Monday, August 27, 2012

One Week Down…Can I Get a What! What!

The first week of school always drains me. I couldn’t lift a finger to type a sentence, or a word or a letter…not even an emoticon. SmileBut I have enjoyed every minute of it! I love my sweet new crop of first graders!
This summer I got a chance to sample one of these babies.

I’m sure everyone remembers my sad tale of Bertha…if you need a refresher click here. I’ve been able to store all of my school files onto this jumpdrive. I’ve even saved my morning music and writing workshop music onto this. It keeps me from carrying several jumpdrives back and forth to school and I can store all the files I’ll need for lesson planning in one location. I love it!

Number Sense Weekly Plan:
My first week flew by and I have a lovely class. I can’t wait to post pictures of what’s been going on. I have to get all my my permission slips back from parents first. This week and last we’ve been focusing on number sense. Here is my weekly plan:

Monday: The Essential Question; How can I break _______ apart? Last week it was how can I break 5 apart. This week it’s six. Students are given connecting cubes and they can break their set of cubes into two parts. Then we talk about the different ways the students broke theirs apart. We list all the combinations on a chart.

Tuesday: The Essential Question: How many ways can I break ______ apart?  The students are given a part-part mat and they can either work alone or with a partner to find all the ways to break that number we are focusing on into two parts.

Wednesday: We Complete whole group story problems using story mats. Students can share a story problem aloud while we act it out using our story boards.

Thursday: We complete a partner activity. This week we are using this.
Friday: The students work alone or with a partner to write and illustrate a story problem using the number we are focusing on.

Each day we play a game using our focus number. We’ve played Shake Those Beans, On and Off, Spill and Record, Give Me______. I try to think of easy games that the students can play independently.
This is what we used today to find all the different combinations of Six. Click on the picture to download your copy. I made it on legal sized paper…so adjust your printer accordingly.

I have fixed the link from private to public...sorry..the first week back will do that to ya:) How about some feedback if you download????

Here is the activity we did last week. Click on the picture and it will take you to the post from last year so you can download your own copy. The students had to assemble some of their cookies out of the jar and some of their cookies inside the jar.

I hope had a wonderful day! Hopefully soon I can post pictures of my wonderful students. Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Name Plates Freebie

It’s back to school time for me tomorrow. Students report on next Monday. Here’s a freebie for you. Enjoy!


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Back to School Sale

Now’s the time to shop till you drop. I know my shopping cart is full! Love a good Back to School Sale!


Don’t forget to use the code: BTS12 for an additional 10% off your purchases.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Guest Posting at Peterson’s Pad

Hey! Hop on over to Peterson’s Pad and check out my guest post. I have some goodies for you. Love her blog and I think you will too.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

It’s All About the School Supplies Baby

I’m channeling Snoop Dog today. I wanted to tell you about my lovely shopping experience with MPM School Supplies.


They gave me  a 25 dollar gift card to shop till my heart’s content. Here’s a peek at what I bought.

                                These letters will come in handy for March.Dr Seuss 4 In Red & White Letters Punch Out Reusable

I use index cards and sticky notes all the time during small group instruction. These bright neon cards will work great to highlight chunks. I’ll write the chunk (rime) on the neon card and the onset on plain white index cards.

Index Cards 4 x 6 Lined 75 Count Brite Assorted


I’m always making games for use during word work time and this set will go nicely with others I already have. This will be great for a sight word game I’m thinking of making.

Popcorn & Boxes Cut-Outs


I use these cute notepads all the time during a thematic study or for guided writing. I usually cut out a speech bubble with plain copy paper and students go to town writing. Then we tape the speech bubble to the notepad and hang them around the room. The ladybug will be just the ticket when I read aloud The Grouchy Ladybug, or the students could write facts they’ve learned about ladybugs when we complete our science unit on bugs and bees. I’ll use the pumpkins in October, and the owls in November when we study owls, bats and spiders. I always keep these on hand. They make a great go to writing activity.

Ladybug Notepad   Pumpkin Notepad


Owl Notepad       Apple Notepad


I have a few things on my wish list and I know I’ll shop there again. My order was delivered so fast! Thanks to MPM School Supplies, because they made my shopping experience so easy, I also like that there was no back ordered stuff. Everything I ordered came at the same time. Love when that happens.


Guest Posting


Be sure to check out Peterson’s Pad on Friday! I’m guest posting and I think you’re gonna like it!! Check out her blog if you haven’t already. She has some great games for word work and math.