Monday, February 28, 2011

Word Study

I LOVE Beth Newingham! I also love her monthly posts for Scholastic. I’ve been thinking of revamping the way I do Word Study next year and I happened to run across her  November Post for Word Study in Action. It is amazing!!!! She also posted the video below. Take a look. She teaches third grade but her routines could be tweaked for any grade. Word Work Re-Vamp here I come!


Ms. A

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Black History Projects

Each year my first graders have to complete a Black History project for Social Studies and Language Arts. They presented their projects on Friday and here are a few of the wonderfully creative projects they turned in.


















I think they all did a fantastic job! I’m so proud of the work they produced.


Ms. A

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Lady in the Moon and Word Work

Our Reading Street Story next week is The Lady in the Moon. Here’s the pack I’m going to use and a word sort the students will complete as a Work on Words choice.



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Ms. A

Monday, February 21, 2011

More Piggy Banks

A fellow teacher e-mailed me and reminded me that I’d promised to post Dime and Quarter Piggy Bank. Click here for game directions and to remind yourself if you forgot like I did…anyway, here they are. I also posted a combination dice using pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters along with a number dice and a dice with just quarters.


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Combo dice



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Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Chance to Win




Here’s your chance to win my newest Read the Room Kit before I post it to my storefront. I’ll give this kit away to the first five people who  comment about how you structure word work in your classroom.

Don’t forget to leave your e-mail in your post.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Long o: oa and ow

Here’s a Work on Words activity I’ll use this week. Our phonics skill is /oa/ and /ow/ words. I think my boys will like it…maybe some of my girls too. They match the words to the correct goal post.


Field Goal- oa ow sort

Stylish Blogger:You Like Me You Really Like Me

Remember when Sally Fields said that at the Oscars…wait there I go showing my age again.

I want to give a big thanks to Mrs. Roper , Katie, at Persnickety Pickels and Mrs. Martin at Kindergarten Hoppenings for giving me the stylish blogger award. I think  your blogs ROCK!

Okay here are the rules:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 5 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award


Seven Things About Me:

1. I am a book hoarder…seriously they should do a show about me.

2. I am a closeted Romance Writer…I even have a finished manuscript but I’m too chicken to submit it. I am a member of Romance Writers of America. I have tons of ideas and partially finished manuscripts. I usually put 95% focus on my writing during the summer…and I always write for an hour everyday…no matter what.

3. I love to cook…gourmet meals are my specialty and I never fully follow a recipe…I’m always adding something to make it my own.

5. My brother Ibreheim was on the show Survivor.  Here’s a picture of him. That’s his girlfriend in the pic with him. 


6. My sister-in-law Elizabeth Mathis was in the Denzel Movie: Unstoppable. Here’s a picture of her. That’s her husband, my  brother Isa, standing next to her.



At my house for Thanksgiving

*5 and 6 weren’t really about me but hey…I’m proud of them.


7. I love old movies: My Man Godfry, all The Thin Man movies, You Can’t Take It With You, anything with Joan Crawford…but Mildred Pierce is my absolute favorite.


Here are five great blogs (I read daily) who will get the award next:


Ms. A

Mister Bones


Here is the Mister Bones packet I promised.

Mister Bones Pack


This has nothing to do with teaching…but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Adele! Have you heard her new single? Check it out.


Friday, February 18, 2011

The Dot


A few teachers have e-mailed me to see if I made a packet for The Dot, a Reading Street story. I’ve posted the packet here and hope to post one for Mr. Bones this weekend.




The Dot Pack

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

This And That


Making Words and Word Work:

I made this Work on Words Activity for this week in small groups. The students roll an onset and chunk dice and have to decide if it’s a real word or nonsense word.


I purchased my set from Really Good Stuff…Love that company, and I especially love the EZ-Pay system they offer teachers.

    Make A Word Soft Touch Short Vowel Phonogram Word Game

Here is the recording sheet I gave them.  My teacher trainer in Reading Recovery always said be careful with the “it” chunk and the “uck” chunk when doing the Make and Break part of the I caution you. Just saying.

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Last week our phonics skill was long a: ai, ay. This week we are reviewing long a: ai and ai. Here is a Work on Words activity I created. Our story was not about the farm…thought it was cute clip art and went with it.

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This week our phonics skill is long e: ea. Here is the Work on Words review activity they will complete next week.


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Weekly Story

Last week our Reading Street story was Mama’s Birthday Present. I created this activity pack to go with the story. We did some whole group  and the rest small group.


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We are continuing our money unit in math. I gave each of the students a sheet of coins and a piggybank. They pulled a card and had to make that amount of money two different ways.

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Yay for Hump Day!

Ms. A

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sight Words



I just uploaded a new sight word game to TpT. This will make a great addition to your word work activities.  Head on over to my store front and check it out.

The first five people who leave a comment telling me the different things you do with sight words in your classroom will win this kit! Don’t forget to leave your e-mail address in the post.

Tomorrow I hope to post our Valentine’s Day Math and Literacy Activities.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Valentine’s Day


Math and Literacy Pack

It’s not to late to purchase some of my Valentine’s Day themed items from TpT. Here is some of what’s included in my Valentines Day Math and Literacy Game Pack.

Love Chunk Cover Up

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Cover My Heart Math Game                 Bouquet of Words and Sentences

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Hearts In Order ABC Order Activity


Sweeties R-Controlled Sort


You get four literacy and four math activities. I also have Hearts A Plenty Read the Room Kit and Cupid Cupid Fact Families.


Thank You

As an appreciation to all my followers, teachers who are kind enough to link my blog on their lists, the teachers who e-mail kind words or even leave kind comments and  to those of you who have purchased my TpT products, I’m throwing a sale at my TpT Storefront. All of my products are %15 off starting today through Tuesday. Just my way of saying thanks.



Hoo Loves Ya

Here’s a quick addition to ten review game for Valentine’s Day. I tried this out on my first graders and they loved it!

Hoo Loves Ya Addition Game


Fun Friday

We jump started the holiday Friday with this Fun Friday math activity. The students estimated how many Conversation Hearts were in their boxes. Then they sorted, graphed and counted the candy hearts.

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Other Ideas

I went to The Dollar Tree yesterday to find gift bags for my games and found two items I plan to use this week.


Valentines Picks

These will make great Read the Room pointers. I bought one for each student. They will go great with my Hearts A Plenty Read the Room Kit.


Foam Hearts

I plan on giving my students a hand full of these and a recording sheet. They can write addition or subtraction story problems using their hearts.



Have a Great Week!

Ms. A

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I am not ashamed to admit it. I’m a PBJ (Professional Book Junkie).

Invitations: Changing as Teachers and Learners K-12My very first professional book was Invitations (Regie Routman)…I’m probably showing my age, but every since that book I’ve been hooked.

I’m too ashamed to take pictures of my seven plus bookcases filled with professional and teacher resource books. Some people are shoeaholics (is that a word??) Well, I’m a bookaholic, and professional books are just one habit I have to support. There’s cookbooks, magazines, fiction books, self help books. You name it and I probably have it. My house could really become a branch of my cities local library. I just wanted to highlight a few.

Classroom Bibles: Literacy

I always keep various combinations of these books in my school bag. These are the books I read over and over again, the books that have highlighting, highlighting tape, sticky notes, notes in the margin, ideas scribbled on those blank pages that are in the backs of books. These are the ones I can’t live without.

On Solid Ground : Strategies for Teaching Reading K-3Comprehension from the Ground Up: Simplified, Sensible Instruction for the K-3 Reading WorkshopWhen Readers Struggle: Teaching That Works (Fountas & Pinnell Professional Books and Multimedia)Catching Readers Before They Fall: Supporting Readers Who Struggle, K-4



First Grade Readers: Units of Study to Help Children See Themselves as Meaning MakersFirst Grade Writers: Units of Study to Help Children Plan, Organize, and Structure Their Ideas

Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency: Thinking, Talking, and Writing About Reading, K-8Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 1: Daily Lessons - Monthly Units - Yearlong Calendar


Teaching Reading in a Title I School, K-3Teaching Writing in a Title I School, K-3


Classroom Bibles: Math

These are books that have a wealth of information. Whenever I’m planning a math unit these are the books I go to.

Math And Literature, Grades K-1A Collection of Math Lessons, Grades 1-3 (Math Solutions Series)


50 Problem-Solving Lessons: The Best from 10 Years of Math Solutions NewslettersDeveloping Number Concepts, Book 1: Counting, Comparing, and PatternTeaching Number Sense, Grade 1Minilessons for Math Practice, Grades K-2


First-Grade Math: A Month-To-Month GuideYoung Children Reinvent Arithmetic: Implications of Piaget's Theory (Early Childhood Education Series (Teachers College Pr)) (Early Childhood Education (Teacher's College Pr))Young Children Continue to Reinvent Arithmetic: Implications of Piaget's Theory (Early Childhood Education Series, 9)

Well, I showed you mine. Now…what are the professional books you can’t live without?

Ms. A