Friday, September 28, 2012

First Grade Common Core

A few weeks ago I posted about the free Kindergarten Common Core Workbook. I have already used it many times in my classroom and can't wait to teach new concepts to use even more things from it. 

I am very excited to post for all my first grade followers that they are now giving away the First Grade Common Core Workbook for free to you if you follow the directions. You must hurry though because the free giveaway ends Sunday, September 30th!

I looked at the first grade sample and it has amazing things as well. I loved the sentence sheets that students must underline the capital and circle the punctuation. I like the math word problems and counting on activity! I think I am going to use some things from the first grade book with my advanced kinders! 

This is an amazing resource, so if you have a blog head on over and get your free First Grade Common Core copy!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

That Horrible Moment When.....

So this weekend I have been crazy busy preparing materials for my math and word work stations. I have printed, laminated, searched blogs for more ideas, downloaded new ideas, and then it happened!

That horrible moment jump drive(8G) is full! Are you kidding me? I mean, I know that it should be getting full, since I have a TON of stuff on it, but really? Full? Today? 


So I guess I will be purchasing a new one, in the very near future! But then how on earth do you keep up with what is one which jump drive? Oh my! I don't know what to do.

So how many of you have already filled at least one jump drive? And were shocked when you did so!

Have a great week! 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fall Basket Auction Ideas Needed

So my school is having a Fall Festival in a few weeks. PTA is helping provide ideas for games. I will be doing a fishing game. I am very excited about that part.

I have been involved in basket auctions at my previous achool, but I have never had any baskets that have been a big hit. Teachers will get 60% of the sale of the baskets for their classroom. Therefore I would like to produce at least 2 baskets. I will be asking parents for help, but would like suggestions as to what type of baskets do well. 

 So what kinds of baskets have you had made up that have done well in auctions?

Have a great 1st day of Fall!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Need a Laugh?

So here is the funny of the day!

We were singing and moving to Dr. Jean's Letter Aerobics. We were on the 2nd verse clapping the location of the letters and one of my little girls says. "I didn't know p had a tail", since we had bent down to clap at our feet for p. We finish the verse and I pause the song to discuss what she had said. I ask her "Where does p go?" and without hesitation her response............."in the toilet". 

Yes Mrs. Shelton loses it as does the entire class once they have figured out what she said. When I finally am able to regain control of myself and my class, a little boy figures out my true question and says "it has a tail so it goes underground". We then discuss which letters go where, before we continue with the song. 

Don't you LOVE the answers you get to questions sometimes.

I just had to share.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

What Are You Reading Now?

As I am reading tonight and wanting to create a blog post, I decided to combine the two. 

I am reading In Pictures and Words by Katie Wood Ray. 

I first became aware of it when the book study happened this summer, but I didn't get the book ordered till later in summer, so I missed it. I am enjoying it and can't wait to read more, so I guess I will go back to reading. 

So what are you reading?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Kindergarten Common Core

Take 2

So I completely apologize for swiping a post straight from another blogger. I was so excited to have a chance to get the Kindergarten Common Core Workbook for FREE, that I quite honestly didn't completely read the directions. I was really confused about how to write a review for the preview when I thought that I was getting the preview. I didn't realize that when you do the blog post you get the 600+ page book via email! I thought I was getting the preview for free, so I had no idea what to write a small description about because I looked over the specific part that says Download a Small Sample Click here. So I have felt terribly bad all day and decided that I wanted to do a repost with my thoughts on the workbook this time, since I did go back and find the sample and do it the correct way.

So with this being my first year implementing Common Core, I am always on the lookout for new ideas. If you are doing Common Core this is a resource you HAVE TO HAVE in your classroom! It has a wealth of activities and pages to use in your classroom to meet the common core standards. The Workbook retails for $39.99 so if you have a blog you can complete a post just like the one I am doing and get it for FREE. 631 pages of math and literacy activities. 

The book is broken down into each of the common core strands. It gives you a sheet with each standard on it which is perfect if you have to post your standards like I do. 

I love that it includes small stories with a few questions to ask your students. I can't wait to you some of them to challenge my high fliers right now. It includes tons of thinking maps. I love the question cards specific for particular authors: Eric Carle, Mo Willems, Robert Muncsh, Dr. Seuss, etc, 

For math it has plenty of cards to show the different ways to show numbers. Addition and Subtraction problems, games, etc. My favorite is the butterfly positional cards. Students pick a card and tell where the butterfly is in relation to the other object in the picture. 

Scrappin Doodles did the clip art.....need I say more:)

Trust me you will want this!

Hurry the free giveaway ends September 16th!