Friday, August 23, 2013

Weekly Friday Feature #4: An Apple a Day in First Grade

Note: I am actually pre-scheduling this post as I will have just arrived at my new home in Northern Saskatchewan, and may not have internet set up yet, nor will I have time with all the unpacking to do done and setting up both a new home and classroom!

I'm celebrating my quickly (for me) raising number of followers with a new weekly feature. If you'd like to be included, please fill out  this little survey. HERE.

I will share as part of these features a link to your blog, your best TpT product (according to you), your most popular freebie and approximately 5 of my favourite ideas I find on your blog.


Fourth Up?
An Apple a day in First Grade. Karen is new to TPT, but still full of valuable ideas.

She says she doesn't have a most popular product yet, since she's just started out on TPT.

However, her most popular Freebie is Her What's my Number activity. Students get three practice sheets for place value practice. Looks great for starting out. certainly better than my products.


And now onto what great ideas I found while strolling through her wonderful blog.

Note to bloggers: It is really SUPER hard to choose just five ideas of yours to share!

1. I actually love this Freebie better. It`s not in TPT, but that doesn`t matter to me!
She has these plain templates you can print on any other patterned or coloured paper to make your own banner for your classroom. Like these READ letters she made for her Library.

2. She had her students learn about fact and opinion by writing about vegetables.

3. What cute chairs in her reading area.

4. Her students measured their feet using a variety on non-standard units. Love these, are they pickles?

5. This cute Freebie reminder poster for students who like to share answers before others have had a chance to figure it out. I may need this!
I hope you've found something you like here. Hopefully I'll be back on the computer in time to make a new posting for August 30th. Stay tuned!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Weekly Friday Feature #3: Diary of a First Year Teacher

This post was pre-scheduled as I am actually on the road somewhere between Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.

I'm celebrating my quickly (for me) raising number of followers with a new weekly feature. If you'd like to be included, please fill out  this little survey. HERE.

I will share as part of these features a link to your blog, your best TpT product (according to you), your most popular freebie and approximately 5 of my favourite ideas I find on your blog.


Third up?
Diary of a First Year Teacher
Diary of a First Year Teacher

Did you know that Bloglovin' actually lists 4 different blogs with the same name?

Meredith says her most popular paid TPT product is her Poetry Blooms.
This super cute activity includes a bunch of activities for students to work on a variety of poetry styles within a framework.

Her most popular Freebie is her Money Centres.
The first page won't do me much good since I need Canadian Money and we've done away with the penny, but it's really well done for any of you who teach money in the US. However, all of he other pages could be used in here!

And now onto what great ideas I found while strolling through her wonderful blog.

Note to bloggers: It is really SUPER hard to choose just five ideas of yours to share!

1. She allows her students to have Free play with their math manipulatives (something I love too), because it helps them to acquire (unknowingly), a sense of their values, and relationships to each other.

2. I've seen these around elsewhere, but I always love Story Starters. Have you seen these popsicle stick/tongue depressor story starters? May I suggest, If I were a Superhero...? I must rememeber to make these later in the year when my firsties are ready.

3. How about this adorable class piggy bank as part of their classroom economy? I haven't seen anything like this one before.

4. Not her idea, but thanks to her blog, I now know that cuisinare rods can be used to teach reading, huh? Yeah, exactly, but it's pretty fascinating. Kids learn to identify letter sounds by their colours, and can decode difficult words based solely on the colour of the rods.

5. I love that when her class disagreed with a decision that effcted the whole school (about Fun Day), they wrote a letter to the principal to explain their feelings and to suggest a compromise. What a great way to practice letter writing skills and persuasive writing!

I hope you enjoyed this little visit, and decide to check out more of her awesome blog.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

We're in the midst of a move.

Expect only a few pre-scheduled posts from me until late August. Tomorrow is the big day.
As you can see, so far our daughter is taking it all in stride.






Friday, August 9, 2013

Weekly Friday Feature #2: Teachingisagift

Last week was awesome when I featured my first fellow blogger for this series.

I'm celebrating my quickly (for me) raising number of followers with a new weekly feature. If you'd like to be included, please fill out  this little survey. HERE.

I will share as part of these features a link to your blog, your best TpT product (according to you), your most popular freebie and approximately 5 of my favourite ideas I find on your blog.



This week I move on to my next feature, this time it's:
Teaching is a Gift

Teaching is a Gift

 Sidney says her best TpT product is The 3 M's Made Easy: Mean, Median and Mode.

The free preview of the file includes a really cute little song to help your students remember the differences between mean, median and mode. I love me some music in the classroom!

Her most popular freebie is Welcome Back to School Letter to Students and Families.
This letter is so inclusive! I haven't ever sent a letter to families before school started for the year, but I can imagine doing it next year, we'll see. It'll be too late to send letters home by the time I arrive at my new home and school late August. I do however always send a note introducing myself at the start of the year.


And now onto what great ideas I found while strolling through her wonderful blog.

Note to bloggers: It is really SUPER hard to choose just five ideas of yours to share!


Click on the images to  go to the original sources.
1. Her new teacher survival kit is such a warm idea!
When I was a student teacher and when I started my first job, it would have really helped he feel more comfortable from the get go if my mentor teachers had tried something similar to help my transition be smoother. I had read so many things online about different things people have done for new teachers, and I got nothing. I made the promise to myself that when I have student teachers or have a new grade level cooperating teacher, I"d give them some sort of welcome gift, even if it's just a tray of homemade cookies.
Photo of New Teacher Back to School Survival Kit

2. Moon viewer! She got the idea on Pinterest, but totally new to me. I love how students will be able to get a much better visual of how the moon looks as it's circling the Earth. Much better than that silly flashlight activity I did with my kiddos.


3. Her student teacher adapted theses really cute foldables for their study on First Nations legends. It's too old for my firsties, but I could have used something similar when I taught third grade. Teaching about First Nations is an important part of Canadian Social Studies Curriculums, especially in the prairies where I'll be this year.

4. Her students learned all about Lino-Printing and made these beautiful prints for their hallway. I've pinned this for sometime in the future. This is of a Salmon swimming upstream.

5. The first idea she shared on her blog back in May 2012 was this Foldable activity where students responded to their reading of the novel "Airborn".
It's very detailed, but some of you teaching older grades could definitely use it!


I hope you found something you like, I know I did. Check out her blog by clicking on her button at the top!



Wednesday, August 7, 2013

I'm a budding blogger!

Do you know about the Budding blogger showcase hosted by Teaching Maddeness?

Well today I'm the featured blogger!

Head on over by clicking the button to learn all about me.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Weekly Friday Feature #1: Lovin' Kindergarten with Mrs. Lindsey

I'm celebrating gaining followers again on BlogLovin. As of when I writing this first feature I have 77 followers. Blogger says I have 112, but no one uses that to follow anymore, so it's not a real number, is it? Plus, I don't actually have ANY idea how many followers I or any of you have because not everyone moved to Bloglovin', some of us chose Feedly or another feeder...

But I digress...

I'm celebrating my quickly (for me) raising number of followers with a new weekly feature. If you'd like to be included, please fill out  this little survey. HERE.

I will share as part of these features a link to your blog, your best TpT product (according to you), your most popular freebie and approximately 5 of my favourite ideas I find on your blog.



The first up?
Lovin' Kindergarten with Mrs. Lindsey
The lovely Lindsey was my first to respond, so I'm doing her the honour of being my first feature.

Lovin’ Kindergarten With Mrs. Lindsey

Mrs. Lindsey says her best paid TpT product is her All Year Long! - Morning Messages {Bundle of a Year's Worth of Morning Messages}

She provides in this pack: messages to share with your class for the whole year through. For example, in her Superhero pack one of the morning messages is:
If you were a Superhero, how would you get around? 
Students are provided with writing templates to answer each daily question. A great way to combine your morning message with writing activities and skills from the very start of the day!

Her most popular Freebie she believes is her I Have...Who Has...Colors and Color Words cards. I like these!
This is your typical I have who has activity I was introduced to while student teaching almost ten years ago, but back then everyone was just using math equations. I absolutely adore all these new ideas to extend to the younger grades and other skill sets like colours.

And now onto what great ideas I found while strolling through her wonderful blog.

Note to bloggers: It is really SUPER hard to choose just five ideas of yours to share!

1. I think it was so cute that when her class was studying the Lorax by Dr. Suess they wore Lorax Moustaches, lol!

2. One of her Language Arts centres uses clothes pins "Clippys" because it helps with fine motor skills. Her free sample at page went to a dead end, but I think I get the idea. Maybe students have to clip together matches? In any case, it looks great!

3. On Earth day her class made a cloud chart showing what kind of world they dream of us some day having. They had so many ideas, it overflowed off the paper onto the whiteboard behind!

4. I like how before Saint Patrick's Day her class made a chart deciding what of three spring Holidays was their favourite and when Easter (hello Chocolate) was the clear winner, the "Leprechaun" that trashed their classroom made it clear that he didn't like their choice.

5. Her achievement badges! What a brilliant way to avoid sugary rewards. Students wear these when they earn special rewards.
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Stay tuned to see who I feature next week!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Favourite Pins Friday: House, Organization, School and More Super fun!

Have you linked up yet with Cara at The first Grade Parade for her Favourite Pins Friday?

This will be my third time linking up (sorry for the double post today. So I'm technically posting late Thursday).

Today I share these awesome pins with you:

For the Home:
I ADORE this beautiful shower curtain, isn't it adorable?
Bathroom Decor
I want this Lace over my bed as a canopy, it looks so romantic.
love the draped lace over the bed

Organization:
Don't you hate when the garbage bag slips back into the can? Great new awesome tip. Command Hooks!

School Stuff:
Colour Code your files for the week:
Roll up the Rim to Read reward program:
FREE! Roll up the Rim to Read!
Writers/Readers Workshop recording:

Super Stuff:
Yes I'm obsessed.
I don't know where I'm going to put this image...
Like the image - will have to search the original source

Free Superhero Cafe posters for Daily Five
This pack includes posters and headers for the CAFÉ and Daily Five literacy framework in your K-2 classroom.  Printables include:  * CAFÉ posters *...

Lantern Decor:

Onomatopoeia Posters:
Superhero Onomatopoeia Posters

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