Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Goodbye July Aloha August! Amazing Giveaways and Daily Deals:)

Can it be possible???  July is nearly over???
I have teamed up with 40 fabulous stores for...
This is a FABULOUS 4 day event that is full of sweet deals, savings and 4 amazing giveaways!
Here's a peek at what you are being treated to...

Each day a new 'deal' will be posted by the 40 participating stores! 
Be sure to visit their Facebook, Instagram and/or Pinterest accounts to find the daily deals and codes you will use in the TPT search engine to find the sweet deals!

(you can also find the codes on the pictures at the bottom of this post)

In addition, you can find the links to all the participating stores well as 4 rafflecopters!
That is right...4 rafflecopters!
Each rafflecopter is for a $50 TPT gift certificate!
Think of all the wonderful resources you could score with that...and just in time for Back To School!

Please visit each rafflecopter and enter! 

Each one will generate a winner- and yes- you can win more than 1!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here is a clickable list of all the participating stores!

Be sure to come by and visit our social media sites each day for these reminder posts:

Grab our Community Helper Unit for $3!  All day Thursday July 31 as well as other fabulous products from these awesome teachers!  Just type code threedollarthurs to see all of them:)

These are some of the puppets included.  There are 9 of them.  My kiddos love singing the song that is also included in this unit.  They will dance and sing with their puppets.

One of my students created this for her puppets.  I just love how creative kids are:)

These sheets are also included.  Some of the students got creative and used these sheets as scenery
for a puppet show.

This is a little book about the 9 community helpers.

Make sure ya'll check back tomorrow-Friday to see what we will offer:)

Ya'll can grab this FREEBIE:

 This is the full pack of over 90 pages that you can get for 50% all day Friday- Aug.1

These are just a few items that are included in this Bundle of Literacy Activities.  There are task cards  that ask your kiddos to find words that start with all the beginning sounds of the alphabet as well as long vowel sounds.  There are vocabulary words that come from the Quality Student song which is also included.  It is a fun and rocking song about being a quality student.  It even teaches them how to  spell "Quality."  There is a read aloud book about Quality Quentin's first day of school.  There is a writing book where the students illustrate a Quality Student book.  There are printables and a teacher's guide.  There are puppets and the pocket chart poem is also included.

Check out our fantastic Wants and Needs Bundle for 50% off!

Money Scoot, only $1!!

 Enjoy the deals, samples and good luck on the giveaway!
And most importantly, we all send our best wishes for a successful school year!

Make sure ya'll check back each day to see our great deals!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Guest Blogging on Teaching Momster- Math Centers and Games

 Hi Ya'll!
  My name is Pam from SOL Train Learning and I am so excited to be a guest on Krista's blog this week I know Krista always has some awesome math ideas and products that she shares over at Teaching Momster.   I decided to share other math ideas I use during Math on our blog.  I conduct guided math groups the way most of us do guided reading groups.  I love doing math this way!  It is such a great way to work with smaller groups on their ability levels.
This is a measuring center that I did with smaller groups.  We made GAK.  They loved it!  It was so nice doing this activity with smaller groups while the rest of my class was involved with other math centers.

Some of you may already know my class mascot, Quality Quentin.  He helps my kiddos to be quality students.  The reason I am introducing him to you is you will see him on some of our centers.  My kiddos love seeing him pop up on their work:)

These are some of the sheets that are in our Money Bundle that I use during math groups.  It is always fun playing games!

These coin books are also in the bundle.

This bundle has a 4 week daily lesson plan, coin rap, puzzles of our coin rap, games, coin chart,coin books, and printables.  

I also like to incorporate writing during math.  This is a writing my kiddos did when we were doing money.  I play our song "Spend a Little, Save a Little."  We discuss it and write on this piggy bank template, included with the song.

This is a great center that my kiddos really enjoy doing!  They love working with coins and matching them to the pictures in the little books.

This is a center where my kiddos solve word problems using task cards with Quality Quentin and friends.  There are fish manipulatives to help them if needed.

I let my kiddos use whiteboards and markers at this center and they love it!  

I also use holiday math centers.  My kiddos enjoy fun holiday work during the different holidays.

This is a great center to do!  We love pattern blocks!  And my students got very creative with them.

Cat in the Hat with Thing 1 and Thing 2

Benjamin Franklin

This is the president in his office.  See the picture of the Monument?  Wow!!

I am blessed to have these computers, to do this great math center!  One of the programs I use is Moby Max.  Y'all can try the program for free for a month to see if you like it.   The kiddos work at their own ability levels.

I use M&Ms at a center to teach fractions of groups.  I do this group myself and let them have some to eat when they finish:)
I also have a math center where they add and subtract.  These are Scoot cards from our Plant Bundle.  There are 2 sets.  You can use both sets and have the kiddos find the fact families that go together.

You can use any of our Scoot Game cards in math centers.  There is a recording sheet if you want to use it and an answer sheet if ya'll want the kiddos to check themselves.  I usually play Scoot or other group math games on Fridays.

We loved sharing our ideas and products with you and hope ya'll found some great math games and centers that will be useful in your classrooms!

Thanks for stopping By!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Diggin' into Writing!

So, this week my friends and I are sharing what we do with Writing.  This is one of my favorite things to talk about.  I have my kiddos write about everything we do!  When I was teaching Kindergarten a couple of years ago, my assistant use to tease me about how excited I would get about a writing idea:)  Boy! Do I miss her now that I am in first grade.

This is our Word of the Day calendar that I start my mornings with.  Each student is also given a copy.  We go over the word, and they write it in their notebooks along with a definition and a picture of the word.  I encourage them to use these words in their stories during Writing Workshop.  At the end of the month, they will circle 5 of the words and write a monthly story that will go in a class book.  They love to go back and reread their stories.

Just click on the picture to see more or to purchase.

I would let my students pair up to discuss their words.

 This is a sample of what I did with each month's stories.

This is a sample of one of the writings one of my kiddos did using the November calendar words.

I also had them divide into groups for a mock election, indoor recess vs. outdoor recess.  This is a great activity to do for persuasive writing.

This group did just a good job that one of my little guys said."I want to change my mind because I agree with these girls."  Mrs. Beckner, they did a good job because they made me want to change teams."  How cute is that!

I had to show ya'll how much progress that my students made in writing.  These are samples from our May Calendar Words.  I was so proud of my kiddos!

This one was written by one of my ELL students.  I just love what she said,"Culture is when you do your own thing."  I just really hear her voice in this writing.

This is our class mascot, Quality Quentin.  My students love writing about him and his adventures at their homes.  He takes turns going home with "Quality Students"

I teach them the Quality Student Song at the beginning of the year and they learn what quality behavior is, and Quality Quentin helps us:)

After we do the song, we begin to work on the pages in their books that are in our Back to School Bundle.

This bundle has our Quality Student song included as well.

The cool thing about that was when this student chose to write about a quality student during Writing Workshop.  They wrote some of the words from the chorus of the song.  This was the second or third week of school.  We do sing the song and discuss it's meaning daily for a couple of weeks.

 Then my students wrote a big book about what quality students do.

 I just love how this ELL student did his page!  He didn't have much english but he definitely got some of the lyrics from the song.  He told me that this was him dancing to the Quality Student song.
 This page was written by  the little guy you saw reading Quentin's Journal.  I love the glasses!

This little guy has a mohawk and he drew all his pictures of himself like this.  I didn't realize that until I asked him"Is that your party hat?"  He informed me that it was his hair.  Lesson here is: I will say"Tell me about this part of your picture."

My kiddos love Quentin and they enjoy writing stories about him!

This is a chapter book that was written by a couple of my girls during Writing Workshop.  I was amazed at what they did!  I am only showing ya'll a few of the pages and they are not in order but I think you will get the idea:)

I do a lot of singing and dancing in my classroom because I feel it is very important to keep my kiddos moving as they learn.  After we learn a song, I like to have my students write about it.

This is the big book we did after we learned our Community Helper song.

The song is included in our Community Helper Bundle.  We also included the Quality student song as well and a daily lesson plan.

 I taught my students our "Goods and Services" song and then they wrote about their own goods that they created.

This is what my students wrote after we learned our "Direction Salsa" song.

My kiddos wrote these cute stories after we sang the "Spend a Little Save a Little" song.  The piggy bank template is included with the song.

This is a fun Fall Writing Activity to do:  Students collect leaves,do leaf rubbings and then write about it.

My students did Animal research and made these dioramas and wrote about them.

We made these cute paper plate animals and wrote books about them.

 All throughout the year, I had my students write about their experiences in First Grade and then they compiled all the pages in a book.

 I invited kindergarten classes to our room and my first graders shared their books with them.  It is a great opportunity for the kindergarten students to learn about First Grade and my kiddos loved to share!

 You can purchase just the individual songs in our dollar store.

I hope you got some fun writing ideas!  I could share so much more, but I better stop so ya'll can look at some other great ideas:

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Check us out on Wednesday.  We will be guest blogging on Teaching Momster's Blog about Math Centers and Games.