Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Check out the newest blog in the family......

It's been soooooo long!!!!! We'll I can tell you I've been crazy busy! Since my move from first grade teacher to curriculum coordinator, I've been working with all grade levels this year.  I decided that if I was truly going to keep this blog about first grade, then I would need to start a second blog to share all the great things we're doing in all the other grade levels.  I'm excited to kick off my new blog
i heart learning and teaching. This blog is dedicated to show a glimpse of my day as curriculum coordinator. Here, I'll be sharing what I'm planning with teachers across grades PreK-7th in all subject areas.  I'll also be featuring youtube videos about teaching and learning that we create right here in my own house classroom. Isn't that just about the funniest thing you've ever heard?? Who sets up a classroom at their house? Well I missed my own classroom so much, that I had to recreate the magical feeling!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sale Time

Teachers Pay Teachers is hosting a site wide sale in February in honor of all teachers.  I just love the name of the sale.....Teachers are heroes.  I love thinking of our profession as heroic. It's fun to imagine a teacher dressed up in a heroes attire, swooping in to save the day.  I think if I had to plan my hero outfit, it would look much different than the average heroes getup.  I would definitely need an expo marker belt, kleenex attached somewhere, glue sticks, stickers, and a few more everyday needs.  Teaching is the best job in the world!!! What would your hero costume look like?

Everything in my store will be 20% off. Happy Shopping. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Bringing Fairy Tales to Life

Last week was crazy sock day at school and I had everything laid out the night before. Oops.....It was 5:30 that morning and I remembered that I needed to wear some type of crazy socks.  I started racking my brain to try and come up with something. Then, I remembered we are on to our fairy tale unit next week. What if I made a fairy tale come to life on my socks???  Then I thought "why not build a beanstalk with tissue paper?" Then, by 6:00a.m. my beanstalk making was in full swing. I printed out Jack and the Beanstalk clip art and hot glued it all to my socks. I HIGHLY recommend putting your fingers on top of your leg until the glue dries, otherwise you will have hot glue burning your leg!

We're traveling to the magical world of fairy tales this week!! I can barely wait to read all those wonderful tales!  I have just uploaded my latest product to TPT, Fairy Tales- A thematic unit.  
It covers 4 fairy tales with tons of activities: Cinderella, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Goldilocks.  You'll find an interactive retell....

Three interactive poems for whole or small group instruction. 

A science experiment where students will build piggy houses out of three different materials and then act as the wolf to see which materials were strong and which were weak. 

It also includes letter writing with Goldilocks.  It never occurred to me as a child that Goldilocks could actually be a villain.  In this unit we'll write a letter to the three bears from Goldilocks. 
Click here to take a look in my TPT store.  Fairy Tales- A Thematic Unit

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Interactive Notebooking in Math is Time Well Spent in the Classroom….Plus a Notebook Freebie

Who would have thought that school could get any more exciting?? Well add in an interactive notebook and you've got the kiddos lined up and bursting to get in to the classroom! At least that's been my experience with interactive notebooks. Since my newest job as curriculum coordinator at an elementary school, one thing we've implemented school wide from PreK4-7th grade is interactive notebooks. It's been an amazing addition!  The kids not only love them, but grasp the teach point over and over again.  

Why I love interactive notebooks??
1. They are meaningful. 
2. They serve as a constant aide in revisiting topics to build fluency and understanding.
3. They also work like a portfolio and students can take them home at the end of the year to keep track of all their learning in the classroom. 
4. They are way fun and exciting!!
5. The list really goes on.... and on..... and on!

How fun and exciting does this look? Firsties can measure different objects by ordering them from tallest to shortest.  This can be done as a quick assessment, review, buddy work, extension activities, classwork, and the list of possibilities goes on and on! 

I recently added into my TPT store a new addition. An interactive notebook for 1st grade math. It covers all the standards for first grade. You'll have no prep to do in this notebook packet:)
 Here are some pics of the notebook. Click here to check it out in my TPT store. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Back to School Festivities

So it was my first full PD week to plan!!!! AAAhhhhhh I was so scared that it wouldn't be cute enough or everything would be to expensive, or that I just couldn't pull it off. Then I turned to Pinterest! How did we live without it? So each teacher got a pencil wreath for their door and this amazing teacher posted a welcome back to school decor packet for free! Thank you so much for your generosity. It brought lots of smiles to the teachers' faces. 

It was such a powerful day! We discussed accountable talk, curriculum mapping, and math journaling. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Wow! It's Back to school time!! This is my favorite time of the year. The teachers pay teachers sale is set for August 4-5th. I can't wait to fill my cart with all the goodies.  Here are some back to school ideas you might want to check out. 

This unit will get your reader's workshop started in full drive. It offers lesson plans for each day, anchor charts, and graphic organizers. 

Make your library cute and functional for your classroom sweeties. These labels make choosing just right books and putting them away easy as pie. 

Get started with deep thinking with my math for firsties unit 1. It offers a firm foundation in building number sense.  

I can't wait to hear what's going in your shopping cart.  Don't forget to enter the BTS14 code when you check out. Happy Shopping

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Make-N-Take Organizing Reading Groups

Happy Monday Y'all!!!! School is just around the corner. Are you ready? I can't seem to get everything finished on my to do list each day. Maybe I'm putting too many things on it. While I'm gearing up for small groups, I was thinking of a way to organize my groups so they could be quickly changed if needed. I wanted something that I could quickly grab, easily  usable, and students could be moved around on it.  I decided on using a file folder and post-its.
Supplies: One cute file folder, glue stick, marker, and post-its.

Step 1: Cut out label and write your name on front. I taped mine down but you can also glue it. 

Step 2: Open folder and glue down level sheets. 

 Step 3: Create a post it for each child in your class and place them under their level.  The students can be changed around according to growth throughout the year.  I really like this because I can just pull out my file folder and call the students in that group.