November 20, 2014

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. November 21}


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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Definitely the BIGGEST news and what has consumed my last two weeks would be my computer troubles. We are still not sure what happened. Power surge or my pc shortened out and also fried my printer too. Either way my world was turned upside when last week.

But, I am now the proud owner of a new computer, monitor and printer. This was my work setup so I was in a huge panic. It was a sleepless, lot of praying and pacing the floor week.

Everything is back to normal now and I am back working. Praise GOD!

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And, in the middle of the computer problem craziness I have three holiday shows for my Doodle Bugs stationery show this past week.

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I have also listed some sale items on my Doodle Bugs Blog.


And the last day to place a personalized order will be November 30th.

Shop online: Doodle Bugs Paper 

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I also had tons of work to do this week for two online classes I am taking. Thankfully, I did have my laptop through all the computer craziness. I am taking two “fast paced” 4 week classes. It was definitely NOT the best time to sign up for these. And, to be very, very honest.. I am a TERRIBLE student!

Going back go school for any reason is not in my future. Both of these classes are for CEU credits to renew my license. My thoughts were it was better to do it online than to give up 2 weeks of my summer.

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And since this is my teaching blog.. I need to at least tell you something we have done this past week. These are the only pictures I have so let me show you our weekly afternoon math centers.


Number word practice


Even and Odd Pocket Chart Sort


tally mark counting


number word find and color

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and #5 is the best..


Bring on the much needed break! And can you believe that it will be December when we go back to school?!?!

Happy Happy Thanksgiving! I am extremely grateful for



.. link up below!

November 14, 2014

Five for Friday {Linky Party .. November 14th}


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 am skipping my personal Five for Friday this week but would still love for YOU to link your post up.

Sorry..I’ve had a nightmare week in the technology world and I am trying to get back on my feet! At least it is Friday, right! Enjoy your weekend!

November 9, 2014

Thanksgiving Cut and Paste Printables


Last month I created a set of Halloween Cut and Paste printables. My first graders did one each day during the month of October. They loved them and I did too! It was perfect for independent work while everyone was getting settled in for the day.

So, I KNEW I wanted to create a set of Thanksgiving ones too for us to use in November {and don’t worry.. Christmas ones will be coming soon!}


This is a set of 24 worksheets- all in a cut and paste format.


I like to copy the answers on colored paper. I usually leave the actually background paper white because I have a few students who like to color if they have time when they finish.

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Some skills included are: number words, days of the week, months of the year, telling time to the hour, what number comes next and before, what letter comes next and before, math facts and ordering numbers from least to greatest.


If you jump over to Teachers Pay Teachers you can see the download the full preview of these sheets and see all 24 printables.


Here is the link if you are interested…

Thanksgiving Cut and Paste Printables

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 7, 2014

Five for Friday {Linky Party… November 7}


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 worked on these turkeys on and off all week. They turned out cute and are hanging all over our room. Some are in the hall and the others are displayed around the room in various places.


You can download the patterns for free HERE!

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I finished up and listed a set of Thanskgiving Cut and Paste printables. I enjoyed the Halloween set I made so much that I knew we needed a corresponding set of Thanksgiving set to do for morning work.


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Sometimes you just have to take a little break and have some fun. We played this Bug Building blocks game this week in small group. It is basically the same concept as Jenga but with these cute little bug blocks.

{Which make a TON of noise when they fall on the table…yikes!


You can order this from Amazon – Bug Building Game

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We have been working like crazy on counting coins/money- a quick and no prep activity we have done a few days this week was sorting a bucket of coins on our easel. I just give a few students a handful and tell them to sort them. Then we count the money in each box.

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An elementary school in Post, Texas had a fire and two grade levels lost everything. I have teamed up with other bloggers to raise money for this school.

Blog Post: for more details

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: purchase bundles to help raise money

All money will go directly the teachers that lost everything in the fire.

Enjoy your weekend!

Link up your Five for Friday post below.

November 2, 2014

What I’ll be teaching.. November


November is one of my favorite months. We have routines down {for the most part, anyway!} and things are just ticking along nicely.

I usually teach a week of MICE before I jump into Thanksgiving themed stuff. But, I squeezed in my mice unit back in September. Now that I look back. I really think I like saving our Mouse fun for November. But, too late for this year.

I also did some reptile/science stuff back a few weeks ago when we had a “snake man” visit our school with a traveling reptile museum. So, I don’t know if I will do anymore reptile “stuff”.

I thought about trying to squeeze in something new this year. I thought about monkeys or even owls. But, I really decided to just slow down and not rush my Thanksgiving activities this year and spend more time on them.

Here is a peek at some of the things I will be using in my class.

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I pulled out these counting practice sheets  and these math review sheets on Friday to copy as extra practice. I will probably use these as early finisher activities. It will be nice to have them stored away for easy access when I need something for my quick workers or for a time filler.

You can also slide them into sheet protectors or dry erase sleeves to save on copies.


I took a break from clip cards for a couple of weeks but I will be using these Fall Clip Cards as reinforcement this week. This year I have used my clip cards differently thank I have in the years past. Normally, they are a weekly center or as a small group activity. This year, I have four buckets on my teacher table and as my students work on their morning work and I do attendance/lunch count. I call four students a day to the table to do a set of cards. I just keep a class list in each bucket and I mark through their names as they do each bucket. I can easily see who needs to do what.. and they work very efficiently by themselves on the set of cards they need to complete.


I know many of you can not use this Fruit of the Sprit Unit but I just adore it. Last year was the first year I taught the Fruits of the Spirit to my class. It seems fitting to teach it in November close to Thanksgiving.

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I get asked a lot what is my favorite product I have ever made. I don’t know that these are necessarily my FAVORITE.. but they are most definitely a LIFE SAVER! I use these math practice sheets as my nightly homework every night. And I use my Math Facts unit weekly as well. They have saved me so much time weekly.. I cannot imagine how much time having them has saved me over a course of a year. It is wonderful to have it all organized and ready to be copied.


It is a new month which means we do activities from my Months of the Year Unit. I have the November printables ready for us to do this week.


If you need more worksheets/printables for extra practice, morning work, homework, early finisher activities, etc.. these November Math Sheets are perfect! I keep them handy and will end up using most of them before the end of November.

I print some of them 2 per a page and they work out great. I have had people tell me they staple the whole pack together to make an early finisher book. I like that idea too!


I am always needing one more center to go in our weekly center rotations. And, I always turn straight to my Plain Jane cards. These are called Plain Jane because they can be used year round. They are black and white and look great printed on colored paper. I am even guilty of using the same cards and printing them on different colored paper and my little firsties NEVER catch on to me.

Basically they are just good skills to review without all the fluff {and cuteness!}


We will be finishing up our short vowel review this month and will be using my Short Vowel Unit. It is another life saver that I love having handy. I use most of this during my guided reading/small group time. But, also use a good bit of it for homework too.

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We will start our Thanksgiving centers this week and will be using things from these 2 units.

Thanksgiving Centers

Thanksgiving Centers and Activities

I am also finishing up a set of Thanksgiving Cut and Paste Printables that follow the same format as my Halloween set. My little ones loved doing the Halloween ones for morning work last month so I decided a Thanksgiving set was a must. I hope to finish proofing and editing them tonight and have them listed the first of the week.

Stay tuned for them…

Hope you are having a great Sunday! I am off to finish reading and answering questions for an online class I am taking. It is definitely NOT my thing.. It is to get credits for my license. And, assures me that I never, ever , ever want to go back to school!