September 4, 2015

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. September 4th}


Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party where you post five random things from today or this past week and on your blog. Then, you come back and link your blog post up at the bottom of this post in the linky tool.Grab the button above and link back to this post on your blog.

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Each year for the first few weeks I teach a Cat Theme. It mostly centers around Pete. But, I squeeze in lots of other cat activities each day. These cat counting cards are a BIG HIT!

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Seriously we use these daily and sometimes a few times a day. We practice putting them in order from least to greatest, play battle, practice counting or simply just use for number recognition. They are a life saver!

They are in my store! {for $2.00!}


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We also started some math centers this week. They went pretty smoothly and for the most part it was a success. They required WAY more guidance than I planned. I have several “leaders” in this group of first graders so we will continue to work on sharing the materials and not so much bossing! HA!


My math centers this week were all from my Cat Crazy product.

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We also welcomed September this week! Can I stop and tell you how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new black calendar pocket chart. You have NO idea how easy it was to switch out the August to September calendar Tuesday morning. It took probably 1 minute to slide out all of August calendar cards and get ready for the new month. Hallelujah!!

You can buy it on Amazon for $20.00! Go for it!


We did this ordinal word following directions activity for September.


We cut and glued the letters in order on this September printable.


And we filled up one of our classroom bulletin boards with the word September.

All three of these activities are included in my Months of the Year Unit. I use these the first of each month.



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I am a huge sucker for a fairy tale – and I ordered this set from Scholastic this week. Love them! They are easy readers and the illustrations are the BEST! They were in the first grade Scholastic Book Club order.

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This week was Blog Hoppin’s Teacher Week. Sadly, I did not get any post up! I really did plan on doing Monday and Tuesday for sure! But, I just couldn’t make it happen. {life happens!} But, you should definitely hop over to Blog Hoppin and see the post and click on some of the links!

Hellloooooooo LONG WEEKEND!!

Post your FFF post on your blog and link up below!

August 28, 2015

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. August 28th}


Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party where you post five random things from today or this past week and on your blog. Then, you come back and link your blog post up at the bottom of this post in the linky tool.Grab the button above and link back to this post on your blog.

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We have been celebrating our favorite BLUE CAT this week. Who doesn’t love this cat?! And, who can blame them! He is the Coolest Cat in Town!


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Earlier this week I posted about The Mailbox Gold and how I used it to prepare some FAST and EASY sub plans! If you missed this post be sure to check it out! It will save you some precious time!

Blog Post: Sub Plans made easy

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This week might be all about cats but last week was all about Brown Bear.

These cut and paste sentence printables are perfect each year at the beginning of school.


These are in my store and includes a set of 30 different “I see… “ printables.


There are several really good free Brown Bear downloads scattered through my blog. If you search Brown Bear in search box (top left corner) you can find them.

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We did this writing and labeling activity this week. It went so perfect and I was really proud of my new batch of firsties! I will be glad to share this with you if you want it. Just email me!

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And… something fun to look forward to next week will be Blog Hoppin’s annual Teacher Week! We pushed it back a little this year in hopes it fits better into most people’s schedules. Each week is a different link up so hop over to Blog Hoppin each day and link up or read everyone’s posts! It starts Monday!

Enjoy your weekend! Post your FFF post on your blog and link up below!

August 24, 2015

#Bethe difference with Mailbox Gold: Sub Plans made easy


Writing sub plans is a HUGE job! I know many school require teachers to have a “Sub Tub” or a designated folder within easy reach if you have an unplanned absence. But, getting these plans together is time consuming. I am also the type of teacher that leaves detailed lesson plans and step by step directions.

So, I am here today to help you out a little bit with some ideas and to share how I use the Mailbox Gold program to make it TONS more easier! I have teamed up with Mailbox to share this experience with you to give you a better idea of what is included in the Mailbox Gold. Keep reading!

My first suggestion for easy sub plans  is to find a one day “theme” that can be used at anytime during the year. Nothing holiday related but something you can use anytime from the beginning to the end of school.

My first go to idea is always ARTHUR!

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There are TONS and TONS of Arthur books and kids love this crazy aardvark!


I always leave a nice stack of read aloud books for my substitute because they are the PERFECT time fillers and are great for a calm down activity. My cute little plush Arthur can also be used a nice behavior award. He gets moved around the room and sits on the desk of the really quiet and well behaved first graders!

Have your sub leave you a list or make a chart on the board of who got to have Arthur sit on his/her desk.


My go place to quickly plan for a sub is the Mailbox Gold. This is a monthly subscription program that has TONS of ideas and printables at your fingertips. {new items are added each month!}

Check out these PERFECT Arthur activities! {all from the Mailbox Gold}


This cut and paste printable is perfect for my first graders to sequence the events of Arthur’s Tooth.


This is another great retelling/sequencing activity from the Mailbox Gold. It is a little kid made book that retells the story and has a place for students to illustrate.

And the BEST PART… the download includes directions and sample pics that are perfect for subs! You don’t have to leave detailed directions. It’s already there!!


Here is another little book for students to put together. This one is actually not for a certain book so it can be used for any Arthur book you have.



And it comes with directions too! So, all you have to do it leave it and no more explanation is needed.


I also found this great little literary companion on the Mailbox Gold to download with several pages of ideas.

Also on the Mailbox Gold are several forms to you for substitutes.

Here are two handy ones that I love!


This is a info sheet that is editable. You just download it and enter the info you want your sub to know. I just keep this saved and can change it through out the year as needed.


I also really love this form for the sub to fill out for you!

All of these are downloads you find on the Mailbox Gold. The cost is $3.00 a month and new items are added each month! You can click the box below to jump over and see or read more about this program.