September 19, 2014

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. September 19th}


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.

Today is National Talk Like A Pirate Day- who knew?!?

Now, I am not a huge fan or pirates but I am never one to step back from a fun mindless, crazy special day. So my friend Mel asked some friends to join her in celebrating this fun day!

So.. I am bringing you a Pirate Theme Five for Friday

featuring 5 fabulous treasures!

Here we go…



I have a fun {free download} set of Counting by 5 cards!  These include numbers 5-300. They fit perfect in a pocket chart- or can easily be used on a table or on the floor!


We have been working on counting by 5’s past 100- so these will fit in perfect with my first graders!

Quick Link: Count by 5’s Cards


Another BIG skill we are working on is recognizing and ordering the Days of the Week and Months of the Year. I have several sets but I am excited to add these fun pirate ones to my collection!


We use these in small groups while sitting at the table but I also have them in my pocket chart centers for independent practice.

Quick Link: Days & Months Cards


Click below to see a few of the my Pirate Friends featuring a few treasures on their blog today!

Pirate Friends!


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I have been gathering up some fun little treasures- to mail out to one lucky person.

I will announce the winner in next week’s Five for Friday! Everyone loves a little “good mail” and I am excited to mail this box of goodies to someone special.
Simply- leave a comment on this post to be entered into the giveaway.
Happy Weekend! Link your Five for Friday post up below!

September 12, 2014

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. September 12th}

fiveforfriday2_thumb[3]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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I was going to do a whole separate post on this- but life got in the way.. again! And, I could still do it .. but I am just going share in my Five for Friday instead.

We have been reading and talking about Clifford this week. You know your favorite BIG RED dog! All kids love Clifford. He’s a classic that never disappoints!


My first graders have to a book report poster as a home project this month. So, we made a sample one in class.

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We have been “clipping” like crazy this week!



I have used my Back to School Clip Cards as early finisher work during our morning work time.

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I am also trying to hustle and get these apple math centers finished in the next couple of days I would like to use them really soon with my class.

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We had a special guest this week.. “The Snake Man”. I teach in the same school where I attended 1st- 12th grade. I remember “The Snake Man” coming to see us when I was in elementary school. I have seen him so many times over the year I can about quote his presentation. He’s pretty cool and the kids always love him!

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My sister’s birthday is tomorrow! And, for several years I always gave her an EC planner. But, last year she decided she needed something that fit her work schedule better. So, she designed it and I print and bind it for her. I feel like I pretty much get off easy since she does all the formatting.


It doesn’t look like it—but this planner when I finished it is close to 100 pages. Whew! What a job! We will celebrate her birthday tomorrow at a softball tournament for my niece.

Happy Happy Friday!!!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Link up below.

Please remember to use the button at the top of this post in your FFF post and link back to this blog post.

September 7, 2014

A look at last week…


We practicing reading and sorting the days of the week each day last week. They are getting much better! Thursday and Tuesday and Saturday and Sunday are still tricky ones. Even with the clues and tricks they have been told.. it will just take lots of practice.

These cards are from my Superhero Theme Set.

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A few years ago I started saving water bottle tops and I bought small alphabet round stickers in the Target Dollar spot.. they fit on the bottle tops perfect! I have three sets and they are the perfect little time filler. 

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We are still ordering numbers DAILY! I thought we had it pretty much conquered but  .. not so much. So, we will continue to practice. I just divide my cat number cards into several groups and hand them out. They grab a set and go someone in the room they can spread out.

These are my Cat Countin Cards.



I introduced my firsties to the game scoot a few weeks ago. They caught on perfectly! They are so quiet and stay on task while moving that I have tried to play several times a week. They know when they come in and there is card taped on their desk a game is coming up soon. I don’t number my cards but we use their class numbers instead. So they know to look at the number then the card when they sit down. It gets them up moving and learning at the same time. It is definitely a win win situation. It works great when we need a little break.


We read the room again this week- and used short a words. They had to find the words and when they were done come read them to me. Another movement + learning activity.

These cards are from my –an family unit.

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We finished up our Cat/Pete unit mid week so I put away the cat counting cards. I pulled out these cute little chevron square cards. In small groups I would call out a number and they had to find it. While they were waiting on their turn they were putting them in order at the top of the pocket chart.

Quick Link: Chevron Counting Cards

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One of the skills we concentrated hard on this week was number words. Right now I only “test” them on words zero-ten. But, anytime we practice I include words up to twenty. They pick them up so quickly. I desperately needed a new no-frills number chart. Thanks to Labor Day – it was one of many to-do projects that got done!

Here is a link to download the number cards for free if you want to make your own.. nothing fancy for sure!

Number Words Poster

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We celebrated a new month this week with printables from my Months of the Year unit. We do these at the beginning of each month. They are perfect for identifying the word September.

Quick Link: Months of the Year Unit


We FINALLY finished up our Pete pictures. These have been in the works for almost a week. I took the words off my hall bulletin board but left the pom poms and put up Pete words. This Pete art project was from Deanna Jump several years ago. It is now in her Colorful Cats Unit.

Next week is all about Dogs and especially Clifford! We are be working on capital letters, days of the week, short a, rhyming words, ordinal words, number words , place value (ones and tens places), calendar skills and so much more! A few resources I will be using…

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