it was today???  If your a teacher you sure do, John Chapman or better known as Johnny Appleseed.  So today we did everything the apple way.  We read apple stories, did apple math, watched a Johnny Appleseed movie and learned about apple trees.  We were really busy and having a great time all day long.  Here are a few pictures of what we did today.

Sorry the picture is sideways:( Anyway we sang this song, Do you know the  the Apple man?  I'm not sure where it came from but I have been using it for 8 years now.  If you know who wrote it or made this worksheet let me know so I can give credit.
 Natalee Appleseed here at her desk.  We made pot hats to wear.  Don't worry this little Appleseed is my very own;)

We colored and sequenced the apple cards and then went back and labeled them the correct ordinal number. 
We also labeled an apple tree from Julie Gesin from her FREE Apples and the Common Core Pack.  This pack it full of great things to do with your kiddos.  We will be writing apple recipes on Friday.  Click the picture to go to her store to get a free copy. 
Apples and the Common Core
We are so excited about tomorrow.  We are going on our very first field trip to Huber's Farm in Starlight Indiana.  This place is awesome!!  We will get to do all kinds of things at this place like listen to Johnny Appleseed's story from him, learn about how they take care of their apple trees, pick apples and pick a pumpkin.  We also get to go on a wagon ride to the orchard and pumpkin patch.  We can't wait.  We just hope there will be no rain. 
Hope you had as great a day as we did.  How did you celebrate?  I'd love to add your ideas to my list for next year.  


Monday, September 24, 2012


Happy Monday Everyone!!  I hope it is happy at least.
Last week my firsties were working on ? number more and number fewer.  This was very difficult for them to do for some reason.  So I made up some Halloween math ladders to help them with this concept.  The packet has 5 pumpkin worksheets dealing with fewer numbers and 5 ghost worksheets dealing with more numbers.  There are also answer keys for all 10 worksheets.  This packet also works with number patterns too.  It's available at both my TpT store and TN store for $1.00.

For Manic Monday I have a freebie: 1 fewer pumpkin worksheet and 1 more ghost worksheet.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


Monday, September 17, 2012

Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Plant Freebie

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Just a quick post tonight.  I whipped up this cute little Life Cycle of a Pumkin plant activities with my new clip art from the pond and just had to share.  It's FREE so that makes it even better.  Click the picture to get it. 
I'm also having a 20% off sale at my TN store.  Love for you to check it out;)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Crazy Weekend + Fry's 2nd 100 words + 2 to give away

I have had one crazy weekend.  First my firsties were so wild on Friday it was crazy.  Then I get home and the next door neighbor's kid hits my 6 year old daughter in the eye with a baseball then tells her not to tell on him. 

My poor baby! What a black eye!

Then lastly some weirdo comes up and sits on our front porch and proceeds to pester us until he finally leaves about 20 min later.  It was very clear that he was tripping out on something.  Later the next day I find out that he was arrested for wanton endangerment and they are trying to bring up charges of sexual assault.  He was also trying to give Heroin out to some of the boys in the neighborhood too!  Are you kidding me?  My kids were around this guy.  Of course the Hubs was out there too making sure he stayed away from our kids and just watching him.  Hubs thought he was funny.  I wanted to call the cops myself but he really wasn't doing anything but talking to the neighbors so I didn't.  I'm glad someone else did!!

So anyway I finished my Bee Theme Student Sight Word Booklet {using Fry's 2nd 100 words}.  I really wanted some cute tweet birds but never could find what I was really wanting so I went with the cute bee and bee hive from the pond.  I love Mel's clip art and I'm very pleased with it now.  I'm still working on the teacher assessment pack to go with it.  I just can't seem to get that one finished.  I would however love to give 2 of my bee sight word booklets away to the first 2 people to comment below.  Please leave your e-mail too:) so I can send it! 

This booklet is available at both my TpT store and my New Teachers Notebook store.  It is $4.00 at both but it is on sale 20% off at TeachersNotebook to Celebrate my Grand Opening.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Grand Opening Sale!!

I am super excited about the Grand Opening of The Busy Busy Hive Teachers Notebook Store.  I am having a 20% off sale to celebrate.

 All my products are the same as my TeachersPayTeachers Store and will be the same price after my sale.  I'd love for you to stop by and check out my sale.  I hope to have some new items up soon and some freebies too!!

Have a great restful day!!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Word Search Freebie

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

It's Monday again!!  WOW the weekend sure did go fast.  I spent it loading new products in my TpT store.  I broke apart my Teacher assessment packs into each item and put them in my store. 

I'm linking up with Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies to share a sample of my word searches from my Who Knows Their Sight Words Teacher Assessment Pack {using Fry's first 100 words}.  I can't get over how well this pack it doing.  Anyway here is the freebie.  Enjoy and I'd love your feedback.  Click on the pic to get your copy today!!


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Classbook Publishing For FREE!!

 Yippee!!  Look what I got in the mail at school this week. 
I am so excited!!
Studentreasures is a company that publishes books for classrooms.  And get this it's FREE.  Yes you heard me right FREE.  All I had to do was sign up and they sent me the complete kit for FREE. 

We have until December to write our story and send it back to the company to be published.  This is the sample book they sent us.

 Yes it is a hardbound in color book.  It is so cute and my kiddos are going to love it. 
Here is what the inside looks like.

 Colored student drawled pictures and writing.  So cute!!
Once we have written and illustrated our story we send it back to the company and they will turn it into a book for us.  Parents and Grandparents will then have a chance to buy a copy of our book for around $19.95.  Not bad in my opinion.  In fact my little bee is in my room this year and The Hubs has already said that we would buy one for her to keep. 

The kiddos even have a cute sticker to wear home when the order forms go home too.

I know they are going to love this too!!

Here is the best part.  Even if every parent sends back a No I don't want a book form, we still get a FREE one for the classroom.  How cool is that!?!  There is absolutely no obligation to buy. 

So now I know you are wanting one too and here is the link to their site Studentreasures.  Check out their site they have different types of book formats to choose. 

I would love to know what your book would be about?   I need some ideas;)

Have a great weekend!!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fry's third 100 sight words

Whew! I just finished my new sight word pack using Fry's third 100 sight words.  I know your all wondering what about the second 100 words.  Well I have started that pack too but it just isn't coming along as fast as this one.  I hope to have that one finished and posted by Monday but who knows.   
I will give 2 of these bad boys away to the first 2 people to comment .  That means you will get both the teacher assessment pack and the student booklet.  You'll have everything you need to start using these  tomorrow.
Click on any of the pictures to go to my TpT store to check them out.

This packet is based on my Who Knows Their Sight word first 100 Owl pack {click here to see the owl post} (my best seller) but new pack is all about Pirates, Arrr!  I love it! 

This is a Pirate themed Teacher assessment pack with activities.

Arrr, Treasured Sight Words? {Fry’s third 100 Words} Teacher Assessment Pack and other resources include the following:

*Fry’s third 100 words-colored Pirate flashcards plus 8 blank cards to add other words to the set.
*Fry’s third 100 words- B&W flashcards plus 8 blank cards to add other words to the set.
*10 Scrambled sight word worksheets {1 for each of the 10 lists} Answers are included.
*I have …Who has..? game cards {using Fry’s third 100 words- Colored Pirate version} plus 11 extra blank cards with one being an end card to add other words to the game.
*5 different colored sight word checker boards with 64 playing pieces. {Each board has 2 list and a few from the next, ex. Board one has List 1 and List 2 and 4 words from list 3 the next board has List 3 and list 4 with 4 words from list 5 etc…}
*10 Student Take Home practice lists {1-10} plus 1 blank list to add other words to the set.
* Individual Student Record Sheets- 2 list per page- Lists 1-10 plus 1 blank record sheet to add other words to the set to be tested. These are used during testing.
*3 different Pirate themed Class Graphing Sheets for a good visual on how each student is doing over all.
*3 different Pirate themed Class Status Sheets for easy identification of students to pull for small group instruction for extra practice.
*10 Binder Covers one for each of the different components of this pack.

This Pack is priced at $8.00 but is discounted at $5.00 for now.

Also another product to go along is the Pirate Themed student sight word booklet using Fry's third 100 words can be used in centers/workstations. Students will be motivated to learn their sight words so they can earn the awards cards that follow each list.
This booklet is priced at $4.00 but discounted at $2.00 for now.

This booklet contains:
*2 boys and 2 girls covers {In a choice of color or B & W with the option that
students can color their own covers to look like
*10 different word lists {each containing 10 of
Fry’s third 100 words.}
*10 awards for mastering each list
*1 Completion award {I know all 100 words}

I'd love to know what you all think about them. 

Have a great rest of the day!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

3 Linkies + Freebie + a MEGA Give-a-way!

I am linking up with 3linkies today WOW!  Manic Monday, Graphics from the pond: Little Friendly Ghost linky and Oh' Boy 4th Grade: Currently.  I absolutely LOVE all of these linkies. 

I have found so many great ideas and there free at classroom freebies.  I am never disappointed.

I can't even begin to tell you how much I {puffy heart}LOVE graphics from the pond.  The best thing I did was get in on the Premium Club and I have had so much fun making things up with the cute graphics I get everyday.

And Currently from Farley is always a blast!!

If you don't follow these blogs you really should.  They are all wonderful!!!! 

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

I made a cute little Halloween Patterns worksheet.  I can't wait to use this with my class. 
Click on the picture to get the freebie!!

Check out this Awesome Giveaway going on!!

Enjoy and have a great day!!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sight Word Record Keeping

Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far.  I know that I am.  The Hubby and kids are next door playing and watching the UK vs UL football game.   Go CATS!!!  I'm here at home playing around on the computer.  Something I have not been able to do as much since school started. 

I had some questions about how I use my sight word pack and I thought I would post a little about it as I use it.

First I hold everything in a binder.  I currently have a 1 inch binder but I can already tell I'm going to need at least a 2 if not 3 inch binder.  Here is the cover of my binder. 
Aren't those owls cute!!

The first part of the binder holds my class graphing sheets.

{Sorry for the bad pic.} I have all of my students names on this sheet and I'm able to highlight each list that the student knows.  In a quick glance I can see which list each student is working on.

Here is where I will write each student under the list they are currently working on.  This will make is super easy for me to pull students into groups and work on the list they need help with. 

Next in my binder is my Individual student record sheets.
There are those cute owls again!

Each student has their own record sheets.  I will write the date at the top of the column and then check off the words that the student knows.  Once they know all ten words on the list they move to the next list. 

That is the record keeping part of the pack but there is so much more to it.  The preview of the pack shows one of each item that is included and right now it is on sale for $4.00 in my TpT store it goes up to $8.00 after the sale.    Click here to go to my store and check it out.

I like it so much that I am now working on Fry's second 100 words.  I just know that some of my firsties are going to already know all of these and I need to be prepared to challenge them with the next set. 

Don't forget to check out Crystal's 100 follower giveaway.  It ends soon so hurry up.  I'm helping out by donating an item so if you win you could choose my Sight word pack.  Click her button to get there and enter;)

Have a great restful weekend!!
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