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!!!


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!!!!


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!!!