Last Minute Earth Day Ideas

Happy Thursday!  I have had an awfully crazy busy week, but wanted to stop by quickly to show you a few Earth Day activities I'll be doing this Friday with my first graders.  This is the second year that I've had my kiddos make THIS cute little craft from The Resourceful Mama.   
Here's my little example below :)  
You can find the directions {HERE}!
Here's a little writing activity that my kiddos glue on the back.  
Just click on the pic below if you'd like to grab a copy! Two versions are included. 
Here's a fact family Earth Day themed worksheet set we'll also be doing on Friday.  
There are two worksheets and two versions of each worksheet.  Click below to grab this freebie!  
Hope you all have a great rest of your week!  I'll be back in a few days with some new products, freebies, and some station ideas! 


New Products, Freebies, and Lots of Literacy Station Ideas!

Hope you are all having a great start to spring!  I'm currently on spring break and thought I'd fill you in on some new products I've recently added, some freebies related to some topics we're learning about in my first grade classroom, and lots of literacy station ideas!

R-controlled vowels are and will be a big sound focus for the next several weeks in my first grade classroom.  The week before spring break our focus was er, ir, & ur.  When we return it will be or and the week after that ar.  I created a little r-controlled vowel set with lots of goodies to help my first graders when recognizing these sounds.  If you'd like to check it out you can go {HERE} or click any of the pictures below!

This set includes:

 SMALL PICTURE/WORD CARDS : These cards can be used for sorting.
Small Sorting Cards

 SORTING MATS & RECORDING SHEETS: These sorting mats can be used for sorting the small sorting cards above.  After sorting, students can record words on recording sheets.
Sorting Mat

Recording Sheet 

RHYME CARDS (MATCHING GAME): These cards can be used for a matching game. Players begin by placing face down. First player flips two cards over. If they rhyme, the player keeps both cards. If they do not rhyme, flip the player flips both cards over and it’s the next player’s turn. Winner is the player with the most cards.
Rhyme Cards (matching game)

 I HAVE WHO HAS CARDS: 30 cards are included in this set.  These cards contain pictures  and words.  If playing with less than 30 players, you could give players additional cards.  
I Have Who Has Cards
30 LARGE PICTURE/WORD CARDS: These cards could be used in several different ways. 
Here are two ideas:
*For matching, cut them apart so the words are separate and match the words with the pictures. These cards fit nicely in a pocket chart.
*To play a matching game, distribute word cards evenly between players. Place picture cards face down. First player flips over a picture card. If he/she has the matching word, he/she picks up the card. If not a match, flip card over and it’s the next player’s turn. First player with all of their matches complete is the winner.
Large Picture/Word Cards

Here's an r-controlled vowel word search and ABC order freebie that I have included during my intervention time.  Just click the picture below for your copy!


Here's something new that I've also just added to the store!  I LOVE including these cards at my pocket chart station and they truly help with my first graders vocabulary development.  February, March & April are now available!  To check out this April set you can go {HERE}

Telling time to the hour and half hour was our math focus last week.  I created these cards which I cut in half and my kiddos did a whole group matching activity using this and our large pocket chart.  It was a great review!  You can download this little freebie {HERE}!



 If you're following my stations that I incorporate into my reading block, here's what we started last week, and will finish up a few days after we return from spring break!


*Syllable Sort: March Syllable Set that can be found {HERE}.

*Puzzle Place: Puzzle Place: 100 piece tiger puzzle, 60 piece Pinkalicious puzzle, and environmental print puzzles.  {HERE} is an example of what the environmental print puzzles look like.  I cut them up myself and place them in baggies. 

*Word Way:  Long i Secret Words worksheet that can be found in this pack {HERE} and Write it! with -ir & -er words.  You can get this worksheet by clicking the picture below!

*Fine Motor: Dot Sight Words.  I type up 5-6 sight words (usually longer sight words this time of the year like because, enough, thought, etc...) in a light gray colored font.  My students dot paint them with cotton swabs.  After they are dry, I staple them like a book and the student practices reading the set that he/she created.

*Pocket Place:  March and April words that can be found {HERE} & {HERE}.

*Word Family:  Rhyme match game that can be found {HERE} & Word Family Blackout that can be found {HERE}.  

*Dice Drive: Roll a Sight Word that can be found in this set {HERE} and Sight Word Bingo.  Just click the picture below to check out Sight Word Bingo!


*Artist's Alley:  Bunny craft and poem.  The cute bunny craft can be found {HERE}.  My kiddos complete a writing activity to glue on the back of the bunny's face.  My students make the oval face vertically, so the poem fits nicely on the back when glued.  You can download the writing template and and see an example by clicking either picture below below!
                                   
Need more station ideas?  Just click on the links below!


Click {HERE} if you'd like to see the first week and some info about my station work!
Click {HERE} for other station ideas!
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Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week!


Hello March!

Yay for March!  I always look forward to March because March means SPRING!!!!  Although it rains a lot here in Oregon, I am hoping this March will bring more sun than we had in February.  We've had a cold and wet winter and this teacher is ready for some SUNSHINE!  It's been a while since my last post and I have several word sort freebies to share with you all :) I incorporate these into my small reading groups and create them based on our current sound focus in our reading program.  
Thought I'd share a few freebies that I used with my first graders a few weeks ago!
This little long a freebie contains February themed clipart, but could really be used anytime!  
Click on any of the pictures below to download!



This next freebie focuses on the long e sound.  



Last week we finished up our dental health unit.  I purchased these two resources and they were wonderful!  

Dental Health Unit: Activities to Teach about Teeth and the Dentist

And if you have Netflix there is a fantastic Sid the Science Kid episode that my kids loved!  It's season 1 episode 16: A Brush with Teeth.  We watched a little bit each day after we were packed up and waiting for the busses.
This week's sound focus in my classroom is long i (ie, i_e, y, igh)  and I found this
 Long I  fabulous freebie !  I'll be incorporating some of the activities in my small groups and during my intervention block. 

Here's a March themed worksheet that I will also use during my intervention block.  Just click the picture below if you'd like a copy!


 If you're following my stations that I incorporate into my reading block,
here's what we just finished up with at the beginning of last week:


*Sequencing Corner: The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, sequencing cards, and printable emergent reader.  There are several sets of sequencing cards that you can find on TpT and Pinterest.  The ones I use are came from Abby's store {HERE}.  I just cut the numbers off.   She has several other options like {THESE} which could also work.  The emergent reader can be found {HERE}.

*Puzzle Place: Puzzle Place: 100 piece puzzles and environmental print puzzles.  {HERE} is an example of what the environmental print puzzles look like.  I cut them up myself and place them in baggies. 

*White Boards: My kiddos write their weekly word list first, then write their own words or sentences.

*Rhyming Road:  Rhyme concentration, rhyme book, rhyme match.  These items can be found {HERE} and {HERE}.

*Digraph Dilemma: Make & Take Phonics Mini Books: Consonant Digraphs that can be found {HERE}.

*Word Wall Wizard: Hidden Words worksheet that can be found {HERE}.  This is ALWAYS a favorite with my first graders!

*Word Way:  Sight Word Pop.  Printable popcorn can be found on our blog {HERE}.  I bought popcorn containers from the dollar spot at Target.  They are similar to the ones {HERE}.  I also put Word Whiz out at this station.  You can check them out {HERE}.

*Artist's Alley:  Abraham Lincoln craft that can be found in {THIS} Evan-Moor book.


Click {HERE} if you'd like to see the first week and some info about my station work!
Click {HERE} for other station ideas!
Click {HERE} for other station ideas!
Click {HERE} for other station ideas!
Click {HERE} for other station ideas!
Click {HERE} for other station ideas!

Have a wonderful week!

New products, Freebie, and a Giveaway, Oh My!

Happy Monday!  Lots of exciting things to share today, plus a site wide Teachers Pay Teachers sale starts tomorrow and we've got a $10 gift card giveaway going on.  See below for details!

Just wanted to share a few new products in our store.  
    
These monthly themed cards work great with Show and Tell Aprons.  They can also be used in a variety of pocket charts, or at centers as a matching activity.  There are large and small lowercase and capital letter cards that could be placed in a Show and Tell Apron, pocket chart, table, or floor. These cards could be used to represent the beginning and/or ending sounds when using the picture cards.
If using the picture cards, word cards, and/or picture with word cards. These cards could be used in a Show and Tell Apron, pocket chart, table, or floor. There is a variety of ways these cards could be used. If using the cards that contain both a picture and word you could cut the words off and have your students match the word to the correct picture. Another idea is to have your students play a matching game using the picture cards and word cards.  My first graders use these at our pocket chart station during our reading block.  
Just click on the pics above if you'd like to check them out!  April and May will be added soon!  


And here's a little winter themed word sort freebie that I used with my first graders during our small reading groups. There are a couple of options for printing.  If you'd like to grab this set, just click one of the pictures below to download!


And here's our giveaway! Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Sale that begins February 7th  and runs through February 8th, and we've got a $10 gift card that we'd LOVE to give to one of our followers!  
Our giveaway runs from 12:00 am Monday, February 6th,
until 12:00 am Wednesday, February 8th PST.

We're always looking for new educational apps and websites to use with our kiddos and we'd love you here your favorites!  We'll make a list and share with you all after the contest!  Just comment with your favorite educational app or website.  
To be sure you're entered, please comment in the Raffllecopter box below


a Rafflecopter giveaway Check back here Wednesday, February 8th and we will announce our winner! 

Now more about the sale!  The sale begins on February 6th! We're discounting our products at 20% off our regular prices and Teachers Pay Teachers is offering an additional 10% off your total order price.  All you have to do is enter their promo code LoveTpT during checkout!  You can check out our store {HERE}! 

Do you Sub Tub?


Hey friends! It's Erin, making a rare appearance on the blog today! Between raising my four kiddos, and teaching kindergarten, I don't have a lot of spare time to blog these days. But our new unit was just too good not to share. My kindergarten team each spent some time this fall making a new sub tubs. The thought was that if we each made one, we could then share, and we'd each have 5 sub tubs ready to go! These can be so incredibly helpful for those days when you wake up and have a sick kiddo, or you are sick yourself, and you just don't want to plan for a sub. At the end of the year, we thought we'd have some fun sub tub days, doing the activities that we didn't use throughout the year. So, I just had to share with you how we set it up. The sub tub is set up so that with absolutely no planning, any sub can come in and find anything they need for the day. We use only materials that we already have in our classroom (alphabet stamps, pattern blocks, etc.) for our lessons. We also make sure our sub tub is stocked with the following things:
*Student list
*Daily Schedule
*Weekly Schedule
*Students to Note
*School Map
*Bus List

All of these things can be found in the class info section of our Sub Tubs. But, before I get a head of myself... 

First, I like this tub to organize my materials. It's a perfect size for a days worth of activities. They are under $6 each at Walmart, or you can get 6 of them for $30.


I get hanging folders for each subject to hold all of my activities.

 

 

The files are organized in the sequence of how I teach my day, just to keep it simple for any sub. Then each activity is in it's own folder. For instance, 4 reading station and 4 math station activities are included. I also include each of the direction pages in page protectors for easy use. 


Here is an example of one of the lessons included. My sub tub does include all the actual books, but QR codes for each are included with the Sub Tub.

 

Does this sound like something that will make your life easier? (Psst... I promise it will!) Head on over to our TPT store to check it out our Space Day Sub Tub!  It will be on sale through the weekend. 


If you'd like to check out our First Grade Sub Kit, make sure to check it out as well. It will be on sale too!


And if you made it all the way to the end of our post, here's a quick freebie for you. This Space Listening center is included in our Space Day Sub Tub, but you can get it here for free!


Happy Sub Tubbing!


New products, updates, and a freebie!


Happy Sunday!  Hope you have all had a great weekend!  Just wanted to share a bit about one of our newest products in our store, some updated products, and a new freebie!

Our syllable sets can be found {HERE}.  These work great for literacy stations, whole group, small group, or individual practice. I love incorporating poly spots at my syllable stations.  These are a great tool to use for counting syllables in words. My first graders use the poly spots to hop/jump to while saying a word.  They place the poly spots in a row on the floor near the station, pick a word, and then hop it!  For example, if the word was pencil, they would say pen as they land on the first spot, and cil as they land on the second spot.   Clapping is also an option, but this is by far their favorite! These sets are sold individually, or you can buy all 10 at a discount! Each set contains:

*Small Picture/word cards in Color & B&W: These cards can be used for sorting.

*Small sorting mats

*Large Picture/word cards in Color & B&W: These cards can be used for sorting. 

*Large sorting mats

*Headers: These could be cut and could be used for sorting picture cards on a table, the floor, or used on an anchor chart. 

*Syllable count worksheet in Color & B&W: 
This worksheet could be used after sorting the picture/word cards or used without the sorting cards. Students count and mark the syllables.

*Cut and glue picture cards in color & B&W and sorting mat worksheet: Students can cut and glue the picture cards into the correct columns on the sorting mat.

Here is a picture of the large picture cards and large sorting mats:

And here's a picture of the small picture cards and small sorting mats:
Here's one of the worksheets included with each set.  After sorting the cards, my first graders mark the correct number of syllables.  Here's an example:


 Another option is to cut and glue.  These worksheets are also included in each set.


We've also update two of our products!  Our Planets, Stars, and Space...Oh My! has been updated with new fonts and 20 new pages.  Please re-download if you have already purchased so you can receive the new updates!  You can check it out {HERE}!

Our Presidents Day Mini Unit has also been updated with new fonts and a few new pages added to the booklet in this mini unit.  Just click {HERE} to download this freebie!

Last week our sound focus was long i (i_e).  I created a short i long i word sort to do with my first graders in their small reading groups.  There are several printing options in this freebie, and a recording sheet.  You can find this sort {HERE}.


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'll be back in a few days with new station ideas!  
Have a great week!

Happy January!

Happy January!  Hope your year is off to a great start!
After a very LONG winter break (we've had so many two hour delays and snow days in December and January, I've lost track of the total!) I am finally going back to a full week this next week, and I can't wait for some consistency!
Just stopping by to share a quick little freebie that I made for my first graders this week!  Long i (i_e) is our sound focus of the week, and this will be one of the choices my students have during our intervention time.
Just click on the picture below if you'd like to grab a copy!


I also just finished up this entire set.  I like to incorporate these into my literacy stations during my reading block.  Look for a post next week about how I use these!  If you'd like to check them out, just click the picture below.  You can find the individual sets {HERE}.



If you're following my stations that I incorporate into my reading block,
here's what we're my students are doing next week:


*Spelling Space: Word Search focusing on long i (this is from my reading program), Write it! focusing on our story words for the week which can be found {HERE}  If you'd like to check out the Dolch Set you can go {HERE}, and Word Whiz that are from Learning Resources.  You can check them out {HERE}.

*Sand Writing: My kiddos use craft sticks and write their weekly words in sand.  I bought my sand from Lakeshore, a local teacher store.  It can be found {HERE}.  I put the sand in plastic supply boxes which make it easy for clean up.  I also put a plastic table cloth on the table :)

*Dice Drive: Five in a Row Dolch Phrases from First Grade Factory which can be found {HERE} and roll a word which can be found {HERE}.

*White Boards:
 Kids write spelling words from weekly word list, then write their own words.

*Read and Write the Room: Winter Words from this set {HERE}

*Word Way: Nonsense Word 4 in a Row that can be found {HERE} and word blocks for making sentences.

*Write the Room:  Christmas Write-the-Room which can be found {HERE} and Read and Write the Room: North Pole & Gingerbread words that can be found {HERE}

*Syllable Station: January syllable set that can be found {HERE}.

*Artist's Alley:  Snowman freebie from Funky Fresh Firsties.  The freebie can be found {HERE}.

Click {HERE} if you'd like to see the first week and some info about my station work!
Click {HERE}for other station ideas!
Click {HERE} for other station ideas!
Click {HERE} for other station ideas!
Click {HERE} for other station ideas!

Have a wonderful week!