September 18, 2018

From the Pond VIP Club

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This is just a quick post to let you in on a GREAT deal that you definitely need to know about! The VIP Club from Mel at From the Pond! Seriously, teacher friends.. this is a monthly subscription club that has great resources for an unbelievable price!

Right now it is on sale for $5 a month (Until September 1st) then it goes up to $7.50 a month (in October) then to it’s normal price of $10 a month starting in November.

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I am locked in at $5 a month for as long as I want BUT, after being a member I am being honest and telling you that $10 a month is even a great deal! Mel has stocked it with all her new resources that are super fun and sooo cute!

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This place value house activity was a perfect fit for our math lessons this week. My little first grade friends were engaged and they really needed this review of tens and ones!

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I seriously prepped this activity (four a small group of five) in less than 10 minutes. Printed and cut while my kiddos were finishing up their morning routine. How easy could it be!

Here is a link to see more and sign up if you are interested! Trust me, it is worth checking out!

From the Pond VIP Club

September 9, 2018

Alphabet Order & Letter Matching Unit

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I always like to spend a few weeks working on letter review and letter matching with my first graders at the beginning of school. They need the practice after being out of school all summer and they need a little help getting their brains refreshed from kindergarten.

So, these hands on cards and printables work perfect for me in my first grade classroom. Maybe you will find something you can use too!

alphabet letter review for kindergarten or first grade

In this unit are 12 sets of cards for students to put in order, match capital to lowercase or before and after letters. The cards can fit in a pocket chart or they will work perfect on the floor or on a table.

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I have had these cards stashed in a basket on a side table in my room for the last two weeks. Anytime I have an early finisher and I think they need a little practice- I simply hand them a bag and tell them to find a spot they like. This means they can use an empty table, any floor space or an empty pocket chart.


Also included in the unit are 20 printables that will come in handy for early finisher work, homework, morning work, quick assessments, or as needed.

alpabet printables worksheets

There are lots of different kind of printables. Fill in the blank (full sheet and 1/2 sheet) and cut and paste! I love to have these on hand for lots of different uses.

Here is a quick list of the
(1) Cut and Paste Alphabet Order (capitals)
(2) Cut and Paste Alphabet Order (capitals)
(3) Cut and Paste Alphabet Order (lowercase)
(4) Cut and Paste Alphabet Order (lowercase)
(5) Write the ABC’s in order (2 per page)
(6) Write the ABC’s in order (2 per page)
(7) Write the ABC’s in order (2 per page)
(8) Write the ABC’s in order (2 per page)
(9) Cut and Paste What Letter Comes After
(10) Cut and Paste What Letter Comes After
(11) Cut and Paste What Letter Comes Before
(12) Cut and Paste What Letter Comes Before
(13) Write What Letter Comes After
(14) Write What Letter Comes After
(15) Write What Letter Comes Before
(16) Write What Letter Comes Before
(17) Cut and Paste Match Capital to Lowercase
(18) Cut and Paste Match Capital to Lowercase
(19) Write the missing letters
(20) Write the missing letters


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This unit is in my Teachers Pay Teachers store if you are interested in purchasing or reading and seeing more..

Quick Link: ABC Order, Matching and Before and After Unit.

September 3, 2018

Popsicle Stick Visual Discrimination Cards

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I haven’t blogged in MONTHS! But, I did not want to miss the opportunity to share my newest resource. (Not only have not blogged in months but I also took a hiatus from designing new products as well!) But, maybe this is a little leap into getting back into a routine.

Last year I bought some colored popsicle sticks to use with my first graders. We mainly used them for tally mark practice and a little pattern practice. But, I quickly noticed that when the popsicle sticks came out they loved to build with them and make pictures.

So, this summer I made these picture cards. I put them into use with my first graders last week as a morning tub/early finisher activity.

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They are so easy to prep. There are 4 picture cards to a page. So, I just printed and laminated. And cut between each card. The popsicle sticks can be found at Walmart, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby. Or here is an Amazon Affiliate Link if you just want to skip the stores!

Amazon Link: 240 Colored Popsicle Sticks

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I just put out the bucket of sticks and some cards. (I only put out about 25 cards/which is 1/4 of what is included in the pack) They made the picture and we soon learned that if they placed the card on top of their creation it was easy for me to walk by, pick up the card and check.

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These were engaging, hands on fun and a big hit.

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If you are interested- you can find these in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Here is a link:

Popsicle Stick Cards

April 8, 2018

Spring Directed Drawings


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There is nothing I love more than a fun directed drawing. This set of Spring Directed Drawings are not a new product- but always something I look forward to each year!

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I framed these bugs as an end of the year gift to my first graders last year.

You can find these in my TpT store: Spring Directed Drawings

February 5, 2018

Sticker Stash

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Oriental Trading has fixed my sticker shortage .. at least for a few weeks!

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They have such a large and fun selection! My kids went crazy over some of these new choices!

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My students have sticker charts that when full they earn a trip to the treasure chest. So, most of these will be used for their charts.

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These monster ones are HUGE!

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I love these stickers on a roll because I can tear them apart and leave them on their desk or stapled to their papers.

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Hop over and check out the selection!

Oriental Trading Stickers


Disclaimer: Oriental Trading is seriously one of my favorite resources for my classroom. They do send me items for promotion in exchange for a blog post/review. However, I truly am happy with these products and I am glad to tell my teacher friends all about their products.


January 28, 2018

100th Day of School with Oriental Trading)

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We celebrated our 100th Day of School this past week. It is one of my VERY favorite days! I received a few things from Oriental Trading that I wanted to share with you!

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First up.. are these awesome fish scenes with 100 stickers! PERFECT for the 100th day.

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My first graders loved these! Like.. SERIOUSLY loved them!

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Ordering Link: Fish Bowl Sticker Scenes

They have other sticker scenes too for you to check out too! 


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Another sticker product from Oriental Trading were these mini smiley faces. I have done these counting mats for several years with stickers but I found these little emoji looking ones this year that were perfect.

They are perfect because they have exactly 100 stickers on a sheet (with 10 different faces!) so they are PERFECT for the counting mats.

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Ordering Link: Mini Smiley Face Stickers

Oriental has a HUGE sticker selection that are great for teachers!


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I also got a few “gifts” for my students that I gave out at the end of the day. These dog tag type necklaces were a hit and they are still wearing them!

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And, every kid in the world loves a slap bracelet.. right?!?

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These were fun and a bit hit too!

Ordering Link: 100th Day of Fun Products


Disclaimer: Oriental Trading is seriously one of my favorite resources for my classroom. They do send me items for promotion in exchange for a blog post/review. However, I truly am happy with these products and I am glad to tell my teacher friends all about their products.

January 21, 2018

Tic Tac Toe (fun for the WHOLE YEAR!)


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I have played Tic Tac Toe on and off for years with my first graders. But, this year.. we have taken it to a WHOLE new level. We play tic tac toe to decide who gets to do something (winner gets to go first, winner gets to pick first, etc…) and we have recently been having Tic Tac Toe tournaments. Where they play until only one person is left and is the classroom winner!

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Our weather has been yucky the last two weeks and I catch my students playing tic tac toe as a free choice during inside recess time. It is a win/win for all!

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I put all my game pieces together in a file and uploaded it to Teachers Pay Teachers this morning. (link below)

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This pack includes a game board (you can print as many copies as you want) and 36 different game pieces. There are choices for holidays, animals, school supplies, sports, and so much more!

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If you are interested you can check it out in my store or the link below.

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Quick Link: Tic Tac Toe for the whole year!