February 6, 2016

Compound Word Unit

I've always though compound words were a fun skill to teach, 
Kids love them for some reason and they usually catch on quickly. 

I put some of my favorite compound word activities together into a unit that is available in my TpT store.
 Here is a peak of what is included...
I actually printed these twice. Once regular size and then a second set 2 per page. {that is an option from your print menu}. The regular size was great to use as an introduction to compound words. The smaller set worked well for literacy centers. I dived them into 2 sets and had my first graders put them in ABC order in pocket charts. They are also great for a writing center as well.
Also included are these matching card. I printed each page on a different color just for a little bit easier matching activity. These also work great in a pocket chart. I handed each card out and called out a color. My students had to find a friend who had a word that could make a compound word. We did this 4 times since their were four different colors. 
I need an independent activity for my students to do while I did a few oral assessments and this was a great option. They cut and glue the picture/words in ABC order. These fit perfect on a sentence strip. I put out pencil colors for them to color when they finished ordering them. They worked super hard and were engaged in the whole time.
This is a great literacy center. Included are 12 cards and a recording sheet. 
Students read each card and record their answer on their paper. 
My kids have ALWAYS loved magnifying searches. Each year it is always a hit. There are three different version and recording sheets are included for each. I used these as literacy centers at three separate times this year. I actually have the bug one prepped and ready for this upcoming week. They will use the magnifying glass to search for 12 teeny tiny compound words hidden in the picture and record them on their paper.
Also included in this pack are print and go printables. Great for morning work, early finishers, fast assessments, homework, time filler activities.. or whatever you wish to use them for! These are always nice to have prepped and ready.

You can find this unit in my store..
Quick Link: Compound Word Unit




February 5, 2016

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. February 5th}

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.


I finally got a post up about our 100th day of school this past week. If you would like to read more about our celebration you can click below.


And, I updated my 100th day unit with some new additions and gave a few of the items a makeover. If you all ready own it- you can download it again for all the changes. Or, if you would like to consider purchasing it you can click below.

Quick Link: 100th Day Unit




We are definitely in the Valentine spirit in our classroom. Here is a question for you.. Do you leave up Valentine decorations all February or do you take them down after the 14th and move on to something else? A holiday that comes in the middle of the month is no fun!! But, I always feel like it has to go once the holiday is over. 
A new month means we cut and spell that month to hang on our calendar board. I hate I don't have a picture of these displayed but this is one is from last year.. it almost looks the same!

These patterns {and the others months too} are found in my TpT store.
We made these Valentine Butterflies last Friday and displayed them over the weekend so they would be up when they got to school Monday morning. They are nice and festive on our back wall! ♥


These are found in a Valentine Craft pack.



Everything was decorated except our hall bulletin board. So, we made these super quick and fun valentine cupcakes. These are also in the same pack as the butterflies above.
Quick Link: Valentine Crafts

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I hope you have a fabulous weekend. I have battling the worst cold possible and my voice is gone. I am so looking forward to a few days of rest! 

If you want to post a Five for Friday post on your blog.. link it up below! Everyone is invited to link back. Just grab the button at the top and link back to this post. Happy Weekend Friends!



January 31, 2016

100th Day Fun!

Our 100th Day of School was last week and we had a blast celebrating. This year it was SUPER low key! I had actually NOT planned on doing much for the day but at the last minute I decided to plan some fun! In the past I have gone all out with balloons, snacks, cupcakes, prizes and more!!  But, this year, I literally used what I had and did not spend hours and hours planning and prepping the day! 

I actually all ready had streamers hanging from my door leftover from my own birthday surprise. So, I took the birthday signs down and made a 100th day sign using white bulletin board paper & markers.

I broke my day into seven centers/rotations. These mostly took the bulk of the day. Each center was 15 minutes long and was the right amount of time before moving to the next stop. 


When they finished each center they worked on these counting sheets before it was time to rotate to the next one. They were perfect early finisher activities that kept them busy and working!

So, here is a look at my seven rotations....
Count the stars: Students had to look at the star paper and count each color star. I also had a few groups tally the numbers too. 
Linking Cubes: Link 10 colors of 10 cubes together to make a HUGE 100 tower! If they finished this center in the 15 minutes they were given they won a sticker for their sticker chart. {a full sticker chart = a trip to the treasure box}. 
Stacking Cups: Students had to stack 100 cups with at least 4 layers in 15 minutes. They received a sticker for this center too if they accomplished their goal. I used small mouthwash cups. They take up less room and are a TON less noisy when they fall since they are paper and not plastic.
We use popsicle sticks often to practice tally marks but we have never used them to make 100. This was another teamwork center that they tried to finish and get it correct in the 15 minutes time frame.
Yes or No? Does each container have 100 items. The conversations at this table were hilarious! They took this center very serious. At the end of the day we counted the objects and if they got 6 or more answers right they received  a sticker. In the past I usually do this whole group but I decided to put it in as a center rotation this year. It works well either way. 
Sentence Writing and Coloring Paper: I had my first graders do the sentences first and color when they finished. Most of them did not finish the coloring during their 15 minutes so they just took it to their desk to finish when they had extra time. It was another good time filler for early finishers.
100 chart hidden picture: I gave my students the option to do this alone or they could work together to finish the paper. Most of them chose to work alone. I was good with that decision since three of the centers focused on teamwork. 

These centers took very little prep time but my first graders had a great time. 


We also squeezed in cutting 100 smiley faces to hang on our hall bulletin board. 


All of these activities and much, much more are included in my 100th Day of Fun Unit. I have had this unit for several years but I have added and updated a lot of stuff in it. If you have it make sure to download it again to get the updates.


There is enough in the unit to last all week if you would rather stretch your 100th day celebration over a week instead of packing all the fun into one day.

Happy 100th day to you!!

January 29, 2016

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. January 29th}


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.



I posted last week's Five for Friday on Thursday night ... but when we went to bed that night we had 100% chance of snow. I had a terrible cold and I was tickled to death to get a snow day last Friday. And, in true Mississippi weather fashion. We got NO SNOW! What?!? How can you go from 100% chance to NONE! We still got the day off.. but seriously?!?







So, since we all had SNOW on the  brain this week. We did some show math stations.. these three digit addition facts are included in my Silly Snowman Math Centers Unit.




These pick the greatest number cards are also in that same pack and were one of our weekly math centers too. 




But, I am over snow and snowmen now. {of course February is usually our coldest month!} but I am moving on to the month of LOVE!!! I prepped some of my Valentine Cut and Paste Printables to use as morning work for the next two weeks.

There are 27 different sheets/printables in this pack but I just picked a few that I wanted to use. I'll have the rest on standby incase I need a time filler or sub plans.



And, I love to have a stash of math review sheets to use when I need an early finisher activity, no prep homework or just a quick assessment. These Valentine Math Review Sheets are PERFECT! A true time and life saver for me!

Have a happy weekend!
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January 21, 2016

Five for Friday {Linky Party... January 22nd}




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.
I started off the week with a birthday! My door was decorated last Friday for a special treat!




Then, Monday was a holiday. Everyone ♥ a long weekend for sure! Which is always a treat to have a short week. But..Seriously friends, I feel like a short week feels like a long week!!


And, then Tuesday came and it felt like a Monday. And, I have been confused all week. 




Wednesday brought us our celebration of the 100th day! I'll be back {hopefully} over the weekend to share our low key but jammed packed day!




But, there is no doubt tomorrow is Friday!! Whoo Hoo!! Don't forget I am giving away this fun little box of Valentine goodies on my other blog. Hurry, and you can click the picture to jump over enter! Giveaway ends tonight!

Enjoy your weekend! Post your Five for Friday link below!