Saturday, August 22, 2015

Popcorn Day!

Hi friends, it's Renee from Fantastic First Grade Froggies.  Have you started back at school yet?  I had kids for three days last week and we had so much fun!  We reviewed our five senses so we can "explore" our world this school year.

We had popcorn day on Friday.  First off I read a fun popcorn book called the Popcorn Dragoon.  The kids always love this story.

Next we explored unpopped popcorn using our senses (no tasting).  We discussed our findings.  Then I had each student count out ten kernels (I have 20 students).  We put them into two separate mason jars, taking this opportunity to count by tens.  When we were done, we had 100 kernels in one jar and 100 kernels in a second jar.  Then we used an air popper and popped 100 kernels.  We compared the popcorn with the unpopped kernels.  It was interesting to hear their responses.

Some kids insisted that there were way more than 100 pieces of popcorn (even thought we popped 100 kernels).  

Then we got to taste the kernels and use all five senses to explore the popped corn.  We filled out this chart as a class.

I had every intention to fill out this popcorn poem paper that I made, but we ran out of time.  We will finish this up next week.  Click below to grab a copy for yourself!

It was a yummy day!  

Thanks for stopping by today.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

The TpT Back to School Freebie eBook is HERE!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

No matter how many years you may have been teaching, it's always great to have some new tricks up your sleeve, especially at back to school time! Teacher/authors at TpT have worked hard to make things a bit easier for you with this brand new resource that's jam packed with classroom tips, freebies, and links to great resources!

There are more than 50 freebies in this collection!!

Here are a few sample pages.

Teacher Tam is sharing a great set of one page math games. Easy to prepare, easy to use!

If you're thinking about trying out interactive notebooks this year, Bex at Reading and Writing Redhead is offering a cute sample from her Language Arts Interactive Notebook set.

... and here's mine! :) If you've already downloaded my free set of graphs and tallies for back to school, please stop back at my store and download the updated version! I just finished tweaking it!

I'll be sharing more pages throughout the week on my collaborative blog  iTeach First, and on my FB page.

If you teach PreK or kindergarten, you'll find your sampler here. If you teach third or fourth, here's a sampler for you! There are sampler eBooks right on up through 12th grade, so tell your teaching friends, please! If you go to any of the listings at TpT, you'll find links to all of the books.

Please enjoy browsing this fantastic resource! I know you'll love the treasures you'll find in it!

Happy Teaching!

Monday, August 3, 2015

My 4 Favorite Back To School Products

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Now, Here Are My Four Favorite Things:                                  #1 Heidi's Songs:

I love anything and everything from Heidi's Songs, but my favorites are her sight word songs and her new math songs. 
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My students loved sining Heidi's sight word songs, especially while walking to the library, the computer lab, the science lab, music class, or even lunch. Why not make the most of that time?
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I just make sight word cards, laminated them, and attached tongue depressors. As we walked from place to place, I just held a card above my head facing the line of children and they would break into song! 

You can grab her songs by clicking HERE or on any of the images about her songs.

#2 My Show & Tell Apron:

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These amazing aprons come in so many colors that there is one (or more) to match your personal colors or your classroom colors. 
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My newest tutu apron just makes me smile! Imagine picking up your class wearing this! 

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It's super interactive too. You can have kids place cards in the pockets, you can ask students to name the cards in the pockets, or you can even do a little song & dance with the story telling cards. 
Here is Sandy, the creator of these amazing aprons, demonstrating how to sing her
3 Bears Song with her story telling cards. 

I have 3 different apron and I use every one of them. They even make a child size apron so your kids can have fun being the teacher!

#3 Is My Collection of Sit Spots:

Whether I'm creating a spot for each child to sit or identifying my centers by colors or shapes, my Sit Spots help me out. They are adorable cut outs made from colorful Velcro. 
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Here they identify the "Purple" centers.

Here I used them to manage the electrical cords. 
You can say, "Good-bye," to your dirty rainbow rug and replace it with Sit Spots. You can even write your students' names on them!
You can see the Sit Spots here with the students' names on them. 

If you write letters, numbers, or sight words on the spots you can create games like a bean bag toss onto specific sight words or onto numbers or letters in order.

I LOVE the green footprints for Saint Patrick's Day, but they can be used to direct traffic patterns and identify places to stand while in line. 
The leprechaun has been here!

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Now is the perfect time to get started with ESGI. It will save you more hours than you can count!
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It allows you to assess your students by using the build-in assessments or you can even create your own custom assessments! The data is amazing. You can instantly see how your class or an individual student is doing on every single skill.
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Quick and easy intervention groups too. Just click on the gray portion of the bar graphs and you can instantly see which students did not pass each skill.
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Print custom flashcards for each students to use in your RTI kits or send home for practice. 
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And the parent letter is so much easier to understand than almost any report card. I staple it to the top of our report cards. Best of all, they come in English or Spanish. 
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What's Your Favorite B 2 School Product?

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Celebrate Shark Week with a Math Freebie!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Ah, summer! Relaxing on the beach, gathering pretty shells, eating sandwiches with real sand in them, ...doesn't get much better than this, right?  Wait, what's that I hear?  Duh-dum. Duh-dum. What, already?  Yes!!! It's time for Shark Week on the Discovery Channel!

Whether you're in it for the facts or the drama, here's an article in the National Post with a slant that will make you think twice about what you'll see if you tune in this week.

It's hard to ignore the fascination kids have with sharks, so here's one way to take advantage of that!

This Forever Free download is really just a simple set of shark-themed number cards. The bonus is that a list of directions for eight shark-themed math games is also included!

Now, I had some fun going a bit overboard with the shark puns when I was naming these games. Get ready to roll your eyes ... 

* Shark Sighting
* One, Two, Three, Flip!
* Treasures of the Sea
* Sharks Alive, It's All About Five!
* Fin It to Win It!
* Belly Up
* A Shark's Place
* Everybody Out of the Water!

Can't say I didn't warn you about the puns!

Click here or on the cover to download!
But don't go away just yet!

Hop on over to my Primary Inspiration blog, where you can get on the trail of the Shark Week Blog Hop, the source of enough jawesome shark freebies to sink a ship! 'Twould be deadly to miss it. (Last Shark Week pun. Really.)

Happy Teaching!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Where Will Clifford Spend The 4th of July? I Can Teach About "Settings" With This FREEBIE!

I'm The CA Ambassador For Clifford In California!

We are in Gold Country where the Gold Rush was in full swing back in 1849!

Clifford turns 50 this year and Scholastic is running a contest through Instagram.

First, they chose an ambassador for each state. I was chosen for CA so I get to take Clifford through our amazing state. 
Should we go to San Francisco?

So far we traveled up through Northern CA where he actually stood on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Please "like" the following photo on Instagram.
Look for #CliffordInCA and like this one so my photo will win.
Thank you!

Please "like" this photo on Instagram!
It's the one we want to have the most "likes".

Getting his feet dirty on the Pacific Crest Trail!

You can follow his travels through CA via Instagram. Just find #CliffordInCA

4th of July:

Now we are getting ready to visit Big Bear for The 4th of July.

You can see where all the other Clifford Ambassadors are taking their Clifford for 
The 4th of July via Instagram.
Just find # CliffordTakesATripContest

Soon, Clifford Will Be Off To Vegas!

He will join me when I present at the "I Teach K" conference and at the Teachers Pay Teachers Conference.  
Will you be there? Come and see my sessions on 
"Keeping Play in Your Busy Day"
"From Re-telling Stories to Writing - Instant Success!"
"Shop Your Way To Great Math"

I'll also be give four mini talks at ESGI's booth.
Stop by and see me.
If you have your photo taken with Clifford and me at I Teach K, you will be entered in my huge contest which is coming soon.
You can read all about it after July 10 on my blog:
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Be sure to follow us on Instagram!
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Then He Goes To Texas!

I'll be taking Clifford to the Splash Conference in Texas on July 30! So he will get to see way more than just CA. I'll be presenting there too, so be sure to check out my session. It's a Make & Take, so you will get to leave with something special!

Your Setting Freebie:

So I was thinking about how Clifford is being spotted in all different types of settings and we have to teach "story settings" at school so....
You can find my Class Book Cover for a class book about the Gingerbread man who is spotted in different settings. 

You have each student create a setting for their gingerbread man. 
Then, you give them a gingerbread man to decorate and glue on the page. 
Last, use this Class Book Cover and bind the pages into a class book for students to enjoy in your library center.  Click the image for the FREEBIE:
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Happy 4th of July to Everyone!

I'll see you all next month on the 4th!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Birthday Find, Tally and Graph Freebie

Happy summer friends!  Renee here from Fantastic First Grade Froggies.  I am in full summer mode, and what I mean by that is I let my son watch t.v. a little longer in the morning so I can enjoy my coffee at an extra slow pace.  It's also giving me a chance to revise a few things.  One of the things I am going through and revising are my Find, Tally and Graph activities.  I have them in just about every theme, so the revisions may take a while.

My kids love these things and I keep them in a binder so they can choose them for early finisher work.

I thought this year I would print off my birthday find, tally and graph and give them to my students to take home as a birthday gift.  I think they would enjoy working on a special one at home with their family.

You can grab the birthday Find, Tally and Graph freebie below.

If you are interested in other themes, check them all out here.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Looking for a Few Good Partners!

Howdy Y'all!

My summer project is in full swing and looking to update and add to this blog! At some point last year I fell off the blog wagon...  I really miss it!

We still have several great authors writing for Teaching Blog Round-up, but we have room to add to our family.  As a blog author/ partner, I just ask that you post on this site once a month.  Freebies are great, but you don't have to include one.  The main purpose of our blog is to share great ideas!

Teaching Blog Round-up is also a place to find other great blogs to follow and read.  Authors will be included on the side-bar, in the blog round-up and shop round-up (if you have a shop).  I'm in the process now of updating!

Are you interested in joining TBR?  Just fill out the form below!

I am also looking to spice up the blog a little!  Any ideas of what you would like to see?  I'm looking for your ideas, what would you like to see more of?

Thanks for continuing to follow us!