Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hoppin' into Centers

We are back from Spring Break and have hopped right into our spring/Easter themed centers. My students are having so much fun learning with the flowers, chicks, and bunny activities!!!

Check them out..........

Chunking Chicks

Students take these chick cards and use the chunks to make words!! This is a great phonics center!! I'm so proud of how well my my students are doing with this activity!! YAY! You can get this in my Spring Math and Literacy Packet!



Check out this ginormous egg container I found at the Dollar Tree to store my springy center cards in. I won't tell you how many I bought...


Read the Room- /ir/, /ur/, and/er/
We are a Read the Room lovin' class! It's such a fun activity to reinforce the phonics chunks (we use Phonics Dance) we learn in class. This Read the Room is on ir, ur, and er. I tape them all over the walls and students go on a word search. After they read the word, they sort them on their recording sheet! You can get this in my Spring Math and Literacy Center Packet!

Hop into a Sentence

My kiddos had to unscramble the words to make a sentence in this literacy center. The cards are color coded so they know which words will make a sentence! They wrote all of the sentences they made on their recording sheet. You can get this center in my Hippity Hoppity Math and Literacy Packet!



Making Words with Springtime

In this literacy center, students move the eggs around in the pocket chart to make words using the letters in the word Springtime!! Fun stuff!!! This is a classroom favorite and it's so easy to prepare!! You can get this making words center in my Spring Math and Literacy Packet.



Rabbit Time

Students match the analog clock to the digital clock in this math center. This has been a great activity to review telling time to the hour and half hour. You can get this center in my Spring Math and Literacy Center Packet.



You can get 15% off both my Hippity Hoppity Math and Literacy Center Packet and Spring Math and Literacy Center Packet on TpT through tomorrow! Together they'll give you about 2-3 weeks worth of centers(22 centers), which is perfect for the rest of April!!! I like to sell my centers in packets because you'd spend a fortune buying them individually for $2-$3 each. One of my packets (10-12 centers) usually cost $8.00, but with the 15% discount, they are only $6.80!! All of the centers come with a recording sheet. These are great to keep your students accountable for completing their work & seeing who does or doesn't understand a concept!!


A lot of AWESOME followers have asked how I manage my centers/centertime! It's hard to explain without you seeing it in action, but I'm going to do my best to share what I do in my next post using a ton of pictures!! Until then.....

Have a wonderful evening!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spring Themed Fun Contest WINNER!!!



On April 7th at 1:38pm she said "I follow your blog!".



A big thank you to everyone who participated in our contest! If you didn't win, I have a little special going on for you at my TpT store!!! You can get 15% off my Spring Math and Literacy Packet AND my Hippity Hoppity Math and Literacy Packet until Wednesday!!! You can also get Erica's Jelly Bean Math and Spring File Folder & Writing Prompts at her TpT store!


Thanks again everyone and CONGRATS GLADYS!!!!!


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Last Call Y'all....Spring Themed Fun Contest with Erica Bohrer!!!

Just wanted to remind everyone the Spring Themed Fun contest I'm throwing with Erica will end tonight at midnight!!! You don't want to miss your chance to win all of the spring themed goodies we will give away tomorrow!!! Click HERE to enter!!


Also, head over to TpT and get your 10% discount using the discount code A3F9D!!!


Yay for the weekend!!! Hope you are enjoying it!!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Fun in the Sun!!

Howdy Everyone!!! Just wanted to let you know that I finished my "Fun in the Sun" Math and Literacy Center Packet!!!! Woooohooooo!!! It includes 10 centers (5 math and 5 literacy) that are sure to brighten up your wonderful classroom! It's on sale right now at my little TpT store!! Don't forget that you can get 10% off your TOTAL purchases through Saturday with the coupon code A3F9D.

Put on your shades & click the picture for a sneak peak of the packet!


Happy Friday! I hope y'all have a GREAT weekend!!!

EGGcellent!!!

Hey friends! I love those cheapO plastic eggs that are everywhere right now. Lately, I've been trying to brainstorm ways to use them that I've never used before. Here's what I came up with...... This math center is called "EGGcellent Number Match"! My spring sweeties will match the number clues to the correct number. To make this for your class, you'll need 10 plastic eggs. I would make sure to have some of the same color to make it more challenging. All you do is write a number (I use a paint pen)on the smallest side of the egg and the clues on the largest. Break them apart, put them in a basket, and you're ready to go!! I used a variety of different clues for my eggs.



Here is recording sheet that goes with this fun activity. Just click on the picture to download it!


This literacy center is called "Eggtraordinary Endings" and focuses on making words with inflectional endings. To make this center, you will need 10 plastic eggs. Write a root word on the largest side and an inflectional ending on the other smaller side.Break them apart, put them in a basket, and your students can have a blast making words.





Here is a recording sheet you can use with this center! Click on the picture to download it!!



Hope you enjoy these activities!!!! Don't forget to enter the "Spring Themed Fun" contest if you haven't already!!! Only two days left before the winners are announced!!!Happy Friday Eve!!!!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Don't forget to enter the "Spring Themed Fun" contest!!!

If you haven't already entered the contest I'm throwing with Erica Bohrer, please click HERE!!! It's an awesome chance to win 3 great spring themed TpT products!!! Thank you to everyone who has already entered!!!


Well, I'm straight up silly exhausted from writing a 6 page paper today....ugh! Hey, at least I was able to check something off of my very important, can't procrastinate, must do list...What a relief!!!!!!


Anyhoooo, I promise to post some cute spring ideas with freebie downloads later this week....p.r.o.m.i.s.e.!!!


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Goal Setting

Hey Blogger Friends! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday evening. I have a little free time since my little man decided to crash at 6:00!! Poor little boy has a stomach bug:(


I am so excited to have 200 followers!!! Wooooohooooo!!! Thank y'all so much for being a part of my blog!!! Make sure to enter into the "Spring Theme Fun" contest that I'm hosting with Erica Bohrer!!! The contest ends on Saturday, April 9th at midnight. You have 5 chances to win on both blogs!!!


Now onto goal setting!! It's a huge focus at my school. I have seen the wonderful benefits of it in my classroom. It's a life skill that your kiddos will always use! At the beginning of each week, I pass out a behavior and learning goal sheet for my little goal setters to complete. Then they take it home to share with their family. When they bring their goal sheet back to school, you can either display them in your classroom or have them keep it in a safe place! At the end of the week, we discuss whether they met their goal or need to continue working towards it during the following week!


I just gave my learning and behavior goal sheet a much needed makeover and wanted to share it with you. You can click on the picture to download it. It's very simple, but I wanted to keep it short and sweet!!!

FYI- Teachers pay Teachers is giving everyone 10% off of their purchases through April 9th with the coupon code A3F9D. Stop by my store, as well as others to take advantage of this awesome discount!!! I should be done with my "Fun in the Sun Math and Literacy Center Packet" in a few days:) It will include 10 centers that are full of sunshine!!!


I'm finally on Spring Break!! YAY!!! Most of it will be dedicated to grad school work, but I'm okay with not having to juggle it with a full-time job for a week!!! Exciting, huh?!?!?


Hope you have a GREAT week!!!

Spring Themed Fun Contest with Erica Bohrer!!!

The fabulous Erica Bohrer and I have teamed up for a "Spring Themed Fun" contest. You could win Erica's adorable Jelly Bean Math Centers AND her Spring File Folder and Writing Prompts, plus my Hippity Hoppity Math and Literacy Center Packet (10 bunny themed centers with recording sheets)!!! We are each hosting this contest on our blogs and will be giving away a total of 2 "Spring Themed Fun" downloads!! Please note that if you have already bought my Hippity Hoppity Centers or Erica's Jelly Bean Math and Spring File Folder and Writing Prompts, you can pick something else out of our stores for the same value!!


To enter, follow these directions and make a comment for each!



  1. Follow my blog

  2. Follow my TpT store

  3. Follow Erica Bohrer's blog (click here)

  4. Follow Erica Bohrer's TpT store (click here)

  5. Blog about this awesome contest and post a link about it


Don't forget to go to Erica's page and enter there, too!! The contest will end on Saturday, April 9th at midnight. We will announce the lucky winners on Sunday, April 10th!! Have fun and good luck to YOU!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Mystery Words Center


Look at the cuties I picked up at The Dollar Tree!!! Can you tell I shop there frequently?!?! They have the best holiday themed stuff for centers. I used these fantastic chick and carrot eggs to store letter tiles for my "Bunny's Mystery Words" center. I put letters in each egg that my kiddos have to unscramble to reveal the Easter/spring themed mystery word. Fun stuff!!!! I made the letter tiles in the pictures, but you could always use your own tiles as long as they are small enough. If you want to have the letter tiles shown in the pictures,you can swing by my TpT store and pick them up in my Hippity Hoppity Center Packet. It is 1 out of the 10 bunny themed centers in the packet!!

Happy Weekend to YOU!!!

And the winner is......


If you did not win, you can still go pick up my math and literacy packets at my TpT store---->HERE!!! Thanks again everyone for all of your sweet comments!!! This was SO MUCH fun!! I'm counting down the days until my 200 follower celebration!!!


Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Last Day for Giveaway!!!

Today is the last day to enter my giveaway. If you haven't entered, check it out HERE!!! The contest ends at 9am EST tomorrow morning!!! Can't wait to announce the winner!!!

Thanks to everyone who has posted comments and/or visited my blog!!! I am so excited that I'm getting very close to 200 followers...you know what that means...another giveaway in the near future!! YAY!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

1st Grade Chicks and Bunny Shakers

Interesting title, huh?!?! I'll explain.....

We have new 1st grade friends on our hall!!! My team member had a parent bring in an incubator full of eggs and look at the preciousness that hatched out of them!!! This is the first one that hatched on Monday & two more hatched today!!! So much fun...they are TOO cute!!! I'm in L.O.V.E....seriously!!!



Now onto the "Bunny Shakers"!!! Aren't these so sweet!?!?! I saw them at the Dollar Tree and immediately thought "DICE SHAKERS"!!! YAY!!! I love a good ole' day at the Dollar Tree. I can't wait to use them with my Spring and Hippity Hoppity Math and Literacy Centers!!! It's worth checking out your nearby $Tree to see if they are available!!!



I made an addition and subtraction recording sheet to go along with these adorable bunny shakers. Students make addition and/or subtraction number sentences with the numbers on the dice. Click on the pictures to download them!!!



Don't forget to participate in my giveway celebration!!! If I reach 200 followers by Friday, I'm going to give 2 lucky followers (instead of 1) the center packets!!! Please post about it on your blog to send others this way!!! Thanks for spreading the word!!!


Hope you're having a fabulous evening!!! Tomorrow is my last day before SPRING BREAK!!! To make it an even better day, it's also my son's 2nd birthday!!!! WOOOOHOOOO!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Buggies and Birdies Center Fun

This week's centers are full of birds, bugs, and butterflies from my Birds, Bugs, and Butterflies Math and Literacy Center Packet!! My kiddos are LOVING them!!! YAY!! Here are some of the things we've been doing together!

Ants & Antonyms- My sweeties matched the antonym ants in this center!

Base Tens Birdies- In this center, the students matched the base ten birds to the birdhouse with the correct number. This was a great review for them!!

Money Birds- The kiddos counted the coin combinations on the cards and matched them to the correct amount of money.

Ladybug Number Toss - The kids absolutely can't get enough of these number toss boards. They loved this fun ladybug!! They used little insect erasers as counters!!


Bugged Out Compound Words- In this literacy center, my firsties made compound words!! I could really see who understood compound words and who...didn't...for example, the child that enthusiastically told me that he found "footbox" is on my list for a little small group lesson on compound words this week! :)

Caterpillar Fact Families- I LOVE fact families!! They really help my students grasp the fact that addition and subtraction are related to one another...as one child put it, they are a family!!! This sweet Scrappin' Doodles caterpillar graphic was too perfect for a fact family center!!

Making Words with "Caterpillars"- We just love making words activities in my room!! The kids made a ton of great words with the letters from Caterpillars...some I hadn't even thought of...haha!!!

If I were a bug....journal writing:) I've enjoyed reading these...I was very proud of all the describing words in this sweet girl's entry!!!

Head on over to my TpT store to get your copy of all 10 centers for only $6.50!!! It will go back up to its regular price on April 1st! Thanks to everyone who has already purchased it!!!

Hope y'all have a wonderful evening!!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

100 Followers GIVEAWAY!!!!!

WOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!! I'm pumped about this post!!! In honor of my first 100 followers and as a way to say THANK YOU, I want to have a little GIVEAWAY fun!!! I'd like to give one lucky follower my Birds, Bugs, and Butterflies, Hippity Hoppity, and Spring Math and Literacy Center Packets!!! That's a total of 32 centers!!!! Click on the pictures for more information and previews of the packets!




You have 3 chances to win!!! Make a post for each of the following to enter:

  1. Follow my blog.

  2. Follow my TpT store.

  3. Post about this giveaway on your blog (feel free to use my blog button).

The contest will end at 9am on Friday, April 1st. Random generator will be used to determine the winner!! Have fun and good luck!!

Fraction Kites, Shadow Puppets & 101 FOLLOWERS!!!!

Hey Everyone!! I'm so excited!!! I have 101 AWESOME followers!!! WOW!!! I'm going to post a GIVEAWAY to celebrate later this evening, but first I wanted to share a couple of fun things I did this week with my kiddos...
Fraction Kites!!!

We reviewed several skills in math this week! I love having time to go back and extend/refine concepts! I planned a special day for us to go back over fractions! We watched a cute little fraction BrainPop video, worked with fractions on our Smartboard, and made FRACTION KITES!! I can not take credit for this cute idea, my team member is the creative one who inspired me to do this with my class. All you need are different colored triangles (4 for each student), string, and tissue paper(for the cute little bows)! I let the kids create their kites using whatever color triangles they wanted to use. Then they had to show me the fraction of each color in their kite and write about it on their "My Fraction Kite" writing paper. Didn't they turn out adorable?!!?!! To download the fraction kite writing paper, just click on the picture of it!!




This is completely unrelated to fractions, but my firsties had so much fun with it that it's a MUST SHARE. In science, we are learning about light and shadows. To reinforce the concept of shadows, we made ShAdOw PuPpEtS!! Fun stuff, I tell ya! I gave each child a piece of white cardstock (reg.paper would work, too) to draw what they wanted their puppet to look like. Then they cut it out and taped a popsicle stick to the back of it! When all the puppets were ready to go, we went outside on a beautiful sunny day and checked out the shadows they made!! SO.MUCH.FUN!!! and E.A.S.Y!!! Look at how precious they turned out!! When they came back inside, they completed a graphic organizer about their shadow puppet.

Click the picture to download the Shadow Puppet graphic organizer!


Happy Weekend!! Be on the lookout this evening for my 100 Followers Giveaway!!! I'll post about it as soon as my little one goes to bed:) Again, THANK YOU for following my blog!!! Did I mention y'all are AWESOME?!?!?



Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tweet! A Sight Word Game

My students love "Popcorn" inspired sight word recognition games! I have so much fun making them to fit different themes/holidays!! Here is one that I made to go with my Birds, Bugs, and Butterflies Center Packet. It's called "Tweet!"!! Students get with a partner/small group and pull the sight word cards from a bag/container. If a student reads a word correctly, they get to keep it. If they read it incorrectly, they miss their turn and put it back in the bag/container. When a student pulls a "Tweet!" card, they have to put all of their cards back!!! SO much fun and great sight word practice for your sweet loves!!! Click on the picture to download it!!!

I'm SO excited to almost have 100 followers!! 15 to go and it's time to celebrate with a fun giveaway!!! WooHOOO!!!

Giveaway!!!

The First Grade Sweet Life is having a wonderful giveaway! Go on over there right now for your chance to win a $20 giftcard to my FAVORITE place to buy graphics....the one and only Scrappin' Doodles!!!!


Woooohoooo!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

"Birds, Bugs, and Butterflies" Math and Literacy Centers!!!!

I was so happy to finally finish up my Birds, Bugs, and Butterflies Math and Literacy Center Packet this weekend!! It includes 10 centers (5 math & 5 literacy) and is on sale at my TpT store right now for only $6.50! Thanks so much to everyone who has already purchased it!
Click on the picture below to check it out!!



I also have my Spring Math and Literacy Center Packet on sale right now!! It includes 12 (6 math and 6 literacy) centers for only $6.50. Please click on the picture below to check it out!!
Happy, Happy Spring!!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Blooming Sentences Activity!

Check out this cute flower activity! It reinforces naming, describing, and action words, as well as writing super sentences!! The kiddos LOVED it and it made our hallway look so SpRiNgY!!
To do this each student will need:
3 pink petals
3 red petals
1 yellow circle (stigma)
1 green long, skinny rectangle for the stem
2 green shaped leaves
**I wish I had a pattern to post, but my AWESOME parapro just cut out the shapes!!

First, the students picked out a naming word and wrote in down on the yellow circle/stigma. The child in the picture picked "friends".
Then, they wrote 3 describing words for the naming word on the pink petals.
Next, they wrote 3 action words for the naming word.
After that, they wrote a pronoun for their naming word on each of the leaves.


Finally, they wrote a "super sentence" on the stem. I asked my students to include at least one of the describing and action words on their petals to tell about the naming word (subject).
Didn't they turn out sweet?!?! I made butcher paper grass for them "grow" in!!!!


Now, my hall is ready for SpRiNg!!! Wooooohoooooo!!!!

Happy 1st Day of Spring to Everyone!!!