Saturday, November 30, 2013

My first TPT sale!

I'm participating in the cyber Monday and Tuesday Sale. amd guess what?

I set up my store to start giving it's 20% off on Sunday and to run until Wednesday!


Friday, November 29, 2013

Weekly Friday Feature #6: Teaching Times 2

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. Please  for your blog name include a link to your blog to make it easier for me to find you, thanks!

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 sixth up?

Teaching Times 2

Kristy and Misty are a pair of lovely ladies from Tennessee.

They say that their best TPT product is Hundreds Chart Hidden Picture - Wizard of Oz which they sell for $3. I think this really cute. I may buy it in the spring when we do the numbers to 100 unit in math.
Hundreds Chart Hidden Picture - Wizard of Oz
They also believe their most popular freebie is their Fact family practice sheet. It's a cute game to help students figure out all the ways their numbers make the family.
Fact Family Practice Sheet

Now onto my favourite finds from their blog:

1.  I wish I thought of this back when it was Thanksgiving in October. What a cute way to practice graphs, vote, and talk about taste for Science all in one little seasonal activity!

 2. Oh what a creative Halloween bulletin board!

3. What a cute classroom reward, warm fuzzies! And they're so easy to make. too. GOT TO ADD THESE to my list.

4. We're currently doing a short Dr. Suess author study, so I find this Bulletin board cuter than cute!

5. Macaroni Snowglobes? Awesome!

6. decorate your paper-towel dispenser? Sure!

I think I have to keep watching this blog, especially for Bulletin boards, these are awesome!

Thanks for letting me feature you!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

I have a problem...

Do you have the same problem in your classroom?
What is your solution?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

New Freebie! Christmas centres 1

I'm trying to find/create some good centres for my kiddies for the month of December. I like these sentence formation activities where students are given a cut up sentence and must put in correct order before recording and leaving the centre.

So I tried my hand at my own. Tell me what you think, please.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Weekly Friday Feature #5: Primary Classrooms are Oceans of Fun

I'm going to try really hard to catch up on these features, now that my first batch of report cards are over and done with, and as of Thursday this week I've had my first observation by my Superintendent! EEK!

I recently participated in my first Facebook Frenzy, and I couldn't believe how many new followers I got from that, but all on my fan page, I don't think any of them found their way over to my blog. But that's okay, right now most blogs I follow hear more from me on Facebook than on their actual pages!

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. Please  for your blog name include a link to your blog to make it easier for me to find you, thanks!

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 fifth up?
Primary Classrooms are Oceans of fun!

I just have to say, I love her blogs background, so cool! This Michigan teacher has a lot to offer.

She says her best paid product on TPT is Comparing and Contrasting Writing Unit which she sells for $5.
Comparing and Contrasting Writing Unit
This 98 page item has a ton of practice available for your students such as comparing little red riding hood with the Goldilocks and the 3 bears. She gears this product towards grade 2 or 3, so it's definitely above the abilities of my emergent readers, but it's something to look for maybe later in the year.

She believes her most popular Freebie (at least when she signed up for my features) is her Classroom Learning Centers for the Primary Grades which is a whopping 105 pages! wow that's a lot of resource for free!
Classroom Learning Centers for the Primary Grades
I have to say, I LOVE this books dedication page. I never thought to add one into any of my products yet, not even my scribble art.

Now on to my favourite 5 or more ideas I've found on her blog. Remember, I try to pick the remainder of the ideas that are NOT more links to things we have to pay for.  I like being able to teach for FREE on a teachers salary as much as possible.

1. Here first idea I want to share is to wrap Washi tape around the eraser end of a pencil to mark the pencils you want to stay at a certain spot or that students have borrowed from you. I want to try this for my guided reading table.

2. For Social Studies she had her students design their dream communities. This might fit well with my mapping unit in June.

3. I love this graphing activity and posting it in the hall so everyone can compare.

4. I think it's also cute that she has patterns of the month in her calendar time, what a great way to review!

5. Here's an awesome buddy activity for this Christmas: Edible Christmas trees!

Check her out! She has some really great ideas, I'm glad she signed up to be featured, because I will definitely be using a few of these.

Fingers crossed I get another feature ready to go for next Friday!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bye-Bye Nova Scotia, Hello Saskatchewan!

You're probably thinking, didn't Mrs.D move in August?

Well you're right, but today I'm just updating the buttons on my blogs sidebar to remove myself from the Nova Scotian teacher blog list and add myself to the Saskatchewan teacher blog list. Just look for this below image on my left side column to go to the linky to add your blog and grab your own image to add to your sidebar!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

New Forever Freebie: Family Tree People Templates.

Hey everyone!

I'm trying to get back into posting regularly, and as a thank you for your patience and continuing to  follow me, I'm offering you this forever freebie. I hand drew these face templates for a social studies art activity in my classroom. We were learning about family relationships first term so making a family tree made perfect sense!

Here's the link:

 People Templates Forever Free

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Colours Emergent reader

I'm busily trying to help my first graders with all their sight words, including the all important colours. They're having some trouble with them, so since our class room theme is superheroes, I've designed this Reader for them to colour the heroes the correct colours to show they've understood the word they've read. Click here to go to TPT to buy your own copy today! (I'm on my husbands computer, so I don't have any images to share).

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Some centre activities

I'm trying  to expand our centres more and have been trying a lot of different things. Those that are a success will repeat, and those that are failures will not make a return appearance.

My kids match these letter magnets to the same letter on this large card.

I found this collection of sight word pages in our staff room bookshelf and incorporated them into a centre.

Sight word flash cards. Look at the picture to read the word to your partner.

This letter trace activity is because so many of my kids make letters and numbers backwards, and/or forget to make letters as tall as they should be.

Blocks will always be a favourite activity during our centres. You are always guaranteed one "fun" centre.

I inherited these laminated sheets from the previous first grade teacher in my room. My kids love any read the room activity because they get to move around.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Halloween activities.

I know it's late, but I'd like to share some of the activities we did in our classroom the week of Halloween..

At our art centre one day we made witched hats out of paper water cups

With our reading buddies we made these pumpkins. So cute!

Another art centre activity, we made these ghost puppets, which some of my students decided should be masks instead, lol.

Our number ten monsters from math.

A writing activity inspired by _?_ Most of my students said I would be a rabbit. Their reason? Because on crazy hat day I wore rabbit ears.

My contribution to our Halloween treats.

If  these are your products, please let me know, and I'll properly credit you, none of the four below are my own.

I loved this writing activity. Some of my students who are usually afraid to write more than three words, actually used more than one of the story starters to write their sentences. YAY!

Cute letter sin game.

I love doing read the room. This count the room. Awesome!

At our letter centre we matched these letters with their beginning sound. 

Happy Belated Halloween!
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