Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Cards FREEBIE

One more week with my Firsties before Christmas Break!  They couldn't be more excited! Our Elf "Snow" showed up last week and I couldn't believe the excitement it created!  On Friday, Snow even cut up our morning work!



We also wrote our Santa Letters last week and sent them off to the North Pole!  Here are some pictures of how they turned out.







This product introduces Letter Writing using a Notebook File and has day by day lessons on writing a letter to Santa.

Then, after we learned how to write letters, we put these fun Christmas Cards into our Work on Writing Center so they can make a card for family, friends, and teachers!  You can pick these up on my TPT Store for FREE!










Friday, December 5, 2014

Math and Literacy Connect in a Jan Brett Author Study!

Hello, Teaching Friends!


December is here ... bring on the beautiful winter books by Jan Brett! Although she has written wonderful books on other themes, the number and pure beauty of her winter books makes Ms. Brett the perfect subject for an author study in the winter!





But ... I'm not here to talk to you about how to do your author study. Between Pinterest and Jan Brett's own amazing website (over 5000 pages of activities, coloring, and videos!), that's been pretty well covered!

What I would like to share is an idea for a math activity that will dovetail nicely into your reading of Jan's books. I almost feel disrespectful calling her "Jan", but it's a funny thing... after cozying up with a few of her books, my students always referred to her as Jan. In fact, sometimes I almost expected somebody to call her "Aunt Jan".  I love when an author becomes that real to my students! And I dearly, dearly love when students take an author and her books into their hearts! And I dearly, dearly, dearly love when they feel such an attachment to an author that they beg the school librarian for more books by that author!

This little activity will address numerous standards. Your students will be seeking out the copyright in books (non-fiction text features!). They'll also be reading, writing, and sequencing four-digit numbers. And all this while reading and discussing some truly delicious books!

Here's your prep for completing this number line as a whole class activity: Create a number line on a long strip of paper, with the dots spaced about three inches apart.  Sentence strips work well for this. Hint: start at 1985, when Fritz and The Beautiful Horses was published.  If you plug in 2000 and 2014 for support, lots of your first graders should be able to write the years on the appropriate dots.

After each book you read, have one of your students write the title and the copyright date on a sticky note, and then put it on the appropriate date on your number line. After you've read five or six books - voila! There's your number line!

There are so many other interesting discussions that come out of completing this number line together! What book was Jan Brett writing the year you were born?  How long does it take to write a book? {it can take a long time to produce a good piece of writing - a writers' workshop mini-lesson!} 

If you might be looking for another way to accomplish the same objectives, here are two printable sets of book cards for you, one with the publication dates and one without, for your students to complete. They're in color, in case you just want to print on cardstock and put in a math center, but they also print nicely in black and white, to use as an independent activity. Just click on the picture to download them both from Google Drive.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8LaCTimmHFZeUdjOHpiYjdpa0U/view?usp=sharing
 
 
 
If you're looking for a January math-literacy connection, consider making Jan Brett calendars for 2015. She has the printables ready-to-go on her website. I like to add in the students' names on their birthdates before I make the copies - and enjoy the surprised and happy little faces when they discover them! Making the calendars on the first day back after Christmas vacation is a fun way to kick math back into gear ... especially if you let your students work on the floor and glue the calendars onto a looong scroll, making a wall calendar that's taller than they are! Anything huge is a hit with them, right? ;)
 
... and speaking of huge, I hope you'll visit my blog from 12/7 to 12/14. I'm excited to be part of the HUGE  "My Favorite Things" Blog Hop ... loads of great prizes and 50% discounts on featured items!
 
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful December, and a Merry Christmas!
 
 
 
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Give-Aways, Holidays, and Events, OH MY! Plus a FREEBIE!

Let's Start With Give-Aways:

How would you like a chance to win $25 to spend at one of twelve great bloggers' stores AND an entire year of ESGI FREE?  It started on Dec. 1, but it lasts for 12 days!  So you still have time to get in on this give-away!
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The Holidays Are Here:

And here are my most popular holiday products:

Common Core Fluency with Sums To 5:

Click the image to grab this counting book.
Here is what one of the pages looks like.
Click the image to grab the entire book.


And Holiday Graphing FUN:

I dress my students up with reindeer antlers, a snowman scarf & hat,
 an elf cap, or a gingerbread cut-out that they can peek through
and I take their pictures for our class graph.  

Click the image to grab the graph sign & icons.

And The Upcoming Events:

You won't want to miss these "Meet the Bloggers" events and Conferences:
If you don't live in California, winter is a wonderful time of year to visit!

January 16-18 (That's Dr. MLK, Jr. Weekend!):  

The PK1 2015 Conference & Blogger Fiesta in 
Santa Clara, CA.

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Every Blogger Event attendee receives a FREE CD filled with goodies!
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Download the brochure and scroll to the Blogger Fiesta info.

Look at all of the bloggers you'll meet!
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February 27-28:  
The Southern CA Kindergarten Conference in 
Pasadena, CA

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Every Blogger Event attendee receives a FREE CD filled with goodies!
So many GREAT bloggers to meet!
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And... here's a FREEBIE just in time for Kawnaaz:


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Use it to teach cardinality, subtilizing, sequencing, winter celebrations, & following directions!

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Wishing you ALL a wonderfully blessed holiday season!
I'm so grateful for your support!

What is your wish for 2015?
Leave a comment and let me know!

I'll see you all next year 
on Jan. 4, 2015!

Palma :)




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Winter Holiday eBooks are Here!

Hello, everyone!  It's Andrea from Reading Toward the Stars!

It's that time of year again!  The big Teachers Pay Teachers Winter Holiday eBooks are now here!  I have to say these are some of my favorite things since they are full of such great ideas and freebies!

2014 Winter Holiday Tips and Freebies: PreK/K Edition

2014 Winter Holidays Tips and Freebies: Grades 1-2 Edition

2014 Winter Holidays Tips and Freebies: Grades 3-5 Edition

2014 Winter Holidays Tips and Freebies eBook: Grades 6-12

2014 Winter Holiday Tips and Freebies for Grades 6-12, Sci

Enjoy the Winter Holiday eBooks!

Happy holidays and a Happy New Year!

I will see you again in 2015!





Saturday, November 22, 2014

Long Ago and Today

Howdy friends, Renee here from Fantastic First Grade Froggies.  I hope you are having a fabulous weekend so far.  I am officially on Thanksgiving break for the whole week, so I am a happy girl.

Today I thought I would share a freebie for the concept of long ago and today that I posted on my own blog.

This week in my class we are wrapping up our unit on bats and talking about Thanksgiving.  We talked about life in the 1950's last week compared to now.  This week we are looking at life back in the early settler years.  We have been enjoying some of the activities from the Scholastic First Thanksgiving.

We have also been enjoying these books:

 


In class, we have talked a lot about life then and now.  I think that all of my kids agree that life is much better now in compared to life back then.  We compared and contrasted long ago and now.  I made a cute venn diagram, but didn't take a picture, sorry!  

We sorted items from long ago and today.



Next, we did some work in our interactive notebook.  We continued our sort in our notebooks.  I took down what we did as a class and used this as an assessment to see if they were understanding what we were learning.  



You can grab your long ago and today interactive notebook sort freebie below:

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Turkey Time Scoot

Hi Teaching Friends!  Quick post from me today with a little Turkey FREEBIE!  Have you played SCOOT in your classroom?  If you haven't, I highly recommend it!  This freebie has directions on how to play.  This particular Scoot Game has the students drawing the hands on the clock for time to the hour AND/OR half hour!  You can set it up for just time the hour, time to the half hour, or mixed.  It's a great way to get your kids up and moving while they are still learning!





Enjoy!  





Thursday, November 13, 2014

Making Every Minute Count

Hi everyone! It's Angie here from The First Grade Scoop. I just wanted to drop by to share a couple things that have been working in my classroom to make the most of every minute! We all know teaching is a super busy job. We're constantly running in a million directions, and the little time we have with our students really needs to count.

Something I've found that helps my students get a more well-rounded exposure to math has been calendar math. We recently switched to EngageNY for math (after using Everyday Math for FOREVER), and while I love certain parts, I really miss the exposure to money, time, and other key skills that EDM taught. I know, I know, it's not CCSS for first grade, but six and seven year olds CAN work with money and time. In years past, I had a couple bulky Lakeshore pocket charts for calendar, which were nice and sturdy but took up a TON of space. So, I was inspired by this chart from The Inspired Apple:

From http://theinspiredapple.blogspot.com/2011/09/math-in-focus-activities-for-first.html
Sooo... I created my own. It's not as pretty, but it definitely gets the job done.


What about making the most of our planning minutes? I have two little ones at home and I refuse to work on work until they're in bed... Which means it's sleep or work. So, I wanted to save time planning.

Also, we don't have a specific planning program that we HAVE to use, but I started using Planbook.com this year and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It's supereasy to add lessons, save lesson formatting... and the big kicker? When something happens that changes your lesson (fire drill? Unplanned assembly?), it's easy to extend or bump your lesson to the next day. Seriously... Big time saver!

I hope this helps you make the most of your time! See you next month!