Thursday, February 9, 2012

Toothy Time Centers and Math Journal Prompts!!

Hey there, sweet friends! The stomach bug hit my house BIG time this week, which is why I've been a little MIA. Yuck! Yuck!! Yuck!!! So glad to be feeling better & back to blogging!!

I wanted to introduce my latest themed math and literacy center packet ~ "Toothy Time"!! This unit would be a perfect addition to celebrating dental health month in your classroom while reinforcing important first grade standards at the same time!! WIN! WIN! I plan to use them the last couple of weeks in February after we finish up using my Valentine's Day centers!
The packet includes 12 hands-on centers (6 math and 6 literacy)!! Here's a sneak peek...
Click {here} to learn more about this packet ( & see a much bigger pdf preview)!!

Speaking of dental health, have you heard of Love your Teeth? It is an awesome resource to share with your students/parents to spread some serious love for brushing!! Your kiddos can customize and print out their very own brushing charts for FREE!! Go check it out right now if you haven't discovered it yet!!

My next set of math journal prompts- Winter Vol.3 has also been posted on TpT! The majority of these prompts center around Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, and Dental Health Month. There are a variety of skills covered: addition, subtraction, word problems, number representation, number combinations, even & odd numbers, number patterns, counting coin combinations, fractions, and more! Many of the prompts promote higher order thinking and multiple solutions.

I can't thank y'all enough for all of your love and support on TpT!! Your sweet feedback and purchases mean SO much to me!! They've been a  HUGE GIGANTIC blessing to my entire family & have helped get us through some pretty tough economic times!! Thank you! Thank you!! THANK YOU!!

I'm in the process of updating my Saint Patrick's Day unit, which was actually my very first TpT unit. I'll let you know as soon as it is ready!! If you bought this from me last spring, you will be able to download the revised version for free!

I'll be back this weekend with some free math goodies and a little run down on how I tackle differentiating math instruction without losing my mind!!

Happy *almost* Friday!! I don't know about you, but I am READY for the weekend!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Even & Odd Freebie

 Just wanted to share my "Even & Odd Love" freebie with all of you sweet bloggy friends!! I don't know about your students, but mine LOVE monsters!! I'm excited to use this hands-on center to reinforce the concept of even and odd numbers with them. Just click on the picture to go to my TpT store to download it for free!!

I promise that I am *almost* finished with my Dental Health themed math and literacy packet!! I'll post it as soon as it's ready:)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happy 100th Day Giveaway Winner!!!


Congrats to Amy!! I know you are going to LOVE your prizes!!! I'll be sending you an e-mail so you can get all of them!! Thanks so much to everyone who participated in this giveaway!! Y'all are awesome!!

Don't forget Livy Lou Designs has also treated everyone to a special coupon code!! Get 20% off your total order using the coupon code FUNNFIRST !!

*side note*
Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!!! I survived my BIG formal 60 minute observation today...whew!!! It feels SO good to have that checked off my to-do list!!! I've gotten several e-mails lately about how I teach math. I plan for my next post to tell you all about it!! For now, this tired teacher needs to get in bed and get some serious zzzzzzz's!!! Nighty night, sweet friends!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Happy 100th Day Giveaway!!!

Get this cute frame for FREE here {Graphics From the Pond}!!


You don't want to miss out on this BIG 100th day giveaway!! Check out all the amazing products you could win from some of my favorite Etsy sellers!! Each of them has agreed to personalize your prizes so you can pick your own fabric, monogram, etc!!

Fabric Magnet Board (12"x18")
 
This stylin' magnet board is constructed from a solid piece of steel, covered in designer fabric and finished with a ribbon for hanging. The board will come with 4 magnets made from vintage buttons and neodymium magnets. These magnets are extremely strong and will hold several sheets of paper. {Value of $26.50 }
***Livy Lou Designs has also treated everyone to a special coupon code!! Get 20% off your total order using the coupon code FUNNFIRST !! Thank you, Livy Lou Designs!!!

Initial Monogram Applique Tote Bag

Pick and personalize one of these colorful, adorable bags! They are handmade and soooo cute!!! {Value of $40}

Personalized Clipboard


This precious double sided clipboard is great for teachers!!  Personalization is included on both sides...Or, special order yours with the personalization on one side. Out of paper? This personalized clipboard is dry erase too, how's that for practical?! Personalization is actually imprinted onto the clipboard and is not an adhesive sticker or other application that will fall off or lose its color over time. {Value of $30}

Pick any 3 of my TpT products!!

Contest Entry Directions
You have 5 chances to win all of these prizes!! Leave a comment below for each one you complete.

5. Help spread the word and blog about this giveaway!!

The contest will end at midnight on Tuesday! The winner will be determined by a random number generator and announced on Wednesday afternoon!
Have fun and best of luck to you!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin's Big Words Video

Look at what I just found on Pinterest{seriously, I have a BIG pinning problem}- the amazing book, Martin's Big Words, on VIDEO!!! Thank you so much to The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher for sharing this with us!! I have now added it to my favorite MLK books/videos!! YAY!!

Check it out!!!




Sunday, January 15, 2012

I have a dream......

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 Just wanted to swing by & share some of the resources I am using this week to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What a true American HERO!!! I'm just so thankful for his dream, courage, faith, and love!

P.S. Equality is spelled wrong in this video, but I still LOVE it!

 I'm planning on reading a lot of literature with my class about Dr. King! Here are a few of my favorite books!



 My sweeties will then take what they learned about Martin  Luther King and complete this bubble map.
 Then they will write up an informational piece about him using the facts on their bubble map.
 We'll also watch parts of the famous "I Have A Dream" speech and reflect on our dreams.

 I found this PRECIOUS idea from 1st Grade Decades on Pinterest...my newest online addiction. *side note*- You can follow my boards {HERE}!
Pinned Image

I'm going to let my students write about their dream on the writing paper below & put it inside their book! Too cute!!
You can download all of these printables {HERE}!

Hope you have a wonderful week!! I am so excited that Thursday is our 100th day of school!! This year is just flying by!! I have a fun giveaway in store for you in a few days to celebrate!! Woot! Woot! In the meantime, I'm having a BIG MLK DAY sale in my TpT store! Everything is 20% off from now until midnight tomorrow!! Happy Shopping!!